Know Your Chakras, Know Your Body

Your Energy Creates Your Life

You know this, right? Well, true, it’s not just your energy that creates your life. It’s your attention, (thoughts and beliefs) and your intention, (conscious or unconscious) combined with your energy that creates your life.

Your body’s the vehicle for experiencing your life. Your thoughts and emotions manifest through your body. Yet in energy terms, your thoughts and emotions are created and reside in separate body’s or planes of awareness. At least they’re supposed to reside elsewhere.

Your physical body can become the storehouse for ignored, unacknowledged and suppressed emotional energy. It’s called somatization. I wrote about this recently, and I’m back at it again.

 

Somatized emotion - in the gut. Ouch!

Somatized emotion – in the gut. Ouch!

The Body is an Integrated System

We all know that the mind-body connection is real. The emotion-body connection is, too.

If you’re not feeling your feelings, applying energy self-care to clear and release emotions, you’re conceivably suppressing them. Those emotions have nowhere to go but down. Into the energy system for your physical body.

And there they sit and fester.

Where in your body do these somatized emotions go, you might ask?

You actually know.

Because your body tells you.

The Body is a Storyteller

Got chronic pain?

Digestive issues?

Does your throat or your head suffer most when you get a cold?

 

5th Chakra - Sore Throat

5th Chakra – Sore Throat

 

That’s the story your body is telling you. It’s letting you know where you’ve suppressed emotional energy and how it’s impacting your inner workings.

The Chakras Distribute Energy

Your Chakras are hard working energy centers, distributing energy to all of your organs, glands, systems. There’s a fabulous, complex system for delivering energy that works most effectively when unencumbered by blockages.

Ever seen a turbine operate?

 

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The one pictured here is for an airplane engine. If a bunch of rags were stuck into some of the blades of the turbine, that would certainly impact performance.

Your Chakras function like turbines, too. They work in two ways – sourcing energy into the Chakra, and repelling energy out of the Chakra. Inflow and outflow.

Stuff a bunch of suppressed emotional energy into a Chakra that feeds energy to your physical body and it’ll gum up the works, too. And over time, less vital energy flows in to the Chakra, and less spent energy flows out.

And therein lies the rub. Or the illness, dis-ease, stagnation.

The Body is Self-healing

Want to know which Chakras are correlated to which parts of the body? You can match the Chakra to the organs that are within proximity of the Chakra as follows:

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It’ll give you insight to what Chakras may need support (clearing, infusing) for your optimal well being.

You may have some clearing work to do to evolve beyond patterns, behaviors and emotions that bog you down. You may have to face some stuff — let’s be honest, if you’re suppressing emotion, it’s because you’re scared to face it down and move it through.

Learning how to Clear Emotional Energy — a skill I teach in the online class, Chakras: Manifesting Like You Mean It! — is powerful and evolutionary work. It puts you in the driver seat of your emotions.

[I’ve taught this class live for the last time. If you’d like to attend the recorded version of the class, email me and you can attend for $50 – less than half price!]

Keep your physical body in a greater state of well being. As you own your emotions and clear emotional energy, your body can organically (and at times, spontaneously) heal. Reverse what is setting up as an illness, dis-ease or stagnation. I see it happen all the time. And so do EHI’s Embodied Energy System Practitioners.

There’s nothing better than a well be-ing. You can do this. Take up the work of evolving your energy body and know that your physical body will absolutely reap the benefits.

And remember to keep your vital energy flowing!

 

 

 

 

 

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Perspectives on Illness & Life

Penny has a serious diagnosis

Penny is my English bulldog. She’s got digestive issues that causes her to regurgitate her food frequently. On a good day, once or twice. On a bad day? Ten times or more.

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Silly Penny – settling in on my lap after playtime

 

The problem emerged last fall, shortly before I traveled overseas on vacation. While away, I had several 3am phone calls with my vet discussing treatment for Penny and her issues.

The vet described the care being taken to stabilize her, suggesting diagnostic tests to consider. I listened, trying to ignore all of the noise in the background at her office. Finally, I asked:

What’s all that noise?

She laughed and said, that’s Penny. She’s racing around the exam room with a toy we’ve given her. Apparently being happy is more important to her than her medical issues.

It was reassuring to hear little Miss Penny Lou, living life fully, focused on play.

Being Happy Is More Important

Take this in for a moment. Think about it. When you’re ill, ill at ease, symptomatic, in the throes of a healing crisis, do you focus fully on that, or do you turn toward your love of life and what fills you with happiness?

Three months later, we’re still dealing with digestive problems. Yet Penny runs around my house daily chasing her toys, sometimes stopping mid-chase to regurgitate where she’s standing. Stepping delicately around the mess, she resumes the chase. Regurgitation: a minor inconvenience.

