Do you need an Enforced Rest?

Image from The Daily Mail

Image from The Daily Mail

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” 
― Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now

I’m having an enforced rest day today. 🙂 It’s part of my Lyme Disease Recovery Program, and it was prescribed by my Doctor.

So I’ll keep this blog short!

Enforced Rest is about days or chunks of time where you are required to rest. I mean, properly REST. No working is involved. And you can’t go shopping, meet friends for coffee, clean the house, write your memoir or catch up on chores. Instead you are required to lie on your bed and nap, sit in a chair and sunbathe, loll about, read a book and then rest some more.

The world won’t fall apart if you take some time out for yourself, and if it does (or would if you took time off), then it’s time for a re-think on how you’re living your life or the lack of support and realistic expectations. No-one can live like a machine!

For more on burnout and the exhaustion epidemic read this post:

The Broken Robot Repair Shop

In my life enforced rest means short work days, and days each week that have zero activity or commitments.

Enforced rest gives your body permission to heal fully. It allows you to become accustomed to slowing down rather than constantly drawing on your adrenals to keep push, push, pushing through being unwell or exhausted.

How tired are you?

Maybe you would benefit from a prescription of some Enforced Rest Days too!

Thinking of you, and sending you love. Be gentle with you today. Live kindly, most especially towards yourself ♥ Nicole xx

That's going to be me too - lying around at the farm!

That’s going to be me too – lying around at the farm!

Strengthening Intuition Week 5 – Sensing Energy in People

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There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it. ~Elizabeth A. Behnke

Health is a large word.  It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;… and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.  ~James H. West

Today we’re going to explore two useful methods for sensing energy in people.  Once again, these methods will build on the skills you are already developing in working with your hands.

Materials Required:

  • You, and your activated hand chakras
  • A willing human volunteer
  • A place where you can work, undisturbed, for five to ten minutes.

*Note – if you cannot find a willing human volunteer, this method also works on animals, so recruit a helpful cat, dog, hamster, horse etc…

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Method One – Sensing General Energies

This process is very similar to the one for sensing energy in places.  You may like to review that information first here.

The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have.  ~John Locke, 16 May 1699

  1. Begin with a quiet prayer, or the setting of your intent, that everything you do be for the Highest Good of All.
  2. Have your willing volunteer stand, sit, or lie – whatever is most comfortable for both of you.  (I prefer people to lie down – on a massage table, bed, couch, or even the floor – so that they can relax completely as I work.)  If you choose to have people sit, make sure that you can move around them.
  3. Activate your hand chakras (Review that process here)
  4. Place your hands over the person’s heart and take a moment to tune it.  You don’t need to touch the person – just hold your hands about ten centimetres (3 inches) above the heart itself.
  5. As you tune in, relax, and open your mind to any colours, words, images, emotions or sensations that come to you from this person.
  6. Then slowly move your hands over the person’s body, without actually touching them.  What do you feel?  Look for places that feel hotter or colder.  Look for places that feel heavier or lighter.  Look for places that don’t feel ‘right’ in some way. Open your mind to any further information about what you are sensing with your hands.
  7. Go back to the places that stood out for you energetically.  Summon golden or white light through your hand chakras and transmit that energy into those places on your friend or pet.  Just direct that beautiful energy from your hands and keep giving that energy until the place on the body begins to feel more balanced and positively changed.  *Note – it is quite normal for people to remark that your hands feel hot as you are working with them or giving them energetic healing.
  8. It’s okay to ask for feedback or to ask questions about what you are sensing as you go – this is a useful practice as it helps build your knowledge and confidence.

Method Two – Working with The Chakras

There is a little useful general information on Chakras here as well as a nice healing exercise.  Chakras are energetic centres within the body.  They are quite strong and easy for beginners to feel.

Chakras are a wonderful place for sending healing to the body.

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Begin with a quiet prayer, or the setting of your intent, that everything you do be for the Highest Good of All.

Using one of the following Chakra charts to guide you, feel for each Chakra, starting with the Crown Chakra at the top of the head, and ending with the Base Chakra.  Keep your hands about ten to fifteen centimetres (3 to 5 inches) above the body.

Feel for the amount of energy that is present in each Chakra, paying attention to any that are very strong, or very weak.  If any feel very weak, or cold, add some energy to them by directing that beautiful golden or white light from your hands into the Chakra itself to help them come back into balance.

When you are done, just bring your hands back together for a moment and give thanks.

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If you are working with animals it is fine to rest your hands directly on the animal’s skin.  Most animals enjoy the connection and the energy they feel.

Animal Chakras will generally follow the same basic patterns as this chart for dogs, so you can use this as a guide for horses, cows, llamas, guinea pigs etc.

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I thoroughly recommend a walk to clear your own energies after you have done energy work and healing on others.  You might like to try a Healing Walk.  Click on the link below to get details.

Much love to you, Nicole  ♥ xx

Drinking in Colour – How to Do a Healing Walk

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