Q: In my process of healing and purging old emotions and patterns I was feeling depressed for 2 years. I am no longer in emotional pain or on antidepressants. I'm wondering how you know if you are still healing or if these changes are examples of the
Q: In my process of healing and purging old emotions and patterns I was feeling depressed for 2 years. I am no longer in emotional pain or on antidepressants. I'm wondering how you know if you are still healing or if these changes are examples of the process being complete?
A: Certainly, not needing your medications anymore is a significant sign of healing progress. As is a reduction or disappearance in pain and symptoms. It's safe to say you are now feeling yourself having climbed the hill, through the worst of it, and are now sliding down the other side. As I like to say it sounds like you are now out of the shadows/darkness and into the sun/light. As you move forward you will continue to connect with and notice your strengthened self.
The measure of healing is in energy and feelings. There is no surefire way to affirm healing is complete. And one could argue we are never truly done healing as we are constantly working on ourselves and evolving. But in regards to a specific focus of healing such as yours, a sign that you have healed that piece is definitely rooted in how you feel. The elementals say, it sounds like you've been through a lot and it's important to recognize yourself for your commitment to healing, your courage and perseverance. Continue to affirm your progress by allowing yourself to celebrate. It sounds like there may be some fear around trusting the new feelings after having worked so hard through a long and difficult time. Don't let the fear creep in and say, 'What if?' But rather acknowledge yourself and treat yourself to something that shows self-love and self-care, like a massage or fresh flowers. You are safe to honour your progress and celebrate your advancement.
Remember that when we try to push our fear away it gains power over us. But when we face it head on, it loses its grip on us. The saying I use is: Entertain the worst to have the best. In other words, you have to acknowledge the fear before you can clear it and manifest the best. Don't worry that acknowledging your fear will pull you back, it will keep you moving forward. An exercise I love and recommend is to light a candle and call on your spirit guide. The flame burns away any lower energy from the words you'll speak. Speak your fears aloud, such as: 'I'm scared I'll get depressed again. I'm scared that I feel good but if I allow these good feelings, it'll be too good to be true' etc... Get all those lower-based suckers out of your system! And then affirm the truth: 'But in truth, I know I'm moving forward and up. I believe I will continue to feel better every single day. I know that the worst is behind me and whatever comes my way I've already proven to myself I can handle it. Spirit thank you for helping me to continue to feel my best.'
Trust me, you'll feel lighter and better instantly. When you truly address and shift something on a core root level, it doesn't need to resurface, it's forever transformed. The elementals say: Congratulations on your hard work and progress. You should be very proud of yourself. Move forward in your new light and safety, it's well deserved.
Q: Should we all be vegan?
A: First, my apologies to whoever sent this question in as it's from a few months back but for some reason, I missed seeing it until now. Better late than never, I hope!
Anytime the word 'should' comes up in your vocabulary it's related to ego. For example, I should eat this, I should weigh this, I should call this person... Basically, it's your energy saying 'I don't want to but I feel obligated to.' A great practice is to catch yourself saying should and replace it with 'I want' or 'I choose.' When you say should it's a great moment of clarity to catch yourself in and recognize what is registering as authentic or inauthentic for you.
If you feel good being vegetarian or vegan, great! And if you don't, great! We are all exceptionally unique, what works for one doesn't work for another. The elementals say the one thing that is consistent for everyone is eating a healthy diet of whole foods. I have been to countless spiritual events over the years where people were shamed into eating vegetarian or vegan and it drove me crazy witnessing "spiritual teachers" pass judgment as they declared others not as spiritually advanced or pure if they consumed meat. Well, judging someone you don't know for their free will choice isn't all that spiritual either, is it? I'll take my meal without a side of judgment, please.
The elementals say, keep in mind when making a diet change it's never healthy to go from zero to sixty overnight. If you are going to make a significant diet and lifestyle change it's important you educate yourself and transition into it with knowledge and patience. I've been asked this question about veganism and spirituality a lot over the years. And the elementals always give the same answer: What we care about is how you treat the animals you eat while they are living. Are they being treated well? Are you showing gratitude and appreciation for their gift of sustenance? Giving thanks before a meal and praying over your food can be a healthy act of love.
The short answer is no, we shouldn't all be anything. The elementals are all for people rallying for the kind treatment and respect of animals. What they aren't for is people making choices from a place of fear and guilt as opposed to joy and well-being.