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An Initiation into Energetic Matters and the Unseen

Updated on October 28, 2012

A very personal recount of how I came to discover 'energy'. It was perhaps my path and destiny: life did not let me 'rest' until I fully accepted the unseen

Everyone has a purpose in life…a unique gift or special talent to give others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

…and what is it to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth…

-Kahil Gibran, the Prophet

Like most of us, I grew up in an environment that was typically devoid of any reference/awareness of the workings and existence of ‘energy’. I went through a phase where I stammered as a child, and I was affected by mild dyslexia (I used to read and write numbers and letters the other way around); I was also able to ‘sense’ people, although I didn’t know not everyone can do that. This saved my life at least on one occasion, and prevented harm many other times. I cannot be classed as a psychic I guess, but I had a few life-changing spiritual experiences that did determine, I believe, the course of my life. I can isolate two that were probably the most important.

The first occurred when I was about ten years old. We lived in a town that had a serious problem with drug addiction. There was a particular square which was the designated spot for these poor souls: every day I passed by that spot, to and from school. You can imagine the worry of parents of young children, given this situation: there was a lot of talking about the problem in families and in schools. One day, walking back home, I noticed a purple sachet sticking from the beak of one of the marble eagles in the square. I knew it was the standard ‘packaging’ for drugs, and a sense of curiosity held me: should I take it? Should I see what was in there? At that precise moment, an image came into my mind: I could see myself in a deep dark pit, trying to claw my way out, and then these words came into my mind: ‘If you fall into that pit, you never come back’. I run home, suddenly aware of what was in front of me, and aware of what that simple message had communicated to me. I know that what happened that afternoon was guidance given to me. There is a profound truth in the fact that if one abuses the primary tool (the body) creating a strong chemical imbalance, it’s very difficult to ever re-establish normal energy pathways, as the memory of the ‘trauma’ is forever in the body. Whatever addiction one develops, one will always have to live with that experience: it’s indeed possible to overcome addiction, but the ‘energetic memory’ will always be there.

My first ‘initiation’ into energy matters happened when I was about fourteen. Let me tell you that by that age, already, the young child I had been had largely been forgotten, under layers of conditioning, fear, and manipulation; it’s the story of many of us. We lived then in the countryside, and it was the day my much-awaited-for horse arrived: I had been waiting for years for this! And it was an incredibly disappointing moment: the animal I had been given really didn’t reflect the youthful, beautiful palomino of my imagination. While he was grazing peacefully, probably happy the journey was over, I inspected the poor thing once more: he was really in a sorry state. His ribs showed, under a coat that had patches of dirt: his mane was knotted, his hooves were far too long and had a strange shape. He looked tired and sad: I felt like crying. Then I stroked the animal…and as I did so images from his life flooded into my head, and I heard not words, but a consciousness that I was the decider, in that very moment, of this being’s fate. I could offer him a home, and a happy life, or I could send him back where he had come from, where he would probably suffer some more. It was a defining moment because I felt ‘someone’ had asked me to make a responsible choice, for the first time in my life. He stayed. I called him Houston.

So from then on, the long road to recovery started: this horse was also full of fear. Strangely, all his fear and damage he had received mirrored exactly what had happened to my spirit! The biggest gift Houston gave me was the gift of awareness. He was so scared and tense that every time one moved, he tended to tense up and jump aside: that made him rather dangerous as he could accidently hurt someone in doing so. I decided this horse had to learn to trust again, so I started placing my hands on his neck; and I would leave them just there, to get him used to being touched and cleaned etc. This worked quite well. He calmed down nicely over time; then, I started noticing that my hands became very warm while placing them on his body. The more I applied this process, the more I became aware of something flowing through my hands, and through me: my heart’s intention was to make Houston feel peaceful and secure, and while sending that intention, ‘energy’ seemed to flow through my being. I would also feel peaceful and secure, too. Once awareness touches you, there is no going back: you felt it, you know it’s true: use it or not, it stays with you. I learnt about energy from a horse!

So this is my background. Many more things have happened that have opened my mind and being to the realm of energy and the unseen: I speak to you from knowledge that has come to me intuitively, knowledge that was already there and from knowledge I have acquired through my professional training. Training and schooling are invaluable: they help the therapist with putting their abilities into perspective and a structured safe routine. It’s also important to learn how to communicate with people, because it’s no use to hold knowledge if such knowledge is then conveyed in a damaging or unclear way.

Many years after what happened in the square and after Houston, after many moons and many learning opportunities, things have gone full circle and I am finally in position to begin to understand and use that energy. I hope my journey will be perhaps of some use to others, because remember, it is your journey: ‘energy’ will take the shape needed in your specific case.


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      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Great hub. It mirrors much of my own experiences as a child. I seem to be more connected to animals than people. I know that sounds odd, but after spending my entire working career as a nurse, although i did well in that career, i feel like i am burnt out with the pains and suffering of other humans.

      Animals are so helpless and respond to our kindness with more appreciation that humans do. I have had many cats and several dogs that i rescued over the years that have given me unconditional acceptance, companionship, loyalty and love.

