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How To Protect Your Mental Health In 2021

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and diosraw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our second topic is focused on «How To Thrive In 2021.» Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

At this moment in time, things seem uncertain. Our mental health is the foundation, the garden, from which our flowers grow.. Many of us are living in lockdowns which have been shown in many studies to affect our mental health in a negative way.

Here are some tips on protecting your mental health in 2021:

Support Network. People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends to talk over the phone, or seek out activities you can do together such as having a deep conversation and collaborating on a project.

Taking care of yourself physically. Looking after your body can improve your mental health since both are intertwined. Be sure to: Eat nutritious meals, avoid smoking and vaping, drink plenty of water and exercise (which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods).

Spend some time with an animal friend. Time with animals lowers the stress hormone cortisol and boosts oxytocin – which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don’t have a pet, hang out with a friend who does or volunteer at a shelter if you can.

Practice forgiveness. Even if it’s just forgiving that person who cut you off during your commute. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives.

Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression in college students and increases anxiety, food cravings and reduces your productivity.

Humour. Laughter is one of the best medicines. Getting through these times involves finding the humour in situations rather than seeing something as a curse. Change your perspective and see the blessing. Put some funny videos on, talk to a friend and laugh, increasing your immune system strength and lowering pain levels.

Discover Spirituality. Look into different spiritual concepts. Do you know what spirituality is? Awakening the spirit within you will help your mental health by learning you are an eternal spirit that never dies.

Manage your news and social media intake. Try to find a source of news that you can trust during these difficult times to keep you informed. But take a break from it all and check the news every once in a while. Try to also limit your intake of news and social media, which can help you manage your feelings if you find yourself worried or if you are finding news updates upsetting.

Are you feeling claustrophobic or trapped? Open the windows to let in fresh air or you could spend time sitting on your doorstep, or in the garden if you have one. Try looking at the sky out of the window or from your doorstep. This can help to give you a sense of space and regularly change the rooms you spend time in.

Take in as much sun and fresh air as you can. Being outside, particularly surrounded by nature and greenery, can benefit your mental wellbeing. If you are able to leave your home under current government restrictions, try to seek out walks or areas to exercise that are nearby but also allow you to be surrounded by nature. If you are unable to be outside, try opening your window and spending time in rooms which get a lot of natural light. You could also try garden planters on your window sills or placing house plants around your home.

Find things you love doing. Do you write? Do you love to cook? Do you enjoy painting? Do you love to learn new things? Focus on these and boost your mood.

Work on the self. This is a time to go within and discover yourself. Who are you? What values do you live by? Who is that voice in your head? Get to know yourself and ask yourself questions, I’m sure you’ll be intrigued by what you find.

Talking about your feelings. Talking can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your well being and doing what you can to stay healthy. Talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone. And it works both ways. If you open up, it might encourage others to do the same.

Clean your outer environment. Having an ordered and clean surrounding will make you feel more in control, calmer and relaxed. When your outer world is ordered, you will be inspired to keep your inner world ordered.

Establish a routine and schedule. Bringing structure to your day can give you a better sense of control and can make a difference to your mental health. Work out how you will spend your time each day, write it down and check-in with your schedule regularly.

Nutritious foods. Choose foods that will nourish your mind and body. A plant based diet that is rich in diversity has been proven to boost good mental health and take years off your life. Cherries, avocados, grapes, nuts, legumes and greens will brighten your mind.

Find new healing methods. Look into alternative healing to find other ways of clearing the past from your mind and body. Sometimes conventional medicine doesn’t have all the answers for your health. Have you looked into aromatherapy? Acupuncture? Reflexology?

The future of communication will be cyberspace. With the way things are going, the world is turning to the internet for support and connection. Start a blog, find online support groups or groups with similar interests to you. You may find new friends and different forks in the road may open up for you!

We’ll catch you next time, before you go, here is some food for thought:

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein. Try something outside of your comfort zone.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” -Maya Angelou. If you have personal experience with mental illness or recovery find a way of sharing it with others. Check out what other people are saying on different cyberspace sites such as WordPress.

We hope this post helped aid you in protecting your mental health this year with some ideas to add to your tool kit. Let us know below how you choose to protect your mental health!

Poetry #76: Four Walls

Locked in these four walls

Does anyone percieve these silent screaming calls?

