Processing Energies

"Healing" is to your energy field like "working out at the gym" is to your body – it can fatigue or energize you. In either case, your body-mind needs to adjust and integrate. Depending upon the individual and the intensity of the session, the length of time needed for this will vary. Remember, this is profound life altering work, and whether you are aware of it or not you will be affected. This work also takes some physical energy to process, so you will definitely need to rest your body and restore its nutritional reserves. Listen to your instincts: if you feel like sleeping - sleep. If you are hungry - eat.

You Have Stuff

No matter what you experience in or out of the sessions, do not be alarmed. This work may jar loose and release to the surface of your body-mind a lot of old suppressed energies, emotions, thoughts and memories... generally referred to as “stuff”. This “stuff” may make you feel nasty, gnarly, irritated, angry, upset, fearful, sad, depressed, tired, ashamed, grief-stricken, heart broken... the list goes on. Once this stuff arises to the surface of your awareness, it then may be released into and transformed by the Light.

You are Not your “Stuff”
Though you may have been living with your “stuff” for a very long time, and by now it may even define who you think you are, still... you are Not your “stuff”.

You don’t need to analyze, read a book about, dramatize, create a story around or label your "stuff”. Doing any of these things is not going to make it leave you - or you leave it - any faster. Quite the opposite - reinforcing your stuff like this will only make you that much more attached. Giving all that energy, thought and attention to it is like feeding more wood to a fire. Just be a witness and observe, that’s it. Spirit is doing the work - you just need to get out of the way.

Do not resist, act out or fight your stuff...
Simply... Allow it to be.
With love and acceptance... it will fall away.

In most everyone there is a hurt, sad, lonely lost and confused little child who was not given the loving attention, understanding and space to fully feel and be. Now that you are an adult, when such unexpressed emotions and memories come up to your awareness (especially within the same container of a healing session) you have total permission to feel and emote in any way you want or need.

If you are sad - you may cry.
If you are angry - you may rage.
If you are in grief - you may mourn.
If you are in fear – you may tremble.
If you are tired – you may rest.
Then finally may you allow yourself to feel
the fullness of your happiness, love and joy

While you are processing your stuff, be respectful of where others around you are in their own lives. If you are engaged in the healing process and your children or spouse is not, don’t try to lay this trip on them. If they are not willing to work on their own stuff, it’s not your task to force them to do so. Besides, we lead by example (not coercion). The more you focus your attention on your own process, the more you will create a positive energy field arournd you that will allow others to be themselves. Don't force it - if you are meant to be the catalyst for other peoples growth, it will happen.

As you become more engaged in the healing process, you may start to notice that certain people around you are constantly trying to reject, blame or “project” their stuff out and on to you. Try not to take what they say or do personally - you are not responsible for how they are reacting to your process. If others cannot handle your energy and be present with you in a neutral, accepting loving way, that is their problem and stuff, not yours. The best thing you can do for them is to give them the space to be... while continuing to accept and take responsibility for whatever is happening within YOU (including your thoughts and feelings and whatever else). The more you can hold this accepting loving compassionate space for yourself, the more those around will sense and respond in kind. They may even start to follow your example and take responsibility for their own lives too... but we have to do it first.

All emotions we express are first created, felt and stored inside
 The worst thing imaginable can be done to you, but if you do not react in kind ("if you turn the other cheek"), it would not energetically stick and you could walk away inwardly unscathed. Of course, the event would still have happened, but you would not be carrying it around inside. On the other hand, if you reacted to, for example, anger energies sent you with anger thrown back in return, before this anger even gets projected outwards, it is first taken on or created somewhere in you, and its energy, this "stuff", then now becomes yours, stuck, inside. To heal and be clear of these stuck negative emotions - no matter how uncomfortable or awful - we must first take full responsibility for their creation and know that at this point, love them or hate them, these emotions are now ours. Next, we must fully embrace them (warts and all) with all our spirit, compassion, love, understanding and kindness. This is the alchemical key to the transformation of all emotions.

“We all have our own crosses to bear”
It might have been true for Jesus that without the crucifixion there would not have been an Ascension (or a Christ as we now know it). Fortunately, with the introduction of this healing work, we do not need to feel the full force of a physical crucifixion in order to heal and be cleared of all the old traumas and karma we hold. If the re-experiencing of some physical, mental and emotional traumas are necessary (and unavoidable), Spirit will cushion the blow by helping you process your stuff in "the dream time". Working this stuff out of your body-mind is done in any number of other ways. Besides getting regular healing sessions, it is also suggested that you do some physical activity every day - getting your energy moving in this way will assist your releasing. Listen to your body-mind and see how much activity it needs. There are many options to choose from when selecting a physical activity: walking, hiking, jogging, running, dance, yoga, weight lifting, gardening, biking... whatever it is, go with what your body-mind feels comfortable with. You may even feel like releasing this stuff by expressing it in a variety of creative endeavors such as art, music, writing, journaling, speaking, singing.... Keep listening to the still small voice within and do what you feel you need to do. If anything, be gentle and kind to yourself.

Self Acceptance
Accepting ourselves may not be easy at first, especially if you have taken on a belief system that thinks “it’s not ok to feel this way”. Some of us have been told to “suppress” or shove our feelings down and out of the way so we can get on with our jobs. Especially for men, we have learned that we cannot appear weak or too sensitive – expressing how we truly feel is not how we become successful (does a Superman cry?). And we have learned that we must be strong for others (especially those of the opposite sex) and not appear insecure and emotional. But truly, there is nothing wrong with feeling and emoting. We are human, not automatons. The stereotype that men are to be strong and only women can cry is built on a lie. If a man can’t cry can he really feel the depths of love? Is this what is wanted of men in our society? (I hope not). On the other hand, perhaps this deception has been perpetuated by certain segments of society who are out to manipulate us into doing their dirty work. They know that if a man cant feel sad and cry, he will not be able to feel love, and without love, he can go to war and kill with impunity. No new revelation here - this has been going on for thousands of years.

