How clutter affects you

If you want anything in life, you will first need to learn how to discard. Well, the game is called clutter management. Clutter - to put it simply - is the habit of hoarding, of taking on too many things without organising it in any way. It is the biggest energy block and has the potential to ruin your energy makeup.

Usually we invite clutter in the following ways:

  • We buy more and discard less thinking "what if we need this in the future?" As a result, our house is a mess; there is no room to manoeuvre, no empty space anywhere - every little space is occupied by largely useless stuff.
  • We absorb all our thoughts and refuse to discard them. These thoughts get stored within our system (in our solar plexus chakra near the navel) and over the years, they harden and cause ailments of the abdominal area, and pain in the joints. Stored emotions are one of the most common reasons for arthritis.

Most people have no idea how much their clutter affects them. It's only after you sort through, organise, or clear out your possessions do you realize how much better you feel without it. A classic example is when you give away old newspapers to the raddiwala and the sense of 'freedom' that you suddenly feel on disposing them. The rule is you need to constantly clear your space - not just your physical space but also your mental, emotional and spiritual space. Clutter can occur in all these four spaces.
Here are some effects to watch for:

  • Do you feel tired and lethargic? Clutter traps energy and makes you feel tired and lethargic. Clearing it frees up this stagnant energy in your system and increases your vitality.
  • Do you dwell in the past? When all your available space is filled with clutter, there is no room for anything new to come into your life. Your thoughts tend to dwell in the past, and you feel bogged down with problems that have dogged you for some time. Clearing your clutter allows you to begin to deal with your problems and move forward. You have to release the past to create a better tomorrow.
  • Clutter and excess weight: People who are mentally programmed to hoard, are often overweight. Body fat and clutter are forms of self-protection. By building layers of fat or clutter, they hope to cushion themselves against emotions they have difficulty handling. It gives them the illusion of being able to control things.
  • Having clutter can confuse you: With clutter, it is impossible to have clarity about what you are doing in your life. When you clear it, you get fewer colds, you can think more clearly, and decision-making becomes easier.
  • It affects the way people treat you : People treat you the way you treat yourself. So if you value yourself and look after yourself, people will treat you well. If you allow the junk to mount up around you, you may attract people who mistreat you in some way because subconsciously you will feel that it is what you deserve.
  • Having clutter can make you feel ashamed: Perhaps you have reached the stage where your home is so cluttered and such a mess that you are ashamed to invite people over and positively panic if anyone turns up unannounced.
    So, take a decision to discard. The more your discard, the more you will get because energy cannot exist in a vacuum.

Power of a child

Does this scene look familiar to you?
You have a tough day in office; the journey back home too stops short of breaking your bones; sweat and grime become bosom pals. To make matters worse, you also have to buy vegetables for dinner and there's no transport at sight, forcing you to walk home. Your mood is lousy, you feel depleted, and the world to you is one big hellhole.
Then some magic takes place. You reach home and your child comes running towards you. A toothless grin here and a hug-and-a-kiss there, and lo behold! Your weary legs no longer feel weary. That sweat'n'grime is hardly a bother... in short, your tired soul feels rejuvenated.
You have just experienced the healing power of a child.

