“We teach what we need to learn and write what we need to know”
That being said, it should not be a surprise or coincidence that I find myself in the middle of teaching the Building Blocks of Mediumship or that I feel compelled to write this blog on being grounded as I have found myself very off kilter as of late. I even mentioned to my husband, “No matter what I seem to do lately, I just feel off and can’t seem to keep myself grounded.”
Why do I feel that way you may ask?
Well physically, I’ve been feeling every one of my 34 years. Over the last month, I have woken up more days than not with headaches, groggy and with achy bones. And, if you were to talk to my chiropractor and massage therapist, she would tell you I’ve been all knotted up in my shoulders and neck. I’ve been trying to pass these aches and knots off on the weather, if I’m honest with myself I know that is not the reason. These aches and pains are a result of holding on to excess energy and not becoming fully grounded.
And that’s just the physical symptoms. If we talk about my focus and cognition. Well that’s been a hot mess!! A hot mess that’s been driving my hubby bonkers. Over the last couple weeks, I just can’t keep my focus on anything. In stores, if we find ourselves there more than ten minutes I start aimlessly wandering around looking for who knows what. And don’t even get started with conversations, the slightest distraction will take me off on a tangent which may or may not lead back to the original topic.
Again, a sign I’m ungrounded.
As for emotionally, I’ve been able to keep a cool head. Well most of the time and as long as I’m not caught off guard. Lately when I’m startled, it has been harder to redirect… as was the case when I was teaching and the venue had been unexpectedly changed. My students saw my frustration written all over my face. Not because I was mad, but because I felt on shaky ground.
Through all of this, I feel fortunate that I’m self-aware, I was able to recognize this and have been doing my darnedest to get myself grounded. I’ve been forcing myself to do grounding meditations. I’ve been walking around with hematite in my pocket. But most importantly I’ve forced myself to SLOW DOWN which has resulted in me spending more time playing with the baby and the dogs as well as doing the things I love like cooking.
Taking the time to slow down has reminded me that I can’t always be turned on. Nor can I continue to turn the switch to Spirit on and then abruptly turn the switch off. By doing this I’m short circuiting my connection to the earth, not allowing myself to heal and quite frankly just wearing myself out. So while it is hard to say NO, I have to remember that by saying NO and sticking to my boundaries (without making exceptions for a friend of a friend or someone who really “needs” a reading)… I’m going to do for myself, allow myself to heal and keep myself grounded! Maybe then I can leave the crystals at home!
It is a Sanskirt word most commonly used by Hindis, Muslims and Buddhists that pop and new age culture is beginning to embrace. I’ve heard it recently at a yoga studio, at the end of a meditation, even by a cashier (can you believe it!) at the supermarket. But, what does it mean exactly? Most simply stated, Namaste is a greeting that means “I bow to you.” My interpretation of this word goes a little deeper and is: “I recognize the Divine light that resides within you and that shines wisdom upon me.”
Unfortunately, as with any phrase that becomes mainstream, it is my opinion the true intent of the word Namaste is getting watered-down. Due to this, you will rarely hear me utter it.
I do, however, attempt to live EVERY DAY by its meaning.
I do this by honoring the role everyone – from the garbage man to the doctor to the bus driver and policeman – plays. I’m embarrassed to say that there was a point in my life due to my privileged lifestyle, I looked down on pink and blue collar jobs holding only the ‘educated’ white collar workers in high regard. Fortunately, I have matured and recognize the important role we ALL play. Can you imagine if we didn’t have garbage men or plumbers??
To honor the role each of you play, I always try to express my gratitude. Sometimes it is through words. More often through my actions.
One of those actions, the most important, is Respect. I recognize that due to each individual’s unique role and experience, we each have a unique wisdom to share. I try to Listen. It is why if you’ve ever attended a class you will see me facilitate discussion and exercises, rather than lecture or demonstrate. While yes there is information I have to share, I will often defer to others opinions. It is common for other practitioners, be it a chiropractor, licensed counselor or teacher – all experts in their own right – to attend my classes. These individuals (as well as the moms and real estate agents) have knowledge that does not only inform their peers AND adds value to the class.
Unfortunately despite the prevalence of the catch phrase in these groups, I have found individuals DON’T always honor the wisdom others bring. Sometimes people are critical of others opinions. And sometimes they are even critical of me for allowing these outside opinions. There has actually been occasions where due to this practice an attendee has made it apparent that they see me as “less than,” “inexperienced” and “unqualified” to teach.
Fortunately, I am confident in my abilities so the criticism didn’t phase me. When it comes to mediumship, I know I know A LOT. I also know, however, I DON’T know everything. AND, what I have found… when I defer to another attendee, more often than not they give the same response I would. So, the class is getting good information and more importantly… The simple act of honoring and respecting their wisdom is more empowering than a thousand of my words.
It’s amazing how far this kind of honor and respect, without hierarchy, goes. It is effective and memorable. And, IT FEELS GOOD! So, I’m going to keep doing it (most of the time… what can I say, I’m an imperfect human and sometimes the ego does get in the way!)! And, I encourage you to embody Namaste too.
Dawn Lynn is an EveryDay medium. She lives and breathes via her intuition, which as a fourth generation intuitive from a family of Spiritualists came easily. Her abilities became apparent in early childhood and were cultured by a supportive family. Through her Blogs and Vlogs, she wants to help you become the EveryDay medium too.