Chapter 5 – Functioning In A Dysfunctional World

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012

Come! Behold this world, which is like a decorated royal chariot. Here fools flounder, but the wise have no attachment to it. -Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

I’ve been noticing people are beginning to wake up to the fact that something has always been missing concerning what is being manifested in our external world and environment, as well as in relation to mankind’s collective and chronic experiences with internal stress. I even received a newsletter from a prominent EFT Master, who reported that he is noticing a ‘Pattern of Overwhelm’ with many of the individuals he is working with.

What is this pattern of overwhelm?

According to this EFT Master, an increasing number of individuals feel more stressed and exhausted than normal; because they have too many things to do, too much responsibility, not enough time, as well as information overload. His prescription offers the typical new age pitch to ‘Buy My Seminar.’ I find it interesting that very few people seem to make the connection that in some measure it is this type of consumer-driven mentality that is part of the problem.

Taking a detached stance in order to ponder upon a bigger picture regarding our human dilemma, I find myself asking such questions as:

  • What if we are not meant to use various healing modalities for the purpose of a quick fix?
  • What if we are not meant to persevere, cope and conform to the normal ways of the world?
  • Are these ways truly normal?
  • What does it even mean to be normal or even sane within such a world?

Possibly, we can observe that some of the prevailing issues of our world do not necessarily point to an imbalance within ourselves as individuals. By exhibiting signs of stress and imbalance, perhaps we are just having a normal reaction to a world mind-set that is insane. The world, after all, has become a place where an increasing body of individuals can only cope by succumbing to various addictions, healing efforts, and reliance on psychiatric medications. Observing this, we may wish to ask ourselves at what point will the world become sufficiently intolerable that we will become brave enough to examine what is driving our societal wants, fears, and definitions, i.e. such as of success and failure? At what point will the world’s dysfunction become so exhausting that we will choose to let go of the need to exhaust ourselves?

Defining Normal

I spent most of my childhood trying to be good enough for my parents, whose expectations were based on finding success within the definitions that most of the unconscious world holds. Nothing about this seemed abnormal. I even succeeded (in societal terms) and excelled in many areas.
Despite going along with what was the accepted way to live, I was probably the unhappiest teenager alive. I burned-out by my twenties, and then my whole life and how I defined myself fell apart. I was no longer ‘normal,’ and could not seem to fit in with the way the world was anymore, no matter how hard I tried.

For the next ten years, I strove to be normal again, or at least to be who I thought everyone around me expected me to be. There was tremendous pressure for me to be anything but myself, especially from my family. It was regularly impressed upon me that something about me was unacceptable, and that I needed to go along with what was conventional at the time in order to fix it. I did all I could this way until I could no longer physically tolerate the ‘normal’ quick fixes, medications, and treatments that I so easily stomached before.

By my thirties, an impulse within me began to drive me to let go of the game. I gave up many relationships, and spent almost two years completely alone. I figured that there had to be more to life than feeling bad about myself. I also intuitively knew that feeling this way was not a viable path to finding an inner sense of wholeness or happiness.

So, I gave up on the world in a way. I threw away the labels that had been attached to me and decided that I was going to feel okay about myself. Part of me, I admit, was playing the blame game, and maybe this was what I needed for a period. But another part of me felt that maybe if I walked away from everything I could figure everything out. I then might be able to return back to former relationships as a better version of myself; a version that was more confident and better able to endure life’s various slings and arrows that I seemed so sensitive to.

None of this ever really came to pass. Instead, my life unexpectedly embarked down a completely different path. The changes that occurred in my life in a short period of time were astounding. I even began doing a type of work that I never before imagined myself doing. By my mid-thirties, I could finally consider myself somewhat ‘normal.’

What helped the most was being able to work primarily as an intuitive, helping others through many of the same issues that I had suffered. There were so many individuals who were suffering from various forms of codependency, over-striving, anxiety, being too much in the mind, burnout, not feeling good enough, not thinking they are enough, not loving themselves, etc.

I also began to feel some of these same energies emanating from mass-marketing emails, social sites, get-rich-quick schemes, seminars, attunements, courses, and more. It felt as if the whole world was in a state of rush, and that everyone seemed anxious for a piece of some illusive pie. It was becoming more and more obvious to me that because of the way many of us choose to live our lives, we feel trapped in a rat race of needing money and feeling we have to work day and night to keep ahead of the game—or at least to pay off various debts. We thus scatter ourselves and our life force in various directions, trying to survive financially and socially, and trying to fit in.

