11 August 2017 8 Comments

Energy Sensitivity as a Path to Self Development, Part 1

Before I share my general comments regarding topics she brought forth, let me say that I am delighted with Kelly’s comprehensive, well thought-out, and fascinating commentary in the last two posts. She covered a lot of ground, and touched upon a number of ways that energy does indeed show up and express. I always value the the rough-and-tumble way she gets it straight out there and speaks her truth, with its stamp of authenticity and colorful qualities.

Below are my related considerations:

Those who do not experience energy directly and specifically are also impacted by it, sometimes less directly, sometimes directly but with less awareness. One naturally finds something else upon which to attribute whatever one experiences. It is common to assume that sensations source from physical causes, mood states from events or dreams, and so forth, as the mind seeks to make sense of our experience. Of course, when energy pathways are not open and enlivened, ones range of experience is less broad, less vivid.

Inability to notice the energies inside and around us can be similar to the way the body shuts down sensation and compensates when we have multiple misalignments. A person who has never had body therapies or done yoga etc., despite various problems, becomes out of touch with sensation. Similarly, those who are buried in IMG_0265and riddled with energies that do not belong with them become numb to energy to a greater or lesser extent, depending on their neurological software, nature, and level of development. Assorted impressions and energies are all glommed together and feel normal. This load prevents the person from noticing something new unless it is quite intense, just as you don’t notice one more small crumb on a dirty floor. When it’s clean, you notice. “Stuff” usually starts to show up, if and when we are ready to release it, layer by layer. The more we clean the more we begin to notice and the more stands out. Deeper layers are often related to deeper emotional and ancestral archeology.

In very rare cases, people go through sudden awakenings, during which intense sensitivities and capacities show up suddenly. This is no picnic and nothing to envy.

People who work with energy through Qi Gong, acupuncture, extensive meditation, etc., and who address our Inner Work, learn to identify our own issues. We become more able to sense and recognize energy. This is partly a learned and developed skill, and partly owing to innate aptitude. Like all developed skills, different brain pathways are of course established.

Energy sensitivity is often but not always associated with physically or emotionally inconsistent or unsafe early environments. We turn on and develop our sensors learning to stay safe. Hyper-vigilance is an extreme stance, involving adrenal pathways. Innate sensitivity to energy is not necessarily an imbalance. It can be an inborn trait.

Some of us who start out with abnormal capacities for sensing energy may have unusual brain organization or activity, possibly involving the temporal lobe. Think, for example, of those individuals who can recite several thousand decimals of Pi without a calculator. Energy sensitivity is more common and uses very different brain pathways.

No matter the origins, one can use energy sensitivity as a path to self development. Development may be driven by the need to learn to mediate influences so they don’t overwhelm. This, plus learning to source influences, requires work and it demands self awareness to become accurate. Further self awareness results from these efforts. Whether one chooses this path or enters by necessity, once started upon it, most of us prefer to be clear and aware over inaccurately attributing our experiences to false causes.

A skeptic may consider energy experience as a false cause—until they experience, over and over, they way so many symptoms and life expressions almost miraculously change as such energies are addressed, and collaborate repeatedly with others who validate what they discover.

I started out as a skeptic—which helps me to ground my experiences in actualities whenever possible. Reality testing and seeking confirmation of findings is an essential element of self clarification and becoming accurate.

Where are you on the spectrum of sensitivity to energy?

How did your sensitivity come about?

In what ways does sensitivity to energy stimulate your personal growth?

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8 Responses to “Energy Sensitivity as a Path to Self Development, Part 1”

  1. Therese Sandhage 11 August 2017 at 7:07 am #

    I feel we’re all born with sensitivity but, as you expressed, it dims/dulls over time for the sake of survival. I was fortunate to not have much adult interaction before my teen years. Once I hit my teens, the adult interaction increased in ways I prefer to let be in the past. I did my best and I tried to conform in an effort to reduce the outside interaction. It didn’t work. I lost and found myself so many times. I’m back to finding myself and I find it difficult to completely release the training I’ve experienced. It comes forth in ways which are so subtle, usually through things I thought I wanted. It’s a challenge to let go of dreams I’ve had my entire life but that is my current journey. I’ve come to realize that, while my life includes teaching and relationships, my life is mainly about learning non-attachment. Those sound contradictory, and I used to think they were, but I’ve realized relationships are stronger, more loving, and overall better when engaged with non-attachment.

