Thursday, January 10, 2008

Hole in my heart chakra (all the way to China)

So on Monday, I had the day off after working the weekend. The weekend was the first weekend I have worked in probably 2 years, so it was a bit of a shock to be back at work on Saturday and Sunday. But it was a good weekend and there are pluses about working weekends, one of them being days off during the week. They are great opportunities to get to places that are difficult to get to during the week when you work and impossible to get to on the weekends.

In any event, on Monday, I went to see Heidi's energy therapy lady. The last month or so has seen less-than-optimal management of my SAD. The lack of light this year has gotten to me even more than I am used to. Part of the reason for this is that I have not been as diligent about doing the things that I know keep it all at bay. But the new year has seen a new resolve and Heidi has kind of been on my case to go to this energy therapy thing. Well, I'll try (almost) anything once, so late last week, she kind of forced the issue and I got an appointment for Monday morning.

I'll admit that I was skeptical. The funny thing is, Heidi said, you don't even have to believe in it for it to work. Having been trained to think in a traditional Western medical way, I always view such things with quiet skepticism. But there is a part of me (a part that I think might be bigger than I want to admit) that desperately wants to believe in all that. It's the same part of me that wants ghosts and UFOs and all that X-Files stuff to be real. And seriously, there is probably something to it because people chewed on willow bark for no apparent reason long before we discovered aspirin in that willow bark. So I went, and despite my skepticism, I was determined to get the most out of it.

Honestly though, I was amazed at what it accomplished. I won't go into exactly what she did although I will say that it involved both touch and working above my body while I was laying on the table. I am afraid that I might have drifted off to sleep while she was doing it, but Heidi assured me that was okay because everyone has a different reaction to it. It was funny, there were times that I was like "this is all so weird!" and then times when I was totally into it and I really seemed to be "feeling" something for lack of a better word.

What I will say for the experience is that after she was done, she told me that I had not one but FOUR of my chakras blocked. The chakras that were blocked - the result of emotional upset, conflict, loss, etc. - were chakras one through four - the most basic of all chakras. I told her going into it that I felt like my heart chakra (number 4) was blocked. I had determined this based on some conversations Heidi and I had over the last month or so. So I wasn't surprised to hear about number four, although numbers one through three surprised me.

The goal of energy therapy is to unblock these chakras and get them functioning more normally again, put a hole in them so-to-speak. To do that, you need to get the energy flowing through them in a more natural way, and I do feel like that happened. The trick is to figure out how to do it myself. I was impressed with her in that she didn't do the chiropractor sell and say "well, you need to come back twice a week for the rest of your natural life." According to Heidi, she is very into teaching you how to keep your chakras unblocked. But you have to do the work. You have to meditate (which isn't as daunting as it sounds) and you have to be cognizant.

So time will tell, that was my energy therapy experience. If you're reading this and thinking "Dan, that sounds way too new agey for you!" you're probably right, but I did get something out of it. And that's the most important thing I guess.

(the song from which this post dervied its name)


Anonymous said...

Look at you go! Honestly, Dan, I think going to energy therapy is almost as brave as getting your ear pierced. I'm so glad you went.

As for SAD being more challenging this year, God yes. I miss the freaking sunshine; I miss blue skies. This winter has been tough, it hasn't really felt like we've had any breaks.

Daniel Johnson said...

that was weird ... I googled hole in my heart chakra (because I have this weird feeling in my heart like its a hole) and got your post. Was reading it through .. just meandering .. and I see your name.. Dan... which is my name . and i scroll further and you have cyndi lauper .. who has my precise birthday. Synchronisity I think