This photo is a silhouette of myself under one of my favorite trees. The tree sits between my running path and the farmland of my backyard. I know it has stories to tell, so I make ample time to be present, listen, and soak it all in.
This reminds me to share my own stories. Not “just” the surface level stories, but the ones that comprise my essence. This is one such reflection.
As I delve into the practice of internal energy movement (meaning I am moving my own energy), I like to experiment with different methods.
Reflection: There is quite a lot to consider in just that one sentence: that we are capable of moving of our energy; that we may experiment from a space of curiosity, joy, delight; that energy movement is a fluid practice, evolving as we evolve. And where might you apply that within your own life, what is your area of expertise, and how do you practice that internally and allow for expansion? (Do you practice internally and allow for expansion?).
One of the ways that I am experimenting with energy movement is to invite Angels and Answers into my dreams. I, with intent and awareness, think of an area that my energy is “stuck”, and invite presence into that area. I call this presence Angels and Answers, but if you consider this within your own life, what I am in essence calling forth is presence— so you might apply that within your own beliefs.
I do believe in symbolism in life, and in dreams, and work with dream interpretation. I also work with and teach the gift of presence, so I am familiar with these techniques. However, I had never considered combining them.
Reflection: In your life what has become so familiar to you, that it is almost stagnant, as you continue to practice consistently the same way. Are you on auto-pilot in this practice, or fully aware? And, do you achieve the same “results” or have they plateaued?
On the first night (last week), I set my intention and called forth Angels and Answers. On “regular” nights, I am fully present to my dreams, so I found it interesting that as I slept I was unaware of the existence of my dreams. When I woke in the morning I was refreshed, but also felt that something was unfinished. Normally when I wake, I begin my morning routine, but on this morning I was prompted to return to sleep.
I follow my body’s natural sleep cycle which is 9p-4a, very consistently. For me to return to sleep was out of the norm on many levels. Perhaps my mind even resisted, but my body fell back asleep. I dreamt and was present to these dreams, almost as an observer. While in them, I had the thought that “Yes!” my questions are answered. The people in my dreams were familiar to me, but I hadn’t seen them in physical life in some time. I knew these were the “Angels” in familiar form. While dreaming, I felt a rush of gratitude.
When I woke, I could not remember my dreams, but I didn’t feel panicked, I felt secure that the Answers would be placed in physical life in ways I could best receive and process. I felt a surge of trust. And, I had slept a total of 11 hours.
I logged onto Twitter, and in my stream was Tara Sophia Mohr (@tarasophia on Twitter) with this affirmation: “we can think of sleep as a pedestrian thing but it’s really 8 hours of spiritual communion and deep relief from ego #SoulCall”. If you are familiar with Tara’s body of work, her message is empowerment of women, so this particular tweet is out of the norm for her. Tara’s message is one that inspires me, so to receive this from her was a divine affirmation.
Now, to explain #SoulCall, Amy Oscar (@AmyOscar on Twitter) hosts a weekly Twitter chat regarding all things Divine, so logically one would expect such a message from Amy. Amy’s message is another that inspires me greatly (the potent combination of the presence of divine and allowing for empowerment is life changing!).
To share transparency, I had been intimidated to attend Amy’s weekly call, feeling not (what?) enough. So I look beyond that, which feels awfully surface to me, and I discover my true fear is how powerful it is when I accept the presence of Divine in all areas and how transformative when I practice the presence of Divine in all..a living namaste. Before my family moved, I used to practice a living namaste daily, yet I practice so infrequently now.
I look beyond that to ask myself why have I allowed this practice to become non-existent? And, I see (as I am sure you can as well) that I am being invited to begin this practice anew, as I am, right where I am.
Reflection: To practice transparency with others, I practice transparency with self. This requires that I look beyond surface internally to my own inner core; which requires trust and compassion with self. As I honor organic growth in all realms, I use my gift of clarity with my self consistently. How does this sound/feel to you? Are you willing to look at your own behaviors, actions, thoughts, and explore their existence and meaning…to truly know your self as you are?
Which leads me to forgiveness. To forgive myself for the mistakes I think I might have made (yes, there are no mistakes, but when doubts rise in my mind, I tend to label them “mistakes”). I wasn’t aware that I “needed” forgiveness…but there it is…an act of grace as I practice a living namaste.
No longer “stuck”, feeling very refreshed and invigorated…and that was just my first day of inviting Angels and Answers into my dreams!
I share this with you because there seems to be this stigma around the practice of energy movement. Energy movement is the simple acknowledgement that all things are energetic and with awareness we can alter the frequency of the mass and move that frequency in ways to enhance the fullness of our presence. When I use energy movement in conjunction with clarity, I call that practice: transformational magic.
And, that is how I choose to live and what I share with you here today (and through my practice).
(And, you may find me on Twitter @joychristin).
What is your takeaway from this story? I would love to hear what speaks loudest to you :)
Reminder: Experiment. Explore. Experience.