2020 – Hidden blessings and life lessons
As we head into the 3rd national lockdown in the UK, let’s take this opportunity to reflect on how far we have come in our own unique ways!
2020 was a break-through year in many ways and full of so many hidden blessings, if we choose to see them! It is true that through ‘suffering’ and experiencing darkness we transform! We hear about this in so many spiritual teachings such as Buddha and Christ. Through suffering and in search of some light we begin to awaken. Even a slight glimmer of light keeps us going! It helps us to put one foot in front of the other.
Understandably so many people felt incredibly challenged in 2020 and may have even struggled to see even a glimmer of light. That is OK. Sometimes we need to ‘just be’ and spend time in darkness. It is an important part of the healing process.
Through both my own personal experiences and professional observations with clients I noticed some common themes arising collectively through 2020 and although I blogged all year around about these on my favourite social media platform; Instagram I today felt inspired to pull some of these together for my much neglected website (aim to blog more here in 2021).
Learning to live life in the present moment
This has been the only thing that we have realised we have control over, right? We cannot change the past, the future is so unknown to us and clearly very uncertain at the moment. The unpredictability of events in 2020 really pushed us to work with uncertainty last year, being forced to find our own way to grasp this ‘new’ way of being!
Some were faced with sudden and quick realisations that the only thing we have any control over is how we respond to the present moment; this moment right now! We saw how people responded right? Some stepped up to help and serve humanity whilst others became tunnel visioned as a trauma response and their survival instincts kicked in, motivating them to panic buy as well as outwardly project their views based on only their survival, by blaming the government for everything!
The past has gone, the future is yet to arrive. How we respond today will determine and shape our future. I always find it helpful to ask myself:
‘Am I responding from a place of love, or reacting from a place of fear?’
In 2020 we clearly saw this division between fear (separation) and love (unity), whether it have been through the pandemic, black lives matter and the Sikh protests in the latter part of 2020 that failed to reach the media in this country and still go on in India as I write this now!
This reminds me of a message I channelled back in the summer of 2020, which once shared on Instagram many folk resonated with deeply. Much of my following is from people on their spiritual journey
‘I shall travel across time and space in the name of unity and reclaim every drop of my sanity’
Does this resonate with you in anyway?
2020 for me was a lot about recognising the need to slow down and I really enjoyed the slower paced life which I know so many of you who are reading this right now did too!
I am multi-passionate with several projects on the go, however 2020 taught me to rest more and create a better balance, and even let go of some of my commitments in 2021 (which I have done!).
The pandemic gave us all hidden blessings of time and space; often the two things we so badly craved for pre COVID life. How often did we think ‘too much to do, not enough time!’. Well we certainly were given those two things in 2020! Maybe we collectively manifested it?
I saw this as an opportunity of a life time to evaluate our lives and create a vision for our futures.
Through this opportunity to evaluate, people had no choice but to look at themselves, their lives, their pasts, ponder about their futures, to realise their priorities and recognise those that had slipped.
It was almost like a gift from the universe to stop, pause and RESET our lives. Having been given the head space to have these realisations and ‘aha moments’, I witnessed so many people wanting to now lead more meaningful lives and even question their life purpose.
So many people felt they were having spiritual awakenings.
Spirituality and faith
There is no doubt that with everything we experienced in 2020 made people question life and wonder what was ‘really’ going on, whether it be conspiracy theories, mother nature taking her power back, some sort of divine intervention, planetary shifts and ascension – who knows?
What is significant is that so many people were led to question this and began to explore outside of their usual thinking and considering spirituality and faith more!
I certainly saw this through my work with most of my clients in 2020 and saw how they became more open to trying holistic therapies, including those that can be sent energetically via a distance such as reiki healing. I have had clients in America, Canada and Europe as well as the UK. It has been amazing to see this shift in people steering away from conventional medicine and trying alternative and holistic therapies.
One of the biggest revelations in 2020 that I feel most people have had is around the concept of gratitude and beginning to count their blessings so much more than before.
Realising the small but important things in life to be grateful for! Appreciating the things that we would have taken for granted before! The value of relationships and quality time with loved ones with full undivided attention. How often did we go out with loved ones before, yet be distracted with scrolling on our phones and not concentrating on the person in front us?
We have realised that loved ones may not be around forever and this fear around their and even our own mortality has been a wake-up call for people, to appreciate each other more and has even caused people to leave or distance themselves from unhealthy relationships.
Having spent so much time in our own energy and in the energy of those who we bubbled with in the lockdowns, we became so much more connected to our own energy and auric field. This separation and absence from other people made many of us realise how their energy and other external factors might have been impacting on our mood and energy levels, maybe causing us to dip and feel drained.
I have seen people evaluate who and where they choose to invest their energy in the future. We all have energy, we ‘are’ energy and it is up to use how we choose to use that energy. The key is to create a good balance and self care regime so that you remember to give to yourselves as well as others!
Now that we are in another lockdown, I know some people are just really fed up! The stop and start energy can be so unsettling and destabilising without a doubt! I know many are also relieved to be in another lockdown and are accepting it as the new norm. Some are panicked and anxious. Many unfortunately do not have safe environments at home and therefore lockdown may bring further challenges and we will sadly see an increase in mental health.
No mud; no lotus!
I hope that the concept of the lotus gives you strength during this time! They say, ‘no mud; no lotus’. A beautiful lotus grows in muddy waters! 2020 may have felt quite muddy, sticky and like a dark place. However, how beautifully does a lotus flower grow after spending so much time sitting in gloomy and murky mud!?
The lotus flower symbolises transformation! Whatever you went through in 2020 and whatever you’re continuing to experience now in 2021, know that you are growing and transforming through it (even though you can’t see this right now!). We may feel a bit stuck in the mud, but this is temporary!
With love, hope & faith you can get through this.
If you want to know how to remain positive during this time please check out my colleague’s blog here where she talks about how to use the basic principles of The Secret to attract abundance into your life.
I wish you a blessed 2021
Until next time, Sukhi 🙂