Maintaining energy richness
Our energy state is pivotal to how we engage with life and how our body functions. When we are in an energy poor state we have little capacity to do anything other than survive. We typically can’t engage fully in our daily activities, our bodies are ill and there isn’t any energy available for growth, social interactions or contribution. We are merely trying to make it through the next moment or day.
Energy neutral is one step beyond energy poor. In energy neutral we have enough energy to engage in our day to day activities and be “functional” humans, but we are often tired, don’t feel like engaging with others much and have the need to disconnect or check out in order to recover. Our bodies are not in crisis, but there may be a few things not working as well as we would like them too. This is the zone where most humans hang out in their energy state.
Then there is energy rich. When we are in an energy rich state we are alive. We actively participate in our lives, our bodies are not just maintaining status quo, but instead are getting healthier and more vital. We can show up for ourselves and for others. People often describe flow states as being energy rich. This is where life seems to unfold effortlessly and in synchronicity with everything else.
We all have probably had tastes of each of these energy states at various times in our lives. More often than not when we are not in an energy rich state we are trying to figure out how we can get there again. So what are the keys to maintaining energy richness? How do we live there rather than just visit periodically?
Choosing your state of being
Realizing the power of choice
Energy state is based on your level of awareness. Let me explain. Most of us do not realize that we are choosing our lives. What this means is that we have thoughts, emotions and sensations that we believe are random occurrences; that these things simply happen to us. We are not aware that we are the chooser of such things. What is it like to stop for a moment and entertain that the sensations you feel, the emotions you experience and the thoughts that you have are not random? Do you believe it or does some disbelief arrive?
It is the disbelief that we are the chooser of the things that we experience and that there is seeming randomness in what occurs to us that makes it difficult for us to maintain the energy state of our choosing. This is because we don’t realize yet that we are choosing. So how do we realize that we are the chooser and that life is not happening to us, but instead that we are happening to life?
It begins, as with everything, with awareness. So what is awareness? Awareness is the noticing of what is present without being merged with what is. What this means is noticing your sensations, emotions and thoughts without identifying yourself with your sensations, emotions and thoughts. For example, say you have the thought “I am stupid” and you believe that thought to be a true reflection of who you are, you are merged with the thought instead of realizing it is simply a thought and not you. When you are identifying with thoughts such as these the highest level of energy you will ever experience is energy neutral. If you are identifying yourself with certain emotions you will have energy neutral to energy poor states and if you identify yourself with your sensations, such as being your pain or a physical condition, you will experience energy poor states.
Energy rich states result when you realize that you are not your thoughts, feelings and sensations, but simply are aware of them. When you are aware of them you can be present with them instead of merged with them. It can seem scary to stay and be present with some sensations, feelings and thoughts. As you do things may arise in your awareness that you have had a tendency to push down or avoid previously such as inadequacies of self, feelings of powerlessness, shame, etc., but as you stay present instead of merged with, you begin to realize that all of those things you were afraid of are just smoke and mirrors, illusions, never actually real. As you stay present and aware more and more, you being the chooser of all of your life experiences becomes increasingly apparent. This is ultimately how you claim, own and live energy richness.
Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado