Energy Work 101 is a series of articles designed to instruct beginners in techniques for responsible use of energy.
Centering – Theory
Centering is the practice of personal awareness – bringing your thoughts and energy into the center of your being and being conscious in the moment.
Through our daily routines, we allow our thoughts and our energy to become scattered: we think and give energy and focus to our work, family, friends, relationship, hobbies, and circumstances of the daily grind. We daydream and we wish, ponder and solve problems, which fragment our attention and separate our mind from our body, and vice versa. Energy work requires a lot of focus and attention to be used responsively, which is why centering is essential before beginning any work of this nature.
Centering – Practice
Centering is very similar to grounding, but instead of working with equalizing energy, we’re instead pulling back awareness and thought into our own bodies. This is best to do right after grounding. The basic steps are as follows:
- Establish a breathing pattern
- Visualize yourself and your thoughts
- Pull thoughts into your center
Establish a Breathing Pattern
This is the same breathing pattern from Energy Work 101 – Grounding, so maintain the breathing pattern that you used for grounding.
Visualize Yourself and your Thoughts
Continuing the breathing pattern, close your eyes, and turn attention towards where your energy is and where your thoughts are. It’s very common for your thoughts to be scattered after long days at work at home, especially when keeping mental to-do lists. You’ll also find that if your attention is on a person, place or thing that isn’t you, then your thoughts may not even be in your body proper, but a distance away from your physical body. These distances take a lot of energy to maintain, so we’re reclaiming the awareness and energy before doing our work.
Here are some common visualizations for thoughts:
- Clouds of thought (scatter-brained) that can be inside or outside of your body, close or far away – usually comes with the feeling of having to chase down or ‘catch your thoughts’.
- Cords of thought or energy emanating from your center to the objects of interest. Closely related to links.
- Quickly moving, rapid objects that resemble racing thoughts, or sluggish thoughts that amble around the body.
(Notice that the above examples are very strong towards sight and touch – these are the senses that I’m the most familiar with energy-wise, yours may very well differ. You may ‘hear’ your thoughts off in the distance or very close, quiet or loud – or even taste or smell them. Experiment to see which senses work best for you!)
Pull Thoughts into your Center
Once your thoughts are now being registered on an energy level, it’s time to pull or lure them into your center.There are as many ways of doing this as people – you’ll find that you’ll have best success to collect your thoughts using the same senses that you used to detect them.
- ‘Roping in’ tactile thoughts
- ‘Toning in’ audible thoughts
- “Seeing” your visible thoughts coming into your center
My personal way of centering is to draw in all the thought cords that I’ve thrown out into the universe, as well as netting all the loose thoughts around my head. I pull them gradually in (visually/tactilely) and let all my thoughts be at the core of my being.
Most beginners are confused about where the ‘center’ of your body is, and the location may vary. Some schools of thought say that the solar plexus is the center, which tends to be a good place to start due to its position on the body. Experiment to see what center calls out to you, move the thoughts that you’re collecting from chakra to chakra to determine which place resonates the most for you. If none of the chakras are doing it for you, then your center could be somewhere else entirely, which is fine. I’ve known people to have their ‘center’ be in an extremity, such as an arm or a leg. What matters most is finding where your true center is and collecting your thoughts there.
Continue pulling thoughts into your center until you feel your attention is 100% on your body, breath, and mind. This may take a while for your first couple of attempts, but it does get easier with practice.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
All Energy Work 101 topics gain the most benefit when performed on a daily basis, it usually takes a month . Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Practice centering right after grounding. Most of the major practices of energy work involve grounding and centering as the two required activities before doing anything else. Ground, and then while keeping your breathing pattern, hop right into centering. Soon, it will be second nature to center as soon as you’ve finished grounding, which is A Good Thing.
- Trouble ‘seeing’ your thoughts? Shift through the different senses to see if you can hone in on your thoughts easier. You can use as many or as few senses as you prefer.
- There are some thoughts that simply won’t quiet down or come back to your body, especially the first couple times centering. If this is the case, have a notepad ready. Jot down the nagging thought (a chore, a feeling, a person) with the intention that you will revisit the thought at a later time. Once you release the thought onto paper, it should be easier to pull that energy to you.
- If you find some extraneous negative energy, or feel off balance energy-wise while centering, it’s perfectly normal to go ahead and ground out.
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