Because of the problems with our current economy and the downturn in the stock market our fear is poverty, even destitution and abandonment. It has thrown a negative pall on our entire society. It chokes our media. We are swallowed by it.
On Wednesday I went to the Toronto Sick Kids hospital Toastmasters Club open house. It was great fun. I can see why so many men and women use the club to hone their public speaking skills. It would be good for me to go regularly and improve my speaking skills.
The guest speaker was Marilyn Daniels MA,MEd,CPCC who is the Principal of VisionLegacy Coaching and who coaches business people and normal folks like you and I, how to be a positive influence in the world we live in. Her topic was Creative Chaos in Uncertain times. It was fascinating.
With the recent financial problems the world is having Dr. Daniels broke down the kinds of personal views we have at the present time.
Some feel the downturn is part of a normal cycle.
Others are negative and some hopeless and their language supports this: meltdown, depression, collapse, are some of the words they use to describe where we find ourselves right now.
There are many who believe we are in new and unknown territory due to Technology and how it has changed so many of our financial dealings. The future is truly unknown.
I was a cage clerk in a Brokerage house in 1953 and if you bought stock I was the clerk who sent the stock certificates out to you after they were processed. Now all the functions of trading are on line and even the exchanges are more and more out in space and not in huge markets with men and women running about buying and selling.
Fear influences our psychology. Our daily performance at work and our relationships at home suffer in an environment of personal fear. This only makes matters worse.
Answers as to how each of us can change this epidemic are clear; Awareness is the key.
Awareness of the words we use, like meltdown, collapse, depression. Rebuilding our patterns of thinking: Be aware of the scare and build a new vision.
Begin to take care of yourself through exercise, meditation, and getting out into nature. Exercise for your body, meditate for your balance and awareness of the present through proper focus, and nature to feed the spirit and allow yourself to experience the world in its simple and beautiful form.
In the end no one is secure and even the safest people may be overpowered with one or another of the fear symptoms that are mentioned above and can find no way to get yourself balanced again and needed something just to get started. It is not that you do not see the negative situation you are painting. It is that you cannot seem to get started to deal with it.
Dr. Edward Bach (See my post November 19th, 2008 for a good review of Dr. Bach and the 38 flower remedies he examined.
All for the negative thoughts we find ourselves in from time to time.
I use them very effectively and his Rescue Remedy formula is brilliant for calming all negative situations; stage fright, fear of exams, a death of a loved one, marriage jitters, a job interview, impatience to name a few.
Following are some of the remedies for the various fear symptoms in our current Epidemic. The remedies do not mask the feelings but rather balance the mind to accept the situation and move through the experience positively.
Below I am quoting from The Bach Remedies Repertory by F.J. Wheeler. It is just 13 pages of emotional words and beside each a suggest flower remedy. I have used this pamphlet using Gorse for a long bout of hopelessness and Larch for a lack of self confidence on the job. I was amazed how quickly the thoughts disappeared and I just got on with living and enjoying my work and life. These were acute situations and for deeper longstanding problems combinations of the flowers are put together and taken for extended periods and over time help to bring new balance and a positive outlook. The flowers have no known side effects and are not addictive. Simple and straightforward.
http://www.bachcentre.com/centre/remedies.htm is the site of all the remedies.
Press any of the Flower remedy buttons and go directly to that remedy. You can read what Dr. Bach said about each.
LOSS OF CONTROL - RESCUE REMEDY - A 5 flower combination that works as quickly as you take it.
Cherry Plum - fear of the mind giving way
Clematis - dreaming of the future without working in the present
Impatiens - impatience
Star of Bethlehem - shock
Other symptoms and flower remedies in the area of our collective fears:
Fear of the Future, poverty, - Agrimony - mental torture behind a cheerful face, Mimulus - fear of known things
Fear for themselves, health, Heather - self-centredness and self-concern
Depression - Mustard - deep gloom for no reason, Gentian - discouragement after a setback
Despondency has many sides Larch - lack of confidence, Pine - guilt,
Dissatisfaction, Oak - the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion, Walnut - protection from change and unwanted influences