People are often surprised when I tell them about the difference between pushing energy and inviting energy. I think what surprises them the most is how I speak about their energy system as having its own consciousness. But of course we each have our own energy and our own consciousness and that individual consciousness (even though we are all interconnected) extends to our individual energy systems as well.
There are some practices that are designed with the concept of pushing energy. Often they are also associated with some form of martial art, but sometimes it is also associated with occult practices such as war magic, hexing and so on. These things are real. I am not here to try to coddle the world and say that they are fiction or fantasy. They are real and they are effective and they do actually work, even if our human brains have difficulty comprehending it. The thing is that, even in a healing practice that is based upon some martial art, when one pushes energy one can cause more harm than good within the energy system that is being worked upon. After all, just becaue you, as a paractitioner, think that something needs to happen, it does not mean that you are right about when and how. And in pushing it to happen a certain way in a certain time frame you run the risk of creating deep-seated damage.
Yes, I have pushed energy in the past. I am good at that. But each time that I have pushed energy it has been in response to a form of attack on an energetic or physical level. We always have the right to defend ourselves and others from an attack. And we also have a right to defend ourselves from misguided ignorance about how the energy system works.
Thus, when I work on someone’s energy sytem, I do so in an invitational manner rather than an administrative manner. I acknowledge that your energy sytem has its own consciousness and that it has its own inner wisdom that must be respected and honored. So how do I invite the energy?
First off, the invitation comes with the way in which energy is approached. When you approach something as sacred there is an automatic understanding that you mean no harm. The energy can sense that on multiple levels. Once the approach is made there is a series of chants that are done which communicate that a) I honor your wisdom, b) You can express yourself as you wish, c) you can release negative karmic patterns, and d) you are allowed to grow and bloom from the most dire of circumstances. These chants are in ancient languages which the energy sytem understands on deep levels. It then understands that I mean it no harm whatsoever and there is then the begining of trust levels, which only grow each time I acknowledge its inner wisdom.
Chants are an important part of the energy work that I do. They communicate invitation to the energy system, thus allowing it to pick and choose what it wants to accomplish from an entire menu of possibilities. It is much like being shown a drink menu, then an appetizer menue, then and entre menu, then a desert menu. The menu is offered each time I do the energy work on a person, because what the wisdom of the energy system knew to be important last time has likely changed and now it gets to choose other options from the menu. Thus, the energy system will learn, heal, and grow on its own terms, not on any agenda that the client or myself may have. This is about getting our expectations out of the way so that the energy system can, with its own inner wisdom, accomplish what is needed at that particular time.
In addition to the chants, and often in combination with them, I use drums, rattles, singing bowls, chimes, bells, a shruti box, and so on. The word “Shruti” means “sacred sound”. I consider all of the instruments in the collection to be “sacred sound” even though each creates sound in a different manner. Each one contributes to the invitation in that moment for the energy to open, release, and flow in a variety of ways. Again, it is invitational. So even though I may be playing a drum, I am NOT hammering a command at the energy system. That would be disrespectful. I am inviting it to do something in a solid, grounded manner. If the energy chooses to accept the invitation, wonderful things can happen.
I may also use crystals and healing stones as a way of focusing energy and anchoring energy for them. Crystals have been used to store and transmit energy traditionally and scientifically. I do find it funny when folks criticize those of us who use them in this way, joking that crystals and stones etc don’t have a consciousness of their own. Yet, without crystals their wrist watches, cell phones and computers would not function at all. They think that crystal energy is “fantasy” while, at the same time, believing in an imaginary deity. The contradictions abound!
While the energy is adjusting itself for the release of old, negative patterns and the integration of new, healthy patterns, the person may experience a variety of bodily sensations such as agitation, deep calm, tingles and “currents” running through them, the feeling of floating or of sinking deep into the earth and becoming more grounded than they have ever before experienced. Temperature fluctuations are common as the energy opens, releases, and integrates. These are just a few of the many sensations that are possible. Each individual experiences the bodily sensations in a way that is particular to them.
Often a person will also experience visions and insights and even journey to a different time and place. Whether we look at that as metaphoric or as concrete, each experience holds within it something of value for the person. Colors are often perceived, even though the eyes are closed. Sometimes there are faces that flash through…images of the self or others in this life or another, or images of angels or spirit guides and spirit animals. All of this provides a person with a conscious connection to the posse of “helpers” all around them, seen or unseen.
I am not here to tell anyone what it means, but I can offer some ideas for them to ponder. It is up to them to decide as it is ultimately THEIR energy system communicating with them. I am not here to tell a person what to do or when to do it either. I can offer ideas and exercises and meditations that can help, should they choose to try them out. But once they walk out the door and go back to their daily lives, it is truly their right to choose whether or not to do any of that and when. I am not going to be administering a written exam at a later date. I may ask how they found the exercises or meditations, but if they did not do them, that is fine. Sometimes people are a bit overwhelmed with the magnitude of the session and then forget the exercises. They may ask to be reminded how they are to do them, so I will do that for them. But it is never with a “should” expectation. How a person proceeds is up to them. How long their healing journey takes is also up to them. I have no judgements whatsoever regarding that. I have some people address things immediately, while others wait a few years. It all happens in the right time, according to THEM, not me.
I work with adults, children, elderly and so on. Each one is met with great respect for where they are at in the moment, where they have come so far on their journey, and with great hope for where they are going and what they will accomplish on their healing journey. Thus, they are received in an invitational manner instead of one of expectations and administrations. All in all, it is an honor and a privilege to be able to assist them through the work that I do.