Children are the most powerful personalities on earth. Powerful, spiritually and emotionally. Have you seen the amount of attention that a child commands when it starts to cry? Parents, grandparents, nannies... all try their best to pacify it, don't they? Alternatively, when a toddler smiles, the world smiles with it. When it tries to babble, we all start to babble. When it waves its hands, we all wave our hands. We go to any lengths to make it smile, never mind if we look stupid in the bargain. Would we ordinarily behave that way? No. But in front of a child, everything's fine.
What is it that makes a child wield such power? The answer lies in its aura. An infant's aura is bright. It's luminous and pure, except in situations when it is unwell. This can be partly related to the fact that, for a while, the baby keeps some of the light of the angels that have assisted it in the process of birth. In fact, the strong participation of the hierarchy of the angels in all that is related to birth makes a delivery a most fascinating experience of consciousness. It feeds the spirit of all those who are present.
Children see auras naturally. Infants frequently look above the person in front of them. When they don't like the colour of the aura above the head, or if this colour is much different from their parent's aura, they cry, no matter how much smiling and cooing the person does.
Human aura gets coloured or discoloured according to our moods, attitudes, thinking, disease and so many other things...factors that are largely decided by our ego. When the ego is absent, the aura is bound to be clean. A powerful aura attracts and cleanses whoever it comes in touch with. That is why people flock to see spiritually evolved people. The latter's auras are so powerful that they attract people and effect healing.
A child does not have ego. For it, the value of a 100-rupee toy may be the same as a small ball of sand. It does not distinguish between the "beautiful" and the "ugly", the fair and the dark. A child's memory is momentary. You may have caused it to cry today, but tomorrow, all's forgotten, everything's forgiven.
Moreover, they are extremely psychic. A simple and spectacular way to convince yourself of this fact is to remain very focussed in your third eye or Ajna chakra while in the company of a baby. You will be amazed at how responsive the baby seems to be to any message you send through your third eye.
Children spend much of their time in the highly creative theta state where shapes are the primary language. A child's body reads straight lines, stripes and objects like Venetian blinds, as fangs and claws. A curve or a circle is read as the shape of the mother's breast. Now you know why children love ducklings and bunnies - all curves and fuzz. Those shapes don't threaten them.
When a child smiles while sleeping, it is said to be speaking to God. It would not be wrong then, to say that a child is spiritually evolved. It also would not be wrong to take blessings from a new-born child the way we do from our elders. In fact, in many ways, very old people and toddlers are similar. They require support, are closer to God, and are sans any ego. Going by this definition, they both become excellent vehicles for healing. Try this out. When you are feeling low, play with kids. Alternatively, be in the company of very old people. Both parties provide wonderful healing experiences.

But we take risks every second!

If you happen to go to a financial planner to draw up an investment plan for yourself, one of the first forms he will hand over to you will be a questionnaire - the risk profiler - that analyses your risk taking capacity. Once he gets an idea of your risk appetite i.e how much risk you are able to manage, he prepares a financial plan keeping in mind the other parameters like investible amount, family obligations, investment horizon, etc. The point here is that everybody has a different risk appetite. Your ability to stomach risk may not be the same as mine.

There are many who flinch on taking risks - be it in investments, career, relationships, etc. "God, who'll take such a risk? I prefer to be safe...." seems to be the refrain. Nothing wrong with that thought, except that we don't realise that every minute, all that we do is take risks!

In a way, all our life we are just managing risks. I'll explain:

  • Do we ever lose sleep over the fact that there are gas cylinders in our house, and that all that's required to cause a blast is a spark?
  • Do we bother to check whether the hooks on which our ceiling fans are hung are strong enough? We just assume they are.
  • Don't we walk on the road (we never seem to develop the habit of walking on the footpaths, do we) often with our back to the incoming traffic assuming that none of the vehicles will hit us?
  • Don't we baulk at taking insurance purely for insurance purposes.
  • Do we bother about the structural stability of our houses especially after putting 1000-plus litre internal water tanks in our attics?

The point I'm making with these examples is that we are constantly taking risks. The question is not about facing a risk - it is more about how we manage it. A construction worker standing on the top floor scaffolding of a high-rise is definitely taking a risk with his life. However, he's able to do the job because he's able to manage that risk. Ditto with all those who do 'risky' jobs.

Speaking in 'energy' terms, risk is an energy upheaval in our system. It is an intuitive mortgaging of an x amount of energy for a particular purpose. As long as we are able to manage that mortgage, we are safe. The risk is in not being able to do so.

A simple visualisation exercise to increase one's risk capacity is to visualise oneself sitting peacefully and 'pushing out' one's aura. Visualise yourself pushing out the space surrounding you. This exercise combined with pranayam is a good combination. Try this out and share your experiences.

What is 'quiet time'?

