Shadow shot of what might be a spent purple aster from last fall. Taken at Chaco Canyon, NM.
Energy. That's is what we are. A bi-pedal container of a vast array of energy. There's cellular and molecular energy within us, kinetic energy, static energy, muscular energy, emotional energy, energy from our thoughts and actions. Healing energy. We are in a constant state of energy every single moment we are alive. And, even after we've gone, I believe that our energy transforms into a different state not easily detected by those of us left behind.
It has been said that 60% of what we communicate is non-verbal. Yet, for the most part, we only focus on what is said. In the Speech Communication class I took several centuries ago, the non-verbal part of communication discussed was only within the context of our body language.
But what about the energy we are putting out there in the world? Shouldn't that warrant a good "look see'? Perhaps Communication Theory today now includes this. I admit that my information is rather dated.
What made all this energy thing percolate to the surface for me was in watching the National Geographic Show called, "The Dog Whisperer" with Caesar Millan. It is really interesting to watch how differently dogs behave when the energy from the people within their household changes. Caesar talks to the dog owners at great length how their energy affects their dog's behavior. And, we too, as human beings affect those around us with the energy that we put forth. It doesn't just apply to dog owners!
It seems that we often end up mirroring the energy that is coming from another person; particularly if their energy level exceeds yours! Anger. A pretty strong energy to put out there. Strong because it requires a LOT of energy to maintain it. Same goes for hate. Let me demonstrate (this requires you to actively follow my prompt and I hope that you do). Take your hand a create a very tight fist. Make that fist as hard and tight as you can. Really clench that fist. Hold it for as long as you can. Then, let go of that fist, allowing your fingers to relax into an open position that requires no energy whatsoever. Observe the difference between that clenched fist and the open hand. It took a lot of energy to maintain that clenched fist.
When we hold onto negative emotions, this is what we are doing to our energy. So much of it gets channeled into maintaining that level of emotion. How draining! And, we carry that around with us from day to day, often getting mirrored back to us from those that we come into contact with.
The whole point that I'd like to make here is that it is worth our while to stop and do a self inventory and identify the kind of energy we are putting out there at any given moment in time. This gives you a chance to consciously stop and shift gears. Perhaps from one of angst or anger to one of calm. In doing so, the door becomes open to be in the moment. Something we all talk about doing, but so difficult a thing to achieve!
To see more lovely and diverse shadow shots, stop by Tracy's place at Hey Harriet!