Most of my life, I considered my expression to be the words that came out of my mouth. Unfortunately, for many of those years I also thought, or perhaps just pretended, that as long as I used the right words I was ok. I didn’t account for the tone of my voice, the occasional sarcasm, the often slightly veiled judgement or the all-important foundational energy behind ‘the right’ words.
In more recent years I’ve attempted to match the energy behind my words to the words themselves. This creates a much less confusing message for the recipient and so much more harmony within myself.
I’m thinking a lot about leaving at the moment. Life is peppered with ‘leavings’. Leaving home, leaving a relationship, leaving a job, and eventually leaving this life. Often when we leave someone or something, it is temporary and we return. Sometimes, leaving may appear more permanent. But is it? I’m reminded of that old 1960’s saying, “What goes around comes around”.
All this pondering on ‘leaving’ is being triggered because I am getting ready to leave home again, this time for a couple of months. I love to travel so I am familiar with the routine of getting ready to leave home. I like to have the bills paid, bank accounts balanced, the will updated, the car serviced and my itinerary on the refrigerator.
We tend to refer to anything that has been reduced to capital letters as an acronym. Technically this isn’t correct. An acronym is an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word.
For example, ATO (Australian Taxation Office) and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) are not acronyms because they are not pronounced as words. Instances like this are properly referred to as ‘initialism’ (not abbreviations – that’s another matter entirely.)
Amongst those who are into these finer details of language or literature there is an on-going debate about whether it is ok to call initials that are not pronounced as words acronyms. Personally, I like to make the distinction!
What is Joy? For most of my life I considered Joy to be something like super-happiness. Happiness+++ However, in the last few years, I started to feel the difference between the two. In a recent Chakra Puncture detox program (see my June Blog), I was specifically asking to clear whatever was in the way of experiencing Joy. It triggered a philosophical contemplation on the difference between happiness and Joy.
Happiness feels like an emotion.
Joy feels like a state of being.
What is Energetic Healing? Well, like everything, you can google it. You will find several definitions and there are different modalities that fall under the umbrella of ‘energy healing’ but the one I am writing about is a modality called Chakra-Puncture (CP). It is similar to acupuncture in that it uses needles but it is dis-similar in that it doesn’t work on the Chinese meridians. Instead it works through the nadis in the body. There is further information about chakra-puncture and nadis at the end of this blog.
The best way for me to talk about energetic healing is to share with you my actual experience. When I do a CP detox program (a series of twelve sessions), I like to have a ‘theme’. For this one I nominated the theme of “Show me what needs to be healed, show me what is holding me back.” By ‘holding me back’, I mean what is holding me back from experiencing the joy of being a child of God. Granted we live in a mad, mad world and this is a good excuse for not feeling the joy of being divine but I am wanting to move past the madness and embrace the Joy.
I first tried Esoteric Yoga several years ago. Initially, I was unsure that I was really ‘getting it’ and during those early years, I struggled with the practice. My mind just would not stay present in the body. It wanted to busy itself pre-planning what I would do later in the day or tomorrow or next week. Better yet, my mind loved hashing over things that had happened the day before, thinking of all the clever things I ‘should have’ said.
But, with practice, I began to experience the union of my mind with my body, and had my first real experience of conscious presence. Over the years, I had heard a lot of different references to conscious presence but never knew exactly what it meant until I experienced it in Esoteric Yoga. When the mind is focused on or aligned to what the body is experiencing, this is conscious presence.
Gayle Cue loves writing about life, reflecting on every day miracles and pondering on the big picture.
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