With Cindy Lindsay Rael
We are not only in a Viral Crisis, but a ‘Crisis of Consciousness’ that is going Viral. How can we raise our consciousness in this crisis? Listen to this episode.
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I am recording this while in self-isolation during COVID-19. As I read and listen to all that is out there, I am beginning to be concerned. We are not only in a viral crisis but a ‘Crisis of Consciousness’ that is going viral.
As a psychologist, I can’t help but notice the primary responses to this pandemic. I also know that these are common responses to all disastrous times in the world. But I want to talk about them today because many of those responses I find troubling for the future of our own consciousness and world consciousness.
I believe that what we think and feel becomes a kind of energy field in which we immerse ourselves. That energy field affects our consciousness. But I also believe that our energy fields influence the energy and consciousness of those around us.
Fear or hatred can overtake a crowd and spur them to acts that many of those in the crowd would never have entertained alone. This phenomenon is well documented and has been part of riots, propaganda, and even world wars.
I also believe in the power of prayer and meditation to create a positive energy field that spreads between us as well. In times of disaster, it is our choice which energy field and consciousness we hold and spread.
I am noticing that this pandemic is evidencing four primary response sets. Of course, there are many variations, but these are the ones that seem predominant.
• Emotional distancing—externalization through blame and disavowing of responsibility
• Love, compassion, cooperation, and a sense of greater interconnectedness
I think we can all see evidence of all of these.
Fear and its fight, flight or freeze responses, lead us into a panic, hoarding, spreading of fearful messages, worry, and stress. It can even lead to people clinging to things that reduce (or play out) their fears, regardless of their validity. And it can result in centering on ‘me and mine’ (vs. concern for others), as evidenced by price-gouging for scarce recourses.
Emotional distancing is an ego-defense mechanism in which we see ourselves as immune to, or greater than, the problem by placing blame on others or disavowing any need to be responsible. It is ultimately rooted in unworthiness and fear. In these modern times, this plays out as hatred and racism against Asians, the Chinese, and China. We see governments and individuals blaming other people, or other governments, while they attest to and enact a lack of responsibility toward the virus itself.
Denial is a response to both ego defense and fear. It is a natural human first step.
The first step in the response to death and dying as identified by Kubler-Ross in her groundbreaking research. But in times of pandemic, if we cling to denial, it leads us to behave in ways that are not taking care. We do not even realize we are endangering ourselves and others with our response of denial.
I think it is pretty clear these first three primary responses are not healthy for self or others. These are responses that take down our immune systems and ironically make us more vulnerable. But more than that, they make us behave in ways that can endanger ourselves and others.
Beyond this, if we see these feelings and thoughts as energy fields that affect our consciousness and the consciousness of others, we are creating a consciousness of fear, hatred, and denial. We are in a Crisis of Consciousness. We have to ask: Do we want this as our legacy from Covid -19?
The fourth response is the energy field I want to come out from this pandemic: love, compassion, cooperation, and interconnectedness. I want it for myself. But I also want it for the world.
Fortunately, we do see this now as well: companies offering free food delivery; people sending messages of love, communion, and solace in isolation; and people taking care of the elderly and other at-risk groups. I love the recent headline: “Cancel Everything but Kindness.” Let’s do that. And one of my favorite stories is of an anonymous diner in Houston who left a $9,400 tip to help make up for any lost wages if the restaurant had to close.
We need to spread this consciousness. We will all have to overcome the influences of the energy fields of the first three negative responses. We must consciously attend to love and compassion for others, even beyond our circle. We need to see how deeply interconnected we all are and create and nurture those interconnections with love.
First, examine your consciousness. It is natural to have fear or denial. It is likely we will all feel some of these things. But how do we overcome that? How to change our consciousness from those responses, is the question.
All of these negative responses have, at their base, fear and our ego responses to defend the self. So, these are the main two areas to examine within ourselves.
First, take a look at your ‘not enough’ fears. Scarcity carries a primal survival response of fear. Yes, do what you need to do to prepare your house and family for quarantine and possible illness. To know what is reasonable, and to know the important procedures for doing that, I suggest the book Pandemic Flu Home Care: A Detailed Guide for Caring for the Ill at Home. But bear in mind that everyone needs the same items, and some ‘at risk’ may need them immediately.
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Once that is taken care of, we need to take a deep look at our other fears and self-defenses.
These can be subtle and insidious.
Let me give my example. I have been in cancer care and trying to get my surgeries done. As a result, for months now (even before COVID-19 in the USA) I have been wearing a face mask when I had to be in public. Up till recently, people in the grocery store would smile and nod at me, with a feeling of sympathy for whatever I was going through that made me wear a mask. But the last time I went to the grocery store, COVID-19 was in the US. When I was next in line at the checkout stand, the lady who was ahead of me said (extremely loudly) to the checkout person “I hate these people who hoard face masks.” I felt the hit but did not say anything back to her. But I did feel a need to defend myself once the lady was gone, by telling the checker I was wearing the mask because I had cancer.