    While I feel like I’ve stopped writing mid-thought/sentence, I’m done so I’m stopping.

    With Love,

    • Teresa Dietze 11 August 2017 at 10:42 am #

      Hello, Dear. 🙂

      Very well put together. Yes, we do need to release both training and survival reactions–first by being able to observe them in action, then by releasing our attachment to outcome. Then we have a foundation to work with real non-attachment (as different from denial). And yes, real non-attachment is not reactive, or a defense against pain, and does not block love. It creates conditions under which real love [previous post a few weeks back speaks to this] can flourish. Going with love and working toward non-attachment is an entire spiritual path all on its own.



      • Therese Sandhage 11 August 2017 at 12:59 pm #

        Yes, the loving without attachment is my current journey and it is challenging me. I’m not fighting it. I’m embracing it but the attachment piece pops up when I least expect it. I guess all of my attachments pop up when I least expect them. Lol. It’s interesting to me to feel the resistance, look at it, and see what belief is attached to the attachment. Huh, I just noticed our beliefs are attachments in their own right. Now, I’ve opened up a can of worms. Lol. Okay, I’m going to go be with my new insight.

        As always, thanks for your post!

        With Love,

        • Teresa Dietze 11 August 2017 at 2:28 pm #

          Ha! Exactly. That’s where Zen comes in–let loose of belief and come into What Is without preconditions. 🙂

  2. Kelly 11 August 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    We are really tracking in the deep end!!

    For the non energy aware. I was one of you!!!! Can wish I still was but Teresa hits a good point about how once you are dialed in you become more interested in TRUTH than about being right or wrong.

    The process through energy work doesn’t really allow for beliefs. It scrubs them and replaces them with actualties which can be surprising and much ‘further out’ than we have been conditioned to think.

    Energy is what forced me into my healing work and revealed higher truths. Even if you think you know what something is about, I can assure you that this will not influence ‘what is’ for life stands in Truth. Your energies will teach you and possibly take you all the way home to joy after a stint in your personal hell. You will actually arrive in the real non attachment, the sky through which your nightmare unfolded. 🙂

    For most of us, we will play touch and go with the sky and our nightmare for some time. But to get to this level you must begin to explore what is really going on within and around you energetically. You may just find there is no inside or outside and what a trip of truth you’ll enjoy!

    Blessings on your journey! And remember to enjoy the hardship of it all. You’ll miss it one day.


    • Teresa Dietze 11 August 2017 at 2:37 pm #

      Dear Kelly,

      I love your raw and direct truth-telling.

      This sentence is pure poetry and makes me laugh: “You will actually arrive in the real non attachment, the sky through which your nightmare unfolded.”

      I do want to add that while growth can be a nightmare for those of us on the fast track, that many seem to have the luxury of dipping in a bit at a time, pulling back, dipping again, and manage to get through with dyspepsia instead of full-on nightmare.

      Reminds me of a joke: “They say the wages of sin are death–but after they take out the taxes, it’s just kind of a tired feeling.”

      Then again, so many of us go through life as if sleepwalking, tired and disengaged. Nightmares are more alive.



  3. Kelly 13 August 2017 at 12:21 pm #

    It made me laugh too. Honestly, where does this come from! It is real though and I believe that what we are all ultimately capable of realizing (not in one lifetime unless your number got pulled) is how to shift our identity and relate to the movement of life from this ‘sky ID’.

    A lot of long struggle is generally required to break us down and the full realization that the fall may never ever end brings us to a new question and mindset. Perhaps we have struggled against reality for thousands of lifetimes only to realize you never get off he ride-so now what? Let’s try back flips and humor and detachment from the movement of life, not identifying with the movement, but remaining open to living what is given you while releasing the outcome. I do believe we can realize freedom here. I’ve touched it and continue to dip in and out of those thunderclouds resolving forgotten identifications.

    How we relate to the movement of life is the place to focus.


    • Teresa Dietze 27 August 2017 at 8:05 am #

      “In the end we all come to be cured of our sentiments. Those whom life does not cure, death will. The world is quite ruthless in selection between the dream and the reality, even where we will not. Between the wish and the thing, the world lies waiting.” ― Cormac McCarthy

      Seems to me that we need to really understand this, and accept it fully, before we can free ourselves from the attachment to sentiment deeply enough to really have the freedom and joy you are talking about. It’s kind of the price of release. Seems grim when we want to hold on, and simply Zen when we get it.



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