“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”- Maya Angelou
This quote inspires me. It gentles me and reminds me to be easy on myself.
Living in the moment is really a reminder to unpack and put down the baggage I carry of past memories and tomorrow's fears, much like Charlie Brown’s friend Pigpen with all the stuff swirling around him. Pigpen has referred to the cloud that surrounds him as "the dust of ancient civilizations." My preoccupation with the past and the future holds regrets and worries much like dust particles that clog up my breathing, encumber my stride and weigh on my shoulders.
I’ve gotten better with practice. Now I have flashes of memories instead of lost in scenarios. I sweep out my house. I plant my feet and call in my presence. It really helps.
Life on this Earth is calling me to be present, honest with myself, mindful of my actions and thoughts and clear with my direction. Sometimes clarity means acknowledging my confusion, pausing until I can see a foot in front of me, one step at a time.
I literally sweep my body meridian by meridian to clear the energy, to enhance the flow of the invisible energy network. For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese medicine has used the concept of this channel network for healing. Meridians are paths through which qi, or life-energy, flows.
While living in California in 2009, I met a retired energy healer named Ray. My suffering with Fibromyalgia pain and sharing my struggle with a friend led me to meeting Ray. He was from Australia, had recently lost his wife, and decided to travel and see the world. I had three sessions with him. He agreed to take a look at my energy and provide any knowledge he could. I share this experience as a layperson not educated in the medical field. Take from it what you will.
He was a fairly short, gray-haired man who had a no-nonsense attitude about him. He had advised me to bring food as my first session would be through lunch time. I had a jar of almond butter and some gluten free crackers. The first thing he did was grumble at my jar of almond butter, grab it and throw it in the trash. He told me almond butter is extremely hard to digest and, in his opinion, should be in the garbage. I did later retrieve it, unbeknownst to him.
As he was talking to me, he was moving his hands up and down my arms, legs, around my head, and my torso. He explained about energy that moves along the meridians and sometimes this energy gets bogged down and needs to be supported to ease the flow. Emotions like grief and fear affect our meridians. He explained he was tracing my meridians enhancing all my organ systems. He told me meridians flow in one direction.
I spent nearly two hours with Ray on that first day and felt different. Through my sessions with him I learned about Touch for Health using Acupressure Touch. He showed me a book he recommends to those wanting to do this at home. The Complete Edition Touch for Health; A Practical Guide to Natural Health with Acupressure Touch.
I learned not only to enhance my own meridians, but I could virtually imagine a loved one in front of me and draw their meridians to enhance their energy as well. I trust it all helps.
Other healers practice techniques we can do for ourselves. Donna Eden has been around a long time teaching her healing techniques. She wrote a book entitled Energy Medicine. With one beginner class and her book, I’ve learned a Daily Energy Routine. Donna says, “The Daily Energy Routine can benefit nearly anyone living in the stress-producing polluted, unnatural, energy-scrambling environments that mark our technological progress.” Using a Daily Energy Routine “refreshes your energies every day.”
Life has led me to self-care modalities that have enhanced my life. I used to covet these learnings and tell people they have to use them to feel better. I’ve learned to practice self-care and when asked, share my story and leave it at that. We all have human bodies. We all have similarities and differences. We all want to feel better. We learn from each other. We grow as we go with our health challenges, our mental health challenges and circumstances that happen. There is learning in every experience.