Feeling Raw & Keeping Afloat

We all have different feelings coming up at this really pivotal moment in our nation’s history. The full range of feelings are being expressed over Facebook and in the news. There are those who are elated, and those who are crushed. I know many more who are struggling with what just happened, and the former don’t need support at the moment. So for those who are struggling, I want to take a few minutes to share my own perspective on how to meet what is here.

I commonly see two reactions: one is despair and the other is holding a bright vision of trusting the Divine plan.  I would like to invite another way, which isn’t such an “either-or”. It’s the way of entirely feeling one’s despair, anguish, and rage, while also being aware that there is so much more at work here than meets the eye. It’s not all lost, it just means we’re going to have to roll up our sleeves and and get ready, be vigilant, attentive, present.

Believe me, I might groan about that too, but I won’t get stuck there. I let the disappointment and anger be acknowledged. This part of me having a human experience doesn’t really want to sign up for 4 years of nationwide shadow work, fighting for women’s rights, gay rights, civil liberties. However, I’m not going to sweep it aside for higher thoughts and feelings. I want to see the full truth in the light of awareness.

The day after the elections I was pissed. And by truthfully expressing those feelings in a non-blaming way, I’m able to release them, so that I can go to the next stages of feeling. So before you help someone move on to seeing a brighter future, perhaps just let them have their feelings too. Anger is valid. As long as we don’t direct it any one it is safe to feel it and release it. (I don’t suggest engaging in any fights.)

I do know from all of my years of supporting others with healing work, and my own healing journey, that sometimes we have to enter into the darkness, on our road of healing. It’s possible our country has just collectively embarked on a road of facing the ugliness of bigotry, racism, and misogyny on the path to deeper healing. It has certainly brought a lot of old-school folks out of the woodwork. We can now see where racism and sexism sits, right in front of our faces. No more hiding it.

I’m inviting you to link your hearts and hands with me and all the others in our community and commit to our integrity. Our whole nation and the world is counting on us to pull together and be strong. Lets take a no B.S. stance. Be active. Care. And trust. We’re all in this together. In the face of chaos, is the opportunity for change.

Many blessings to each of you,


Mardi Storm is the founder of SoulCentric BreathworkTM and SoulCentric PaintingTM . She was trained and certified by Clarity Breathwork, Diamond Light, and Lightbody. She is a graduate of International Academy of Consciousness, and is trained in Intuitive Process Painting, Reiki, Clairvoyance, Shamanic practices, and more. Through many pathways, what has distilled is the love of finding and nourishing the inner compass for creating one’s own unique pathway. She helps others access their deep inner truth, and encourages action into the flow of fulfillment and purpose. She has a lifelong devotion to spirit, and offers healing sessions and spiritual guidance over Skype/Zoom and in person in Sebastopol, CA.

By Mardi Storm

Healer, therapist, artist, supporting others professionally since 2002. Working in community settings and private practice, offering private and group work. My art has been published and is on public display.

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