What can we do to avoid anxiety when viewing the problems that afflict the world?
That’s a good question, especially at a time in which we are bombarded with news that is, intentionally or not, alarming. First Covid, then masks, then lockdown, then fear of the variant, fear that the vaccine can be harmful, and then the green pass, and who knows how much longer Maya, the delusion, will be creative in the constant attempt to lower our level of energy.
In fact we feel anxiety, fear, anguish and other negative emotions when our energy level drops, and it may drop just a little, a lot, or a great deal. So, since this is an element of crucial importance, I would like to give you some suggestions on what to do when this happens.
Let’s start with the extremely low level.
It’s terrible: we see everything as being dark, we feel there is no hope, perhaps we feel that we have wasted a lifetime and that we will never be able to pick ourselves up again. We know we should do our spiritual practices but we just can’t bring ourselves to do them.
When we are at this stage, Maya is very happy and it rubs its hands together, satisfied that it has succeeded in its intent. At this point we should at least try to stop the mind and interrupt the vicious cycle of “I can’t take it anymore”.
When this happens, Yogananda suggests going to sleep. If we can’t sleep, perhaps watching a film might help – maybe an action film with some kind of hero in it that brings out the noble part in us. Violent or horror films are not recommended as they only lower our vital state further.
As soon as we see our energy level rise a bit, we can move on to the next stage.
The low level:
Even if, at this point, we have managed to get up from the sofa, we are still dangerously near inertia. Therefore, we should try to get up and move around: go for a walk (being outdoors helps every level, including the highest one). Or, if we can’t do that, we could put on some upbeat music and…dance! Yes, dance, but with a smile on your face.
Smiling is an extremely important part of changing one’s mood. After a while we can see that our energy level has risen a bit more.
The slightly low level:
Here we go! This is the time to do our energization exercises, our superconscious exercises and meditation. As we meditate, we can ask the Divine Light to help us and surround us, we can offer our problems to the Light, and, most importantly, we can send it out to our planet and to our fellow human beings. This will create an energetic “buffer” around us as well as a strong aura that will protect us from any negativity.
Prevention is the best medicine:
It’s for this reason that the Masters tell us to do our practices daily because by doing so we are constantly protected, and even if our energy goes down, it will go down very little and it will be easy to raise it again.
Then there is the philosophical aspect to keep in mind during the day.
This life is really God’s dream. Keeping this in mind helps us take a step back from our everyday problems. And we must also remember that God loves us, just as a caring mother loves her child that calls out for her to hold him in her arms. Because that is what we are: Divine Mother’s little children in need of protection, and the more we put ourselves in Her arms, the more we let Her help us. On the other hand, if we proudly affirm: “I can make it on my own”, She respects our wish and let’s us do what we want. But as soon as we call Her, She lovingly and caringly comes to helps us.
Dear friends, another piece of advice that Yogananda gives us is to seek the company of people with a high level of energy when we are feeling “down”. This isn’t always feasible. However, at this time of great contradictions, it seems technology is here to help us: in fact, online you can find the Ananda Live Facebook page. It was specially created so we could be close to you during lockdown. Also, on Youtube, to keep you company during the day, you can find uplifting talks given by our teachers and members of our Community.
In the Masters’ Light,
I live protected by God’s infinite light. So long as I remain in the heart of it, nothing and no one can harm me.
Swami Kriyananda, Affirmations for Self-Healing