Wait! There’s More!

Penny’s health issues don’t end with her gut. Dropped out of a moving car, she had reconstructive shoulder surgery on a front leg when a puppy. She has a weird gimpy waddle.

Her mobility and motility issues? Not her point of her focus. They barely register on her life-o-meter.

Fact is, Penny’s a big-hearted, life-loving, joyous creature, with a couple of serious health issues.

What’s Important

Check out this 45-second video of Penny playing in my living room, about 5 seconds after a huge regurgitation experience.

Does this look like a dog who has her priorities straight?

Living Big, Bold & Huge

Life is for living. Living as big and as bold and as huge as possible.

For Penny, living big means spending every possible minute with me, loving me, loving herself, her toys, food, beds and blankets.

And you?

What does living big, bold and huge mean to you?

Are you living this way?

Do you balance your issues with your joys?

Can you imagine expanding focus on your joys and diminishing focus on your pains?

What might happen if you shift your perspective?

Focus on happiness

Focus on Happiness!

Unrelenting Pursuit of Happiness

What else can be learned from Penny’s relentless, inexhaustible pursuit of love and joy despite her problems?

Life is precious, no matter what.

Humor, grace, optimism, love, and simple joys are as healing as herbs, medicines, diagnoses and treatment.

Whatever life hands out, there is always a choice of how it’s perceived and received.

Take care of your problems. Get the support that you need – you’re entitled to receive treatment and care.

No Matter What

Penny’s thrilled to share her life perspective with all of you.

Whatever your deficiencies, issues or concerns, focus on what brings you joy. Live large. No matter what.

Keep your vital energy flowing!

 

 

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How About a Drama-Fast Instead of a Drama-Fest?

Do Holidays Amp You Up?

Do you deal through drama this time of the year?

Do you find yourself rolling your eyes, clasping your hands to your head as you settle in to a salacious gab with friends and colleagues about all of the stresses and strains during the holidays? The family drama, the shopping drama, the right outfit drama, the perfect meal drama, the ‘somuchtodosolittletime’ drama?

Drama Feeds Adrenal Stress!

What do you suppose all that drama does for your adrenal glands? Are you aware that adrenal stress is a reality for more than 65% of the world’s population? How’s that for pandemic?

Do you know how important the adrenal glands are for supporting your health and vitality?

In the Holistic Anatomy & Physiology Course I offer practitioners, the stressed out adrenal glands are described this way:

In the mechanical model, [the non-holistic view of Anatomy and Physiology, taught in medical schools, and forming the basis of Allopathic treatment], these little guys get blamed for fatigue, as in “I have adrenal fatigue,” as if they were machines that broke down on their own.

Their fatigue is your fatigue, caused by a life of stress, over-stimulation, over-activity, bad diet and a general emphasis on doing (yang) coupled with a disdain for rest (yin).

Drama as Food Group

Drama feeds more than adrenal stress. It feeds emotional stress too. Anxiety, fear, depression – whatever your go-to emotions are – drama feeds them.

 

Drama in high gear

Drama in high gear

 

Ever Done a Drama-Fast?

Contemplating a Drama-Fast calms my body and emotions.

What might a Drama-Fast look like? It’s a cleanse from Amping Up, Overdoing, Overstimulating, Over-emotionalizing?

 

Drama-Fast brings light

Drama-Fast brings light

 

Perhaps:

Setting a spending budget and sticking to it, buying things that are special and memorable rather than lots of ‘things’ with little meaning?

Good for your wallet and your emotions

Shopping online with your budget in mind, avoiding the retail frenzy.

Better use of time – can be combined with other restful, yin activities

Shopping locally, supporting small business, buying from artists and craftsmen rather than mass-produced stuff.

Buying local, supporting those in your community creates a dual win – for the person who creates and the one who receives – holistic and affirming

Holding your tongue, avoiding gossip, developing clear approaches for minimizing familial conflict. It’s ok to say, ‘Fred, we’ve had this discussion before and it’s not productive for either of us. I’m going to focus on enjoying the day and bypass this topic with you’.

Refusing to join in drama-laden interactions models self-awareness and conscious choice

Monitoring your thoughts to avoid projection, perseveration, obsession, reaction. Acknowledging   that what you’re thinking and worrying about isn’t happening right here, right now. Therefore it’s a waste of time and energy.

Presence, self-discipline, self-soothing

Sit quietly, listen to meditative music. Meditate. Clear energy.

Self-care is a drama buster

Wearing a dress or outfit you already own. Accessorizing it differently so you feel like it’s new to you. (Because few people care or remember what you’ve worn before. Truly. And if they do, they’re Drama-Festers and you know better!)

