Friday’s post touched a bit of a nerve. Seems a lot of us use avoidance but feel kind of bad about it. Which made me think about energy and how pottering about over here can make something shift way over there and how we can use that to our advantage when we don’t feel up to dealing with the stuff over there. A bit like how scrubbing the floor really hard with your mop can knock a bunch of stuff off the kitchen counter with the other end. Only in a good way.
So I told you awhile back that I’d been feeling stuck. Creatively, financially, life path-i-ly. And then I got my Reiki attunement and things started to shift.
But they didn’t shift because I meant them to shift or because I consciously shifted them. They seemed to do that all on their own, because other things were shifting and moving around.
As a Reiki practitioner, I play with energy. And sometimes it seems very direct and straightforward. I play with the energy in your knee and your knee stops hurting. Simples.
But sometimes it’s a lot less straightforward. I play with the energy in your shoulder and you suddenly start seeing opportunities where none seemed to exist before. Ummmm, what?
I like to figure things out. I’ve never been able to accept “It’s a mystery” as an answer for anything. This is why I made such a bad Catholic, but why I seem to be having some success as a blogger.
So here’s my working theory of how shifting energy can lead to such unexpected results and why that’s such good news for you.
Remember the game Kerplunk? Clear plastic tube with parallel holes into which you stuck a whole bunch of skewers (the set-up often took longer than the game itself) and then dumped in a bunch of marbles. Then you took turns pulling out one stick at a time until the marbles dropped all over the floor and you had to go play outside for awhile.
Sometimes the marbles would drop within the first few turns and sometimes they’d wait till the very last stick. And you never knew which it would be (though you got pretty good at predicting exactly when your friend’s mom was about to run out of patience…)
That’s kind of how it works with our energy. We might have an idea where we’re stuck (I’d like a better job, I wish I could write more, why can’t I find a decent partner???) but we really don’t know what to attack to fix it. Or we might not have any real clue where the stuck is hiding, we just know something isn’t right.
And the ‘go after your dreams wrangle them to the ground and make them your bitch’ style of coach will tell you to, step-by-step, figure out where you’re stuck and then unstick. Which probably works. But can also be really really scary and maybe you’re not up to unsticking that particular part of you. But you can unstick your sock drawer. You can go for a walk to clear the cobwebs and then delete old contacts from your address book.
Working on a pain in your shoulder can allow you to see opportunities where none seemed to exist before. Why? Well, because pain depletes our energy really quickly. Relieving the pain, even for just a little while, frees up some of that energy, lets you be more alert, lets you see opportunity, lets you use your problem-solving skills.
Energy interconnects with everything. Is the connection that we can’t see. Is the reason making your shoulder feel better can help your dreams fall into your lap like a ripe plum.
So if your life isn’t moving ahead the way you’d like it to, maybe you could try taking care of the thing that seems inconsequential, but is constantly throbbing away in the background, hurting you and stealing away your energy.
Try something small. It may seem inconsequential, but movement is movement and you never really know what it is that’s going to get the big stuck unstuck. It’s a gentle approach to your life and your energy and your tender, fragile dreams. And if you do these things with intention, with the desire to find an answer or just to see what happens, chances are good that your subconscious, that part of your brain that’s working all the time, will come up with an idea that you might just be able to use to get to the next step.
You don’t have to attack the big scary things. You don’t have to take the direct path. You can approach your dreams obliquely.