Thank you, Janneke, for your beautiful story of finding Now, and the links below.
The courage to be gratitude through all our challenges is a way to raise our vibrations.
Having read your Catch-22 article and the emails posted in the article “What Can We Do?” (1) I felt like responding to your question about ways to raise our vibration.
I would like to start by saying that I completely understand where the writers of the emails are coming from. Admittedly, I’m not in financial difficulties at this time in my life, but I’m no stranger to them, having grown up in a household where mum would have to go grocery shopping at my aunts pantry at the end of each month.
I’m also no stranger to feelings of lack or despair. In my case a lack of health, but I think lack of money and lack of health are basically the same thing when you look at it from a vibrational point of view.
So I wanted to share my story and some of the methods I’ve been using over the past few months, that helped me raise my vibration to a more enjoyable level.
In 2010 I became very ill with — what seemed to be — the flu. However, after a few months of still being ill with flu-like symptoms and of lying in bed and not being able to do anything at all (I had to plan emptying my dishwasher, because I couldn’t do it all at once) I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
I was tired beyond measure, in constant pain, I had almost no short term memory, I was sensitive to noise, light, certain types of food and walking up the stairs felt like I was running a marathon on Mount Everest after staying awake for two nights in a row.
At the time I was studying to become a naturopath and it was my dream to help other people heal themselves. So I was kind of like a financial advisor that had gone broke. Well, you can see the irony and perhaps even the parallel here……
In the years that followed I slowly got a little bit better and I was able to take up my study again. I applied everything I learned to my own situation and I got to a point where I was able to function for a few hours each day, almost like a normal person.
But after 8 years I was still ill. I “did everything right.”
I ate organic foods (mostly vegetables), drank plenty of water, stayed away from alcohol, I went to bed early every night, I took all sorts of vitamins, meditated every day, spent time in nature, went to a spa almost every week and eliminated everyone and everything in my life that I felt was costing me energy.
I dealt with (a lot of) vasanas and core issues and focused on raising my vibration every single step of the way.
At the same time I watched people around me eating junk food, drinking lots of alcohol, going out to bars until 3:00 AM, working way too hard, living a totally-unconscious life, not caring about their health, not caring about the people around them and not doing anything to raise their vibration, i.e. doing “everything wrong.”
And somehow they still had the energy to run 10 miles without feeling exceptionally tired where as I wasn’t even able to walk for half a mile without having to spend the rest of my day in bed.
So I got really frustrated.
I was so sick and tired of always being sick and tired.
I was much like the man or woman who wrote the email about doing everything right and still having no money (in my case energy) in the bank for his kids to go to college and at the same time watching the bankers and (corrupt) corporations have it all.
Initially I tried to cope with my frustration by looking for new ways and methods of curing my illness.
I even wrote to Steve and Linda Dillon to help me to try and understand why this was happening to me and other lightworkers as well.
But at some point – I think I was watching a youtube video of some doctor who claimed to have a cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome- something inside of me snapped. I was done fighting.
At that point I surrendered.
For the first time in 8 years I accepted being ‘energetically broke,” surrendered to my life situation and made peace with it.
I started re-reading and re-listening to the teachings of Eckhart Tolle about surrendering to ‘what is’ and being fully present in the now, without the dramas and stories of the egoic mind.
Eckhart teaches us to “say yes to what is.”
That doesn’t mean that you don’t try to change certain aspects in your life, it simply means you stop resisting and stop fighting them.
So I stopped fighting my ‘lack of energy’ by just being present in the Now.
I completely stopped thinking about ways to cure myself, about what I was doing wrong and what could go wrong in the future. (Thoughts like: how can I help other people heal if I can’t even help myself? What if my husband were to go away, how the heck am I going to sustain myself then? I must be doing something terribly wrong, if I ‘m still ill after all these years? How can I serve the Mother by lying in bed most of my days? Well, you get the picture….)
Every time my egoic mind tried to lure me in to worrying or thinking about how to “better myself,” I asked myself : what is the problem right Now, at this very moment?
As it turned out, I didn’t actually have a problem in the Now, it only existed in my thought processes. (2)
As time went on I got better and better at staying present, just being with what I was doing in the Now; whether I was walking the stairs, eating a sandwich, brushing my teeth, or doing laundry, just the simple things in life.
Now for the first time in 8 years I felt comfortable and happy again and that reduced not only my pain and my fatigue, but most of all my constant worrying and stressing significantly!
So I think the most basic way of raising our vibration, is to reduce thinking about our life situation and problems and what the future may hold as a result of them and just be fully present in the Now. (3)
You will find that when you align to the present moment (i.e., Life), a lot of your problems will magically resolve themselves. (Just note that being present in the Now isn’t a means to an end however; it’s an end in itself.)
I’ll include a link to a video of Eckhart’s, which I found very helpful. You could also google for The Work by Byron Katie. She teaches basically the same thing that Eckhart does; she just has a different approach to it.
Now, I realize that in some situations it can be very difficult to surrender to ‘what is.’ It certainly took me long enough!
If that’s the case, I’d like to refer you to a channeling of Archangel Gabriel by Shelly Young called, What to do if you find yourself in a dark place?
I found similar messages very helpful! I’ll include a link to that channeling at the end of my letter too.
I hope this is in some way helpful. I wish you all well.
I hope you write more.
(1) “What Can We Do?”
(2) Steve: Life is great … until I think about it.
(3) Steve: I agree.
Eckhart Tolle, Power of Acceptance
Archangel Gabriel via Shelly Young, What to do if you find yourself in a dark place?