Loving what you have is so healing and freeing

Setting aside time to be rather than do. Is there a book you’ve wanted to read? Read it. A Tai Chi class you’ve wanted to take? Take it. A trail you’ve wanted to hike? Walk it. Be. In your book. In your body. In nature.

Nurture, self-love, self-care, yin, feeding your spirit

Light a candle on the Solstice. Honor the return to the light.

From darkness comes light –  beautiful and fulfilling to observe and honor

Contribute to a cause that you care about in honor of those with whom you’ve disagreed. It couples the generosity of your spirit with acknowledgement and gratitude for the teacher those disagreeing/disagreeable people are to you. They’re serving your growth and evolution.

Opens a space in your heart, psyche and energy for a more neutral way of engaging conflict, inviting growth and evolution 

Stay home. Consider which events and activities might drain you and which might feed you. Choose you. Feed you.

Love and compassion begin with yourself – choosing you is the highest form of self-respect and self-care

Whatever your choices and experiences this holiday season, choose consciously. Be present. Consider a drama-fast as a gift of nurture and self-care.

And keep your vital energy flowing!

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The Rawness of Transition

Transition is Tender

I remember the tenderness I felt when I shared the post, Messages, Passages, Assimilation while cleaning out my parents Connecticut house in early 2013. My skin felt like it was turned inside out – chafed, raw and oh-so-fragile.

What a huge transition for our family to let go of my parents beloved retirement home. Their legacy shifted from form and substance to memories and essence.

There have been other moments of raw and tender emotions since then. But  few as poignant for me as what I’m experiencing right now.

Visibility & Presence

Energy Healing Institute is closing.

Thank you and farewell

Thank you and farewell

 

It’s a transition from invisibility to a different kind of presence in the world.

In so many ways, this transition is inconsequential. What I did yesterday, I’ll do today and tomorrow – for the foreseeable future, in fact.

However, I’m opening to new possibilities, and moving a barrier to access that once served as home for my business life.

 

This is me.

This is me.

 

I am in the progress of moving content and context to a new website, JillLeigh.com. It’s a gradual process, there’s a lot of work to do to rewrite training offerings and shift focus on how I’ll be offering content in the future.

And it’s huge. For me.

Be-coming

It’s an interesting thing to move away from a business model and identity that served me well for many years.

Since the Spring, the model has chafed. I have felt dissastisfied, ill-at-ease and aware that I had evolved substantially and my business needed to catch the hell up with me!

I bought my domain name years ago, because why not? It’s me. I want to own it all! I didn’t know that I’d actually use the domain, yet here I am.

A reflection of ownership for sure, and mastery to be certain. And it’s a recognition that I am all that I need. I am Jill Leigh.

Rawness

The rawness comes from this fascinating and bizarre sense of exposure. Energy Healing Institute was once a vibrational form that housed my work.

It now feels like an energetic fortress that I am housed within.

What once held space is now confining.

And there’s a definite rawness that comes from stepping out of that energetic fortress.

I’ll never turn back, I’ll never find myself within those walls again. I’m grieving and I’m grateful.

Taking Time To Reflect

This transition has taken me months to address. And many of the answers to the questions about the evolution of what I’ll offer, how I’ll proceed are largely unknown.

I’m moving at the pace of guidance. As the answers unfold, I respond and act. In between, I meditate and wait. I infuse my energy with intention. I clear what no longer resonates. I’m feeling my way forward, in a field of gracious flow.

It’s an act of grace to stay in this flow. It’s an act of grace to be still, listen and choose my actions carefully.

Your Transitions

I’m sharing this because so many of us are in transition, are moving through and beyond old paradigms, beliefs, structures.

The rawness is worth articulating. It’s worth acknowledging. Because as it ebbs, there’s a glistening fresh, clean energy for creating the lives we want.

I see it right out in front of me, and each step forward is brighter, cleaner and clearer.

Thank you, Energy Healing Institute.

Thanks to all of you for being part of this journey. More to come as things unfold.

Here’s to new beginnings — in whatever way you’re moved to transition and evolve, let the vital energy flow!

 

 

 

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Conscious Is…

As Conscious Does

It’s already been a hell of a month — floods in India, more shootings in the US, heightened security alerts, the aftermath in Paris. Syrians — will they be welcomed or turned away. It’s endless. And it’s only December 3rd!

My private practice is mirroring the global angst — the discussions about overwhelm (flooding), the anger and rage (shootings, terrorism), the helplessness (refugees).

Microcosm - rage at home

Microcosm – rage at home

And then there’s Facebook. What a stream of chaos that marvelous media generates. People fomenting — to which I say, I hear you. I hear you.

