Energy in Action

Once again, the world feels as if things are turning upside down. Worse yet, it seems impossible to know what to do when the distressing event involves other countries, on another continent.

The way I see it, we’ve reached a point in human evolution where we cannot find our way without help,

Help? What kind of help?

We can increase our resourcefulness in two ways—by expanding our own consciousness, and by engaging with the unseen beings inhabiting subtle energy fields that are the matrix we live in.

How?

How can we both expand ourselves and connect with beings that exist in the subtle realms? And why would we?

Both good questions, because in the Western world, we’ve grown up in a culture that ignores and even denies the existence of anything beyond what we can see. So culturally, we have neither the mindset nor the tools to discover the greater scope of both our inner and outer worlds.

Yet that is where our superpowers lie. That is where we access the wisdom that comes from greater knowing. And it is that knowing which helps us make sense of what’s going on in the world.

How do we access greater knowing?

The short answer is—we gain access as we remove energetic clutter from our personal energy fields.

I’ve been at this for quite a while, trying many modalities of energy work—all aimed at clearing energy blockages, one way or another. What I know is that the clearer my field, the more expansive I’ve become and the easier it is to access my team of invisible helpers.

Removing our energetic clutter makes us much more prepared and resourceful for navigating difficult times. You could compare it to tidying up an extremely  messy room.

Imagine you were living in a space where you regularly dropped things in the spot where you’d been using them. And all those dirty socks, unwashed dishes, and half-read books accumulated from one month to the next. Can you feel how difficult it would be to cross the room after a few months?

Then suppose you got fed up with the situation and cleared away everything that wasn’t meant to be there. Can you imagine the relief you’d feel once you were able to live your daily life unhampered by clutter?

It’s the same in your energy field. You can navigate your life more freely, and with confidence, once you’ve removed your energetic clutter. (P.S. We all have it, whether we recognize it or not.)

My tried-and-true tools…

There is a whole field of Energy Psychology that can teach us how to clear our inner clutter. The following are my top three favourite methods because they’re easy to learn, there’s plenty of free information available, and you can do the work yourself without having to pay a practitioner.

And most of all, they are surprisingly effective considering how simple each of them is.

1.  Energy activations…

Start here, especially if you’re feeling frayed or frazzled by what’s going on in the world these days.

Below are links to several energy activations which you can listen to as often as you like. Although they may seem like guided meditations, activations are actually different. Here’s how they are described by their creator, Sarah McCrum.

An Energy Activation is a deeply relaxing audio experience that guides your energy into a new formation. It’s best to listen in a comfortable chair [or lying down if you won’t fall asleep] with your eyes closed.

You’ll find that I speak quite slowly, with gaps of silence between the sentences. These help you to calm down, relax deeply and experience the deeper resonance of the message I’m sharing.

To find more free activations, go to Sarah’s Youtube channel, Playlists tab. Most of the above are found under the Wellbeing tab, but there are plenty more videos to explore on that page. Programs and items for purchase are on Sarah’s website.

2.  EFT Tapping…

Tapping, also known as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), is a powerful stress-relief technique.

Tapping is based on the combined principles of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.

While maintaining your mental focus on an issue, you use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times on 9 specific meridian points of the body.

Tapping has been clinically proven to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) in your body. Stress impacts every aspect of your life, from your financial choices to your health. Learn how to calm your nervous system, reduce your stress, and bring your body and mind back into balance.

The above is quoted from the website of The Tapping Solution, which has lots of information and demonstrations to explain further.

Their 14th annual free World Tapping Summit started on February 28, 2022. If you’ve never participated in an online summit, here’s how it works: Each day for ten days, you receive links to interviews featuring practitioners who use tapping for themselves and their clients.

Signing up for the Summit is an excellent introduction to tapping because you can see it in action, and tap along to experience the process. EFT tapping is amazingly simple, considering how quick and effective it is. Even though you’ll miss the first couple days, it is worth signing up here.

Other resources include:

3.  Emotion Code clearing…

The Emotion Code is a method for identifying and releasing trapped negative emotions that we carry around from past events and traumas.

In this full-length interview, founder Dr. Bradley Nelson gives an overview of how The Emotion Code works. His YouTube Channel is a good way to further familiarize yourself with this method of energy work.

