I have worked for many years incorporating energetic healing work with body work. As a result, I have become a body interpreter. My role is often to give the message that the soul is trying to tell you through your body. This is often not a comfortable role, because if it has manifested as pain and disease in the body, generally it is something you really do not want to hear. Of course, there are times that you just overdo it and hurt yourself, but if it does not heal right up, you can be sure it is a message. Louise Hay has wonderful resources on the subject.
I have observed the universal pockets of pain and the individual ones. I observed that when I pay a lot of attention to the political climate, I get pain under my armpits. On me, I thought this was hysterically funny; thinking that is a great place to keep them and proceeded to give them an energetic eviction notice, moving the energy and shifting my focus. Working with others, I do not find it funny. So many of us suffer from environmental and sociological depression. Knowing in the depths of us that we are here to help heal the mess. This shoulder armpit pain is a hopeless feeling. Knowing that there is so much to be done yet being unable to do anything to change the situation. It is sad. It is collective. This pain begins in the sub scapula and over time radiates through the whole shoulder and heart and locking up the neck and throat. Its message is simple, “you are powerless to change the things you came here to change.” It is inherently linked into our economic system and cultural structures. We each have a personal story that is part of the collective one.
Why am I telling you this? Just to make you hyper aware of your pain that many accept as never-ending? No, Of course not. I am bringing this to your conscious awareness so you can begin to unwind it.
To begin to engage this work you might hold the idea that you must do it alone; that is the key to shifting this pattern. U.S. society is so focused on self and “the one” who will come and save us all, we unconsciously accept this as true. So when our soul gives us a huge assignment we immediately think we have to do it alone. Add in some trust issues and you have a perfect recipe for stuck energy. In case you have not noticed, stuck sucks. So let's begin with the truth as I see it. You are important. Everyone of us. Not doing what you came here to do is pointless. We all came here to interact and be of service in some way to each other, to plants, ecosystems, animals, microbes, communities, children. What part you are to play is for you to know, but I assure you that you have a part. We often think our part is not important and poo-poo it as insignificant. Stop that. The idea we must do it alone is the dream killer, the passion slayer. Yet we are so indoctrinated and fearful of each other that we do not even know how to admit what it is we truly want to do let alone have the courage to do it. To untangle those shoulders start by answering the question, "
What do I really want to do?"
You have to make your inner critic sit in the corner when asking this question. Otherwise your answer will immediately be killed off by your critic. Do not think that it will be only one thing, but do focus on one thing at a time. Do not make the mistake of thinking you must go out and do your own thing in order to fulfill your soul's purpose. For some that is true. For others working within established systems and working to make change from within is the way. Assume nothing. Allow yourself to be surprised by the answers that come. Once you get your answer the next question is,
"Who is going to be on my team?"
You do not need to be right. People may or may not show up, but this question is the antidote to the idea you will be alone. The next question is,
"What is the first (or next) step?"
Make a list and begin. Asking these questions will bring up fear and activate all kinds of self sabotage. Just so you know... Do it anyway.
I know it is easy for me to say and actually doing it is a big deal.
Here is a little haiku to make it seem easy.
Working together as one.
What seems impossible becomes easy
We can lift any load
Josephine Thomason is an artist, healer, teacher.