I hear what you are saying. May I ask:

What are You DOING? What are you THINKING? What are you CONTRIBUTING to the dialogue? To the ’cause’, to the mindset?

Conscious Is as Conscious Does

What do I mean? I mean I know I have to attend to what I’m creating. In my mind, my home, with my family, my community.

Who do I hate?

Who or what generates a feeling of helplessness in me?

Who or what is helpless in me or in front of me, in my neighborhood, community?

What Garden Are You Tending?

The garden of hatred, rage, kill or be killed, terrorism — it lives in all of us. We are all playing our teensy little part in the Collective Unconscious.

Do you own your plot, your little earthen pile of rage, your weed-choked, barren soil of judgment, fear and victimizing?

What are you doing to care for that little garden? What do you do to weed out your judgment, uproot your fear and compost (in the purest form – from detritus to nutrient-dense material) your victimizing?

What are you cultivating in your inner garden?

What are you cultivating in your inner garden?

Can You Own Your Voice?

Not the one that foments and criticizes, issues platitudes and ‘thou shalt’s’.

Can you own the voice that hates — you, those who are not you, those who vote one way or another, those who support killing wolves or restoring them. Whatever your causes, can you own your hatred?

Because that hatred garden is the one that most needs tending. And when weeded and composted this is the garden that can yield the most fruit. Here. Now. In your home, community, work-life, play-life, love life.

Do You Love Life?

Not the person who sleeps by your side, or who you wish slept by your side. Or the part of you that relishes sleeping alone.

Do you love life as sacred, as a right that all of us have, regardless of creed, dogma or beliefs?

The heart unifies us all

The heart unifies us all

When a suicide bomber kills him or herself and others, do you suppose the bombers family grieves their loss? Do you suppose they feel a void where that life once was — whether they agreed with the political leanings of that person or not?

How Do You Grieve?

Do you grieve only for those who reflect your point of view, or can you reach your hand across the aisle, the mile or the continents and oceans to acknowledge the pain that all of us feel in one form or another?

Do you grieve for the Earth and foment the fracking while blowing your leaves and riding your jet ski?

Is your grief in alignment with your choices?

Conscious Is As Conscious Does

What can you do to align with what you believe?

How can you find a way to step in to doing something small (that just might be huge!), right where you are?

Can I solve the crisis in Paris? No.

Do I know how to stop ISIL? No.

Have I got an answer for the shootings in the US figured out? No.

Do I even understand the complexity of these issues? No.

What can I do?

I attend to my thoughts. I own and release my hatred, my judgment, my fear, my rage. I seek understanding — with my neighbors, my friends, my clients, my colleagues, my students, my family.

I cultivate peace. In my heart, in my being, in my community, in my business.

I do what I can, where I can with what I have to offer.

I donate to food banks

I pay for shelter for homeless families

I give away clothing, coats, mittens, hats, boots – I don’t need more than one of most anything.

I live simply

I rake my leaves

I use a push mower for my lawn

I recycle

I avoid shopping to assuage emotions

I drive as little as possible (and way more than I’d like)

I avoid network news

I focus on what I want to create rather than what I fear

I stay in my body and I nourish my body

I avoid New Age mumbo-jumbo and 5 step answers to complex questions — can you really find your purpose in 5 hours, 5 steps or 5 days just because a celebrity says you can?

Conscious Is As Conscious Does

The Solstice is coming. The return to the light.

Will you light a candle and invite the light?

Peace

Peace

Will you stand with peace in your heart and invite peace into your world?

Will you let go of your side, position, cause long enough to understand that in the opposite polarity of where you stand there are human beings just like you with families they love and burdens that they carry?

At the end of the day, at the end of time, whatever we create, we’re all going to have to take ownership for what we contribute to the Collective. Together. All of us. We created this. Conscious is as conscious does.

Peace be with you.

 

 

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Somatizing is not Solution-izing

If emotion is repressed, it can’t be resolved!

A wildly obvious statement, right? I agree.

And wildly profound.

Why? Because energy practitioners treat somatized emotions all the time.

And so do doctors.

Have you ever had a bunch of symptoms arise in your body, gone to the doctor, run a battery of tests — and discovered that there’s nothing wrong — none of the tests show a single issue to resolve?

What's going on here?

Sometimes knowing that nothing’s wrong causes the symptoms to abate.

Only to pop up in some other way, shape or form.

New tests. Or more tests. And nothing. Nothing wrong. Phew!

Somatized emotion is like that. It creates symptoms, but not necessarily illness.

Though make no mistake, repressed emotions left in the body long enough can result in illness. Or they can amplify or exacerbate a weakness or genetic trait.

Situational Somatizing

Here’s an example of repressed emotion that we’ve probably all experienced before.

 

Somatized anxiety - all aflutter!

