My Journey into the World of Energy – Moving From Dismissal to Embracement

You’ve heard me talk a lot about meditation and energy work. They are a big part of my life now and I can’t imagine not using them on a daily basis. Today, I want to talk a little about my journey to meditating/energy work to demonstrate how important it can be and that anyone can do it.

I have been a physical therapist for the past 24 years. So I guess you can say that the human body has been a focus of mine for almost a quarter century. I began my career as a very tunnel visioned, black and white, show me the scientific proof kind of therapist. Energy work wasn’t even on my radar. It was too woo woo for me.

Then came my foray into the world of acupuncture. I was at a point where I had taken a ton of post graduate courses and exams specializing in orthopaedics and sports physio. Learning about acupuncture and Eastern Medicine was a breath of fresh air. It was so different and I loved learning about it. This was my first exposure to energy work of any description and I gobbled it up.

My patients would comment on the sensations they would feel in their bodies during an acupuncture treatment. I was a little skeptical about what they were saying as I didn’t feel what they described when I had needles in my body.

In fact, when people would ask me what I feel in my body during any kind of treatment, I would say, “what are you talking about? What do you mean, what do I feel in my body?” I was so up in my head and disconnected from my body, that I had no awareness of how my body felt.

I had spent years experiencing pain in my back from a disc injury and neck pain as well. My method of coping with pain was to ignore it, push it aside and medicate when I couldn’t ignore it any more, so I could push through it. I didn’t want to feel the pain and I didn’t want it to hold me back in any way so I cut myself off from acknowledging it by staying up in my head and disconnecting from my body. Hence the total unawareness of different sensations in my body. And when we cut ourselves off from feeling the “bad” sensations such as pain, we also cut ourselves off from feeling the “good” sensations such as pleasure. We then exist in this state of neutrality – not too bad and not too good.

So I knew that acupuncture worked from seeing the results in my patients and that they reported feeling energy in their bodies. I was warming up to this “energy” stuff since it seemed to make a difference. But I still couldn’t feel much.

Then one day, my world changed in a blink of an eye, when I received a phone call from my parents. Mom had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that had metastasized to her liver. It was terminal as it had already spread in her body. I booked the next flight home and so began almost three months of caring for and watching my mom transition from this world. I am so blessed to have had that time with her.

During the time following my mom’s passing, I began looking at my priorities and looking at how I was living my life. I felt like something was missing and I was drawn to different energy courses. Took my level 1 Reiki and spent 2 years working with an intuitive, learning how to do “psychic” readings. My intention at that time was not to become an intuitive. It was simply to learn more about myself, grow personally and evolve spiritually. It was a whole new world for me and I loved it! Having not had a religious upbringing of any kind, I really didn’t have a particular faith. I still don’t have a religious faith per say but now believe in a Higher Power and I am not attached to any label put on it.

Took so many workshops and courses on personal development and evolution of my soul. I now see them as all connecting threads leading to where I am now. The tunnelled visioned, science minded girl who was cut off from her body morphed into a girl that is connected with her body and open to the possibilities that are available to her. In fact, I now believe from observing myself and my patients over the years that our bodies are giving us messages all the time. Pain is just one way our Soul is trying to communicate with us, as are other sensations. We just need to be aware of the signals and listen to what they are telling us. By the way, science totally supports energy and energy work and that it is real. But that is for another day…

What has changed my world the most is taking energy school 4 years ago where I learned how to “see” energy in people and see their blocks and then use energy tools to shift and move through the blocks. I use the tools every day in my life and it has taken me from being a victim and reacting to life to a powerful creator that takes responsibility for my life. It is SUCH a different feeling, let me tell ya! And it is SO MUCH better! I had no idea that my journey would land me here as an intuitive energy coach! Not something I could have wrapped my head around even 10 years ago. Gotta love how fascinating this life journey is!

