#tbt Surviving a Mammoth Growth Period

This post originally appeared on November 6, 2015 - and it still works today. It's always a good time to say hello to growth periods!

This week has brought on intense growth periods, both in house at DS as well as with those we have seen, read, and met. We thought, what better post than a survival guide of sorts to ease those enormous, painful, tearful (at times) growth periods! 

(Note:  a growth period is a time of you becoming more capable. It can be self inflicted, i.e. personally deciding to go for something, or inflicted, i.e. someone in your space deciding to take a next step and you are either part of the step or somehow involved). 


Early on in my clairvoyant days, I remember a fellow clairvoyant friend making the comment that she felt hungry which made her happy as it indicated a growth period to her. 

Huh, I thought. That's fun -- a growth period. 

Then I had my first huge, lie on the floor, can't get up because everything is so hard, why is this so difficult, you want me to do what? growth periods.

Over the years, I have noticed a couple of things:  

  1. Growth periods are easiest when experienced with the least amount of resistance and the most amount of amusement possible. (Easier said than done.)
  2. Growth periods are more contagious than chicken pox.

So, how do you survive those whopping good growth periods where you are becoming more and more capable? More and more yourself? More and more aligned with your truth? The ones that are guiding you to your highest and best self? The ones that make you want to sleep 12 hours a day? The ones that kick you out of your space and make you feel like you are a visitor in your own body?

I'll let Barbara field that question...


  • Step 1: Acknowledge the growth period.
  • Step 2: ???
  • Step 3: Celebrate the new space you've created in your life and all that it brings you!

South Park references aside, here's the deal with growth periods: you're pretty much always in one. Approaching growth as a batten-down-the-hatches-until-it's-over situation leads to loads of unnecessary stress. That's because a little growth can trigger a lot of growth; the floodgates open and things can move really fast when you start working with energy. 

My advice? Don't shy away. Be curious. Cultivate neutrality. Prepare a growth period survival strategy for when things feel extraordinarily intense. Think about what taking care of your mind, body, and spirit look like for you. I'll share my current process, maybe it'll spark something for you.

Fresh air, exercise, good food, rest, hydration, meditation/prayer - that's the foundation. The next level includes journaling or some other creative outlet, and talking it through, either to myself or with a physical or spiritual confidant.  Yes, I mean actual talking aloud - having to articulate what's happening brings me clarity. 

The ultimate empowerment for me is to read it, or have another clairvoyant read it for me. Knowing what is lit up, validating the process, and seeing the next step is really reassuring when I'm not sure which end is up.

Being who you're here to be isn't always easy, and there is no one-size-fits-all way of going about it. See what you need to see, have what you need to have, and acknowledge that simply by showing up and being you, you are awesome.  

I'll wrap up with a quote from Brené Brown that cuts right to it: "To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly."

Now, someone please pass the chocolate and my blankie...