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Balance and Process

There is a balance point around which the energy flows.

There is a balance point around which the energy flows.

As I am writing and researching my new book Back to our Future, I am becoming aware that nature is Process driven. By which I mean there is a flow of energy along a highway or path that I would call The Process. These invisible highways lead to the potential outcomes of life, the “What if’s” that only become actualities and “What are’s” if enough energy is sent through The Process. Until then, they are pipe dreams and fantasies, which is how all great things start.

We tend to think of these in the human context as thoughts, ideas that spring to mind. This is the first creative Process as Neale Donald Walsh shares in Conversations with God. The second creative Process is word and finally action. Right Action is so important in life an entire chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is devoted to it as part of its spiritual guidance.  It is also part of Buddha’s Eight- fold path. Energy must flow into action for things to be created in the material world.   Yes, their foundation is in energy, in thought, yet there is a balance point around which existence shifts that makes this Process work in two directions.

Energy does not flow in one direction. It flows in two. There is a balance point around which the energy flows. If the energy is flowing in one direction, thought becomes action and things come into being. Flow the other way and things can no longer be sustained in that manner and they break apart. You can see this with old abandoned buildings.   I have driven past a property over the last twenty years or so that I have seen built up from the ground, lived in and cared for and then abandoned. Now the roof and walls are breaking apart and soon there will be nothing left of it- The Process of energy flowing to create something and then flowing back the other way in action.

This balance manifests itself through the power of opposites. For there to be a right there must be a left. For an up there has to be a down. The Chinese refer to this as Yin and Yang and Taoist writings infer that this Yin and Yang was created from the Void, the Absolute, the Whole. Without opposites energy cannot flow, for it has no impetus to flow. Wind blows as a product of air moving down a pressure gradient from high to low. Water cascades down a river from a higher altitude to a lower altitude. Energy moves from order towards disorder unless effort is put in to prevent this. So balance is a point around which everything pivots, it is not a state of being. If it were, there would be no movement. Balance as a state of being would be stagnation. Imbalance is required if you are to move forward in any area of life. Even walking is a perpetual unbalancing process by which you continually regain balance before you stumble and fall.

In life, you are looking to keep things out of balance so that you can move things forward. You do not want them to be so far out of balance that you cannot recover from it. You see this a lot with over- work, too much food, drugs, alcohol etc. Learn to push your self off- balance enough to move forward, to step out of your comfort zone, to be on the edge enough to feel the adrenaline of life so that you learn, grow and develop. With that skill, you learn to trust The Process that is taking place in the background. You are learning to harness that life potential and see where and how it unfolds. You would go nowhere and do nothing without imbalance and the impetus to move, grow and learn, so get out there and learn to trust life and The Process that drives it all.

The Relationship between Mind, Body and Subtle Energy

What is the relationship between the mind, body and subtle energy or energetics? We speak about them separately, when in fact they are intertwined, each merging into the other, fuelling one another, fed by each other in an endless flow of energy and power.

The Mind

The mind is a complex combination of conscious and subconscious processing, driven by cells stimulated by hormones and neuropeptides that create electrical impulses. These impulses act in a coordinated way that allow your body to work as a whole as the electrical activity spreads from the brain throughout the body allowing you to breathe, balance, pump blood around the body and so much more. Activity of the brain and the central and peripheral nervous systems are forms of energy that create networks and fields that pass through the body and beyond.

The body is energy too.

The body is energy too.

 

The Body

The body itself is energy too. Every protein, carbohydrate and fatty acid is energy converting from one form into another in the more than 100, 000 chemical reactions happening in each of the 50 trillion cells of your body every second. Somehow these reactions are co- ordinated in a way that keeps you alive, functioning, learning, growing, repairing, fending off infection, maintaining health and solving problems.

 

 

Subtle Energy or Energetics

You also have the subtle energy networks, like the meridians and chakras. These systems of electromagnetic energy run through the body supporting, energising, nourishing, balancing and communicating within the body and beyond.

How do they interact?

All three of these systems, the mind, body and subtle energy are entwined and impossible to truly prise apart. These systems are in relationship as each one feeds and is fed by the other.

The complexity of this arrangement was recently brought home to me in a workshop I ran in which I tried to get participants to experience each of these in turn and separately from each other. There was no way to do this because of this connection and relationship between them. What we did discover is that placing your awareness on one brings the sensations and feelings of say the body, to the fore and allows you to focus on it and gain insight into the wisdom residing there.

This happens in all three areas and we found that some participants favoured the mind and body over the subtle energy, or subtle energy and body over the mind, or mind and subtle energy over the body. Each combination works and has value and is necessary from time to time and in different circumstances.

