Many folks are sharing really great science for dealing with the physical practicalities of a pandemic, a national emergency, a major financial crisis, etc. Witnessing and guiding community members to come together to support those that are struggling is a big part of my Work right now.
However, I am not yet seeing posts, articles, or memes describing the intense toll this high level of panic and anxiety can cause. The human race (all nations) is dealing with a massive catalyst to our Flight/Fight/Freeze systems, and many folks have not created the coping skills to deal with this level of Fear before.
We are reeling from a massive blow to our Illusion of Control.
Psychologically and spiritually, we are trying to carry the great weight of numerous potential catastrophes, and how to plan for them. "Hope for the best, but plan for the worst" is the mantra for so many right now.
Prayer, magic, faith, and trust are guiding forces within many religions throughout the world. Facing such difficult challenges, individuals are being catapulted into a Dark Night of the Soul.
Like you, I have no idea what the next day will bring, or the next week, or the next month. Like you, I have limited understanding of the consequences of this shock to our system (both immediate and far-reaching). Like you, I am completely re-assessing things in my life that I never thought I'd have to.
All things change, and we are all working incredibly hard to respond. We cannot predict where things will go, how we will change, or how we will adapt.
I am a Shaman and I am a Druid. I work for the public community, and if you are reading this in any form, YOU are my community! I care for each of you, and want to help, and to teach. If you are struggling, and have no idea how to have your needs met, please reach out. Divination, prayer, ceremony, mentoring, venting, screaming into the Void-- I will be with you. We can work together to creatively problem-solve issues as they arise. We can learn techniques and coping skills for addressing these overwhelming emotions & fears within the nervous system. And we can work with the Gods and the Helping Spirits to prepare for a variety of outcomes.
But know this, YOU ARE CAPABLE, AND YOU ARE ENOUGH.