Have you ever had a moment where you began responding to someone or a situation in a way that didn’t entirely feel like you? There are many sources of this feeling, but it will usually stem from a conscious or unconscious energy that has entered your space that is not you. In fact, at a shen or spiritual level any energy that invalidates your spirit in anyway, is energy that is not inherently yours.
On the energetic level, we as human beings hold and try to process so much energy unconsciously in our space and within our bodies that we think is ours, that we have identified with, or has been placed there through conditioning or those people who we look up to or let in, but actually has nothing to do with us at all! The effects of this on our mental state and our emotions can be huge; leaving us feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, angry, and generally like we may never want to leave our house! I can’t cover all the possibilities here, but we can go over 4 main types that have been termed as “Institutional Energy” that invalidate our spirit that is very common to have in our space to some degree.
There isn’t anything inherently wrong with this energy. However we want to bring consciousness to it and clear any judgements or emotional charge around it so it will open up more choice in our space so we can experience these fields of energy with clarity and complete neutrality. Having awareness and full neutrality with these energies prevents our identification to them and keeps them from running the show in our life and getting us caught up in the invalidating effects they can have on our spirit and our truth. Anything that takes away our choice, should be cleared.
On a soul level, time does not exist. As a result of this, linear growth and movement of that soul isn’t experienced in the same terms as we think of it here. A person could have a really old soul in one area of life and have a very young soul in other areas. At a certain point in one’s spiritual growth these institutional energies can stop being helpful and instead become extremely suppressive, invalidating, and limiting one’s spiritual truth from being expressed.
Institutional energies do hold a very valid place in our world. Beneath our own judgments and the cloudy and more corrupt surface layers of these energies, they can have a very beneficial purpose in this world. For example, religious energy in a general sense, can be very helpful to a young soul first coming to a 3rd dimensional world. It can provide certain rules and guidelines that will help that new soul from creating a whole lot of karma in the beginning of their experience that they will have to work through later. Government energy can be very good at providing discipline, order, and structure. Atheist energy can be very helpful at being objective and diving more deeply into and learning about our physical world. Medical energy can be helpful in adding to our tool kit so that we can address everything we need to for our healing on a physical level. You can’t heal broken bones with acupuncture or Qi admission there are definite times where western medicine is absolutely vital for our health and living a full life.
Clearing out our judgements around this energy can be very simple. From the center of your head create a vacuum rose as tall as you are and about 2-3 feet in front of you. See this as clearly as you can. With your intention, see this judgment energy leaving your body and the space around you in gloops and globs and filling up your rose in front of you. When this rose begins to look full, see a stick of dynamite or an explosive of your choice beneath it, and blow it up! Repeat this process as many times as you need until your space becomes clear to you. The energy will change from a more static opaque color to a more living translucent color. When you have finished, see a huge golden sun above your head and intend to fill it with all the amusement, abundance, joy, clarity, validation, and love you can. Then pop this golden sun and watch this liquid light fill up your whole body, your bones, your cells and DNA, and overflow it into the field around you until you are full of gold.
How do you feel?
The 3 Treasures is an enormous topic of discussion within Taoist philosophy and not something that I am going to cover all here. But it is an awesome and fun topic to sit with over a hot cup of tea and a little creative and contemplative thought! This is just something to spark you along your way!
The 3 treasures in Taoism can be thought of as a metaphor that points to 3 different frequencies of energy and consciousness that we hold in ourselves and connect with in reality at large. They can be seen everywhere in our relationships to matter and spirit. The 3 Treasures is a reference to the marriage in consciousness between “heaven” and “earth” within the “human heart. It can also be seen in the family dynamic of the mother, father and child. Or Yin, Yang, and the union of these two energies as expressed in Tai Chi.
One of the metaphors of the 3 treasures seen in the human being is in the energy system of Jing, Qi, and Shen. These are actually 3 overlapping energetic bodies. The center of our Jing body is in the lower tan tien at the abdomen and holds a 3rd dimensional consciousness. The center of our Qi body and meridian system is at our heart-center in the middle tan tien at the chest and holds a more 4th dimensional consciousness. The center of the Shen or light body is centered at our 3rd eye in the upper tan tien in our head and holds a more 5th dimensional consciousness. I will often compare these three bodies or frequencies of energy to the different manifestations of water – – ice, liquid, and steam. The potential in each of these centers is absolutely incredible!