I began to see a deeper message within all of the commercials on anxiety and depression, as well as news programs about these issues. I witnessed the sharp increase in twentieth century diseases (see glossary) such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity disorder, food sensitivities, etc. Everything I was witnessing started to poke at me a bit, until the pokes became stronger and stronger, and I began to see the flip side of everything. For example, perhaps an increasing number of individuals are simply beginning to experience an emotionally, spiritually, and physiologically normal reaction to the collective imbalance in the world. Perhaps the issue was not that individuals are becoming weaker, but that various mind-sets, impurities, strivings, feelings of helplessness, and goals are becoming less easy to tolerate, as would be expected. I began to think that maybe it was time for all of us to re-evaluate what exactly ‘normal’ is and what it is not; since we have all become so brainwashed by our daily lifestyles we have lost the ability to know what is natural, i.e. what follows nature’s laws.

So, here is a question for everyone out there: Has the collective mind-set become so dysfunctional that it is by all natural means making people sick? Additionally, is there not something amiss with the world, when the only way for the average person to cope within it is to have to take a drug or rely on other kinds of treatment or healing therapy? This does not even include the mass number of individuals who are coping by succumbing to various addictions, dependencies, alcohol, and other forms of escapism. It seems that many of us either cannot cope with the world, or are running away from it in some fashion. We end up living lives trying to be happy all the time, while suppressed and weighed down by the pressures and demands of a world that breeds fear, obsession, bondage and the need for control.

Imbalance Is the New Normal

It is likely no accident that so many people are currently turning to gurus and healers for answers on how to cope with life and the world. For many of us, the philosophical split continues to widen. The more it widens, the more our lifestyles, dreams, pursuits, and goals become misaligned and imbalanced. Even the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment and healing has become a crazed, scattered, and exhausting adventure. We are all conditioned by the collective consciousness to believe our answers can be found in getting the next attunement, trying the latest healing fad, repeating various affirmations, learning about various and scattered techniques for increasing our vibration, etc. However, spurting our energy in multiple directions further distracts us from establishing a pure and still connection with the Self. I fell into all of these pitfalls as well.

We are so scattered in so many directions seeking answers outside of ourselves that we do not truly know how to be still anymore. Yet, it is primarily our ability to be still that will most help us heal ourselves and the various problems and conditions of the world.

If we can look at the world and how it tries to survive with an open and compassionate perspective, it makes sense that people are tired, dehydrated, nervous, tense, exhausted, or depressed. I really do feel that extreme fatigue conditions, multiple allergies and sensitivities, as well as empathic illnesses, have something to teach the world. After all, such illnesses, at times, almost force the sufferer out of the ‘normal’ stream of lifestyle and activity. Many times, in order to get well, the sufferer is required to embark upon a path toward purity. Sufferers often may find themselves benefiting from purifying their diet, leaving toxic relationships, and reducing their exposure to toxic chemicals. However, as soon as they feel a little rejuvenated, they may celebrate by jumping back into the pond, feeling blessed to be able to live some semblance of a ‘normal’ life again where acceptance is granted.

While a growing number of us are beginning to have ‘reactions’ to an ever-increasing barrage of toxins, pollutants, impurities and stressors, for those of us who do not become completely incapacitated, we condition ourselves to expect to suffer from ‘normal’ levels of sickness, tiredness, anxiety, etc. We have to do this because in order to survive, we must rationalize the toxic pond that we insist on swimming in rather than understanding that fully immersing ourselves in the muddy water was never required.

Our need to survive through a habit of rationalization and denial makes it easier for us to ignore whether certain facets of life are affecting our health, or the health of our children and planet. Our secret dream is to be able to keep everything going, while somehow becoming invincible to it all. Why?