Days don’t seem to mean anything anymore

That’s lost in the muffled past of the old world folklore

Time has lost it’s meaning

Days lost in translation, intervening

Dreams echo in my psyche

The real world is shiveringly spiky

My flowers are wilting

Emotions tilting

Sinking into mundane

The world around seems insane

Media manipulation

Contortions of concentration

The masses brainwashed

Day after day brains sloshed

Here I am

Melting into the sofa

Sitting in the same place

In this physical case

The old world will never come back again

Not that we wanted it to remain the same

In a society that sets us up for failure

With leaders spiritually immature

The future remains uncertain

An aura of mystery lies behind the curtain.

-DiosRaw 17/01/21 10:59AM

Poetry #22: Canine Love

Hobbling around

Trying not to make a sound

This hound

Of ours

Laying down with sleepy eyes

Notices me

We gaze at eachother

We are one another

Though the dim light

Her beauty nearly brings me to tears

I feel emotionally weak

Kneeling down next to her

I hear her heart beating

I feel the warmth of her aura

I feel the comfort of her fur

I wrap my arms around her in despair

With a few tears running off her coat

I tickle her belly

And tell her I love her

I tell her I wish I was her

She lifts her paws up for me to touch

I could cry at the warmth of her body

Next my dead and numb and damaged human space vehicle

I put my face next to hers

I put my hand near her heart

And kiss her face,

Kiss her soft silky ears,

Kiss her by her leathery nose

I send her reiki healing

Through source into her

I use my last energy to give to her

As I stood up to wave farewell for today

She fills me with love

I feel a difference in my energy

She had lifted me up

As I walk away I say goodnight and sleep well

I will see you in the morning beautiful girl

My stomache wrenches and tears prick my eyes

Falling down my black clothes

Such a beautiful creature

And such a beautiful energy lift

She gave me the little shift

I needed to walk up the stairs

The stairway to nothingness

But I am grateful for this.

-Amber @diosraw 23/12/20 00:03AM

Shamanism #1: Shape-Shifting

The Art of Shapeshifting

“I feel the wind flowing around my wing feathers as I float in the air suspended by the invisible breeze. I look down and see the forest below me, then briefly toward the horizon. I flap my wings a few times, moving into the flow of air and soar even higher! My human body is somewhere, but I pay it no mind right now. My consciousness is here, now, in this other physical being. I am Hawk!”

We hear folk tales and fairy tales that describe how men and women transform into animals or vice-versa. The Frog Prince comes to mind, as does the Irish tale of the Selkie (as in the movie, The Secret of Roan Inish) where a seal comes to the land and shape-shifts into a woman. A young man falls in love with her, hides the sealskin so she won’t be able to return to the sea, and they marry. Yet she pines to return to the sea and eventually finds the hidden skin, puts it around her like a cloak and immediately shape-shifts back to being a seal. Other tales abound of humans who become wolves or other animals, such as werewolves or weretigers—a recent comical version being the Nick Parks movie, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Children playing will spontaneously growl like a bear, spread their arms as if in flight, or crawl along on the ground lizard-like. As adults we often smile and take delight in observing children in these games, and if we tap into our own inner child we may even join them. We’ll tend to write off this kind of play as childhood imagination. In doing so, however, we denigrate the incredible power of imagination and how it can open up realms that are beyond the usual senses. Consider imagination as extending beyond our immediate physical self and consciousness into the energy field of the world around us and different dimensions and possibilities become available, ones in which we can extend our “self” into.

There are many stories of shamans who have mastered this ability to shift their form and consciousness into animal-beings because they have not limited their imaginative capacity to the degree that those of us in modern civilization have been conditioned. Indigenous peoples not only lived in the natural world but were of it and intimately connected to the earth-beings both physically and spiritually.

Shamans had a particular gift of being able to transit across the usual boundaries of the self by sending their soul (or consciousness) via the shamanic journey into non-ordinary reality. There they would contact various spirit guides, including spirit animals, that assisted them with sustaining their tribe or community by helping them with healing, finding food sources, weather magic, and various other kinds of guidance.

