I invited Nancy Wesson to contribute the following post, after I read a version of it in her blog, (http://atexangoesquesting.blogspot.com/). Nancy is a writer, a twenty year consultant in the fields of spiritual and personal growth, and most recently a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Uganda 2011-2013), now living in Maupin, Oregon. She writes:
Over the past twenty five years or so, working with energy (i.e personal energy fields, not your electric bill), both professionally and through personal practice, I have learned that we can rely on the following principles, which are shared by both the science and spiritual practice of working with energy.
1. Everything exists as packets of energy, each vibrating at its signature frequency, which can be demonstrated as a sine wave. Humans are a collection of energy-packets in a skin-suit, operating within a field of energy called a biofield (scientific term) or aura (metaphysical term). It’s both measurable and changeable.
2. Because we vibrate, we are transmitters—sending out our unique vibrational signal, a signal that impacts everyone around us. Remember how things vibrate when the bass on your stereo is too loud? Same concept, but more subtle.
3. Like any other transmitter, the signal we broadcast determines the signal with which we will resonate, i.e. a radio-signal tuned to Heavy Metal, will not receive Beethoven, just as a signal tuned to hate and fear will not resonate with love and gratitude.
4. Like a radio operator, we get to manage our operational frequency and tune it to what we want to receive (experience) and what we generate (manifest). We do this via intention, thoughts, and emotions. Now, take a leap with me while we connect the ends of the continuum and talk about emotions as frequencies: high-frequencies = love, gratitude, compassion; low-frequencies = fear, judgment, anger.
Learning how to manage our energy/frequency/emotions is the single most powerful tool we possess. The power to do this is within every one of us. We are deciders, more than doers.
What does this have to do with COVID 19?
It turns out, it has much to do with boosting immunity, both individual and collective.
Amid the chaos surrounding the virus, and the compassionate and necessary actions of physical-distancing, self-isolation, and hand washing as ways to safeguard ourselves, families and communities, it’s vitally important to ALSO know that:
We EACH carry an effective arsenal of immunity building capabilities within ourselves.
That capability rests in knowing HOW we control our frequencies—our emotions—which directly influence immunity. What follows is a partial list of practices anyone can do, to build immunity and support each other, now and always.
In 2009, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn won the Nobel Prize for her 1984 discoveries regarding telomeres (found at the ends of chromosomes) and their relationship to immunity. Longer telomeres translate to stronger immunity, and medical research shows that those telomeres can be lengthened through various practices in a matter of weeks.
In 2008, the Dalai Lama and a group of biomedical scientists came together for a conference on Longevity and Tibetan Medicine. Among other things, was the discovery that the practice of gratitude lengthens telomeres, and therefore supports immunity.
So gratitude is the first on my list of daily practices.
1. Gratitude: in addition to lengthening telomeres, reduces stress and cortisol levels, increases IgA (immunoglobulin antibodies), stimulates “feel-good” neurotransmitters and a sense of well being.
a. Keep a gratitude journal.
b. Sit with gratitude for ten-minutes a few times per day.
2. If experiencing fear, shift to gratitude, love, compassion for ANY event in your life. Trying to talk yourself out of fear is like putting-lipstick-on-a-pig, so shift to a memory, event or relationship that stimulates gratitude.
3. If you can, meditate. Any method that works for you is effective and as little as fifteen minutes a day can stimulate creativity, calm the amygdala, and reduce reactivity in emotional responses.
4. Strengthen and take responsibility for your personal biofield by creating your own high-frequency bubble of good-in, good-out. For Star-Trek fans, think of this as your own personal deflector shield. (And NO, I’m NOT suggesting that this replace physical-distancing.
5. Be responsible for the energy/attitude/intention you bring to interactions. Experiments show that when two people are placed in a room, even in the absence of behavioral interaction, their brain waves will synchronize and the person with the most coherent brain wave pattern has the greatest influence. Coherency is supported by meditation and emotion. In other words, you change another person/situation merely by your presence
6. Increase the synergy between head and heart through visualization, breath, intention, or meditation. Heart-brain coherency changes blood chemistry, cognition, emotional response and many other biological functions. To learn more, check out HeartMath Institute. For those of you who like gadgets to help guide you, they are available. Several of my clients have found them useful.
7. Pause and consider the larger metaphysical implications of the current crisis on society, environment, and systems that may no longer serve us. Further, what are the implications at a personal level, and what are you meant to learn as an individual consciousness at this point in your own evolution?
8. Put yourself on an energy-diet. Literally, choose your energetic intake: monitor and manage your exposure to toxic “news,” fear mongering, and any media (including t.v, movies and articles) that focus on victimization, whatever the method. Prolonged fear and anger reduce immunity. This is not to say you can’t be informed, but choose discernment rather than reactivity and judgment.
9. Finally, use the opportunity of staying-at-home in ways that support you, not to just pass-the-time. What are the things you’ve been saying you “don’t have time for?” Evaluate the things that have fallen away; what served you and what didn’t? How can you use this time to build relationships (with yourself or others)” “Go deep,” as one of my sons would say, and discover the wilderness within. You might be surprised by what you find, and what you’ll heal.
In short, in the context of so much external uncertainty and change, we can be our own best allies because of our phenomenal innate resources for managing our thoughts, energy, emotions, immunity, and brain chemistry. Sometimes helping in a crisis boils down to being the person in your circle who can stay grounded and centered and hold space for others going through rough times.
Your own energy is a powerful source for others and can offer solace simply through your presence.
Be the light that guides the way.
Nancy Wesson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org