Sunday, January 22, 2012

Energy 101

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Today, I want to share about the ENERGY that resonates in all of us.

Have you ever been around someone and when you parted, the interaction left you feeling full of energy? In reverse, have you ever left the presence of someone completely exhausted for no apparent reason at all?

What you may have felt but not seen or been aware is that your energies co-mingled. Interaction with some people can enhance your energetic vibration, and with others, it can drain your energy source like a sieve, leaving you almost weak.

People can sometimes be somewhat threatened by that which they cannot see. When the talk turns to energy work or people who are gifted with it, out come silly assertions like, "It's evil" or "dangerous." This could be further from the truth!

“A mind is like a parachute.
It doesn't work if it is not open.”
Frank Zappa

If you read the Bible, a person's ability to assist with healing is even mentioned right in 1 Corinthians 12:28:

Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages.

When I offer energy work (in my practice, I use Reiki), I explain it to the recipient and let them decide if they want to receive it. For people who are Christians, another term for energy work is "laying on of hands."

I became aware of the energies of others in 1998, when I was doing OT with patients in the midwest. I did not seek this out!  I was initially taken aback and a little freaked out that I could "feel things." I decided to study energy medicine to understand what I was able to intuitively feel with my hands.

What Did I Feel?

I could feel warmth or cool, tingling, and density when my hands passed within a person's energy field. (A person's energy field reaches approximately as far as their arms will reach in all directions around them.)

A very basic description of what I discovered:

We have seven energy centers called chakras in the human body. They are spinning vortices aligned just outside the physical body along the spine. The chakras run from the base of the spine through the crown of the head. Take a look:

Location of the Seven Main Chakras:

As you can see, they run like ROY G. BIV (remember the colors of the rainbow from school?) Their colors are significant. Their roles are specific. Their names relate to their location.  We'll go over that later. There's too much information to share in one blog entry...

The most basic point I want to make is that if you have an imbalance in your energy centers, you cause dis-ease. 


Got it?

All the more reason to keep our energy centers in our body clear and flowing.

What is so important about the chakras?

Each chakra has its own electromagnetic property. Each chakra influences the organs, muscles, ligament, veins and body parts within its energy field. Chakras influence the endocrine system. They are also associated with your moods, personality, and overall health. .

If you understand how energy centers work in each of us, and the symbolism behind illness in each part of the body, you can assist your patients, friends, or family members to participate in their own healing.

For example, when I see someone with chronic stomach or GI (gastointestinal) issues, I am aware that they have probably been in deep conflict within themselves, with someone else or even with a system. This may be someone who has worked for years in a job they hated, someone who has lived an antagonistic lifetime with a spouse or who has fought an ex-spouse, or someone who has an extreme beef with a institution like a government agency (the Timothy McVeigh types).

The solar plexus (stomach area) is the chakra here that is out of balance.

The Solar Plexus Chakra (yellow) is located at the stomach area, near the bottom of the rib cage. This chakra represents your body, mind and emotions and relates to how you see yourself in the world.

The solar plexus chakra meanings relate to self esteem and confidence as well as a sense of self worth. This chakra's meaning is all about the concept of ‘the will’. This chakra is responsible for the effective flow of energy not only to this region but throughout the whole body.

Improving energy flow to the solar plexus may clear problems that have been producing lack and limitations.

This chakra stores energy, be it good or bad – pain, fear and stress as well as positive energy for growth and healing. It controls our will, our issues from the past, our pain and fear as well as our ambition to succeed.  

This great description is from

 The easiest way to become aware of energy is to rub your hands together briskly until you feel heat (energy!)....then pull them apart a foot and right away start to bring them slowly back together. What you will feel is a magnetic pull, almost a density. You may feel tingling.

This is the energy of your own body.

As you become aware of how you feel around others, like an ebb and flow within your system, you will find yourself more present to who you feel good around and who you don't.

You'll become more aware that energy imbalances are what cause illness. With that information, you can begin to manage your own energy for better health.

More on the chakras later....

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