Processing Ecological Sorrow and Anxiety

Tamara Low

Energetic Freedom Coach, Author

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“Mom, come here!” My son called me to come outside. “It is so beautiful out, look!” He was pointing up to the stars. He said, “feel that”.….for the first time in close to two months, we could see the stars, and due to a MUCH-needed rainfall, the air felt clean, fresh and alive. It felt incredible, mystical! We stood outside in the grass and soaked it all in. But as the effects of the rain wore off the next day, sadly, we were back in the all too familiar smoke haze.

Out of Control Wild Fires

In my wildest dreams, I never could have imagined how the summer of 2021 here in BC (Canada -and numerous other places) would unfold! It started in mid-June with a ‘Heat Dome’ where we (and many places) experienced temperatures that we had never seen before- 49 + degrees Celsius! Which was immediately followed by a raging fire that consumed the entire town of Litton, and up to 300 fires (at one time) took on a life of their own – raging fiercely and persistently out of control.

There have been hundreds of lives lost due to the period of extreme heat; the unimaginable impact of the fires worldwide is creating utter chaos and destruction, consuming homes, livelihoods, animals, habitats/ecological destruction, fueling uncertainly, fear, loss, hopelessness, and impacting our emotional and physical health as chronic thick smoke fills the atmosphere forcing us to -day in and day out take it into our lungs and bodies. It feels like a living nightmare.

How Things Have Changed

Breathing clean air and having an abundance of nature (trees, lakes and beauty) nearby is something I have been very fortunate to know well and experience much of my life, especially here in BC (except for certain periods most summers situated where we are we are inundated with wildfire smoke from somewhere in North America). Still, nothing comes close to what took place this summer! The West Coast of the US has been experiencing the same thing- as have parts of Europe and Siberia – with floods, tornados, cyclones, droughts, etc., also ravaging parts of the world. Oh, and this is all happening as we are globally navigating Covid! It is a whole lot to feel, notice and take in!

The Emergence of Emotions Never Felt Before:

I have been introduced to emotions that I have never felt or been faced with until now. Like most of us, I have faced many difficult emotions in my life, but never before our very own survival/existence here on this stunningly amazing and beautiful planet! Processing ecological sorrow and anxiety could be described as a unique blend of grief, sorrow, sadness, fear, terror, and despair. Meanwhile, on Facebook, I see people with smiling faces and predominantly lovely light and carefree experiences. I feel like many of us in the world live in some alternate bubble (that people cannot quite figure out or understand) because it has not been in their bank of experiences (yet). 

Ever Since I Was Young….

I intuitively or instinctively would go outside in nature for connection, nurturing, balance, calming….When I was having a hard time or experiencing some struggle, the peace of nature always seemed like a good friend offering a warm, inviting, comforting presence, solace – providing answers to my worries and deepest questions. Spending time in the forest is one of my favourite treasured things and being near water. Not being able to have and feel this sacreddivine connection and resonance with nature, the Earth this summer has felt utterly devastating and destabilizing on multiple levels and layers! The planet that sustains us and gives and allows us life- is one which we are 100% dependent on but is in severe crisis because of US!

Processing This as an HSP/Empath

Highly Sensitive PeopleEmpaths, and in particular Earth Empaths are sensitive to intuiting the Earth’s changes in their bodies. Judith Orloff says, “if you’re an Earth Empath, that’s why you get hurt, anxious or have health problems when she is harmed or destroyed. Your body is innately connected to the Earth. You experience her changes as if they were happening to you.” Can I ever relate to this- feeling all the pain, destruction, and harm to the Earth, Her ecosystems, etc.!

Furthermore, the fires and constantly breathing smoky air take a toll physically (burning eyes and lungs), mentally and emotionally- stifling. My brain cannot think, focus, or concentrate. Not being active outside and enjoying the beauty of nature, and being alive on this planet all amount to me feeling low, a bit depressed, energy-less, lifeless, isolated, scared, sad, confused, and helpless. It’s hard to find joy, and creativity, do the things I love or connect with others. Many of us cannot get away from it and so need to simply endure it!

So What Can We Do?

I feel that reaching out to others and talking openly about our feelings/concerns about the climate crisis- is essential! I was introduced to Climate Awakening. They facilitate small group- conversations with people from around the world. Yesterday, I met with three lovely people (one from the US, another from Canada and one from Southern Brazil). You are given question prompts and kindly reminded to stay in the realm of feelings. We all openly shared our feelings, concerns, fears, and how we see the future. It was VERY healing; I was teary from gratitude to connect with these beautiful open-hearted people! We were strangers when the meeting started, and an hour later, they felt like soul family! I cannot recommend it enough! Also, Good Grief Network offers something similar but over a longer ten-week period.

How EFT Tapping and Pranic Healing can Help:

Emotional Freedom Techniques can greatly assist us in gently processing these deep, intricate, and powerful emotions such as sorrow and grief. When these feelings are acknowledged and processed, we can feel stronger, lighter and freer and able to take action, find solutions, feel peaceful and be there for and assist others. Pranic Healing can help regulate the nervous system and works on the energetic, emotional level, but we are not speaking of emotions directly. I offer sessions of one or both for those that need or would like some assistance in processing their feelings around climate/planet sorrow, grief and anxiety. Reach out and schedule your free 15-minute call today.