A practice that's most commonly associated with recent spiritual awakenings is that of seeking times of silence in our lives. It's hard to hear the Spirit with all the noise around us. So, it’s beneficial to take a small part of each day and set it aside for silence. This means shutting off the beeper, turning off the TV and radio, taking the phone off the hook, and closing the door. Or, it means walking off to the beach or garden or mountain and not doing anything but being in the company of yourself. This time set aside for silence during the day is often called 'quiet time'.

It's usually done first thing in the morning, but some people have been able to use their train or bus ride to work for it, or perhaps they slip off to a neglected cubbyhole of their workplace during coffee break or lunch. Quiet time, as with other devotional activities, can help give some divine rhythm to the daily routine.
That takes care of outside noise. But what about inside noise? Our own mind is constantly thinking about what to do, what's going to happen, what others are thinking, and what we aspire to or lust after. That is also noise, at least to our spirit. To turn that off, the ancients did something very simple: they br
eathed. That is, they breathed through their nose, slowly, deeply, using their diaphragm, focusing their mind on the act of breathing. The body reacts to this sort of breathing by relaxing; muscle tension fades away, and blood pressure drops. The mind reacts, too; as the body relaxes and the thoughts focus down on the one basic action we can't shut off, other thoughts and sensations are left behind. This leaves us free to hear God whisper to us.
If 'quiet time' is a daily spiritual need, then there may be times when a longer stretch of solitude may be needed. For that, there is the 'retreat'. This is done by going to a specific place away from where you live and work, away from hobbies and duties, families and habits, media and pressures. It can be done totally alone, or with a small group of people who have a common purpose or bond. It works because of its being thoroughly separated from life as you know it for more than just a few minutes a day. This gives you a chance to step outside of your entire way of life for a little while and see it from a different angle.

Quiet time is more than just a daily appointment with yourself. It's more like a visit with your closest friend. It's especially important for those of us who've made our lives in such a way that we need an appointment to speak to us. Good relationships need the time; they can't live as just another item on the agenda, they are lost if time isn't specifically set aside for them.

It's all about frequency

All existence can be broken down into simple wave functions. Every photon, energy emission and elementary particle functions with its own unique wave signature. Everything that we see around us, living and non-living, animate and inanimate, vibrates to a frequency. When we see a colour, we are actually seeing a distinct frequency of visible light. When we hear a sound, our eardrums are actually being vibrated by subtle waves in the air molecules around us. Even the neurochemical processes of human consciousness ­and our very thoughts ­ ring with their own distinct wave patterns.

By studying the way that waves interact with other waves, researchers have found that even low-powered oscillations can have enormous effects on standing waves, physical structures, and even the human brain. This means that if you were to place an object that is resonating at 100 cycles per second (cps) with another object that is resonating at 5,000 cps, over a period of time, the former will automatically start to resonate at 5,000 cps.
This explains why keeping good company is of so much importance. 'Good company' is ordinarily thought of as those people who think progressively, and if someone were to be part of their company, it was believed that that person too would automatically become 'progressive'. In other words, that person will start to resonate at the same speed.
When we talk about sharing a rapport with someone, or in typical Mumbai lingo "have the same tuning" with someone, it essentially means that we share the same frequency. And it need not be limited only to humans. We share frequency with books, houses, cellphones…all our possessions. Why, even our work space, our corner in our room, our favourite coloured shirt, favourite time of the day, and so on.
The trick to better living is being able to know our frequency at any given point. And this frequency keeps changing every second depending on our thoughts, exertion, what we are wearing, what we are listening to, etc.
One of the easiest ways to control and modulate your frequency is to watch your breath. Slowing down your breath and modulating it will help you to change your frequency. That is why pranayama is so effective and also so powerful. It holds the key to what is and what can take place inside you and outside.

Here's a tip:
If you find things going awry around you, watch your breath. Slow it down. Our normal waking state frequency is from 13-40 Hz. This is called the beta state. Slowing down our frequency to the 7-12 Hz range to what is called the alpha level, will automatically change our body metabolism and frequency. And since our frequency affects all that's happening around us, you will find things automatically settling down.