Somatized anxiety – all aflutter!

 

Butterflies in the stomach — somatized anxiety! Perhaps fluttering about before a speech or a presentation.

The anxiety that precedes the event is intolerable, and unconsciously repressed — and then your stomach tells the story.

The feeling disappears as you hit your stride, or worst case, it lasts until you’re finished presenting. And then — sweet relief — the symptoms disappear.

Situational somatizing isn’t going to create lasting problems in your body. Even if you vomit, it’ll be over with soon!

Scary & Difficult Emotions

But what about difficult emotions? The ones that frighten you, and tend to avoid? These unacknowledged, repressed emotions migrate from your emotional body into your physical body.

Where they collect and fester.

What’s bugging you?

Are there places where your body is in distress? That’s where you conceivably have somatized emotions. Blocking and constricting energy flow, in turn generating or exacerbating the discomfort or disease. (And yes, what you eat, your family history, etc., are factors, too.)

Here’s a chart for you to figure out where you might be somatizing. You’re welcome! :)

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Address, Don’t Repress

A colleague who is quite conscious and evolved shared that she was working on resolving some physical and emotional issues that she felt were inter-related.

Acknowledging that she somatizes emotion, we created a strategy to bubble uncomfortable emotional energies out of her physical body so she could address and release them.  Her work with the strategy is iterative and progressive; she’s gradually evolving her relationship with her body and emotions.

Want to know the strategy?

Identify the emotions that make you most uncomfortable — that should be easy!

Identify parts of the body that tend to carry distress — stomach, joints, bladder — that’s usually simple, too.

Correlate the organ, system, gland, joint to a Chakra using the chart below.

Imagine tying a balloon on a string to the Auric layer of the Chakra you’ve identified, (5th Chakra = 5th layer, 1st Chakra = 1st layer of the Aura).

Imagine pulling the emotional energy out of the Chakra and sending it into the balloon that’s tethered to the layer of your Aura — where it floats outside of your field, remaining connected to you and your emotional awareness.

Meditate on the balloon with the intention to meet, greet and complete your work with these particular emotions.

And trust that as you meditate and do the work, the energy will release from the balloon, the string will dissipate and you and your body will have found a new way to collaborate.

Your body, your emotions, your conscious awareness (and your doctor) will thank you.

Keep your vital energy flowing!

 

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Hitting the Energetic Mother Lode

From Story to Selfhood

What a gift to move beyond story to the ‘bearable lightness of being’ (co-opting and modifying a movie title).

This lightness of being occurs when we turn inward to the heart, opening to the temple of our spirit.

For some, a sudden and profound spiritual awakening occurs as this inward journey unfolds. And when it’s really rocking, the body, mind and emotions take on a life of their own.

Spiritual Awakening

The body can tremble, quiver and quake as an enormous shedding, and releasing takes place.

Wild and erratic emotions — one minute laughing, the next sobbing. Overwhelming!

And the mind? Unfocused. Uncomprehending. This watershed experience is literally beyond the mind’s capacity.

Have you ever had an experience like this?

Were you told, or did you think that it was your Kundalini Rising? It may have been.

Entertain the possibility that you might instead have Hit the Mother Lode, my playful name for this profoundly sacred and important emergence.

This awesome, cathartic, emotional, physical and mental release occurs when the energy body coalesces and unifies, supporting the emergence of a more cohesive self.

Mother Lode Primer

Trauma and unprocessed story affects the body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Deep emotional pain is naturally suppressed, moving from your emotional body into your physical body (somatization). Your cells, organs, fascia, joints — all hold somatized emotion.

Meditation, prayer, ceremony — deep inward, spiritual connection — releases somatized emotion, flooding the body, mind and emotions.

Somatized emotion rises up — from the physical back into the emotional (often experienced as both rising up and letting go).

The releasing ‘dis-integrates’ – the energetic holding of emotion, pain, loss, grief, anger, fear, terror, rage — literally falls away — who you were (as a result of the trauma) you are no more.

After the experience passes, integration. You evolve and become a more deeply aligned version of Who You Are — without the trauma of past experience defining, organizing and controlling your experience.

Navigating rough waters - body, mind, emotions & spirit

Navigating rough waters – body, mind, emotions & spirit

Kundalini Rising Primer

An enlightenment experience that generally occurs from long-term spiritual practice. Yogis meditate for years to achieve Kundalini Rising.

Kundalini Rising merges the Sushumna, Ida & Pingala — three major Etheric (physical body) energy flows that rise from the Root Chakra (at the perineum), upward in the body to the Crown Chakra (at the top of the head).

When someone achieves clear, grounded, aligned, balanced energy within each of the 7 major Etheric Chakras, Kundalini Rising is the result.