When you move your consciousness into and develop each of these centers, either at the 2nd, 4th, or 6th chakra area you gain access to the primary control center for working with that particular frequency of energy in a much deeper way. Life as well as our energy bodies operated like a fractal. Each spiritual and healing modality and any good martial arts regardless of what center they focus in has aspects of it that will touch into Jing, Qi, and Shen from whatever particular center they are coming from. However, it is addressing those other layers in a more indirect way. If you really seek to dive into Jing, Qi, or Shen in your healing work you must enter and develop the control center for that particular frequency.
When you enter that control center for Jing, Qi, or Shen, you are able to see into that unique reality and experience of life, whether that be at the 3rd, 4th, or 5th dimensional space of experience. Each has their own blueprint for how that level of reality works. Each has their own set of tools to best work on that particular level that are very powerful and unique to each. Grounding, clearing and strengthening through each body becomes very important in unifying this system together.
From what I have seen on a physical level in my own practice with the development of each of these centers is that your brain wave patterns will also begin to shift and unify together. Jing holds a more waking delta pattern, Qi at heart-center holds a more alpha pattern, and Shen at the 3rd eye holds a more gamma brain wave pattern.
I can’t highly recommend enough in working with Jing to find something physical that makes your heart sing but yet allows you the opportunity to work more deeply within the area of acceptance at a body consciousness level! A practice that really grounds you in your body very physically, whether that be a good Wing Chun or Tai Chi martial art, or dance, or whatever it may be where you can overlay your training of coming from the lower tan tien in the abdomen in working consciously on that physical level.
We as human beings take on and hold so much energy, and mental patterns that were never ours to begin with. We are constantly playing out karmic debts from countless lifetimes past that we hardly ever come from a space that is truly free and in present time. When having the freedom to move up and down “Jacob’s Ladder” between heaven and earth, the healing journey becomes so much more fun, liberating and full! It can take on a whole new sense of mystery and infinite possibility otherwise not experienced.
The way I have integrated this work has been a little different than many schools of thought in classical Chinese medicine. Much of the Qigong modality has its focus at the heart only. But for me, I have experienced this as only part of the journey; there is so much more! Once heart-center has been integrated, you have it, it's yours, it’s not going to go away, and the journey must continue expanding, and deepening. I will never claim that there is one way better than another. Only that this has been my experience and this is how I like to teach it and work with these 3 frequences. The rest I leave to you to ponder...
Any method or technique can move us from form, to formlessness. But all methods are traps. For a method to work, you must become entrapped. For the method to complete its work, it must self destruct. That includes teachers, techniques, martial arts, philosophies and religions, all of it. Otherwise one gets stuck in being a good meditator, a good devotee or student, a good Christian or Buddhist, a good Qigong practitioner or whatever it may be. The process is only complete when you've gone beyond the method itself. Even if you still do the method which most likely you do, you are not bound by it. The craft has become an art form. The way you do it is unique. Spirit is allowed its own mind.
You do have to be entrapped for it to work. You can't dabble, just taste or sample your way through. You better get sucked in.
An excellent and well written article on grief, loss, and trauma. From Upworthy October 30, 2015 author: Adversity within, Tim Lawrence
I'm listening to a man tell a story. A woman he knows was in a devastating car accident, and now she lives in a state of near-permanent pain; a paraplegic, many of her hopes stolen. I've heard it a million times before, but it never stops shocking me: He tells her that he thinks the tragedy had led to positive changes in her life. He utters the words that are nothing less than emotional, spiritual, and psychological violence: "Everything happens for a reason." He tells her that this was something that had to happen in order for her to grow. But that's the kind of bullshit that destroys lives. And it's categorically untrue. After all these years working with people in pain as an adviser and adversity strategist, it still amazes me that these myths persist despite the fact that they're nothing more than platitudes cloaked as sophistication. And worst of all, they keep us from doing the one thing we must do when our lives are turned upside down: grieve.
Here's the reality: As my mentor Megan Devine has so beautifully said: "Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried. "Grief is brutally painful. Grief does not only occur when someone dies. When relationships fall apart, you grieve. When opportunities are shattered, you grieve. When illnesses wreck you, you grieve. Losing a child cannot be fixed. Being diagnosed with a debilitating illness Cannot be fixed. Facing the betrayal of your closest confidante cannot be fixed. These things can only be carried.
Let me be clear: If you've faced a tragedy and someone tells you in any way that your tragedy was meant to be, happened for a reason, will make you a better person, or
that taking responsibility for it will fix it, you have every right to remove them from your life.
