Happy Monday, y’all.
Whew, what a freakin’ week. I apologize for missing Wednesday’s newsletter, it completely slipped my mind.
The night of Lion’s Gate into mid-week launched what felt like a new initiation for me, and I was not mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually available for anything. I was going through it.
I share this with you for one reason, and that is to remind you that no matter how much of the work you do, you will still be met with triggers and challenging times (such is life), so please don’t get down on yourself in those moments. Instead, put that work to use. And if you’re unsure how, I get into that further down in this post.
But first—this week’s reading. I’m sure the sight of these cards may ignite some panic. Take a breath, and as always, take what resonates and leave what doesn’t.
I always ask that my personal energy not interfere with the collective readings, however, it kind of feels like what I went through last week was to help guide those who might experience something similar this week. So, let’s dive in…
There’s a lot of mental anguish with these cards. The fear, heartache & loss, and rest are all mental. With that said, what I’m getting is that there are a lot of deeply embedded beliefs and fears that are rising to the surface at this time to be released.
I’m seeing a hamster wheel in the head, anxious feelings, constantly cycling through old memories that feed your fearful thoughts, and a lot of exhaustion because of it. Listen, it makes sense why you’re doing this. Chances are your way of self-preservation was to always be one step ahead of the danger, and in order to do that, you had to be hypervigilant, always aware, always considering what could go wrong, and never making the same mistake again.
But that’s no way to live.
The Base Chakra card is telling me that these thoughts are based in your survival mentality. This is how you operated for a very long time to stay safe, however, you’re being asked to restructure your foundation. What if the only thing you need protection from are your own beliefs?
As if you needed any more evidence that this is all about what goes on in your mind, the numerology of this reading is 7.
Seven is “deep, introspective, intuitive, private, reclusive, secret, separate, distant, and indifferent to the outer world of phenomena but not to the inner worlds of secrecy, intrigue, hidden mysteries. Seven is highly analytical, inquisitive, perfection-seeking, often critical.”
Now, more than ever, is the time to question your thoughts as opposed to immediately assuming they’re true. In coaching, a technique we use is to give that part of yourself a separate name, so that you can create a divide between your identity and the thing that feeds you these beliefs. Talk to them. Challenge them. Have conversations with them.
While I was going through it, one of my best friends told me—Well, Bruna, you can continue to believe the narrative you’ve always told yourself, and feel what you’re feeling, or you can try to consider alternatives that aren’t rooted in your fear. What would make you feel better?
Survival mentality is such a tricky bitch, you don’t even realize when it’s working against you. Feed the thoughts that feed your joy.
I know it seems counter-intuitive to hear this, but your mind is not a trusted companion. It is hugely beneficial for certain things, but not all things. Your mind can very much lie to you. And not because it’s an asshole, but because that’s what it believes it needs to do to keep you safe. There’s a reason we’ve been doing so much heart-centered work this last year. That’s the relationship you need to focus on building and trusting.
Since I’m all too familiar with mental spirals and anxiety, I wanted to offer some additional tips for those moments that can help your nervous system:
Movement, static dancing, shaking
Cold exposure (take a cold shower or put a cold compress on the back of your neck)
Do something creative
Make sure you’re eating (and eating healthy!)
Reiki (find more info here)
Everything is temporary. Take life moment by moment when you need to, and please, please, please give yourself permission to rest.