 Sushumna Ida Pingala

In truth, Kundalini Rising rarely occurs when a person is evolving through and beyond a core trauma story.

Meet ‘Lisa’ – (a composite of many stories)

Lisa grew up with an alcoholic, verbally abusive father. Her earliest memories are of her father storming and raging, destroying furniture and belongings. The unwritten household rule — keep your treasures tucked away and your mouth shut.

As an adult, Lisa felt numb, disconnected and out of her body, particularly in moments of conflict and tension.

Disconnected & out of body

Disconnected & out of body

Through therapy, Lisa contextualized the impact of her childhood experience. She developed skills to engage life through in-the-moment awareness.

Over time, Lisa responded to an inner call to deepen her spiritual awareness.

While sitting in an extended meditation during a weekend retreat, Lisa suddenly flooded — with emotion, energy and physical sensation. Conscious thought was nearly impossible.

Lisa sat glued to her meditation cushion, sweating profusely, convulsing, crying, shaking, laughing, screaming and releasing vast amounts of emotion and energy.

 

Major Catharsis

Major Catharsis

Kundalini Rising?

Following the weekend, Lisa’s therapist referred her to my private practice to process the powerful spiritual experience that they jointly assumed was Kundalini Rising.

As Lisa described her experience, I clairvoyantly viewed the energy.  (In vastly simplified terms, any experience can be viewed clairvoyantly as if it is happening in real-time. The individual describing the experience activates the energy in effect at the time, and it can be easily and accurately read.)

Kundalini Rising? Not happening.

Hitting the Mother Lode? In a major way.

How do I Hit the Mother Lode?

You can’t force it. You’ll hit it when you’re ready.

Ready to evolve and grow beyond your story. You’ll have reached the awareness that the ‘Story Is’. It happened, yes. It was awful, yes. And you lived through.

And now? The ‘Story Is Not You. It’s not Who You Are, nor is it the lens through which you experience your life.

Your story moves from charged to neutrality. And you shift to a space and place where the story lacks the currency to power your perspective.

You let go

Of the pain, the trauma, the loss, the fear, rage, grief, sadness, victimization, depression, anxiety — whatever emotions were deeply associated to the story.

All three energetic body’s — mental, emotional and physical — unite in spiritual awareness, and it’s all systems go.

Your cells, your organs, your fascia give it all up and over.

Your emotions flood.

Your mind stills, (thankfully), so the work can proceed without jamming up the works.

It’s not a time to think, it’s a time to Be as you surrender into this life-changing emergence.

Re-forming. In-tegrating. Be-coming. Who You Are.

Grounded Awareness

Full emergence is achieved when you wholly embody your newfound consciousness. If ungrounded and not contained, the Mother Lode and awakening diminish.

Think about it: what good is awakening if it’s not actualized through your body, your experiences — your life?

Hanging out in the Cosmos is not the way to deepen your spirituality and own this powerful experience. Please come back to Earth.

Share your evolution. Speak to the grace and space of emergence and releasing the powerful grip of story.

Honor the profound shattering of The Mother Lode and your spiritual awakening through presence and conscious awareness.

And keep growing, meditating, communing and clearing. That Kundalini Rising may be waiting for you!

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Join me for an online class November 19 at 8:00pm Eastern – Embodiment & Grounding in Spiritual Emergencethere’s still time to register!

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There’s No Blissing Out in Spiritual Emergence

Spiritual Emergence (or Emergency)

This past Thursday I listened to a Blab with Blair Glaser and her guests. The topic — New Age myths. One of myths discussed – being blissed out — people who are so full of sweetness and light and relentless positive thinking that they don’t actually show up and take action in the world. (Here’s the Blab if you want to take a listen.)

How I wish I was available to join this Blab – I have so many thoughts about the New Age craziness that abounds in spiritual circles. Bliss out? No thank you!

But the Blab got me thinking.

 

The Opposite of Sweetness & Light

What about the other side of New Age spirituality? What about the darkness – the void, the pit of despair?

 

Wreaking Havoc

Wreaking Havoc

 

The challenge of knowing that you’re operating through your belief systems, and that some of them might be wreaking a little havoc with what’s happening in your life in real-time?

 

What about ‘spiritual emergence(y)’?

The term is apt; spiritual emergence is an awakening. It’s often preceded by wading through a swamp of dark, murky waters. Illness, depression, trauma, grief, anxiety, phobias, fears. That’s some kind of dark. And messy. Oh so messy.

 

Navigating the Swamp of Spiritual Emergence(y)

Navigating the Swamp of Spiritual Emergence(y)

 

Spiritual emergency – is a form of awakening, with a razor-edge. It’s sharp, profound and split second. In one place one moment, then some sort of spontaneous quickening or triggering touchstone – and bam – you’re in a spiritual emergency. Bones, emotions and the mind liquefy and you’re a heap of pudding needing to re-form.