      Mot people are takers and when there is no more to take they move on to someone who can give them more.

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      ixwa 4 years ago

      holisticthealth: Thanks for the Hub and it is very interesting. My mother had hip surgery, and when she came out of the operating room, the hospital brought in this lady next to her bed. They moved the covers, and the lady held both her hands just above the operation and stood there for some time(The lady's palms facing down towards the operation). My mother said she felt heat coming from her her into her-the longer she stood with her hands jus over my mother, the more intense the heat became-and she said she not felt it on her recent operation, but it went throughout her body- and after some time this lady brought by the hospital left. She never spoke a word.

      Before my mother had her hip operation, she was gaunt and was becoming thin and weak. She could not even walk. After this incident(and immediately the lady left the ward), my mother, I noticed, had a glow about her; her skin which was taut was now full and her skin tone was alive and sort of shiny; it was barely an hour and a half she had just been wheeled from the Operation room, and a few minutes after the lady left, she rose from her bed and walked to herself to the bathroom, no more with a limp nor assistance-as in normal healthy walk.

      She healed within a few day, and has been progressing well since. She looks very young, ever since.. She is 89 years Old.. I thought I might share what your piece is more or less about my experience with the powers beyond our comprehension, some of us.. My mother never forgets that.. She was given a lease on life-she quips. Thanks for the stories above..

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      Stephanie Das 4 years ago from Miami, US

      I liked reading your story. Most of us can relate to is a lovely awareness to have once you learn how to be open to it. Beautiful hub.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Lovely stories and explanation Holistic. I have had so many instances of connecting with people on a spiritual (Energy) level from great distances and feeling their thoughts and fears. If I could just figure out how to use this effectively.


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh hoiw lovely.. do you have a oicutre of Hiouston? You sound like my friend in Colorado.. she loves horse and any kind of animal she lives on a ranch and has so many animals but they are her children. there is that special bond. and Your decision to keep Houston made you the responsible person you are today.. many blessings to you

      I love your hub



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      holisticthealth 4 years ago from London , UK

      Thank you teaches :) we do what we can, it's not always easy but we do get there in the end ;) I am glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Holistic, I have had similar experiences since a very young child. We do live in a dimensional world where our spirits can fluctuate from one to the other. Time is a concept that only exists in man's mind. My beliefs are from a higher diety that allows me to see beyond the normal expanse of time, for the purpose of good. Intersting read here. and glad to hear how you have come so far in life.

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      holisticthealth 4 years ago from London , UK

      Hi Shiningirisheyes, I totally agree with you. That's why the few that escape should do as much as they can to help others preserve and re-discover such energies: they never really totally disappear, although it's very hard work to retrieve them-especially after a lifetime of choices based on cutting the mind off the heart. I have seen some really good people doing the wrong thing, simply because they are unaware, and I myself have made wrong choices in the past because I didn't listen to what 'energy' and intuition were telling me. I think most of us are in this situation: but there is hope, as I see the world slowly waking up to other ways of living and integrating nature, and wanting a different state of things.

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      holisticthealth 4 years ago from London , UK

      Thank you Rasta1 :)

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Very touching. You seem to be in tune with nature and life.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Such an interesting read. Not many realize that we all have the power to tap into this subconscious energy. Unfortunately, society tends to destroy the natural power of it as we leave childhood and advance in years.

      Fantastic read my friend.

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      holisticthealth 4 years ago from London , UK

      Thank you so much Renee! :) I'll be following you too :)

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      Renee Abbott 4 years ago from Arizona

      As an energy worker for the majority of my life, I was so happy to see your hub. It is something I personally believe we all have.

      I will be following your hubs, they are inspirational for those who are energy workers or just beginning.


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      holisticthealth 4 years ago from London , UK

      Thanks Sparkster :) love your hubs! happy we have connected!!!

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      Sparkster Publishing 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm so glad you started following me otherwise I would never have seen this hub - beautiful!

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      holisticthealth 4 years ago from London , UK

      Thank you so much Bac2basics :) there was definitely a web I was following in my life, unseen but ever present, and when awareness came, I did finally understand! It all came together, and even the bad times I have been through made complete sense. Sometimes our sould does need to learn through suffering. Energy is always at work, and we are all connected :) hugs to you and your daughter!

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Holistic. Sometimes energy finds the people we need in our lives. I have to tell you that the instant I started to read this hub, that is what I felt. You quote from Kahil gibran, my late husband had one of his books, you also go on to say you were slightly dyslexic and could sense spirits, that applies to my daughter too, and as for me, I wanted to learn Reiki before leaving the UK to come and live in Spain. I believe in energy and spiritualism and often ask my energy to " Go out and find me the best life possible " when I go to bed, or sometimes to "go out and find the energy of someone close to me who is suffering, and pass on some of my strength and help heal that person" . Another coincidence led you to start following me, again I think is is energy at work. I really enjoyed this hub, and will likewise be following you right now.