The Wisdom of the Womb; Soul, Sex, Sensuality and Power

Do you know, that when you were born you were born with all the eggs that you have produced in your fertile cycle? That means that when you were in your mother’s womb, you already had those eggs.
Just as your mother was a baby girl with all her eggs inside her mother’s womb.
This means that your grandmother’s womb held the baby girl with her eggs, one of which became you. You (in your egg form) were inside your grandmother’s womb.
OMG! I have known this fact for decades, but it still blows my mind and heart. Because I am a woman, and because they were women, I was inside my grandmother’s womb (a grandmother I never met as she died when my mother was young), and yet, we are linked through our wombs down the generations of women. The power and sacredness of the womb is something that can never be captured by the bio-medical view of the ‘uterus’.
And often, we come to sex with no concept of the power, the sexiness, and the desires of the womb. Have you ever thought about the different types of orgasm you experience?
Energetically, there are three different types of orgasms; the clitoral orgasm that is gorgeous and sends waves of energy and warmth from the external genitals (clitoris, labia), into the vagina where it gets transmitted through the penetrating flow everywhere in the trunk. Sort of on a scale of 4 or 5. Lovely. The aura enlivens, the electrical system dances and waves, the radiant circuits glow, the chakras get a good dusting.
The vaginal orgasm is a bit deeper than this. This is the stuff of the famed g-spot (although what that is I have no clue!). The energy of this orgasm begins deeper in the body, not quite the womb, but in the vagina, the clitoris, the perineum and as it waves through the body it has a deeper core to it. 7 or 8 on the orgasm Richter scale. The chakras shift and expand pop, pop pop, the electrical system sparks brighter, the aura gets strengthened, the radiant circuits bloom.
And then there is the womb-gasm. This is the full engagement of the fibres, nerves, and consciousness of the womb as well as your clitoris, vagina, perineum. It rises and rises, until it is held in the womb, to be released in a watery fire explosion through all of the lower body, reaching into the heart field and taking a second explosion as the empowered electrical field of the womb meets the electrical field of the heart. Off the scale. These are often the orgasms that release a load of emotion with them, either tears, laughter, both, or simply emotions that are so big that for a few breaths they roll through you again and again as you experience them as too powerful for words or consciousness. The aura explodes into colours and connectivity, the radiant circuits gets wired in power and grace, the meridians become super charged and balanced, electrically everything is aligned and connected in flow and power, and the energetic core comes alive. And this is the difference between the 3 types of orgasm. When you experience a womb-gasm, the energetic core starts shining your bright soul light through your physical body, through your energetic body and into the world. You literally light up the world. This is all to do with your womb, and is irrespective of whether you are giving yourself an orgasm, whether you are having oral, penetrative, anal or any other kind of sex. Any kind of sex can be womb sex, and any kind of sex can be far, far away from even touching soul/womb connection.
What I really want you to hear, is that as women, there is only one way to shine this soul light in this way, and that is through connection to the womb. When you are in relationship with your womb, compassion for yourself is at the very centre of your experiencing and your sensuality comes into every part of your life. You notice the world around you, you experience your essential role in it. Your soul is sensual, and when you are in relationship with your womb, you are a sensuous being, loving your world and your life.
Sensuality is so very different from sexuality. Sensuality is to do with the experiencing of the senses, sexuality is to do with sex (or gender, but in this article, we are going to be using the word ‘sexuality’ to refer to sex rather than gender).
The reason that there is a HUGE difference between sensuality and sexuality is that one isn’t loaded with social and personal expectations! Sensuality is touching, feeling, smelling, tasting, hearing. I am a deeply sensuous person. I love touching things just to feel them, the texture of food is as important to me as the taste, I notice and adore the smells of the universe, I notice all the little sounds around me (from someone grinding their teeth, to the birds starting their morning warm up). Are you sensuous? Are you in relationship with them? Do you ever thank your nose just because you can smell? When you see that soul-touching sunset, do you feel amazed at your own eyes as well as the colours in the sky?
When we are deeply connected to our womb, each of us have the ability to be exquisite beings living a sensual, soulful experience.
Find out more & join Prune for a live webinar on Facebook this Sunday 25th November @ 1pm GMT or to dive deeper into your own amazing and powerful  womb wisdom join Prune for The Wisdom Womb retreat, January 2019

Your womb is filled with wisdom!

Do you listen to the immense wisdom of your womb?
I am so fascinated by the womb. It holds an energy unlike any other in the body and when I look at it, one of the things I see energetically that most intrigues me is the way that it is connected to so much more in the body; the heart, the kidneys, the breasts, the soul. Filaments of golden light emanate from the womb, connecting, questing, asking for you to reach your consciousness down to her so that she may show you more. And this is whether or not you still have a womb. If you are a woman then the energy of the womb is within you.
The womb is deeply sacred. She is the power that sits deep inside us, guiding us and wanting us to greet her and know her secrets. She houses our creativity and our fertility, not just for our physical children but also for all of our creativity and fertility. She will take our pain and fear deep into her house to protect us and help us walk our way forward in our world without having to experience their proximity. She is fierce, burning with rage if our children are threatened or wronged. She is fire and water perfectly balanced, living in close relationship with the soul, and when we are listening to her, when we are connected to our womb, we are never alone. We know our power, we know our strength, we know that beauty is what is held inside and we emanate that power, strength and beauty through our whole body. When we are in relationship with our womb, we are mighty women, able to laugh and to cry openly and easily, able to galvanise communities with the warmth of our connection to self and others. Each of our wombs are connected to the womb of the world, and from there, we are always nourished, always loved, always wanted, always belonging. The power and sacredness of the womb is something that can never be captured by the bio-medical view of the ‘uterus’.
When you are in relationship with your womb, your sensuality reaches into your soul and every part of your life. You notice the world around you, you experience your essential role in it, you are a sensuous being, loving your world and your life.
Click on the player below to listen to Prune sharing more about the amazing power of the your Womb, in a recent interview on the Energy Medicine Summit.
Join Prune at her Wisdom Womb retreat in the Netherlands in January and learn how to transform your life through this powerful and sacred connection to your Wisdom Womb.

The Chakras and Headaches

In the previous blog we explored the way in which toxicity in the body can result in headaches. Today we are going to look at how congestion in the chakra system can produce headaches, especially congestion in the first and second chakras.

Jyotish Patel’s excellent overview of the chakras informed us that ‘Every thought and experience you’ve ever had in your life gets filtered through the chakras. They are an energetic imprint of your personal story.’ (Click here to read more of Jyotish’s wisdom.) Well, not surprisingly, our personal stories can often need a little help with processing. Alberto Villoldo explains how neurologically, we experience feelings for 20 minutes. If someone annoys us or upsets us then we experience and feel that for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes we move into a new neurological cycle, and if we are still experiencing annoyance or upset then those feelings are actually solidifying in what Villoldo defines as ‘emotions’. In this understanding all emotions (rather than the 20 minutes of feelings) are toxic. He writes, ‘Only when we exchange our toxic emotions can we establish new neural networks which can change our perception (http://thefourwinds.com/initiation-healing-our-emotions-by-alberto-villoldo/) Although the semantics of this division between ‘feeling’ and ‘emotions’ doesn’t quite work for me, I completely agree with the neurological and energetic understanding.

As humans many of us have a tendency to hold onto our stories even after the storyline has been played. Think of those times when you have experienced a negative feeling…perhaps someone said something that irritated or upset you in some way. When you are in a resilient and grounded place in yourself, you experience the feeling of the irritation/upset and then you process it. You bring in the groundedness of your whole-body system to say, ‘Well, actually I did snap at him first’, or ‘Well, she’s struggling today, I’ll give her a bit more space.’ Or perhaps you assert your needs and feelings without judgement and and as such resolution is quickly brought to the situation.

But on those days when you aren’t in that place of resiliency and groundedness, or when emotional triggers within you are being touched upon,  then that ability to process your feeling is much more difficult. And often, you simply can’t. Judgements and attachment to your own story become much more important and that is when you hold onto our own storyline fiercely. This is when the feeling moves into the toxicity of emotions. Such emotions become triggers for us, and through our lives we can build trigger upon trigger until we are a complex bundle of trigger points waiting for some poor soul with their own bundle of trigger points to come and trigger us! Now, this is where we take a deep breath, and while either groaning or laughing at the truth of it, remind ourselves that we have the knowledge and the tools to help ourselves process and release each and every one of our emotional triggers.

Most of these emotional triggers are firmly locked into the chakra system. The first and second chakras are responsible for bringing energy from the earth deep into the energetic core, thus affecting the whole-body system. The flow of energy also works in the reverse with the Root and Sacral chakras releasing emotional toxins from the whole-body system back into the earth. When we understand that much of our emotional toxicity is held in the first two chakras we understand another factor in why being grounded is so important. Without that groundedness, the first two chakras get stuffed with emotional toxicity that can’t be easily processed.

An important piece in this understanding of your energy anatomy is that the first chakra acts as the pilot light for stoking and firing up the energy through the whole of the chakra system. The chakra system holds the movement and fluidity of energy through the energetic core, so when the root chakra is congested and compromised one of the places that gets especially congested is the crown chakra. If you think of the root chakra as being the source of energy that then flows up through each of the chakras before flowing out of the crown chakra. When there isn’t enough movement in the root chakra to initiate such upward flow of energy the crown chakra doesn’t get the flow of energy through it and can get sluggish and congested. At this point we are likely to experience headaches. I have often worked with clients whose splitting headache has been removed completely by us working exclusively with the root chakra.

So, what can help your root chakra to ensure that you don’t experience congestion, and emotional toxicity? I was recently at a children’s concert in a wonderful local theatre. My daughter was doing a Taiko drum performance and for 2 hours I sat and watched the music flowing through the entire theatre. Pulsing, rolling coloured waves of music wrapping everyone of us sitting there. Some of the waves were bouncing off the walls and coming back to encircle us again, some of them disappearing into the density of the red velvet curtains or the carpet. Each person’s aura expanded out to meet the rolling waves, and then carried that exquisite vibration deep into the physical. It was such a beautiful experience. And why I write about it now is that the music moved the chakras in such depth that everyone of us in the audience got an amazing chakra balancing! So…if you have a fabulous child’s concert to go to then go and help your chakras that way.

If not then below is a very simple exercise designed specifically to balance the first and second chakras. Do it regularly if you know you are working with first or second chakra issues or experience headaches.  To watch a video of this chakra connection exercise, click here 

  1. Starting with your hands on the pubic bone draw a figure 8 around the first and second chakras several times.
  2. Take hands from front of body to the sacrum and smooth hands all down the back of the legs, squeezing the sides of the feet as you continue off the toes.
  3. Rake fingers up the inside of the foot/legs back to the pubic bone.
  4. Repeat the figure 8 around the first two chakras several times
  5. Smooth hands all the way down the front of the legs squeezing the sides of the feet as you continue off the toes.
  6. Repeat step 3

You can do this sequence as many times as feels good to you, or until your headache shifts.

With love, prune

Horrible Headaches and what to do about them!

How many of you know A.A. Milne’s wonderful collection of stories, ‘Winnie the Pooh’?. I grew up being read those stories and have loved reading them to my children. One of our favourites is when Pooh and Piglet try to trap a Heffalump. Poor little Piglet gets terribly frightened in the Hundred Acre Wood and in the dead of night runs away shouting, ‘Help! Horrible Hairy Heffalump!’ at the top of his tiny little lungs. Well today I want to write about what to do when you are wanting to shout, ‘Help! Horrible Hairy Heachache!’.

Headaches are always due to congestion in the head area. Not one of us has ever experienced a headache when we feel wonderfully relaxed and delighted in our lives. We experience headaches when we are stressed, off balance, feeling like we are overwhelmed and juggling too much. In other words, headaches are our whole-body system telling us something is off-kilter and out of balance.

One of the big factors in headaches is the level of toxins that we have in our body. The liver, kidneys, and large intestine are the primary organs that deal with the processing and elimination of toxins from the physical body. The lungs are also involved in the way in which they move carbon dioxide out of the body. Energetically, the aura and the chakras are the most important systems for removing toxins from the whole-body system.  And it is this aspect of balancing toxicity to prevent and treat headaches that I want to concentrate on in this article. We will explore other ways to work with headaches in subsequent blogs.

The most common reasons for having too many toxins in the physical body are;

  • eating food not suited to our body’s nutritional needs
  • side-effects of medication
  • hormonal imbalances
  •  drinking more alcohol than our detoxification systems can manage

The most common reasons for having too many toxins in the whole-body system are

  • 1st and 2nd Chakras too congested to be processing effectively
  • Being un-grounded
  • Stress creating Triple Warmer emergency response
  • Compromised connection between the head and the heart

So,  headaches are the symptom of imbalance. Mostly this imbalance is in the chakra system and the meridian organ systems that manage toxicity, they can be closely linked to hormones and stress, and (the good news), you can do something about them!

Because they are the yang support partners to Liver and Kidney, (elimination organs), Gallbladder and Bladder are often working hard to keep the balance when Liver and Kidney are struggling. Think about those times when the wife in a relationship has just got too much to do….the husband comes in to play a bigger role in the relationship with family/work/home. He has to pick up the slack. But meanwhile, the wife is really struggling, totally overwhelmed with what she is trying to manage, and it just doesn’t stop, the workload keeps piling up. At this point the stress in the situation begins to affect the husband and whereas at the start, he had been able to manage the situation really well, with a bit more work, now he is feeling stressed and strained too. This is exactly what happens within the relationships of yin/yang partners in the meridian system. When Liver or Kidney are overwhelmed with trying to process toxins, Gallbladder and Bladder step up and try to hold the balance. But this wonderfully wise energetic solution should only be a short term measure, and if Liver and Kidney continue to struggle (perhaps we continue to eat food that isn’t good for us, or to have that extra glass of wine) Gallbladder and Bladder begin to really feel the strain too. With the Gallbladder and Bladder meridians encircling the head (and especially the scalp) then when they feel a sustained strain one of the physical symptoms we experience are headaches.

I should specify at this point, that for most people it will be EITHER  the liver/gallbladder relationship OR the kidney/bladder relationship that mostly shows up for you. If you experience headaches then as you do the exercises below you’ll notice that one of them simply feels better to you, you will resonate with it more than the other exercise. That one is the one that you will use most often. There are many videos on my YouTube Channel that show you ways to help shift your headaches. If you click on the links below you will be taken to them.

For Liver/Gallbladder headaches

  • First, work the neurolymphatic points under both breasts and either side of the sternum and either side of the clavicles (Liver and Gallbladder neurolymphatics)
  • Do a crown pull to create space for the energy in the head to rebalance
  • Massage the scalp above the top of the ears as deeply as you are comfortably doing so (Gallbladder 7 and 8). I call this one the Gallbladder buzz!
  • Massage the sides of the breasts (GB23)
  • Massage the place on your outer thighs where your fingers touch if you are standing with your   arms straight alongside your body (GB31)
  • Massage the place between the first and second toes, but an inch or so towards the main section of the foot (Liver 3).
  • Finish by slowly raking up the insides of your legs, through the groin creases and up the front of the body, crossing your hands over your heart and taking a few releasing breaths here.

For Kidney/Bladder

  • First massage the area underneath the clavicles (Kidney Neurolymphatic Reflex points) and across the pubic bone (Bladder Neurolymphatic Reflex points) as deeply as is comfortable
  • Do a crown pull to create space for the energy in the head to rebalance
  • With one hand gently hold the  neurological processing point ( middle finger and thumb either side of the bridge of the nose and index finger on third eye) and with the other hand gently hold the power point (the indentation where the neck vertebrae meets the skull)
  • Take three breaths here.
  • Place one hand flat on your forehead and the other hand flat on your abdomen below the belly button. Take several breaths here until you feel your headache shift.