 

Feeling a bit undone - Spiritual Emergence(y)

Feeling a bit undone – Spiritual Emergence(y)

 

These dark times are pivotal and paramount. You can’t run…and you can’t hide. The call is to evolution, not eviction!

Don’t be fooled by the New Age sweetness and light platitudes. They dodge and weave, hyping the blissed out version of reality and avoiding emergence.

And know this. Those who are hanging out in the bliss zone have every opportunity for darkness to catch them unaware. And all that sweetness and light won’t help them get through and beyond the experience of emergence (or emergency). Not. One. Little. Bit.

 

Dodging & Weaving

Dodging & Weaving

 

The good news? There are resources, skills, tools that can be applied to help integrate when emergence(y) is underway.

 

Grounding in-bodys

In emergence(y), there’s a tendency to want to transcend (which means ‘go beyond’ or ‘rise above’) the experience. Perhaps even leaving the body to escape the pudding state of the bones, emotions and mind. Remember, you can run, but you can’t hide. When you land back in your body – it’ll be there, waiting for you. Pudding.

Grounding anchors, invites presence, supports awareness.

 

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Get Grounded

 

Resist leaving your body. Ground instead.

 

Energy boundaries contain

Energy boundaries is another resource for navigating the pudding of emergence(y). Boundaries contain, make space for you and your energy to coalesce – so you can grow your bones, balance your emotions, calm your mind and integrate.

 

The beauty of boundaries

The beauty of boundaries

 

What’s the benefit of spiritual emergence(y)?

Well, for starters – there’s unraveling story, trauma, beliefs, limitations. And letting go of energy and its implications to the mind, emotions and body. (And of course, your spirit!)

Evolving. Be-coming authentic. Real. Who You Are.

 

How will you know when you’ve made it through?

Trust me. You’ll know. The same way that you know when you open the door in a pitch black room and enter one full of light.

 

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Through Emergence(y)s Doorway – into the light

 

The light (and joy) is on the other side of emergence(y). And the most best way is through.

 

Will you bliss out when you’re out?

Not if you’re grounded, contained and own your experience. No risk of that happening to you! Joyous, yes. Renewed, absolutely. Blissed out? No.

Phew! What a relief, right?

Keep your vital energy flowing!

 

 

 

 

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Be-coming

The Power of Be-coming

Witnessing growth and evolution in EHI’s classroom is a powerful thing. I was reminded of this as I reflected on an 8-day training that recently wrapped up in New Mexico.

People came to the training with open hearts and minds, and left 8 days later knowing that they had changed. That the Universe of sentient beings throughout time and space needs to meet them where they are now.

New Vistas & Horizons

New Vistas & Horizons

They are in a new level of be-coming.

Creating space for authentic and empowered choice. Living through and traversing the inevitable changes in landscape, terrain, climate and community.

The landscape, terrain, climate may be an internal shift – from the parched, sandy landscape of care-taking and self-subjugation to vistas high, wide and clear – purposeful and self-directed.

The community evolution – both internal and external. That inner committee of nay-saying voices hushed, softened, perhaps vanquished.

Self-aware & evolving

Self-aware & evolving

Externally, opening to and contemplating new relationships with clients, peers and colleagues who might experience, support and recommend their fledgling or evolving healing practice.

Alignment

Be-coming stems from clear inner alignment, and sponsors external shifting and movement. As a student said,

Now that I know who I really am and what I want to create, there’s no turning back. I. Know.  And I am committed to myself, to following through on my work and my vision.

Have there ever been more beautiful words spoken?

Be-coming is a gift, a sacred passage and initiation.

Be-coming is the bird who flies when the cage door opens.

Be-coming is freeing!

Be-coming is freeing!

Be-coming vanquishes limiting beliefs as alignment, clarity anchor in the core.

Be-coming applies both deep listening and active response.

More an unfolding than a plan

In be-coming, there is the miracle of unfoldment.

A window opens and lets light in, and ideas and opportunities flood the transom.

A path may be chosen that fails to yield, yet another avenue emerges; setting a new direction on the compass rose.

Openings & new pathways

Openings & new pathways

Plans serve as springboards instead of roadmaps and destinations.

Questions live in the room – enlivening thought and harnessing intention.

Rilke’s quote serves well in these times:

“I beg you… to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.

Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given you now, because you would not be able to live them.

And the point is, to live everything.  Live the questions now.

Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without ever noticing it, live your way into the answer…”

What’s this got to do with energy healing?

How do you think these good people got to this exciting and courageous threshold?

