Using our Mind to Work with Energy

1st February 2013

mind meetup imageSpeaking to a friend, I realized that there was an opportunity to describe another approach to working with energy. When we have learnt a healing modality, such as Reiki, the traditional approach is to place our hands on different parts of our body. Our hands channel energy to where they are placed. The action of breathing draws energy into our body through the Crown of the head and the Base Chakra (or energy centre). The energy is moved through the body and down the arms, into the hands, where it is directed out through a chakra in the centre of the palm. This is a standard way to work. So what other approach can we use?

It is possible to use our mind to move energy in and around our body. This is merely a matter of intent and knowing, or trusting, that this is happening. If we sense energy in a particular way, then this can be very helpful in affirming to us that the energy is moving to where we intend. For example, if we sense energy as a vibration in our body, then we can feel the energy in, say, our left leg or our pelvic area when we direct it to go there. If we are very visual, then we can use our imagination to see energy going to different parts of our body.

The trick here is to engage with the body’s senses and the imagination to allow this all to happen. Here the imagination is tool of perception, rather than just a means to day dream. If we are naturally intuitive and feeling based, then it is easier to move energy around us with just our intent because we will just know that it is going to happen. Conversely, if we are centered in our mind and process experience more through thought, then our beliefs can get in the way of this happening. These beliefs can be at a conscious or unconscious level. For example, we just don’t think it is possible – if we are not using our hands, then it can’t be happening. Or we might not want to “give up” using our hands because this represents, at a subconscious level, a loss of control.

How do we get around this? Well, once we have settled down and are ready to work with our energy we use our intention to state explicitly what is going to happen. It helps to voice this out loud – it is almost as if we are programming our body and our mind to allow ourselves to have this experience. We then allow energy to move through our system and use our mind and our imagination to direct it to where it is needed.

To help make this as clear as possible, I have set out below some steps to follow (and then innovate around as you might feel the need):

  1. Get comfortable in your space, as you would normally in preparation to work with energy.
  2. Lie down or sit comfortably, either in Lotus position or with both feet on the ground: whatever works for you, provided that the spine is straight.
  3. Once you are relaxed, dedicate the space to working with your energy in this way and to whatever healing you want to do.  Then state your intent out loud: I am connecting to the energy (describe that in whatever you want to) in order to support my healing at this time (again, describe whatever it is you are working on). I will use my mind to direct energy to the different parts of my body and I will allow this to happen. I will observe through my senses and my imagination the energy moving through me.” And so on….
  4. What if you feel nothing? Then just allow yourself to sit in the space and to observe whatever happens. Often when we start to day dream or are in a quasi-meditative state our senses are heightened. When this happens we start to feel and perceive more.
  5. What if the energy is going to places other than those your mind is directing it to? In this case, just observe what it is doing and allow the process to unfold. The mind is the gatekeeper to working this way and once we have established a connection and the energy is flowing, it can take over and do whatever is needed. Allowing this to happen is better than standing in its way. Of course, if it ever gets uncomfortable then we can intervene and use our intent to tone it down.

These are some simple guidelines and suggestions for working in this way. The secret is to know that you can do this and then to allow it to happen. Listen to the feedback that your body give you to indicate that energy is moving around you and going to where it is needed and directed. Enjoy it!

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