Our energy is our power. Dissipating it or binding it in negativity renders us powerless.
So, to cope with stress we are inclined to increase, decrease or freeze our energy. An increase or excess of energy to cope is manifested as a pattern of overcompensation for fear or weakness. We see this in individuals who dominate situations and people. On the surface this may look like a powerful approach. However, internally the excessive energy required to accomplish this behavioral style tends to become stagnate and create a health problem for the individual in whatever area of the body the excess has accumulated.
A decrease in energy or a freezing response is manifested in withdrawal in order to avoid conflict or challenge. This deficient energy state results in a feeling of being unable to cope, or have what it takes to work through situations, hence retreat is chosen. Unfortunately this often has the consequence of reinforcing the original state and the person experiences even more of a sense of emptiness, restriction, and uselessness.
How can we begin to become aware of how we are managing the invisible inner resource of our subtle energy system? Our bodies and habits give us clues. Feelings and behavior are a couple of manifestations of how we are managing energy. The shape our body takes and how we carry ourselves also provides clues as to how we are managing energy.
Observe how you carry your body. How do you stand, sit and walk? Do you stand tall or do you hunch over or inward? Do you breathe deep from your belly or shallow from the top of your lungs? Just observing in these ways begins to connect you more to what is going on in less conscious aspects of your being and give you the basis for shifting your personal power toward the positive.
It may feel daunting at first to begin to see yourself and others through the eyes of energy. However it is a wonderful way to learn more about yourself, relationships and how you can positively influence your health, life and relationships. This broader/deeper awareness gives us new and often more efficient ways to effect change. Energy systems are highly responsive to change so conscious access and management opens the door to a wide variety of options for transformation. This is truly preventative action.
A Simple First Step to Energy Management
One way to strengthen yourself and your own energy system is to pay attention to your breathing. Tune in and notice how you breathe. Do you breathe fast or slow? Shallow or deep? Long breaths or short? Stop reading and take a long deep breath right now. Breathe deeply and slowly. Hold it for a few seconds then release it very slowly. Do this again. Do you notice a shift in how you feel? This is an excellent technique to use whenever you are feeling stressed or fearful, tired or depleted. It’s a useful technique to begin yourself into a clear and balanced state.
Three techniques that help you to release blocked or stagnant energy within your body stress are the Emotional Freedom and Healing Technique, Emotional Freedom Technique and Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) SM. These techniques use a combination of using light pressure to hold or rub specific acupressure points on your body, saying a series of statements about a topic that you are working to release and deep breathing. These are very focused and easy ways to help you manage your energy system and improve your health. A trained facilitator can guide you through these in person or even over the telephone.
As always, it is important to work with methods that feel comfortable to you. It is also essential to remember that different methods may work at different times in your process, so remain open to experimenting and allowing your intuition to guide you. Trust your feelings –this is also an important component to your health and personal development!