I know things are tough, and I’ve been silent far too long. I want to be raw and honest with you here.
As you may know, I have been taking care of my family’s needs – and it has been pretty urgent. This has been such a difficult testing, and I’ll be honest – there have been days when I have wondered if I have sufficient strength to be what I need to be. I’ve felt such a sense of responsibility and have doubted myself from time to time.
Struggling for words…
Daily I have wondered how all of my students are faring under quarantines, lockdowns, and illness, and I’ve struggled to find the words to say to you. I’ll do my best here.
What is "mettle"?
They say that times like these really test our mettle. Mettle is defined as a person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.
Well, if this isn’t a demanding situation, I don’t know what is! It truly is tough. And we are, perhaps, only about 1/3 of the way through the tunnel. The light at the end of it is not yet in sight. But the light is coming, I know that.
And the times, they are a-changin’…
I think all of us realize that the world will never be the same after this. It will take time to recover, and all of us will be changed – hopefully for the better! May we never take anything for granted again…
I’ve been asking myself what I can share with you to give you hope and encouragement in these times that many describe as… weird. Just so strange. We are all walking in unchartered territory. Even world leaders seem adrift, uncertain, afraid.
What do you know to be TRUE?
This morning, I sat in my favorite chair with my journal, feeling as though my spiritual well was kind of dry. I thought to myself, "Well, Lori, let’s just look at what you know to be true."
1. Love is the most important thing, above all, and no matter what.
2. Kindness shows our grace and our ability to rise above adversity.
3. Stepping back to look at a far bigger picture helps.
Then I asked myself:
"What is the ‘bigger picture’?"
One thing I have learned from all the remote viewing I have done through the years is that reality is not what we think it is. The experiences we are having now are a part of our perceived reality.
As we inhabit these bodies, they sure have a lot to teach us, don’t they? Our bodies teach us! Our experiences teach us. Our relationships teach us. We are here to learn love and kindness.
To go through Life and all of its twists and turns, all the while showing love and kindness – well, that is a feat, isn’t it? Especially when we are truly tested. How to ‘walk through the valley of the shadow of death’ with dignity, integrity, strength – and most of all, with Love --- Wow. That takes true mettle. No doubt about it.
Fear of Death
This whole pandemic brings out a fear of death in many of us. Woody Allen once said, "I am not afraid of death… I just don’t want to be there when it happens!" I can relate! Death is always a possibility, even when you cross the street!
But what is death, really? It is simply passing from one ‘room’ to another. We don’t really die. We simply leave this shell behind and our Consciousness, or soul, moves on to the next phase of reality.
Let’s band together in spirit, as One.
Let’s determine that we are going to manifest love and kindness at every opportunity. And when we fall, and when we fail, we then have the opportunity to demonstrate compassion for ourselves and for others who falter.
Seasons of Life
We all go through seasons. We have times when we get a lot done, and times when we don’t feel like doing anything. Right now may be a time for resting and re-filling. Things are scary and uncertain. So -- get lots of rest. Don’t feel guilty about napping, reading a good book, watching a comedy or doing a project that you’ve been wanting to get to. Be kind to yourself.
Ideas for In-Home Quarantine
Last but not least: If like me, you are required to be in ‘lockdown’ at home, here are a few ideas of ways to stay busy: 1. Practice increasing your intuition by calling friends and telling them the color of their clothing. 2. Learn to remote view, if you haven’t already! 3. Sew! 4. Cook! 5. Exercise to videos! 6. De-Clutter. 7. Knit or crochet. 8. Play with pets. 9. Call friends who may be lonely or scared. 10. Journal. 11. Meditate. 12. Yoga. 13. Sketch. 14. Paint. 15. Whittle. 16. Try writing a novel or an autobiography. 17. Play an instrument. 18. Plant seeds and make a garden, indoors or outdoors, depending on your situation.
Sunlight and Nature
If you have the ability to be outdoors at all, try to get some time in the sun and in nature. That is a very healing thing to do.
And if you can, please stay in touch! I want to hear from you!