Why are your different states important? They dictate how you view a situation and how you react. If you are in a negative state, let’s take anger as an example, then others will feel your anger. Your actions will be angry and you may say and do things that you don’t mean to in your interactions with others. If you are in a state of gratitude, you would have different, perceptions, behaviours, thoughts, etc.
Your energy state also determines how you remember something. If you are in an energy poor, tired, and drained state, when something happened to you, you would remember it as painful or a trauma. If you were energy neutral at the time, your memory would be ok. However, if you were charged and in an awesome state, you would see the gift in the situation. All the events could be the same but how you remember it is based on your energy state at the time.
So what are the different states of energy? They are energy poor, energy neutral and energy rich.
In an energy poor state, the system has no energy and it’s about survival. You need energy coming into the system to help it survive. In the body, this is when there’s tissue death, organs start to break down, pain occurs. In life, it’s when the marriage breaks up, you file for divorce, file for bankruptcy, etc. This state is about surviving for a little longer.
In an energy neutral state, there is enough energy to sustain itself as long as there are no surprises or additional stresses. This is where most of us live. This is about feeling comfortable, control and fitting in. Here, you have a story about something i.e you’re not good enough, tall enough, pretty enough, etc and you can’t go beyond it.
In an energy rich state, there is enough energy that it can give more energy to the system to help it reorganize. There’s energy left over to inspire others and think beyond the culture. Energy rich states means having more resourcefulness.
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Firstly, I am mandated by the chiropractic college to have a certain about of continuing education hours each year. I have always considered this to be the minimum amount and I take more than is required, every year. This is to ensure that my skills are at the highest levels to support the type of care that I deliver and to serve my patients to the best of my abilities.
I work with people and we are dynamic beings, always moving, changing, growing, evolving and new techniques and technologies are required to adapt to the ever changing needs of a person.
In April, I went to an intermediate and advanced technique workshop and I was conflicted in going. I wanted to go because I was excited to learn and yet I felt guilty because I would be away from my young child for the entire workweek and then the weekend. I hemmed and hawed and signed up for the course. I told myself, that if I were to go, I would need to be fully present because it would have to be worth my time away from my family….and it was.
Firstly, I learned more technical skills to improve the quality of care that I am giving. I built upon what I already knew and further refined care at the higher levels. This itself has made a world of difference.
More importantly, I improved upon myself, the person delivering the care. I realised that I’ve been operating out of habit and on auto-pilot and that I was getting bored. There were moments where I was inspired but it was never long lasting.
During the workshop, I had the chance and was forced to see how I had been operating and given the opportunity to increase my energy levels to operate at a new capacity. The result being, an increased level of presence in the office, renewed joy while working with patients, gratitude for my family and feeling more of who I know myself to be.
When I change myself, and it is a conscious choice to change, and shift my state; I affect everyone that I come in contact with which in turns affects those that others come in contact with. Over time, you never know how far reaching each interaction can be.
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Shiny object syndrome is a disease of distraction. It happens whenever something new and exciting comes along and makes you want to change the direction in your life, health, finances, etc.
It’s similar to a young child who chases shiny objects. Once they catch it, play with it for a bit, they lose interests and then search for the next shiny item. Adults do the same, they search for the new trends, new ideas, new things to make them happy and it does temporarily and then they go on the search again.
Do you sometimes find yourself searching for the next new diet, or the next new business idea or even the newest cure for your health issues or disease? Only to find yourself excited for the moment and then eventually ending up back where you were before or even more frustrated? Perhaps you have shiny object syndrome.
What’s the best way to combat this? Priorities and goals.
Businesses, health, wealth, connections, love, community are not built over a day. They require dedication and time. If you are constantly jumping from one thing to the next, it will be hard to build the life that you want.
Each year, choose priorities or goals that you want to focus on. This way, when something new comes up, you can ask yourself, is this getting me closer to my goal. If not, then you put it off to try another time.
When I was a student, I had to prioritize my spending. To combat shiny object syndrome, I made a 30 day rule on things I wanted to buy. If I wanted to buy something, I would keep track on a list of what I wanted to buy and put the date 30 days later beside it. In 30 days, I would look at the item again and decide if I still wanted/needed it. This cut down a lots of spontaneous spending. If I still required an item, 30 days later, I would buy it at that time.
