In The Fog of Life, I describe how the confusion, overwhelm, pain, suffering (the fog) that we experience is made up of both naturally occurring fog (where the unseen realms touch the seen) AND the toxic pollution coming from an ever growing number of smokestacks (or sources of trauma) which I explored in more detail in The Five Smokestacks of Trauma.
Today, we’re going to explore our relationship to both healthy fog and the toxic smoke or pollution.
Dis-empowered Relationship with the Natural Fog of Life
When we relate to the Natural Fog of Life from a dis-empowered stance, we tend to:
- disdain/disregard the fog and the unseen realms;
- collapse/be in a fearful state in relation to the fog. This could look like hiding in the fog in order to avoid responsibilities in the seen world or avoiding spirit/the sacred in general;
- experience difficulty with discernment or choice around who to trust to guide us through the fog;
- imagine that natural fog and toxic fog are the same thing – we are unable to distinguish between that which serves life and that which does not.
At an extreme, we might even find ourselves in an ill advised attempt to eliminate all fog and to treat natural fog with the same disdain as pollution.
Empowering Relationship with the Fog of Life (where the unseen touches the seen)
When we are relating to the Fog of Life from an empowered stance, there is:
- recognition/acknowledgment of the sacred nature of the fog…of the unseen realms touching the seen;
- discernment when choosing guides (human and other-than-human) to help navigate through this fog.
We are able to:
- stand in our own sovereignty/power in relation to both the seen/unseen realms;
- consciously choose when to be hidden or revealed by the fog… it’s ok (necessary even at times) to hide in the fog… it’s important to also know when/how to emerge from the fog into the clear light of the day.
Dis-empowered Relationship with the Toxic Smoke or Pollution
When we relate to the Toxic Smoke from a dis-empowered stance, we tend to:
- deny the existence of the toxic fog;
- refuse to see it or it’s impact on us, our lives, the earth;
- relate to the world only from the contracted, polluted places within and without… we are unable to notice/access the goodness/support that co-exists with the pollution;
- feel powerless, overwhelmed, stuck.
Empowered Relationship with the Toxic Smoke or Pollution
When we are relating to the Toxic Smoke or Pollution from an empowered stance there is recognition and acknowledgement of the sacred nature of the pollution as well. There is also recognition that, while the pollution is both within and without (internal and external to the witchy healer), there is also goodness and support both within and without.
We can choose, with this support, to move into and through the pollution in a way that brings reconciliation and healing and that restores harmony in both the seen and unseen realms.
Additionally, when relating from a place of personal power/sovereignty, it is possible to see the pollution as pollution and to use it to trace back to the source of where it’s coming from. You can follow the smoke back to the smoke stack. This allows you to do something about it.
From this perspective, symptoms become guides that bring us to the source of the troubles and, in resolving those troubles, bring healing to ourselves and the wider community.
It is possible to be in an empowering (or dis-empowering) relationship with both the naturally occurring fog and the toxic smoke or pollution. Becoming aware of how we relate to the fog (both natural and toxic) gives us a starting point for reclaiming our power (if needed) and taking the next step on our healing journey.
In the next installment, I’ll take a moment to describe the upsides and downsides of both the natural and toxic fog. Yes, there are upsides and downsides to both!