There are SO many incredible resources and organizations on this topic- a great many that DEEPLY care where we can learn, become involved, connect with others, have our voices and hearts heard and make a difference!

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Soulful Purpose in Business

Wouldn’t it be incredible if we were all encouraged to find our soulful purpose from a young age?

Imagine how your life and work would be different as a free-spirited HSP/Empath. It’s never too late to reclaim those buried or dormant parts. You CAN live and work with more meaning, authenticity, and enjoyment. It’s a matter of clearing the blocks that are getting in your way. Using EFT, I can help you with that.

The challenge for free-spirited, creative HSP/Empaths:

I have always felt the profound significance of living authentically with soul purpose. To live free of conditioned paradigms (that do not work for us). And to experience creativity, joy, and wonder.

Still, like most of us, I was trained to follow, ‘fit in,’ and got swept up in conditioned paradigms and expectations. 

When we are young, we learn by observing and adapting to our worldly surroundings. We are often told or shown by our parent(s), caregivers, and society at large who THEY THINK we are and should be. It’s about WHO they want us to be, WHAT they want us to do, say, or behave like, and what they think we should DO. This can create an immense amount of confusion.

Unconsciously, we can become controlled and led by beliefs that were learned and taught. Often, they do not even have origins in who we are and how we desire to live. It is so incredibly easy to become lost and deviated.

The trouble is, we are beautiful spirits designed to create, express, learn, grow, share, and explore. To live a life that is from us. Meant for us. And to BE FREE of conditioning. Free from the layers of pain, hurt, trauma, shoulds, and have to’s that direct us away from our true nature, uniqueness, and soulful purpose.

It’s painful to be a free-spirited, creative HSP/Empath trying to navigate and fit in where we do not belong. This can result in depression, anxiety, deep discontentment, and frustration, etc. 

The good news is that there are things we can do to retrieve and reclaim those buried or dormant parts of us. The parts and expectations that are not a fit for us. And to heal the parts of us that do not believe it’s possible to be ourselves. So we can do what we love OR take the risk to do something else that is more in line with us!

How do we make the needed changes to align with our purpose/soulful path?

I have had many unfulfilling jobs in my life and a two-decade business that was not soulfully fulfilling for me. I felt deeply bored, stuck, and trapped. My discontentment kept getting louder, and my spirit would no longer let me look away. Making a leap into the unknown felt terrifying. I did not know what my financial future was going to hold. But I knew that I HAD to do whatever it took to find where my soul was longing to be.

I did A LOT of EFT sessions on all the fear, paralysis, terror, guilt, etc. lying under making the change. It took a deep desire, diligence, openness (and a bit of courage) to remove the fears and conditioning so I could realign with my path. But it is so worth it!

And in the end, it ALL turned out even better than I could have imagined!

You know the expression ‘the universe has your back’? Well, once I cleared all the energetic blocks and fears, things started falling into place. I felt utterly ‘taken care of’ in the broader sense. And I believe everyone can access it if that is in their heart and soul’s desires!

The power of alignment:

I was listening to an interview with EFT Master Carol Look, and she sums this up extremely well by saying, “…appreciation is the energy of alignment. Manifestations follow emotions, and when you are in the emotion of appreciation, that is when things start to shift on that vibrational (or energy) level.”

When we are in the alignment or frequency of flow, life can bring us all kinds of miraculous things with ease. Ideas, solutions, inspirations, seeing things differently, opportunities.

Look goes on to say that, “when we are in alignment, we are open to all possibilities and can appreciate them when they arise.” 

Yes!! I have seen this over and over in my own life! So, to get into alignment, we need to remove the incongruencies (aka negative limiting beliefs, fears, etc.). Then life energy is free to flow in us, and we can create joy and beauty through our alignment! 

How EFT Helps us to Get Into Alignment With Our Uniqueness and Soulful Purpose:  

Shoulds, have to’s, guilt, shame, fear, mistrust, etc., are NOT in the energy of alignment. What is? Authenticity, passion, purpose, curiosity, meaning, trust, faith, expressing our uniqueness and true selves.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) helps us learn about, observe, hear, and accept how we FEEL. With honesty and compassion, we can honour what’s happening (unconsciously) in our inner worlds! It helps us to gain clarity, insight, and inner knowing. When we are open, we can better understand ourselves and the parts and places that need care and healing.

It has helped me gain insight and understanding in a profound way. I have developed compassion for myself. Freed myself from layers upon layers of conditioned thoughts and beliefs. Released deep emotional pains and burdens. BE me. Live and create a life in line with me.

EFT also helps us to regulate our nervous system so that we experience more balanced calm. Then, with openness and curiosity, we can hear our inner knowing, wisdom, and what our spirits reveal to us!

We Are Not Meant to Fit Into or Conform to Societal Norms and Structures!

We are here to find, reveal, and cultivate the path that is unique to only us!

