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Life is more than material “stuff”, we are so much more than our chemistry, so much more than what meets the eye. There is so much of us, such a rich inner world that is invisible.
Meaning lies in the invisible. Meaning lives in the immaterial dimension. There is nothing meaningful in anything material, or in anything that involves getting something: both are much too short-lived to hold meaning. Meaning lives where there is nothing to get, nothing to own.
Staying connected to meaning
Staying connected to what is truly meaningful requires that we operate in a different way. We need to sink down, into the source of life within our own organism, and to allow that source to flow through us, as unimpeded as possible.
The source of meaningfulness comes through our heart. In last week’s e-training, we talked about our heart’s wisdom, and how to tap into it. The energy that flows from the heart is the most important energy flow of the organism, and the one that is most connected to meaningfulness. The heart is the source of our inner wisdom and our ‘heart’s desire’ : the key to meaningfulness and true passion.
Energy flow from the heart
The energy from our heart flows from the heart through our shoulders. The shoulders represent the ability to respond to our passion and our responsibility to our heart’s desire. We take responsibility for ourselves by responding to our heart’s wisdom and desire. Thus our first and foremost responsibility in life is to respond to our heart.
e-Training Exercises: Shoulder Pain
e-Training Exercise #1 – Your “should”-ers
Notice that the word “shoulder” has the word “should” in it. Do you ever experience tightness, stiffness or pain in your shoulders? Take a moment to feel your shoulders. What do you feel? If you close your eyes and try to visualize them, what do you see?
Take a moment now and write down all the “shoulds” you have or think you have in your life. These could be things such as: ‘I should be a better mother or father, daughter or son’, ‘I should be more organized’, ‘I should be more financially secure’, ‘I should be more fit’, etc. It’s important that you write with a pen or pencil, and not type, there is a different connection to the heart when you do. And when you do, you might be surprised to see how many pages you can fill up!
These “shoulds” block energy flow. Your first “should” is to listen to your heart, and to make sure that you are able to follow its direction. For what truly comes from the heart nourishes you, and you need to be nourished from within before expending your energy on anything else. Being aligned with your heart’s wisdom directs your expenditure of energy to where it is most important. It also reduces the background noise of the “should” thoughts, that don’t do much except make you feel bad about yourself. Positive, nourishing and meaningful actions come from the heart, not the head.
Freeing up the energy in your shoulders brings new manifestation into your life!
This freeing up of energy in the shoulders allows for the emergence of capacity and potential in the upper arms: the biceps and triceps. You will have more energy to embark on things, to take initiative in directions that are in alignment with what is truly purposeful and meaningful in your life. Our responsibility is to listen to our heart and soul. Our responsibility or “should” is what is symbolically represented by our shoulders. (our “should”-ers) When we burden ourselves with responsibilities that are not our own, our shoulders will tell us: unequivocally, with messages of pain. They will also tell us when we are not responding to our passion, when we are choosing to distract ourselves instead of nourishing ourselves and expressing what is meaningful.
e-Training Exercise #2 Questions for the Shoulders
1. Where and when do you feel responsible for others?
2. In what situations are you carrying all the burden? Do you feel over-loaded?
3. Do you know what it means to work shoulder to shoulder?
4. What seems “heavy” in your life right now?
5. Is your work a “drag”? When are you being a “drag”?
6. Do you make yourself responsible for finding all the answers and solutions?
7. When did you last feel resentment about your work, efforts or duties?
8. What do you do to earn your “angel wings” – and is it too much?
e-Training Exercise #3: Visualizing the Flow
Visualize the energy flow from your heart through your shoulders and arms, all the way to your fingertips in your daily meditation practice.
Judyann McNamara – ND, DHom, CCH
Originally a physicist and biomedical researcher, Judyann has had a clinical practice for over 15 years, has held conferences since 1984 and has been a teacher of courses in physics, health sciences, homeopathy, holism and spirituality since 1975. To learn more about Judyann, visit her profile page in our Professional Directory or click here to read more posts by Judyann.
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