The one to one work that I have been doing lately has been delighting me. Delight is not a word I use often, but it seems to best express the mixture of surprise and joy that I feel when ‘something new’ shows up.
What I do in a session is feel into the energy of a person. This usually looks like me holding your feet gently and moving my way up towards the head as guided. I just stay open to what comes and something always does. I listen to the body/mind/spirit and I invite you to join in. Anyways- this is just setting the context for this morning, when I had one of those moments when I am taken off guard with a great visual and reframe. I have permission from this client to share with you.
What I was seeing in my mind was this person was tethered to a fixed point, like a dog on a chain, but it was more like a leather lead. She was pulling and pulling and the thoughts were - my past is holding me back, tying me down. She was creating a lot of tension on the line and that’s exactly what it felt like- tension. I explained this all to her and she reported that she could feel and see it as well. In my mind’s eye I suggested some possibilities, untether, pull out from the center, dissolve the leash- but I heard no, no, no. When this happens I am alerted to ask “Spirit, what would you have us do?”
Here’s the good part. The picture modified in my mind. I saw that what I thought was the past, the centre, was actually the present and what I thought was the future was actually the past, a complete flip.
I shared this with the client and invited her to stop move towards the present (the centre, the tether) and sit down, allowing the tension to go out of the rope. Her body and mind immediately relaxed. When I asked her what she was thinking she said “I’m trying to think but nothing is coming, my mind is resting and I was just listening to the birds!!” This is a woman with a normally super busy mind, just moments before she had reported that her mind was going a million miles a second.
I just love the metaphor of this, that we are actually tethered to the present and yet always pulling away from it, choking and exhausting ourselves, barking at everything that goes by.
I’m going to try and capture more of these as the visuals and their stories are so helpful to me. For now I am going to move towards the center and relax, letting go of the tension and knowing that I am firmly connected.
Have a great weekend.