(excerpt from Opening to Healing Energy)
BY SHEPHERD HOODWIN
Managing your personal energy is an important skill. When you arise in the morning “on the wrong side of the bed,” you have an opportunity to practice energy management, especially if you felt well the preceding night. Why is your energy field now full of debris? You might say, “I didn’t sleep well last night.” Why didn’t you sleep well last night? It likely relates to cleansing. Cleansing occurs on all levels, emotional, mental, and spiritual as well as physical. Of course, eating heavily before bed could result in your waking up feeling poorly. The reason is that digestive wastes are circulating in your blood—your body is trying to eliminate them. Once they are out of your system, you usually feel better.
What about emotional debris? Perhaps you had a nightmare. You tossed and turned, and woke up feeling terrible. Again, if you ate heavily before bed, that may have been a large factor, since the body, mind, emotions, and spirit are all connected. But a nightmare is usually your psyche trying to digest something emotionally heavy. It may have been in your emotional “stomach” in one piece for a long time. Now you are trying to break it up and move it out. You may temporarily feel worse than if you had just left it there. However, once it is fully out of your system, you feel lighter and more emotionally free.
Likewise, perhaps you have been intellectually unresolved about an issue that is bothering you. You slept poorly because you were working to “digest” or integrate an experience. When you complete that, you feel better.
What is most relevant to this discussion is the spiritual, or purely energetic, level. If you are carrying stuck or stagnant spiritual energy, you may have been trying to release that in your sleep. (Of course, you do not have to wait for sleep to release inner debris. You can let it happen consciously.) Again, each level of self influences the others, and each is important. However, the spiritual level, being the most subtle, is the most often overlooked. It is also the most influential, in a sense, because it is the atmosphere in which the three other levels operate.
Health on any level requires free, unblocked movement. The nature of energy is to move. As Einstein lucidly explained, matter is also energy, so the nature of matter is also to move. Your body needs to move to be healthy. If somebody is sick in bed, it is often helpful for him to regularly get up and walk if he can, going slightly beyond his comfort level, in order to expand his capacity for movement. Intellect and emotion are also forms of energy and require movement. Crying is a form of emotional movement—it is common knowledge that a good cry can be healing not only emotionally but physically. You can promote intellectual movement by freely exchanging ideas and being willing to let your understanding grow and change. You can also learn to discern and allow spiritual movement.
Being stuck cannot be sustained. Eventually, everything must move. The state of no movement at all is death, but at death, movement occurs on other levels. The essence is freed to do other things, and the body sooner or later breaks down and participates in other growth processes.
Just as too little movement can result in poor health, so can too much movement. Some people damage their bodies through excessive physical exercise or simply going all the time without adequate rest. Likewise, some burn out intellectually or emotionally by frenetic movement on those levels. There is a balance of rest and action that brings health. Energy seeks movement, but it moves from a place of rest. Rest and movement are a polarity to be balanced and unified. Either one in separation from the other is detrimental.
Managing your energies includes your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energies. Let’s go back to the example of waking up on the wrong side of the bed in the morning. If you have not yet learned mastery of your energies, you may stay in a “bad mood” all day long. This means that the emotional debris that has been freed as a result of the movement initiated in a nightmare, for example, is in limbo in your emotional body. It has not yet moved all the way out, and it cannot go back where it was. It is just sitting there until your emotional body somehow processes it out and heals the part of itself that held it. Your emotional body will eventually heal itself—like the physical body, it tends to be self-healing. However, someone skilled in energy management knows how to finish the job quickly and comfortably so he can move on to something else.
Sometimes people unconsciously deal, at least partially, with what was stirred up emotionally overnight while taking a hot shower, or during a quasi-religious ritual, such as drinking a cup of coffee at the altar of the breakfast table. However, processing without conscious participation is generally slower and less effective. If you focus on what is releasing, identify it, and do what is necessary to complete the process, it can be over relatively quickly.
Likewise, if your spiritual body has been releasing toxins, a brief meditation could move out that debris. Perhaps overnight you also left your body and visited people who needed healing. You may have taken on some of their energies, and now you need to move them out so they can dissipate. If you identify with the energies you have taken on, you will bring them into your aura and fasten them there, creating a problem you did not have before.
Have you ever had the experience of suddenly feeling miserable, and assigning the source of that misery to someone in your vicinity who made an innocent remark? Maybe you picked a fight, and then had some additional debris to handle. If a feeling, thought, or sensation suddenly comes to you, stop for a moment and try to identify its true source—such feelings are not always your own; they can be messages. See if a picture comes to mind—you might think of someone you had not thought of in a while. You might want to call that person. Whether they are your feelings or not, the way to deal skillfully with them is the same: identify them, heal them as well as you can, and allow them to move. If you try to push them out before you heal them, they may come back as though connected to you on a retractable cord.
Is there a way to reduce the pain of emotional release without stopping it?
Release should be a mostly pleasing experience. You may simply need to find greater surrender to the process. It is important not to judge or edit what is occurring. Let yourself cry, rage, or whatever in a safe place. Choosing a safe place is part of loving yourself. You would only choose to release in an unsafe place as an act of self-hatred. If there is a safe place, let it happen.
You may be trying to release too much at once, or maybe you need help from your friends, either on or off the physical plane.
There are parts of the food you eat that are useful as energy, either stored in the body or used immediately. Other parts are waste insofar as you are concerned, although they are useful to the earth as fertilizer. Likewise, there are parts of your experiences that provide growth, and parts that are waste. Suppose that you have a good discussion with someone. He presents his point of view, and you present yours. As you digest what you have shared, you take from it what is useful to you and you get rid of the rest. However, if points of disagreement are stuck in your mind, going around and around and not getting out, you have mental waste that burdens you until it is released.
When you have trauma, by definition you have taken on an experience that you are not prepared to handle. Everyone has experienced traumas; they are part of life. There are lessons in all trauma, but at the time they occur, they are incompletely digested. When you are in a healing phase in your life, you go back and finish digesting them. Despite what you might believe when you are in the midst of it, the healing phase does not go on forever. You empty so you can refill with new “food.” In other words, you make room for going on and having new, more productive experiences.
When trauma manifests physically, such as in chronic constipation, how do you go about healing it?
Working on all levels is helpful. Physically, dietary changes, colonic therapy, herbal and fiber cleansing programs, body work, and so on, may be useful. Also, explore what you are not eliminating emotionally from your gut. See if you have a thought that goes around in your mind like a subliminal “mantra,” such as “I’m stuck here,” manifesting in your body. Moving spiritual energy can help get everything else moving, so you may want to look at practices such as meditation and visualization.
How can you recognize past-life emotions that are still weighing you down?
You could try a meditation in which you visualize a doorway leading to an emotion you are ready to release. When you walk through it, you may find yourself in a past lifetime in which that emotion began to form or was increased. You might also find yourself moving into the emotion directly, without past life recall. In either case, explore what arises.
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