Have you ever had a situation appear in your life that defied logical means of addressing it? I mean irrational stuff. The kinds of internal spaces that make you want to turn off all the lights inside and outside. Or moments that keep repeating even though you made pact after pact that you would never be there again. Or reactions that keep you feeling stuck in a loop that is just no good?
In the same way that the mind affects the body, the body affects the mind. I can be stressed out and make myself physically ill (think hives), or I can have a certain physical pain patterns that bums out my mind (think neck pain that does not allow me to turn my head). Sometimes the stuckness is physical, sometimes it is mental, sometimes it is emotional – however, it is always energetic. And by that I mean that everything, and this means every thing, has a vibration to it and one way I define vital health is that the vibrations within an organism are in harmony such that the organism thrives.
Working energetically does not require that we know how something got stuck or where the stuckness originated. Since the practices affect us on a cellular and dare I say, atomic, level, the whys and doubts of the mind have no place in their release. With practice, changes that happen in this way are real and lasting.
A few years ago, a good friend and local chiropractor, Pam Jarboe told me about Donna Eden, a Master teacher of Energy Medicine. There was talk about us starting a group to explore her work and I bought her book, Energy Medicine for Women. I began looking at it, but the group never materialized.
A few months ago, another good friend and my Spiritual Pilates teacher, Meghan Brennan, insisted that I contact Sheila Peters. I instantly took to Sheila and went to have a session with her, not really knowing what to expect… and lo and behold, among the treasure chest of energy medicine that she shares, many of the practices are based on the work of Donna Eden. I fell in love with Sheila and with the work.
Back to the questions I posed at the top. Situations that defy rational problem solving, loops that seem to have no exit, stuckness… I am working my way through one of these right now. It looks like this: No matter what I intended, I did not make time for what I know I want to do. One of the reason this was happening is that “others'” agendas barrelled over mine. I let them, without knowing how or why, leaving me frustrated and mad and overwhelmed. Sheila saw this in my energy field and showed me two exercises during our first session. One of them involves a spoon and is a grounding exercise. The other is a movement mantra meant to connect me to my core and my personal power. These two have literally changed my life. Evidence being that I am here writing this blog.
Being on the other side of it, I see how she gave me the tools to shift the energetics and my awareness. In some cases, connecting through the exercises gives me the ability to say no, or to know that I can choose, or to shift my schedule around so that I can be in a flow that allows me to thrive.
Back to Sheila, who is also a beautiful dancer and poetry in motion. She and I, we are intentional movers. Body language as primary communication and body mantras to shift the energy make perfect sense to me. Along with the practices, Sheila also does a unique type of body work that feels like she dancing my energy fields. And believe me when I say I am a very practical being who does not know exactly how this works to bring me into sweet harmony within myself, only that it does.
On Saturday, September 12th, I have invited Sheila to come to Yoga & Nia For Life and share this work. You will learn some of these practices and learn to open up your body so that everything flows more smoothly bringing more health to your physical, emotional and mental body. Please come and bring anyone in your life who is ready to create more moments when they are thriving than stressing.