Yes, devastation can lead to growth, but it often doesn't. It often destroys lives - in part because we've replaced grieving with advice. With platitudes.
I now live an extraordinary life. I've been deeply blessed by the opportunities I've had and the radically unconventional life I've built for myself. But loss has not in and of itself made me a better person. In fact, in some ways it's hardened me. While loss has made me acutely aware and empathetic of the pains of others, it's also made me more inclined to hide. I have a more cynical view of human nature and a greater impatience with people who are unfamiliar with what loss does to people. Above all, I've been left with a pervasive survivor's guilt that has haunted me all my life. In short, my pain has never gone away, I've just learned to channel it into my work with others. But to say that my losses somehow had to happen in order for my gifts to grow would be to trample on the memories of all those lost too young, all those who suffered needlessly, and all those who faced the same trials I did but who did not make it. I'm simply not going to do that. I'm not going to assume that God ordained me for life instead of all the others, just so that I could do what I do now. And I'm certainly not going to pretend that I've made it simply because I was strong enough, that became "successful" because "took responsibility."
I think people tell others to take responsibility when they don't want to understand. Understanding is harder than posturing. Telling someone to "take responsibility" for their loss is a form of benevolent masturbation. It's the inverse of inspirational porn: it's sanctimonious porn. Personal responsibility implies that there's something to take responsibility for. You don't take responsibility for being raped or losing your child. You take responsibility for how you choose to live in the wake of the horrors that confront you, but you don't choose whether you grieve. We're not that smart or powerful. When hell visits us, we don't get to escape grieving.
This is why all the platitudes and focus on "fixes" are so dangerous: by unleashing them on those we claim to love, we deny them the right to grieve. In so doing, we deny them the right to be human. We steal a bit of their freedom precisely when they're standing at the intersection of their greatest fragility and despair.
The irony is that the only thing that even can be "responsible" amid loss is grieving. I've grieved many times in my life. I've been overwhelmed with shame so strong it nearly killed me. The ones who helped - the only ones who helped - were those who were simply there.
I am here - I have lived - because they chose to love me. They loved me in their silence, in their willingness to suffer with me and alongside me. They loved me in their desire to be as uncomfortable, as destroyed, as I was, if only for a week, an hour, even just a few minutes. Most people have no idea how utterly powerful this is. Healing and transformation can occur. But not if you're not allowed to grieve. Because grief itself is not an obstacle. The obstacles come later. The choices as to how to live, how to carry what we have lost, how to weave a new mosaic for ourselves? Those come in the wake of grief.
Yet our culture treats grief like a problem to be solved or an illness to be healed. We've done everything we can to avoid, ignore, or transform grief. So that now, when you're faced with tragedy, you usually find that you're no longer surrounded by people - you're surrounded by platitudes.
So what do we offer instead of "everything happens for a reason"?
The last thing a person devastated by grief needs is advice. Their world has been shattered. Inviting someone - anyone - into their world is an act of great risk. To try to fix, rationalize, or wash away their pain only deepens their terror. Instead, the most powerful thing you can do is acknowledge. To literally say the words:
I acknowledge your pain. I'm here with you.
Note that I said with you, not for you. “For” implies that you're going to do something. That's not for you to enact. But to stand with your loved one, to suffer with them, to do everything but something is incredibly powerful.
There is no greater act for others than acknowledgment. And that requires no training, no special skills - just the willingness to be present and to stay present, as long as is necessary.
Be there. Only be there. Don't leave when you feel uncomfortable or when you feel like you're not doing anything. In fact, it's when you feel uncomfortable and like you're not doing anything that you must stay. Because it's in those places - in the shadows of horror we rarely allow ourselves to enter - where the beginnings of healing are found. This healing is found when we have others who are willing to enter that space alongside us. Every grieving person on earth needs these people.
I beg you, be one of these people. You are more needed than you will ever know. And when you find yourself in need of those people, find them. I guarantee they are there.
Everyone else can go.
Curiosity is something we all think we have...but do we really? We all have experienced curiosity to varying degrees with usually more focus in some areas of our life and interests than in others. But what about all the areas that we think we understand and have all the answers on? Something that I have noticed in my own life is that the energetic quality of curiosity is the means by which we can engage in a conscious conversation with life and with spirit that will initiate a response in kind. It is the mechanism that creates inner flexibility and flow. Curiosity is the active expression of trust, and in classical Chinese medicine it is an expressive quality of our Water Element.
