Adventures In Energy
Sensing Energy: Feeling the Flow
Your physical body is an energy sensing device. In addition to all the conscious and unconscious functions your body undertakes, it also receives and transmits energy. Opening your energy awareness begins with noticing how energy moves in your body and how your internal energy changes in response to external events. Three Keys and Two Knacks can help you pay attention to the minute changes in internal and external energy flows.
Sensing Internal Energy Flows
Energy, as a substance, has a very fine vibration that is difficult to feel with the physical senses. The effect of energy, however, is easily experienced through the impact it has on your muscles, physical senses, emotions and inner knowing. The nature of energy is to flow. When energy flows through your body in a balance way, it is often accompanied by body jolts, tingles, dizziness, goose bumps, a sense of opening, warmth, receptivity, softening, upliftment, happiness, connection, belonging, joy (and any transcendent emotion), or just the simple awareness of flow. Pay attention and notice how you experience the movement of internal energy.
Obstructions in energy flow cause stagnation. Lack of flow reduces life force and lowers vitality. This can feel like stiffness, sluggishness, muscle tension, depletion, isolation and pain. It can create depression and can get in the way of your ability to enact your plans and attain your goals. How do you experience energy obstruction?
Energy that flows with no restriction is also an imbalance. This can feel as though energy rushes right through you and leaves you empty, or it can keep you in a state of hyperactivity. Too much energy moving overwhelms your nervous system and can cause poor attention, anxiety and insomnia.
Energy flows in the body are often described as inhabiting defined structures. This is the greatest obstacle to feeling the internal flow of energy. Actually, energy pathways are differentiated through vibration. Physical and energetic substances are separated by differences in vibration. Energy doesn’t really flow in tubes. Rather, the movement of energy in the body is like waves passing through an ocean. When you visualize energy as motion rather than structure, it is easier to feel.
Experiencing External Energy Flows
You live within a sea of unseen energy. The flow between your body and the outside world is continual, whether you are paying attention or not. This exchange connects you to all that is. The exchange occurs through your aura and through your chakras. As described in Subtle Energy Overview, the information is translated into body sensation, emotions, and so forth. Consequently, sensing external energy means being aware of internal changes responding to what is happening around you. The Path of Emotions book details how your emotions translate energy information. It also explains how to use your emotions to power your awareness. Coupled with body sensations, your feelings and emotions are connectors to the flow of life.
The easiest way to feel specific energy fields, such as the aura around other people or plants, is through your hands. Your hands are especially sensitive. Try placing the palms of your hands toward each other. Push them together and pull them apart, compressing and stretching the energy between your palms. Notice what you feel. You can use the same sense of magnetic repulsion and attraction to feel other people’s energy. Your hands are antennas transmitting signals to your bodymind. If you couple what you feel in your hands with your inner felt-perceptions, you enter an entirely new level of awareness.
Unless clairvoyance is your strongest intuitive sense, it’s usually easier to feel energy than to see it. (Test Your Intuition Type). However, if you want to strengthen your ability to see energy emanations, it helps to train your brain to process information differently. The Magic Eye book series by N E Thing Enterprises is a helpful tool. When the pictures in the book are focused on using ordinary perception, the pictures are simple objects, random lines or basic patterns. However, with a shift of perception, a three dimensional picture emerges. To see the three dimensional image, you must alter your eye focus and look beyond the image in the picture. This allows your brain to see differently, and the three dimensional pattern emerges. Successfully shifting your perception creates a distinct feeling in the brain. To use this method to see a person’s aura, focus beyond them in the same way as looking at the Magic Eye pictures. You will know you are getting close when you experience the distinct feeling of your brain beginning to shift.
An easier way to see energy is to use your inner vision. Energy information is often received as a visual in the mind’s eye. Practice sensing energy with your hands while being open to the images that form in your mind’s eye. Test what you see against what you feel with your hands and felt-perceptions. As with all energy information, use discernment. Rather than take an image as absolute reality, accept the image as the starting point in an investigation.
When learning how to feel energy, much emphasis is placed on physical sensations. You may be trying hard to feel the sensation of energy moving through your channels, or the magnetic push-pull of energy in your hands. However, the sensations are not what are important; they are only indicators of movement. It is like looking for a twig traveling in a stream. Whether there is a twig or not, whether you feel something or not, the stream is still flowing.
Don’t get discouraged. Try not to over focus on physical sensations as proof for the existence of energy, or your ability to interact with it. Each person is unique, and how you experience and know energy is known only to you. Eventually, you will develop your own library of experiences that represent your awareness of energy. No one experiences energy exactly the same.
Daily practice of paying attention to your internal energy flows will become the foundation of your library of experiences that guides your energy awareness. As you start to notice your inner flows, you’ll begin to see how they relate to your mental and emotional states. You’ll also begin to see how they interact with external events and stimuli. You’ll start to see that it’s not about your mind sending your energy places, but your energy and attention co-creating opportunities and experiences.