Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday Afternoon Reflections - Energy Audit

Many years ago, a coworker and good friend of mine suggested I read a couple of books by author James Redfield - the first was The Celestine Prophecy, and the second was The Tenth Insight.  I was struggling with a lot of issues at the time.  I was in a troubled marriage, struggling with religious issues having made a break with the Catholic church just a short time earlier, trying to raise my children with some semblance of sanity, and wondering why I felt so crummy most of the time. On the one hand, I felt like I was emotionally and physically at critical mass, but on the other hand, I felt I was a strong enough person to be able to deal with pretty much anything life threw my way.

I picked up a copy of the Celestine Prophecy and as I read it, something in the author's story resonated with me.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, it was written from a first person point of view, telling the story of a young man on a spiritual journey that would take him to Peru, in search of answers to the questions of life.  He becomes aware that many experiences he has seem to be the result of synchronicity - seemingly coincidental events interwoven with the journeys of others, bringing them together at just the right time and place to help them all in finding their answers.  I remember reflecting on my own situation at the time - thinking how this or that had happened when and where it was supposed to, and as I usually do, trying to figure out what lesson I was meant to learn or to help someone else learn through the experience. (Yep, this IS really how I think!) Needless to say, the book was an easy read for me from a philosophical point of view.

I'm a believer that everything happens for a reason. Not necessarily that anything is preordained or that there is a supreme being somewhere "out/up there" who is playing our lives like pawns in a chess game - but simply that given our purpose of experiencing and re-experiencing things in this existence, we have roles to play along the way.

In addition to the theory of synchronicity, the books delve into the interconnectedness of the energy that is a part of every particle of matter in the universe.  This was the part that made me go "Yeah! THAT'S why I'm feeling the way I'm feeling!" I've known since I was an itsy-bitsy that I was  very strongly affected by people and situations. I may not have understood why until I got a bit older and understood what an empath was (thank you to Star Trek TOS for first making me aware of this ability). While I may not have as strong an ability as some, I am typically very aware of a person's physical and emotional state within moments of first coming in contact with them or speaking to them. It can be pretty disconcerting at times - especially if they're doing their best to mask their true feelings!  I think, as with most empaths, I also have a tendency to absorb the energies of those around me - especially negative energy since it tends to be more "pronounced" for lack of a better word, and if I'm not careful, I will find myself feeling drained and overwhelmed by those energies.

Have you ever walked into a room and been immediately drawn to a person you may not even know, to soon find out that they have something significant going on in their lives. Or perhaps, out of the blue, you think about an old friend you haven't talked to in years - only to receive a phone call from them seconds later or find an e-mail from them appear in your in-box.  For me, those are common occurrences. I find myself very affected by certain places as well - even those that I've only happened upon by chance. I believe it's because I pick up on their energy - and in close proximity, that feeling becomes even more intense. That's why I tend to be a bit of an introvert and homebody - it's easier to deal with a small number of people than the onslaught of crowds when it comes to picking up on energies.

I've begun doing my own daily energy audits - taking a few minutes here and there to just "be" and to let my own energies become clear and cleansed so that I'm ready "to take on the world" again.  Does it work?  I struggle with it when I've waited too long to do it or I'm really tired, but on the occasions that I can quiet my mind and my spirit,  the feeling of balance and well-being can be amazing.

Do you have something that helps you renew your energy and your spirit?  Yoga?  Tai Chi? Prayer? Meditation? I'd love it if you'd share it with us here.

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and that the coming week is filled with balance and well being for you. I'm off to track down the other books in this series that I haven't read yet!



Anthony Peterson said...

Karen, for me also reading The Celestine Prophecy was a key turning point in my metaphysical growth. The concept that history has an ongoing narrative was so inspiring to me, and I have since found many corroborations for this notion. Also it showed me clearly the difference between organised religion (relies on dogma, and obedience) and new age spirituality (promotes open-mindedness, values experience over theory, frees one to make ones own decisions). These are just a few of the amazing insights I gained from TCP.

mysticwynd said...

Excellent points, Anthony! I think TCP helped me by corroborating a lot of what I had mulled over throughout my life. I had been introduced to new age spirituality at a very young age (although I think it was referred to as "that craziness" back then) since my family was very open-minded for the most part when it came to exploring alternative views on life and the untapped powers of the human spirit.

I like the way you described new age spirituality as opposed to religion. That's pretty much been the way I look at it as well.

I tend to make my choices on a very holistic approach to life... every decision I make or that anyone else makes is like a raindrop falling on the ocean. In the grand scheme, it may not seem like it makes much of a difference, but even the infinitesimally small ripple it sends out becomes part of the wave that crashes on the shore, changing the shoreline, and ultimately changing the world.

I can use that power in a self-serving manner and be the only one who profits from it, or I can use it in a manner that will enhance the world. I try to choose the latter.

Have you read the other books in the series/ Any one in particular that you found beneficial in your growth?

Anthony Peterson said...

Oh yes! The Tenth Insight and The Secret of Shambhala were earth shattering for me. They gave the concepts of the Soul Groups, the Afterlife and the true impact of the control drama. These were invaluable concepts to learn, and they still have immediate relevance to me today.

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