Most of us have something in our life we’d like to change, to transform. At this point in our life we’ve learned what we like and what we don’t like. What we want and what we don’t want in our creation.
Do you want to feel more empowered in your life, more abundant and to live with greater clarity and freedom? Want to trust yourself more, live more simply and more joyfully?
Then energy medicine and meditation can help you.
These healing modalities can help you liberate unwanted energy from your physical body and your life, and they can lead you to embody the life you want. By learning what your energy anatomy is telling you, you’ll learn that your body is always offering exquisite guidance for your life.
Become attuned to your inner states and the sensations and feelings held within, and you’ll become skilled at regulating your life with greater levels of consciousness and awareness.
This is not a time in history to wait for the conditions outside of us to change to feel better in our body and life: the systems and structures of our society are too big, too layered, too self-serving, too inflexible. Only we as individuals can embody the agility required to change.
To me, that’s what the field of transformational wellness is sharing. Since YOU have tremendous potential to embody agility in any given moment—no matter your present state-of-being—YOU are the change you’ve been seeking.
Energy healing and meditation are tools to support this empowerment, this transformation within you.
Be Still and Listen
Let’s liberate ourselves from the idea that our mind is located in our brain and expand our belief to the more accurate reality that the entire body is mind, or bodymind.
The brain is the conscious mind, the body below the brain is subconscious mind.
Furthermore, let’s entertain the idea that the bodymind is a process not a system.
The bodymind processes the energy and information of your life through seven energy centers that are designed to maintain self-regulated order within your body and life. Thus, imagine you have not just one brain in your head that perceives and informs your experience in the world, but that your energy centers are each a brain—a center of intelligence and perception—that informs a certain level of consciousness in your life.
The centers vibrate at different frequencies within and around the physical body. They process, liberate and store the energy and information of your life.
You can learn a bit more about them with this chart:
Just know that they are centers which possess levels of mind. They are progressively organized to process energy from a low to high state. The process has a dominant flow—main corridors of energy—that run from your feet and lower body upward to the crown of your head and from the crown downward to your feet.
But your energy process is also an elaborate matrix of living intelligence that occupies and flows through dimensions around your body. This field of energy—the biofield or Human Energy Field—forms the geometric shape of a torus.
You are organized as a hierarchical yet multidimensional process: flowing out of survival into enlightenment (And also bouncing around or flowing within the process in every possible state-of-consciousness in between.)
Ground in the Here and Now
First Center: I am surviving
The first energy center, traditionally called the root center, is associated with energetic connection to the energy of the Earth. It occupies the space on the body from the lowest part of the pelvis through the legs, down through the ground below us.
Feeling centered, aligned, and safe in the world are sensations that illustrate having a coherent energetic connection to ground. We can think beyond basic survival needs of shelter, food, water and sex.
We embody a kind of agility that if any aspect of our life (spiritual, mental, emotional or physical) is threatened, we mobilize to ensure our well-being. We have presence of mind under duress to compose ourselves and facilitate our own safety, or we get to safety as an impulsive reaction that ensures our well-being. (Like leaping out of the way of a car that’s bearing down on us.)
When we are not grounded properly, when life is unsafe, in chaos or in upheaval, it’s likely we are not progressing beyond the level of consciousness we call survival. We feel fundamentally threatened, as though we don’t have permission to occupy space. We can’t sit still and fidget from one task to the next, unsatisfied, nervous, perpetually vigilant.
Or maybe we even feel we have a hard time inhabiting a physical body—we would rather drift upward and out of the physical reality we see, hear, taste, smell and touch. We live in fantasy or embody the “I didn’t ask to be born and I’m afraid to die,” mindset.
To feel grounded we might be over sexual, creating experiences that help us feel like we really do inhabit our body; or we might deny or deprive ourselves of sexual experiences, too fearful that intimate contact will threaten our life and security as an individual.
But sometimes the survival response is a habitual, conditioned state-of-mind given the mental, emotional or situational conditions of our life.
We are living on a daily basis in the energy of fear.
If that’s the case we can use our consciousness to pull ourselves up out of that level of mind to a greater level of mind.
Feel into Your Ministry of Essence
Second Center: I am a set of reactions
The second center, traditionally called the sacral center, is associated with assimilation with our environment physically (we digest food) and socially (we integrate with others.)
When we are in balance in this center, we feel free to and express our unique ministry of essence.
When we are coherent (in order) in this center, we are able to experience low emotions like shame and fear and use them to guide us toward more productive actions. For example, if we experience embarrassment, we don’t let it ruin our day, we simply modify our future behavior with the information. Something like, “Note to self: don’t lash out with that rude comment again. That was inconsiderate and hurtful!”
When incoherent in this center we might manifest behaviors such as cunning, a desire to manipulate social situations by being artificially sweet and overly polite, or we embody victimhood.
Perhaps we are addicted to the emotional energies of shame, insecurity, competition, and control.
