The Kerplunk Theory of Energy Movement

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 not seem like much,  but movement is movement and you never really know what it is that’s going to get the big stuck to unstick.  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.

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13 Responses to The Kerplunk Theory of Energy Movement

  1. Patti Winker says:

    Wow. Movement is movement. I think I can quit feeling guilty now. Thanks, Barb! My subconscious thanks you, too. It’s finally been given the credit it deserves.

  2. sandy says:

    I love you.
    See you soon.
    Fellow mover, shaker and kerplunk player!

  3. Barb says:

    It’s gonna be fun!

  4. Karen says:

    My immediate question is…how do I attack my basement obliquely???? Cuz I’m really stuck there…

    Hugs and love and such!

  5. Deb says:

    Amen. Moved my fridge and all of sudden I felt like cooking again. Too weird, but it was directly in the path between the door and the rest of the house. Blocked the light, gathered dog hair under it, drove me right nuts.
    Now it’s moved – whoa – the energy, the light, the desire to do things in the kitchen that I used to turn my back on. Moving the fridge led to purging the kitchen. Now I have space and I feel lighter in that kitchen than in years.
    And, I hope, I will stop bashing my hip on the kitchen table while trying to get the dog to the door. Why did I decide to move the fridge? I was avoiding other things that I thought I was supposed to be doing. : ) Had no idea what it would change in my perspective. Awesome. I hope Ken can figure out how to make his coffee in the morning. ; )

  6. Barb says:

    I love this Deb! Thanks so much!

  7. Sarah says:

    He he he, PMSL that’s why you made such a bad catholic! I loved this article, so glad I found you, I took work with Reiki and energetics (in my personal life anyway) and you make much sense to me. I’ll be back!

  8. Barb says:

    I’m glad, Sarah! Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself!

  9. Leah says:

    Hi Barb…
    I love this post and the reference to the marble game. I used to play that at a friends house growing up. 😉
    In my mind it’s always about the energy. I’m a big fan of going and doing anything else when you feel stuck, as long as it feels good to you and can open up your energy a bit. You need to make some room for your clarity to come in ……room for the expansion that will shift things.
    Rock on!

  10. Barb says:

    Thanks Leah!
    It was great chatting with you the other day!

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