I am in awe of how beautifully unique everyone is. Unique gifts, talents, abilities, goals, passions, desires, energetic vibration, and soulful purpose(s). Each of us is an essential piece of the bigger puzzle of existence here on Earth.

From my perspective, free Spirited HSPs and Empaths are here to assist in breaking free of old, toxic, harmful, and worn-out institutions and paradigms. We can see/feel/know things that are not aligned with truth and love. So we have essential elements to offer and contribute to healing in the world/planet.

The world needs the energy, skills, compassion, love, care, heart, creativity, kindness, peace, wisdom, etc. of HSP/Empaths…

Getting Support to re-emerge with Soulful Purpose in your Business (as an HSP/Empath):

I am here to support you in celebrating your uniqueness. To help you re-emerge as who you were (before being caught up in cultural and societal conditioned and false beliefs about yourself). If you don’t feel like you fit or belong – you are not meant to!

Book a 15 min discovery link call and we can begin to honour and discover your unique soul’s path!! What you dream of, lights you up, gives you goosebumps, and fills you with joy, freedom, and aliveness!! 

What if you could authentically do what you love AND experience the universe’s support via financial security?

Would you be doing something different in your business right now? Elsewhere?

Let’s explore and see!

Tamara

 

Welcome to Sensitive Soul Path

I am passionate about Highly Sensitive People (HSP) and Empaths living beautifully authentic and inspired lives!

 

 I delight in assisting people to gently uncover the parts and places (in us) that are longing and need to be heard. Our feelings and body sensations hold MUCH wisdom! Often, we try to push away feelings we have labelled as uncomfortable, scary, wrong, or shameful. In locking them in, we cannot hear and understand their deeper meaning, what they are really trying to communicate to us. It also affects our energy and interest levels, and health. 

 

When we gently give voice to locked-in emotions and sensations, we can discover the gifts and wisdom they offer and become energetically free to BE ourselves completely! 

 

  1. Where is your inner voice and soul’s purpose guiding and directing you (to which people, situations, service, passions, gifts, etc.)?

          2. What is wanting to be heard, said, released or done?

 I love to work with HSPs and Empaths that love to do safe, deep inner exploring work to release the layers that do not serve them and their purpose, such as

 

  • clearing and unravelling the energetic blocks along their soul path. These could be unconscious beliefs we took in as a child. 
  • to break free from harmful conditioning in all its forms that do not fit our soul’s purpose and embrace all of themselves and a life fulfilling and authentic to them! 
  • energetically removing yourself from being bogged down by other people’s negative energy or expectations, e.g. do you stay in a situation because of guilt and shame? 
  • clearing the energetic residue of what is keeping you stuck and paralyzed in places and situations that do not resonate in harmony with your souls. 
  • external drains and pressures that do not come from our true desires 
  • clearing the blocks and barriers to accepting and caring for ourselves at the deepest levels.
  • balance our sensitive nervous systems

 If you answered ‘Yes!’ to any of the following questions, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or ‘Tapping’) and/or Pranic Healing could assist you. Please ask me how! 

 

Do you?

  • want and need to make a significant change, but fear, guilt or shame is leaving you paralyzed, preventing you from taking that leap?
  • feel bogged down by other people’s expectations, societal pressures, and early conditioning? 
  • are you aware of how many expectations you have of yourself that don’t actually belong to you?
  •  feel like you do not fit into society and the existing paradigms and institutions?
  • is the pace of society too busy and rushed for you and your nervous system?
  • struggle with SHOULDS? And as a result, feel like you are not living a life in alignment with your TRUE self?

 Does any of this leave you feeling frustrated, bored, disillusioned, anxious, angry, depressed, unfulfilled, stuck, etc.? 

 

While avoiding external pressures can feel challenging on many levels, ultimately, this is what I believe:

 

 We (HSP Empaths) are not meant to try and “fit in”; we are meant to SEE and FEEL and BE in the world from OUR unique perspective and soul’s purpose!! 

Emotional Freedom Techniques are especially helpful in supporting HSP Empath healing and empowerment:

Emotional Freedom Techniques (also called EFT, or “Tapping”) is a masterful way to gain clarity and insight. EFT helps remove the energetic and emotional blocks, fears, beliefs, and emotions (such as shame) from the body.

Struggle and/or emotional pain is a block or disruption in our body’s energy system. Our body gives us clues through feelings and sensations about what is happening within us (e.g. a sore stomach, tight chest). Similarly, it tells us how we feel around others and in certain environments. 

In other words, our body tells us when something is not in alignment. With that awareness, we have the power to shift it.

Benefit of an EFT practitioner and Energetic Freedom Coach for HSP/ Empaths:

My goal is to provide a SAFE, compassionate, secure, and non-judgemental space for you to peel back the layers to release what no longer serves you (aka all those SHOULDs).

SHOULDs, HAVE TOs, and other people’s expectations don’t have to hold you back from your passions and stop you from embracing your brilliant, sensitive, and empathic nature.

You CAN live a life in a way that feels TRUE to you….

If you are curious about how EFT can help you care for your HSP Empath nature, I’d love to have a no-pressure chat.

Reach out and schedule your free 15-minute call today or email tamara@sensitivesoulpath.com

Warmly, Tamara