Heard of an Energy Account?

When we see our near and dear ones suffer on account of illness, or any kind of tension, our heart reaches out to them, isn't it? We want to help them, and do our bit to alleviate their suffering. We are able to do this if we are physically close to them, but how about those who live far away? The trauma of having to wait endlessly for that all-important phone call, or that email, can be traumatic. Is there, then, nothing that we can do apart from saying a line or two in prayer? There is an option. Rather, it is a technique, which works on the same logic as a recurring deposit (RD) account.

When we open a RD account with the bank, we instruct the latter to transfer a stipulated amount of money from our savings account to the RD periodically. This RD carries a higher rate of interest and the amount you get in the end, is much more. Now, this technique that I'm talking about, works on similar lines.
For instance, let's assume one Mr Ravi Krishnan is unwell. He stays in the US, and being in regular touch with him is difficult and costly too. But your heart aches to know how he is doing, and you want to do your best for him. Here's what you can do:

  • Open a Ravi Krishnan Energy Account in your mind. This 'account' is being created to accumulate energy for Ravi Krishnan - energy that you are willing to donate or transfer from your energy account.
  • Mentally affirm that X percentage of my daily generation of positive energy, goes into Ravi Krishnan's Energy Account. In this case, you are giving an instruction to the ether to transfer that much volume of energy into his account daily. You decide what percentage of energy you want to transfer. Importantly, it should be an amount that you are comfortable with.
  • You can also program the duration. For eg. Your pledge could read as "10 per cent of the positive energy that I generate everyday goes into Ravi Krishnan's Energy Account for a period of 10 days." Though this technique may sound a bit ludicrous, the effect is profound. It works the same way as your bank.

If many people simultaneously do this, the effect is that much more. Each one can open a Ravi Krishnan Energy account in their minds, and pledge an energy donation. This provides a regular stream of energy to Ravi Krishnan. Illness or stress arises out of paucity of energy in the system compounded by the fact that the individual is unable to generate the required of quota of energy on his own. This technique can help bridge that gap. Try it out, and share your experiences with me.

Check your house's energy spiral

Have you faced situations when just nothing seems to go right? When debacles take place one after the other - death, loss of job, tension, breakdown in relationships, loss of money, poorhealth, etc. On the other hand, there are times when opportunities keep springing up. Everything looks positive, and we end up saying "Things are looking up for me". Have you wondered how these things happen? The answer lies in the spiralling movement of cosmic energy.
One should always stress on understanding cosmic energy flows so that we can understand and monitor our life's events better. If you understand energy spirals, then you can consciously change the energy pattern in your life, in your house, neighbourhood, city, country, and the world at large.

Two movements
Cosmic energy spirals in two ways - clockwise spirals and anti-clockwise. The positive spiral radiates outward from the centre and the negatively charged spiral draws inward, simultaneously, toward the centre. Plants, trees, humans, and animals also have spiralling energy fields around them and we assume that everything does.
Physicists now acknowledge that everything from DNA to plant and animal cells to hurricanes and tornadoes to galaxies form spirals or vortices. Auric or energy fields around humans, animals, plants, trees, domes, power spots, and probably all of existence form interrelated spirals or vortices that radiate out and draw in simultaneously and infinitely.This is the underlying principle of the fact that all of us - living, non-living, animate, inanimate - are interdependent.
Haven't we always heard about the interconnectedness of all people and all things in the universe? If everything in the universe has these energy spirals simultaneously and infinitely radiating outward and drawing inward, doesn't that help explain this interconnectedness? Doesn't it explain how our thoughts and deeds can affect the energy of everyone else? Doesn't it help us to explain how what is happening to others in Bosnia, or Rwanda, or in any remote corner of the world affects the energy fields of each and every one of us in the world? Doesn't it give a possible explanation of how our prayers go out into the universe, how they affect others, and how they are answered (or how the answers are returned) by our Creator? Haven't we always heard that "thoughts are things" and "what we think and dowill come back to us in kind," and that "what goes around comes around?" Our thoughts are carried into infinity by the outward spiraling energy band and the effect of those thoughts are simultaneously returned to us through the inward drawing spiral.