In my practice, I love learning and taking seminars. There also needs to be a limit as well. Firstly, I need time to integrate what I learned into my practice and secondly, my family life would suffer if I spent all my weekends away on training. Each year, I also decide which seminars I would take and which ones I need to evaluate for next year.
Is there an area in your life that needs more prioritizing? Leave a comment below.
Ever wonder why something isn’t happening for you fast enough? For example, you have chronic low back pain and despite trying ‘everything’, it’s not getting better. Perhaps you’re looking to get into a relationship and you just can’t find someone no matter how hard you try. You keep trying and trying and then you give up.
One thing to ask yourself before you give up on something i.e. finding love, your purpose, your finances is: am I in the right season for what I want to occur?
In Canada, we have 4 seasons: spring, summer, winter and fall. With each season brings with it certain characteristics. For example, summer is usually warm, the days are longer, etc. Actions that you would take in one season, you wouldn’t in another. You wouldn’t plant your seeds outside in the winter because they would die and the ground would be covered in snow.
Similar to the 4 seasons for the weather, there are 4 seasons to healing. They are, discover, transform, awaken and integrate, Each season of healing, refers to distinct periods in one’s healing and/or one’s life. In each season of healing, there are specific perceptions, actions, thoughts, developmental levels, experiences and energetic intelligences.
If the actions you are taking towards your goal are not being done in the right season, you may not see the fruits of your labour. If you’re working on your health and you are working out, which is a healthy thing, but you actually need to be resting, you are not doing the right actions for the correct season that your body needs to be in.
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Sometimes in life, we’re handed experiences and situations that if we choose, give us the opportunity to change and do better.
I have not been eating well since my son was born. I kept saying that I should get back to making more meals at home and cutting down on junk food, etc but as the days and months went on, I did not. I always had some sort of excuse, there’s not enough time, I’m too tired, etc.
One day, life decided to give me the opportunity to change. My son, developed a rash on his face, which soon spread to his arms and legs. He had a case of eczema. As he hadn’t eaten any solid foods yet and was still exclusively breastfed, we had to look at my diet.
I had to remove some of the most common children's allergens from my diet and would slowly re-introduce them to see if his rash would go away and if he would flare. As soon as I found out that my diet could be a contributing factor to his itching, I was prepare to change. As it turns out, it would also be good for me too!
Instead of seeing this as an inconvenience, this is now an opportunity to show my child how to eat properly and instill proper nutrition from a young age, it will improve my health for years to come and the healthy of my family and then my community as well.
What instances in your life have you been called upon to change? Was it when you injured yourself? Developed an illness? Comment below.
This level of healing is where we explore the choice to stay in your head or to go with your intuition.
Your identity is only a mental concept that was created by your mind. It is not real. It is made up in your mind from a series of rules about how you think you should act, think and feel. Your perceived capabilities and also weaknesses/shortcomings are also included.
This concept of your identity then gets installed in your body at the level of your spinal cord as it passes through the spinal canal. Once there, your identity has a stranglehold on your spine and makes any thought of changing, painful. That’s why it’s often said that change is hard.
The work we do here, tricks the mind by going through you body. As the somato psychic wave passes through the level of your spinal canal, it clears out tension that anchors your identity to your spine, so you can more clearly see who you are.
Your chest rises and lifts, allowing you to connect the experience and the joy of just being. Once you visit this place, you know what is there and you look for ways to get back there. You find ways to make your life more supportive and you change.
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Last week, we talked about the second level of healing where we expand and grow your comfort zone in your body and in your life.
In this next level of healing, 2 stretches are involved and we get the different parts of your body to communicate with each other. This is a new language for your body.
This level takes place either with you lying on your side or sometimes on your stomach. On your side, you may not feel too stable. This is done intentionally to destabilize old patterns in your body and in your life.
It’s the level of healing when you choose to question the rules that you’ve put on your life. I.e. I’m not good enough, I don't make enough money, I'm not smart enough, etc. Rules about love, relationships, finances, health, etc.
