The Psychology of Energy

We took a break for October, but now we are back. Hope you enjoy the November article! Additional news I’d like to share is that I am now taking online clients that reside in the state of California. I specialize in a variety of women’s issues. Contact me for more info – see the services page.

Energy. It’s a word we hear often, especially in certain circles. Sometimes a person will hear that word come out of someone else’s mouth and immediately dismiss the speaker. Energy is real, of course. Everyone must know that. Otherwise how would X-rays, EEGs  or MRIs work? All of life is, basically, is an electrical field. The human body’s invisible infrastructure is energy. And from it, we can gather information and even heal, if we understand how to work with it correctly. Our energy systems of the body exist in an ongoing interplay with our thoughts and moods, as well as our cells and organs. If this reality has you feeling vulnerable, instead, allow it empower you. For every person has the ability and the power to behave in ways that can enhance and boost one’s energetic systems for the better. Near the end of this article, I will tell you more about this.

Many psychologists and psychotherapists, including myself, are astonished at how the tools of energy therapy (energy medicine and energy psychology) have had profound positive impacts for patients in a relatively short time, when longer term mainstream psychotherapy has done little. Because of my martial arts background (having been first introduced to Tai Chi at age 18) I knew a little about energy and it’s potential for manipulation. We would ‘play’ with our own energy in class, passing it between our own two hands or the hands of our classmate when instructed to do so. I saw how energy could be used to ‘over power’ an opponent in the various martial arts I studied after my initial Tai Chi training. My instructors over the years were predominantly from Asia, so they had a deeper understanding of this. Energy systems were a given. I’m so grateful for what they shared with me. Then, a little over a decade ago I was introduced to an intriguing world of healing with energy. I came across books by Donna Eden, David Feinstein, Dawson Church, Bruce Lipton, and Richard Gerber, to name a few. I attended a two-day training with Donna Eden and David Feinstein and was blown away. I had entered a new world, one in which was even more fascinating than the somatic psychology training I experienced in doctorate school. Yes, from grad school, I was taught that the mind-body connection was real, and how it functioned in a basic sense, but the world of energy medicine took it much further. When it came time to learn the meridian points and channels, I really felt that I was in over my head. Reminding myself that I was in attendance to learn something new with an open mind, and not enroll in medical school, I pressed on.

Today, I have retuned to using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Donna Eden’s Five-Minute Daily Energy Routine regularly. I wish I had never let it slip away, but it is better to re-engage lost healing tools than to not use them at all. I still regularly consult the books by the authors I mentioned above too, as they have a welcome place on my bookshelf. And I have no doubt that what I think, how I perceive events, and how I feel each day has a direct and lasting impact on my body and my health. With that said, we can also hold a powerful intention for these practices and insert affirmations to support that intention along the way. See the September article for more on intention and affirmations.

Whether life turns ugly or remains beautiful, we have free tools at our fingertips (taking up just five to fifteen minutes a day) for optimizing our functioning and promoting healing. I urge you to look into this, and if you feel inspired to use this energy intervention for your own or someone else’s benefit, do let me know. Share what you discover!

Here are the steps of the Five-Minute Daily Energy Routine created by energy medicine pioneer, Donna Eden. It is made up of 7-8 movements or poses. They are:

  1. The Three Thumps
  2. The Cross Crawl
  3. The Wayne Cook Posture
  4. The Crown Pull
  5. Lymphatic Massage
  6. The Zip Up
  7. The Hook Up
  8. Some add Connecting Heaven and Earth to the routine as well.

Now instead of describing how to do each of these, I will provide two links – each shows Donna Eden doing a couple different variations of a Daily Energy Routine:

If you do not want to watch the videos, you may find this information in the following three books:

*Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality by Donna Eden with David Feinstein, PhD

*The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention by Dawson Church, PhD

*The Promise of Energy Psychology: Revolutionary Tools for Dramatic Personal Change by David Feinstein, Donna Eden, and Gary Craig.

I wish you good health on all levels,

Kim