How these spirals affect us
This brings us to the question of debacles and opportunities. Our energy patterns are largely determined and can be altered by our thoughts. Having the right attitude and thoughts set in motion their own pattern. And when the pattern is strong and prolonged, it has the power to change the energy of thousands of people.
Consider this example: When a leader professes a line of action, what he is doing is setting off an energy spiral. Now, the strength of this spiral depends on the power of his thought, his ability to convey it, and his personality itself. If strong, this spiral then works its way to change the spirals of all the people who heard these thoughts. And it continues like ripples in the pond, till virtually everywhere the same energy pattern or spiral is seen.
This same concept works in our house too. Constant negative thinking, poor self-esteem, areluctance to donate energy o r a miserly nature, reluctance to open up to ideas, clutter, anger, tension, poor relationships, ego - all these and much more, set in motion a negative spin or an anti-clockwise spiral in the house. And if this is not corrected, the spiral becomes stronger andbigger, pulling everything inside it like a vortex. It becomes all-consuming.
This, translated in normal terms, would mean all kinds of losses - life, money, peace, health, thought, happiness, etc. This negative spiral can be changed into a clockwise, positive spiral simply by will power and a change in our thinking. As soon as we do that, the spiral starts becoming positive and the symptoms will be there to see - suddenly you will get a new job, or opportunities. All of a sudden, long-lost friends will drop in. You will be able to buy things for the house. Positive indications that symbolise growth and development. So, after the reading this post, check out the energy spiral in your house. What does it say?

Why do we join our palms while saying namaste?

Our body comprises electrical impulses or currents which run from the head downwards to the tips of the palms and feet. This movement of the currents is a continuous process and depends on the health of the body and also the mood of the person.
When we join our hands - as in saying namaste or praying - we are simply forming a circuit. The current flows back into the body and strengthens it in the process. Just as the earth and sun have north and south magnetic poles, so do our bodies.
In fact, everything that stands upright on the planet has a positive charge on top, and negative charge at the base. Likewise, the top of the body has a positive charge. The feet have a negative charge. The right side has a positive charge while the left has a negative charge. These charges are commonly measured using sensitive voltmeters.
When the positive and negative poles of magnets are put together, there is an attractive current between them. Similarly, in our body, energy is directed magnetically along its lines of force to align and create a balance in the body.
Whenever there is an imbalance, it is corrected by connecting the right hand (+) to the left (-) side of the body, and by connecting the left (-) hand to the right (+) side of the body. This is also the reason why we are advised to do, give, eat and use the right hand more than the left... because of the positive current which flows out it.

Watch the space around you

The key to anything and everything is to understand the movement of our energy. What causes it to increase and decrease, what factors bring in energy, and which ones deplete it? Why do people behave the way they do? Is it their character and personality that is to be blamed, or the energy movements in their body. Why are some houses so welcoming, while others so claustrophobic? Why do some people put on weight even if they are not big eaters? What causes ailments like cancer? The answers to all these questions and more, can be got if you understand how to “read” energy.

