How do different forms of energy impact our lives and creative expression?
“Creating is not an energy-neutral state: it is a high energy state.” Eric Maisel
“Energy patterns are not just biological. They are also social.” Maria Hill
“An intuitive empath not only senses energy but also absorbs it from others and the environment.” Judith Orloff
“Your creative, emotional, and physical states are not separate from each other.” Emily Butler
Creativity coach and psychologist Eric Maisel has written a number of books on stress and anxiety related to creative people, and says:
“Creating is not an energy-neutral state: it is a high energy state, with, at its healthiest, enthusiasm and not anxiety driving its engine.”
– From Self Care For Your Creative Life.
Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution (previously HSP Health).
One of her online programs is the The Energy Course For Sensitive People.
“Energy mastery is much more than self-protection through the visualization of protective energy.
“It is important to understand the biology behind energy challenges especially difficult stuck energy so that you can be compassionate with yourself as you try to release old energy patterns.
“Energy patterns are not just biological. They are also social.”
Energy psychiatrist Judith Orloff, MD explains:
“An intuitive empath is someone who not only senses energy but also absorbs it from others and the environment.
“Their body takes on the angst of the world. It can be very draining.”
From article: Energy Sensitivity.
“Your creative, emotional, and physical states are not separate from each other at all, but as many ancient cultures understood, they support one another and are fundamentally linked.”
From the Artfully Alive site of artist, teacher and holistic creativity coach Emily Butler, Certified as an Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner.
One of the broad areas of healing is energy medicine, which can help support the health and vitality we need to create, especially as a highly sensitive person.
Donna Eden is an author, practitioner, teacher and spokesperson for energy medicine.
On her site, she provides these brief definitions of Energy Medicine :
Right Brain Definition: “Energy is your body’s magic! It is your life force. You keep it healthy and it keeps you healthy. If you are sick or sad, shifting your energies feels good. When you care for these invisible energies, it makes your heart sing and your cells happy!” – Donna Eden
Left Brain Definition: “Conventional medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the biochemistry of cells, tissue, and organs. Energy Medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the energy fields of the body that organize and control the growth and repair of cells, tissue, and organs. Changing impaired energy patterns may be the most efficient, least invasive way to improve the vitality of organs, cells, and psyche.” – David Feinstein, Ph.D.
Here is a video interview with Eden by her publisher:
Tarcher Talks: The Power of Energy Medicine
Book: Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality by Donna Eden and David Feinstein, PhD, Caroline Myss (Foreword).
From Author’s Introduction to 10th Anniversary Edition By Donna Eden:
“When Energy Medicine was first published in 1998, I never imagined how very quickly the field would grow over the next decade.
“In the past ten years Energy Medicine has gone from being an obscure curiosity within alternative health care practices to an integral aspect of the worldviews of leading-edge thinkers within conventional medicine.
“Mehmet Oz, M.D., one of the most respected surgeons in the United States and the director of the Cardiovascular Institute at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, speaking in 2007 to an international audience on Oprah, announced that ‘the next big frontier in medicine is Energy Medicine.’
“Indeed, as the costs of medical care spiral out of reach and the dangers of potentially lethal side effects from standard treatments skyrocket, our culture is desperate for a good, reliable folk medicine, and Energy Medicine is quickly stepping in to meet that need.”
video: Donna Eden’s Daily Energy Routine
Related DVD: Energy Medicine, The Essential Techniques by Donna Eden and David Feinstein, PhD.
video: Energy Psychology with David Feinstein, Ph.D.
From article: The Case for Energy Psychology
By David Feinstein
“Drawing from contemporary psychological understanding as well as ancient spiritual practices and healing traditions, Energy Psychology (EP) provides simple methods for shifting the brain’s chemistry, specifically through a variation of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
“Using a combination of acupressure points, along with advanced psychological methods, EFT releases traumatic memories and facilitates healing.
“Despite continuing professional skepticism, empirical evidence for the effectiveness of Energy Psychology (EP) has been accumulating. Treatment teams have been deployed to more than a dozen countries to provide mental health services following natural and human disasters. Outcome data systematically collected in at least five of these countries, and corroborated by local health-care authorities who had no stake in EP, were encouraging.”
Book: The Promise of Energy Psychology: Revolutionary Tools for Dramatic Personal Change by David Feinstein, Donna Eden, Gary Craig.
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Some related material:
Coach Cheryl Richardson notes “Creativity needs space. When you begin working on a project you’ll need plenty of emotional and physical space…
“Creating anything new not only takes physical energy, it takes emotional energy.” – From post: Cheryl Richardson on Protecting Our High Sensitivity.
In one of many articles about highly sensitive people and empaths, electrosensitivity and energy sensitivity on the BioElectric Shield site, AnnaMariah “Carolyn” Nau writes:
“I’m an empath, intuitive (aka poster child for psychic sponge person), creative, writer, designer, Reiki master…
“Highly Sensitive People, HSPs are not necessarily empaths, but empaths are highly sensitive people.
“What’s the difference? HSPs are affected by the energies around them but they don’t “take it on”. Empaths actually feel fully that energy and are strongly perceptive about people in some way (e.g., how they physically feel, their emotional experience, or how they think)?
“Often after interacting with people, empaths experience anxiety, emotional pain, or physical discomfort, and guess what, it’s the other person’s stuff they’ve taken on.”
Read more in her article An Empath’s Story – How the BioElectric Shield Changed My Life.
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