There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.Modern Dancer & Choreographer, Martha Graham
There are multiple layers to health, and life force energy is at the foundation of them all.
The World Health Organization defines health as, “…a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
And if it were me making the definition for the WHO, in addition to physical, mental and social well-being, I would add spiritual.
Life force is the fuel for the cells of our body, it supports our thoughts and emotions, and connects us to each other and to Source.
That’s why connecting with and amplifying it will also amplify our physical, mental/emotional, social and spiritual health, and ultimately compel us to give our gifts and live our purpose on the planet.
What I’m referring to as life force energy comes in various forms and goes by different names around the world (chi and prana are just two examples).
The concept can seem like an esoteric one but the truth is that you have likely experienced its movement in your own body and life.
We experience it in the physical buzz after working out, making love, or a particularly meaningful experience of being in nature.
Excitement, anger, sadness–these all represent the movement of life force energy, as does intuition, falling in love and sensing the presence of the divine.
Life force energy is within and all around us; it’s a kind of living, flowing intelligence.
Life force energy is supposed to flow and circulate through our bodies and lives.
When its movement gets inhibited it creates a kind of friction or pressure in our body-minds and any number of unwanted symptoms.
Check out this blog post where I explain how healing pain requires freeing up sequestered life force energy.
Think of the intense force of the water moving down a river.
If something is blocking the flow of the water, like a big rock or a bridge pylon, the pressure at the obstruction is immense.
The pressure that builds in our bodies and lives as a result of impeding the flow of life force energy is similar.
I could also be compared to driving your car around with the parking brake engaged.
At first you may see or smell smoke, and if we don’t get the hint that something is wrong, eventually fire.
In the case of our bodies and lives, back pain, high blood pressure or depression and anxiety, for example, are the signs that something is wrong.
And if we don’t pay attention we may find ourselves in the midst of a serious health crisis later on.
On a social and spiritual level we may feel alone and without direction in life.
Anything that limits you from knowing and living your genuine potential can cause a blockage.
For most of us that process starts in the womb as our sensitive nervous systems pick up on the way life force energy moves and circulates, or doesn’t, in our parents and in the culture of our immediate family.
Because we literally rely on them for our survival, we automatically adopt the same ways of impeding life force energy in ourselves.
Once born, we are subject to hurts and traumas and accidents that further overwhelm our nervous systems and cause us to create armor in the form of life force energy sequestering tension and postural distortions, which affect us physically, psychologically and spiritually.
We put harmful things in our bodies.
These may be as obvious as drugs and alcohol or things we don’t consider such as refined sugars and preservatives, that also impact the flow of life force energy.
Many people immediately turn to medications in order to fix the symptoms they experience when the body-mind becomes blocked.
Unfortunately, these don’t always work because they only treat the symptoms by changing our physiology.
They fail to address the other levels of health that we talked about in the beginning of this blog post, as well as causing chemical stress.
Here are five basic strategies for increasing life force energy:
Get plenty of clean food and water.
Proper nutrition is the fuel that helps maintain and increase life force energy.
Breath is life force energy.
Often in rush through our days we take frequent, shallow breaths.
Take time to practice deep, calming breathing.
Listen to the sound of the your breathing.
Feel the air as it enters and exits.
Allow the flow of air to clear the path for the flow of energy.
Motion helps all vital fluids and energies to circulate through the body.
Whatever you do for movement, add attention to it.
Feel each movement.
I can’t say enough about just walking.
Our bodies and lives are constantly giving us messages about what they want and need and which direction to go in.
But because of the causes and conditions that block the flow of life force energy mentioned above, we have an aversion to feeling our bodies and have lost touch with its subtle cues.
Too often we ignore that nagging twinge, we write off the occasional headache or push ourselves past the pain.
Be aware of your body and trust its signals.
In addition, become aware of your thoughts and actions.
Have you been experiencing more moments of anger or irritation?
Do you feel overwhelmed?
Do you feel spiritually lost, as though you have no purpose in life?
All of these are clues you need to listen to.
Nature is one of the most naturally healing things on this world.
Taking time to leave the bustling cities with noise and pollution can do wonders.
Even an hour beside a flowing stream or a walk in a park surrounded by trees can help clear some of the blockages.
Make spending time in nature a part of your daily, or at least weekly, schedule.
What happens if you have reached a point where the life force energy is so blocked that these things don’t work?
There are some things that can help.
Here’s a video I made on the subject:
…or if you’re the podcast type listen below, and/or find the BioSoul Integration Podcast and this episode where ever you get your podcasts:
There are many practices that are designed to help clear the flow of life force energy.
Yoga combines breathing, motion, and awareness.
The stretching and other movements are designed to stimulate the flow of energy.
Chi Gong also combines the essential ingredients necessary to align your body, mind, and soul.
Energy Work allows the practitioners to feel where the blocks in your energy field are and gently release the knots, allowing the energy to once again flow freely.
NSA is an evidenced-based approach to wellness and body awareness in which gentle, precise spinal contacts cue the brain to create new wellness promoting strategies.
BioSoul Integration is an energetically oriented healing technique designed to bring together the body, mind, and spirit. It works with the nervous system to amplify safety and resources in the system so that you can more fully express your spiritual nature through your physical body.
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