According to energy medicine, if we are incoherent in this center, we might physically experience chronic issues with digestive disruption. You might find in your life that interacting with certain people or being present in certain situations triggers an alteration in your digestive process.
This can happen because the subconscious processing of the emotional energy of life is causing some incoherence with the flow of life-force energy within and around the body. The process is temporarily limited by the emotional state, and it is manifesting as disruption within the physical body.
For example, many people find that anxiety over family/social unrest leads to constipation, nausea or diarrhea. Or perhaps those disturbances lead to binge eating or the inability to eat at all.
If the relational issues are temporary or resolved in a short period of time, the body returns to harmonic order, digestion returns to normal and the bodymind produces sensations of well-being.
But chronic stress and anxiety can produce a chronically disrupted physical reality of poor digestion.
Operating from the reactive level of mind embodied in the disordered second center, we are easily stimulated by the world outside us into reactive responses rather than contemplative ones.
But again, we can reflect on those inner conditions, change our thoughts, change our feeling and elevate ourselves to a greater level of mind.
Take Empowered Action
Third Center: I am aware self-direction
The solar plexus is the site of the third energy center, the third mind.
When this center is coherent and in harmony, we are processing the energy and information in our life and staying aligned with and empowered by our inner guidance.
We are self-referral: when making decisions we consider the information coming into our awareness from the outer world, and our choices are directed from a fearless state of harmonic inner being. We can mindfully attach to the life-giving energies in our life and artfully detach from anything that threatens our well-being and peace.
We feel empowered to bring more life into our life. We self-possess our energy for our creation.
When we have the experience of being alert, centered and in clarity amidst chaos, this center is in balance and harmonic order.
When we are easily manipulated by others or external conditions, we might be incoherent in this center. We operate from a point of diminished consciousness and relate to our experience with a lower level of mind. We experience this as an addiction to the energy of guilt, frustration, anger, resentment or powerlessness.
How do we gain footing to overcome this level of mind? We teach ourselves to fall deeper in love with our own being.
Fall in Love with Your Sacred Heart
Forth Center: I am intuitive love
The heart center is the most powerful energy center, being the union of polarities: the positive end, the “north pole” is at your crown and the negative end, the “south pole” is at your feet, producing an electromagnetic field of energy that assumes a torus shape.
Your cosmic Self and your Earthly self form a union or communion at your heart center. The electromagnetic field around your heart can be measured with todays instruments about 10’ away from your physical body. It’s more energetically accurate to say the heart field is infinite, connected to the all-in-all of everything. How mind-blowingly huge is that?
Your heart is your powerfully wise creative center, because energetically it is a magnet. We create our reality through magnetic attraction what we feel in our heart, what we are being in our heart.
Practically speaking though, just think about how it feels when you act in love from your heart. Recall a time you were moved by your heart to do something in love. There’s a sort of resonant, good-feeling of reciprocity and confidence.
You’re left the sensation that in giving you received something.
Then think about how it feels when your head-brain overrides your heart-brain. I know every time I’ve done that it’s felt somewhat wrong—like I violated something within me and I’m subtly or dramatically worried about the outcome.
I invite you to adopt the belief that your heart center is actually your main brain, and that magnificent thing in your head that we call a brain is a predicting chemical factory that keeps you safe in the world, but can sometimes becomes clouded by biases, conditioning, the ego and false attachments.
The heart is the seat of wise intelligence. It’s the energetic union of the cosmic and the personal. It’s the place to present and hold your deepest questions and then listen to your soul’s response.
When we live from the heart we embody self-acceptance and live from the energy of self-love and love for others.
We are understanding, tolerant, self-compassionate, inclusive and accepting.
Yet living from the instrument of our heart, and attuned to the energy of self-love, we are also decisive about what we cannot tolerate, who it is not safe to include in the tapestry of our life, and which conditions we cannot overcome within our present capacity to regulate our own well-being first and integrate with difficult people/conditions second.
Grief—in all of its shades from mild disappointment to deep loss—is the emotional energy that limits the flow of life-force energy within and around the heart.
In The Beginning There Was the Word
Fifth Center: I am creative expression
When energy flows freely from the lower centers up through the heart center and reaches the throat center, we embody the energy of clear expression. We speak truth and are attuned to know truth when we hear it.
We possess a level of embodied awareness that is a consciousness greater than the controlling, reactive, fearful survival mind.
We feel free in the present moment to express ourselves in love, to use our words to create. We have spontaneously or through great inner work become healed, and we relinquish the known past for the opportunity to consciously create our future.
From this level of consciousness to speak lies or to live in the energy of deceit would be a betrayal to self. To lie or operate amidst deceptive information would be to violate our own inner harmony and peace.
It’s not just low energy that disrupts the coherence of this center. The throat assumes a bottleneck transition between the subconsciousness of the lower body and the consciousness of brain.
I notice in my energy healing practice it is very common for people to report a sensation of a magnetic lump in their throat, just above their collarbones or in the middle front of their neck. Often imaging and blood tests show that everything is “normal,” which can be frustrating when the sensation is so palpable.