The Emotion Code book teaches you what you need to know to start using this on yourself. But if you prefer to work with someone who is experienced in using the Emotion Code, find a practitioner here. You can select a practitioner from anywhere in the world because subtle energy work can be done from a distance.

Try it. You might like it.

Try it. You might like it. Does anyone else remember your mother saying that? Usually when she was trying to get you to eat or do something unfamiliar?

Do you also remember that it was usually better than you expected?

If you think this energy work sounds weird, I’m guessing that’s because these methods are unfamiliar to you. If you can get past that and give them a try, you may be pleasantly surprised at how wonderful it feels to start clearing the clutter that’s lodged in your energy field.

A little help from our friends…

When we think about our friends, it’s usually flesh-and-blood people or furry friends that come to mind. But let’s not forget our invisible friends…the ones we knew as children, and gave up when adults told us we were just imagining things.

In truth, our unseen friends were real—invisible, yes, but nonetheless real inhabitants of the energy fields we’re immersed in. 

So what is it with these energy fields?

The world and everything in it is made of vibrating energy. The slower the vibration, the more solid something is, and that’s the world we can see.

When vibration increases, it reaches a point where it’s beyond our visual capacity. That doesn’t mean it’s not real, just that our eyes are incapable of seeing what exists at that vibration. That’s why invisible energy fields are often described as subtle energy.

This is what we’ve learned, bit by bit, in the years since scientists began developing the theory of Quantum Physics in the 1920s. Niels Bohr, Max Planck, and Albert Einstein are recognized as the originators of the quantum view of life. Later contributors include Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrodinger, David Bohm and Richard Feynman. All but one received a Nobel Prize for their ground-breaking work to improve our understanding of how the world really works.

If you want to nerd out on the development of quantum physics and the significant changes from the classical Newtonian view, watch this engaging presentation (3,000,000+ views since 2020) by modern-day physicist Sean Carroll.

Despite all that ground-breaking scientific work, the quantum world remains unperceived by most of us. This isn’t surprising. We are used to relying on our five senses, and invisible energy requires a different sort of perception.

Perceiving subtle energy—from the inside…

There are actually more people than you might think who are sensitive to energy and experience it in ways beyond the use of their five senses. You may already have experienced one or more of these yourself:

  • inner seeing—using your “mind’s eye” to see still images or movies when your eyes are closed; vivid dreams; seeing colours or auras around people, animals, or plants
  • inner hearing—hearing the “still small voice within”
  • inner feeling—gut feelings; hunches; feeling a physical sensation that seems to be bringing a message
  • inner knowing—suddenly knowing something; insight; inspiration; ingenuity; foresight

Applying these abilities…

We all have these capabilities but many of us haven’t yet uncovered them. People who are particularly sensitive to energy often become practitioners of healing modalities. Reiki, Touch for Health, Emotion Code, and EFT Tapping are a few examples. I discussed Energy Psychology in greater depth in a previous post.To learn more about various modalities and the research into their effectiveness, visit the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology  (ACEP).

Why would you want to learn about energy?

First of all, we know from research reported by ACEP that energy work can be very effective in improving our state of well-being. And there are several modalities that we can use on ourselves, which I find particularly empowering.

Perhaps even more important is that working with subtle energy allows us to communicate with beings that are here to help us. Considering the turbulence we’re currently living in, now is a good time for all of us to develop our latent abilities.

We humans have managed so far with our limited understanding of how life actually works. We’ve had some successes, but we’ve also come to the limits of our tunnel vision. Systems we’ve developed are no longer working. We know that because we see them breaking down and falling apart before our eyes. Clearly we need help to navigate to the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

So when you need to call on your friends to see you through the challenging times ahead, remember that you have more than you might think.

Some of them are waiting in the quantum field for you to discover them—and you don’t have to be a scientist to do it.

The Magic of Serendipity

Last week I featured a poem with a surprise ending. It demonstrates how the energy field of words and their arrangement has more impact than we might think.

But there’s more to it than that…

Worst Day Ever? also illustrates another aspect of energy—not in the words but in the process, the way the poem got out into the world.

