For the past 22 months we have been told, over and over again, to be afraid, to be very afraid. Instinctively, whatever mechanisms we have to protect ourselves get activated; our 'walls go up'. Often we are not even aware that we do this.
Receiving in its true form is not possible when I have my walls up. How is it that I say this when most of us just received presents during the Holiday Season? Yes, we accepted the present and I wonder how much were we really present with the person? Present with what is going on for that person.
What if the intention of creating so much fear is to separate; to separate us from others; to separate us from nature - not on a cognitive level, rather on an energetic level?
From here on out, I'll keep it in 'I language' and you, the reader take what works for you.
Once, I recognize the separation that is going on, it no longer matters if it is created intentionally or not. It becomes my choice if I separate or not. An instinctive response could be the desire to resist it, to fight it.
I invite you to feel into resisting/fighting something. What is the energy behind it? It is contractive, not expansive. It is a very similar energy to fear itself. What if I don't have to be afraid of fear? What if I can allow fear, be present with it, not make it go away?
If I am afraid of the fear, I contract; the fear becomes bigger. What do you think could happen if I do not contract, if I expand? I become bigger than the fear and the fear shrinks. Granted, that is not something that I just do; it is something I have to practice; to stay present and do it anyway. It's a choice I have to make each time fear comes up. Only as I practice it gets easier and the fear does not come up as much. I am beginning to receive fear. Sounds crazy, I know.
When I am receiving fear, I lower my walls, not raise them up. Lowering my walls, allows me to perceive what is behind the fear and if there is an action I have to take. Action taken from being present with the fear might be quite different from action taken based on the fear.
I admit, it can be overwhelming when I am aware of all the fear, sadness, and other emotions of people around me. It can even be that I get pulled into that energy myself. And, I can get myself out of it by connecting with the earth. These are not emotions the earth has. Right now, in the Winter, there is a stillness, the willingness to receive the sun or rain or snow, to just be present with them. The earth does not check out which becomes tempting in that situation. Connecting with the earth allows me to connect to her energy of receiving.
Would connecting with the earth be something that would allow you to receive too?