Friday, June 29, 2012
In our culture, we have a very three dimensional understanding of what happens to us. However, long before injuries and accidents happen in the physical, they exist in our spiritual blueprint. These are patterns of strengths and weaknesses, remember the original story of our term ‘Achilles Heel’. You may have already noticed that when you’re nervous you feel it in the pit of your stomach, when you get a shock, you feel it as an ache in your hips. The burden of responsibility sits on your shoulders and the weight of your past hits you around the knees. If you can acknowledge that you are more than a sum of your parts and take care of your spirit too, two things can happen. Firstly, you don’t have the stress crying out for attention and manifesting in ever stronger and more painful ways in your body. Secondly, you activate a much more effective recovery system in your body. This is simply because the body is solid and can only be treated with pain killers, surgery and rest etc. The spirit, on the other hand, is fluid energy, the very fabric that underlies everything physical. In this realm there is no such thing as permanent damage and every possibility of returning problem areas to their structural integrity. Try energy healing first, not as a last resort and literally make your weaknesses become your strengths and bring a stop to recurring injuries.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
What is a healthy sense of competition? I would think that an unhealthy competitiveness is more often seen and includes an intention to win at all costs, wishing defeat and ill will on your opponents! Ideally it should be a dynamic in one’s life that encourages us to challenge ourselves to meet greater athletes without minding too much if we win or lose. If you feel considerable anger or disappointment when you lose, you are attaching too much to the outcome of your actions. Many people have thoughts like ‘I am useless’ or ‘they didn’t play fair’. Your actual sense of self worth has been compromised. Working with sportsmen over the last ten years, I have used energetic medicine to shift any divisive spirit in their game. When people become aware that everyone they compete against is a reflection of something in themselves, they are able to emulate what they admire and lightly delight in or forgive whatever the outcome.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Loser’s limp I read a book called Champions about an equestrian who won gold at the olympics. She described a phenomenon common to all sportsmen, the ‘loser’s limp’. It is a perspective that limits your success. The one she had to overcome was the belief that someone who had only started horse riding at forty years old could be as good as someone who had ridden all their lives. For a Carlow footballer, that I did energy clearing for, he had worked excessively on his fitness, 500 sit ups a day, to get the speed and stamina for selection. The underlying belief was that he didn’t naturally have the conformation for speed. Many people I have worked with have felt they didn’t have the backing, be it financial or encouragement, to succeed. For two reasons, a loser’s limp can be very damaging. Firstly, because it creates an ‘against the odds’ atmosphere around your training. You continually put extra strain and stress on yourself to excel that will manifest in the body as injuries or other set backs. When I’ve cleared these beliefs, the attitude you bring to training is one of ‘doing what you do best’, simply honing a God given gift that is already yours to play with. Secondly, with a deeply held belief, perspective or negative expectation, your whole unconscious focus is on it, however productive and healthy your conscious plans are. This dynamic moves you inexorably towards failure. Think for a moment if you have any negative thoughts about your chosen sport. Awareness is half the battle won!
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Bring to mind any person you know. There are many subtle and not so subtle expressions of their energy going on. Take your good self for example. You are sweet, fun loving and bold. You are imaginative, hopeful and persistent. These are the qualities of your spirit. This part of you has seen it all before. It isn’t troubled by past experiences or other peoples’ opinions. Listening to one's spirit can be forgotten though when lost in the details of life. In many relationships, past hurts lead to every interaction being defensive. With the briefest acknowledgement, grievances can be forgiven and insecurities released. Learn how to come back to an open hearted way of being with each other. It is always your choice. In practical terms, this involves a commitment to let your past go and not personalize anything that is said or done. Your new participation will be one of understanding and curiosity. This way reignites your passion for life.