Last week I flew from Los Angeles to New York to spend four days with my Tibetan Buddhist Teacher Tulku Lobsang. Suddenly the seat belt sign came on, the next moment the plane trembled severely. I sat tight while my heart was racing wild. The trembles came like waves in the ocean, I took several deep breaths before the plane cleared the heaviest turbulence zone that I have experienced so far.
Planes are designed with positive stability, which means that when nudged from their original point, by their nature they wish to return there. I believe that this is true for humans as well, we have a yearning inside of us to return to feel stable and safe. Sometimes a range of strong emotions makes us feel that we are lost, but we do have the inner knowing how to get back to balance. When you experience turbulence, you might want to do the same than in an airplane, put on the seat belt and wait before you react and act.
Why it might be better to wait? Because strong emotions like anger, jealousy or fear are affecting your view, you might feel that you have the absolute clarity and say or do things that you regret a moment later.
What can you do then? You can become aware of emotions you are experiencing and observe how they feel in your body. Then you can find a safe way to express them for example through freeform writing, which means that you write down whatever comes out and then destroy the paper without reading it. Once the turbulence has passed, it’s time to tune in and find your way back to the natural balance. Let your intuition aka your inner master guide you when you plan the next steps.
“Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change.” Ramsey Clark
If you have an experience you’d like to share or questions, please leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will reply as many as I can personally and address some of the most common question on my coming newsletters.
With Love and Light,