Yes, we can embark on various clearing programs or efforts to make ourselves more immune. But, often the minute some of us see a healer to clear ourselves from various states of overwhelm, other emotions, or physical complaints, the very next day we may feel we need a clearing again for either the same issue or another one. I’ve seen many individuals become addicted to clearings; some using a variety of techniques including EFT, Reiki, charka work, energy readings, belief work, etc. The issue may not even be that something was not ‘cleared,’ but more that an inner resistance exists to creating a new way of living and being that can more lovingly (and with self-care) support an intention toward health and wholeness.

What is my point?

If we can see a bigger picture, then we can more purposefully use healing for a new agenda; not an agenda that requires returning to the ways of an old world that are not self-fulfilling or peaceful, but one that fosters new ways to live. Our healing efforts could help us:

  • come into more simplicity and truth
  • break free of the clutter in our minds and lives
  • find more freedom from things that bind us
  • live in balance, rather than creating overabundance and excess versus under-abundance and depletion scenarios in our bodies, minds, environment, and life
  • purify ourselves of pollutants to our mind and health
  • create a cease-fire in our mental war with our heart and emotions

I do believe that some of the health and emotional issues of the world today are amazing teachers, if we are willing to listen to the underlying messages they convey. If we let them, they can help us find our way to a True Normal again. It does not have to be the false, crazy normal that we have grown accustomed to, but a ‘normal’ that requires less stress and effort; which brings humanity more into balance, rather than out of it.

The Quest for Healing

So, what physical conditions or symptoms can we begin to learn to listen to in order to receive a deeper message concerning our world and the effects of various collective beliefs and attitudes?

  • exhaustion
  • dehydration
  • toxicity and pollution
  • anxiety and depression
  • food and chemical sensitivities
  • sleep disorders
  • weight gain and overeating
  • hyperactivity

As I explain my view on these disorders, some parts may be redundant. My belief is that many factors of our lifestyles contribute into many different types of health or emotional problems that we may suffer from. So, at times I will mention some of the same factors beneath different conditions to show how these lifestyle factors influence them.

Please also understand I am not a medical doctor. Always seek a professional’s opinion if you feel you suffer from any of these conditions, and do your own research as well. Also, in giving advice concerning any disorder, I do understand there are shades of gray and not everyone will fit the profiles that I list. At a core level, illness does not really exist, nor do labels. It is merely communication. In the end, I do believe what other authors have to say who state illness can be given up if we refuse to believe in it or its various labels anymore. At this state, one has fully accessed their lotus nature when it comes to releasing various streams of collective consciousness that relate to personal diseases and their labels or definitions. However, I also believe we can give up ‘dis-ease’ through resolving what our life and path is attempting to communicate to us through using the body. Through doing so, we are taken through a process of learning to give up the pond in order to access our lotus nature another way.

Exhaustion

Today, there was a midday news program that aired on the subject of exhaustion and how an increasing number of individuals seem to be suffering from this condition. The leading question to be answered was, “What can the viewer do about it?”

While I do believe that the root causes lie within us individually, the question was phrased to put the onus on the sufferers to treat their own exhaustion to better function in the world. This presumption of the daily news show only served to reinforce the dysfunction at the core of the collective consciousness. It rationalizes that the world is normal and each person must be able to cope with and keep up with its insane energy, dreams, and drives. Every person is expected to be able to be part of the world and its polluted collective consciousness. Without questioning the validity or sanity of such an expectation, and without being able to see that any other choice is available to us, we end up unconsciously rationalizing that we must find ways to heal, balance, and come back to purity (emotionally, physically, and spiritually) while simultaneously continuing to partake in all that is polluted around us, feeling that this is the only way to survive.

We are prevented from seeing the inherent contradictions within this approach through our unconscious acceptance of all the subtle programming that we take on from the collective consciousness. For, the collective consciousness tells us that to live in crazy or exhausting ways is desired and normal. As a result, what this mind-set subtly conditions us to accept and believe is that any resulting symptoms we suffer from are from being dysfunctional at a personal level in some way. Thus, our lifestyles are never examined as being the source of the problem that may benefit from change.

What is my advice?

If you are feeling exhausted, go beyond the superficial thinking that somehow you are weaker than others because you feel overwhelmed by the demands of the world. Allow yourself to let go of some of society’s negative attitudes toward rest and self-care. You are not lazy or selfish if you take care of yourself. As you take care of yourself, you might find that others may actually become resentful or jealous that you are somehow enjoying life more than they are. But remember, life is meant to be enjoyed. We do not have to be busy and productive at all times.

