This week’s topic is spiritual kindergarten… and it continues. This is a safe space. Your spiritual kindergarten is a place you can return to in order to feel safe and feel joy again. The joy part is so important. Picking up my old favorite spiritual books brings me joy. Picking up those first ever tumbled stones I got as a child brings me a flood of joy and happy memories. I got my first stones and crystals as a child in Arizona! They came to me and healed me and I loved them before I ever got a book about healing crystals! I even acquired raw turquoise when the men in my family took a hunting trip and stumbled onto a turquoise mine.
I remember being spellbound on trips to Sedona as a kid. I eventually found a channelled poem I wrote as a child inside a book…I had some definite “woo-woo” stuff going on — yet no way to nurture it. I’m sure I got in trouble for writing in that book, in fact. Shamed over my “woo-woo-ness” by my mother. I’ve mentioned my mother a lot, and it’s that time of year 1) when I lost her and 2) when she visits. IF she visits.
In the first years after her death, there were more visits. This got me into books about the afterlife, one in particular was about Tibetan Buddhism called, “Good Life, Good Death.” That was the most therapeutic book I read after her death. People give you a lot of weird and sad books when someone dies. This was one I had selected myself. I was hitting my yoga mat listening the Shiva Rea CD “Shakti Rhythms,” which I’ve also been turning to lately as I revisit my spiritual kindergarten, or spiritual happy place.
Why is this the time of year when my mom’s spirit visits the Earthly realm? The veil is thinning, folks. “The veil” meaning the screen between the two worlds. There’s the spirit plane and the Earthly plane. Halloween night it is its thinnest. So it’s thinning right now. I don’t remember who taught me this so I can’t cite my source. I don’t even remember when I learned this. So google it. Again — don’t take my word for it. If there is anything a Destiny Architect is, it’s a critical thinker. I find skepticism healthy.
It’s up to you to decide how to build up your safe and happy spiritual place. It’s a place that is your base and you can return to it when times get rough. It’s your refuge. For some, it is their Bible or other religious text. Maybe it’s a practice, like yoga or journaling. Maybe its your first oracle card deck. Maybe it’s crystals or jewelry or pendulum.
For me, even if I can’t have my tangible grounding “stuff,” I have my breath. I have meditation. I can always sit, close my eyes, and breathe. I can speak affirmations. I can take one minute to meditate if nothing else. We always have one minute. I know for a while there this summer, life was touch and go. I realized at some point I had stopped breathing. I wasn’t practicing with my breath. I wasn’t listening to my heart beat. I wasn’t grounding. I felt so out of touch. This is what happens under stress. This is “fight or flight” when your adrenaline takes hold. This is why spiritual practice is so important — it gives us something to return to. It gives us a coping skill. It gives us rest.