You can watch me doing these exercises by clicking here ;

Liver /Gallbladder balancing for headaches

Kidney/Bladder balancing for headaches

They can be wonderful to do when you have a headache, but also remember to do them when you feel like the pressure is building for you. Doing them regularly can help balance the systems to prevent headaches.

We will look at other ways to work with headaches next time.

With love, Prune

What does the Daily Energy Routine do for you?

Often in my blogs I cite Donna Eden’s Daily Energy Routine as a foundational starting point for beginning to evolve your energy systems towards patterns of full health and vitality. Donna’s great book, ‘Energy Medicine’, explains the Daily Energy in several chapters.

In this blog, I thought it would be useful to summarise why the Daily Energy Routine is so transformative. We are a living, pulsing, highly co-ordinated electrical and electromagnetic organism. Scientists such as Bruce Lipton, Candace Pert, William Bengston, James Oschman and Rupert Sheldrake (to name just a few) are bringing understandings that our whole-body system is not governed by the brain as was the primary thesis in the 50s,  or our genes as was the primary thesis of the previous 30 years. Rather we are held, nurtured and developed through a greater energy field. The energy systems that make up this greater energy field are subtle, electromagnetic and electric, and are what in Consciousness Energetics I refer to as the ‘whole-body system’.

David Feinstein has written a quite brilliant article on the 6 Pillars of Energy Medicine and if you haven’t read it then I highly recommend it for helping yourself become deeply familiar with the terminology and  premise of the energetic paradigm. His article can be found here . We have been so steeped in the terminology and precepts of the biomedical paradigm that there is much about the energy paradigm that can seem hugely woo-woo! But it is grounded in ancient understandings, science and practice-based evidence.

So, the basic principle of the energy paradigm is that our energy moves in patterns of optimum health and vitality. When we are tired, stressed, or in danger, our energy patterns move into patterns of survival or maintenance. Such patterns can either prime us for fight/flight or freeze, or they can make us tired, clumsy or forgetful. This then slows us down, inviting sleep. During the sleep time when much of the active functioning of the body (sight, movement etc) is slowed down, the energetic patterns are able to find their balance back into the template of optimum health and vitality. What can really mess with these instinctive patterns of optimum health and vitality is sustained stress, threat or tiredness as we simply don’t have the energy/time/space in our lives to recharge. Thus, the patterns that are trying to respond to stress or tiredness become more and more entrenched in our systems until these patterns have become patterns of imbalance. Over a period of time, such patterns can result in ill-health.

The Daily Energy Routine affects much within your energy systems. Doing it regularly begins to establish new patterns of health, and supports those that are already in their effective and healthy patterns. It provides a vast foundation for all of your health and well-being to improve. You can watch the Daily Energy Routine on my Youtube channel.

Click here to do the Daily Energy Routine with me.

Specifically, the Daily Energy Routine helps;

  • Grounding (Hook Up, Connecting Heaven and Earth, Celtic Weave, Four Thumps)
  • Cross-over pattern in your whole-body system (Homolateral Cross Over, Wayne Cook, Celtic Weave)
  • Neurological processing (Wayne Cook, Homolateral Cross Over, Crown Pull, Hook Up, Zip up, Neurolymphatic reflex massage)
  • Increase oxygen (Freeing the Diaphragm, Crown Pull)
  • Eyesight (Four Thumps, Connecting heaven and earth)
  • Sense of safety (Zip up, Hook up, Celtic Weave, Four thumps)
  • Metabolism (Four thumps, Connecting heaven and earth)
  • Connectivity with self and others (Four thumps, Zip Up, Hook Up, Celtic Weave)
  • Relieving stress (Crown Pull, Freeing the Diaphragm, Hook up, Celtic Weave)
  • Recovery from ill health or disease (Homolateral repatterning, Celtic Weave, Connecting Heaven and Earth, Four thumps)

The Daily Energy Routine takes less than 10 minutes and can transform your life. The energetic paradigm does not have to be a mystery to any of us, it is tangible, effective and empowering.

Enjoy! With love, Prune

Step into your most beautiful life

Energetically, each one of our energy systems are involved with keeping us alive and allowing us to live our most balanced, vital experience. They hold the balance between our ability to survive and our ability to thrive, a balance that is dynamic and changes with every thought or situation.

Whatever your cosmological view, I hope we can all agree on the fact that we are not here only to survive, we are capable of far more than that. When we are in survival mode then we are living the most constricted existence we are capable of. Surviving is hand to mouth existence. It is having to fight for your place. It is having to continually effort to be heard or respected. Surviving is feeling joyless. Surviving is that feeling you get some days when you wake up and the only thing you look forward to is being able to go back to bed at the end of the day. Surviving is stress.

When someone is in this survival state then there are several things going on simultaneously in their energy systems. The hind brain, or reptilian brain, is running the show sending a cascade of stress hormones through the body and shutting down your neo-cortex capacity for logic and creativity. At this point you are operating within a vastly reduced capacity. Your fight/flight/freeze system (known in Chinese medical philosophy as the  Triple Warmer system) is also in high alert, meaning that there is ultra-vigiliance through all of the meridian system, the aura, and the chakras and your entire biofield of information. For many people this triggers a lack of groundedness, the heart energy sinks either internally for protection, or it literally bottoms out so that it looks like the heart energy is sagging and defeated. A highly defensive, well-armoured hopelessness would be the best way to describe the effect that being in survival mode long term has on your energy systems. How your energy fields react to all of this superstructure patterning will be specific to you, and that is why stress is so very difficult for the bio-medical approach to effectively treat.

At this point, we should emphasis that there are sometimes in our life when it is very relevant for us to move into a survival mode and we are perfectly created in order to do so. Perhaps we need to cross a busy road and we need our hyper vigilance in order to do so safely. Perhaps we are in a traumatic situation such as a car crash and need our whole body system to go into survival in order to deeply heal and repair injuries etc. We can always trust that there are times when we truly do have use of the incredible ability of our whole body system to keep us alive, just as a zebra does when it runs from a predator. But the essential difference is that when our energy systems were becoming so finely tuned such survival threats were short lived. Stress came into the system, (a sabre toothed tiger), emergency responses get activated (we get ready to run or hide), the situation changes (the tiger goes away), our energetic and physical state assesses the situation has passed (blood starts to flow between the hind brain, the limbic brain and the neo-cortex) and we return to a peaceful, balanced equilibrium (adrenaline is no longer produced and can be processed out of the body).

The huge difference in our modern existence is that for most people, we are living within survival hyper-arousal every waking minute. And if this is your energy pattern in your waking minutes then it won’t change when you are asleep, meaning at best, sleep that isn’t restorative and at worst, an inability to sleep.

The good news is that there is a lot you can do to help change your energy patterns from that of survival to that of thriving. So what does it feel like to thrive?

Thriving is living the most expansive existence you are capable of. It is that feeling that nothing is insurmountable, even if it is challenging. It is seeing the magnificence in all of creation. Thriving is when you know that you are swimming downstream in your life. Thriving is being able to burst out laughing with no hesitation. It is being able to live from your heart centre with trust and openness. Thriving is being able to say, ‘I love myself. I love all of creation’.

For a simple and powerful way to repattern the fight/flight/freeze response use this great exercise as you move more and more along your journey of health and vitality.

With love, Prune

 

Why love your adrenal glands?

Have you experienced any stress this week? Likely, the answer is YES!

When you are stressed it is really easy to move into hormonal havoc, with your stress hormones interrupting the finely tuned hormonal balance that operates throughout your whole body system.  Your hormones are highly sensitive, and are therefore highly responsive. This is great news for those of you who work consciously to maintain balance in your life through exercise, nutrition, down time, and play time as each breath or thought can help can help move you back towards calm and relaxation. However, because your stress hormones are so highly sensitive, they can also get locked into a pattern of stress response where even if you try to relax, you simply can’t. How many of you know what it feels like to have a continual list going on inside your head or all the things you should do, have done, will do, or need to do. You lie on the sofa to take 10 minutes out and  before you know it you are more stressed while you grab for a pen and paper or reach for your phone to write down the growing list. Or maybe you are hit by a lethargy and reach instead for a large glass of wine and the Netflix remote to binge on more box sets. This is hormonal stress kicking showing up! And a powerful place to start shifting this in the body are the adrenal glands.

Sitting on top of the kidneys and responsible for the production of adrenaline, the adrenal glands are responsible for our fight, flight, freeze response. In Chinese medical philosophy, they are governed by a system called Triple Warmer which is an energy channel (meridian) and a key player in the protective systems that keep us alive when we are in life-threatening situations. When our Triple Warmer energy perceives we are in a life-threatening situation a series of physiological and energetic processes are enacted that result in us moving our whole-body system into an emergency response reaction. At this point, adrenaline begins to be pumped into our body, triggering cholesterol and estrogen (other stress hormones) to also activate.

One really important fact here is that generally, your body has to choose between making stress hormones and making reproductive/sex hormones. Anytime Triple Warmer rolls out the protective systems then it is stress hormones that begin to rule your body. This is one of the reasons that women can get so hormonally out of balance when they are experiencing long-term stress….the stress knocks out the equilibrium of the reproductive/sex hormones and can send the whole hormonal system into disarray; irritability, sleeplessness, fatigue, polycystic ovaries, fibroids, thyroid imbalance..the list can go on and on. It is a blessing that women’s hormones cycle so regularly as women tend to see the results of stress in their system quite quickly (over a timeframe of only a few months). As long as you are empowered to make the necessary changes (and that is what energy medicine gives you), then you can move your hormonal system back into balance, vitality and health. During the menopause, the adrenal glands begin to take over estrogen production so keeping them healthy before , during and after this powerful stage in life is vital. For more information about how to do this join Prune in her 12 week online program, The Mighty Menopause.

The affect of Triple Warmer setting off the protective alarm is the same in men’s systems, with testosterone getting out of balance and leading to a build up of tension, intensity, overwhelm and sometimes aggression. But one of the challenges with men’s hormones is that the symptoms of imbalance can take longer to show up which means that by the time they do they can be deeply entrenched patterns, such as prostate cancer. Such deep patterns take more work and time to change back into ones of health.

So how do you know if your fight/flight/freeze is engaged and your adrenal glands are overworked? Stress knocks us so off balance, it is addictive and accumulative. This means that even when you know you are stressed, tired and should be looking after yourself, you instead find that you are doing even more work or that suddenly it is imperative that you completely clean the house. You lose your centre and you lose your balance when the adrenal glands are producing adrenaline and cortisol in excess.

When I see someone whose adrenal glands are working too hard then it looks like their whole system is buzzing. Think of how you feel when you feel affected by caffeine…that buzzing feeling deep inside that seems to work throughout all of your cells. Now think of the visuals of that. It is like the aura, the organs, the meridians, the skin, the brain…all are buzzing with an slightly crazed electrical energy, released by the adrenal glands to help you to fight, flee or freeze in order to resolve your perceived life-threatening situation. But if your stressor is your work, your home, your relationship, your financial situation, or the stories told by the media, then your poor adrenal glands are never getting a break. They are working 24/7.

At first it looks like the whole system is buzzing, ready to burst out. Then, after a few weeks or months, it looks like the system is internally collapsing. The best image I can think of is for you to think of your adrenal glands as a black hole that are consuming vast amounts of your energy.

At this point a level of fatigue is settling in and even after a ‘good night’s’ sleep’ you’ll wake up tired. Many people will be turning to sugar at this point as sugar can keep fuelling the adrenal glands in their desperate attempt to keep producing adrenaline. And it will be sugar that never satisfies (which in turn of course plays havoc with your metabolism and your over all energies as the sugar toxifies your system)

If the situation doesn’t alter significantly, then after several months most people will start heading towards adrenal burnout, which is a full system collapse. This can take months or years to come about and months or years to heal from. I work a lot with people who have ME/CFS and without exception they are experiencing adrenal burnout.

So, interested in loving your adrenal glands right back into health and balance? There are many videos that I have up on my youtube channel that are specifically geared to working with triple warmer and the adrenal glands. Here are my favourite three:

Massaging the adrenal gland neurolymphatic reflex points , Triple Warmer Connector

and the Triple Axis hold for hormones  If you are working with stress and compromised adrenal health then this is great to do every few days for several months until you feel that you are back on track with your true health and vitality. You can make such a huge difference to your health, your vitality and your whole life by helping balance your adrenal glands.

With love, Prune

Introducing…..The Magnificent AURA

In this blog we are concentrating on how to increase vitality in your aura. We really need a healthy aura. First, perhaps I should define what an aura is. Aura, biofield, energetic spacesuit, call it what you will; it is the space around us which energetically we fill and claim as an extension of ourselves.

For some people this space is large and robust…..those people who walk into a room and we feel their presence before we even see them. For others it can be small and fragile. Think of someone who desperately doesn’t want to be noticed (perhaps you are at a dance and you just can’t dance and really hope that no-one asks you to do so!). At that time you have brought your aura, your energetic space, really close to your body trying to become invisible and not noticeable. Or think of times when you feel shocked or exhausted and like every thought and intention can penetrate into you and make you feel even worse….in those times your aura has collapsed inside you to protect your very core.

Here are some of the attributes that having a strong aura can bring:

  • Feeling grounded
  • Being able to connect to others more easily
  • Feeling protected
  • Increased vitality and joyousness
  • Better ability to absorb nutrients such as vitamin D
  • Better boundaries
  • Less tiredness, more energy
  • Increased intuition
  • Mental clarity
  • Physical/Muscular strength
  • Being less stressed, and more relaxed
  • Understanding the bigger picture
  • Protection from environmental pollutions such as electromagnetic pollution from computers, wifi etc and toxic chemicals in our air

So who wouldn’t want to know how to bring health, vitality and resiliency into their aura!

Donna Eden’s exercise ‘The Celtic Weave’ is a wonderful way to work with your aura. You can do it with me on this video.

Another wonderful way to strengthen and revitalise your aura is by regularly doing the Dragon Breath or Ujiya breath. This wonderful video by Ekhartyoga demonstrates how to do it.

Our energy follows our thoughts so we are going to stay with the theme of breathe and work with a breath based visualization; below is a short and excellent way to strengthen and revitalise your aura. Enjoy!

First tune into the space around you. To me, the aura looks like an incredible, dynamic weaving of miniscule filaments. It is always moving, turning, changing, going deep into the body here, skipping the surface there, moving quicker in some places than in others, filled with colours and patterns, criss crossing. It can look like an incredible dance with thousands of dancers all dancing on the same dance floor around all of your body. Each of the dancers have their own unique and beautiful moves, never once getting in the way of or stepping on the toes of another dancer. At the edge of this incredible field of energy is a membrane; fluid and tough, holding all of your energy intact and strong. So now you have that picture of what is going on around you. Tune into your own unique dance and let your breath explore that space all around you.

When you are ready, breathe in, consciously bringing your aura close to your body, allowing that membrane to come closer to you, bringing the whole web of dances closer to your skin. At the same time feel your chakras expanding within your body as they get fuelled by the energy in your aura.

Now breathe out, inviting the outer edge of your aura to expand away from your body, perhaps 3 or 4 feet around you in all directions. Allow your chakra energy to fuel your aura as it expands.

