Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
~ Jalaluddin Rumi
How are you feeling? Are you travelling okay?
It’s rather a fierce week, this week. And so was the week we’ve just had. Lots of big energies around us, including a portal and some solar flares.
All this astrological and ecological phenomena can be quite disturbing for sensitive and empathic people. What makes us sensitive – that ability to feel and sense energies and information that might not be so readily apparent to others – is also the thing that can make us more vulnerable to influence by the energetic shifts and changes of our solar system.
We may experience a sudden draining of our energy, feel heavy and fatigued, or ache as though we are coming down with the flu. We may find that we feel depressed or anxious for no reason, or that our sleep patterns are disrupted. We may feel unbalanced, not quite in our body, suffer from headaches or fuzzy thinking, or be irrational, teary, angry or upset – once again with no apparent cause. We may become highly over-sensitive – to foods, people, weather, noise and light. We might decide that our ideas suck, that we suck, that the whole situation sucks…
But lovelies, it’s a phase and that phase will pass.
Right now the solar flares are making the earth’s crust charged with positive ions rather than the usual negative ones. That makes it hard for us to ground. We become like sleep-deprived toddlers, incapable of clear thought or reason as all of the positive charged ions we naturally build up in us by thinking, living and interacting with computers and electrical devices suddenly has no good way to clear our system.
There are several practical things you can do to ride out the energies of this week (which finish up in the early hours of Friday – thank goodness!):
- standing or soaking in water will help – so think baths or foot soaks with a handful of sea salt or epsom salts, or a swim or paddle in the closest river, ocean or lake.
- staying well hydrated, especially with electrolytes
- using magnesium orally or topically
- good crystals to wear or carry include hematite, red jasper and black tourmaline
- for emotional distress use carnelian and moonstone
- eat lots of grounding root vegetables, such as potato, onions, garlic, radish, sweet potato, carrots, beetroot, turnips and parsnips (OMG Hot Chips FTW!)
- set clear boundaries and avoid situations and people who tax or distress you
- essential oils will also help; geranium for emotional comfort and clarity, frankincense for energetic connection and to stabilise your intuitive abilities and sensitivities, lavender as a soother for frazzlement
- avoiding an excess of sugar and caffeine
The good news? It’s a powerful week for honouring our instincts and getting clear about what matters to us. This week trust your instincts and let them guide you – above using your mind (which may be fried!) or your intuition (which is a combination of heart and mind – cos mind fried!). You’ll find that living instinctively brings you great clarity and direction. In fact, if you tap into your instinctive energy this week you’ll find that you can reach those breakthroughs that you’ve been seeking and not finding using all your other usual methods.
Not sure how to use your instincts to navigate life? Here’s a simple explanation:
Gut instinct or feeling is a primal response hard-wired into every human. It’s not a mind-based wisdom. It doesn’t come from your heart. Gut feeling really does come from that area of your body – your abdomen.
So how do we tune in to our instinct this week? It’s easier than you think. Gut instinct does not use words or images. Gut instinct uses emotions, and rockets along our central nervous system which can also produce physical reactions. It operates in 3 modes – neutral, forward and reverse. I’m sure you’ve all felt it and are familiar with it, whether you honour it or not.
In ‘forward’, we literally feel that we want to move closer to something. We feel good about it. We feel excited, happy and positive. We can’t explain why, we can’t find the words for it, but we KNOW that something will work, that the person is good or honest, that this situation will be for the best, that this job/car/person/product/idea/food is the right choice.
In ‘neutral’ we feel indifference. There is no strong emotion or physical reaction either way.
In ‘reverse’ our gut is telling us to back away. We feel unsure or uncomfortable. The warning bells go off. If it’s a mild response, this is where our brain often kicks in and invalidates our emotion (that can happen in ‘forward’ situations too!) by persuading our logical mind with rational thoughts and justifications. In a strong response we may feel anxious or ill, we want to move back from this job/person/situation, we want to get to safety or a neutral space. We can’t say why but we KNOW this won’t work well, this person can’t be trusted, something is wrong, it’s going to end badly…
This basic instinct is like a muscle – the more we use it, the stronger it becomes. If we learn to trust it with the smaller things, eventually we’ll be able to hear and honour it with the bigger things.
Above all, be kind to yourself this week. Live gently and sustainably if you are feeling a little wobbly, and know that this will pass. It’s not you. You’re not going crazy. You’re just a sensitive soul – which is a GOOD thing. You can do this, and the benefits of tuning in instinctively will help you to truly understand yourself and what best serves you and your life path.
Sending so much love your way,
Nicole ❤ xx