While trying to think about how to document some of the metaphysical exercises that I use when I am flaring or dealing with chronic fatigue, I have recognized there is going to be a lot more to it than just giving out what it is that I do. Magic / energy work / whatever you want to call it takes a needed mindset. You first learn this mindset as you start to do ceremony and ritual.
As many of us also know, having a chronic illness is also something that needs its own mindset. You need to figure out an entirely new way of living with a chronic illness, complete with quite a few ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’.
Throw magic into the mix, and you have to have an entirely new mindset.
Why you might ask? Because with a chronic illness you have a limited amount of energy to work with in the first place. Therefore you want to be as effective as possible. You need to recognize the fact that energy works differently in your body now so part of this mindset is going to be coming to terms with that. Finally, a new mindset can help stop you from don’t hurting yourself and having more problems with the chronic illness.
So here are a few things I keep in mind when I do my own work.
#1 – You did not cause yourself to have this illness
This is a hard one for many people to realize, but it is very important to do so if you want to move forward in any shape or fashion, not just in magic. Many people place the blame on themselves for their illness. Then that belief gets reinforced with the realization of every activity that they can no longer do. It happens to everyone, and is something that has to constantly be remembered again and again. Just this past weekend I apologized to my husband for postponing our date night for the third time in a row because of a pain flare up. He had to remind me it is not my fault.
When you start to allow yourself to believe that this illness is your fault you are beating yourself up. You are telling yourself that you are not worthy of being a strong individual. You are also telling yourself you are not worthy of anything. The more the belief is reinforced, the more negative energy builds up, and the worse the illness gets. And for a pagan trying to do any type of ceremony, ritual or spell work, being in a situation where you are carrying negative energy that is being reinforced by your belief will not make you effective at doing much of anything energy-wise.
So the first thing I bet some people would say to that is, “Well, how do you know? How do you know I didn’t do this to myself? You don’t know me!” You are right, but I do know the world we live in. And I know of the high levels of stress we put on our bodies just to do mundane tasks that society requires of us. And I know the environment we live in is filled with toxins, heavy metals, allergies and intolerance that our bodies never had to deal with before. And I know the food we eat is rich with genetically modified crap that is unlike anything our body has ever encountered before. And I know if you are like me, you don’t have the resources to fix all of these problems. In the book “The Thyroid Cure”, Author Michelle Corey speaks to a lot of these issues causing her problems. In fact, Michelle was only able to cure herself of chronic illness was by moving to the warm desert west of the United States, having a new home built with only organic and earth-conscious materials, eating only organic non GMO food, doing a lot of yoga and building her life around having adequate rest and low amounts of stress.
Fibromyalgia and many other conditions are caused not by one individual cause, but any number of issues stacked on top of each other. Try to remember that the next time you think of blaming yourself.
#2 – Consider that you might be hyper sensitive, empathic or a mixture of both
Have you ever gone into a room and could tell immediately that there had just been a fight in the room, whether or not the participants of that fight were still there? Can you feel other people’s emotions even though they may not be telling you what they feel? These are the types of things that people who are empathic and/or hyper sensitive have to deal with.
Empaths can sense other people’s emotions, while hyper sensitive individuals may actually feel that emotion themselves. I am lucky enough to be both, and I say ‘lucky’ only after many years of trying to understand the phenomenon and learning how to work with it.
Empaths have a hard time wanting to help others. They feel something is wrong, they want to help, but many times they don’t know how or what to do to help. So they start feeling the same way, in an effort to alleviate the initial person’s problem, or ‘share the burden’, so to speak. This causes their own body to react like the problem was theirs, and not the person they are trying to help. Their stress levels rise, they feel down and they burn more energy trying to feel better. Encounter enough people that have problems, and you end up trying to help more and more people by taking on the emotion they are feeling. You can bet that is going to wear someone down very quickly. Stay that way for days on end, and more severe illness is not far away.
Hyper sensitivity means that your body is wired differently than others. When a hyper sensitive person feels emotion – they FEEL it, I mean feel it deeply and intensely. Hyper sensitive people may have allergies or intolerances, or be able to smell or hear better than others. They may be like me, someone who has a hard time with reading fiction or watching TV because I get so connected with the story that it affects me deeply. Hyper sensitive people cry more easily, and many times we get anxious very easily as well. (In full disclosure, that’s one reason why it’s taken me so long to write this information down; the ‘what if’s’ that keep bothering me about being one of the first to equate all of this from a metaphysical perspective.) For more information, or to see more examples of hypersensitivity, Psychology Today had an article on the subject. Also an article appeared on Huffington Post.
Another thing about hyper sensitivity that isn’t talked about in the media is what it does to your energy work. To a highly sensitive person, subtle energies are easier to feel, and small differences in energy are detectable as well. I frequently use this sense in the grocery store when looking at what food to purchase. ‘Seeing’ the energy surrounding the food ensures I’m getting something that I know will be compatible with my husband and I. I’m also able to detect the energy around my animals to help catch illness, as frequently animals will try to hide those issues.
#3. If you don’t think you were hyper sensitive before, if you have chronic pain and/or chronic fatigue, you are hyper sensitive now.
When you have a flare up of fatigue or pain, no matter what illness caused it, there is a buildup of energy in your body where the pain is. That energy could be in the muscles causing it to spasm,or it could be in the nerves, causing them to fire uncontrollably. The energy could be in the bones, making them feel they are about to break, or it could be a host of other areas causing many different sensations. This is a significant overload of energy, and your body doesn’t know what to do with it. That surplus overloads any type of automatic grounding that you have in place, and it also means any additional energy (even something like Reiki or other healing energy!) coming into you will just cause more pain.
After the flare up, your body will become more sensitive to energy. This is very much like how a sunburn feels when it is exposed to a heat source. Even the slightest amount of heat will hurt. However, unlike the sunburn finally healing, I have found that the hypersensitivity doesn’t go away. Instead, it sticks around. In some cases I guess you could almost call it a gift from the Gods for dealing with the chronic pain and fatigue.
The good news about that gift is that because you become more sensitive, you need less effort to do some of the metaphysical things you used to. The bad news is that if you are in high energy situations, albeit physical altercations, tense meetings or business dealings at work, or are just raising a cone of power in a group ceremony or ritual you are going to need extra time to ground and rest afterward.
There is more I want to share, but for now I’d like to get some feedback on these points.
Thanks so much for reading.
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