Continue to do this for several breaths, enjoying revitalising your aura and reaping the benefits of having your unique aura strong and resilient around you.

With love, prune

Are you in good relationship with your weight?

Do you struggle with your weight? Weight is an issue that is packed with reference: personal, familial, ancestral, sexual and cultural.  There are few topics that can have so many powerful correspondences attached to them.  Some people want to lose weight, others want to put it on, many would love to be able to take a bit of weight from somewhere on their body and place it somewhere else. My daughter and I were speechless when in a the lingerie department of a department store recently we came across a several pairs of pants with a built-in padded bum! Coming from my family genetics such a padded accoutrement had never crossed my mind!

Too  much or too little weight can be related to serious health issues such as malnutrition, diabetes and heart disease. Bulimia and anorexia compromise the quality of life for thousands of women every year, and increasingly men. According to Anorexia and Bulimia Care, “The UK has the highest rate of eating disorders in Europe and also of self-harm. Exact figures are hard to know. Those quoted in studies etc are only the tip of the iceburg and one must differentiate between figures for those receiving treatment as opposed to those suffering.

Recent figures suggest that 1 in100 women has a clinically diagnosed eating disorder (approx 269,000 females in Eng and Wales alone) and over half have a ‘serious issue with food’ that wouldn’t be clinically diagnosed but causes them significant trouble. Estimates vary, but between 11 and 13 million people in this country have psychological issues or problems connected with food that often leaves them in effect on a permanent diet.  1/4 of adults admit they feel guilty after eating.  1/4 of adults also say that they think they would be happier if they were thinner (when in fact they are not overweight).  6/10 women say they cannot stand the way they look and only 1 in 25 is totally happy with their body.  1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men regularly skip meals in an attempt to control their weight. On the other end of the weight see-saw is obesity, which is suggested at being more than 50% in the UK.

And of course, this continues to make weight a hot topic. Most highstreet popular magazines devote thousands of pages a year telling you something about your weight, and whatever it is, it’s unlikely to be self-empowering.  Or it purports to be self-empowering within the article and then every second page has advertisements selling slimmer, sexier yous; Slimming pills, slimming drinks, diet fads, exercise crazes!

So, to write a blog on the fullness of weight issues is outside the scope of this blog! But the good news is that Energy medicine approaches can be powerful with all aspects of weight issues, from reconnecting individual self-esteem, to changing negative eating patterns,  to rebalancing your body’s ability to digest and assimilate the  nutrients in food. Because of the complexity of the issue of food and weight, and the way that it is a continual battlefield of advertising companies, multi-national corporations, and political entities such as Dairy Boards or the Sugar Lobby, this may necessitate sessions with an experienced Energy Medicine practitioner. But there is also a lot that you can do yourself to ensure that your relationship with food and nutrition becomes one of balance, health and vitality. Because, you eat every day! There is no getting away from your relationship with food, so the priority becomes to make it a relationship that is healthy and nourishing.

Here are 5 ways to be in good relationship with your weight:

  1. Help your metabolism by stretching regularly. Energetically this keep the Spleen meridian flowing well so that you can metabolise easily. Great stretches for metabolism are the Spleen Stretch and  Connecting Heaven and Earth 
  2. Flush the Spleen meridian so that you keep stagnant energy moving. This will help prevent toxins settling into the system.
  3. Help your fight/flight/freeze response settle down with this simple exercise. When we are stressed we tend to fall out of relationship with our eating and it also greatly affects our hormones. This can often lead us to get the messages in our body to eat more. Keeping the fight/flight/freeze response calm can be key to healthy eating.
  4. Plan ahead. Figure out what food you will be cooking/eating for the next 2 or 3 days and buy accordingly. That way, when you get to having to prepare your food you know what the plan is and are ready to get into action. There is nothing more disheartening than getting to the early evening and then wondering what on earth you are going to eat. That is when it is so easy to choose easy, convenient (and therefore often poor nourishment) choices.
  5. Share your food with friends! Research shows us that eating socially improves our health and our well-being. It doesn’t have to be fancy or cordon bleu, just gather a friend or two and get the health benefits of eating together.

Bon Appetit!

Prune

Weight management will be one the vital topics covered in Prune’s new online program THE MIGHTY MENOPAUSE that starts Sept 6th  Click here more information and to register 

What can the Spinal Flush do for you?

If there is another person in the room as you are reading this then don’t let them leave….it will be of benefit to you both! One of the most simple and powerful energy techniques that we can share with another person is the Spinal Flush.

A spinal flush can help bring balance to:

Fatigue. Dizzines. Brain fog. Nausea. Indigestion. Negative emotions. Digestive issue.The nervous system. Insomnia. Hormonal imbalances.(Really, the list is endless…..)

By massaging either side of the spine in the spaces between the vertebrae, we are able to affect change within the whole-body system. And this is because these powerful points, known as Shu Points in Chinese medicine, work to stimulate and balance the movement of lymphatic fluid, bring balance to the nervous system and helping us move from stagnation into movement, from restriction into expansion.  Watch a demonstration of the Spinal Flush here on Prune’s YouTube channel.And the great news is that you can do this fully clothed so literally, you can offer and receive a Spinal Flush at any time, any where.

I have yet to meet anyone who can’t give a good spinal flush, but it is like much that we share with another person, it can take time and feedback before we get it right. So be patient with yourself and patient with your partner as you are learning how to give each other the spinal flush that suits their system. Ask if the pressure is correct for that specific point. The objective is to massage each point as deeply as is possible without causing any pain. You will find that some days there are certain points that give a lot of discomfort, and these are the very points that need to be worked the most on that particular day, in order to bring balance to the specific meridians organ system represented by the painful point. In general, and as with all energy balancing approaches, the more regularly you do a Spinal Flush the greater the benefits as the superficial imbalances become non-existent and the deeper health challenges are able to be addressed.

The Spinal Flush is one of our most powerful and simple daily tools to stay healthy, joyful and vibrant. Kids LOVE them (as long as you don’t do it too tickly) and it is a great way to share health and happiness with those you love. It is even easy to incorporate into a long hug with your loved ones.  I hope you enjoy getting and giving a Spinal Flush.

With love, prune

The Ground Beneath Our Feet

 

 

In my last blog  I wrote about why it is important to be grounded and began to explain some of the anatomy of the energy system so that you can understand, perhaps even easily visualise, how your body’s energy moves and flows. Having seen energy all my life, in people, animals, trees, food, plants, the Earth itself, I can tell you that your energy is breathtakingly beautiful and exquisite. And totally unique to you.

I hope that you know that already 🙂

Your body’s energy innately knows how to move, how to flow, how to re-generate and heal your body. It knows when to give you the signals that you are tired and need to have restorative sleep. It knows how and when to activate your protection or defence mechanisms to keep your safe or alert you to danger. We are all energetic and intuitive as well as physical and logical.  We just have to learn how to listen a bit more deeply to these energetic messages, and feel empowered to help ourselves balance and evolve through our communication with our own energy systems. We teach our children that they have 5 senses, but it has been known for centuries that, as the Celtic Bard Taliesin writes in the 6th century, we have 7 senses

  • One is for instinct
  • Two is for feeling
  • Three is for speaking
  • Four is for tasting
  • Five is for seeing
  • Six is for hearing
  • Seven is for smelling

At this time in the history of our planet we are moving rapidly through a time of great change. Change on every level of our consciousness. Our myths are moving, our societies are moving, gender divisions are merging, our very identity as human beings is changing as we recognise human responsibilities rather than simply human rights. And forefront to it all is the question of how we are going to balance this transitioning so that we create a sustainable society, harmonious not only to all humans, but for all of the inhabitant of this Earth. This is indeed, as Jean Houston writes, ‘humanity’s greatest  jump time’.

I began our exploration with sharing thoughts on groundedness. One aspect that I want to further explore here is the way in which it is getting more difficult for us to remain grounded. So even those of us who normally don’t have any challenges with staying grounded may have noticed that it simply isn’t that easy anymore. For some of us this will because of something that is going on within us, something that has knocked our internal balance and energetically the pattern that has previously held so well has now been shaken and is struggling to find a harmonious balance. But for others of us, it is less to do with changing internal energy patterns and more to do with the fact that the electro magnetic energy of the earth is shifting right now.

I still love the image that my science teacher solidified for me at school…that Earth as an orange with the crust of the earth like the skin of the orange. Imagine that the skin of the orange is not attached to the juicy flesh but is free floating, intact but not attached to the orange. Well, this is what is happening to the Earth right now. The crust (skin) is moving. In 1973 the North Pole moved on average 9km a year, it is now moving at 53 km a year, which is faster than at any other time in human history. In just the last decade the speed of movement has increased by one third and this is dramatic change for the ground beneath our feet. A good article that sums up this movement can be found  here

Such movement is challenging for migratory animals who are having to evolve their navigation systems faster than in the past, but it is also highly challenging for our ability to be deeply grounded, and it is impossible for us to be healthy, vital and joyous if we are chronically ungrounded.

There are many videos on my Youtube channel to help with grounded so try a few to see what really works for you.  Take as much time as you can out walking or sitting in nature as you expand deeper and deeper in your ability to be grounded.

With love, Prune

 

 

Consciousness and Energy

Hello! And welcome to the Imaginal Health Blog.

It is my intention to write weekly to really help understand the ways in which we can so easily connect into our energy systems to enable us to live consciously.

And by that I mean live in our fullest, deepest experience so that we can move through our day, our week and our lives in harmony, health and vitality.

Because when we are able to do that, then everyone around us is also touched by our harmony; suddenly that busy schedule doesn’t seem quite so stressful and you have time to have a cup of tea with a friend, or that comment that your sister teased you with doesn’t press any of your reactivity buttons and you are able to laugh it off, or that fierce determination to get to the gym (that never quite gets you to the gym) relaxes into an easy commitment where you not only go to the gym but you walk there and back as well!

And the great news is that it really doesn’t take much for us to be able live with energetic consciousness. There are so many tools available for us to use as anchors for our well-being, in fact, in many ways there can sometime seems like there are so many ways that it can feel overwhelming. So a main intention of these blogs is to give you the key insights and simple techniques into how to live sustainably, energetically and consciously.

 

I have been able to see energy since I was born. Simple fact. When I look at people I see just what you see; their clothes, their eye colour, their haircut, whether their expression is happy or sad. And I see their aura, the health of it, the shape of it, the colours that are weaving within it. I can see the way that the individual energy systems are moving within and around the dense, physical body.  I can see the way that these systems connect with each other, or where they are trying to connect but not quite able to, or where there is energy congestion leading to pain, inflammation or disease.

If I am working with a client I open this perception wider to see, feel and hear some of the experiences that have shaped that individual in order to help them heal any outmoded patterns that are causing restrictions or limitations to their harmony, health and vitality. All such experiences and stories are held in our energy system; great databanks of stories that we use as navigation tools through the daily journey of our life. Such navigation tools help us determine if a situation is safe for us, or allow us to access ways of knowing to help us resolve a situation or to get the most out of something that we are experiencing.

Our energy systems weave between dense energy and subtle energy, our conscious mind and our sub-conscious mind, so when we can understand and work with our energy systems we have the ability to work with all that we are. David Feinstein, in his article, ‘The Principles of Energy Medicine’ does a wonderful job of explaining that;

  1. Energies form the dynamic infrastructure of the physical body
  2.  Energy has to move
  3. Energy moves in specific patterns
  4. Imbalances in the energy body results in imbalances in the physical body
  5. When the energies of the body are healthy then they physical body is healthy

So I hope you are able to join me on these blogs as we explore ways in which you can achieve your deepest, most joyful balance for the sake of yourself, your loved ones, and your local and global community as we walk together through this time of vital global transition.

with love, Prune

Grounding

 

An essential place to start with being more energetically conscious is in our understanding of whether or not we are grounded.

What does that mean? We have a cultural awareness of someone feeling ‘grounded and stable’ or perhaps the opposite is true if you know someone who you feel is ungrounded and regularly ‘away with the fairies’. But what does it mean energetically and why is it important?

We are energetic beings. Technological advances have produced scientific machines that can read with great precision the electromagnetic energy that we emanate. Some of these are very familiar to us, such as ECGs (electrocardiograms) that measures the electrical activity of the heart. Work done by scientific researchers such as the Heart Math Institute attest to the electro-magnetic field that the heart gives off; measurable up to more than a metre off the body.

Other machines can measure the electro-magnetic energy of the points of the body used by acupuncturists and validate scientifically what the Ancient Chinese have known for thousands of years; that we have channels of energy (known as meridians) that run within the body carrying energy from one part of the body to another, and that along these channels are certain points through which the energy of the channel can be most easily accessed and influenced.

So this electrical energy is not simply flowing around and around. There are points in the body where energy or ‘Chi’ is both brought into the body to restore and energise and is released from the body to remove toxins and enable the channels to retain their flow. One of the most important of these access points is in the ball of the foot, the first acupoint on the Kidney meridian. Known to the ancient Chinese as the ‘Wellspring of Life’, it literally sucks up energy from the earth.
Just as the Earth is electromagnetic and has a north pole and a south pole, we also have an energetic pole through our centre. Remember one of the principles of energy medicine; that energy flows in patterns. The flow of energy from our feet, through our energetic pole and out of our head, is one such pattern. And this energy also moves in the opposite direction; from the crown of the head, through our energetic pole and then through our feet into the earth.

When we are grounded we feel safe, solidly present, able to think clearly and process information well, we feel energised and stable. We feel nourished by the very ground that we are standing on.

But what happens when that flow of energy is compromised and we are not grounded? When that energetic pole is not being nourished and cleansed? Yep, you guessed it, we feel off. For many people that may show up with them feeling dizzy, discombobulated, unable to remember things or to think clearly. Maybe nauseous, tired and irritable. And if you are someone who is chronically ungrounded then these symptoms can solidify into chronic patterns of imbalance leading to ill health or disease.

So now you know WHY you want to be grounded, how are you going to make sure that you are grounded? There are many simple ways to activate the energetic pole so that you can stay grounded.

• Being consciously in nature
• Walking barefoot on grass
• Stretching one hand up to the heavens and one hand down to the earth. Switching hands as you breath in and out, bringing in that great stretch and activating your energetic pole. This exercise, put together by Donna Eden, is shown in my Daily Energy Routine video. 

• Rubbing the sole of your feet with a spoon. You can watch how to do this at HERE . Yes, it really is that simple! Just make sure that the spoon that you are using could stick to a magnet (it needs some magnetic material in it). This spoon then picks up on the magnetic haemoglobin in the blood and activates the body’s energy fields to correct the electromagnetic energy is every cell in your body. Imagine your cells as batteries…each one has a north and south polarity.When you are not grounding and activating that energetic core then although some of those batteries will be lined up n/s n/s n/s there will be many clumps of cells where north and north or south and south are trying to face each other …ending up in a face off as we all know that same polarity repels each other. Your energy cannot flow through places where the electromagnetic forces are repelling each other.

Rubbing that spoon on the sole of your feel lines up all the cells in their correct polarity allowing that flow of energy into and out of your feet. If you think that you are chronically ungrounded then do this before you get out of bed in the morning. Keep a spoon on the bedside table, one in your bag or at work, one in the bathroom. The more you are able to spoon your feet the more being grounded will become your normal healthy pattern.
I hope you enjoyed this post. More on grounding next time.
With love, Prune

Expressing your truth; finding your power


Astrologically, we have a big day coming up. This Friday is the Spring Equinox. It is also a New Moon, and a Full Solar Eclipse.  The Equinox energy begins today and lasts for 3-4 days so we can ride the wave of harmony that the Equinox brings, even as we are asked to stretch and expand by the power of the Solar Eclipse. All astrologers agree that it is an immensely powerful day energetically, maybe the most powerful in all of 2015. So what can we do to work with these energies? How do we house them or match them? How can we work in harmony with them?