In fact, the healthiest thing we can do right now for our children, Mother Earth, and ourselves is to move beyond the dysfunctional thinking that rest is a dirty word. We can all learn to move beyond a temporary fix to see what is truly out of alignment in order to choose the highest and best path toward everything (including nature), and toward resolving it. Listen to any inner messages that arise concerning what discomforts you on a level that goes deeper than your small and superficial self. Allow this message to help you find a path to your true identity, what truth you wish to serve, and what illusions you may give yourself permission to let go of.

Dehydration

I have noticed within healing sessions that an issue of dehydration comes up frequently with almost everyone I treat. That is, I use an EFT divination deck in my work and often will draw the ‘dehydration’ card when drawing a card for what is blocking the person’s recovery. Not that this is unusual for EFT practice, and there is a reason why there is a card for dehydration in the deck (dehydration negatively affects EFT results).

Even mild dehydration can cause symptoms. Sometimes just drinking water can help a headache, joint pain, digestion or other issues.8

What is my advice if you are dehydrated? Water—being a yin symbol—has a receptive quality. Yin is associated with stillness, flow, intuition, and receptivity. Alternatively, fire is a yang symbol. It is associated with the sun, achievement, action and doing. So, ask yourself what are you not receiving? Where are you becoming too yang in your life? Where are you giving out more energy than you are taking in? How is your glass half empty rather than full? What is leaving you feeling drained? Then ask yourself what beliefs of the collective consciousness you can detach from in order to feel replenished and enough again.

Toxicity and Pollution

Toxicity and pollution can exist on a physical, emotional, spiritual, or metaphorical level. There are various forms of toxicity and toxic conditions. Within the field of alternative medicine there can be discussions concerning candida, parasites, toxicity, the ‘need for cleansing,’ chemical sensitivities, geopathic stress, entities, etc. Even our own emotions and adrenaline can have toxic effects as stress hormones are released into the bloodstream.

What is my advice? If you feel polluted or unclean, embrace purity, a natural state of being, and simplicity with everything. Find who you are beyond the polluted and toxic consciousness of the world and pave a middle path between any extremes that you find yourself living with. Find out what is irritating or toxic concerning your interpersonal environment, and what makes you feel unworthy or unloved. Ask yourself who or what is draining you or becoming a parasite on your energies? With whom are you being codependent or needy? What are you continually tolerating from your environment that is toxic? Where do you need better boundaries, or to say “no” to others? Find the underlying communication your toxins are trying to convey to you and bring purity and wholeness into your mind, life and environment.

Anxiety and Depression

With the healing work that I do, I find that those who are more prone to anxiety are more likely to be overachievers and worriers; they want to be perfect in order to be approved of. They are driven individuals. They usually ask for healing to fix something within themselves so that they will be better able to achieve their goals. Many that I have encountered have been conditioned to see their emotions as wrong, negative, and something to suppress.

Because they are usually sensitive and empathic, they seek to please others and the world. Add to this the constant bustle of life; coffee drinking; continued exposure to emotional, physical and energetic pollutants; over-stimulation from what is viewed on television, internet, other media sources; not to mention geopathic stress (reactions to all our frequency-emitting computers, electronics and other devices); it is not difficult to understand why individuals feel high-strung, wired, anxious, overloaded and hypersensitive to everything around them.

Where anxiety may result from too much of something and from feelings of being overwhelmed, depression can result from feeling the opposite; it presents as if there is not enough. However, both disorders result from an innate feeling of what I term ‘not-enoughness’ (see chapter 8). However, while the anxious person is more driven and worried about pleasing and being ‘more,’ the depressed person is lethargic and does not want to care so much anymore.

What many of my depressed clients had in common was their search for something—a solution—outside of themselves that they can only find within. In fact, many depressed clients asked for healing so that external situations could resolve themselves. Sometimes they would approach me to heal the people around them. Various experiences, relationships, jobs and life itself seem to continually disappoint them or let them down.

I might ask my depressed clients why they see life as pointless; i.e. when did they give up and become discouraged in life, in others, or themselves, not believing they can find happiness or love within themselves? They may not even be consciously aware that they have given up. They just know life is not as exciting to them as the driven person, or perhaps they were once driven, but have totally exhausted or frustrated themselves.

