The COVID-19 epidemic is testing many of us. Not just the virus itself, but more so, the drama that we create around it and the stories we tell about it (true or not). 

The virus in and of itself is nothing more than a living organism that wants to survive, like each of us. It’s not evil. It’s not bad. It’s not a curse.

It’s nature.

Like all of our “problems,” it’s not the thing, event or circumstance itself that’s the problem. It’s our minds labeling those things, events or circumstances as “bad” and therefore making it out to be a problem. It’s our reaction to it. 

The deeper truth is that things simply are, it’s our egos and minds (what I call our “cloaks”) that add a good or bad distinction to it. 

Consider this quote from Buddha:

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.

Buddha

The reality is that the sky simply exists as it is. Whether it’s cloudy, rainy, clear or sunny, whether you’re facing one direction or another, whether you’re inside and can’t see it or outside looking at it, the sky simply is.

It’s our judgements, labels and stories we tell around it that makes it “good” or “bad”. We complicate “what simply is” with our opinions, beliefs, desires and judgments, adding a chaotic web of mental and emotional turmoil that doesn’t need to exist.  

Does that mean we proceed with life as usual and ignore all the warnings? 

No, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. By accepting the situation as is, we become more calm in the face of panic. 

Panic causes tunnel vision. Calm acceptance of danger allows us to more easily assess the situation and see the options.

Simon Sinek

NY Times Bestselling Author

With our calm acceptance, we become more conscious and mindful, bringing an energy of presence that wasn’t there before, which helps the situation rather than causing more harm. 

 

And then we begin to see that COVID-19 is a spiritual call to WAKE UP. 

~ To pay attention to our energy, what we’re receiving and transmitting. How have we been contributing to the mass fear, anxiety and panic, not only during this epidemic but leading up to it in the years before?

~ To amp up our self-care practices. We already knew we needed to practice better self-care but we didn’t make the time for it. Now we’re being forced to. 

~To “shelter in place” quite literally, meaning to go inside. To stop seeking fulfillment and answers from the external, and find shelter within, deepening your inner relationship with Source, God, Divinity, whatever you want to call it. The literal definition of “shelter” is “a place that provides protection, a place of safety and retreat.” I can’t think of a better shelter than in the house of God. This is not a call to religion, this is a call to faith.  

~ To bring unification to the divisive energy we’ve been creating, by viewing humanity as a unified whole rather than fragmented, separate clusters of skin color, political beliefs, economic status, sexual preference, etc. This includes the separation we create by labeling ourselves as “highly sensitive” or “empath” from those who are not. 

~ To change our unconscious, complacent behaviors and bring more present-moment awareness, mindfulness and intentional living into our daily actions. 

 

We are being called, now more than ever before, to pay attention, to broaden our perspective and to deepen our knowing. 

 

Many of you are being challenged in multiple ways… your finances are suffering, your heart is bleeding, your relationships are wavering, your dreams are crumbling.

Life, as we know it, is unraveling around us. You may feel like you’re unraveling, yourself. 

Make no mistake, this is the ascension process. 

It’s time. 

We’re on the precipice of massive change, evolutionary growth and energetic shifting.

Trust the process. Trust your inner calling. Trust that your soul chose to be here during this very exciting time of our collective burst of evolutionary growth. It’s the Big Bang all over again, except this time, spiritually and energetically. 

If you haven’t already, start practicing the art of witnessing. You can learn how to do it here.