Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Riding the Energy Rollercoaster: Surviving the Awakening Shifts

I had a request to talk a little bit about the roller-coaster ride that is awakening energy. And it is a heck of ride, and everyone experiences it differently. So, I'm sharing what I've heard as well as experienced. I'm not saying that this is how it'll be for you. If you do have experiences that are different from what I'm describing, I'd love to hear about them to add into the list as well as to get a broader understanding about how people are experiencing these shifts. It helps me as I continue to connect to more and more people. Thank you in advance for any shares that you may offer.


4 Common Energetic Experiences
There's no way around it; it feels like something is alive under your skin. It feels like it has a life of its own, and you feel pretty freaked out as it pulses, ebbs, and shifts around in your body. So many things are going crazy in your mind. Mainly it's along the lines of this: "I'm gonna die!" Well, you're not. You're just in a really big energy shift, and you're currently finding out where all the crap (tension and pain) has been hidden in your body. You've got to face it now. You can't avoid that any longer. Otherwise, this situation will get more traumatic.

With that said, here are four general buckets to put energy shifts into:
  1. Tension/Pain
  2. Pulsation
  3. Waves
  4. Heat
I'll focus on each one in the following paragraphs. But it is important to note that so long as you don't have any illnesses, outstanding health issues, or substance abuse issues, you will be fine. If you do have some of the other issues, then I strongly encourage you to get help for those. Undoubtedly, those issues will be worsened by neglect as your energy shifts you into a deeper integrity with your body and does everything it can to get your attention there--that includes pain (Pain is, after all, one of our greatest teachers).


Localized Tension and Generalized Pain
As I said, so long as there aren't any medical conditions that you're unaware of or avoiding, energy can feel painful. It's not that the energy is hurtful. It's the issues and resistance in your body that's hurting you. The energy is pressurizing it. Energy is like water. It just wants to flow. But if it hits a dam--a blockage--it starts to build. The bigger of a shift you're in, the more that water builds up until the dam is about to break. And then, there's a huge release and a rush as suddenly you feel all of this energy unleashed in you. That part can be pretty intoxicating. It'll last until it finds the next spot in your body that's resisting your shift.

A great example is when many people have lots of pressure on their foreheads. It's not a headache, btw. It's the mind trying to block out the energy. It's often an issue of not believing or being unwilling to believe that you're in a shift. So the pain gets worse. For some it's debilitating, and then it all shifts when you let go. It shifts when you say, "Yeah, I guess I can believe I'm in a shift." And then things flow again, and you're like, "Was that it?" Yep. That was it. Until the next thing comes.

There can also be some generalized pain in whole regions of the body or the whole body. Sometimes for me, those are just growing pains. I'm being pushed and stretched. The energy is most likely hitting multiple little issues in multiple places. Sometimes, just relaxing and allowing is important where with the bigger issues figuring out what they are and what is needed to release them is essential.

Energy Pulsation: The Heart Beat of the Soul
Another way the energy can feel is like a pulse. You can feel it beating in different areas, and it's more than that. It's kind of got a fuzzy, vibrating feel. It's tough to put into words, but you definitely feel like you're being shaken in some very deep way on every fiber of your being. I usually find that sound healing helps me in these moments. If the feeling is localized, I'll find some sound healing on a specific chakra to address it (Thanks Youtube!). Also being around someone who has very strong energy and is very grounded can help.  They can be like a grounding wire because right now, you're the live wire. Other times, I just have to lie down until it calms down, and I no longer feel like I'm being shaken out of my skin.

Energy Waves: WEEEEEEEE!
Then, there are times when you just feel like you're surfing on energy. This can be kinda fun. You can really feel spiritually high. It's not all bad. It's the duration of it that can get to you. Breathing with the waves can help to pull in what's moving through you, and as always with pretty much all energy, letting go into the process is important. Grounding in physical activity, being in nature, being in water, and similar activities can help to let the excess energy that you can't handle go into the earth and, more importantly, out of you. I'm not sure how many of us can absorb all the stuff that we tap into through awakening when we're first opening to the whole shift. Giving yourself tools and times to ground and get out of the higher states is actually really important to sustaining the shift and not blowing yourself on it. Too much of it can leave you kinda freaked out and crashed out. It's like a bad hangover, but ten times worse. So remember to step down out of it.

Heat: It's Getting Hot in Here...
I know emerging energy healers can have a lot of heat in their bodies and especially their hands. To me, that's kinda like warming up the car. Things are preparing themselves for use in that function of being a healer. That's not necessarily always the case. Sometimes, heat is just how your body responds to absorbing lots of energy--potentially more than you're used to handling. So once again, grounding is important, and heck, a cold shower can be a welcome thing in many ways in this situation. It is, like the others, nothing to be intensely concerned about. It will come and go as you continue to shift and open.

Spiritual Work and When to Get Help
The tools that you should be developing will help you to modulate and open up to the energy shifting through you. You need to have a support mechanism or to be developing one. Meditation, a spiritual community, potentially a trusted energy healer, potentially a spiritual teacher, and plenty of other spiritual practices make up a spiritual support mechanism. I know a lot of us going through awakening now haven't had much of a support mechanism, but that will change as the years go by. Those of us awakening are all interested in creating more space for these shifts in this society, and I, for one, want to create a few centers where people can go, be safe, and have their shift without having to worry about what's going on in the world (at least for a little while--this isn't an escape from life; it's an embracing of the spiritual awakening).

With a support mechanism, you'll have the help you need. There's no issue with seeking help, but don't freak out and run for the phone the first time a little energy trimmer ripples through your right arm. Just be with it. I'm talking about getting help from a healer to ground the excess if you can't sleep for four days in a row and are having visions so bad that you don't know what's real anymore. While your sense of reality is shifting (you're actually starting to understand what IS real), being debilitated isn't the point. And if anything, if something is moving that powerfully, it means that you're not integrating the energy well and are overwhelmed. It's always okay to step back a little from the process, and there are ways to do that a little bit without shutting down and crashing.

Hearing From You: Your Energy Openings
Let me know if this explains what's going on for those of you who are having an opening. You can comment or contact me through my contact page. These are what I've heard, experienced, and intuitively know about. The universe is a big place, so I'm sure that some of you have had some interesting stuff move through you that you'd like to talk about. Please also feel free to leave questions (Don't ask about how long this will take--it will take as long as you need it to take. That's just how it goes). Other than that, I'm pretty open. =)

Most of all, just let go. Let it flow.

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