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Don't Punch The Shark

“Hold this rope while I dive into my soul; don't even bother pulling it if I didn't come up on my own.” ― Ahmed Mostafa

Every night I have been taking a very deep dive off the highest springboard, and I am a terrible swimmer! The virtual water I dive into is at times dark and murky, filled with sharks ready to devour. I have heard that if you come upon a real shark and it aggressively comes toward you, you should punch it in the face. I’m not so sure I would live that long. That’s how it felt tonight as my dive took me to a black void. It was cold and silent, and I kept trying to hear what the silence was saying to me. I finally stopped resisting, stopped trying to punch the shark long enough to just be with the stillness. I intentionally took the dive, as I have for the last few nights, because I have committed to reintegrating those fragments of my soul that have been locked away and inaccessible to me due to trauma in my life. This phenomenon is called “soul loss” and indigenous people have known about it for eons. They use shamanic healing to connect to and reintegrate these fragments. My experience tonight was the deepest I have ever gone. While in the void, I experienced anger, confusion, shame and sadness. I didn’t realize until that point how I had just shoved the entire experience under the rug and never dealt with releasing the emotional trauma.

Dear Angels, at times the hardest thing for us humans to do is deal with our emotions in a raw and real way. Sometimes it does feel like we are being ripped apart by that shark and it is hard to understand that the shark is us. The anger and confusion comes from our wanting there to be a right and wrong. It is being unforgiving and staying in the villain versus victim mindset that keeps us imprisoned and fragmented.

Dear Ones, you have been given many examples of forgiveness throughout the history of your world, especially by the great masters. In holding grudges and maintaining a need to be “right” you have deprived yourself of joy in life. Forgiveness is about you, Dear Ones, not about any person or event. It is a clearing of your energy so that you can have completeness and serenity inside. That anger you feel will last as long as you choose to hold onto it. You have the keys to unlock the door and set yourself free and it doesn’t involve punching a shark. What choice will you make?

Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.

Today, I promise to leave the sharks alone and let go of the need to be right.

Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace.

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