Tending to our nervous systems

I don’t think there is any denying that all of us…more collectively than ever before…have taken a massive hit to our nerves this year and now is the time to tend to them. Now, before we move into the next phase, is the moment for doing what we innately know we must to heal and recuperate them, to strengthen, ground and recalibrate our trusty nervous system (which does far more…and takes more of a constant beating…than we appreciate) in order to become stronger than ever yet flexible and responsive enough to cope with the next two to three years.

Because what we have experienced already is just the beginning; there is more yet to come and it will be roller coaster ride for a few years yet. Not so much because of “pandemic” but because of how that is used to attempt to bring about and justify tighter controls and more severe limitations to human freedom than we have ever seen attempted before, an agenda that is already starting to reveal, although many people still don’t seem to anticipate it happening.

Great things lie up ahead waiting for us in pure-potential, they beckon us over to them…but we have to have the means to step towards them. This will call upon our stoutest nerves as we traverse the bumpy two to three years in between (during which humanity is due to experience a series of shocks that will quake many people’s realities to the core…even those of us who felt so much of it coming for the last few years). People will only become more and more shocked by it all but also (if their nerves are frayed to oblivion) acquiescent to it. So, while this disclosure process is a good and necessary thing, this can only mean more shock and exhaustion impacting our collective nervous systems up ahead and, for those of us that are highly sensitive or empathic, we feel other peoples responses in the collective as much as we feel our own; even as we feel their choices are misguided and fear-led. For those of us who feel like we are more painfully aware than others, this is a great deal to contend with and yet we also sense the golden potential up ahead and know we have to remain strong in order to make it to that higher ground; we can’t afford to be taken down by the collective negativity. So we need to get into the good habits…now…of doing whatever it takes to make ourselves more hardy; to develop a robust, well-rounded nervous system that flexes to our own inner directive and not to whatever decides to present itself to us “out there”.

Regarding crashed-out nerves, even though I felt I was doing pretty well until now, this week has been telling for me and mine; the first that my husband wasn’t working and so the first real “holiday” since before all this began. Yet, instead of doing holidayish things, we have slept and slept, waking even more tired than before. The invisible toll of these last few months is bigger than some people have yet accepted and yet, without taking the time out to really unplug from mainstream media and other peoples opinions, when do they ever get the respite? When do they get to sleep the carefree sleep and not wake up to the groundhog day of this unholy-seeming mess?

It’s important because, as I keep saying in my blog, timelines aren’t fixed (at all) and whilst doom and gloom outcomes might seem more dominant (certainly more assertive in the news and most people’s idyl chitchat), they are very far from set in stone. There are just as many positive outcomes up ahead; wonderful golden timelines where humanity evolves though present circumstance to change everything for the better in order to step into a tremendous new age; and there are just as many advocates and innovators of such a reality working hard in various quarters, overtly and not so obviously (as in, not making news headlines), but the main thing is that we each need to put our focus into that camp. In order to plug into our most elevated timeline, we need to keep our spirits UP and this can be hard to do when our nervous system is flattened!

So, doing the work to up-spiral our spirits is essential…more than it has ever been before. Identify what it takes for you to get onto that elevating spiral of feeling and do it, often, especially when you are feeling flat or anxious or chronically fatigued or betrayed or disappointed or angry or as though there is no point in continuing….in those moments, do it twice as much. Make it the habit of your lifetime because it is. It will literally carry you into the life of your choice; the one that feels most resonant with your heart and snuffs out those leaden and sickly feelings that come from tuning into other people’s choice of reality!

For me, primarily, it has been dancing, which (as I wrote about in my other blog) I began doing early on in the lockdown phase and have continued….only, now, I don’t just do it as a morning “practice” but as an antidote whenever I feel it is called for. So, that could be when I wake up feeling heavy in my soul or so fatigued I can hardly rise from my bed, or late at night when I have surplus kundalini bashing against the sides of my body to the point that it burns. It could be when I feel most aggravated or ecstatic (since both are happening in quick succession these days), or when my spirit feels broken in pieces on the floor, when I recognise old hurts pop up in my body from years ago or when I simply want to express something otherwise inexpressible….whatever the frequency. Sometimes I just want to laugh and celebrate being in a body; to feel the beautiful simplicity of the kind of enchantment a child feels at moving limbs in such a fluid and uncensored way that almost anything is possible; you become your own directive, without self-consciousness, and these are important skills to recall. What happens for me most days when I dance is a moment of pure alchemy, no exaggeration; and knowing I can trigger this to happen at will has been tremendous for my sense of manifest selfhood. Picking from the broadest possible range of music, across multiple cultures and tempos…all very different, yet oddly the same…I let my body lead me through the expression that needs to happen to keep my nervous system intact and ever stronger…and it works miracles!

