The Dangerous Land of Stagnation and How to Break Free

Are you feeling stagnant in your life?
Do you feel like you’re just maintaining?
Are you wondering how to get excited and motivated again?

Do you know why I’m asking those 3 questions?  It’s because I know that feeling too well…almost embarassingly well.  That’s why I want to discuss with you something very important…the discovery of liquid gold.

A few weeks ago, I was feeling stagnant in my life, doing what was necessary just to keep the flow going.  I wasn’t particularly excited about anything at all and actually found myself feeling kind of ‘bored’ with what was happening.

Now, this is quite unusual because I feel like I’m living the life I have always dreamed of. I work from home, set my own hours, love what I do, have a supportive and loving partner and a super creative life.  However, I felt like I was going through the motions – like I was “just maintaining.”

I didn’t realize how dangerous it was to operate on “just maintaining” because you ignore the signs that your body needs attention or help as well as write off the boredom as ‘part of life.’

However, this place of ‘just maintaining’ can cause you to fall into the land of stagnation where you find yourself waiting for inspiration to strike.

That’s where I was and I felt a slow burning current of frustration of not knowing what was next.

It wasn’t until an impromptu date broke me out of the jailhouse of waiting.

My partner and I went to see a very old, roots reggae band called Black Uhuru play at Flamingo Cantina, a legendary Austin venue for reggae music.  One of Jamaica’s classic reggae bands, Black Uhuru has been around for over four decades, spanning a musical history that has been impactful, influential and launched many musician’s careers.

I’d heard their music for many years and found myself automatically dancing without thinking. The lead singer, no longer the original, belted familiar songs that caused the crowd to ripple in excitement.

However, it wasn’t until Duckie Simpson, one of the original founders, opened his mouth and sang a song that my heartstrings were plucked.  It was like hearing the original band through the sound of this one man.

I closed my eyes, falling deeper into the rhythmic trance.  In my little three feet of personal space, I began to really move, surrounded by a wall of friends and family.

I lost all sense of time and space as I felt a kinship to the nyabinghi heartbeat of the song. Perhaps it was my mood or a deep soulful cry for help – I felt something stir. I don’t know how it happened or when it happened, it just did.

In the depth of sound and the cadence of beats, I saw and felt something so amazing yet fleeting.  It was like a ray of pure golden light pierced right through me, touched the apex of my heart and flooded my blood with vitality.  Every cell, molecule and breath felt like it was super-infused with light, making me vibrate at such high realms.

I felt alive. I could see the music being played. I could feel sounds reverberate through me. I could taste, see, touch and feel God in every part of my being.  I felt like I was being plugged in and electrocuted awake.  It was like drinking liquid gold.

I left that night, walking on Cloud 9, feeling like I had taken some kind of happy, magic pill. The world around me literally looked brighter and full of color. That liquid gold energy watered my surroundings, making me see the beautiful potential and energy of The Creator in everything.

The next day, I still felt it – that feeling of sunshine running through me. It gave me energy and lifted my spirits, allowing me to breeze through my work. Sessions were easy and connections felt authentic. Focus became sharper and I completed my tasks with ease. Even money flowed in like magic!

If only it was like that every day! That golden, light feeling stayed for a few more days and slowly began to ebb away.

That’s when I started to panic.

I wasn’t ready to let that go and fall back into the stagnation of life’s patterns but how could I hold on to it?

Thus, I began to search for ways to hold on to that feeling of drinking ‘liquid gold’ and feeling absolutely alive.  Food, activities, gardening and my regular tasks didn’t inspire me.  Books didn’t invite me in.  Social invitations made me want to stay home.

Damn…was I going to be stuck in the land of stagnation?

Well, it’s funny how life works.  I was resigned to returning to my fate of maintaining until a little text message changed my world around.

The message said this:  ‘Hey! Our friend is moving down to Austin and wants to play keyboards in the band.  Do you want to play the bass?’

All of a sudden, I felt a bolt run through me.  There it was!! I felt like I was being hit with golden lightning that infused my veins with excitement!

What could I say but ‘Sure, I think so.’

So I did what any musician who doesn’t play that instrument does. I rented a bass guitar.

I came home, plugged it into my Fender bass amp and plucked the strings. The deep resonant notes just made my insides quiver and my smile widened. It was like sipping a cup of liquid gold.

I began to play.  Each note became the foundational backdrop to music that I had written and composed for many years as a keyboard player. It was like a reunion between lovers once the bass filled in the deep layers of sound.

Instead of thinking that I was learning a new instrument, I kept reminding myself that I was picking up where I left off.  What a huge difference that made!

And…I’ve got to admit…I’ve been hooked now for the last two weeks. I simply can not stop  playing, thinking or dreaming about this instrument.

It’s given me something so fun to look forward to.  I try to get my ‘real business’ work done as quickly and efficiently as possible so I can play music. I make room and time now to practice where before I thought I was too busy. It’s sharpened my focus because I look forward to my time of rest and playing.

