It has taken me a while to write this newsletter. I was trying to figure out how to export my contacts from one platform to another during a global pandemic, and guess what? It was too much so I quit.
Our nervous systems are all feeling this whether we realize it or not. Some people are experiencing strange sleep patterns, others notice they can't concentrate or retain information, and it's likely that all of us are riding waves of energy and fatigue. (Speaking of which, I feel there should be a distinction between tiredness and listlessness- when we're tired we need rest. When we're listless we need circulation and movement.)
All that to say, this pandemic is taking a toll on our physical and social nervous systems. These symptoms are nothing to be alarmed about, it's our body's way of taking care of itself. So if I can't learn new technical skills right now, it's okay. Old school emails are fine.
I miss my clients. I miss touch. I miss social dancing and going to movies, restaurants and all the usual ways I experience connection. But I don't miss feeling pressured to meet the status quo or participate in patriarchal capitalism. I don't miss the rate at which the earth was being terrorized by mass transit and material consumption.
That may trigger some of you who are struggling right now, and I understand that. It's important to check our privilege and think in terms of intersectionality. Not everyone has the privilege of an unemployment funded staycation.
Some of us are working from home and homeschooling and cooking dinner. Others are treating sick people, caretaking elders, or forced to show up in work places despite stay at home orders.
People of color are being hit hardest by Covid-19 in many cities, bringing to light the structural inequities still in place.
Addictive behaviors are rising globally as our nervous systems grasp at comfort and escape.
It's a very hard time to be a "physical being having a spiritual experience". But I believe we are born with flexible minds and resilient nervous systems, and if given the right tools to cope with stress, we can do hard stuff. We can stay healthy and help each other.
I've been using this time to catch up on my continuing education in the field of trauma study. I've taken some on-line courses with trauma & somatic repair specialists. I'm enrolled in a philosophy course at Harvard University exploring justice (currently they are offering free courses that anyone can audit). And finally I am meeting with a team twice a week on Zoom to learn and practice peer-to-peer counseling techniques that help discharge stress in the body and clear the path to a more authentic way of living, relating, and being.
I've been finishing creative projects that have been on the back burner. I've also hugged A LOT of trees. It's Taurus season, and this Taurus is grateful for the privilege of spending unlimited time outside (unlike friends in other countries with strict curfews). I'm doing everything I can to practice safe, social distancing and living one day at a time.
It's a quiet revolution to heal ourselves and bring that healing out into the world. I feel very blessed to be doing this work. As we're all creating new routines and boundaries around our time and energy, I encourage you to take up more space. Limit screen time if you feel fatigue. Give yourself breaks and drink more water. Ask for help, and remember that this is all new. No one has experienced this under the same exact circumstances, and therefore we are ALL in a learning cycle which requires us to leave room for mistakes. Progress not perfection.
I will be in touch when I feel it's safe and ethical to resume massage services. If you are interested in astrology & tarot coaching, you can book through my website isabelleguzman.com I offer a sliding scale and work through FaceTime & Zoom.
Until then, stay well and be kind to yourselves.
In the last month, life has been consumed with projects that have nothing to do with business and everything to do with healing. ⠀
I initially thought I would use this time to write more blog posts and share more resources with you, but as the internet became flooded with information I took it as a sign that I could step away and hold the space IRL. ⠀
Everyone is doing such a lovely job of offering their gifts right now. I'm so impressed and in awe of my professional healing circle, and it warms my heart to see more generosity than entrepreneurialism flowing through my social media feeds. Because what we need more than anything right now is permission to be vulnerable, to both give and receive, and to care for each other. (Or at least that's what the North Node in Cancer is telling me.)⠀
Please know that I miss you all. Today marks 40 days of no physical contact- as soon as it's safe for me to work again, my hands will be so happy. Sun moves into Taurus today so we may all be missing a lack of physical connection. I recommend hugging trees, gardening, trying new recipes, working with clay or paper mache. Also self-massage, lymphatic skin brushing, and humming... yes HUMMING... are soothing to the nervous system. Anything that feeds the senses and nurtures the body is under Taurus' rule.
Despite a slump in socially recognized "productivity," I have found joy in service and creativity as we all navigate this incredible, once in a lifetime astrology together.
It is natural to prioritize in times of intense emotional and mental stress, the same way our bodies prioritize in times of physical stress. When we sense danger the last thing we want is to stop and take a bathroom break. Our sympathetic nervous system automatically shuts down what is least necessary and utilizes energy so that we can handle the crisis.
Our social nervous system also goes through an elimination process, and in my own personal experience I've been taking note of what has shifted for me in terms of importance. Creating new paths of security while letting go of old habits has been the biggest work. Coincidentally this has all been reflected in the astrology leading up to now and the energies currently at play.
Whenever Pluto has strong aspects to other planets, we can expect profound and unrelenting transition in the areas of life those planets represent. In the last six months Pluto has been transited by the South Node, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars. I think we can all agree that we are living through some of the most intense astrological cycles of our present lifetime, and as always, how we respond, move through, and learn from these cycles will determine our future success as individuals and as a society.
Answering these questions will help clear and prepare for what's to come. Change can be unsettling, volatile, and triggering. It can also be exciting, challenging, and enriching. One thing we know is that it is necessary for growth.
"You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour,
now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.
And there are things to be considered . . .
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift
that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel they are torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river,
keep our eyes open, and our heads above water.
And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves.
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
The time for the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we've been waiting for."
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