In this case, material tests may not show a physical abnormality, but there may be a very real but invisible energetic disruption that manifests as sensations that intuitively feel out-of-order.
In this case energy healing and meditation can support relief.
Live From Your Seat of Wisdom
Sixth Center: I am the enlightened awareness of wisdom
The sixth center is associated with the pineal gland, the tiny hormonal center in the brain that produces melatonin and serotonin, the compounds that support our sleep, our wakefulness and which orchestrate our connection to the mystical.
Living from the consciousness of this center, we are wisdom itself. The memories of the past have been processed and are held without the intensity of the emotional charge they once possessed. The resulting wisdom informs and guides our life. We embody discernment and are unselfishly motivated.
We intuitively interpret the multiple storylines of our life and can see with clarity the “how and why” of what has happened in our experience of being human. We realize we are the co-creator of the synchronicities in our life through what we have thought and what we have felt…through what we are now thinking and now feeling.
We embody the mind of a seer. We are visionary and a natural alchemist of the energy around us. From this level of consciousness when we encounter energy that limits our life, we become discerning awareness itself: we see it, we name it, we swiftly move through it.
In no time, we are beyond it, embodying a state of unlimited inner freedom.
From this level of mind, we live with the understanding that our body is an instrument of conscious creation, and we are only limited by our belief in what’s possible.
You are the Bliss of Unconditional Love
Seventh Center: I am that I AM
From this level of consciousness, we experience that we are a fractal of the sacred Divine, a sacred part of the whole. We say it many ways: we are made in the image of God; this is a holographic universe.
Meditation and energy healing are brilliant natural healing modalities that open the consciousness of the seventh center. This level of consciousness can only be truly understood from observed, felt, direct, first-hand experience of the Divine within and all around us.
I’ll share with you a meditation experience I had a couple of years ago that makes me wildly confident about this center. It may sound a little trippy, so brace yourself with an explorer’s mind.
And know that this was an entirely drugless experience—organic, all- natural meditation!
One summer day I settled in for my unguided Yoga Nidra, having entrained myself to linger in the state of being where my mind is aware and awake, but my body is deeply asleep. (Maybe you’ve experienced this state when you’re drifting off to sleep or waking up—people often do when they are taking a light nap.)
I could feel my body occupying space in the room and I could hear the birds singing outside my opened window. At the same time my awareness drifted to a place that I can only describe as simultaneously being both within and beyond me. I was aware that I was floating in the sea of darkness that was so crammed full of absolute light it was black.
Words are too limiting to communicate the stillness, abundance and harmonic peace of the sea of so-much-light-blackness.
I was suspended there as an awareness, amazed, delighted, free and pleasantly held by the Whole.
I was an awareness floating amidst the Presence of everything that ever was, is or ever will be…simultaneously in the moment of right now.
I didn’t feel lost and was not overwhelmed in the sea of light–I maintained my awareness as a distinct personal presence as part of the infinite.
I thought, “Wow, I’m this magnificent sea AND I’m still me!”
I sensed off to my left side, then off to my right, then all around me. It had no edges, no bounds, no end point and no beginning point. It felt immense and tremendous yet unified in soothing magnetic harmony.
Nothing in it was lost to obscurity. Everything was equally important.
I was suspended in the great sea of the All-in-All that is God/Source/Light Consciousness, and it was beyond words. But I had to put words to it. I had to remember this and recall the knowledge that I gained back into my body lying there in meditation.
It was too enlightening and precious to ever forget.
As an awareness I rehearsed over and over to myself the sensation of being present in the Mind of God: “I am not a small thing in a big thing. I am not a less thing in a more thing. I am It and It is me.”
I am that I AM.
Having experienced this level of consciousness in meditation, and having recalled and integrated the energy back into my body, it’s now easier for me to embody this truth and awareness in my waking states.
Transformative Power is Within You
Why learn how to use your energy anatomy for guidance?
It takes time to reform our relationship with our body and to learn the subtle—and no so subtle—clues our body is sending us. What we learn is that when we invest the time and learn, the body offers exquisite guidance, even if we have to tease through a few layers to hear it properly.
It’s just practice though. Daily practice—using the relationships and situations in your life to inform and embody self-mastery. Just keep showing up in love for yourself.
I remind myself over and over when life encounters me, “Diana, love yourself enough to do this! You have a choice right now. You can practice the mind of a fearful, shameful, guilty victim in this life, or you can remember the feeling of being the I AM and create the life you want in the here and now. Think it. Feel it. Become it. Repeat.”
Energy healing and meditation have taught me what a great privilege it is to be human. And that we came here to enjoy our creation.
No matter what appears to be happening in the outer world, right now people like us are figuring out how to live from a greater level of consciousness, a more powerful, creative level of mind.
And you and I—The Us, The Individual Parts of the Whole–we are evolving human consciousness, one energy center, one heart at a time.
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