Many times in life we can we can go through experiences that can be deeply hurtful. Sometimes our minds can respond to these types of situations by swearing an oath that “I will NEVER let someone do that to me, or allow myself to be put in that situation again.” However, when you imprint these type of statements into the field of the subconscious mind you literally lock all the emotional charge and intensity inside that belief pattern, creating an energetic wall surrounding that emotion and experience. Whenever we have an emotional charge that is suppressed and locked away in our energetic system we are sure to draw those very experiences that originally created that emotion back into our life as our system is trying to give us more opportunities to heal that original wound. If we were to continue using this particular defense mechanism chronically over time we can develop a mentality that is very isolated, unsupported, rigid, alone, and judgmental. Our judgments can become so focused and unforgiving as our way to never allow those painful experiences to recur that we unintentionally cut ourselves off from our own spiritual essence and authority, activating the lower mind of our ego to take more of a front seat position.
If an experience or an emotion has already been classified and attached to a label, to the mind, it becomes the known with no need to be curious of what it really is; the mystery is gone. All these judgments and labels that we tend to hold onto create so much tension and rigidity in the mind, emotions, and body that true relaxation, inner stillness, and the ability to rest in center become very difficult to embody. With these identifications and attachments we become tied to the roller-coaster ride of our emotion. One cannot truly dis-identify with an emotion, step back and observe through an open heart, or let it go until the judgment and label of that emotion has been released. For all of our emotions and experiences are neither positive nor negative nor the millions of labels in between, they just are.
I have found the homeopathic remedy Carcinosinum T58 to be very helpful in accessing these walled off and buried charges of emotion. Once you can gain access through your center to these old emotional “oaths”, you can begin rephrasing that original imprint that began with “NEVER” to something like "what can I learn from this situation that can better help me grow?" This type of subconscious imprint will be able to digest those hurtful experiences and emotions in a much healthier way while reestablishing the energetic flow through using curiosity as your lens.
In my own search I have encountered many teachers and healers who have found many unique ways to speed up their own evolutionary journey as well as develop and offer these tools to others. Being someone who was initially so driven, fascinated, and also subconsciously seeking desperately to escape my own pain, I wanted the fastest spiritual track I could find. I didn’t care how harsh, dangerous, or difficult it was, just as long as it brought me away from my messy human experience and more into these “mystical, and expanded” states of being. I initially found my first Qigong teacher who had just such a mental framework of speeding up spiritual growth like a boot camp, and I had ended up training in this style for over 4.5 years.
A few common signs of this form of spiritual training is a feeling that can be very sharp, hard, forced, and unyielding. It can have a strong feel of an intangible rigidity, and can come across cold, judgmental, and usually lacks the warmth and softness of the heart. The teachers and healers in this style of training will typically take a very old Chinese approach to the way they teach. They both teach you the tools, while also providing you an external environment and experience that can be very harsh and is designed to reshape you based on what they intuit you need. Out of all the teachers and healers I’ve encountered who operate out of this style of training, there is no doubt all have reached very high states of consciousness which can easily have the student awe struck and amazed at what these individuals can do, perceive, or how far their fields can extend.
However, upon closer observation, I’ve always noticed a very serious, undefinable missing element within this system of spiritual development, both in myself while I was in this training, as well as those I've observed who have spent their lifetime training in this style. Its as if, within the drive and haste for spiritual growth, they were not able to fully develop and integrate the whole of their being together cohesively. Some aspects of them seemed so advanced and beyond my comprehension, while yet other aspects deeper within their being seemed missing, fractured, or very underdeveloped and lacking an element of wisdom and heart that should come with such expanded states of consciousness.
A few years ago I made the decision to leave this style of training for one that was more natural and balanced in it’s approach. Instead, it was understood that the life experiences and challenges your spirit provides, are going to be exactly what you need at the right time to work with your soul and personal mind (ego) in a more natural way. At the foundation of this style of teaching is a trust that is developed between you and the world of spirit, and all of your support. For me as a Qigong practitioner and a teacher it has never felt appropriate to fill the role of our impersonal spirit by adding too, or taking away from the life experiences it uses in our spiritual development. No matter how advanced a teacher or healer is, they are still human, and are still bound to the laws of limitation and imperfection no matter how vast their consciousness may seem. One question you should always ask when vetting a spiritual teacher, or healer is, “do they empower me, or are they using me to empower themselves.”
