Energy, or chi, is at the heart of Feng Shui. The way in which the energy flows, the elements and colours associated with each part of the home and the way in which we can create a harmonious and auspicious environment to live in dictates the colour and placement of furniture, rooms and décor items. Going from recent personal experience, when we have clutter or the wrong items in certain areas of our homes, things can go a LONG way down the toilet.
In a similar way, our internal life is also affected by energy. When we look at alternative and holistic health modalities, the central focus is in moving stuck or stagnant energy, thought forms or beliefs in the mind, body or energy field. We can often see a reflection in the body of what is happening in the mind. Back issues and pain might be a physical reflection of a feeling of being unsupported for example, while ulcers can be a sign of too much worrying and stress.
As someone who works with people to release and reprogram old beliefs and patterns, I have seen many times how shifting energy in one part of your life can lead to shifts in other areas too. I work with a number of energetic tools including colour, essential oils, Reiki and intention as well as techniques that are more logic based and work on the mechanics of the mind. All of these can work on a subtle level (sometimes more like a sledgehammer) to create positive change where there was only stagnant energy before.
One of my favourite ways to shift energy is by using essential oils, words and intention to affirm daily what it is I want to change. The right kind of essential oils (and there are many wrong kinds out there) are literally the living essence of the plant, and therefore are an energetic substance in and of themselves. What that means, is that when an oil blend has been created with love, intention and knowledge to stimulate a certain feeling in the mind/body, then that can lend more power to our affirmation.
Take an oil such as Joy for instance, which was created to inspire feelings of love and happiness. When we anoint our chest with a drop of the oil, and affirm that we are open to experiencing love and joy today while smelling the oil, it creates an anchor in our awareness. It not only reminds us of what we are choosing to experience, but we start to condition ourselves with the scent too. Before long, just opening the bottle will remind us to be open to experiencing love and joy without us even thinking about it. As scent works directly on the emotional centre of the brain, it is a powerful tool to use.
Just like all tools though, they need to be used regularly and properly to be of assistance. First, we must be willing to commit to our daily practice - even if it is only 5 minutes in the morning where we anoint, affirm and breathe. Investing in good quality tools always saves money in the long run, so make sure you have the right kind of oils and know how to use them (ask me, because I know and can teach you). You also need to be clear on what you want to change and why. If you aren’t clear and committed, you won’t know when it shifts.
As with Feng Shui, we usually need to remove the clutter and rearrange a space before the energy shifts – and sometimes on a personal level that involves a serious look at the behaviours, people and places you surround yourself with. It may be time to let some things go, or spend less time with people who keep you stuck. To get some clarity on this, download my free worksheet here: What do I want to shift_.pdf
Finally, be open to whatever happens during the process – you may meet someone who can help you, stumble upon a new activity that brings you joy or make a new friend. Usually once you commit, things start to happen – but not always what you expect. Things that appear negative at first may turn out to be exactly what is needed for that energy to shift, so look for the lesson and be open to change. May you experience many blessings and opportunities in your journey.
xxx Nessa Lovell
PS. If you would like to learn more about what to look out for when buying essential oils, you can download my free ebook here. You will also find my contact details for when you choose to buy some yourself, because you know I will look after you.