According to the Free Dictionary by Farlex, energy work means "techniques originating from ancient traditions and recent discoveries that are used to manipulate the bioenergy of the patient with the goal of restoring harmony or removing blockages from within the body. See also qi gong, reiki, qi, and prana." [Jonas: Mosby's Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (c) 2005, Elsevier.]
Why is energy work so important for people with the sensitivity trait? Because whether we realize it yet or not, most of us are very sensitive to energy. We sense it easily, feel it more deeply, and often hold onto it longer than others around us.
For example, we may walk into a room of someone's home, and it feels strangely dark, cold, and out of sorts to us, even though that may not match the situation. Perhaps it is noon on a hot day, and we walk in sensing this uneasiness. We may not pay attention to it, or think that we may be crazy or interpreting things wrong. But most likely we are not.
We are sensing residues of energy that have been deposited in the room by previous occupants. Perhaps there were some occupants that were feeling stressed about their relationship and arguing over some chronic issues. Or someone studied in the room as they worried about passing graduate school classes need to secure a doctorate. Whatever the stress, this energy can build up like invisible house dust, accumulating over time and causing a space to feel stagnant, dark, cold and unwelcoming.
Then we walk in the room and we are smack, dab in the middle of the stressful soup without our left brain even knowing it. Ahhh, but our right brain does. Much like our ancestors needed to know that a saber tooth tiger, a predator, hid in the tree near the adjoining field, we sense the disturbance. Imagine if our ancestors didn't know until they happened on the tiger that it was even there; what would be the chance of our survival as a species? It's much better to sense the energy intuitively from far away, than to have to be right under the saber tooth tiger before we know it's there.
So yes, our right brains, our intuitive side, KNOWS. Yet we have lost touch with this sensitivity as we have developed the conveniences of our industrialized world. We have discounted them, rushed past them, failed to trust them, and downright ignored them.
Yet we are still picking up on this energy every day. So it's important to tune in and let go of the stresses.
Thankfully we are in a time on the planet where there are many forms of energy work that may help sensitive people to rebalance. Reiki, kinesiology, chiropractic, craniosacral therapy work, tapping, EFT, massage, Qi Gong, yoga, meditation (active and passive), and the list goes on; just Google energy work and you'll come up with all kinds of opportunities to try.
I have been learning a technique that works quite well in our modern day world to clear stressful energy. It's Energy Clearing for People & Places taught by Jean Haner. It allows me to use tools to tune into my intuition - a pendulum and a dowsing rod - so that I can more clearly find the stressed energy affecting a space, or myself, and allow it lovingly to dissipate.
It's important to find ways to identify the invisible stresses around us, and to help them dissipate. We came to the planet with our sensitivity; part of self-care is learning to embrace it, support it, and keep balanced. How are you doing with this?
Sensitive people are, well, sensitive. Duh! That seems so completely obvious, yet I find many of us, including myself, don't always honor that sensitivity in our daily choices. Or we regret being sensitive because it's oh so inconvenient.
Yet, it is what it is, so we might as well embrace it so that we can live our best, healthiest life.
I am sensitive to caffeine, as many sensitive people are, yet I LOVE coffee. Decaf just isn't the same. So, I've wrestled with this for many years, sometimes drinking only decaf, sometimes drinking too much caffeine and regretting it, sometimes going off coffee all together.
I'll never forget the awareness I gained about my sensitivity during one of my breaks from caffeine and coffee. As a New Year's resolution, I gave up coffee and did a cleanse, drinking Essiac tea to clean out my liver, eating vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and nuts, and eliminating grains, coffee, dairy, etc. from my foods. After an initial rough week with headaches, fatigue, and the general blahs, I started feeling much better. Then I was out shopping and decided to take a sampling off coffee. I could not believe how quickly I felt the caffeine, or that I even felt it at all. Oh, my gosh, only 2 ounces, I thought to myself. I wasn't feeling that good about that side of my sensitivity. Lesson learned.
And then there was the time when I was in my 20's and living in an apartment with a couple of roommates. I came down with something that the doctor felt that antibiotics would handle. And did I get handled. I went on a standard dose of tetracycline, and after a couple of doses, I ended up with dry heaves. Or the time I had period cramps so severe, the doctor recommended a prescription dose of ibuprofen. Walking along Dewey Beach with my friends, I felt so high - from ibuprofen! - that I didn't think my feet were touching the sand. This was clearly another sign of my sensitivity. Lessons learned.
So here we sensitives are, walking the earth, and feeling completely overstimulated in many ways. We can respond so strongly to ANY stimuli that it makes it a challenge to approach new experiences with open arms. And I think that is okay. It's important to be purposeful and cautious.
One way of self-care is to acknowledge our sensitivity and what that means to each of us.
For me, I must watch anything that has caffeine or a stimulant in it (and that includes chocolate and sugar), or I can get heart palpitations, lay awake all night, or be on edge for hours. I need to watch any medications; I start out slowly with them and build - if necessary, to make sure I'm not having a reaction. I will also explain my sensitivity to doctors, and let them know that I want the lowest effective dose - like something they would give to children. I need to watch supplements too, that they don't give me adverse effects as I adjust to them. I am careful with my foods, for if I eat something that my body doesn't agree with, I can be affected for a couple of days.
I believe it's so important for sensitive people to choose anything we put into our bodies wisely; that means from the water we drink, to the prescriptions and supplements we take, to the food and snacks we indulge in, and to the thoughts we think. We need to do this because we are affected by them more than most.
What is the upside of being so sensitive?
It's so important to keep these positives in mind.
For me, whatever I take in, I experience deeply. I am keenly aware of events around me; I can pick up on nuances. My feedback to others hits "the nail on the head" because I am so sensitive. In fact, I "see" things that many of my colleagues don't, and I can get a gut feel of the impacts these things can have in the future. I don't have to work at this; I allow my sensitivity to guide me. This skill helps me on business teams to hone in on what the team is doing that is and isn't working for them; I can then give feedback that is "right on" for how they can move forward to accomplish their goals. Teams have told me that I have valuable ideas. I have also won corporate awards for my ideas and my insights.
When I eat, drink, or ingest anything, my body gives me immediate feedback through symptoms. I may have been like the ancestors that foraged for berries and vegetables for the tribe because I could tell what would make the tribe sick, and what would be okay to eat. Today, this sensitivity helps me to choose wisely. It's not that I need to eat healthier than my spouse or my neighbor (although it can feel like that!) We all need to be eating healthy. I CHOOSE to eat wisely because I have the feedback, through my sensitivity, to make these choices. Less sensitive people may not know that certain foods or medications are bothering them because their feedback system isn't as fine-tuned as mine.
As a coach, I can tap into the other person naturally. I find that I can ask meaningful questions that help my client think about what's going on and come up with solutions. This connection with my client usually feels supportive to him; the increased awareness can help her move towards her goals and dreams.
Take a moment to think of the ways you are sensitive. Are you supporting yourself in the best ways possible? And how does this sensitivity benefit you?
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