Ideally, a person is healthy if the energy in him flows freely. The biggest stumbling block that prevents energy from moving smoothly is our ego. The moment our ego raises its head, voila, an energy block is created in our system. The bigger the ego, the larger the block.
Next on the list is stored emotions, particularly guilt. Guilt is like a leaking faucet: unless you deal with it, it will drain your energy every second. Then of course, the physical aspect: lack of exercise, poor food habits, etc – all these contribute to a poor flow of energy.
Unless you are extremely clued in to your body’s requirements, you will not realise what is happening inside it. How should you know whether the energy in your system is flowing smoothly, whether the energy in your house is good? Without knowing how to ‘read’ energy, is there any way you can take corrective measures?
Well, yes. It’s simple.
All you got to do is observe what is happening around you. Remember, whatever is happening inside you will happen outside you. In the sense, that your energy pattern or frequency will set the frequency for everything around you. If you feel morose inside, you will find the world a big hell-hole. If you are happy inside, you will find opportunities coming your way.
So, watch every aspect of your existence. For instance, if you have a tulsi plant in your house, watch its growth pattern. Is it healthy? Or is it withering? The tulsi is a very energy-sensitive plant. That’s why it is worshipped and finds a place in religious rituals. It takes on the energy of its surroundings, and hence is a good indicator of the energy flow in the house.
Secondly, watch what happens to loose clothes or bags lying in the house. Does it lie in the same place for days together without anyone bothering to pick it up? Does the dust on the chairs and tables remain uncleaned? Do you tend to pick up the dullest clothes from your closet or do you go for the bright ones? Observations like these, will tell you what is the energy status in your house – whether it is sticky, stagnant or plain dead.
And once you have a fair idea, consciously change things. Do some spring cleaning; change positions of furniture; change the upholstery. Laugh. Play music. Invite kids into the house. Throw a party. Basically, shake the energy. All these steps will help bring in freshness, which translated means, more energy. And as fresh energy comes in, you will find a positive change happening in you, and in the space surrounding you.

Does your workplace drain you?

Screaming bosses, manipulative co-workers, stressful work, dingy workplace, inadequate facilities.... can you analyse what is common in all these situations? Well, in energy terms, all of them are low in energy. Those who find themselves in these kinds of situations will find their energy drained most of the time, and they'll end up wondering what's going wrong with their life? They'll go to the doctors complaining of body pain and a general feeling of lethargy; they'll take a Crocin and think that their 'health' situation will be resolved. But what they don't realise is that this is not exactly a 'health' situation.

Our body energy constantly fluctuates depending on whom we meet and what situation we find ourselves in. Just as a good home energy is important for us to work well in the office, the reverse holds true too.
Visualise this situation:
You have a quarrel with your folks at home. You carry that bad mood to work, mess up with your assignments, and face a screaming boss as a result. So what do you do? You skip lunch, stay late and try to complete your work. And you get more frustrated when the office airconditioning is switched off after 6 pm and you have to work in increasing heat. Then, you travel in a crowded train back home, reach home wearily only to find your family watching their favourite TV serial with the volume turned on high. You scream. Family wonders what they have done to make you shout. They shout back, angry that they missed out on that crucial bahu dialogue all because of your stupid screaming. You munch some food that passes off for dinner, curl up in bed, and feel like crying and going away somewhere. But life has to go on. So.... you succumb to your situation.
This operates like a chain reaction, and you wonder why the world is such a big hell-hole? Is there a way out? Yes there is.
See it from an energy perspective. When you feel your energy drained, connect with sources that give you energy viz air, water, fire, earth and space. Translated this would mean

  • AIR - Go for walks. Do deep breathing. Sit in an airy place.
  • WATER - Drink water or splash water on your face frequently. Two-three baths a day also help.
  • FIRE - Eat warm food. Rub your hands together - this will generate heat in your body.
  • EARTH - Involve yourself in gardening or cleaning the house. Or if it's okay with you, go and hug a tree
  • SPACE - Give yourself time and space. Listen to music. Go for the movies. Watch the sunset. Play with children.
There are of course, myriad ways in which you can access or harness these sources of energy. The simplest thing to remember is whatever situation you may find yourself in, simply connecting to these sources will replenish your energy and get you ready to face the next challenge in life.

Heard of psychic vampires?

  • Do you know why you at times feel depleted in a crowd (as in a packed local)? Likewise, sometimes you also feel enervated on being in a crowd (like in a group prayer session)?
  • Have you ever felt wonderful after interacting with someone, and at other times, felt depressed and drained out on meeting others?
  • Have you heard of psychic attacks?

Your body energy - or prana as it is called - falls prey to a number of external influences every second of the day. At any unguarded moment, your energy can be sucked away leaving you drained. It sounds unbelievable isn't it, but it's true.