Most of the news reports simplify the story to something like this: Chani Gorkin wrote a poem as a school assignment, someone pinned a copy of it on the wall of an English pub, someone else saw it there and posted a photo on his Twitter account, and it flew around the world.

The expanded description reads…

  • 2014: Chani Gorkin, a Brooklyn teenager, wrote a poem for a school assignment. After it was entered in a contest, her poem was published online where a few people read it.
  • July 2015: Zachery Stephenson, who lived in London, complained on Facebook about someone who’d let him down.
  • One of his relatives, living in New York, forwarded Chani’s poem to him in reply.
  • Stephenson was so impressed that he printed it out and pinned it on the wall of a bar he visited.
  • Ronnie Joice read the poem in that London bar after interviewing for a job and feeling “a bit worn out.” He snapped a photo of the poem and tweeted it.
  • Immediately, Joice’s message was re-tweeted. Over the span of a week, it was re-tweeted thousands of times.
  • Worst Day Ever? was downloaded over a million times, shared by thousands on social media, and translated into several languages including Russian, Chinese and Hebrew (as reported in an article by Dr. Yvette Alt Miller).

It struck a chord…

Stephenson has been quoted as saying, “It just kind of struck a chord and really made me change my perception of things.” He added that he’d never posted anything like that before.

Joice explained his action by saying that “London’s a really tough city to live in sometimes” and the poem helped him to get the “right attitude” to deal with the stress of looking for work.

The author’s perspective…

From all accounts, Chani had no intention other than to successfully meet the requirements of the assignment, which was to write a poem about her worst-ever day.

Her challenge was that the topic didn’t align with her beliefs. As she has explained, her poem reflects the idea that it’s possible to control how we see the world, whether negatively or positively. “I don’t think there is such a thing as the worst day ever… I wanted to show how your day is really based on how you look at things.” And, holding that contradiction between the assignment and her view of life, Chani found a way to creatively meet the requirements of both.

I think this poem has struck a chord with so many people because she expressed what she sincerely believed and presented it in a compelling way. As a result of that clear expression, her poem touched people, activating  energy fields in multiple ways over a short period of time.

How is it that this poem ricocheted around the world?

You might call it coincidence, or synchronicity, or serendipity. They are all nuances of the same thing, describing an occurrence that happens as if it is out of your hands. And indeed it is. Such occurrences are tangible examples of the work of invisible energy fields—invisible  but nonetheless real.

The story of Chani’s poem demonstrates that…

  • When we turn something loose in an energy field, we never know what will come of it.
  • Energy fields intersect and overlap.
  • Surprises and serendipities happen!

And it reminds us of what we intuitively know but have long-since forgotten—that we don’t have to do life alone. We have invisible help.

Worst Day Ever?

Worst day ever? It all depends on how you look at it.

The poem below was written by Brooklyn teenager, Chani Gorkin, for a school assignment. A semi-finalist in a 2014 poetry contest, it was published on Poetry Nation.

As you read this poem, pay attention to the emotions and the energy field it creates. If you can, read it aloud—that will make the effect more palpable.

What was your experience—especially of the energy field created by reading top-to-bottom compared to reading it bottom-to-top? You might think in terms of emotional response or maybe the tone of it. Fancy words aren’t necessary. My experience was depressing compared to uplifting energy.

The unseen dimension of words…

This poem is such a good example of the unseen dimension of words. Words have power, both individually and in the way they are arranged together.

Words, whether written or spoken, can change the energy fields into which they are inserted. This makes them a tool that we can use for better or worse.

Let’s use them with care.

Could we stop using the word “safe”? Please!

How did safety become our prime directive, the thing we value above all else?

Safety is a primal instinct, centred in the primitive part of our brain where its job is to be alert for danger and trigger fear so we’ll take suitable action. This  served a useful purpose for human survival in the days when fight, flight, or freeze were our options.

As humans evolved, so did our brains. We became more conscious, developed a sense of values, and expanded our capacity to view our lives from a larger perspective.

Now, facing the chaos and uncertainty that confronts us every day, we are retreating to our base instincts. And so “stay safe” has become the mantra of the culture. 

I say… Enough!

We need to regain our sense of perspective and balance. As is often the case, we can find a new way of looking at things from the children in our lives.

