What Drains You?

by Tara Roth –

Intuition relies on sensing energy. 

It is a moment to moment communication between your conscious mind and higher self. Energy is all around us. It emanates from people, places and even inanimate objects. A Feng shui specialist I know told me every object in your home is energetically connected to you on an unconscious level. 

When you enter a room, some part of your energy field is scanning every single object, noting if anything has moved or is missing from the space. Given that the average American has thousands of objects in their home, this can cause an incredible energy drain.
Try this experiment:
Walk into any room in your home and really look at how much stuff is there. As you look at your things through this lens of consciousness, you may notice how some items trigger memories or emotions. You might be amazed to realize how many unhappy memories you have are on display!
I encourage you to weigh the dollar value of any item you are reluctant to let go of against the energetic cost of keeping the associated memory present and alive.
Your connection doesn’t stop at your “stuff”. We are each energetically connected to places too. Look around your home again, this time focus on the energy of the actual space and what that feels like. Use all your senses and observe what you see, hear, smell, feel and sense. Does the space feel welcoming and warm; chaotic and cluttered; harsh or cold?

Notice the impact this space has on your energy field.

Another experiment:

Now move the experiment to your mind and think about a place you love to go to – where you always feel welcome and happy. As you think about it, remember what happens to your energy level as you enter that place. Do words like relax, expand and wide open come to mind?

You are being affected like this energetically all day, everyday but are most often not aware of it because this awareness is operating below your conscious mind.
To develop your intuition is to develop more awareness. 

Start to tune into your surroundings. When you enter a place for the first time, imagine you are pushing your senses outside your body to “feel” it. Develop this same awareness around the people in your life, whether they are friends or strangers.

Breathe deeply, center and extend your senses and see what you notice about this person’s energy. How does it feel to you? Every person has a distinct energetic vibration pattern and tone; it may be fast or slow, warm or cold, tense or relaxed, vibrant or lethargic.

Ask how does this person feel to me? Are they happy, sad, nervous, calm, open or hiding something? Don’t rely on what they say to you to decide; this is an awareness exercise of what you sense.
As part of this exercise, notice your own energy levels around this person. Do not judge this as good or bad; this is simply about paying attention and noticing what is in front of you. Noticing places, people, their energy and its impact on you is a huge step in developing your intuition.
Coaching Challenge

This week practice the art of observing energy at work in your life and start to tune into your surroundings.

When you enter a place for the first time, imagine you are pushing your senses outside your body to “feel” it. Develop this same awareness around the people you encounter, whether they are friends or strangers.

The steps to take are to breathe deeply, center and extend your senses and see what you notice about the energy you are encountering.

Remember to monitor your own energy levels in these moments. If you find that someone or something is draining you, step a few feet away and notice the difference. Or conversely, if you are picking up an uplifting feeling, become an energetic sponge and soak that energy up! Most importantly, have fun!

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Spread Your Wings & Fly

by Tara Crawford Roth –

Yesterday, I rearranged the furniture in my favorite room. I wanted to open the space so I moved my couch to the other wall. Periodically I enjoy changing the look of a room as it shifts the energy and everything feels fresh.

Sitting on the couch with my coffee this morning and looking out the window I had a whole new view. Looking at the woods across the street I could feel the sun on my face as it began breaking through the branches of the trees. It felt so warm and inviting with the few remaining leaves hung amber and gold from the trees. My gaze was drawn to the tallest tree where there a hawk sat majestically perched.

In myth and ancient legends the hawk represents vision: the ability to soar above boundaries and see a bigger picture. They are messengers and visionaries. Hawk awakens our vision and inspires us to a creative life.

I gazed in wonder at this beautiful bird and sent a silent greeting as he spread his wings taking to the sky and flying towards me. His flight was breathtaking and I was struck by how the simple act of moving my couch created this moment.

It made me wonder what I might experience if I could shift my perspective as easily as I moved the furniture in my house. What if one minor course correction in my point of view could create a perception as inspiring as this? What if like the hawk, I could take on a broader view?

It is so easy to get caught in the details of your days. Here at ground level, it is easy to engage and focus on the battles at hand. Before you know it, you are feeling frustrated, angry or afraid and trapped in the drama of the moment. You can feel helpless or overwhelmed by your experiences and with no apparent way out, forgetting it is only one point of view.

The truth is this: you are in charge of your thoughts. 

You can choose what you focus on; which thoughts to nurture and which thoughts to ignore. Your life is determined by how you see the world and what you focus on. That focus is the key to your perspective and your stress level.

Did you know it takes only ten seconds of holding a positive thought or memory in your mind for your body to shift, relax and move out of the fight or flight mode? This is where the advice to count to ten comes from.

The truth is your body can’t tell the difference between your mental stress and your physical stress. It takes in signals from your thoughts and feelings and converts them into what is needed. In the case of stress, it creates adrenaline. Blood rushes out of your head and limbs and into your torso to prepare you for battle. Your thinking becomes unclear and your vision is like that of a horse with blinders on; you can only see what is immediately in front of you.

Changing your point of view can reduce the intensity of your emotions and get you out of fight or flight mode. Part of that choice comes from changing negative tapes that run in your head such as, “this is terrible” or “I really screwed. “

Instead, try telling yourself supportive and powerful things such as, “I can deal with this,” “I deserve success,” or “I know everything will work out. ” Why not pay more attention to what is working in your life than what is not?

How, exactly, do you shift your perspective? 

First of all, stop, breathe deeply and get calm. Now think of the good stuff. Thinking about how lucky you are to be alive or how grateful you are to be loved sends a chemical message to your body like an “all clear” and after ten seconds your body will relax.

This is a place where gratitude comes in really handy. The practice of being grateful creates serenity and brings you fully present. It brings an awareness of abundance into your thoughts and energy setting up a positive chain reaction.

Just like moving my couch, you can move your focus to what is working in your life. You can allow yourself to celebrate Thanksgivings all year by keeping your attention on gratitude and taking some time every day to focus on who and what you appreciate.

As you experience the tremendous power of this simple act it will become easier to remember to stop and ask, “what am I choosing in this moment?” and if you don’t like the answer you can exercise your power to choose something else. It really is that simple.

I encourage you to be like the hawk: spread your wings and soar above your boundaries so you can see the miracles happening in your life every day.


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