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Tell-tale signs of energy

The post ‘Your garden determines your energy’ prompted many people to take a deeper look at their balcony gardens. Many were surprised to know the link between gardens and the host family’s energy management skills. Plants are just one of the many ways of judging energy flow. Here are some more:

· Observe the way people open doors while entering a room. Some would open it wildly – not holding the door knob, but just a strong push that would make the door swing open furiously. They don’t care who’s on the other side. On the other hand, there are those who open the door carefully, opening it only a wee bit – just enough and a bit more for their body to fit in. Some, after entering the room, would shut the door with a bang or would leave the door to shut by itself without bothering to see if anybody is following them.
This is not to say that the former is the uncouth, uncaring sort and the latter more understanding. The point I am making is that the way one behaves – be it talking, sitting or even opening a door – speaks about the energy flow in that person. Opening the door is usually directly proportional to the amount of mental space you seek. It also reflects your territorial instincts at that point in time. The door opening habit would change if your energy make-up changes.

· Observe the way people walk. Ideally, one should walk straight with shoulders drawn back, head straight, chin parallel to the ground, and hands freely moving. We all know that. But do we walk that way? No. Some walk bent forward, some bent backward, and some tilted towards the sides. Of course, I am not referring to those with physical disabilities.
Our gait determines the way energy flows in our body – from top to bottom and vice versa. Have you noticed how when depressed, your shoulders tend to stoop, your back arches and your feet do not touch the ground fully when walking. Well, an ailment strikes us when our energy flow is disturbed. One way to shake off depression is consciously correct your posture. This restores the energy flow down the nadis or the energy paths in the body, and this refurbished energy helps you get better.
Prolonged distortion in posture and gait will change the energy mapping of your body. The ‘incorrectly postured’ could have ailments depending on which part of the body is out of balance and where the energy is exerting its ‘weight’. Remember, energy is seamless and weightless when in balance, but when imbalanced, it can exert a lot of weight and pressure. For instance, when breathing normally, you don’t even realise the breath that flows in and out. But when you catch a cold and are forced to breathe with a blocked nose, you know how tough breathing can be. You can then feel the ‘weight’ and ‘pressure’ of energy in the form of breath – and that happens because you are imbalanced.

Every second we display telltale signs of how well the energy is flowing in our body. We only need to know how to understand those signs and interpret it.

Have you hugged yourself?

How often have we gone through the motions without appreciating ourselves for a job well done? Have you ever said to yourself: “Hey you’re a rockstar”? Have you ever gone on a date with yourself? Are you one of those who would castigate yourself for failing a task? Have you ever hugged yourself? If the answers to these questions is ‘no’, then you are dealing with a serious case of low self-worth.

Unconditional self-worth is not dependent upon who we are, what we do, what we have, or what anyone thinks about us. Appropriate self-worth is the ability to see our strengths and weaknesses and to still accept ourselves. If we have self-worth, then self-confidence is a bonus. A healthy self esteem or worth is different from hubris – which is defined as excessive or exaggerated self-pride.
Low self-worth creates its own energy patterns – a thin aura, weakening of joints, frequent ‘shifting’ of the nabhi chakra, pain in the shoulders, a drained out feeling, inability to finish work on time, lack of opportunities coming one’s way, etc. Every instance of self-beating increases the holes in your aura and therefore, the chances of energy drainage.
A number of methods have been prescribed for increasing one’s self-esteem. These include meditation, psychotherapy, autosuggestion, spiritual activities, yoga, music, sincere praise, fitness and exercise programmes, accomplishment, achieving goals, public speaking, fashion, education, participating in a team sport, charity, integrity, trying your best and pampering yourself.
All these techniques and much more, help to plug auric holes and bring about completion. It is in your interest to keep egging yourself, and praising yourself for acts well done. The point is to continue to create ways to generate energy because the depletion of energy automatically happens. For instance, you bother more about eating different types of nutritious food isn’t it, (generation of energy) – do you really bother about how your body absorbs it and creates the waste matter? You don’t: it automatically happens. Of course, you look into it only when the latter doesn’t happen.
So the techniques mentioned above are ways to boost your energy flow, which in turn increases the size, thickness and quality of your aura, and that in turn helps to cushion you against anxiety attacks.
One of the simplest ways of feeling good about yourself is to hug yourself. Try this technique:
Lie down on the floor. Fold your arms across your chest, with fingertips on opposite shoulders. Hug yourself and breathe deeply. Feeling the expansion in the back. As you exhale, press the base of your spine on the floor and let your whole back spread out.