As ever, with everything (!) the most important aspect is to be well grounded over these next few days. This is getting increasingly difficult with the rising intensity and shifting grounds of our times, so it is great to be mindful of it through conscious grounding. You can do this by being outside in nature, meditating, loving and by working with any of these exercises:

Spooning your feet
Connecting Heaven and Earth
Embracing the Sun
The Hook Up
Heaven Rushing In 

(If you want to learn more about grounding you can read more here )


So, starting from being connected to the earth, this is a time to sit deep within ourselves, even as we move forward. Holding a dichotomy of stillness and action, depth and expansion, internal and external, yin and yang. ‘Ah, that old chestnut.’ I hear you say. ‘Just the small task of being perfect and holding it all together’. Actually no. This is the time to take the throat chakra and release it in its immensity. Time to throw out everything that has been swallowed down, or diluted to make it more appeasing. This is the time to speak your truth. This may be with peace and clarity, it may be in awkwardness and hesitancy, it may be that you ROAR YOUR TRUTH OUT LOUD, or sing it to the earth and the stars.


The throat chakra is unique in that it holds channels within it governed by each of the other chakras. That is because of the throat chakras primary role as integrator and communicator of the whole of the chakra system. Perhaps think of each chakra as a musical instrument. The base chakra is an instrument that has a deep vibration, maybe a big drum beating out the sacred beat of your life. The sacral chakra is  a little higher in its vibration, a playful cello, the solar chakra higher still, perhaps a trumpet, while the heart may hold the lyricism of a harp. For the third eye think Aker Bilk on the soprano saxophone, and the crown chakra holding the vibration of the finest, purest, highest note you can imagine (I know it’s not exactly an instrument but the closest I have heard to the sound of the Crown Chakra was a skylark singing a summer song. It seemed to hold the last note simply to please all of Creation).  But the throat chakra is the orchestra. It takes the tones, timbres and notes of all the other chakras and lets them run through the centre of itself. When the throat chakra is out of balance then we can imagine it is a bit like when the orchestra is warming up, lots of notes and tunes all being played simultaneously but not in harmony. It might produce cacophony of sound and vibration that never quite seems connected to each other (do you ever feel like that?).   It is the role of the throat chakra, in its exquisite fineness of vibration, to allow all of the individual tunes, and all of the notes, but hold them together at just the right tempo, pitch and tone so that each chakra sings its own song while creating something larger than itself. When this happens the sounds of your life become integral, authentic and expressive of the fullness of your soul.You can help this energetic movement by 
stretching the chambers of the throat chakra regularly. By stretching each of the chambers you are able to clear congested or stagnant energy in the individual chakra so that it is able to flow easily and effectively through the integrative throat chakra. A bit like keep your instruments cleaned and tuned so the orchestra sounds wonderful!

During the powerful cosmic energies of the next few days allow the possibility of connecting into an awareness of something bigger than yourself, bigger than humanity and even bigger than our collective human consciousness. These energies are truly cosmic, and our beautiful planet is an essential part of the cosmos. Allow the energy of the planets and stars to move through your body, holding you safe and strong, as you speak, sing, write, dance, draw your biggest truth, your deepest self.

We are all connected to each other and all of Creation. We are all loved and supported. I’ll be dancing my truth tomorrow, for the Earth, for myself and each of you. Prune

Life Colour Readings

Life Colour Readings

60 minute session: £150

Near the outer edge of the aura, just before the auric membrane, each of us have energetic vibration that is unique to us; our Life Colour.

An individual’s life colour never changes. Coming from the energetic core, this vibration is the story of our soul, replete with the strengths, the challenges and the needs that we are here to express. The Life Colour determines much of what we bring to our life and will show up in our choice of relationships, jobs, hobbies, and passions. It is instrumental in most of our mistakes as well as our achievements.

It is possible to have one, two or three different colours making up the specific blend that is your unique vibration. Knowing of your Life Colour and its corresponding understandings can deeply empower you to connect into your soul path with more grace and ease. Able to see energy since birth, and having a specific calling to work with Essential or Soul energy, Prune will share with you the themes and expressions of your Life Colour, and help create a plan for working to express the beauty of your Life Colour in its most balanced aspect.

Other relevant information:

Self-care: Prune will share information on exercises or other self-care technique that are most suited to your life-colour.

Recording:  The session is recorded for you to be able to review the information as you need.

If you are interested in learning more about your Life Colour contact Prune at info@imaginalhealth.com

 

Essential Energy Guidance

Essential Energy Guidance

2 hour session £300.

In this 2 hour session, Prune uses her gifts of psychic connection and clairvoyance to give you deeper understandings of the energy of your essence. It is this essential energy, from our energetic core or basic grid, that determines much of how we experience life. Whether we are flowing with ease and joy, or working with illness and disease, by connecting into our essential energy we are able to move more gracefully through the life we were born to experience. At times when it feels our life no longer has the array of choices we desire, connecting back into our essential energy allows the rejuvenation of hope, joy and personal power.

Within the session Prune will concentrate on three specific aspects of your essential energy:

Life Colour: She will explain your life colour and its meanings, the inherent strengths that you have been gifted as well as the lessons that you have come into master.

Primary Rhythms: She explores the specific combination of your primary elements and how they create a rhythm that you can either thrive within or struggle against.

Timeline: It is also possible for Prune to examine your energetic timeline for incidents or experiences that shaped your essential energy, either bringing attention to the gifts of the experience or the ways in which they still need to be transmuted. Often an experience that touches our essential energy (our energetic core or basic grid) imposes limitations that can become our deepest challenge. In the Essential Energy Guidance session Prune is able to connect you into the knowledge of these experiences, helping  you evolve away from patterns of limitation towards patterns of expansion.

Further information:

Self-care: Prune will provide guidance as to how to best follow up on the information that comes forward during the session.

Recording:  The session is recorded for you to be able to review the information as you need.

Essential Energy Guidance sessions are stand-alone sessions and do not need to be repeated. Very occasionally a second session can be beneficial to further track an aspect of your timeline.

For more information and to schedule an Essential Energy Guidance session contact info@imaginalhealth.com

 

Consciousness and Weight

Weight is an issue that is packed with reference: personal, familial, ancestral, sexual and cultural.  There are few topics that can have so many powerful correspondences attached to them.  Some people want to lose weight, others want to put it on, many would love to be able to take a bit of weight from somewhere on their body and place it somewhere else. My daughter and I were speechless when in a the lingerie department of a department store recently we came across a several pairs of pants with a built-in padded bum! Coming from my family genetics such a padded accoutrement had never crossed my mind!

Too  much or too little weight can be related to serious health issues such as malnutrition, diabetes and heart disease. Bulimia and anorexia compromise the quality of life for thousands of women every year, and increasingly men. According to Anorexia and Bulimia Care, “The UK has the highest rate of eating disorders in Europe and also of self-harm. Exact figures are hard to know. Those quoted in studies etc are only the tip of the iceburg and one must differentiate between figures for those receiving treatment as opposed to those suffering.

Recent figures suggest that 1 in100 women has a clinically diagnosed eating disorder (approx 269 thousand females in Eng and Wales alone) and over half have a ‘serious issue with food’ that wouldn’t be clinically diagnosed but causes them significant trouble. Estimates vary, but between 11 and 13 million people in this country have psychological issues or problems connected with food that often leaves them in effect on a permanent diet.  1/4 of adults admit they feel guilty after eating.  1/4 of adults also say that they think they would be happier if they were thinner (when in fact they are not overweight).  6/10 women say they cannot stand the way they look and only 1 in 25 is totally happy with their body.  1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men regularly skip meals in an attempt to control their weight. On the other end of the weight see-saw is obesity, which is suggested at being more than 50% in the UK.

And of course, this continues to make weight a hot topic. Most highstreet popular magazines devote thousands of pages a year telling you something about your weight, and whatever it is, it’s unlikely to be self-empowering.  Or it purports to be self-empowering within the article and then every second page has advertisements selling slimmer, sexier yous; Slimming pills, slimming drinks, diet fads, exercise crazes!

So, to write an article of the fullness of weight issues is outside the scope of this blog. Energy medicine and Consciousness Energetic approaches can be powerful with all aspects of weight issues, from reconnecting individual self-esteem, to changing negative eating patterns,  to rebalancing your body’s ability to digest and assimilate the  nutrients in food. Because of the complexity of the issue of food and weight, and the way that it is a continual battlefield of advertising companies, multi-national corporations, and political entities such as Dairy Boards or the Sugar Lobby, this may necessitate sessions with an experienced EM practitioner. But there is also a lot that you can do yourself to ensure that your relationship with food and nutrition becomes one of balance, health and vitality.

  1. Do the Daily Energy Routine to ensure that your basic energies are connected and stable.
  2. Keep the first and second chakras connected. They are responsible for moving many toxins out of the energetic system
  3. The Spleen and Liver organ meridian systems are of great importance for metabolising the food you take into your body. You can help balance them by ‘Spleen balancing exercises’, tracing your meridians doing massaging the neurolymphatic reflex points. You can help balance your liver system by regularly working with the Activating the Cells exercise.
  4. Self-test your food. If you don’t test strong for the food then don’t eat it. Use this communication tool with your body to know what nutrition your amazing body needs to keep it fuelled exactly as is needed.
  5. If you are working with changing eating habits that no longer serve you then there are many powerful tools that you can use. The main Neurovasculars, the Heart tap, the Triple Warmer smoothie; in fact anything that is related to triple Warmer and resonates with you. You can read more understandings about triple warmer here.

I hope this is helpful. With love, Prune

 

Calm and Conscious at the Dentists!

What happens to your energy when you go to the dentist? Well, of course, the answer is specific to you and your experiences around the dentist. Maybe you love everything about the dentist? Maybe your mum was a dentist and you associate the dentists with love and nurturing…… But it may be an area of much fear, and also pain!

 

Sitting with a bright light in your eyes, your mouth wide open and up to two sets of hands moving in and out of your mouth with metallic instruments emitting a high pitched squealing noise is not generally most people’s definition of fun!

Yesterday, I went to the dentists to have two my old amalgam fillings replaced. I have the most wonderful dentist; Wendy and her assistant, Kelly. Both go out of their way to inform me what is happening, empower me to feel comfortable and to be as quick, gentle and efficient as possible.

And yet, for my whole-body system,  the experience can still be pretty stressful! As I was lying there and the drill was squealing in my mouth, I checked in on my own energy systems; my heart beat was raised and erratic, and Triple Warmer was squealing as loudly as the drill,  pumping adrenaline through my system. This in turn was affecting my meridians, my hormones, my aura and my groundedness. My sensory system (tonal) was really out of any comfort zone and generally I was not in a place of balance. And no surprise! The pain of the 5 injections , the dullness and physiological processing of the anaesthetic, and the ever present threat of mind-blowing pain aren’t my idea of balance. And yet I was choosing to be there, despite what Triple Warmer felt about the experience. Exemplifying the fact that  experiences we choose aren’t always good for our whole-body system… but the good news is that we can do something about it to quickly resume balance once the experience is over.

So what can be done to help your whole body system while at the dentist to make any negative impact as little as possible?

Firstly, be in as good a place energetically as you can be prior to the appointment. Make sure that in the run up to your appointment you have been doing your Daily Energy Routine and tracing your meridians. Also keep your aura strong by doing the Celtic Weave or Swimming the aura. If you are someone who struggles with grounding them pay extra attention to spooning your feet or whatever exercise most grounds you.

If you are working with fear of the dentists then hold the main neurovasculars while thinking of the upcoming appointment. If you need to then print this out to keep in your pocket so you know what to do after the appointment when perhaps your logical brain isn’t working too well. (Remember that anytime Triple Warmer activates then the brain rushes to the reptilian brain, leaving us with less logical thinking capacity).

In the waiting room: Hook Up. If you are nervous place one hand on the heart and tap the back of the hand in a soothing rhythm.

While in the dentist’s chair: Be mindful of your body and your breath. Regularly scan your body so that you can make sure that;

  1.  You are breathing!
  2. No area of your body is locked or rigid (those white-knuckle experiences when you realise that you have been gripping the sides of the chair).

Immediately after the appointment: (if you can’t do this in your dentist’s waiting room then you can always go to the restroom).

  1. Hook up, zip up and celtic weave. If you are feeling tense then work with Enlivening the Aura rather than simply the Celtic Weave.
  2. Do your favorite Triple Warmer exercise. Perhaps this is Triple Warmer Smoothie or the Radiant Spleen hold.
  3. You could also do the Heart Hug.

By that time you have probably spent enough time in the restroom!

When you leave the dentist’s clinic then consider tracing your meridians. If you can do this outside then all the better. Give yourself the time to really help your system settle and ground after the intensity of the experience.

If you have had any major work and there is tooth/mouth pain as the healing process continues then you can also do plenty of figure 8s over the area of pain to aid connection and also to help prevent any vortices forming over the area of pain. Continue working with any of the above exercises until you feel like you are fully back into your whole-system balance. It may take a couple of hours, it may take a couple of days.

With love to you,

Prune

 

All for a good night’s sleep!

A recent study by the UK’s Mental Health Foundation showed that 30% of the British population suffer from sleep deprivation, while in the US the CDC shows the national average sits more around 35%.

For some people it is not being able to go to sleep, while for many others the challenge is waking up during the night and finding themselves unable to go back to sleep. Either of these challenges can leave you feeling fatigued and struggling during the day, often affecting mental clarity and physical dexterity. In this blog we’ll explore ways in which energy medicine can help.

You can struggle to sleep due to stress, hormone imbalance, or from having stimulants in the whole-body system that mean that body is unable to drop down into sleep (such as caffeine or sugar).

When we are experiencing stress our yang protective system, Triple Warmer, becomes hyper alert. This moves us into fight/flight or freeze which in turn activates the adrenal glands to produce the hormone adrenaline. This wonderful hormone is designed to enable you to run or fight and as such it triggers a vast response of chemical reactions within the body that boost your energy and alertness. This is great if you are creating adrenaline in order to run a race, but not so much if you are actually trying to sleep! Within  the circadian rhythm of 24 hours each meridian comes into a two hour period of supremacy; it is the meridian that is most energised in the entire meridian system. Triple Warmer comes into its strength at 9pm until 11pm. In previous times, when we didn’t have the luxury of artificially lit rooms to extend out daylight hours, we would either have been asleep by this time, or at least asleep by the time that Triple Warmer moved over to give Gallbladder (11pm-1am) its role in the horary cycle.  and here is the kicker; if we are still awake by 11pm Triple Warmer decides that actually things are out of balance and it starts producing more adrenaline. This interrupts the entire hormonal cycle whereby serotonin production is sacrificed for adrenaline production. This will be all too familiar for those of you who get your second wind around 9pm

So, if being asleep before 11pm is too much for you to consider then at least be in a relaxed mode (yoga/reading/doing your Daily Energy Routine before bed/meditating).