This small incident was based on her fears and mine. When I got home, I started to fear going into public now with my mask on and being verbally attacked or shamed. I considered canceling my doctor’s appointment because I did not want to go to a medical facility waiting room without wearing my face mask. But I also did not want to be attacked as a hoarder. Fear, fear and more fear.
I had to take a deep look at myself. First, my ego defense here is from my unworthiness. I don’t want to be seen as a bad person. Someone without this underlying perceived need for self-defense may have just brushed off this incident. I did not. I even created more fears out of it. A sure sign, this is my fear.
But deeper than that, I also had to take a look at my fear that made me wear the mask in the first place. I knew I was not hoarding since I had purchased the facemasks before I knew of any shortage. I could have stayed with that self-defense for a long time. “I am an ok person.” “I am not hoarding.” But since those are defenses of self, that is my unworthiness still acting in ego defense. So, I had to take a close look at that too.
Once I had looked at that, I realized I needed to dig even deeper. What about the underlying fear of illness and death? Well, I have to admit, as much as I thought I had conquered that during my cancer treatment, it was still there.
So, time to meditate, pray or go into silence. To even know if I would still wear my face mask in public, I needed to release the fear component of it. I needed to surrender my fears to the Divine. With my fears examined, I took them into meditation to ask for forgiveness and release. There is a wonderful form of doing this that Sri Kaleshwar taught for dealing with mistakes. You take a strong shower. Then go into a room and close the doors and windows. You turn out the lights, light a candle and sit in front of it, watching the flame (the flame is important, the fire element is burning something there and giving the light). Then talk to yourself and pray to God, asking God to give resistance power to you, so there’s no more chance the illusions will play on you. In this case, you are praying that your fears and blocks can be forgiven, and you can gain resistance power concerning them. Then pray to not enact this fear or block anymore. Do this very sincerely. As Sri Kaleshwar put it; “Beg, beg, beg, beg, then strongly confirm it in your heart.”
For the deep fears, you may need to do this multiple times. Search inside yourself to know when you have gotten to forgiveness and release. Then you can act in the world. Then keep working on those underlying blocks (like my unworthiness) that replay on you over and over again. I don’t know if I am fully through this process. The fears of illness and death are primal. What I do know is that at least I could call my doctor’s office and ask what they would suggest for being in the waiting room, and be ready to follow their advice, not my fear. I will also keep working with that underlying unworthiness in me.
So, this is the first part of the process. Looking at and clearing ourselves. But there is also a second step if we want to change consciousness. We must then immerse ourselves in fields of love, compassion, and God. This means going into meditation or prayer again, and again. We must bath and bask in the love and compassion of the energy of God. I like to do this by putting an image of a Divine Soul in my third eye while I meditate. That helps me feel their love flowing to me. It also helps me ask the preverbal question: What would this Divine Soul do in my place?
Then join with others to create a larger energy field of love, compassion, and healing in the world. You can do this by yourself. But if we are trying to influence world consciousness, we need each other. If we are trying to gain a consciousness of interconnectedness, we need each other. Together we are a strong Divine force of love and change. As my friend put it, together we are the “antidote” to fear and hatred.
Fortunately, we live in an age when we can connect even when physically isolated. Create an email or text list, Facebook group, or Twitter group and set a time for group meditation or prayer on compassion and love. Or join one of the many positive virtual groups cropping up on the internet.
In the struggle between positive and negative energies, the most consistent and persistent energy wins. Open your heart and do it over and over again. This will conquer your inner turmoil. But also, if we do this together, over and over again, we will win this Crisis of Consciousness.
Divine Lineage has been on this for several years with their Peace Fires sending the intent “Let there be peace on earth and love for one another”. They are also responding to recent events with their Virtual Ashram meetings to uplift and commune.
Together we can create a world legacy of love, compassion, cooperation, and interconnectedness. If we do not, those other negative states of consciousness will prevail. What we think, feel, and choose matters. What I am asking you to do is, to choose to use this as an opportunity to heal your inner self. Choose love. Choose forgiveness. Choose compassion for yourself and others. Choose God. Choose to be the God in you.
Cindy Lindsay Rael
has been an energy healer and teacher for 25 years. She has studied with Sri Kaleshwar since 2001. She is a graduate of Kaleshwar's Soul University in India and is a certified teacher of the ancient mantra and yantra systems. Prior to her work in the Vedic tradition, she studied, conducted healing, and taught in the Inca traditions of Peru. Cindy also earned a PhD. in Psychology and was a university professor and consultant.
Cindy conducts both distance and in-person healing sessions and teachings. To read more on her approach to Sai Shakti Healing see www.divinesoulhealer.com. In addition, Cindy offers Divine Baby Blessings to pregnant mothers and works with many issues of the Holy Womb (www.wombhealing.com).