Shamans had a specialized relationship with an animal spirit guide that was their power animal (they often had more than one) that served to guide and protect them in both ordinary and especially non-ordinary reality. They were known to shift their consciousness into the body and being of that animal, sometimes actually becoming the animal while still retaining their primary human consciousness. They would also commonly allow their power animal to cohabit their human form so their power animal could experience what it was like to be human for a while. This mutual arrangement was a way of honoring their power animal and deepening that relationship. The art of shapeshifting was a fact, not merely a theory or fantasy.

With the increasing interest and practice of shamanism in the past few years, more people are learning how to journey and are discovering their power animals. Yet you don’t have to be an expert at shamanic practices to get a sense of what shapeshifing is all about. You just have to be willing to open your mind, heart, and allow your imagination to lead the way.

One simple exercise to try is to call on any animal spirit guide with whom you have an affinity (doesn’t have to be a power animal), sit or lie down, close your eyes, take a couple of deep breaths, and invite this animal spirit to come into your body and consciousness. Notice how you feel. Can you feel the fur, feathers, or skin of the animal? Can you see with their eyes? Hear with their eyes? Any emotions come up? Just simply observe all of this for just a few minutes, then thank the spirit animal and release them.

The power of imagination is limitless and is what will help us remember our forgotten intimacy with all of life here on earth. Shapeshifting to any degree is one way to help us rediscover that memory at a very profound level.”

Source: https://drstevenfarmer.com/the-art-of-shapeshifting-2/

Dolphins

“Dolphins are leaving your planet in great numbers. Not only do they beach themselves upon your shores, they also catch themselves purposely in the fishing nets. Dolphins are very smart creatures; they are not victims. They are leaving the planet to you because it is time for you to take stewardship. Animals trust themselves and know that they simply change form when they die. They know there is a new world forming, so many of the species that are becoming “extinct” are actually moving through dimensional frequencies and advancing onto a new Earth as the old Earth is dying.”

Source: https://thegalacticfederation.com/11-033?utm_content=11992000&utm_medium=Email&utm_name=Id&utm_source=Actionetics&utm_term=Email

Animals & Universal Consciousness

“More often than I like to admit, I’m forced to realize that some people are simply a lot smarter than I am – doggone it. At other times, I catch myself in one of those moments of spontaneous prideful arrogance, thinking how much smarter I am than somebody else.

It’s easy for me to see that there are lots of people smarter than I am, and maybe a few who aren’t. I think, therefore I think I know what intelligence is – but that intelligence has let me down many times in the past, as it has for even “the greatest minds of their times” – former members of The Flat Earth Society and all.

For much of my life I thought that, at least, I was smarter than an animal – an assumption taken for granted in our modern, technological culture. Now, I think that assumption was wrong. I think animals are smarter than all of us, and it all has to do with the arrogant, typically human way I think about what intelligence is.

My intelligence seems to be a function of how well my senses and capabilities work, especially in terms of feeling “successful” about my life; but what if I could hear, see, or smell, thousands of times better than I can? What kind of world would I perceive, and how much more would I know about it? What if I didn’t have to worry about wearing clothes (believe me, I do), or whether I had a roof over my head? What if the supermarket were closed, or I was dropped in the middle of the ocean or the woods – could I feed myself, or would I end up becoming somebody’s dinner? Suddenly, I don’t sound much like ‘the top of the food chain.’

“Stay calm. Share your bananas.”—Koko the Gorilla

Profound Consciousness in Animals
One of the most difficult barriers for people to break is the one that prevents us from perceiving the profound levels of consciousness alive in our animal relatives. This kind of prison of the human ego that demands we place ourselves above all other creatures is possibly the most soul-depleting (and destructive) obstacle to human spiritual evolution there is, forcing us to live life through the limited filter of human sensory experience, generally misinterpreted by our collective and personal ego, and the delusions of “intellect.” As a result, we tend to destroy our home and hurt those from whom we could learn the most.

Science Demonstrates Animals Are Self-Aware
Cetaceans
Let’s consider a couple of different realities about animal intelligence that science is demonstrating with increasing regularity; the first reality being what we’re most familiar with – the intelligence described by language, cognition, and problem-solving abilities.

Recent studies indicate that dolphins, and other cetaceans, display so much of this type of intelligence, in so many ways, that they should be considered as “non-human persons.”

“Science has shown that individuality – consciousness, self-awareness – is no longer a unique human property.”

