Embracing hermit mode: Part I
It’s been a while since I last posted something. In fact, a whole year has passed. Here’s what has happened since then.
Tremendous changes have taken place. Further healing and transformation occurred. I’m not the same person I was a year ago. It’s funny, though. You think that you are quite advanced on your personal growth journey, and suddenly there’s this huge leap into an even higher level of consciousness that you didn’t think was possible. How did that happen?
I went into hermit mode. If I had lived in another century, I would have gone to a monastery or retreated into a cave. So there I was, enjoying and embracing solitude at home, in my own space. It must have been strange for my family and friends to witness that. It was the right thing to do. I could feel it at the core of my being.
Solitude helps us heal. Especially in these times when there is so much fear in the collective consciousness and when you are an empath and/or a highly sensitive person on top of that.
“As an empath, intuitive, and/or healer you are constantly picking up on way more energetic data points than most people. You also have a healing aura that is continually transmuting energy for all those around you, thereby draining your own life force energy.”
People are naturally drawn to you because they pick up on your healing abilities, whether they are consciously aware of it or not. Your body and intuition will let you know when you are over-giving and when it’s time to set firm boundaries. You can set boundaries by withdrawing your energy, creating more distance, and by speaking your truth, with love.
During the past year, I’ve had to save more energy for myself (I’m referring here to my own energy, not to the energy I channel as a Reiki practitioner) in order to have energy for healing childhood wounds, past life trauma, and ancestral patterns.
Here’s a closer look at the things that have changed in my daily life over the past year. Maybe you’ve experienced something similar. And if not, you may be inspired to seek solitude now and then, too:
Embracing hermit mode
And not feeling guilty about it!
Fun fact: in Human Design I have the 2/4 profile called the “hermit opportunist” that describes someone who thrives off a balance of alone time AND social activity in a circle of people who truly see and appreciate their uniqueness. Yes, this is so me, both sides need to be acknowledged and cherished.
Even if you don’t have this profile, I think that retreating into solitude once in a while can be a game changer for you, because then it’s only you and your own energy, which allows you to recharge, come back into your centre, go within and listen to your inner guidance.
Being more committed to do the inner work
Self-healing calls for responsibility, determination, discipline, and courage, again and again. Practicing shadow work and striving for embodying the greatest version of yourself is a daily task that requires effort and passion in equal measure.
What do I do in addition to all my spiritual practices like meditation, Reiki, yoga, etc.?
I observe myself during the day, I reflect on what comes up regarding limiting beliefs, thought patterns, and unconscious behaviours (I reflect but I try to not over-analyse everything), I embrace a new state of being (i.e. how I want to act, think, and feel), & finally, I feel all my emotions that arise in every now moment without judgement or attachment, just letting them flow through me to release stuck energy, to dissolve old wounds and traumas from my childhood, ancestors, and former lifetimes, and then to come back to a place where I can feel gratitude, joy, and love for my existence.
Getting up earlier than before
If someone had told me a few years ago that I would get up around 5am of my own accord, even on weekends, I would have replied: “Why on earth would I do that? I love my cosy bed.” Somehow it’s easy for me now. Maybe because I know that my beautiful morning routine is waiting for me.
Having a more intense morning routine
I felt called to practice a longer and more intense morning routine than before.
I start with a guided meditation by Dr Joe Dispenza (on at least 5 days a week), followed by an energetic cleansing & protection ritual, a morning prayer to start the day with a grateful heart, a talk with my guardian angels and other spirit guides, and I finish with a cup of hot, Reiki charged water while reading & practicing one lesson of “A Course In Miracles”.
After all these steps, I enjoy a cup of coffee, a Reiki blessed one of coz, while listening to uplifting music. Only then do I check my messages, emails etc.
Yes, that sounds like a long morning routine, hence the getting up earlier part 🙂
Appreciating my body
I do not take my body for granted. My eternal soul wants to cherish this human vessel. Therefore, I honour my body as the living temple that it is.
I nourish my body with more high-vibrational energies, like high-vibrational food, crystal or Reiki charged water, high-vibrational thoughts and elevated emotions, uplifting music, Reiki self-treatments, and I remove low-vibrational things from my life, i.e. less sugar, less coffee, no alcohol, no news and no TV, but still Netflix every now and then 🙂
Listening more closely to what my body truly needs to feel nourished
I embrace intuitive eating, i.e. I listen within: What kind of vegetables, fruits, bread, nuts, seeds, tea etc. does my body need at this moment? My body will let me know.
Incorporating embodiment techniques almost daily
In the world we live in, it’s easy to lose touch with ourselves. Coming back to the body and the breath is so healing because it promotes union of body, mind, and soul, and it brings us back to the present moment.
My practices are: breathwork, mindfulness practice, vinyasa flow or yin yoga, shaking meditation, conscious dancing, or Qi Gong. My yoga mat is my sanctuary. I’ve shed so many cleansing tears. Wow, I’m in awe of myself and the courage and determination with which I showed up for myself every day (I’m not saying this from the egoic mind). I’m more disciplined than ever. But you should know that within these daily movement routines I act intuitively, i.e. what kind of movement I want to practice at that moment.
Allowing myself to rest when necessary
I listen to my body’s signals when it’s time to slow down. When I feel the energetic cleansing on a physical level, I give my body time to be able to release these low-vibrational energies. Rest days are just as important as exercise.
More reading, reading, and yes, reading
I dived deeper into the topics of quantum physics, epigenetics, neuroscience, divine feminine archetypes, Human Design and astrology. I want to keep learning. There is so much I don’t know yet, but that’s actually beautiful because it’s an invitation to expand my horizons, over and over again.
Embodying a grounded spirituality
This means being a link between heaven and earth by attaining balance between connecting with the Divine AND Mother Earth. I do that through regular grounding. I put my bare feet on the ground and sit, stand, or walk mindfully. I love my dates with the Divine, but I also want to be present in my wonderful body.
Being more in tune with nature & natural cycles
I started practicing full moon and new moon rituals, celebrating solstices and equinoxes, and unleashing the wild woman in me. Even my menstrual cycle began to align with the phases of the moon 🙂
Having an evening routine
In the evening, I end the day with a meditation, listening to relaxing music or sitting in silence. I now have a “no screen an hour before bedtime” rule.
Going to bed earlier
I started going to bed before 10pm. Actually, it’s more of a side effect of getting up earlier, but it feels really good 🙂
Yeah, that seems like a lot. But it was just something that came naturally to me. I didn’t force myself to do all of these morning and evening routines, embodiment practises, and other rituals. This sense of determination and perseverance came from within me, as if this was exactly the right way for me to live like at this moment. I only followed this soft inner voice.
As a lightworker, that’s actually my job. It is my job to work my light every day. I don’t use the word “work” in a sense of hard work because, as I said, it feels more like a natural state of being and living.
Stay tuned for part II where I share what kind of changes I have experienced in my being after embracing hermit mode and focusing on deepening my self-healing process.