As I was packing up my mother’s nursing home room after her death, I found a little heart-shaped stone that said ‘serenity’ on it. I took it back to California with me and I hold it frequently. It’s heavy, it has form, it feels soothing, and it reminds me of her.
I love the weight of that little stone.
Because of our culture’s extreme focus on left-hemisphere reasoning, we’ve dismissed the powerful healing qualities of simple aesthetic energy. Quite simply, heavy things can be comforting.
For example, it’s not surprising that weighted blankets reduce anxiety and stress. Or that mud baths are so popular. Or that we use the expression “fall asleep” because heavy things fall (light things float). In order to fall asleep, we need to be heavy, energetically speaking.
If you need to grieve, heal, or rest, work with HEAVY. Holding a small, heavy object can be helpful, but you can also bring in the energy of HEAVY through visualizing a metaphoric image:
Call to mind an image of something heavy. Then imagine yourself BEING that thing.
When I have a headache, I imagine that I’m thick mud slowly sliding down the side of a cliff. The weightiness of the mud viscerally shifts my body into a place of healing. When I want to fall asleep, I imagine myself to be heavy snow gently falling onto the ground.
HEAVY is a healing quality.
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