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?
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