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What does it mean to cultivate inner stability in these challenging times?
In this session, Alison Whitmire, President of Learning In Action is joined by special guest Sheryl Netzky, for a conversation about how we can make meaning in these times of incredible change, and some experiential practices for connecting with our inner life force energy.
Sheryl Netzky is the founder of Good Energy LLC and the Golden Mind Meditation technique. Sheryl is a combination of a business consultant, executive coach, meditation teacher, and holistic energy healer who helps entrepreneurs, teams, and families connect to themselves and others. Sheryl also facilitates workshops for companies and groups internationally, including thought leaders on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island and for the Gates Foundation’s teacher-leaders.
In 2020 we are faced with what feels like a vast number of challenges and change — a period of great transition that seems “inside-out, upside-down” in terms of values and systems. This change is happening on a global level and inside of all of our systems — business, policy, education, government, etc.
When we look to the wisdom of the Q’ero people, the medicine men and women of Peru, they call this time the “great turning over of infinite time-space”. As they explain it, our planet is experiencing a birthing process of contraction and expansion. And this process can feel scary. At the same time, if we chose to turn our attention to what is happening and recognize it as a birthing process, we may find some steadiness for ourselves.
What if this time is actually a great transition? What if the world is correcting itself and what we are undergoing is just a long transition?
From a tantric perspective, what we are experiencing is about going from the Dark Ages to the age of truth and enlightenment. And we don’t have to wait for others to make this transition ourselves. We can choose to wake up and have our own enlightenment and live from a place of truth and consciousness. In actuality, the division we are feeling is wholly made up by us as humans, a forgetting of our deep connection to others. And as such, we can choose to heal it. In the words of Mother Theresa:
“If we have no peace, it is because we have
forgotten that we belong to each other.”
How can we hold our center when turbulent things are happening all around us?
We can connect to that deeply centered life force energy that moves through every one of us. We have the opportunity to build this muscle within ourselves so we can then show up for others. We can recognize the truth that the only thing that remains stable in our changing lives is our inner life force or the divine within.
When we share ideas and practices like this they might feel a bit “woo-woo” or strange to ourselves or to our clients. There may be some skepticism. The idea is to meet ourselves and others right where we are. Our religions and belief systems may seem quite different on the surface, yet when we look deeper we see the same core principles are found across spiritual belief structures. We can find common ground in the truth that there is no divide between us as humans, that we are really one moving toward greater oneness.We can find common ground in the truth that there is no divide between us as humans, that we are really one moving toward greater oneness. ~Shery Netzky, Good Energy Heals Click To Tweet
It’s also helpful to keep in mind that we can’t solve problems on the same plane of existence where they were created. Instead, we can choose curiosity and open ourselves to practices that help us make contact with our own internal experience and life force energy.
We can use some basic steps to cultivate our inner stability and guide clients to do the same, no matter what spiritual belief system we practice. Our first step is always finding our own center and then building the muscle of connection with our inner divinity. From here we connect with our heart space and our chakra system or energy fields. Grounding ourselves in the sensation of gravity in our bodies can be a powerful tool as well. And ultimately, sensing into that connection with source energy — that knowledge of something larger than ourselves — can bring more peace and steadiness.We can’t solve problems on the same plane of existence where they were created. Instead, we can choose curiosity and open ourselves to practices that help us make contact with our own internal experience and life force energy. ~Shery Netzky Click To Tweet
Times of change and transition churn up much uncertainty for us — this sense that the world is upside down. Yet these very times can also be an opportunity to anchor in our own aliveness and strengthen our connection with our inner selves. When we come back to presence and cultivate our own stability, we gain access to our life-force energy and remember the truth of our oneness and connection with all beings.
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