Self Empowerment
The greatest warrior is s/he who can allow himself to cry and love – no holding back of any feelings. This person can fully be present in all that s/he does, whether it is to love or to war (when righteous). The point is... we need to be 100% present on all levels and areas of our being, not just the few we or society deems acceptible. This of course is equally true for men and women, but women have had a longer time practicing the feelings spectrum. But even women have some feelings that society frowns upon them expressing (anger perhaps?). In any case, when we can accept, reclaim and embrace any and all of our feelings (be they smooth or crunchy, acceptible or ugly), we become Empowered and Whole. This healing work can help support this empowerment process for both men and women.

The true "battle" is to be authentic with all our feelings, whatever the truth of them may be. Embrace, love and accept them... and then and only then will they be able to shift transform and release, thereby freeing us to move on.

When the time comes for another session,
your inner self may give you a nudge.
Perhaps the thought will cross your mind,
or you will just feel its time.
And if it is not a nudge you heed,
then a push or a prod you will receive.

Spirit works in mysterious ways to motivate you to do this work. If you are unsure what your feelings or intuition is telling you in this regard, feel free to email me and we can look into it.

Journaling
I suggest you keep a journal to write down any and all experiences or sensations that occur during your healing sessions. Include any inspirations, understandings, messages, dreams, “coincidental” events and shifts in feelings that come to you later in the week. This should help you be more consciously aware of the subtle intricacies of how the healings are affecting you. Writing this information down helps you to conceptually and mentally integrate and track your progress. Journaling is also an excellent way to communicate with and develop a stronger more conscious relationship with your own Higher Self and spirit guides (see Dowsing).

You are Unique
As we are all quite unique (and at different stages of healing at any given time) so too will our experiences be different. Any comparisons from one session to another - or even from one person to another - would not give justice to the unique reality and truth present within each moment and each person (none of us are doing the same life trip - so try not to compare or judge).

Rest assured, during and immediately after a healing, anything you experience within your body-mind-spirit is exactly what you need in that moment (even if it is perceived as "negative"). And mysteriously enough, you will find that by the next session everything will have shifted ! This is what is so delicious about this work... from one session to the next one never knows what new and unique experiences and opportunities will open up. It could be that in just one more session... in just one little energetic turn around the corner...your life could be miraculously shifted into something new and entirely different.... How exciting is that?!

Processing Energies - An Exercise

Emotions = Energy in Motion
When your emotions get stirred up, they need to be exercised, moved or "processed" out. One way to do this is through a practice called the “Latihan” from a spiritual group called “Subud” ("Latihan" means "Exercise" in Indonesian). This practice is done individually or in groups (in Subud they have the women do their Latihan separately from the men, which I suppose would eliminate sexual tension and posturing).

Before you begin your Latihan, you need to create a sacred safe space, preferably in an empty room within the privacy of your own home (or even out in nature), insulated enough so that any noises or movements will not disturb others. You may either stand or sit, eyes closed or open... and set the intention:

"I give myself permission to totally let go NOW".

(The people in Subud simply say “Begin”, but you can say whatever you want).

Stay in this space within the set time that you designate, let’s say for 20 or 30 minutes. Until you get the hang of it, I suggest you do this practice only 2 times a week. Nothing may happen the first times you try this, but when you are in this space for the full 20 or 30 minutes with conviction and sincerity, you are giving your spirit permission to come through... and it will do so, slowly or all at once, depending on your clarity and openness. This exercise is (among other things) about “letting go” of your mental controls, constraints and judgments. The more you can trust in yourself and let go, the more you will allow the inner self and the Higher Power to come in, take over and process your stuff out.

During this time, allow your body to move however it wants. And your mind... allow it to express however it too wants, speaking non-sensical words, or vocalizing primal sounds, as loud as you feel... sing... yell... scream.... just let it all out. Don't force anything to happen. And if you are quiet, and physically still, that's absolutely OK. Don't judge, just ALLOW! Trust that once you have set and reinforced the parameters of your intention, what needs and wants to come out will do so of its own accord – you just need to allow it to happen, stand out of the way, let it flow. Don’t judge or control. If you do this process regularly, this will help more deeply ground, connect and integrate the energies and consciousness of your inner and outer being, which will make it flow easier each time you do this. In my own practice, I do something similar to the Latihan in the dances I attend (5 Rythyms, Soul Motion, Ecstatic Dance). I dive within and find where or what consciousness is drawing my attentions too, and dance the energy of it, around up and out. It's an amazing practice!

As we grew up, many of us learned not to be emotional around people, so we forced and shoved all that freely flowing, spontaneous energy and life further down and out of the way. Every time we did that, another part of us died or weakened a little bit more. When you do this practice, you are learning to trust yourself with your own emotions. When you do this in Subud (or some other group, for me its in the dance community) you are learning to trust in and share your emotions with others (it's also a practice in developing healthy boundaries). Eventually you will be able to do this practice anywhere and anytime with anyone.

If you combine this Latihan practice or any other practice for that matter with my healing work, your path will unfold that much faster. You can of course just do this healing work and that would be sufficient.

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