When it comes to finding treatment, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of true understanding out there in the world. Some of the anti-depressant commercials that I have seen can attest to where we have gone astray in our thinking, as well as illustrate our collective willingness to assimilate anything society feeds us. In one commercial that I saw, the whole message pertained to how there is now a second anti-depressant available that may be taken in conjunction with an individual’s main anti-depressant if an individual finds that their original anti-depressant is not working well enough. Some of us may not need one drug, we may need two! Really?

A second commercial conveyed a message such as, “The symptoms of depression are not just emotional anymore. Depression has physical symptoms too.” This is troubling because such a message is unconsciously aimed at encouraging individuals (ever so subtly) to ignore the manner in which our bodies and Nature is attempting to communicate with us. Symptoms can be ways that our body is trying to give us flashing red warning lights that we’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere. At times, depression is even the emotional symptom of a variety of other potential conditions, some listed in this chapter. So, if your depression has physical symptoms or you have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, do your research!

Yes, your emotions are at the root of symptoms—whether they represent real diseases or imagined complaints, but what is triggering your emotions? We aren’t meant to ignore our minds, emotions or bodies.

Of course, if you feel suicidal, have post-traumatic stress disorder, other severe mental disorders, or have experienced an extreme loss or trauma, definitely seek help. I do agree drugs may be of help in certain situations. I also do not wish to argue that depression cannot be hereditary, biochemical, or accompanied by physical symptoms. Likewise, I understand that anxiety and depression can overlap. My intention within this chapter is to address the less serious burnout, hyper-vigilance or fatigue so that we can learn from them in order to stop swimming in the pond of dysfunction and learn to function in a more nature-al way.

Food and Chemical Sensitivities

Like anxiety and other issues, food and chemical sensitivities can result from living in a state of chronic overwhelm. The fact is, the word overwhelm isn’t even supposed to be used as a noun. However, because it is becoming a condition rather than a feeling in this twenty-first century, many within the healing community have begun to use the word in this new way.

The effect of chronic overwhelm is that there is too much energy in certain places and too little energy in others. It creates a high state of imbalance, which creates its own internal warning signals that something isn’t okay. This is why some individuals develop a ‘sensitivity to everything’ syndrome. Their internal warning system is subconsciously ‘turned on’ and on high alert to everything, to the point that the conscious mind has difficulty turning it off.

Often, individuals who are highly sensitive in these ways have chakras that are imbalanced as a result of tending to live more in the etheric level, rather than fully incarnated within the body. The upper chakras may be overactive and the lower chakras underactive. This is why highly spiritual people who suffer from sensitivities classify them as part of a compilation of symptoms which are labeled ‘ascension symptoms.’ They are living in their upper chakras more than their lower ones. Some are not fully grounded in the body. Some are afraid of their bodies and of feeling various emotions (including those of others), which they may experience as psychosomatic symptoms in the body.

Regular grounding is vital in order to bring the soul fully into the body. I also encourage anyone with food and chemical sensitivities to learn to love and be in the body, and to experience all its reactions, symptoms, and emotions. See your emotions as a beautiful and amazing tapestry of color and experience. Make your affirmation one of “I allow” to everything. Allow this to replace a subconscious feeling of “I cannot tolerate.” Know that the balancing chakra is the heart chakra; pull energy down from the upper chakras, so that you can fill your heart and other parts of the body with self-love. Then, allow the energy to flow down your base chakra, through your feet and into the ground.

As with other conditions, stress and burnout can underlie food and chemical sensitivities, too. When under stress, your body can release histamine: the same chemical the body releases during an allergic reaction. Histamine tends to rise when there is a perceived threat within the body, as if the body is preparing to mount a defense against the threat. This can trigger an inflammatory response. However, conditions of low histamine can be attached to developing allergies as well. When it comes to food allergies, the body may begin mounting a defense against foods and other substances that would normally be considered safe in limited amounts. Due to chronic exposures to what may be viewed by our internal warning system as a danger (including stress, toxins, abuse, etc.), the last straw may have already broke the camel’s back.

