“To truly regenerate, to find what we are seeking, we must change from within.”
- Heidi DuPree, Awaken Your Greater Health: How Energy Medicine Opens the Way to Healing
Spiritual energy, also known as ‘prana,’ ‘qi’ or the universal life force, is the manifestation of pure love within the body. It is believed that it is this energy that connects all aspects of the body, binding your soul to your physical self. Connecting every area of our being, our energy keeps us balanced, strengthens our intuition and provides us with an internal moral compass.
The concept has been addressed in a number of different religions and beliefs including Hindu, Native American spirituality, Christianity, and Judaism. In each religion and culture, it is seen as some interpretation of a universal life force, associated with a higher power energy such as a deity or deities. As we go through life this energy is drained, much like our physical energy, expended in order to keep us moving forward.
As we are able to connect with ourselves on a deeper, spiritual level we can work to recharge and replenish this energy source. Think of this process as being similar to our need to go on vacation, giving ourselves some ‘time off’ from the high-pressure and high-stress world that we live in.
If we don’t prioritize our spiritual health it can lead to feelings of exhaustion, irritation, anxiety, and depression. This is otherwise known as spiritual fatigue, the phenomenon when the soul itself is exhausted. We experience a period of low vibration in which we are unable to regular our negative energies and moods, struggle with creative blocks and experience a ‘mental fog.’
There are many known and accepted methods of combating spiritual fatigue. The important part is figuring out which of these will work for you individually, and then scheduling time into your busy schedule to allow you to practice these techniques on a regular basis. Some individuals find a deep, relaxing sleep can provide relief, allowing their soul to draw on a higher energy while they are in a dream state. Others turn to various forms of yoga or meditation, focusing the mind, body, and soul and ridding themselves of the exhausting negative energies that are wearing them down.
If you believe you are experiencing signs of spiritual fatigue, try this 6-step technique to recharge your energy using your hands:
Locate a quiet, secure location where you can be alone and undisturbed. Using a yoga mat, pillows or comfortable furniture allow yourself to either lay down or sit upright in a position in which you will be comfortable for an extended period of time. Close your eyes and then allowing yourself to breathe deeply from your solar plexus take 5 deep, focused breaths.
Slowly bring your hands together in front of you in a prayer position, firmly pressing your palms and each of your fingertips together. Bring your hands to your third eye in the center of your forehead, allowing them to gently touch this energy chakra briefly to activate it. Once it is activated, slowly lower your hands to your chest allowing them to touch and activate your heart chakra.
In order to generate heat and energy gently and slowly rub your hands together. When you can feel the energy gathering on the surface of your hands place your right hand over your heart chakra and your left hand over your belly button.
Allow yourself to visualize a white light emanating from your hands. This is the energy that you are creating. See it leaving your hands and entering your body through these energy sources, slowly working through every area of your body from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. As this white light travels throughout the body, causing it to softly glow white along with it, feel your body recharging itself and healing on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Once your whole body has been filled with the energy, visualize it radiating outwards forming a protective aura around you. This will serve to protect you as you move forward in the world following this exercise.
Once your body feels fully recharged, slowly open your eyes returning to the physical world around you. Stand up carefully and gently shake out your body, including your hands, in order to get the blood moving. Some light stretches or gentle yoga positions will also help at this time.
Hydration is key following this exercise. Drink a large glass of water to immediately replenish the water in your body. Throughout the day ensure that you make a conscious effort to continue in your efforts to hydrate the body.
For best results, practice this technique on a weekly basis, spending at least 15 minutes visualizing the energy moving throughout the body. This will also help to promote physical healing in the event that you are experiencing an injury or illness.