– Ethics Professor Tom White, Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles, in BBC News

Cetaceans efficiently adapt rational processes to overcome problems and take part in team efforts – even between species. They clearly possess complex language skills, so much so, in fact, that even whale songs which originate in one area of the earth’s oceans can become popular, and migrate to other parts of the world, like hit songs. Cetaceans also demonstrate compassion and are unquestionably self-aware.

“These are ancient, sentient Earth residents, with tremendous intelligence and enormous life force. Not someone to kill, but someone to learn from.”

Dr. John C. Lilly, on his research with dolphins

Crows
Crows possess human-like intelligence that includes problem-solving on a level greater than most six-year-old human children. They also exhibit an elaborate and nuanced language, as well as self-awareness, superb personal recognition, character determination, personal attachments, and cooperative, community-oriented behavior. These are all characteristics also shared by elephants, whose infra-sonic speech (which they can hear up to six miles away) when speeded up, sounds remarkably articulate, like talking.

Dogs
Even man’s best friend, the good ol’ family dog, has been shown through the science of MRI brain-scan analysis to demonstrate neurological activity very similar to that of humans. In addition, dogs, cats, and other animals demonstrate cognitive, and even what we may consider ‘extra-sensory’ skills that relate to another, more profound kind of intelligence – one that may add credence to the assertion that the wholeness of animal intelligence is, in some very critical ways, superior to our own.

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., in his direct, video-documented experiments on dog telepathy and his book, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, has demonstrated how dogs are aware of when their distant owners (partners) even start to think about returning home. His experiments, although roundly dismissed as unscientific, feature dog owners returning home after absences of different durations, and the video-documented simultaneous responses of the dogs, back at home, clearly indicate an awareness of their owners’ intentions and actions from afar.

Animals and Telepathy
It’s long been known that many animals demonstrate a reliably ‘telepathic’ awareness of oncoming earthquakes, tsunamis, and other catastrophic phenomena; and dogs, with their largely unexplained ESP, can read emotional states more reliably than a lie detector and are currently employed working to sense and warn of oncoming seizures in epileptics, as well as detecting cancer in hospital patients – well before standard medical tests can.

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All of this relates to what Dr. Sheldrake refers to as “morphic resonance,” the existence of invisible connecting fields of energetic coherence, of sorts, essentially described by the larger concept of a shared field of consciousness, where the material world is imbued with the energy of intelligence, the physical realization of spiritual life. It’s the spiritual life of the planet and all of its occupants, a reality known for millennia by the indigenous peoples of every continent, but mostly denied by “modern” man. Here we know it as Gaia.

Animals, unlike humans, simply live their being. Their consciousness is joined with that Source intention, so they attain purity of conscious, highly developed multi-sensory experience that humans never realize mostly due to the interference of our intellect.

Unburdened by superficial, egoic thought, animals’ senses allow them to participate in an infinitely richer world, directly joined to what we may refer to as the Divine field of being.

They are highly sentient, extraordinarily conscious, and deeply intelligent, in a very real way. In a world that is, in fact, much more real than common human sensory perception and thought ever allows.

Animals Enhance Our Spiritual Evolution
Alex, an African Gray parrot, became a practically conversational research associate of Dr. Irene Pepperburg of Brandeis, after more than thirty years of working together on a daily basis; and, by her testimony, he was her best friend. His final words said to her as she left the laboratory the night before his death were: “You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you.”

I like to think that I’m smart, that I know good from bad, and right from wrong. I’ve guess I’ve eaten that mythological forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That’s what got us humans kicked out of The Garden, wasn’t it? As it is, we’ve been struggling with what our real role is here ever since, and still insist on imposing our self-entitled destruction on all the Divine life that we remain ignorant about – on all the Divine life that I like to think I’m smarter than.

“I do not see a delegation for the four-footed. I see no seat for the eagles. We forget and we consider ourselves superior, but we are, after all, a mere part of the Creation…the elements and the animals, and the birds, they live in a state of grace. They are absolute. They can do no wrong. It is only we, the two-leggeds, that can do this. And when we do this to our brothers, then we do the worst in the eyes of the Creator.”

Oren Lyons, to the United Nations, 1974″

Source: https://www.gaia.com/article/animals-and-universal-consciousness