So I completely get it if you are skeptical about energy work and think it is “woo woo”. I was you! I have been there. And it is possible to move from dismissal to skepticism to curiosity to acceptance to embracement. All it requires is just being open to learning something new. That’s all:)

I wish everyone knew these tools! In fact, stay tuned because I am jumping off my seat excited about a course I am developing to get this work out into the world. Absolutely everyone can learn and use these energy tools. You don’t need to be “gifted” in order to interact with energy. We all have the ability. You just need to be shown the way. And you will learn so much about yourself. Self-awareness is so empowering and it is the key to creating the life you want.

The course will be ready really soon so stay tuned and I will keep you posted!

Until next time,

Much love,

Glenda

Looking back to look forward

Happy 2016! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for the newness and possibility that 2016 brings.

But before we look forward to our desires for the upcoming year, I invite you to pause for a bit. If you are anything like me, I get excited about starting new projects, having new adventures and want to move ahead at full throttle toward my desires. It’s not a bad thing. It’s great to want to put your energy into moving forward. It is how we create our lives. AND before we do that, we want to make sure that our full energy is present to invest in creating our desires. The results will be way better if you can put all of your energy into moving forwards.

Here’s the kicker. We may think we have all our energy being used to move forward but often it isn’t. The tendency at the beginning of the new year is to forget about the past year and focus on what’s next, especially if 2015 wasn’t as peachy as we would have liked. It is super important to finish old cycles energetically before beginning new cycles or else you will still have energy attached to the old past which can drag you down, like a ball and chain. We also miss out on a lot of good stuff, the learning gems, the bits of wisdom we gained as we moved through the tough times. I feel like we don’t celebrate our wins and achievements fully so this is also an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate what was great about 2015.

So how do we finish old cycles? At the end of the year, I like to look back on my year, month by month, and recap what was going on for me at the time. What was happening in my relationships? How was I feeling about my health and well being? How was work going? Did I do any travel? What fun experiences did I have? What breakthroughs did I have? Was I feeling any heartache? Did shit hit the fan?

To be clear, you don’t have to relive the experiences and feel all the emotions you felt at the time. That could be torturous if it was a tough year. You can look at the events and experiences from a place of neutrality, observing them as if you were a 3rd party to them. And when you look at them, take what was good and leave the rest. Take what you learned about yourself and leave the story. Let the story go. It doesn’t serve you any more. The learnings and wisdom you gained do. They help you grow and become a better version of yourself. And take the celebrations and wins with you. You deserved them so give them the credit they are due.

One of the ways we leave relationship cycles open is by holding grudges, blaming and not forgiving. We give part of our energy to those people we haven’t forgiven and by doing so, we feel powerless to change the relationship. By blaming someone or holding a grudge, it means that nothing can change unless that person changes, which we have no control over. All we have control over is ourselves, so by letting the blame go, we take our power back where we can do something with it. It doesn’t mean you have to agree with the person or condone their behaviour. It just means that you get to have all your energy back in you and you let go of the attachment to them. It is a form of freedom for all parties involved.

The relationship I see most of us judging, blaming and not forgiving is the relationship with ourselves. Honestly, letting that shit go is so amazingly freeing! Letting ourselves off the hook for past beliefs and behaviours is one of the greatest forms of self-love I know. So as we move into 2016, set yourself free and forgive yourself for everything. You are human after all and let’s face it, humans fuck up.

Once you have released your attachments to the past year, then you can look ahead to 2016. I am not big on setting New Year’s resolutions as I mentioned in last year’s January blog (click here to read). I prefer to get clear about how I want my days to go and how I want to feel. I picked three words as my theme for last year. This year, two words came to me – fun and flow. I would love for 2016 to be full of fun and flow for me. These are the words I will use to help me make decisions. Does doing this project add fun and flow to my life? Does going to this event add fun and flow to my life? Does saying “yes” to this commitment add fun and flow to my life? Get my drift? So it’s not just picking some words and forgetting them. It is infusing them into your daily life that will make the difference.

So my friends, I invite you to close your cycles from 2015 by taking some time to reflect on your year. Bring all of your energy into this new year. And how do you want to feel and what do you want to experience in 2016? Pick your words and start living them! If you feel moved to share them, email me at laneglenda@gmail.com. I would love to hear them? I have this feeling that 2016 is going to be an amazing year!!!!!

Much love,

Glenda