Don’t take any stimulants such as caffeine or sugar prior to bedtime. It may be that for you are able to have that cup of tea or slice of chocolate cake after dinner, but maybe it needs to be after lunch instead to give your body time to process the effects of the stimulants. Many times I have clients who feel that their evening cup of tea and dessert are nothing to do with not being able to sleep well, but when they experiment with not having them after dinner then they are able to sleep with ease. It doesn’t mean that you can’t have that tea/coffee or sugar, but that you are needing to work with your own whole-body system to be able to absorb those stimulants well before you are asking your body to move into sleep. Good attention to supporting spleen is also great if you’ve had some sugar or stimulants.

Energy Medicine approaches to help you have the best nights sleep.

  • Hold the main neurovascular points while in bed. Use pillows to support your arms so you are completely relaxed. Think about your stressors while helping your neurological pathways repattern away from the stress response.
  • Sedate Triple Warmer
  • Triple Warmer Smoothie
  • Hook up. You can do a hook up for many many minutes. Again make sure that your arms are supported so that you can fall to sleep while doing it.
  • Do the Peaceful Heart exercise before getting into bed or while in bed
  • Visualise figure 8s around your body in every direction, every size….it is the energy medicine equivalent of counting sheep, deeply relaxing, and regenerates your aura even while you are getting to sleep. It will probably mean that even if you don’t get your required hours of sleep you will still feel vibrant the following day.
  • Stretch before bed. An exercise like Connecting Heaven and Earth or Activating the Cells can be wonderful to release any stagnant or excess energy that could prevent you from going to sleep.
  • For the same reason as above, spooning your feet is also a good thing to do before going to bed. Being deeply grounded as you sleep with enhance the quality of your sleep.
  • Place both your hands over your heart and pay attention to your breathing. You can move into the Dragon breath if you are familiar with it.
  • Place one hand on the heart and the other on the lower abdomen (2nd chakra). This is a deeply connective hold that relaxes the whole-body system inviting peace and sleep.

I hope this helps, with love, prune

Tired and Emotional?

We all have times when we feel depleted in our physical energy and this can often be accompanied by a drop in our emotional experiencing. We can ask the chicken and egg question of are we feeling low physically because we are low emotionally? Or are we feeling low emotionally because we are low physically? And of course there is truth in both ways. As Candace Pert so eloquently states in her book The Molecules of Emotion’, ‘The body is the subconscious mind’. By looking at the molecules and chemistry of the body, she illustrates that there is no separation between our body and our mind. We can differentiate between the body and the brain, but ‘mind’ becomes all of the body including the brain. Googles gives us this definition of the word ‘mind’:

Mind: noun

  1. 1.the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought.”a lot of thoughts ran through my mind”

In the mainstream bio-medical model, mind and brain is synonymous, but the research of Drs. Bruce Lipton, Candace Pert, William Bengston, James Oschman (to name a few) as well as all of those working at healthcare providers within the holistic medical model, fully understand the connection between body and mind. The evolution of the ‘mindfulness’ movement is based on the practical application of how mind can bring equilibrium and balance to all aspects of your life, physical, emotional and spiritual.

So what do we do when we are feeling low, physically and/or emotionally?

  1. The first step is to recognise it and honour it; to be mindful of it.  If we just patch ourselves up without recognising that we are doing so, we negate much potential power for healing. If I am feeling a sadness, I could immediately reach to strengthen my heart using the acupoints on the heart meridian, but a powerful question at this time, is to ask, ‘Why am I feeling sad?.

 

So often in our hectic, rushing, lives, we don’t have the time to even notice that we are off balance, but if we do, and assuming we have the energy medicine tools to help, we still need to pay attention to the message rather than simply fixing the messenger.

Think of meeting up with a friend to go shopping, and after you’ve been together for a few minutes you get an inkling that she/he is feeling sad. In this situation, very few of us would say, ‘Right, let’s go shopping, I’ve got lots of things to do today’. We are much more likely to say, ‘Are you OK?, what’s up?’. At that point you can either go and have a cuppa while chatting, or you can chat while you shop. But either way or are listening to your friend and in doing so are easing their suffering. And perhaps as she/he is talking there is a deeper level of clarity or understanding that is evolving for her/him. As humans are remarkably adaptable and creative, oftentimes, just sitting with awareness we open the space for healing.

When you ask yourself the question ‘Why am I feeling sad/angry/upset/emotional?’ it is an act of friendliness to yourself. Then, as you are reaching for your energy medicine tools you are doing so consciously and can spend the time that you are taking to hold points or trace meridians etc to be honouring the issue and thinking creatively with your whole mind.

  1. Bring on the tools! Now you have an understanding of what is knocking you off balance and are applying your whole-body system to work creatively with it here are the EM tools that can help in general situations;
  2. Do the HOOK UP to gather yourself back together and then do it again after whichever exercise below is most suitable for you…and you can try them all…which one helps you the most?
  3. If you are feeling upset or emotional the do the Heart Loop
  4. If you are feeling angry do Activating the Cells
  5. If you are feeling flat and low do Activating the Cells
  6. If you are feeling vulnerable Clean and energise the Central Meridian and the do the Celtic Weave
  7. If you are feeling physical tiredness do the Daily Energy Routine or at least the Homolateral crossover
  8. To activate the Radiant Circuits do the Nine Hearts exercise
  9. End with a Hook UP!

with love, Prune

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Thyroid and Digestion, by Tara Beck

If you’re reading this article, it is likely that you are one of the millions of people who are currently struggling with a thyroid disorder.  Thyroid disorders have reached near epidemic levels in recent years, yet we still know very little about proper diagnosis and treatment.  The lucky few who are succeeding in healing thyroid conditions, seem to be doing it mostly on their own through research, trial and error, and often a leap of faith.

If you find yourself with any type of thyroid disorder, (Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Thyroid cancer) it is vitally important to study and learn as much as you can about this beautiful and complex gland yourself.  Modern medicine often falls short of effectively treating the root cause of the thyroid condition, and there are some excellent books written about incredibly helpful alternative approaches and treatments.

One interesting point that has surfaced in my own research and experience is the frequent correlation between thyroid disorders and digestive disorders.  If you have a thyroid condition, it is very likely that you also have a fairly long-term digestive disorder.  It’s one of those “Chicken or the egg” questions about which came first: the thyroid imbalance or the digestive imbalance?

Thyroid health is largely determined by a proper balance among the brain, the thyroid and the gut.  Long ignored and minimized, the gut is now being understood as an important foundation for our immune system, our overall health and a requirement for optimal thyroid function.  For example, one of the frequent symptoms of Hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s is constipation.  And constipation can likewise contribute to a sluggish thyroid.  Which condition came first is really a moot point because both require our attention.

The large intestine is the last stop for our food before exiting the body.  After our food has been broken down and processed, it goes through the large intestine to be removed from the body as waste.  With a thyroid condition, however, our colon can become sluggish and leads to constipation.

Depending upon the severity of the constipation, our large intestine can get backed up even further, and waste can actually move back up into the small intestine, interfering with the illeocecal valve that normally only allows waste to move downward and out.  Regular constipation can eventually lead to a failure of the illeocecal valve, and waste can back up even further into the small intestine.

At this stage, your health can begin to deteriorate rapidly, because the role of the small intestine is absorbing and assimilating.  If waste pushes back up into it, the small intestine will absorb waste toxins into the body, which can cause rashy skin, bloating, and a number of other conditions.  If the situation persists, the intestinal lining itself can eventually be compromised, allowing waste to enter the blood stream and cause even more severe problems.

The blood will recognize this foreign matter as a danger and develop antibodies to fight it off, but if the lining of either intestine is damaged, the flow of waste into the blood stream will continue unabated.  The body will then be in a constant state of alarm, producing endless quantities of antibodies against what?  Well, against whatever food you happened to eat that day.  In theory, any food, no matter how nutritious it may be, could then be viewed by our immune system as a threat, leading to chronic autoimmune conditions.  If you suffer from constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or pain in the abdomen, the above scenario may be relevant for you.

In these situations, the typical advice is to add more fiber to your diet (in the form of whole grains or a fiber supplement usually composed of psyllium husk), but this can actually make things worse since grains can be difficult to digest, and our digestive system is usually already overwhelmed with a modern diet high in grain.  Making matters worse, today’s grains are not grown nor prepared anything like they were in ancient times.

Our ancestors, even up to our grandmother or great grandmother, would soak, sprout or ferment grains, often for days before consuming them.  Our fast-food world has used science to shorten the preparation of grains, but they have done nothing to make the food more digestible.  The food industry really has little to no incentive to properly research the impact of modern production methods on the nutrition and digestibility of the food products they sell, so very few studies have ever been published on the topic.

Even though we have been here less than 100 years, our immune system has been developing through the numerous generations that came before us, and it evolves far more slowly than our technology does.  With all of these foods and food-like products (genetically modified, chemically treated, packaged, processed, and stripped beyond any remnant of a living, whole food) that are so common in our food supply today, it’s no wonder our digestive system is struggling.  But once we understand that our digestive system is the key to our immune system, and how incredibly important that is to our overall well being, we can begin to make choices that will forever impact our health.

Below are a few of my favorite tips to support and heal your digestion.  If any of these tips sound vaguely familiar, it may be because this is how everyone ate 100 years ago.

  1. Add fermented foods to each meal.  Think of sauerkraut, kimchee, whole milk plain yogurt, lacto-fermented condiments such as chutney and homemade lacto-fermented dressings.  Condiments were created as digestive aids, and before modern mass production, they were always fermented in some way.  This came from ancient wisdom that our digestive system needs a little help digesting the food we eat.  By adding small amounts of fermented foods to each meal, we are giving ourselves living enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics that help the food to be broken down, enable the nutrients to be accessed, and give our digestive system a boost.  Here’s a recipe for flu-prevention kimchee that is easy and delicious.  Sadly, in order to produce these condiments quickly and cheaply, manufacturers today have dropped fermentation from the process and added sugar (or even worse, high fructose corn syrup) as a sweetener to trick our brains and taste buds without any redeeming nutritional value.
  2. If you don’t have a fermented food to add to each meal, consider taking a probiotic and digestive enzyme.
  3. Before, during and/or after eating, give your spleen meridian a thump by vigorously thumping the sides of the rib cage at about the level of the bra line.  The spleen helps metabolize all we eat and experience, so thumping here gives a surge of energy to spleen to help compensate where our diet or digestion lacks.
  4. To stimulate digestion, do the daily energy routine.  Also, for a quick support to the intestines, rub the lymphatics deeply with as much pressure as you can tolerate on both the inner and outer thighs, beginning from the upper thighs working all the way down to just above the knees.
  5. Take a stainless steel spoon and rub the rounded side of the spoon on the inside of the cheeks, on the inside of pursed lips, and then flip the spoon over and gently rub it on the gums.  This is great for TMJ as well, and helps support digestion.
  6. Use a stool in your bathroom….aka squatty potty.  Before modern toilets, we would squat which is the ideal posture for bowel movements.  By simply having a stool in the bathroom, you can have the convenience of tall modern toilet, with the good posture that opens the root chakra and allows for easier movement.
  7. Lastly, imagine that it is 100 years ago and enjoy a great meal with family or friends while expressing gratitude for the food and for all those who participated in bringing that food to your table.  Feeling gratitude and pleasure in a meal, creates an energetic synergy between your body and your food, assisting in digestion and allowing the food to truly nourish you.

 

With love,

Tara

 

About the Author: Tara Beck is an Advanced Energy Medicine Practitioner and founder of Energy Passage.

Tips for the Autumn months; Solar Energy

This next few blogs will hopefully come to you before you have succumbed to a cold, a cough or a general slump in energy as your whole-body system fires the immune system up a notch. There are some wonderful physical/energetic and nutritional aids that you can bring in at this time of year to help the transition from the yang-fuelled Summer months into the cooler Autumn months, and it feels important to understand what happens energetically as we move through the seasons.

In these September months, it is a time to start to gather our energy, so we have plenty to carry us through the darker, deeper months of Winter. Much as during the harvest festivals where we celebrate the abundance of harvest and store/freeze/can/preserve what we need until the bounty returns next year; our energy system mirrors this natural occurrence.

Hopefully, wherever you are, you have had the opportunity to stock up on the amazing abundance of sun energy that was plentiful in Europe during this summer. Vitamin D is carried into our whole-body system firstly through our aura, and then our skin, and this is also how we bring in the vital yang energy of the sun. As we progress through Winter, for many it will become important to supplement Vitamin D, but at the moment, as long as you were able to spend time outdoors over the summer, your natural stocks of Vitamin D should be plentiful. In my clinic I generally start testing clients with Vitamin D supplements in Jan and most do not need it until February or March. It seems ironic that it is often the return of the sun that sees us most deplete in this vital vitamin but in the early spring we aren’t really getting much D from the sun so it can be important to continue to take Vitamin D through the spring.  This is where energy testing your supplements can be so important to your health and your finances!

Having a good stock of solar energy and Vitamin D is not only a big determinant as to how you will respond to bacteria and viruses over these next few weeks, but also how your mood will manage throughout the Winter before the return of the sun in the Spring.

So, priority number 1 is to keep the aura active and vibrant to enable us to continue absorbing the vital solar energy that is still available to many of us.  You can do this with the Celtic Weave exercise or by tracing lots of figure 8’s throughout your biofield. Your aura cannot be strong without your whole-body system being grounded, so ensure you are grounding well. (You can refer to my blogs on grounding or work with Spooning your Feet and Connecting Heaven and Earth). And, I know it is obvious, but I’ll say it anyway….get outdoors! The more time you spend outdoors at the moment the vaster the benefits to your aura, your grounding and to your whole health (physical, emotional, spiritual, cognitional and energetic).

More to follow on how to be healthy, vital and resilient this autumn.

With love, prune

Energy Medicine Solutions to Daily Life

The purpose of this blog is to give you the techniques that are a quick fix to our daily situations. There is a vast amount of information available to you about how to work with energy medicine techniques. Even in these blog pages there are literally hundreds of techniques, tips, and protocols. But what do you do with it? How can you most effectively incorporate such knowledge into your daily life?

The Daily Energy Routine is the foundation of your work of evolving your energy into balance and health, and when you do it daily then there will most likely be a big improvement in your situation. If you do it more than once a day then even better! But there is a big difference between using Energy Medicine techniques as a stand-alone technique to do in a one-off daily sequence, and weaving them in as necessary while you move through your day. And the bridge from using them just once in the day to using them as needed is consciousness.

We need to be able to be aware of how our energy fields are at any given time. And that means two things; the first is the ability and willingness to check in with yourself, the second is the understanding of how each of the energy techniques that you have in your tool kit affect you.

If you don’t know how it feels to you when you are grounded or ungrounded, then when will you know how to do extra grounding techniques? If you don’t know how it feels when your aura is attached or detached, then how will you know when to strengthen your aura? And , before you stop reading this with the thought ‘I’ll never be able to do that!” know that interpreting our energetic situation is not hard to do, we just need to pay attention.

We are all energetic beings. Our very survival depends on us being able to interpret situations around us, so we really are wired at every level of our consciousness to interpret energy.  When we understand this then it is simply the case of forming the habit of checking in with yourself.  And we do this all the time!  How often in a day do you tell yourself,  ‘I’m tired’, or ‘I’m hungry’, or ‘This computer has made my brain fuzzy’. We do notice how our energy is, we just don’t have a culturally supported language for expressing it.

For example, most of us have experienced the sensation of having sat for a while and then, upon standing, feeling a flash of dizziness; energetically this can indicate that we are ungrounded or that in some other way, our energy has become stagnant. There are simple tools to work with both of those situations. Consciousness Energetics means rather than thinking, ‘Oh, I was dizzy then.’ and that being the end of it, we can adjust our energy in the situation so that it is continually evolving into stronger and stronger patterns of optimum health; that way, feeling dizzy when you stand can become a thing of the past.