This often mirrors what is going on within a sufferer’s emotional level of experience. An individual may be feeling emotionally overwhelmed and unsafe in what should be considered a safe environment and so lives with his defenses raised (much like how some people develop histadelia or high histamine levels in blood to guard against a threat).10 They may have grown up with abuse, were constantly criticized, or may be trapped in toxic relationships. Alternatively, another individual may feel a lack of defenses or boundaries, leaving them vulnerable to emotional threats (which some people can develop histapenia, or low histamine levels in the blood).

While there are different kinds of sensitivities, I currently see that each can have its own message to relay. For example, I view food sensitivities as connected to issues around emotional nourishment and an inability to receive love, which stems from a feeling of being constantly guarded. What should be nourishing to certain individuals is treated by the body (or the emotions) as indigestible, or something that their bodies must react to. Usually, those with food allergies suffer from nutritional deficiencies because they may not properly digest the foods they eat. This is all symbolic of feeling unable to ‘digest’ emotional nourishment. Usually, there is a history of feeling unworthy, overly criticized or verbally abused within relationships. Sufferers may live with their defenses raised, without being willing to let others in in case they get hurt. Thus, they may end up feeling deficient in being able to meet vital emotional needs; particularly for nurturing, support, and a feeling of being safe and loved.

I view chemical sensitivities as symbolic of more toxic relationships and situations. There is something corrosive, unnatural, or caustic within an interpersonal environment that the sufferer is reacting to because they feel threatened or unsafe.

Autoimmune disease, which can underlie some of these issues, may represent the self attacking the self in some manner. Thus, learning self-love is important.

Candida is another condition that can underlie multiple food and chemical sensitivities. This condition is often symbolic of being too scattered (because symptoms are all over the place). Candida may also represent an unhealthy need for approval from certain individuals (because yeast is a parasite that feeds off its host to survive).

What is my advice?

If you have any of these issues, check to see where you may have built up a wall that prevents you from receiving. Ask yourself if you are allowing yourself to relax, recharge, or to be nourished by life, relationships, and spirit. Ask yourself what or who you are feeling overwhelmed by (and why?). Find a sanctuary for yourself so that you can learn to feel safe and to trust life again.

Insomnia

Sleep disorders are of varying types. Some people oversleep, which this condition is more connected with depression. Some people sleep too little or have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting enough sleep, which is often connected with anxiety or an inability to ‘turn off.’ Too many thoughts, plans or goals end up circling within the mind when one should be resting instead. Exhaustion can also cause insomnia as well, particularly if one begins to feel that “I am so tired, but I cannot sleep/rest” feeling.

Having insomnia itself can be a source of stress, anxiety, and pressure. This is understandable, since the world is full of pressures and possesses a negative attitude toward rest. We all want to be well rested in order to cope with all of our worldly demands.

I’ve had many clients who actually made their insomnia worse because they “had to be well” for the next day and feared they would not get enough sleep. In this way, insomnia may represent wanting to please or prove oneself to others too much, especially if trouble sleeping is caused by the mind continuously replaying conversations or arguments.

Some individuals actually put off their own need for sleep to meet the needs or wants of partners or others. I had clients who were severely exhausted and sick, and yet they still refused to rest because someone else needed them, or someone else was sick, or they felt guilty if they let such a person down. They do not want to offend a loved one by saying “no” or taking a break.

What is my advice?

If you have sleep issues, examine your ability to have boundaries or to say “no” to pressures, people, or demands. Allow yourself to follow a natural flow with life and sleep. See if meditation or breathing exercises help. Give yourself permission to take a break from the world at times to attend to your own inner needs. Life is all about learning self-love. The world can wait for a bit.

Weight Gain and Overeating

Eating can offer energy, pleasure and gratification; particularly if you are feeling bored, deprived, overworked, or empty in some fashion. Certain individuals may even gain weight or eat more to help them feel more heavy or grounded.

Sometimes what we eat causes cravings, which cravings and addictions are full of symbolism. I even heard one author who commented that food cravings were symbolic of issues with greed for more. You may want to take a look at how you are trying to fill yourself up. You may want to ask yourself what is making you feel depleted, and why? What part of you is being denied? What are you running away from or trying to escape? Is there someone or something you are having difficulty releasing?