My other thing is my art, which I have dived into more deeply and diversely than I had managed for ages and which is a powerful way of spinning my joyful creativity, pretty much every day. Far from diverting me away from what needs my attention, this art-practice feels deeply connected to it since it helps me to shape-shift at the energetic level, in order to select that most creative and abundant timeline for myself and others.

Whatever it is that brings you deepest in-joy-ment without harm to others, do it, knowing you are tending to your nervous system as a gardener tends to their plants. This is why so many people find such solace and repair from working with their hands in the soil; the metaphor runs deep! – but it could just as easily be paint or bread dough.

Healing herbs and adaptogens can be used to support nerve health. Lemon balm tea is extremely useful, ashwagandha can sometimes be helpful and matcha tea (in moderation due to its caffeine) contains a potent amount of l-theanine, which is incredibly soothing to nerves.

Passion and appreciation for organic food (and those that grow and deliver it to me!), for nature, birds and animals, for music, for beauty, for my family, for tending to my garden and home, envisioning future plans in that regard…all of these and more are part of the up-spiral, and recovery, process. Each time I apply myself to them, I reset the damage being done to nerves even before it can set in and become chronic or dangerously limiting. Instead of feeling more limited than ever, the irony is, my body (which is such a pivotal part of my physical reality, after all…and yet I have always struggled so much with mine!) only feels more robust and flexible than it ever has, morphing before my eyes, and this is the effect we are calling on, especially those of us that are used to being less grounded in physicality. So whatever your passion is, reach for it…and often…but also factor in time for deep rest or sleep whenever you crave it, for thinking about nothing at all and disconnecting from the mainstream.

Visualise where you want to be headed; often and in full technicolour, no holds barred!

Think of it as preparing for a journey; tanking up on supplies, checking your tyres, buckling up. A golden age lies up ahead waiting for its yet, but we have to be prepared for the ride.

Lee Harris is a fantastic energetic guide and mentor through these times and I especially recommend his latest offering Create Your Future: Elevating the 2020 – 2030 Timeline (currently available through membership of his Portal http://www.leeharrisenergy.com) for being powerfully on-topic with all that I have shared here.

About Helen White

Helen White is a professional artist and published writer with two primary blogs to her name. Her themes pivot around health and wellbeing, expanded consciousness and ways of noticing how life is a constant dance between the deeply subjective and the collective-universal, all of which she explores with a daily hunger to get to know herself better. Her blog Living Whole shines a light on living with high sensitivity, dealing with trauma and healing from chronic health issues. Spinning the Light is an extremely broad-based platform where she elucidates the everyday alchemy of relentless self-exploration. A lifetime of "feeling like an outsider" slowly emerged as neurodivergence (being a Highly Sensitive Person with ADHD, synaesthesia, sensory processing challenges and other defecits overlapping with giftedness). All of these topics are covered in her blogs, written from two distinct vantage points so, if you have enjoyed one of them, you may wish to explore the other for a different, yet entirely complimentary, perspective.
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3 Responses to Tending to our nervous systems

  1. Pingback: The things we carry around with us… | spinning the light

  2. Helen – You prompted me to look back at an account of a round Britain motorbike journey I did in 2005! It’s at – colinblundell.com › 2012/10/01 › biocentrism-and-the-.. – (the original link doesn’t seem to work…) Visualising the whole journey again gave me the shivers… The experience is still part of who I am. Thank you! Colin


    • Helen White says:

      I love that! Incidentally, I did Liverpool to Lands end on the back of a motorbike back in 1988…the FEELING of being on that bike, leaning into all the corners, along all the winding road-arteries connecting those places, through Shropshire, the Black Mountains and Wye Valley, Avon and Cheddar, Exmoor and the Cornish coast on the way down and back up again to where we finished in Notts, is a visceral feeling embedded in my cells that I’ve never…ever…forgotten too!! Very much part of who I am.


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