Cosmic energy is naturally free flowing. It is constantly moving and gets transferred from one object to another depending on the level of energy of both objects. Take for instance, any kind of interaction. Suppose you are playing with your child. The energy interaction between you and your child would be far more different and positive, than when you are treating someone who’s ill.

In the first example, you will be absorbing energy from the child because the latter is at a higher energy level. And in the second example, the patient will be sucking away your energy because in this case, you are at a higher energy level. Get the picture?

Our energy status keeps fluctuating every second and we are constantly absorbing or allowing our energy to be sucked away. There are also psychic vampires: those, who unconsciously, feed on your energy and depend on it for their sustenance. Typically, these people will depend on you for everything: money, time, advice, food, etc. Giving help is one thing, but getting drained is altogether different.

So, do we just watch helplessly while all this energy drama takes place? Well no. There are ways in which you can 'protect' your energy and not allow this 'energy drainage'. Here is one that helps very well. Do this exercise early morning and before going to bed:

  • Tower of Light Exercise
    Stand erect, feet shoulder-width, arms at your sides, breathing evenly and deeply.
  • Mentally visualise that you are surrounded by a long ellipsoid of intense, bright blue light that extends 20 centimetres outwardly from every point on the surface of your body.
  • Continue to maintain this image and visualise a globe of brilliant white light above (but not touching) your head. The globe is inside the bright blue aura.
  • Concentrate on this bright white globe so that it becomes bright and glowing.
  • Keep both images of the bright blue aura and the brilliant white globe and mentally feel the latter showering you with glittering white light filled with silver sparkles. This white light should permeate your entire being, coursing vibrantly through you.
  • The outer shell of your aura should be an intense bright blue filled with the vibrant, sparkling white light. Concentrate on this complete image as long as you can, fully believing in its reality. As you close, let the image fade slowly while believing that it is not fading from reality.

This is a creative visualisation technique that is very beneficial for all, but more so if done by doctors and others who operate in low energy situations.

If Saigal were to sing 'Aashique banaya....'

Himesh Reshammiya has so much in common with yesteryear playback singers K L Saigal and Mukesh – a nasal voice, a huge fan following, fair share of critics, and of course, superstardom. The only difference is that all three belong to different generations – Saigal ruled roost in the 40s, Mukesh in the 60s and Reshammiya of course being the current throatthrob. However, if Reshammiya were to perform during Saigal’s time, or vice versa, would their songs take the listening world by storm? Probably not. Imagine Saigal singing ‘Aashique banaya aapne’…Can I hear you giggling? Their success is not as much as their ability to sing, as much as their ability to be relevant for the generation that they lived in and sang for.
Relevance is the ability to stay in touch with the times you live in. In ‘energy’ terms, it is the ability to match the frequency of your times. The words ‘generation gap’ is essentially a change in frequencies – where one generation is not able to tap into the frequency of another. Now you know why kids naturally gravitate towards other kids. They connect with each other’s frequencies.
So, a youngster can be as relevant or irrelevant as a senior citizen. If a person can transcend what his age and generation conditions him to do, then that person becomes ‘relevant’. A classic example is Dev Anand. He is often referred to as evergreen because of his ability to stay with the times he lives in, never mind that his films don’t find many takers. He thinks young, stays relevant, and doesn’t let his biological age get in the way.
We find many senior citizens who go for computer classes - something that people of their ilk are not prone to doing. There are many of them who tutor their grandchildren by updating their knowledge about the subject they are teaching. Similarly, there are many youngsters who are equally at ease with a Saigal as they are with a cell phone.
So, the question is "what exactly is relevance?" Is relevance really a matter of age? You can be 90, and still be relevant. Or turn 22 and still be irrelevant. It's entirely a matter of attitude.

