Spiritual people, particularly those involved in what's termed "spiritual arts," use the word energy to explain the metaphysical, whether it's healing, intuitive work, or shifting consciousness. To the novice, it may seem an amorphous term, an umbrella of sorts to depict anything that happens on an unseen level, and to the skeptic, well, it is certainly the vocab of the New Age con artist. If we can't see it, and we can't feel it, does it exist? Renowned mythological scholar Joseph Campbell emphasized humankind's historical dependence upon that invisible world, stating very clearly in The Power of Myth, "The invisible plane supports the physical plane....What we don't see supports we do know," a theory which applies to everything from ancient Neanderthal burial rites to Cinderella's transformation into ball spectacle. Translating that into our ordinary lives doesn't require magic or shamanic manifestation. All it takes is a couple of very simple physical exercises to lead doubters to recognize and respect those unseen elements. Opened and exercised, energy is the palpable "ki" in Reiki, the "chi" in t'ai chi, the flow of not just the life force but the spirit, and most deeply, the spark which ignites the imagistic visions of our third eye.
BASIC ENERGY EXERCISE
Understanding energy as the core of all things becomes easier with hands-on energy experience. I always ask my students if they can see energy, the answer most usually “no.” We can see the effects of energy, feel energy, and comprehend energy on subtle levels. For example, we can’t see the wind but we certainly see the consequences of strong gusts on a tree with fallen branches and leaves as evidence. Or we feel the cooling effects of an ocean breeze on a hot, humid South Florida day. Likewise, we can feel the patterns of energy by exploring our own energy centers.
This basic energy exercise will allow you to feel and control your own energy. .
FEELING AN ENERGY CENTER
The Chakra system identifies seven major energy centers at the core of our being -- the spinal column – that regulate our physical, emotional, and spiritual conditions. These centers are depicted as spinning disks, each with a corresponding color and sound used for healing. Yogis, Buddhist monks, indigenous people,and metaphysicians meditate on the chakra system to gain clarity and well being. When we begin exploring meditation and alternative healing we start here. In addition to the major centers, the body has minor chakra centers, including centers in the palms of the hand and soles of the feet. Often we absorb energy through our hands and release energy through our feet (which explains why many massage therapists and Reiki pracitioners spend much time at the feet, pulling out "stuff.") This exercise will acquaint you with the energy centers in the palm of your hand. All Reiki healing is conducted through the palms of the hand, as is auric sweeping and smoothing.
PULLING ENERGY FROM YOUR PALM
Sit comfortably with both feet on the floor.
Again, if you don't feel anything, it might be due to tension and axiety or even fear. Relax. Take some deep breaths. Try again. You will feel your own energy.
Once you have identified your energy, you can begin working with it to discover its potency on many levels from healing to developing intuitive insight. If you take a yoga or meditation class, you will become even more energetically flexible. Do this, and expect miraculous journeys!