For many months, they’ve been studying energy healing and esoteric and practical protocols. Diligently applying the work to themselves and their life.

They actively steeped for 8-days in the cauldron and container of structured energy healing experiences and practices in Santa Fe.

Entering as students of energy healing, they grew and evolved, emerging as practitioners. More to do, learn and practice – sure. Yet each of them achieved a new level of self-mastery, and in-bodied deep, experiential learning.

Energy Healing: Body, Mind & Spirit

Energy Healing: Body, Mind & Spirit

Beautiful work, be-coming.

To learn about EHI’s Practitioner Program, click here.

And keep your vital energy flowing!

 

 

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Are You Holding the Emotional Bag for Others?

A case for self-containment

You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

I trust I’m not the only person on the planet who is utterly repelled by Steinbeck’s quote. You don’t really believe this, do you?

Must I hold your feelings?

Must I hold your feelings?

I believe there’s far too much emphasis on ‘feeling peoples feelings’ – as a means of engaging and interacting.

Do you feel and experience other people’s emotions, their physical pain? Perhaps people, strangers even – at work, parties, coffee shops, airports, laundromats – wind up telling you their story. Sharing their pains, trials and traumas.

Sensitive, Caretaker, Empath

Do you define yourself as an empath, sensitive or caretaker – and wonder if it’s possible to dial this tendency down?

Truthfully, dear Steinbeckian Feeler – this tendency to take on and hold others emotions and pain is about your energy, not your human goodness. It’s not related to your innate compassion.

But guess what? Taking on other people’s energy, emotion and pain is about being energetically promiscuous!

Chakras & Energetic Promiscuity

I’ll share a bit about energy and specifically, Chakras to give you some context.

Chakras are balls of energy with openings that act as vacuums – taking in energy and information from ‘out there’ and bringing it ‘in here’ to contextualize life and its experiences.

People & Chakras

People & Chakras

Your energy, specifically your second Chakra – is currently wired to feel other people’s feelings, to take on their stuff – By Displacing Your Own Energy! Your energy dissipates, fades away and other’s energies infiltrate your good space.

Your 2nd Chakra

The 2nd Chakra is the seat of the emotions. Located 2 fingers below your navel, it’s also the seat of sexuality. It’s the energy center that is supposed to keep you abreast of your emotions – in relation to your thoughts, your experiences, your body, your life! (Notice the emphasis on ‘you’!) When you have really great sex – your 2nd Chakra is fully enrolled in the experience. It’s in a wide-open, merged state, as your bodies are also merged.

When the 2nd Chakra is excessively open, it absorbs other people’s feelings, rather than offering context on your own experience. All of those feelings end up in your body!

Holding the Emotional Bag

Let’s think about it another way: if I get you to hold a heavy bag for me, whose burden does it become?

Are you holding someone else's stuff?

Are you holding someone else’s stuff?

And if leave you with the bag, traipse off merrily into my life, free and unencumbered, where does that leave you?

Thanks for holding my stuff! I feel so much better!

Thanks for holding my stuff! I feel so much better!

Exactly! Holding the bag!

Evolving Your 2nd Chakra

Good news! There’s a remedy for this. It’s a simple visualization, and it helps you own and reclaim your 2nd Chakra – to relate without holding. (Reclaiming your 2nd Chakra energy is also great for your sex life!)

This skill is about not holding the bag for others. Keeping your front door closed. Being in relation to your stuff.

And no worries – you’ll still be aware of other people’s emotions and stuff. You’ll show up, be present, self-aware and fully interact with others. You just won’t be left holding their bag.

Visualize this!

Imagine a ball of energy, positioned in front of your spine, and about 2” beneath your navel – something like this:

A Chakra (or a koosh ball)

A Chakra (or a koosh ball)

Now, imagine a vegetable steamer, with the petals wide open and pointing out in front of you on the surface of the ball. Like this:

Your 2nd Chakra - preparing to hold the bag for others

Your 2nd Chakra – preparing to hold the bag for others

That’s what your Chakra looks like when it’s excessively open.

Take a pair of imaginary hands, and close the vegetable steamer petals down – you want just a little opening in the steamer. Like this:

Your 2nd Chakra - set to be All About Your Emotions!

Your 2nd Chakra – set to be All About Your Emotions!

Do this a lot – over and over again – and you’ll train your 2nd Chakra to hold your own emotions. You won’t miss a thing – people will still tell you stories, share their experiences. You just won’t hold them, carry them, or watch them dance away while you are left holding their emotional detritus.

A game changer for empaths – in fact, you might just find that you no longer describe yourself that way. You might begin to see your compassion emerge as a more elevated and neutral response and way of being.

What’s not to love about that?

Keep your vital energy flowing!

 

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