In discussion we decided that the energy of the three systems , mind, body and subtle energy could be brought into balance through attention, intention and awareness. This balance generates, enhances and maintains perfect health.

In truth the model is more fluid, like a triangle hovering in the air, tilting and moving according to where the attention, intention and awareness are placed. Predominantly we are out of balance, moving in certain directions then readjusting by focussing on others.

For example, you can study or work very hard for long hours which tilts your triangle on one corner, pulling the body and subtle energy off centre. A workout or gentle exercise brings the body to centre and meditation brings the subtle energy to centre and you have balance. This is over simplistic and demonstrates how you can take daily action to serve each energy system and by doing so keep the whole in balance. There are many combinations.

Life is a complex combination of all these relationships. Having a sense of balance of these three energy systems is important so that you are aware of where you are lacking and in need of attention, rejuvenation and recuperation.

The mind can be balanced through creativity (writing, art, sculpture) and learning. Meditation can bring the mind to a more calm state and away from the frenetic pace of daily living.

Subtle Energy is electro- magnetic, flowing within the body and beyond

Subtle Energy is electro- magnetic, flowing within the body and beyond

The body can be balanced through exercise, stretching, strengthening and for awareness to be brought to it. Sometimes relaxation is important so meditation can be great for the body too. Holding tension on the body is a common experience in our modern age. Tension limits movement and energy flow in mind, body and subtle energy systems so it is important to address issues of tension that build over time.

For subtle energy, activities of connection are essential for balance such as meditation, chi gong, martial arts, yoga etc. Depleted subtle energy can be brought to balance using reiki and other energy healing modalities. The meditations in Nourish the Flame Within specifically address drawing universal energy (white light energy) into the body to increase the subtle energy levels and flow in the body.

Over to You

We’d love to hear from you and learn what you have discovered and experienced about keeping your health and energy in balance. We encourage you to share it as well to provide answers to common questions people have about health, well- being and connection to themselves, others and the world at large. If you have read our book Nourish the Flame Within and you have done any of the exercises that improve health, connection and well- being we’d love to hear your feedback.

Diet, environment, the company you keep, your everyday activities and the mind set you have as you are doing them as well as the job you do all affect the energies of the mind, body and subtle energy systems. How do you keep balance? Do you know when you are out of balance? What are the signs? What do you do to bring your self to balance?

Life is a Bowl of Cherries

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Life is a bowl of cherries. Not necessarily for every one though. It depends on perspective. What is to one person good and happy circumstances would be the lowest of the low to another person. It is a bit like hot and cold water. Depending on our previous experiences the water temperature will be perceived differently.

Life is– vibrant and full of variety. Each cherry varies in colour, size and flavour and the enjoyment you derive from this variety depends on perspective.

Compare the colour of red cherries beside another red object or in front of a red background. How red are they? Now put them in front of a blue background. How red are the cherries now? In front of the red background, the cherries may seem to have lost their vibrancy. When placed in front of a blue background, the colour contrast renders their red colouring as vibrant and intense as can be. This is the power of perspective.119168579 - Copy

It is the difference in how we experience these everyday phenomena that informs our unique life perspective. The variety of experiences we encounter throughout our lives enrich us on a deep level – as they say, “variety is the spice of life.” If we resist opening ourselves up to different experiences, life is the same –same –same. Boring! To add vibrancy, we must embrace variety and recognise the power of perspective when tucking into life’s bowl of cherries.

Let’s take this analogy a bit further. How often do you think about how your life experiences impact you? Most of the time, we just experience without thought as to what experiences add to the quality of our lives. It is commonly thought that to be happy we must only have happy experiences. This is not true. We must have variety of experiences to make us whole, balanced people.

To achieve balance, the key once again is variety. Balanced people are whole because they are at one within themselves and not at odds with the variety of life’s experiences. A machine that is broken – in pieces – is not whole or in good working order. In seeking balance or restoration of “good working order” for ourselves, we must at some point come out of balance. We must tip one way and then the other to discover the correct equilibrium of experience and variety.

Going too far out of balance can cause trauma, but it is important to know that no one has to keep trauma. An individual decides within the fabric of their own being how much trauma they retain or release in any situation. When a trauma is so severe it has become deeply internalised, you must first decide that it is to be released and then set in motion the tools for implementing this release.

Meditation and hypnosis are excellent tools for such release. Hypnosis and meditation are bed fellows – they are very similar but offer direct benefits for the release of trauma.

Life can be whatever we wish it to be; as individuals we have power.  For the most part, each person is in control of their own ship. All is perspective and view point. Life’s cherries can look equally delicious set against a red or blue background. It is up to the individual to decide which background they prefer and why.