Below is a list of common situation and choices of energy medicine techniques that you can apply directly to affect change and bring greater coherence and balance to your whole-body system. My suggestion is that you try the one technique that calls out to you, and if you don’t feel better after doing it then move onto the next one. Notice how you feel before you do the exercise and notice how you feel after; in this way you really begin to figure out what you need to do in any situation. It becomes instinctive. Of course, these are generalisations, but remember that our energy fields are so deeply wise…often all that is needed is the slight shift/push in the right direction and then the wisdom of your energy takes over, correcting what and where as needed. (All of the exercises below are on individual videos on my youtube channel and on my website)

Ungroundedness.: Spoon your feet, Connecting Heaven and Earth, Hook up

Feeling vulnerable: Hook up, Zip up, Celtic Weave

Tiredness: 3 thumps, Activating the Cells, Connecting Heaven and Earth, Crown Pull

3pm slump: Massage Neurolymphatics or share a Spinal Flush with a friend, Hook up, Nourish the Mind, Homolateral Crossover

Feeling overwhelmed: Wayne Cook or Neurological Processing Exercise, Hook Up, Activating the Cells

Frustration:  Activate the cells, Hook up, Activate the Cells, Sedate Triple Warmer, Crown Pull

Feeling reactive: Hook up, Activate the Cells, (Sedate Triple Warmer regularly as part of your larger EM program), Homolateral crossover

Sadness: The heart loop, Hook Up

Sluggish to wake up: Hook up (and hold for a few minutes), Homolateral crossover (you can do it in bed, under the covers and still have your eyes shut even!), The Three Thumps

And! The really great news is that you will find that there will be one or two exercises that help you out in almost every situation. They will become ‘yours’. This is because it will be the key correction for your whole-body system to form cohesion around. For me, Hooking up while doing the Dragon Breath will correct just about anything that is moving out of balance. That doesn’t mean that I don’t also do other exercises, but I know what I need to do to deeply affect immediately change and get everything moving into balance. Have fun exploring what one exercise is your daily essential.

With love, Prune

The Amazing Spinal Flush

If there is another person in the room as you are reading this then don’t let them leave….it will be of benefit to you both! One of the most simple and powerful energy medicine techniques that we can share with another person is the Spinal Flush.

By massaging either side of the spine in the spaces between the vertebrae, we are able to affect change within the whole-body system. And this is because these powerful points, known as Shu Points in Chinese medicine, work to stimulate and balance the meridian organ system, relax Triple Warmer, balance the movement of lymphatic fluid, bring balance to the nervous system and can even activate the Radiant Circuits. Watch a demonstration of the Spinal Flush here

One of the primary reasons for the Radiant Circuit activation is simply that you are in the amazing position of being able to give and to receive healing caring energy with another person. Never underestimate the effect of sharing touch in helping our systems move towards health and joy. It is one of my daily delights to give a spinal flush to my husband and to get one in return.

We do have corresponding points on the front of the body, known as Mu points, so if there isn’t another person with whom you can exchange a Spinal Flush then it is still possible for you to bring the same benefits to your whole-body system.

This picture shows the positioning of the front neurolymphatic points and you can watch this video  of the daily energy routine to  see one way to effectively work with them.

I have yet to meet anyone who can’t give a good spinal flush, but it is like much that we share with another person, it can take time and feedback before we get it right. So be patient with yourself and patient with your partner as you are learning how to give each other the spinal flush that suits their system. Ask if the pressure is correct for that specific point. The objective is to massage each point as deeply as is possible without causing any pain. You will find that some days there are certain points that give a lot of discomfort, and these are the very points that need to be worked the most on that particular day, in order to bring balance to the specific meridians organ system represented by the painful point. Today as my husband gave me a Spinal Flush, the Stomach Shu point was really sore (it made me yelp!). That lets me know that the Stomach meridian organ system needs some extra attention today. I will work my Stomach Mu points throughout the day to help continue to bring balance and health to this system. (It also invites me to explore what occurred yesterday that brought imbalance to my stomach meridian system).

In general, a spinal flush can help bring balance to:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of grounding
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Negative emotions
  • Digestive issue
  • The nervous system
  • Insomnia
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • (Really, the list is endless…..)

And as with all energy medicine approaches, the more regularly you do a Spinal Flush the greater the benefits as the superficial imbalances become non-existent and the deeper health challenges are able to be addressed.

The Mu and Shu points are our most powerful and simply daily tool, I hope you enjoy getting and giving a Spinal Flush.

With love, prune

EM priorities for a healthy, happy pregnancy

This blog is in response to many Mums who have contacted me requesting a simple EM to-do list for priorities during pregnancy. In the previous blogs we explored the importance of grounding, hydration, and balancing the yin meridians in order to nourish the whole-body system. (You can view them in the index on the right of the homepage)

Priorities :

1.Rest well, love well, be happy. I know, I know, this is not really an EM technique, but it is of primary importance for you as you move through your pregnancy. Spend time with your partner, look after yourself and don’t try to be superwoman; it really doesn’t benefit you, your baby or your family. When you feel like things are too busy or you are losing that balance then work with the heart exercises suggested in my recent blog  ‘Supporting your yin energies during pregnancy’.

2. Keep Penetrating Flow activated. Our penetrating flow wraps the uterus, carrying emotions and energy deep into our whole-body system. Our thoughts, feelings, sexuality and vitality depend greatly on the health of the penetrating flow. You can watch how to trace the penetrating flow here.

3. Keep the Spleen organ meridian system strong. You can flush spleen, regularly tap the acupoints at the end of the Spleen meridian (Spleen 21), hold the Spleen strengthening points and do exercises such as Connecting Heaven and Earth. Focus on supporting spleen in some way at least 5 times a day. It is great to do when you begin to feel tired. There are videos in my youtube channel that show you how to do all of these exercises.  For an overview of spleen support you can watch this

4. Hook up several times a day. Your governing and central meridians go all the way up the front and back of your body, forming a loop that encircles your body, your chakras and where the baby is growing. When they cease to operate as a connected loop then all of this area is less protected and more exposed energetically. This can cause tiredness, emotional upset and even dizziness.

5. Do the Daily Energy Routine. For the 6 or 7 minutes it takes it is so worth it. This routine keeps all of your energies connected and really smoothes out the kinks that daily living can through our way. As the pregnancy progresses, if you can find the time then do the DER 2 a day.

6. Womb weaving. This exercise  deeply nourishes the energy of the first and second chakras as well as activating the Penetrating Flow. It really charges the lower dantien so that Mum has more energy and the baby is bathed in loving, grounded, health. Fabulous! You can do it with me on my YouTube Channel here

I hope this is useful. Enjoy your pregnancy,

with love, Prune

Supporting your yin energy during pregnancy

In our last blog we looked at the importance of grounding and hydration when pregnant, in this article we are going to explore the yin energy that supports all of the hormones and the life of the baby. There are three meridian organ systems that are primary in the maintenance and balancing of the yin energy in the whole-body system.

  • Kidney
  • Spleen
  • Liver

All three of these meridians start in the feet and move into the area of the body where the heart resides, and this brings us to the fundamental and most important yin energy in the whole-body system; responsible for overseeing our physical, spiritual, emotional health, our vitality, our hormonal health and is also intimately related to the health of the baby; The Heart.

The heart is the most electrical organ in our body, with an electric and electro-magnetic field that is easily measurable. Every day in hospitals hundreds of thousands of ECGs are taken, reading the electrical energy of the heart. Your baby grows within the rhythm of your heart beat and will know your heart beat and be calmed by it for many many months after birth; as babies developing in the womb it is a sound we know through every physical and energetic system we have, even before we have the ability to hear. Like all sound, the heartbeat is a vibration and one that we can feel every second of the day if we attune to it. Take a moment as you read this to notice your own heartbeat.

The electrical energy of the Earth is brought by liver, kidney and spleen to our heart and carried deep into the human electrical system. In fact, even writing the term ‘human electrical system’ is a little misleading as we cannot have an electrical system that is separate from the electrical system of the earth. We draw electrons from the earth, into our body and in doing so bring in our ‘chi’ or vital life force. There can be no such thing as a separate ‘human electrical field’, and when we think of the baby then he or she has an electromagnetic field that is inside the electromagnetic field of the mum, who is within the electromagnetic field of the Earth.

From  the dense electrical heartfield, electrical, electro-magnetic and subtle energy are dispersed throughout all of the system. In Chinese medicine understandings the Heart is known as the Emperor. It is not only the primary power of the whole-body system, but the primary yin organ too, regulating all functions and organ systems. But for the heart to do its incredibly wise regulatory job, it needs to be nourished by the yin energy that is brought from the earth by Kidney, Liver and Spleen.

Within our hormonal system, the Kidney, Liver and Spleen meridian organ systems work with a myriad of jobs to produce, regulate and support the endocrine system. And of course, all three meridians travel through the area that the baby is growing within. But there is also another, and deeply important meridian that connects the heart with the uterus and baby: the Bao Mai, also known as the Uterus Vessel.  So hopefully we are building a picture here (both incredibly complex and beautifully simple);

The heart needs to be strong to help the baby and mum during conception, pregnancy, birth and afterwards.

For the heart to be strong, Liver, Kidney and Spleen must also be strong as they are the primary sources of nourishment of Heart’s yin energy.

So how do support Liver Kidney and Spleen?

  1. Regularly do Nourishing the Mind, and end by tracing figure 8s from the heart to the baby and back again. Take time to sit with one hand on your heart and the other on the baby.
  2. Trace your meridians each day
  3. Work the yin/yang loops for Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. This connects the yin energies into their partnering yang energy which can be deeply supportive.
  4. Do Connecting Heaven and Earth
  5. You can also do the Peaceful Heart exercise regularly to connect you to yourself and your baby.

Enjoy,

With love, Prune

 

 

 

Energy Medicine for Pregnancy

A few of my beloved students are pregnant at the moment and so I decided to write a series of blogs on how energy medicine and consciousness energetic approaches can help during those wonderful, challenging, intense 9 months. It is a topic close to my heart, having trained as a pre-natal educator, a breast feeding councillor, spent 2 years working with homebirths as an apprentice midwife in the highlands of Nova Scotia , Canada, and then several more years as a doula at the local hospital.

I love the vastness of the process of pregnancy and birth, it is sacred, powerful and beautiful. At the same time, for many parents, it is a time of confusion, conflicting emotions and advice, physical challenges and overwhelm. The purpose of these articles is to help parents navigate through the months before, during and after the birth of the baby, using energy medicine to be balanced, healthy and empowered. I will also write a separate article for practitioners who are working with EM.

For many women, the first that they know of their pregnancy is either when they realise that they haven’t had their monthly bleed, or they start getting hit with waves of nausea. Being pregnant brings immediate hormonal, chemical and physiological changes in a woman’s body, and these in turn bring about marked emotional and cognitional changes. Oftentimes, tiredness and nausea are present during the first few months of pregnancy as much of the bodys resources are given to the creation and nourishing of the developing fetus. At this time it is of vital importance that the woman daily nourishes her own energy in order to be able to give all of that necessary life-force to the baby.

Be grounded and hydrated

Be grounded and hydrated. I know, I know, so many of my blogs stress this as important, and that is for the very very simple reason that it is! There really is nothing as important in our energy system as our ability to be grounded. When we are, we are continually bringing in the electrons that blanket the earth and provide our life-energy or vital-force. These in turn, enable our electrical and magnetic fields to operate at their optimum, as long as our cells are well hydrated. So, for me, hydration and grounding go together as one concept. It is almost impossible to be well grounded without being hydrated. So, if you are someone who struggles with grounding or if you aren’t sure, then regularly do simple techniques like Connecting heaven and Earth, or Spooning the Feet.

If you struggle to drink enough water then fill a litre water bottle and commit to drinking it by lunchtime. Once you have done that, fill another and commit to drinking it before bedtime. Quite quickly, your body will become used to being well hydrated and you will really notice if you begin to dehydrate, feeling more tired, befuddled, and listless. Using a water bottle is a great visual prompt as you can see how well you are doing and how much more you still have to drink in your allocated time. During pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume increases by 50%. Blood  is 92% water, and carries oxygen to all the cells of the body, in fact, to both the body of the baby and the mum’s body. Good hydration is vital.

We will continue to explore energetic understandings for pregnancy next time by exploring how to nourish the yin energies of the body.

With love, Prune

Self-testing using a pendulum

Following the blogs on self-testing using the sway test and using muscles, here we are exploring using a pendulum for self-testing. There are many different kinds of pendulums that you can use for this, from crystals hanging on silver chains, to a stone with a hole in it hanging from string. Personally, since I learned to work with muscles for self-testing I no longer use this form of testing , but for many people, working with a pendulum remains the easiest and quickest system to learn so I am including it here in this range of self-testing.

It moves the emphasis away from direct connection with the energy systems of the body and more into the connection that you have with your higher self and the wisdom held in the web of creation. For this reason, Donna Eden doesn’t teach using a pendulum, as her work is wonderfully grounded in the body and being able to test the energy systems physically. I would also encourage you to work with either the sway test or a muscle based self-test, but (and it is a big but!) if you feel that you hold much more resonance working with the pendulum then the most important factor is that you energy test your food with a reliable testing tool. If the pendulum is the tool for you then, use it!

You can watch me using a pendulum to test food here 

  1. Centre yourself and ensure that you are grounded and hydrated (same as in the other forms of self-testing). It is important that when you put the food into your energy systems that they are in their best place of cohesion and balance to enable the most accurate testing.
  2. Hold pendulum in front of the heart.
  3. Ask to see a ‘yes’ answer. Note the direction of the pendulum swing
  4. Ask to see a ‘no’ answer. Note the direction of the pendulum swing
  5. Place food on solar plexus
  6. Hold pendulum in front on heart. Remember to remain objective and non-biased.
  7. Observe which way the pendulum moves. If in the ‘yes’ direction, your body holds resonance with the food being tested. If in the ‘no’ direction, your body does not hold resonance with the food and cannot fully assimilate/metabolise the food.

The reason we do the testing over the heart field is that the heart field holds the resonance of the entire energy system. When you take food into your body or energy system that does not resonate with you, the heart field dips. Literally, the energy of the food is knocking the energy of your body off balance, and the magnificent heart field that co-ordinates much of the orchestra that is our energy system, has to try to reset around it.

When you are working with a sway test then this shows up by the heart field dipping and the body moving backwards. When you are working with a muscle test, this dip in the heart field shows up in the integrity of the strength in the muscle. When working with a pendulum, the dip in the heart field creates a disturbance that the pendulum will demonstrate with the ‘no’ direction.

As with any of the self-tests, the most important place to be in is enquiry. When you can bring the spirit of exploration and adventure into testing food then your relationship with food broadens, expands, becomes much less limited. In this way, no only are you eating food that resonates with you, but you are doing so with consciousness and confidence.

Delicious!

With love, Prune

The Sacral Chakra by Jyotish Patel

 The second of the seven major chakras is the “sacral” chakra. It is located in the  sacrum and pelvic area. It is about our relationships, creativity, erotic sensuality, control and money. The second chakra is the seat of pure creative energy through which we connect with the deepest voice of the self, the deepest stillness and wisdom.

