Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Have you ever felt like you were being attacked? Not a physical attack, like someone is actually attacking you. I’m talking about a spiritual attack, like something is trying to literally take something from inside of you?
Some of you may be thinking, “Okay… Diana has really lost it now,” while some of you are sitting there nodding your head in agreement.
If you agree with me, allow me to share more.
May, 2020 will forever live in my mind, and likely yours, too, from the continued pandemic concerns, to the horrific murder of George Floyd, and the beginning of a number of world-wide protests.
At the same time, I started receiving upwards of two to four messages per day, either through social media, email, or personal texts from organizations, people I know, and some I didn't, asking to meet with me to discuss their thoughts and feelings on systemic racism. While all of these messages were well meaning, it was overwhelming, because I was trying to process my own grief and trauma from these unjust acts.
In addition, I personally experienced a series of unfortunate events in our home, from our washing machine flooding and damaging our floors, to our daughter getting into a car accident (she’s fine) and totaling her car.
This all happened just as I was about to launch my VERY FIRST Pivot and Rise Mastermind.
Whew… a lot going on.
And then, JUST LIKE THAT, something flipped. I started to wonder if I could even follow through with guiding my mastermind group. I felt like I was starting to lose my footing. I had an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty and anxiety. It felt like my body was at war with me. Interesting enough, everything I was feeling was everything I was helping to guide my mastermind participants through.
At times, it felt like I needed to be the student, not the guide. Our first module was mastering your mindset, and my mindset was being deeply challenged.
I shared all that I was feeling with my mastermind participants. We talk often in our Pivot and Rise Mastermind about lowering our identity gap - to make sure who we are behind the scenes matches who we are, and who we desire to be, in front of others. And since I’m all about lowering my identity gap, I shared all of my truth with them and held nothing back.
Nonetheless, I continued to show up for myself, so that I could show up for others. I did my daily self-care practice - praying, reading God’s word, meditating, journaling, practicing gratitude, doing my yoga practice, and checking my eating habits and my thoughts. I also set out to get my overall health checked through a series of tests… all the while feeling that something just wasn’t quite right.
I am excited to share that we persevered! On August 25th, 2020, seven amazing women graduated from the Pivot and Rise Mastermind to become Certified Rise Advocates.
They all have amazing stories to share, and I look forward to sharing more with you about them and how they are moving forward.
However, after the graduation, I took a few weeks off to pause and assess what was going on with me. I’ve come up with some conclusions and turned them into some tips that may help you if you’ve been experiencing a similar attack.
It’s okay to pause and rest! It’s so important to pause, rest, and be still. I often share this with my clients, yet I need to hear this, too. While I do my daily practice, I rarely, if ever, shut down completely. Powering forward without a clear understanding of the root cause of your unease is a recipe for disaster. Don’t dismiss this step. Get quiet, spend time in meditation, and know it’s okay to completely shut it down for a while to regroup (just don’t stay there).
Spiritual battles are real, but God is bigger than any force that is trying to fight against you. After you pause and rest, you must put on the full armor of God to fight spiritual battles. If this is confusing to you, you can find clarity and hope by reading Tony Evans’ book Prayers for Victory in Spiritual Warfare. I’ve also found hope by sharing and praying with my prayer warrior sisters and friends. Do you have these types of friends? If not, ask God to give them to you. Prayer changes everything.
Hormones can alter your state of being and it’s important to be mindful of positive alternatives. This point begs for a more in-depth discussion, but just know you are not crazy, weird, or off-putting by saying that you are dealing with hormonal changes. I’ve shared this with people only to have a blank stare on the other end. Let me be clear, I’ve definitely hit the menopausal stage of life and I’ve been experiencing some symptoms that have caused me some distress. We all need to be conscious of the best steps to move forward. I have found alternatives and benefits in Christine Northrop’s book Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, this online Menopause Guide, seeking assistance from Sonia Organics herbal remedies, and great nutritional supplements from HBNaturals’ rep Rhonda Sewell. I’ll discuss this topic a bit more in another blog.
Get your health screenings and vitals checked. It’s so very important to learn about your health stats. Get to the doctor and get your blood checked along with your health screenings to make sure you have a positive and healthy baseline. You may even wish to seek out counseling.
Continue to do the work to master your mindset. Your mindset is everything and has a major impact upon your state of being. Whatever you believe is what will be. Whatever you focus on most will expand in your life. It’s so very important to check your thoughts and keep them focused on what’s possible and positive. Maintain this mindset - life is happening FOR you, not TO you! God is for you and wants you to succeed.
No one can take anything away from you, unless you allow it. At the end of the day, we are the ones who are responsible for our lives, for our VOICE. There is no one else to blame. We are responsible for our thoughts, our habits, and our behaviors. We are responsible for our own actions. It’s so important to realize this simple statement and to be ready to do the heavy lifting in life and speak our truth to power, and in LOVE!
Here’s the bottom line: we can persevere despite these attacks. I believe these attacks come to those who are most aligned with their God-given calling. That’s because when you are about your mission work and you are living your purpose, you help so many people. That’s why it is IMPERATIVE to never give up and to keep using your voice, your message, to bring about hope, justice, kindness, truth, to FREE yourself and others, and to break unjust systems and dismantle racism.
I encourage you to not do this alone. You should be among a group of people who believe in you, that will help cheer you on, and overcome any obstacle.
This is what Rise Advocates do!
SO… WHAT’S NEXT?
Want to learn more about the Pivot and Rise Mastermind to become a certified Rise Advocate? Click HERE.
Stay tuned for the launch of the next Pivot and Rise Mastermind course, currently slated for October, 2020.
Let’s work together to keep RISING.