When coming from the place of a Qigong teacher or healer I have found it is always best to play the role of the simpleton. Our job is not to solve this sometimes messy human experience, or even heal you; this is ultimately between you and spirit. Our job is to keep your energetic system as clear, open, and as balanced as possible. Teaching you the tools to empower yourself to maintain this balance on your own, so that you can develop your own experiential relationship to center and bring about your own healing and transformation. Our most vital job as a practitioner is to always come from center; holding that inner empty space that is unattached to an outcome and devoid of personal thoughts or conclusions, judgments, projections, or suspicions regarding the inner work you are doing on your soul’s journey. This may sound like nothing, but is really foundational of all healing and advancement.
What is beauty, and why don’t I see it? you may be asking yourself. Coming from someone who always saw the worst and darkest parts of humanity and the world, beauty was not really part of my vocabulary growing up.
To begin, I would like to make the distinction between beauty as seen by the mind, and beauty as seen by the heart; for these are very different. Beauty seen by the mind has a superficial quality to it and can be warped, twisted, or be changed based on one’s culture and conditioning. Whereas beauty seen by the heart has a spiritual quality to it that is unchanging. Devotion is expressed as beauty. All of nature expresses beauty as devotion to all beings living on earth.
So throughout my life I have seen and heard many different perspectives on this. There are those who can only see the darkness, fear, and horrors in the world, while there are others who can only see what is light, and good, and the best in everything. However, in my experience both of these views are imbalanced and lacking in all the information. The world is neither all positive or all negative and we want to be able to have a worldview that can support this. We want a worldview that will work in all situations, not just the positive, negative, or in between, but in the whole range of life.
Anyone can easily gravitate to one side or the other within this duality; either by escaping into nature or the mountains, or by hyper focusing on all the fears of the mind, and darker sides of life. However being able to see the true spiritual beauty within the darkness takes practice. It takes moving your perspective back to see a broader view, and the bigger story that’s playing out. It takes finding those things within that darkness that you can value, appreciate, and be grateful for. You might need to write these things down at first so that they can begin to imprint into your belief of how you see the world.
It’s easy to say these things on paper...but how do you actually do it? The first step is learning to find your center and live from your heart and not your mind. However, just because we have found this space of center doesn’t mean our work is done. For example, if we have always been afraid of water and we were able to transform that underlying belief doesn’t mean that we should just be able to jump in and start swimming. Once this space and perspective of center is found and cultivated, we are able to then take in and digest the learning experiences life has gifted us with much more easily. All of this work is a process of building a relationship. As this relationship unfolds and deepens the awe inspiring beauty and sacredness that illuminates from it begins to permeate into all that you see and do. It isn’t that the darkness has gone away, that you don’t see it, or you don’t want to see it. It's just that your perspective of it has completely changed.
Published on Mar 27, 2015With Heiner Fruehauf and Liu Lihong
In this passionate presentation captured at Jiashan Monastery in Hunan, China’s premier advocate of the classical wisdom traditions in Chinese medicine illuminates the crucial difference between ancient and modern methods of acquiring knowledge. (Mandarin Chinese, translated into English by Heiner Fruehauf) (Running time: 14 mins.)
Our Spirit never incarnates into the physical, only our soul has the earthly experience. However, the light of our spirit does shine down and imprint on the various layers of our energetic system of mental (shen), emotional, (qi), and physical (jing) as it's light descends and imprints into our physical being. On one level, our parents and our family field unconsciously teach us how to bring this light from our spirit down into our physical being when we are children by the beliefs they convey through the eyes and the level of devotion our parents can embody and express for themselves, their children, and their family field. This imprint from spirit can nearly withdraw completely from your physical self or never fully incarnate if there has been any serious trauma or disruptions within the birthing process, just as is the case with missing soul parts that seek refuge in the spiritual world. It becomes very difficult to work with the personal ego and emotions if the light of your spirit is not fully present to fill the space.
Your spirit and the energy of devotion are intrinsically linked. Devotion is a very powerful healing and grounding energy of our mother earth and the divine feminine principle. In the higher levels of Kung Fu, developing root and the ability to ground deep into earth is foundational for further advancement as it is in qigong. However, in the martial world the energy of devotion is more typically worded as honor and respect, but it goes much deeper than what these words convey.
You can practice and develop all kinds of skill with form whether this be through Taoist still meditation, or through physical movement of certain healing or martial forms. However, this will only lead to rigidity of mind, body, and heart if practiced for too long or without filling the form or container you have created with the energy of the formless which is its heart and soul. These formless spiritual energy's, like devotion, gratitude, compassion, and unconditional love come from a place that is beyond the mind and is the only energy that can melt the rigidity of the mind and the tension held in the body. It is an energetic field that you connect with through beauty, intent, humility, and surrender. The mind will try to replicate these energy's but it will only serve to get in your own way and block you from the actual connection. Your cup must be empty if it is to be filled.