Your garden determines your energy

The next time you travel by road, observe the various ways in which people keep their balcony gardens. Some would be having the pots neatly arranged, the plants well-pruned, the garden area clean, the plant varieties correctly chosen – basically, a balcony garden that accentuates the beauty and homeliness of the house. On the other hand are gardens where the plants grow wildly on dirty pots; some of them not watered for weeks, dry leaves and stems hanging loosely – looking much like unkempt hair searching for direction in life.
You can judge the amount of energy that will be entering a household by simply observing the way the family takes care of its garden. When you grow a plant, you are actually nurturing a seed of energy. Your plant’s growth is directly proportional to the amount of care and effort you put in.
A badly kept garden indicates a family that doesn’t know how to manage its energy. The principle about energy that I have explained before in this column is that it should be managed. Else, the energy manages you. Ditto with plants.
When your balcony is virtually taken over by wet mud, and wildly growing foliage obscuring your view, your garden is in effect controlling the amount of time you spend in the balcony and the degree of enjoyment you derive there. In other words, your garden’s energy is controlling you instead of the other way around.
Your attitude towards energy runs through all the activities that you undertake to generate energy – like cooking, fine arts, even raising a child. A child, like a plant, is a seed of energy that you nurture. If you are unable to ‘manage’ that energy, upbringing is that much tougher a process.
So, if you have a poorly maintained balcony garden, try this:
a) Prune the plants to confine it to below your eyesight level.
b) Paint the pots.
c) Clean the area surrounding the pots of wet mud and dry leaves.
d) Make sure, the plants do not disturb you when you stand in your balcony. Wherever you choose to place plants in your house, make sure they are adornments and increase the energy in the area around them – both by way of colour and presence.
e) Replenish the soil by adding manure. The principle is the same as reinventing yourself in life, by dressing up differently or taking up new courses. All these steps help to add fresh energy. Similarly, a plant’s energy has to be replenished.
f) Practise crop rotation: try different plants in the same soil.
g) Gift your plant.
h) Talk to your plant. Studies have indicated that plants that are ‘spoken’ to grow better.

A garden can be a wonderful source of energy. It all depends on how well you maintain it. When things don’t seem to be going too well in life and when matters generally seem to be getting out of hand, check your garden and the way your plants are growing. They will give you a complete picture of your energy pattern.

Doses of fresh energy

My colleague was discussing the film ‘Déjà vu’ with me. The film, she explained, was about the force of positive energy and how it has the capacity to change the past. The truth couldn’t have been further from that.
Consider this situation: You return from a month’s vacation to find your house dirty and dusty. What would you do? First, you would open the windows (Translated, it means you let in energy in the form of air); second you would dust the furniture (again, in addition to air energy, you are adding energy in the form of time because you are investing time to do all this); third, you would probably mop the floor (thereby adding energy in the form of water); you would light the lamp on your puja altar (fire energy); and last but not the least, you would probably just stretch yourself on the sofa saying “Ah, it feels nice to be back home” (space energy).

Through these exercises, you are adding a force of fresh positive energy (like the film Déjà vu explains) to the past (in this case, your locked house). This fresh energy has the power to change the frequency of the energy already existing, and if strong enough can completely change the complexion of the energy that previously existed.
This concept applies to every situation. Often, especially in the case of strained relationships, we hesitate to remedy the situation thinking and fearing about how the past experience will influence results. “Oh, I have been so rude to her in the past; I’m sure she’ll not want to see my face”. Just that thought prevents any kind of rapprochement. The solution is simple: just apply the concept of the ‘force of positive energy’ that I’ve explained. Visit the friend (time energy), discuss the issue preferably outdoor near the sea (air and water energy), send her a nice gift (space energy), treat her to lunch (fire energy) and work on changing the complexion of the relationship.
Even in the case of colours, we add white - which is a combination of all the colours - to lessen the impact of a colour. Similarly, we add water to dilute the contents of a solution. In both these cases, we have introduced fresh energy in the form of white colour and water, to bring about changes.
Energy is never permanent. Its frequency can be altered to change its state - much like clay that can be moulded into any form by adding fresh energy in the form of water.