Sometimes, we can receive a deeper message about the types of foods that we are craving or addicted to because foods have symbolic meaning. Sugar issues are often symbolic of wanting love and sweetness, or alternatively not feeling sweet enough or loved enough. Salt is about excesses or deficiencies in zest and vigor. Starches and breads are about our basic needs, and if they are being met. Sometimes they tend to slow us down, which helps us rest. Meat is about passion and what is animal or instinctual within us. Water and liquids are about emotions, intuition, and yin receptivity. Junk food is usually a craving for drama or what is not emotionally healthy. Alcohol allows us to escape or to express ourselves in less inhibited ways. But, definitely use your own intuition for what your cravings might symbolize to you.

Hyperactivity

Why are so many of us diagnosed with ADHD and feeling more hyperactive? Why are our children more sensitive? If you think of sensitivity as the ability to empathically ‘pick up’ energies, it only makes sense that we feel sped up and hyperactive during these times. There are so many things that contribute to this, including sensitivity to:

  • geopathic stress and energy emitted from technology and gadgets
  • earth empathy (empathically picking up on the disturbed or unbalanced energy of places)
  • the ‘go, go, go’ mind-set that affects many of us in the Western World, with so much for all of us to accomplish and do
  • being too ungrounded and over-analytical
  • information overload/exposure to excess stimuli (i.e. from media, video games, advertising, ideas, programs, world events, news)
  • picking up on the energy of others who are scattered, distracted, and who cannot rest

What is my advice?

If you want your children to be relaxed, make sure that you are relaxed. If you want to be calm, make sure your environment and beliefs are calm. Only we, by ourselves and together, can create a new collective consciousness that supports a mind-set of presence rather than rush, adrenaline or chaos.

I do not mean to imply there are no other issues going on with hyperactivity, or that afflicted children (or adults) do not need drugs or treatment. I am suggesting there are ways we can supplement treatment with practical lifestyles. I do not believe that it is coincidence that we are seeing a rise in these conditions. If we can look at a bigger picture, we can understand why this is occurring.

In my work I have learned that it is not always best to focus on techniques, attunements or other modalities for ‘increasing vibration’ (something individuals in the new age or alternative healing community ascribe to). I find that certain individuals are doing all sorts of things to their energy (or promoting others do them) not really understanding how energy works. I find it is energetically better to work toward (or intend toward) the emotion you are trying to achieve (peace, love, detachment, etc.).

In Energy Psychology (see glossary), there is a condition of energy that blocks progress known as neurological disorganization. I also observe there can be a condition of energy overcharge that occurs when certain chakras are overactive in unhealthy ways (particularly the upper chakras). Such energy conditions usually symbolize an individual is attempting to go against their natural flow or cycles. They may be scattered or overwhelmed. Certain techniques can be used to correct these energy conditions. But for more lasting effects, one should try to identify the root cause(s) and change one’s overactive lifestyles and the thought processes that encourage and support disorganized or over-active energy states.

I realize that addictions should be an important part of this dialog regarding learning to function within a dysfunctional world. However, I feel a discussion on this topic is better suited for chapter 8: Finding our Innate ‘Enoughness.’

Now that we have discussed the personal level of what we have never challenged and been conditioned to accept as ‘normal,’ we can begin to discuss a bigger picture that has been treated in the same way.


[8] An amazing article on this subject by Phillip Day can be found at http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/are-you-chronically-dehydrated and is titled Are You Chronically Dehydrated.

[9] I’m not attempting to state any biological facts that cannot be disproved. I simply present what I see as symbolic throughout this chapter’s section. From working with many clients I do see symbolic patterns. However, as I relayed in chapter 2, we all create our own guidance system and decide what definitions hold true for us. Thus not all symbols will be the same for everyone, and at the same time, we can see others definitions and start mirroring the same.

[9] Information on histamine, histadelia and histapenia and their emotional counterparts can be found on the internet. One such resource is here http://superiorsites3.com/NNSp97NutrientsDepression.htm

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Mandy Peterson is a psychic visionary, empath, channel and EFT Practitioner. She is the author of the book “I Am the Lotus, Not the Muddy Pond,” and a regular columnist for the metaphysical magazine, Bellesprit. As an empathic healer and reader, Mandy works 1-to-1 with clients, helping them to achieve clarity, peace and balance. For more information, see the “About” page.