Chart your energy patterns

Most of us start each day at a low energy point (even if we've had enough sleep). This energy increases and decreases during various times of the day. Have you noticed that sometimes however hard we try to do a job, we are not successful; at other times, it works just like magic?
Creative people feel the effects of this energy fluctuation a lot. For instance, a writer may be able to think very lucidly from say, 7 to 9 pm. But once he touches 10, he just cannot get his mind to obey. There are others who function exceptionally well late at odd hours. That is the reason you find many students sitting late at night to study. There are others who find the early morning hours suitable.
Energy patterns, therefore, is a personal thing. Energy levels typically reach their peak around noon or 1 pm, drop in the late afternoon, reach a mild subpeak around 7 pm, and decline until sleep. This is the norm so to speak; it can vary on an individual basis.
Such being the case, it would be worthwhile to chalk out your energy patterns so that you can allocate creative and highly stressful jobs to the high energy periods and mundane jobs to the low ones.This is what you need to do. Draw a grid on a big piece of paper, with a X-axis and a Y-axis. On the X-axis, write down the times of the day at one-hour intervals. Say, you wake up at 7 am and retire at 11 pm. Write down your waking hours. On the Y-axis, write down the numbers 1 to 5. Once an hour for a week or so, tick the box that corresponds to your energy level at each hour of the day - from 5 (most energy in a day) to 1 (least energy in a day).
Do this intuitively. Use a different colour for each day. To determine your energy pattern, note where the tick marks cluster. Join the tick marks to get the flow. Now allocate your work according to your energy patterns. Avoid tackling difficult or stressful tasks at low-energy times (since that's when you're most likely to feel overloaded).
An exercise like this will help you to understand yourself better. It will help to get the best out of yourself. Remember, everywhere the principle is the same. For instance, if you consider the sun and chart its energy pattern, you will realise that the sun's energy is not suitable at all times. Specific jobs need to be done only at specific time periods. For instance, the morning sun is very beneficial but the setting sun is not. So, chart your energy pattern and see the difference.

Why is a guru required?

One of the most popular labels going around nowadays is ‘guru’. Though, the word derives itself from Hinduism where ‘guru means ‘dispeller of darkness (‘gu’ – dispeller; ‘ru’ – darkness), all religions have the concept of a guru or preceptor or a teacher. It is the guru you go to when you are in trouble. In fact, when pursuing spiritual disciplines, it’s advisable to do it under the guidance of a guru because as Hinduism puts it, a guru helps the student to realise God. That’s the religious explanation. Is there a metaphysical one, considering that this column deals with the concept of energy?

Yes, there is.

As I have explained previously in this column, every activity either raises energy or depletes energy. So, every second of existence generates energy and destroys energy concurrently. In a tree, when a new leaf is being formed, an old one is dropping off too. When a student learns something new in school (and creating energy by that process), he is also destroying that energy by not applying that knowledge in his life. When you get your salary and put it in your saving account, the destruction process of that ‘money’ has already begun because the inflation rate is higher than that of your savings account. When you buy a car (creation of energy), the depreciation (destruction of energy) begins the moment the key is handed to you.

This constant creation, preservation and destruction of energy need to be managed. If you do not manage the energy that you generate, the energy will manage you. For eg., a car driver drives only at that speed that he can manage; the moment he speeds up too much (which means generates more energy than he can manage), the car veers out of control and he is totally helpless at the hands of the energy he has created.

Now, coming to the concept of guru.

A guru is a person whose ability to generate and manage energy is greater than yours. Therefore, if and when the student is unable to manage the energy that he creates, the guru steps in and helps him. The guru too in turn would have a guru and so on.

The best way to explain this would be by comparing our household electricity connections. How do we get our electricity: firstly, there is nature which is harnessed through the power stations; these in turn, transmit power to the transformers in the sub-stations, that ‘step down’ the high-voltage electricity into lower voltage electricity. This is further ‘stepped down’ and distributed to individual households and the energy that you consume is much much less than what is generated at the power station. At every stage, the effort is to make the voltage manageable.

A guru is like the transformer and you are like the household consumer. He is able to regulate the flow of energy that his student receives so that the student is not harmed due to excess energy coming his way. Naturally, this would mean that the guru should be able to do this. However, nowadays one can’t be so sure of that considering that every second person considers himself/herself a guru…