When you are in an overwhelming situation, some people, the way they cope with that level of overwhelm is to choose not to look at the situation that is unfolding around you, not to look at what life is showing you, but to choose instead to look at something like how you would like it to be or how you would like to make it up to be. You know, that is a coping mechanism for lots of people but it doesn't really work, eh? You know? It can work for a short period of time, but, you know, not for your whole life. We agree--sometimes it's a really good idea for people to hold that frequency of fantasy, you know, until they are in a position to be able to really take in and handle what they actually have to deal with. Life doesn't really lie to you--it shows you reality. So when you are bringing yourself to that state of peace and you can be cognitive of that peaceful feeling inside you even though you're looking around and noticing chaos everywhere around you, you are thus able to create almost like a template within yourself for peace, for success, for being able to get through a situation.
Believing that, you know, no matter what happens we're going to get through this, has often been a way for people of creating a template that they can follow. Now that's really different than, I don't want to pay attention, you know, to all of the people standing there with guns and I don't want to pay attention to this threat there and that threat there, and there's a forest fire spreading though. I am going to pretend that my house is safe regardless of all the smoke I see. That's real different than the medicine person that says, Hey, this is a really interesting art I'm going to practice of keeping those flames separate from my house, and maybe I'm going to be pouring water all over my house to make sure that happens.
So, yeah, people, when they're looking for signs--the best signs that life can give you is, Is it working? Is this creating a positive outcome for you? Is this keeping you in that state of calm so that you can actually have action appropriate for the situation that you're in? Many people look for signs from life to let them know, Am I in that flow? Are things working for me? And life will show you. If you're in that flow, what you need will be shown to you, whether it's a parking spot close by or clear traffic to get quickly where you need to go. Or for some people they've got signs of a particular animal will show up or a series of numbers will up, or life will show something that lets them know, Yes, okay, I'm on the right track--keep going, keep following this trajectory I'm set on, and you watch for the responses of life, what life says back to you as you're doing it.
So if you're thinking, I'm going to believe that our house is okay even though flames are coming at us. We're just going to sit here and pretend everything's okay, you know--well, if suddenly the winds change direction, then you know, guess what; that was right course of action for you and you were in the state of grace. If life's not showing you that, the sparks are flying; that lets you know, Okay, I'm just in denial and we'd better get out of here.
Life will show you. It is really an art of listening and of learning you are part of the ecosystem itself. And like we said; being tapped in through your roots to the physical reality, the earth around you, so that you are hearing from the planet itself and all that it manifests in your plane, and you're also connected to your soul self who has that deeper wisdom. Manoeuvring from that space through tricky situations, just through life itself is an awful lot easier than manoeuvring through in constant fear and self doubt. It's just a lot easier to get through things when you are able to spend at least part of your time in that state of grace.
Communities around the world, and many of your ancestral communities, really understood that if you wanted your community to be in harmony together, you know, that there were ways that you could bring a group of people together and create a frequency field that allows everybody to find a way to attain that state of vibration where you are at one with each other, with the environment, and with your spirit.
Meditation assists you personally to come into a state of calm, to bring your emotional and your mental being together with your spirit, and allowing that joining of frequency to permeate through the physical body so your body is flowing with that calm vibration. Regular meditation can help you to learn how to hold yourself in that state. People that practice daily meditation, it's much easier for them to bring themselves quickly to a calm state than those who haven't practiced it; it's not part of their regular spiritual practice. So, it can be very beneficial for doing that.
Ritual, celebration; these are ways of bringing your community together to help you or achieve together a state of being. Prayer, when you're praying together is also meant to do that. Chanting, using music, sound vibration--these are all ways that you can use your emotional and mental self together with spirit. And you know, cultures all over the world have found really different and interesting ways to help people with that. Many cultures use a drum to bring everybody's hearts into rhythm with each other, and when that happens and when everybody is bringing themselves into that vibratory state that the drum will hold, it allows your mental, physical and emotional being to connect with spirit. Some cultures used ants to help people bring themselves into that state of being connected with everything around them and with themselves. The use of prayer or chanting is another way that folks have discovered that can get them to that state. But you know, we even suggest simple things like singing a child's song in your mind or singing out loud to bring all of yourself into that state.
You know, you think about stories that you see of folks who are having to march together towards war, and they'll sing together or they'll drum together; this is a way to combat that, from self from falling into that state of fear and get you in a unified place. You can use those same techniques to bring yourself to a place of calm and peace--just singing out loud can even be enough to help you navigate those stormy times in life.
The state of grace is meant to unify you--you, the personality self with what's going on in life, in your environment, in your community, and unify you with your own spirit so you can be connected better with the support and help from the unseen realms. Any practices that can help you come to a state of calm and peace within yourself, can hold you in a vibratory field that your spirit self can much more easily reach you and communicate to you at, and hold you in a vibratory field that life itself can much more easily reach you and show you options in that moment. However you choose to use these practices that are available to you doesn't matter as long as it's helping you come to that place of love--then it's working.
by Red & the Council of Elders