A while back, my eight-year-old granddaughter hurt herself while roughhousing with her dad. As her tears dwindled, I offered a sort-of consolation that I learned from my mother: “Well, at least you’ll know not to do that again.” A thoughtful look crossed her face and she surprised me when she said, “I might… if I was having fun.”

She didn’t know it, but she was making a risk/benefit assessment. Her goal wasn’t to keep safe at the expense of enjoying her life. Notice she said “might” not “would.” This implies she’d assess each situation and decide. She kept herself open to possibilities rather than being closed and fearful.

We adults can do the same.

Empower others..

Instead of saying “stay safe,” our parting words to others could be “take care.” This is an empowering choice because it implies that they are capable of navigateing situations that arise. On the other had, “stay safe” activates their primitive brain by reinforcing the notion that the world is a scary place.

None of this is to suggest that it’s desirable to be reckless, careless, or thoughtless about the effects of our actions on ourselves and others. We are humans in a community and have a responsibility to both ourselves and the larger group.

Use alternative words…

Words carry energy. “Safe” carries a reminder of harm and danger. Uplifting alternatives include mindful, careful, and prudent—they come with the energy of agency, of being able to look after ourselves as we make choices while navigating life.

Make your decisions from a broader perspective…

Think about what’s most important. Usually that’s what enlivens and uplifts us. Think about what will be gained and lost by your decision. Economists call this the opportunity cost: the idea that when you decide to do one thing, you have given up the other possibilities. What are you willing to give up?

This is my mantra for the remaining years I have…

What’s your mantra? Care to share?

Fun — A New Story

Fun?  What’s that?

I was born serious.

Being the oldest of four probably had a lot to do with it. From a young age, my modus operandi was to be responsible, to behave, get it right, do what was expected, toe the line, set a good example, and care about what other people thought of me (and, by association, my family). I was a product of my time in history and my place in the family constellation.

So it’s not surprising that fun, which I understood to be frivolous and silly, wasn’t part of my picture. And in fairness, being serious has served me well enough so far.

The problem is…

We’ve found ourselves in times that are turbulent, uncertain, and soul-deadening. In circumstances like this, super-seriousness doesn’t help. When life-out-there seems more depressing than enlivening, we need another approach.

The challenge is…

How can we change our individual experience when the collective consciousness is so weighed down with worry and fear?

The good news is…

We can each change our own experience.

The paradox is…

We can do it by having fun. Odd, isn’t it, that fun is the antidote when it’s the last thing we feel able to engage in—especially those of us who think fun is frivolous.

What if…

What if fun isn’t frivolous? What if we told ourselves a better story about fun? What would be a better story? How would that help?

A new story about fun…

Recently on CBC Radio I heard an interview (starts at 35 minutes) that proposed a new story about fun. Catherine Price, science journalist and author, described true fun. What she said shifted my perspective.

While interviewing people about their most-fun experiences, she discovered that those were the times they felt most alive. She went on to say that true fun is the combination of three states—playfulness, connection, and flow—and when you put all of them together, that’s where you experience aliveness.

In the discussion, she differentiates true fun from fake fun, and makes the case that fun is not frivolous. In fact, she says, fun has been shown to be essential to our physical, mental and emotional health, and should therefore be high on our priority list rather than at the bottom. “It energizes us and gives us power to do all the other important things in our lives.”

I get the theory, but I have seventy-five years of seriousness-conditioning to overcome. And when the energy in and around us is so heavy, how do I even find my way into a state of light-heartedness and playfulness?

Catherine Price has ideas. I’ve signed up for her free February Funtervention. I’m not totally without ideas and motivation, but am curious to see what I might learn through this experience.

Noticing delights…

Noticing delights is something we can do without signing up for anything. It’s a way of shifting focus from what debilitates us to what is enlivening. Catherine Price explains how to do this: As you go through your day, watch for anything that gives you even the mildest spark of delight. When that happens, acknowledge it by putting your finger in the air and exclaiming “Delight!” out loud. Sounds ridiculous, but research has shown that the physical gesture and sound helps to anchor the experience in us.

And even more powerful is to share the delight with someone else—take a photo, then add the caption Delight! and text it to one or more friends. Pretty soon you’ll have delightful texts coming back to you, which will top up your own delight.

Some of my delights…

I didn’t immediately see any delights around me, but the interview inspired me to think about what does delight me. What are things I’ve done that make me feel most alive? I wanted to get in touch with that feeling so I can cultivate more of it.

The first thing that came to mind was when I was a young mom and my second son was five. Raffi had just published his album, Singable Songs for the Very Young. Son #2 and I had a lot of giggles making up silly rhymes to this song…

That once-five-year-old is now a father of two girls. I had a blast this year, the second December of the pandemic, creating an Elf-on-the-Shelf experience for my granddaughters in lieu of getting together for the holidays.

During the ten days before Christmas, I sent the girls a photo each day showing Minty the Elf’s adventures at my house. Each day, Minty prepared for a nightly delivery of a surprise gift for Dolly and Taffy (ballerina dolls that Santa delivered to my sister and me in 1954). At the end, I sent the girls a booklet of the story.

Minty the elf

Click on Minty to read the story.

For me, this project was fun on all levels—playful connected flow that  enlivened me. The girls enjoyed it. I hope my sharing of the booklet brings you some delight as well.

And if you have moments of delight to share, we’d love to hear about them. We can all use as much delight as we can find these days!

Benefit of the Doubt

Benefit of the doubt

Benefit of the doubt is an old-fashioned expression. My mom used it when I got on my high horse about what someone else should or shouldn’t be doing. That happened fairly often because I had strong opinions about how things ought to be done.

When I was about 12, I overheard Mom telling Grandma that I didn’t suffer fools gladly. She was right. And it couldn’t have been otherwise because, back then, I had a very limited perspective of life and why we’re here.

Now that I’m 75…

As I get older, life seems less simple, less black-and-white. There are nuances. There are unknowns. There are unknowables. There’s a bigger picture. Continue reading

Hibernating…

Like the bears in the wintery climate where I live, I’m hibernating.

Bear Hibernating

For fun facts about what happens in the den, check out the Bearsmart Blog to learn six interesting things bears do in the den. Can’t say any of them represent how I expect my next few months to go, so I guess one can stretch an analogy only so far!

For me, my energy will be directed to my inner world…and so you won’t be hearing from me for a while. I need to stop for a reset because I’m swimming in ideas and information, having had an intensive few weeks of engaging in several conferences—online of course—with two more to come.

If you’re curious, they are the Conscious Evolution Summit, The Embodiment Conference, A Magnificent New Normal, Beyond the Veil Summit, Globe Sound Healing Conference, and Carolyn Myss teaching How Your Soul Takes Flight.

Now I need some mental space to metabolize, integrate and synthesize all of it to shape where my life will go from here. In the meantime, here are some favourite posts you might like to revisit or enjoy for the first time.

What’s this all about?

Tools for coping

Perspective

There’s got to be a better way!

Taking care of business

Video You can Hibernate with Me by Benjamin Scheuer.

Of course, since we are still under distancing rules, this is a metaphorical invitation. See you in the spring!

Wobbling with the world…

Right before our eyes, the world has become a wonky place. Unpredictable and unthinkable events have occured. Things we thought were firm and stable aren’t.

And we don’t like it!

Living in uncertainty is hard. It requires us to be flexible, lest we snap under the pressure. Yet the systems of Western culture do nothing to cultivate our inherent flexibility and resilience. Indeed, materialism, competition, and our cultural notion of success all reward a rigid approach to living. And we’ve become so used to living this way that we often don’t realize it’s a cultural meme and not an immutable fact of life.

We have two choices…

In uncertain times, we can cling tighter and push harder in hopes of getting things back to the way they were. Or we can change our mindset about how things are meant to work, what is possible, and what’s to be expected in the new circumstances in which we find ourselves through no choice of our own.

As my Tasmanian friend Gill so aptly put it, we have to wobble with the world. She should know. Gill has lived through plenty of wobbles including a broken neck and open heart surgery. Yet she is still here, after 84 years, with an inspiring curiosity and zest for learning and growing. I think it’s fair to say that Gill’s mindset is what made it possible for her to wobble with her world while it lurched along through her share of adverse events.

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