The translation of Svadhisthana its Sanskrit name means “her special abode” In this area resides stored ancestral energy and a portion of the collective unconscious. The very nature of the force fields of this center act as a block for the rising of the jewel maid, the kundalini energy through the energetic core and beyond this chakra.

In yogic philosophy is the notion that energy generated and activated through this chakra may be raised upwards to higher levels of awareness, and integrated as a creative force for internal growth. It houses the energy for procreation but its great potential is to activate higher centers within the energetic core.

In religious orders throughout the world, the power of the sacral chakra is specifically addressed. At one extreme are the monastic, religious paths which advocate retaining the full sexual powers inside the body for transmutation to higher potential. The polar opposite is the tantric school of yoga, which prescribes and instructs the aspirants in ways to achieve “oneness” through energy inherent in sacred sex. In both, the power of the second chakra is being harnessed in hopes of advancing the individual along the spiritual path, towards the point of unity and a closer, deeper relationship with to the Universal Soul.

The sacral represents the journey from dependence to independence and individuation, realizing we are a separate entity from our parents and family. We learn about the polarity of opposites, Yin and Yang. While the Root Chakra is satisfied with survival, the 2nd chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment. Relating and relationships with the opposite sex are explored here, sometimes bringing experiences of jealousy, betrayal, control and power plays.

The second chakra holds our innocence, (inner sense) free, pure and unafraid. It is the energy of who we were before life’s challenges and lessons. The umbilical cord that connected us to our mother sits at the top of our second chakra, it is also the energetic cord that connects us to creativity, radiance and a source of our natural healing potential. People with strong capacity for healing often feel as though the umbilical cord is still active and they are receiving information from the cosmos. The insights, intuition and knowing of the second chakra are not mental.

The gift of this chakra is experiencing our lives through feelings and sensations. It is the center of feeling, emotion, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy, and connection. The energy of this chakra allows you to let go, to move, and to feel change and transformation occurring within your body. It allows you to experience this moment as it is, in its own fullness.

One of the challenges for the second chakra is the conditioning of our society, where feelings are not valued, where passion and emotional responses are kept in check. We also experience the wounds of our collective cultural struggles over many sexual issues partly arising when, on one hand sexuality is magnified and glorified, and on the other hand it is rejected, creating confusion and imbalance. This can result in excessive second chakra activity, when a person’s focus resides in this chakra, everything is flavored by sensuality and sexuality and events are interpreted from that viewpoint. It can lead to a disconnect from the body, the wellspring of feelings, enjoyment and sensuality.

Thoughts, feelings and experiences filtered through the second chakra, that influence your perception may include expressing your creativity, comfortable with your sexuality, able to receive nurturing from others, the need to need to control, or give your power away, addictive traits, excess guilt, shame, anger, and judgments, difficult to make money, standing up for yourself, everything can feel like a crisis.

Sacral chakra resonates with Radiant Circuit energies and ceremonial magic.

AFFIRMATION

“I am radiant, beautiful and strong and enjoy a healthy and passionate life”

Life is pleasurable! I embrace and celebrate my sexuality! I have and attract deep and meaningful relationships”

Thyroid Disorders: Finding Resonance by Tara Beck

In June of 2011, my eyes were opened to the modern epidemic of thyroid disorders.  I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis that month, and I didn’t even know what that meant.  Researching further, I discovered that thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer have all been growing at exponential rates in recent years.  Thyroid cancer, in fact, is now the fastest growing type of cancer.  Studying this condition in both myself and in my clients, I now understand that the thyroid gland is a dynamic, vital and beautiful part of our anatomy.  Although the thyroid is amazingly complex with numerous chemical and biological functions, it can also be surprisingly simple to work with using the proper balancing techniques.

There are many contributing factors that can lead to a thyroid condition.  Direct links to the small intestine, adrenals, triple warmer and spleen, pituitary, hypothalamus, thymus gland, stomach and throat chakra are all relatively common. The throat chakra in particular is unique from the other chakras because it has 7 chambers running vertically up the length of the throat, while other chakras are shaped more like spiraling disks. Each of the 7 chambers of the throat chakra correlates with one of the other chakras, and these chambers are where the information from each chakra is metabolized, sorted, and assimilated with the other chakras. The throat chakra chambers continually seek resonance with each other, and with us. When resonance cannot be attained, chambers can become blocked and trap energy. This trapped energy can significantly interfere with the health and vitality of the thyroid, which sits like a fragile butterfly within these chambers. These blockages also prevent us from fully accessing our wisdom and experience.  We can only speak freely from unblocked chakras, so blocked chakras can severely limit our ability for full and complete self expression.

So what is resonance, and how do we achieve this optimal state?  To answer these questions we need to first understand the relationship between our chakras and our soul.  As our soul progresses, all of our experiences are stored within our chakras, and each time we begin a new journey, we build upon the wisdom of those previous experiences that are already encoded in our chakras. We’ve all known a baby or child who has been called an “old soul” or “wise beyond their years”. Some young people just seem to have an adult-like knowledge and an understanding of concepts that they haven’t learned but just seem to know.  These old souls and the great wisdom they carry are incredibly important during trying times when the world needs experienced individuals to lead us through change.  In fact, we are currently approaching an apex in our human existence, and this is a very challenging, powerful and critical time.  Fortunately our planet is currently loaded with old souls, who can help us navigate toward solutions.  It’s like we’ve been here before, there are better ways of being, and our chakras hold that information.

With the information stored in our chakras, we all come pre-equipped with the skills and knowledge to help change the course of our existence, and we only need to tap into ourselves to access these resources. When we achieve this internal connection, and are able to realize what we know, feel what we know, and move with what we know at a very deep level, then we create resonance within ourselves. We somehow know, see, hear and feel our inner drumbeat, the driving force inside that compels us to study certain subjects or draws us to certain people, places or animals.  When we tap into our inner soul path, it is like something inside of us suddenly comes alive. This is resonance, and it feels mighty. There’s a power, a knowing, a wisdom and our soul truly sings when we finally lift the veil of what we’ve forgotten, and begin to remember who we really are.  We feel alive and complete.

Maintaining resonance can be challenging in a world where traditions, norms and conformity are sometimes valued more than individual self-expression.. Our schools, religions, politics and communities each play a part in defining and reinforcing what is true or not true, right or wrong, moral or immoral, acceptable or unacceptable and good or evil within our respective cultures   However, the knowledge stored within our chakras provides each of us with our own personal compass to navigate our life. This internal compass carries the wisdom of our past and will inevitably conflict with some of the cultural standards and opinions.  Conflict with our inner voice is typically the instigator of activism, or on a more subtle level, simply choosing the road less traveled.  It is also this inner voice that moves us to engage with ourselves and with our community in more meaningful ways. Think of what it felt like when you suddenly became inspired to take up painting or photography, or resolved to leave your comfort zone to join a social group or take singing lessons, or completely changed careers, or decided to have a child. There’s often an internal impetus in our life choices that push us toward resonance with our chakras and our soul.

Often thyroid disorders are associated with a lack of “speaking up for yourself”. But it’s so much more than that. Speaking up doesn’t necessarily have to come through your words.  It can be expressed in choices that you make in your life that bring harmony to your inner voice.  Finding peace within ourselves and living comfortably within the set structures of our community is a delicate dance where heart, mind, intuition and compromise all play together. Given the location of the thyroid at the intersection of all these paths, it is not surprising that thyroid problems can manifest as a result of these struggles.  When we find peace within ourselves, the thyroid will thrive. When there is congestion and a lack of true expression from your soul, it is difficult to keep our thyroid gland healthy regardless of diet, medication or supplements.  The thyroid will be a lot more forgiving of our diet, lifestyle and stress level if we are truly walking the path we were destined to walk.

If we are able to find resonance where we can live and love peaceably within our culture and in harmony with head and heart, it provides a protection to overcome other factors that might otherwise provide a challenge to the thyroid. Finding our resonance within ourselves can activate our body’s natural ability to heal and feel more joy. We won’t be so easily triggered by outside circumstances when we have peace within. It doesn’t require meditation, but it provides a similar result. Having clear channels through our throat allows us to access all of the wisdom from our chakras, so we experience our life in a more connected, complete way.  Also, when all of the chambers are open and unblocked, we are able to speak and move in a way that reflects the awareness of them all. We feel more whole, because we are accessing the totality of our experience.

Here is a simple and fast exercise that can be done daily to immediately help clear congestion in your throat chakras:

  1. Starting in the center of the throat over the thyroid, use the index and middle finger of both hands. Stretch gently one set of fingers going up to the jaw, the second set of fingers stretching down to the collar bone.
  2. Following the diagram of the chambers, repeat this for the 6 remaining vertical columns.
  3. End by using your thumb and middle finger to do a very gentle butterfly pinch right on top of the thyroid gland to reset it
  4. Repeat daily to help heal the throat, the chakras and the thyroid.

Support your thyroid gland by making a choice today that resonates all the way down to your soul. Maybe for you that means saying “no” to something without feeling a need to give an explanation. Maybe it means starting to write that book that’s bubbling up inside you. Maybe it means clearing some time for a walk or a visit with a loved one. Maybe it’s learning something new that’s always called to you.  Maybe you have always dreamed of visiting a place, and now is the time to bring that dream into life. Whatever makes your heart sing, your body leap and your soul delight. Let it begin.

With love,

Tara

About the Author: Tara Beck is an Advanced Energy Medicine Practitioner and founder of Energy Passage.

Do you experience learning difficulties?

This blog is exploring a conscious energetic approach to working with learning difficulties. You have all heard the adage that there is no bad weather, only people with a bad understanding of how to dress for the weather. Well,  I firmly believe that none of us have learning difficulties, but rather we are in an educational system that makes learning difficult for some of us.  Everyone of us can learn. We learn to crawl, walk, and talk. Nothing that we ever have to learn at school is more complex, so we all have innate and magnificent ability to learn, we simply need to be supported in a learning environment that suits our specific style of learning.

There are a few different learning modalities;

Visual, Aural, Verbal, Kinesthaetic, Logical, Social and Solitary http://www.learning-styles-online.com/overview/

Many of us learn kinaesthetically or through the creative arts. I am a visual learner: I cannot remember a person’s name until I have visually matched the energy of the name to the energy of the individual.  Stories of great deeds played out by heroes only become relevant once I have watched  the living story unfold in my minds eye/ imagination. Despite studying the theory many many times over, I simply could not understand how the earth/sun/moon moved until my friend and teacher, Dr Cheryl Bartlett first showed it to me with an orange, a tangerine and ping pong ball, and then, because it was still hovering on the edge of my understandings, walked me through it on the floor with her representing  the earth,  me representing the moon and a willing passerby representing the sun. At that point I understood it and have never lost that understanding, because it bridged from the head knowing/the brain knowing, into the whole-system knowing. The relationship that I have with that piece of information is now fully embodied.

We cannot underestimate the extent to which we need to have a whole-system approach to learning . I know children who have to tap on their bodies or drum their fingers on the table while they are in a classroom or learning environment; they are trying to bridge the gap between the non-kinesthetic and kinesthetic approaches to learning. Others need to doodle to bridge the left and right hemisphere of the brain. Others sit with their arms crossed and their legs crossed over like a noodle, attempting to hold the cross-over systems strong and resilient in the face of a difficult learning style. When I am writing these articles I love to be surrounded by noise (like a busy cafe or a train station), and if I don’t have that then I have very loud music playing. Again, the external stimulation and the vibration of the music weaves the left and right brain hemispheres together allowing me to access information in my consciousness, subconscious, the collective consciousness and higher consciousness. It takes me much longer to write when I don’t have that stimuli and my writing is more flat/less vital.

Most of the approaches within the mainstream educational system appeals to left brain learning. Logical, rational, sequential, linear.  This is a great way to learn if that is how you learn. And an almost impossibly dull, rigid and flat way to experience your ‘education’ if that is not the way in which you learn.  For many of us (children and adults), we need creativity within the learning process.

When I sit in a classroom (of adults or children) I observe a few energetic facts: many individuals are energetically and neurologically disorganised before they enter the classroom. Poor quality sleep, the effects of being around screens, foods with sugar in for breakfast, stresses at home, stresses at school; all of these greatly affect our ability to stay energetically organised and thus our ability to learn. But even when there is good energetic organisation prior to being in the class, if the style of learning is not suited to that individual then the individual’s energy patterns first move into  homolateral, and then into neurologically disorganisation (the cross over patterns of the brain lessen).

So, what can you do about it if you are in an educational environment that works with left-brain models of learning?

(Please note that all the exercises below are shown on my Imaginal Health youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ImaginalHealth 

Before you enter the learning environment:

  • Full Daily energy routine

More regularly you can do any of the below: (several times a day)

  •  Wayne Cook exercise (standing or sitting version) or/and the exercise to enhance neurological processing
  • Crown pull
  • Celtic weave
  • Homolateral repatterning
  • Hook up

Remember, you not only want your energy system to be organised and coherent, you want it to be resilient as well; able to keep the patterns of health and vitality even when under stress such as trying to learn in a non-supportive learning environment.

When you are in the learning environment

Figure 8s: An effective energy technique to help you in this situation is to visualise figure 8s horizontally across your body as you are listening/watching the educator. If you are not someone who finds it easy to visualise then draw small figure 8s with your finger ( this can be in the air, on your hand, on your leg under the desk if appropriate). Make it so that one else can see the movement.

If it is easier for you, you can bring a very slight weave into your body, allowing the energy of your body to move from side to side in a figure 8 pattern. This movement should be imperceptible to anyone else in the class.

You can also smooth big figure 8s around the eyes. This is such an easy and natural thing to do that others in the class either don’t k notice it, or don’t think anything of it.

Breath: a really effective way that i have worked with people who struggle with dyslexia/dyspraxia/dysgraphia etc is to teach them the Dragon Breath. They do it everytime they do the DER and especially the Wayne Cook/Crown Pull and Hook Up. I tend to find that people either resonate more with the standing wayne cook, the sitting wayne cook or the neurological processing exercise. Once it is apparent which one most affects change and balance in their energy systems then that is the one that they work with. So, each time they do that exercise, they work with the Dragon Breath. After only a few days the whole-energy system picks up the pattern that when working wth Dragon Breath, the neurological processing abilities cross over and come into balance. We can use this repatterning when in the classroom situation. There is no need to do the exercise of wayne cook etc, you can simply move into Dragon Breath and have the energetic patterns remain vibrant and able to process the information.

After you leave the learning environment:

  • Ground: if your energy is scrambled or disorganised then it is most important that you ground. This may be through any of the grounding exercises discussed in earlier blogs  (see tab on side menu) by running around, stamping your feet or being outside in nature. That is why having children play outside in the playground between lessons is so very important.
  • Hook up

If you still don’t feel you have organisation or clarity in your whole-body system then:

  • Wayne Cook or Neurological processing exercise (with Dragon Breath)
  • Crown Pull

( And if you are someone who feels very frustrated or deflated after being in a learning environment then can do Activating the Cells as soon as you leave the classroom. And then the exercises mentioned above).

Two more things to mention:

Sugar greatly increases the likelihood of becoming neurologically disorganised. I’ll write more on this in a later blog.

I have often seen children who are very neurologically disorganised come into clarity and organisation when they are around animals. The Horse Boy Foundation has some amazing research to support this. A great reason to have an animal friend in your life or your child’s life.

With love, Prune

The Root Chakra by Jyotish Patel

The first of the seven major chakras is the “root” chakra. Its physical location is at the base of the spine in the perineum. Our basic foundations and personal sense of security, instinct, survival and basic human potentiality reside here. It serves as a conduit for sexual energy and for the creation of new life.