I began to ask myself, what other ways could I maximize that feeling of drinking liquid gold and being excited about living and working?

Drinking the Creator’s liquid gold through finding something new is a key discovery to breaking the mundaneness in life.

Here are a few suggestions to help keep your focus, vibrations and energy high so you don’t drop into that land of waiting and stagnation.

#1. Learn a new language, skill or instrument
⁃    When you learn a new language, skill or instrument, you create new neural pathways in your brain that wires how you perceive the world.  These new pathways help you stay creative and active because you expose yourself to new stimuli, opening up potential avenues within your mind to create, attract and manifest.  Learning also helps you improve your multi-dimensionality as a human being, keeping you young and plugged into this ever-changing world.

#2. Plug into a new habit or activity
⁃    In order to break the routine-ness of life, you have to implement and create new habits that take time to imprint in your psyche and environment.  Whether it is starting a new work-out program, doing more self-care work or testing a new system in your life/business, you have the opportunity to shift and up level your way of existence.  Plugging a new habit takes dedication and commitment so patience with self is critical.  Also, consistency and follow-through will help strengthen your character and help you accomplish anything you set your mind to.

#3. Challenge yourself to make 1 new recipe per week for 12 weeks
⁃    Food is a vital part of your life and a contributing factor to your health.  By trying out one new recipe a week, you introduce yourself to a variety of flavors, spices and tastes.  Expanding your palate also increases your sense of the environment around you. Challenging yourself with creating or making one new recipe also improves your relationship with how you eat, take care of yourself and communicate with your body. This is a great way to also bring your social circle into your food experiment.

#4. Book a trip in the future to take
⁃    Nothing stimulates the senses and invigorates the spirit like taking a much-needed vacation. Booking a trip in the future gives you something exciting to look forward to and plan through out the year.  It also helps you save for the journey, focus your efforts on budgeting and create a sense of urgency because of your deadline for departure.  By getting excited about going away, your mind creates new ideas to help you manifest your needs for your trip as well as helps you get organized in your life so that when you leave – you can really unplug.

#5. Recommit to your vision
⁃    Face it, if you’re not feeling motivated to work on your business, career or self then you may have a disconnect with one of your visions for your life.  Haven’t really ironed out what kind of vision you want for your life?  This might be a cause for the stagnation and lack of inspiration.  One of the greatest favors you can do for yourself is to spend some time mapping out your vision for what you’d like to accomplish in your life.  Each week, review your vision and see what actions you are taking to align, attract and manifest that outcome.  If you find yourself not taking ANY action at all for weeks on end, you might want to assess whether that vision is really what you want.

#6. Sign up for a series of bodywork for healing
⁃    Chances are, if you possess any kind of nurturing quality, you probably put others before yourself on a regular basis.  You may be operating in a less than optimal state but keep on compensating because you don’t want to take that time out or are simply unaware of your condition.  When you sign up for a series of bodywork – whether that is acupuncture, chiropractic or massage – you are giving your body a new pathway for existing.  When you release pent-up energy, pain and stagnation, you evolve into new states of feeling good and allow yourself that gift of healing which can motivate you to take action in your life.

#7. Go out into nature once a week and go for a walk/hike – consider this a treat!
⁃    Nature is a great place for re-setting, allowing your mind to enter into a place of silence and communion with the land around you.  The Creator’s energy lies untapped in the natural realm as we explore our ability to feel rejuvenated, calm and grounded. Going into nature once a week helps you detox from a digital world where you are constantly plugged in. This is where creative ideas can explode when you can get away from your own environment and plug into new sights and sounds.

#8. Genuinely compliment a stranger or someone you don’t know once a week
⁃    Want to break out of the stagnation of feeling bad? Compliment someone that you meet randomly and make sure that compliment is genuine and sincere. It will catch people off guard and also invite them to open up to you. A random stranger could become a friend, acquaintance or supporter.  Best of all, complimenting someone makes them feel good which naturally spills over into your realm of energy as your fields communicate unspoken words. Make this habit become a positive influence in your life and you will find more blessings appear as you rain down blessings on others.

So there you go. I invite you to try any one of these suggestions to keep that energy of liquid gold flowing through your life.

The land of stagnation can be a trap that can cause you to lose momentum, energy, hope or motivation.  Don’t get stuck in that place. Commit to breaking out of any traps that hold you here and know that there is a way out.  That way out will get you excited about life and truly grateful that you are on this soul journey at this time.

And if there is any way I can help break you out of this stagnation loop, please let me know. For now, I am simply content to play the bass and feel the Divine in each note.

About the Author:

Anne Marie Pizarro is a registered nurse and a holistic practitioner, focusing on the Akashic Records and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET). She works with clients globally and assists them in connecting to their Soul Council, Record Keepers and Guides. Her mission is to help support people’s soul journey on Earth.  Contact her via email, website or through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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