Every living being is made of energy. In its most dense form, we know it as the physical body, but every one of us is also made up of a network of subtle and electromagnetic energies. These subtle energies vibrate at a higher rate than the physical body and are largely not picked up by our everyday senses until we learn to tune into them. Having said that, you can probably think of a situation when you felt someone behind you before you saw them. That was you having an energy experience – sensing a disruption in your aura as another person’s energy came into it.
Our subtle energies are the dynamic infrastructure of the body and hold the blueprint for our health, physicality, and emotional wellbeing. The state of our physical body reﬂects the state of our energies, and when we address issues in the energy it can affect us in profound and positive ways. These subtle energies underlie all our physical experience, from our emotional state to muscle strength and state of mind.
Using energy as “medicine” is one of the oldest, safest, and most effective forms of healing on the planet. Knowing how to shift energy to support optimal health is hardwired into us. Think you do not know any self-healing techniques? I will bet you know and have used at least one of the following three self-care tools in your lifetime:
1OMG to Combat Stress
Throwing your hand up to your forehead in the classic “OMG” move when something stressful is happening is actually following your body’s innate wisdom to take you out of stress and allow you to think clearly in a crisis. How? When we encounter a stressful or traumatic incident, blood leaves the forebrain as we operate from our back or primal brain – the part that governs the “ﬁght or ﬂight” response. While going into “ﬁght or ﬂight” mode can save our lives, it does not help us with logic or clear thinking in situations that are not life-threatening. The frontal eminences (the most protruding part of the forehead) are key energetic access points that, when held, bring blood back to the forebrain, allowing us to think clearly, relax, and come out of stress. So, next time you are panicking because you cannot ﬁnd the car keys and you are late for an appointment, take a few minutes to hold your hand to your forehead. Chances are you will remember where you left the keys, your heart will stop racing, and you will feel much more relaxed when you do arrive for your appointment.
2Pretzel Arms (or Legs) to Cross Over
This is one you often see children doing – arms or legs twisted around each other, like an Eagle Pose from yoga. It feels good to do because it encourages the child’s energies to ﬂow in a crossover or ﬁgure eight pattern. Healthy energies ﬂow in patterns that spiral and cross each other (think of how a double helix strand of DNA looks). When we get tired or sick, our energies slow down and go back to the simpler, homolateral pattern (think parallel lines) that was in place before we began to crawl. It is harder to function optimally with energies running homolateral, so getting them to start crossing again makes us feel much better. Doing an exaggerated cross crawl or even doodling ﬁgure eights can have the same effect.
3Suck Your Thumb to Connect
What happens when you suck your thumb? Two major energy pathways known as Central meridian, which travels up the front of the body, and Governing meridian, which travels up the spine, meet in the roof of the mouth and connect to form together into a more robust energetic circuit. When they connect, it helps us feel calm, relaxed and “together”. Babies and children achieve this by sucking their thumb. As adults we can get the same result by putting one ﬁnger in the belly button and one ﬁnger between the eyebrows then pulling up on both for a few breaths. Getting yourself connected can help with anxiety and feeling vulnerable.
There are many more simple ways you can use to bring your energies back into harmony and get them ﬂowing again, which in turn can have beneﬁcial physical, emotional, and mental effects. Daily energy self-care exercises can help you better manage stress, have more energy throughout the day, sleep more soundly, and feel more joyful in your life. Best of all, the techniques are so simple to learn and use, a child can pick it up within minutes – in fact they are often already using them!
Jyoti Rawlinson, LMT, Energy Medicine Practitioner with Sedona Body and Soul shares profound energy-healing sessions with Sedona Self-Love Retreat clients.