Within this chakra lies the dormant creative energy of the coiled serpent, the jewel maid, the kundalini. In The mythic image, Joseph Campbell says: One may think of the kundalini on this level as compared to a dragon; for dragons, we are told have a propensity to hoard and guard things and their favorite things are jewels. They are unable to make use of them, but just hang on and so the values of their treasury are unrealised, lost to themselves and the world. On this level, the serpent queen kundalini is held captive by her own dragon lethargy. She does not know, or can communicate to life that she controls, any joy; yet will not relax her hold and let go. Her key model is a stubborn here I am and here I stay, which can be seen simply as condensed, or gross consciousness. The challenge, lessons, healing and growth then is to evolve at this level the cold dragon grip of your own spiritual lethargy and release the jewel maid, your own Shakti (energy) for ascent through the energetic core to those higher spheres where she will become your spiritual teacher and guide to the bliss of pure consciousness.

Muladhara or root chakra is symbolised by a red lotus with four petals. It’s during the first seven years that we learn about where we fall in our relationships with siblings, parents, our community, and how we relate to them. A healthy root chakra connects you with vitality to your family of origin, your immediate society and to the global community. It is a place where our tribal instincts reside, where we preserve our lineage, where we derive our sense of identity with all of humanity and nature.

Therefore, thoughts and experiences filtered through the root chakra, that influence your perception may include beliefs inherited or learnt from family, unfinished business between you and your parents, limiting beliefs about personal survival and money, personal boundaries that you maintain, difficulty to bonding with others and often sick or suffering from illness. It is also responsible for the fight/flight/flee when survival is under threat, often bringing balance to the root chakra involves harmony through conflict.

The root chakra resonates with the primordial force of the earth serving as a receiver for the earth energies. It propels energy both up from the earth deep into the energetic core carrying life force and down the legs providing grounding, stability and strength. Prune reminds us, an important piece in this understanding of your energy anatomy is that the first chakra acts as the pilot light for stoking and firing up the energy through the whole of the chakra system. The chakra system holds the movement and fluidity of energy through the energetic core, so when the root chakra is congested and compromised one of the places that gets especially congested is the crown chakra.

The rising flame through the ignition of the pilot light in the root fires the person with a kind of excitement, they are both grounded and filled with a dynamic upward moving energy. This robust kinesthetic energy leads to a sexy, earthy quality that empowers, providing a drive for a huge YES to life.

As you learn about chakras, you’ll discover that balancing them is a practice you can develop, especially if you think of it as a process of not just living your life, but actually loving your life.

AFFIRMATION:

I love my body! I trust my body’s wisdom! It is safe for me to be here! I have a right to be here! The earth supports my needs!

Building resilency amid stress at school

In this article, we are keeping with the theme of how to help our children stay energetically organised and vibrant while at school. For many children school is a fun and easy experience. They have good friends, they enjoy the specific learning environment, they like the routine and timeframes, and they feel safe. School is a place where they can thrive. For these children, doing the Daily Energy Routine is a great way to nourish their happiness, enhance their ability to learn easily and aid  interact with their peers and teachers.

For other children, school is a place of their greatest stress. Peer pressure, stressful social interactions, difficulty learning through the prescribed education models, and rigid timetables, can all lead to school being a place where a child feels stressed and continually under threat.

These children are daily thrust into an environment where fight, flight and freeze are their living experiences. They simply survive each day, with no ability to relax or thrive. No matter whether you are are coming from a bio-medical or an energetic model of education and health we can all agree that this is anything but the best environment for a child’s learning or creativity to flourish.

So what can we do about it? Firstly, we can hold a vision for a different kind of mainstream education system. We are at a time where many old models and institutions are reassessing the values and assumptions they were created upon. Education is one of these. Schools such as Montessori, Steiner, Forest schools, the unschooling movement, are all asking questions that parents and children are helping create the answer to.

I’m going to add a few energy specific approaches that I see as invaluable to the creation of healthy schools where children can learn to learn in safety and gentleness.

  1.  Each space within the school is regularly cleared energetically. Classrooms, the cafeteria, meeting rooms, the forums between distinct areas in the school, corridors; all of them can get so congested with energy that they can carry a legacy of restriction or oppression. I have seen children walk into a classroom looking energetically coherent and vital, but within a minute or two, slumping into disorganisation as they turn homolateral, scrambled and depleted. If you are a teacher reading this blog then clearing your room can take less than a minute and can change the atmosphere in the room so profoundly; you can find more information on how to clear a room here
  2. Each teacher knows how to ensure their own energy systems are crossed over and that their neurological processing is as active as possible. Blessings on the women and men who step forward into the administrative and social chaos of being a teacher. Many that I know are overwhelmed with the administrative and despite doing their incredible best for the children, are feeling like they are pulled in too many directions at once to be the effective teacher they wish to be.
  3. Each teacher can do Brain Gym or EEM exercises interspersed throughout the day to help children stay energetically, and neurologically organised. We don’t have to be able to see energy, or even to understand it, to see the great difference that doing simple exercises can bring to a group of children. The individual and group dynamic changes immediately back into organisation and coherence. Tensions lessen and the edginess that being in fight, flight, freeze produces can dissipate. Educational kinesiology and Brain Gym are well recognised within many schools now. A great article can be found at http://heartsatplay.com/meeting-the-young-learners-needs/

For the meanwhile, there are many energy medicine approaches to helping children stay resilient in the current educational situation. One of the most important energy systems for a child to work with is the aura. When repeatedly in stressful or perceived threatening situations at school a child’s aura will become more and more depleted. This leaves them increasingly vulnerable. Self-esteem can become a real problem, which in turn feeds into insecurity, weakening the aura all the more. The central and governing meridians also act as protectors for the aura and the whole-body system so working with them can make a child feel more protected and less vulnerable in all situations. For a great way of working to stabilise and rejuvenate the aura read Reinforcing the Auric Membrane

If your child is struggling with the environment at school and feeling low.

  1. Zip up slowly and several times
  2. Do the Celtic weave
  3. Hook up

This can be done before going to school, when coming home from school and before bed time.

If your child is frustrated and angry with school

  1. Expelling the venom/activating the cells
  2. Bringing down the flame
  3. Zip up
  4. Hook Up

If your child is struggling with specific instances or situations at school

  1. Hold the main neurovasculars for several minutes while thinking about school or a specific situation in order to release the stress and repattern future energy responses. This is something that you can do (hold their neurovasculars while they are thinking about or talking about the situation), or something that they can do themselves.
  2. Zip up
  3. Do the Celtic Weave
  4. Hook up

And lastly, know that we, as parents, can help so much with simply being present to our children. A hug and a listening heart are two of the very best medicines in our energy toolkit. If you are a parent of a child who is struggling with the environment at school then make sure that you look after your own energy too. A colleague of mine, Sarah Allen, was told by a female client of hers that ‘A mother can only be as happy as her unhappiest child’. Profound and true for many of us. If your child is struggling, then one of your biggest ways to help them is to help yourself be energetically balanced and centred. The same exercises that I suggest for your child will also be great for you to help your aura stay resilient and inspiring for your child as you all move towards greater health and vitality.

With love, Prune

How do screens affect us?

Rewiring our energetic software for our modern world.

Growing up as a child and youth in this modern era is an amazing, dynamic and stimulating time of daily technological advancements that are uploaded to devices ever attached to our fingertips. It can also be inherently stressful, with no or little time or space for more traditional ways of interacting with friends, nature or the broader social community. There are days when, if allowed (!) my 14 year old son would be sitting in our living room, playing computer games with 5 or more of his friends, while each are firmly ensconced in their own living rooms.  All their communication is being done via either the headset or the typepad.  The constant thrum of social cyber living is in most rooms of most houses as computers, smart TVs and mobile devices provide entertainment, social networking, chat time, news, information, shopping and many other ‘needs’ . Bruce Lipton reminds us that the average child has access to more information in their backpack than was ever available to Maggie Thatcher or Ronald Reagan! We live in a very different world of information than ever before. And there are huge pluses to this, but there are also huge downsides.

Energetically we evolved at time when our greatest stresses were drought, famine and the sabre-tooth tiger. Occasionally there was a threat from a neighbouring clan.

These are all very quantifiable stresses, and usually quite rare. We faced them as a social community and created solutions and survival strategies. I have already written on the general way in which our energy systems are having to learn how to redefine or evolve beyond our traditional concept of threat and danger (Surviving or Thriving) but in this article I want to concentrate on the ways in the we all, and especially our children, can use energy medicine techniques to help with both the insidious and overt stresses of our technological age.

I have plenty of opportunity to observe children. I grew up in a home of 6 children and an open door, and although I have only two children there is a constant stream of other children coming and going through our house with sleepovers,playtimes, visits and regular drop ins. I know for some parents that isn’t  their ideal situation, but I love it. And there are a few things that I notice as I see children’s energy before, during and after interacting with screens (tablets, Xbox, television).

  1. The organisation of the energy fields before screen interaction and after screen interaction are significantly different
  2. Up until about 60-90 minutes of screen time, the extent of post-screen disorganisation  depends on the extent of pre-screen organisation
  3. No-one is unaffected by being on screens, no matter how organised their energy fields or how short a time they are on the screen.
  4. Games that involve adrenaline (fighting/racing/shooting/being chased etc) have a more immediate and greater effect on the organisation of the energy systems than games/screen time that do not produce adrenaline.  It also takes longer to correct or re-organise their systems.
  5. Some children (and adults) have more sensitive energy systems and as such are more affected by the energy fields of electrical devices.

So, as ever with energy medicine, the good news is that you can do something about this! It doesn’t mean ban your children from being on screens, or give up your job because it involves being infront of a computer. Rather, learn how to keep your energy systems balanced so that you and they are more resilient to interacting with screens, and know what to do after you have been using screens in order to minimise the negative effect and to evolve the energy systems into full health, resiliency and vitality.

What happens when you sit in front of a screen for longer than your energy systems can hold? At first the aura reaches out to the screen, assessing it and interacting with it. If you are reading information (such as a cooking recipe) then this interaction minimises as your aura recognises that it has an electrical and electromagnetic energy, but isn’t sentient. The energy from the screen can still freeze your electrical energy around your eyes but often just moving away from the screen and moving through your daily life (in this case making the recipe that you have just looked up), your energy fields will adjust themselves back to coherence. This is much more likely if you are in a good place of organisation and resiliency in the first place (keep doing that Daily Energy Routine!)

If the screen interaction is a game, music video, YouTube video etc then the aura continues to interact with it in a much more dynamic way. After a while, this begins to drain the aura until the aura in front of the trunk and face is thin and holey and often detaches.

Meanwhile, the cross-over patterns in the body increasingly become more and more homolateral, the ability to process neurologically also becomes compromised and after a while, the ability to stay grounded or with the correct polarity also becomes compromised. Time after time, I see a child with a dynamic, vibrant, connected energy system, sink and sink when involved with a screen until they look like someone who is managing a chronic illness.  Without energy medicine techniques, the patterns do eventually rebuild, taking anything from a 30 minutes to a few hours  but meanwhile, you are managing a child who is feeling dreadful. This can show up as them being hyperactive, restless, exhausted, moody. Does any of this sound familiar? And how about if you think about yourself, at the end of day on a computer?

So, what can you do about it?

Daily techniques that help repattern your energies after you have interacting with a screen.

  1. The Four Thumps
  2. Activating the Cells (Expelling the Venom)
  3. The Celtic Weave
  4. The Zip Up
  5. The Hook Up

Usually, this little series of exercises is enough to bring organisation right back into the system. If still feeling less than vibrant and energised then you or your child can also put in the Crown Pull and the either the Wayne Cook exercise or the Neurological Processing exercise.  All of these mentioned exercises can be found on videos at my website www.imaginalhealth.com or my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ImaginalHealth

with love, Prune

 

 

 

 

Why do the Daily Energy Routine?

Often in my blogs I cite Donna Eden’s Daily Energy Routine as a foundational starting point for beginning to evolve your energy systems towards patterns of full health and vitality. Donna’s great book, ‘Energy Medicine’, explains the Daily Energy in several chapters.

But I thought it would be useful to summarise why the Daily Energy Routine is so transformative. We are a living, pulsing, highly co-ordinated electrical and electromagnetic organism. Scientists such as Bruce Lipton, Candace Pert, William Bengston, James Oschman and Rupert Sheldrake (to name just a few) are bringing understandings that our whole-body system is not governed by the brain as was the primary thesis in the 50s,  or our genes as was the primary thesis of the previous 30 years. Rather we are held, nurtured and developed through a greater energy field. The energy systems that make up this greater energy field are subtle, electromagnetic and electric, and are what in Consciousness Energetics I refer to as the ‘whole-body system’.

David Feinstein has written a quite brilliant article on the 6 Pillars of Energy Medicine and if you haven’t read it then I highly recommend it for helping yourself become deeply familiar with the terminology and  premise of the energetic paradigm. His article can be found here . We have been so steeped in the terminology and precepts of the biomedical paradigm that there is much about the energy paradigm that can seem hugely woo-woo! But it is grounded in ancient understandings, science and practice-based evidence.

So, the basic principle of the energy paradigm is that our energy moves in patterns of optimum health and vitality. When we are tired, stressed, or in danger, our energy patterns move into patterns of survival or maintenance. Such patterns can either prime us for fight/flight or freeze, or they can make us tired, clumsy or forgetful. This then slows us down, inviting sleep. During the sleep time when much of the active functioning of the body (sight, movement etc) is slowed down, the energetic patterns are able to find their balance back into the template of optimum health and vitality. What can really mess with these instinctive patterns of optimum health and vitality is sustained stress, threat or tiredness as we simply don’t have the energy/time/space in our lives to recharge. Thus, the patterns that are trying to respond to stress or tiredness become more and more entrenched in our systems until these patterns have become patterns of imbalance. Over a period of time, such patterns can result in ill-health.

The Daily Energy Routine affects much within your energy systems. Doing it regularly begins to establish new patterns of health, and supports those that are already in their effective and healthy patterns. It provides a vast foundation for all of your health and well-being to improve. I have two videos on YouTube showing the Daily Energy Routine, one a little shorter than the other.

Click here to watch do the  longer explained Daily Energy Routine with me.

Click here to do the shorter version

Specifically, the Daily Energy Routine helps;

  • Grounding (Hook Up, Connecting Heaven and Earth, Celtic Weave, Four Thumps)
  • Cross-over pattern in your whole-body system (Homolateral Cross Over, Wayne Cook, Celtic Weave)
  • Neurological processing (Wayne Cook, Homolateral Cross Over, Crown Pull, Hook Up, Zip up, Neurolymphatic reflex massage)
  • Increase oxygen (Freeing the Diaphragm, Crown Pull)
  • Eyesight (Four Thumps, Connecting heaven and earth)
  • Sense of safety (Zip up, Hook up, Celtic Weave, Four thumps)
  • Metabolism (Four thumps, Connecting heaven and earth)
  • Connectivity with self and others (Four thumps, Zip Up, Hook Up, Celtic Weave)
  • Relieving stress (Crown Pull, Freeing the Diaphragm, Hook up, Celtic Weave)
  • Recovery from ill health or disease (Homolateral repatterning, Celtic Weave, Connecting Heaven and Earth, Four thumps)

The Daily Energy Routine takes less than 10 minutes and can transform your life. The energetic paradigm does not have to be a mystery to any of us, it is tangible, effective and empowering.

Enjoy! With love, Prune