Bringing the light of your spirit down to imprint into the jing level of your physical body is a very important clinical qigong treatment and sometimes a single treatment is all it takes. Other times, the root cause behind this issues can be more complex depending on the client. From my personal experience and practice, the consciousness of earth has such an all-encompassing energy of devotion for spirit that this marriage between heaven and earth is one of the most healing, grounding, and transformational experiences of one's practice.
Issues with, and surrounding money have plagued me for many years. Finding low quality and poor paying jobs was difficult in of itself growing up, much less finding work that treated me fairly and paid me well. Beginning around the time of my late teens I began noticing a pretty significant pattern, EVERYTHING THAT COULD GO WRONG DID. Much of the time this pattern would be strongest around certain times of year, usually between winter through mid-spring when everything would just start going wrong on every level. Absurd events would occur, one after the other resulting in bill after bill that would just start to get ridiculous. Anytime I would get money, something would mysteriously happen that would require everything I just earned. The harder I worked, the deeper in debt I would go.
Poverty, debt, and issues with money can usually be traced back to having some form of belief at the surface or buried deep in your subconscious that you do not hold any deep value, that you're broken, or unlovable. A belief of not being secure, safe, not trusting yourself, or relying on your spiritual help. If you often find yourself in a financial dilemma, take a look at the mirror that is your life, I bet you will see examples of this theme all around you; particularly in the way people treat you, your relationships, and your work and home environments. You often may find yourself thinking that you alone are responsible for making everything work in your life. However, this hyper vigilance is not sustainable nor does your conscious mind have that much power. At some point, you're going to have to let go.
The subconscious mind rules 85-90% of our energy body and it never sleeps. The subconscious mind works much like a computer with programs running on top of programs which we can call "self-concepts" or "beliefs". These self- concepts/beliefs create a shortcut so we don't have to keep reinventing the wheel every time we want to drive our car, or ride our bike, know what is safe or unsafe, etc. This aspect of the mind is literally a million times more powerful at processing information than the conscious mind. The subconscious can process 40 million bits per second, whereas the conscious mind can only process 40 bits of information per second. Any habitual loops, of negative or judgmental thoughts, emotions, or actions that you do are indicators that there are programs running in the subconscious that you may want to upgrade. All the beliefs about yourself and the world that you hold in your subconscious feed your mind, emotions, and actions and will always result in creating particular elemental fields within your external chi field that comprise those beliefs. These elemental fields can become massive and quite palpable, significantly amplifying the particular frequency or intent that you are putting out. When these fields are created with negative intent or a belief that does not support life, it will draw all kinds of foreign energy to them dramatically increasing their power and strength.
In qigong, there are many points and treatments that can easily open you up more directly to your spirit, soul, and your spiritual support that make this process much easier in creating elemental fields that work for you, instead of against you. A big tool in helping to shift this field is your ability to connect with the energy of gratitude, compassion for yourself, and devotion to your soul and spirit. The energy of devotion and curiosity is literally the energetic tool that allows you to grab the rope being offered to you by your spiritual help as you hold these limiting beliefs in center.
However, the self-limiting beliefs or self-concepts active in the subconscious for some people, can merely be a symptom of a larger issue. For example, someone who is extremely emphatic and does not know how to handle the vast ocean of information and emotion that is bombarding them at all times of life can develop layers upon layers of energetic shielding against their own receptivity which cuts them off from everything, including their heart, their spirit, human connection, and all of their support, which will include their ability to support themselves financially. They can quite literally become a prisoner within their own body. This can be a large source of many mis-labeled mental illnesses in our society. There is sympathy, empathy, and compassion. Those who have been gifted with so much empathy can learn to update the subconscious belief that has created their energetic shielding to channel and transform that vast ocean of information that is coming at them and use it to fuel the fire for their ability to express compassion. The mind may want to step in at times and label or judge the situation. However, this will block true understanding and any ability to express compassion for another or oneself. When one has been born with the ability for deep empathy, there is no getting rid of it. To help this learning process go much easier, there are several Homeopathic remedies from the Madridonal family which can greatly aid in the developmental completion of the protective layer within the external energy field which was somehow cut short and not able to fully develop at birth. This allows them to be able separate the energy that is their own from what is not.