Energy tips for students

I spoke on Radio Mirchi – an FM radio channel in Mumbai – yesterday giving energy tips for students appearing for their 12th grade examinations. Though I had prepared 7 tips, not all could be included due to paucity of time. However, I thought I could put them here and hope it will help any student reading this.
Energy is everything. It drives the universe and it drives us. Every action that we do and every ritual we perform – across religions - is aimed at harnessing and directing this energy.
This subject is very very huge, but briefly put, we derive energy from five sources – from the earth, air we breathe, the water we drink, the fire or temperature that is generated inside our body, and fifthly, the space we demand for ourselves. You will feel drained or lack of energy if any or a combination of these elements is lacking in your system.
If you want to keep your body and mind healthy, you need to make sure that energy is flowing inside you smoothly. That means you need to ‘manage’ your energy. What blocks this flow of energy are factors like fear, insecurity, expectations, trauma, etc.
Now, during exams, this is precisely what happens with students. The exam stress causes their body’s energy patterns to change due to the factors I mentioned – fear, anxiety, expectation, etc. This causes what is called energy blockages, ie energy does not flow smoothly in their body. As a result, they can feel drained, listless, less confident, fearful, etc. And this has a rebound effect – since they feel low and down, their bodies generate less energy and this causes them to feel more drained.
Here are some tips that a student could follow. All these are aimed at getting the energy to flow again, and once that is done, then to increase their energy levels.

Morphogenic fields at work in Egypt

Have you been observing the convulsing energy patterns across the Arab world? Are you amazed and shocked at the same time, that an uprising that started in Tunisia travelled across the region to start similar uprisings in other areas? Have you wondered how this kind of phenomenon happens?
What you are witnessing is a phenomenon called ‘morphogenic fields’ where information is passed on from mind-to-mind without any physical contact. An example of this phenomenon at work is when somebody is humming a song in his mind and you ‘pick up’ the same tune almost inadvertently without that person telling you anything about it. Or when entire communities – linguistic, religious, behavioural – function and think the same way without anyone having to necessarily teach them to do so. Like terrorists, for example. That’s morphogenetics at work.

Left or Right?

Ravi and Rakesh were friends. But they were complete opposites. Ravi liked the detail in everything: he was excellent in organising, planning and taking care of the nitty-gritty. He was analytical and processed information in a sequential way. He was good at math and spellings as well. Rakesh, on the other hand, was more holistic. He saw the whole and not the parts. He loved the arts, dreamt a lot, was intuitive, emotional, creative, visual, musical, lateral, unorganised and spontaneous. 

What made them different was the way their brains were wired. Ravi’s left-brain was dominant and Rakesh’s right.

Crisis at 25

A few days back, my 25 year-old colleague came over to talk. She was feeling low, not because her work was not enjoyable, but because she was faced with a more serious question: she felt aimless in life. She wanted to know whether she is headed in any direction at all, and what will she get at the end of her rainbow. 

She is not alone in her predicament. There are many in the Gen X, Y or whatever category who are overwhelmed by the “uselessness” as they term it, of their job, career, situation and life. They do not know what to do, where to go, whom to ask for help. They are not sure if anybody can help at all in the first place. They may have hundreds of friends on Facebook, but they are not sure which of them is really a friend. They are not sure whom they should trust. They are not sure if the relationships they enjoy will last at all. 

This is a dizzy state to be in – the quarter life crisis as it is being termed - and is probably a result of the intensely competitive world we live in, where childhood ends at 7 years and late 20s is considered “old”. It’s a strange world we live in, isn’t it?

1 + 1 = 10

Have you noticed how a garbage mound gets formed on the footpath? It starts off with a lazy bloke dropping a piece of paper at a cosy corner. This is invariably followed by another super lazy bloke who thinks he can add to it. Soon enough, you find all and sundry taking to this new garbage dump with a gusto! Within no time, you have a festering brand new garbage mound!
Is there an energy lesson in this? Yes, there is.

Energy grows the more you feed it. It doesn’t just grow; it multiplies at the rate of e=mc2. This energy can be positive or negative depending on your thought process behind it. Both polarities multiply at the same rate depending on how you feed and nurture the energy. Mr Lazy Bloke created energy that was negative, and it multiplied, whereas a student who sincerely studies a subject, is creating positive energy for himself in lieu of that subject. The energy generated here is positive whereas the energy generated in a garbage mound is not. That’s the difference. But the manner of energy generation remains the same. 

What does this mean for day-to-day living?

Have you written your script?

Which of these questions do you find applicable to your life?

a) I am enjoying my life. It is going according to plan
b) I just don’t know where I am headed in life
c) My life’s circumstances seem to be careening out-of-control. God knows what will happen next.
d) I wish I knew what would happen in my life five years from now.
e) I want to feel more in control of my life, but I have no clue how to go about it.

The point here is about being in control of whatever you are doing. The same goes for being in control of your life. ‘Being in control’ lends gravitas. It makes you feel powerful. That is because you deal with energy. You try to ‘control the energy that causes those events in your life. That is the quality of energy. If you want energy to work for you, you need to be in control of it. Otherwise the energy starts to control you.