Sunday, 22nd July 2018
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Get to know your energy

Last September, I was privileged and honoured to be asked to give talks around Ireland with the AILG (Association of Irish Local Government).

The theme of the talks was to advise county councillors as to how to alleviate anxiety and stress in their lives.

Before I could talk about the nuts and bolts of how to stay well, I first had to explain how our energy works. I was a bit dubious and a little apprehensive about how the councillors would receive this information. I wasn’t sure that they would believe or understand what I was saying, so I made sure I used lots of real life stories and examples to illustrate my points. I know that the demands made on some councillors are vast, and that some find it hard to cope. So I really wanted them to be able to take away something useful and practical from my talks.

The truth is that we are all energy beings, though we can’t always see it. But just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. The world is full of unseen yet powerful forces, like the wind, gravity, the spoken word, love and other emotions. We say phrases like "I’ve got no energy,” "she’s full of energy” or "this place has bad energy” without necessarily understanding how correct these statements are, and how accurately they describe the state of people, situations and places. If you’ve ever walked into a room and sensed the tension and bad vibes there, perhaps after an argument or disagreement, you’ll know just what I’m talking about!

As well as sensing energy, it’s also possible to pick it up from other people. Some people leave us feeling happy, inspired and energised after meeting them, but the opposite is also true - some negative people can literally suck the energy from us and leave us feeling exhausted.

So in my mind, there is no doubt that we are energy beings. Moreover, with increased awareness and practice, we can train ourselves to feel this energy more accurately and consistently. This in turn gives us an additional tool with which to better understand ourselves, other people and the world in general.

In my talks to the councillors, I explained how we can be in charge of our own energy, and how to detox the unwanted thoughts from our mind in order to, balance our energy and ground ourselves. I spoke about how I was told in my twenties that I would have to stay on medication for depression for the rest of my life, and how I came to believe that there had to be other ways to heal without side effects. I also spoke about the different mental layers we have around our bodies: the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. And I spoke about chakras, and how they need to be cleansed regularly. We have seven chakras in our body, centres or vortexs which draw in new energy from the surrounding universal energy field, and process, metabolise and distribute it for use in the body.

After the talk, many of the councillors shared tales with me of the trials and tribulations both they and their family face. And in spite of my concerns about whether they would understand what I was talking about, most of them fully understood the concept of energy, and went away equipped with new tools to help them in their everyday lives. I’ll write about some of those tools next week.

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