In this level of healing, you get to face yourself. It’s where you look that something that you promised yourself you’d take care of something long ago and instead stepped away. That time where you said you’d start to exercise and didn’t. When you said you’d eat better and didn’t. When you said you’d walk away from a relationship and you didn’t. Because this is difficult for most people, it’s hard to get through this level of healing.
This level of healing involves choice. You can choose to run back to level 1 or step up into something new.
In this level of healing, we also develop something called a somato psychic wave. It is 1 of 2 central pattern generators that is known to man at the current moment. The other being, walking. It is being studied at different physics labs in the world. For more info on the scientific articles: https://wiseworldseminars.com/network-spinal-analysis/ground-breaking-research
If you choose to get through this level of care, you may notice that your relationships with others change. You changed the rules about yourself and now are asking others to treat you differently. This can lead to difficulties as you went and change your rules and didn’t tell anyone else. It’s a good idea to come to office workshops at this time so you can have a community of supportive individuals.
In the previous article, we discussed the first level of healing.
After we’ve unlocked the limited areas in your spine and there is more awareness of your body through breath, we being the next level of healing which involves stretching your spine.
We don’t do stretches before this because your body is too wound up. Imagine tuning the strings on a guitar. If you keep tightening them and stretching them, eventually, they will snap. Similar to your body, if it’s tense and tight, we don’t want to stretch it beyond what it can handle and snap.
Along with the physical stretching of your spine which is good for increasing range of motion, working your tense muscles, increasing flexibility, injury prevention, etc. we do an emotional stretch.
The emotional stretch helps you to grow outside of your comfort zone and expand your boundaries.
In life, your comfort zone in your body is the range of motion that your spine can move through and that also defines the range of emotion that you allow your body to experience.
We make the areas we stretch even more receptive to the feelings that we’ve been trying to avoid and in doing this, you feel the emotion of a few minutes and you see how much effort and energy it took to avoid this. You realise that it’s ok to go there and your comfort zone expands.
Stay tuned next week for the next level of healing.
I’m often asked how the work that we do in the office is translated into what you experience in your life. Here’s how.
Firstly, when someone first comes into the office, we do a complete consultation and examination to see if our care is right for you.
We assess your body for what may be going on physically and explore emotional and mental stresses in your life that may also be contributing to your unique situation. After, we create recommendations specifically for you.
Almost every patient starts off with the first level of healing. This level is about self discovery and they learn what isn’t working well in their body or in their life.
In this level of healing we build the awareness of the body through your breath. You get a chance to notice how you hold tension in your body and how you’ve hidden physical, emotional and mental stress. When you don’t feel your emotions in the moment and hide it deep within your body, over time, your body will run out of places to hide your tension and this can lead to illness and/or disease.
Where you have locked your feelings in your body, is where you have limited the range of motion your spine can experience.
In this first level of healing, we use gentle light touch treatments and breathing exercises to work to unlock the areas in your spine that are limited.
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We take actions based on our thoughts. For example, if our thought is that I’m hungry, the action is to find or make food to eat.
For the most part, this serves us well, especially for our basic needs i.e. I’m cold, hot, hungry, tired, etc. We can take the appropriate action to go along with our thought.
What happens when our actions are based on false thoughts or beliefs?
Let first examine where our beliefs come from. We are heavily influenced as children and absorb thinking from those we spend the most time with. This is where the expression “you’re just like your mother/father” comes from. We are also influenced by close relatives, school, friends, our community and society in general.
If we never examine our beliefs, then we may have some thoughts that no longer serve us and in turn, take actions that no longer serve us.
Even if the belief or thought was a productive one, our action may not be.
This can lead to a lot of misunderstandings when we try to relate to others in life. This is especially true when we interact with people who have different life circumstances and upbringing that our own.
Let’s take the belief “I am here to help people”. Your action may be to always be helping people. To a certain extent, this is a good thing. Where it could go wrong is if you were always doing things for others that they need to learn to do themselves. Or, if you chose to do things for others over yourself. If you are always picking up a baby each time they fall, they would not learn how to stand up after they fall. If you always drove a car for someone, they wouldn’t learn to drive it themselves.
What we need to ask ourselves after we’ve examined our beliefs is: is the the correct action in this moment?
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.