By Micara Link
There are little things you can do like turning the lights off when you leave a room or taking your bike instead of the car, but that’s not the type of energetic responsibility that I’m talking about. I’m talking about our personal energy fields, the energy that we carry within, and without. The energy we are continuously and automatically sending out into the world.
Oprah hangs a sign on her make-up room door that reads, “Please be responsible for the energy that you bring into this room.” She adopted this practice from brain researcher, Jill Bolte Taylor, author of “My Stroke of Insight.” Jill experienced a stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain that completely deteriorated left brain function and the perceived left brain reality. Our brain is composed of two hemispheres, the right and the left. Each hemisphere carries out completely different and separate functions, yet when working correctly, they communicate together to create the reality in which we experience.
The left side of our brain is connected to the past and the future. It thinks in language. It is the “I Am” part of ourselves that sees separation, detail, and categories. The right side of our brain is connected to the present moment and thinks in pictures. It sees the overall connection and creation of all things. Jill’s left hemisphere hemorrhage created an experience where life was perceived strictly through her right brain functions. What she experienced was freedom from the pain of the past and worry of the future. Her mental chatter quieted and she connected to stillness within her. She explains how she could detect the energy within herself and the energy within everything around her. She states that she felt expansive, connected to all things, lighter, at peace, and in a state of euphoria. Jill was no longer preoccupied with judgment, categorizing, and labeling, she was placed into a reality where only the present moment, feelings, and energy were what mattered.
We could interpret her experience and rationalize it to mean many different things, but I believe that Jill was gifted with the opportunity to experience our world through the eyes of Spirit. Her left brained, ego-identification ceased, and her perception shifted to a state of oneness, connection, and expansion.
While recovering in the hospital, Jill was able to sense and perceive the thoughts and emotions of the nurses. She could sense all the energy that was being brought into her room and she noticed how her own energy shifted in connection to it. This realization as to how she was energetically affected by someone else’s thoughts and emotions led her to create a sign that asked all people who wished to enter her room to be responsible and mindful of the energy they were carrying and bringing into it.
To me, this is an amazing and validating experience. Jill is a living example teaching us how we’re all connected and that our personal energy fields affect one another. What if everyone truly understood how their personal energy field affected the world around them? If you knew that the mental complaints and judgments you thought were open for the world to see, would you change? What if each emotion or thought was broadcasted from a loud speaker or visible to each and every passerby? Would you think different things? Would you choose to feel different emotions? What type of energy do you want to contribute to the world?
To tell you the truth, those things are already revealed and being shown loud and clear within your energy field. What Jill Bolte Taylor experienced from her stroke was personal testimony of how energy is connected and that on some level we are picking up on the energy around us.
As human beings who hold the energetic vibration of our spirit, along with each and every thought and emotion, we vibrate at a certain energetic frequency. When this vibration ripples out into the world we are affecting those around us and drawing to us situations and circumstances that match that frequency. Understanding this is huge! Once you realize how you are able to shift your energy to one that you desire, you can literally change your life. You can choose your thoughts, you can choose to shift your perception to a positive one, you can choose to feel more joy, happiness, and peace. And, as you do this you are creating a ripple affect around you. The people around you will sense your positivity and you will draw that energy out of them, you will attract more positive experiences into your life, you will begin to see how the type of energy you send out is the type of energy you receive.
All it takes to make this shift is awareness and intention. Once you are aware, you can intend to either stay where you’re at or change. Start with observing your thoughts. Do you notice a pattern of criticism and judgment? What if you shifted your awareness to appreciation and acceptance? Sometimes this can seem impossible, especially when what we perceive seems to be truth, but really, you are the creator of your reality. You can choose to see faults or virtues. You can choose to focus on the positive or the negative. It’s up to you, and this is what it means to be energetically responsible.
Most of us want to live in a world with clean air, water, and respect for our natural resources, so we reduce, reuse, and recycle. There’s an understanding that we are responsible for the condition of this planet, so we make choices that will help make a positive impact. This is exactly how we can create a better world energetically. Do you want a more peaceful, loving, and positive world? If you do, it starts with you.
You’re responsible for the type of energy you are bringing into the world. You can choose to spread love, happiness, and peace. You can choose to stop criticizing yourself and others. You can choose to be grateful for your life experiences and your current condition. You can choose to appreciate. You can choose to speak words that uplift and inspire. You can find the light in the darkness and the gifts in the rubbish. It’s up to you. It’s time to be responsible for who you are and how you’re contributing to the world. What changes can you make today? How can you be more responsible for the energy you’re sharing with the world?
For more information on Jill Bolte Taylor and her experience, visit http://www.TED.com or read her book “A Stroke of Insight.”
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