The Day After


“You live through the darkness from what you learned in the light.”   – Albert Einstein

     Recent events have stirred a lot of reaction.  Energetically, there is a lot going on, and though there may be things that impact you in a more specific way as an individual, this article will address some of the more general issues and how to move forward.  In particular, there are unfinished experiences of autocracy, patriarchy, discrimination, and oppression that are being played out on various levels.  This creates uncertainty for ourselves, our families, and all of humanity.  Uncertainty creates a lot of fear, and a sense that the ground is shifting beneath our feet, making our world unreliable and unpredictable.

“There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.”   – Washington Irving

     It is not really about Him or Her, though women may feel the events more profoundly given the details and opponents involved.  It is much bigger than that, it is bigger than all of us.  These events are contributing to a much larger purpose, a transition that has been happening for quite some time.  Even the  people at the highest levels of government and business are merely instruments of change, participants in a universal drama.  The events are a catalyst for a global shift to a higher state, a higher vibration, an elevated world.  It is a call to peaceful action, to humanitarianism, to philanthropy, and mostly to greater love.  And in the span of less than 24 hours it is already happening.

Amid the, gloating, bravura, posturing, back-peddling, positioning, and proclamations that the cause was noble because “prayers have been answered”, let’s remember that all sides were praying fervently.  There have also been immediate and passionate appeals made for unity, advocacy, positive action, and love.  This is the real answer to our collective prayers.   In order to counteract the hatred and divisiveness of the past, it is necessary to meet that with its opposite.  Angry and fearful minds will not be changed by meeting with more anger and fear.  Ignorance and hatred will not be rooted out by reciprocating with more ignorance and hatred.  Equally important, what does reacting with fear, anger, and hatred do to us personally, physically (stress), and as a nation?

“Conquer anger with non-anger.  Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity.  Conquer dishonesty with truth.”   – Buddha

     So, what do you do with all of the emotion swirling around in your mind and in your heart?  How do you get relief when there seems to be no way to change your circumstances and alleviate your suffering?  When you are feeling the emotions of anger, disappointment, anxiety, or whatever, be sure to process the emotion within yourself FIRST.  Then help or teach others how to process their emotions.  Holding on to suffering does nothing to change the situation, you are not closer to achieving what you wanted, and the other person(s) have not changed their position, either.  Clinging to suffering only serves to weaken you physically, mentally, and spiritually; and it fuels the hatred machine.   Letting go of suffering may include forgiveness, but not necessarily (That will be the subject of a future blog).

What is necessary is to create balance, neutrality within yourself, and then you cannot be influenced by negative outside forces.  When you are energetically strong you are equal to everyone and everything in your life.  Then you will have inner calm, and you will know what true power feels like.  It does not mean that problems and setbacks don’t come your way. It does not mean that the others will altered their position.  Life happens.  But your response to the setbacks of life, and to the differences between people will have changed.  You may see improvements in your self-control, your awareness, and even your health. You will begin to feel stronger in the face of obstacles, no longer needing to react, and you will begin to notice greater clarity and alignment with your intentions.  When this happens, it becomes possible to shed imitations and witness the true potential within yourself.  This is the change you wish to see in the world.  It starts in YOU.  This is as it must be, because you cannot change anyone else but you.  Be the change.

Embody the change.  Kindle your heavenly fire.  Be the bearer of light.  Be the love.

     Here is a simple, effective technique that will get you started, illumined friends.  First, rest, breathe, just BE. Temporarily disconnect from the things that provoke your reaction.  Allow yourself to fully feel whatever emotions arise and BREATHE into and through them. This is not permission to act out. It is practicing self-awareness.  It is a method of balancing and processing which may help you to complete an experience so that events and emotions do not weaken you. Then, when you’re ready: Be the light. Be the peace. Be the LOVE. Now more than ever!

“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.”   – Desiderius Erasmus

     Your light will carry forward into the world, because when you shine from within, the beams expand out from you, and you become a beacon for others.  And then they will be inspired by you and learn to shine.  And then neighborhoods, communities, organizations, nations, and the world will be lifted.  Illuminate your life and elevate the world.

Author Info

Theresa McGee

Theresa D. McGee is a wellness coach, a professional musician, conductor, pianist, and organist. In addition to her private coaching practice Illumine Wellness Arts, she teaches classes in Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Meditation. She also offers a special program of bioenergetic movement to conductors in all music genres called "Qi Gong for Conductors". She is a lover of music and all the arts, books, fine organic teas, the beach and all of nature, hand thrown pottery, movies, and travel. To learn more, visit