Saturday, May 5, 2018

“Energy Sucks” and a World of Appearances

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness

Ever wonder why you can perceive more than others or others can perceive more than you? Maybe psychically? Maybe self-awareness-wise? Maybe of everyday things in everyday life?

While there are some effortful reasons, such as someone being trained as a detective, there are also effortless reasons. This blog post is intended to explain the inverse of the effortless: internal obstacles that suck precious life-force, which in turn (drastically) diminish conscious, expanded awareness.

By understanding the inverse, we can get a sense for what can be called the “zero point” of things when energy-zapping blocks are not present.

I feel like everyone will have at least some idea of what I’m talking about since we have all experienced change throughout our lives. We need only think of related life experiences: one when we’d perceived based on trauma, fear, and/or false belief, and one when we’d perceived without.

These 3 “energy sucks”—trauma, fear, false beliefs—are what I describe here in presentation and behavior. I’ve separated them for clarity, though they’re regularly interwoven. I’ve also provided an example and a metaphor that should help to clarify the information.

The 3 Primary “Energy Sucks”

  1. Trauma
  2. Fear
  3. False Belief

1. Trauma

Trauma results from experiences we’re unable to adequately process psycho-emotionally at the time of their occurrence. We can tell ourselves whatever we want post-trauma, but the repressed energy and “short-circuiting” within the brain and body adamantly say otherwise.

Trauma severely distorts our sense of reality and thus causes great suffering, emotional-psychotic episodes, and other greater and lesser life inhibition and distorted behavior. Trauma is likely what we are covering up when using coping mechanisms such as drinking, dietary abuse, “smart phoning,” etc.

From the initial energetic force needed to repress an event, to the energy expended on coping mechanisms and the related negative behaviors (constant stress and panic attacks, for example) there is on the whole a lot of vital energy being lost and/or wasted: no energy is required to flow and feel, but untold amounts are required to remain blocked and numb.

To be clear, trauma need not involve a crisis such as a massive car wreck, rape, or the unexpected death of a brother as is commonly accepted. Depending upon the person, their age, sensitivity level, their mental-emotional stability, and so on, trauma can be sustained through repeated name-calling, parental punishment, receiving poor grades in school; so too, recurrent events such as a child seeking his mother’s touch and affection but not receiving it (which isn’t necessitated by deliberation on the mother’s part). I would guess that in 75% or more of cases, trauma is sustained through everyday incidents, things that most people would classify as relatively minor or "normal."

Otherwise, repressed trauma becomes the substratum of fear. Of this fear, false beliefs may be created as a means of rationalizing it in order to avoid the pain. False beliefs will also be created and held, even if we know they’re not true, in order for our minds to create a “sensible” picture of the madness. Notably, even if a traumatic event has been wholly blocked out to our conscious awareness, the energetic influence of the trauma as well as fears and false beliefs based on the trauma will still run rampant.

Be aware that it is very possible to laugh about a traumatic event later on yet still carry deep, unconscious pain that negatively affects our thoughts and behaviors in the present.

2. Fear

Fear can have multiple, overlapping sources. They are as follows:

In one case, if someone had been in a major car accident, they may acquire an intense fear of driving but without having created specific false beliefs about driving being wildly hazardous. In these instances, the unprocessed energy does the “talking.” What may come later as false beliefs are simply words being used to describe something much deeper and heavier.

In a second case, if a parent strikes a child every time he’s disobedient, while some degree of trauma would result, the child could deliberately create false beliefs such as, “It’s dangerous to disobey authority.” The life consequence would thus be the arising of fear (and related negative symptoms) when interacting with any perceived authority figure. In this specific scenario, it’s common for the victim to create beliefs that idealize authority as to create another layer of justification and security.

Ignorant Trust:
Thirdly, fear can be transferred from mother to daughter, friend to friend, or whomever to whomever through misplaced trust. We can imagine a mother, for example, who dreads snakes and repeatedly tells her daughter they’re dangerous. Having no adverse interaction with snakes herself, the daughter may accept her mother’s fear under the childhood perception of “mother knows best.”

Fear need not result from personal trauma and in many cases doesn’t. Often, we fear only because we’ve been taught to fear: Fear the Russians! Why? Because that’s what the newsman says. Fear death and hell! Why? Because that’s what the religionman says. Fear germs, bacteria, and the plague! Why? Because that’s what the people on the Lysol commercial said just after that segment about the dangers of E. coli on Dr. Oz.

Minus our true survival-fear instinct, fear is not innate. If not for traumatic causes, it is learned and then perpetuated either deliberately or under the mistaken belief that others should take on the same fears "for their own good."

3. False Belief

The vast majority of the time, false beliefs come about due to our ignorance and naive trust of others. Whether we’re being deliberately misled or misleading or we’re being told or telling others what’s believed to be true without negative intent, the fact is that our views of “how things were, are, and shall be” very much influence those we tell, if only by planting seeds of doubt.

The younger we are, the more willing we are to accept anything as truth. Yet even as we age, due to the perception-skewing nature of our preexisting traumas, fears, and false beliefs, we remain susceptible to accepting the false information of others as “true”—especially when it fits with what we already believe.

As I’ve said so many times before, belief creates perception. If we believe, “Everyone is a dumbass,” this is a feature that will paint our perception of life, of how we treat others and how they at least apparently treat us. Is everyone else really a dumbass? Probably not. But to us harboring this belief, our perception “proves” it as “true.”

Note, also, that we regularly create false beliefs to hide our deeper feelings about ourselves for the sake of self-protection. For example, the “we” just mentioned may choose to believe others are dumbasses as a way of hiding our deeper beliefs that we are a dumbass. By knocking others down, we are able to put ourselves on a pedestal and ease our subconscious discomfort about being “less than.”

People carry false beliefs by the zillions and as related to every topic imaginable and unimaginable. Our perception is therefore shifted far and away from our innate, energetically effortless state of seeing what is, as is.

“Energy Sucks”: A Practical Example

From the perspective of energetic drain, let’s imagine going on a hike and fearing being attacked by a wild animal. Rather than enjoying nature, the exercise, the calm, we’re “away” on a high-guard, psycho-emotional bender that has control of us. A rabid beast could be anywhere! Behind that log! Or maybe next to those bushes! Or blending in with those trees! Or just around the bend!

Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my!

On top of the psycho-emotional energy burn, our breathing and heart rate hasten, we walk faster, we sweat more, we get jittery, our bowels loosen, we’re constantly scanning the environment, and so on. Each one of these symptoms requires added energy.

We end up missing out on most of our experience because we weren’t exactly there. Sure, there’s practicality in being cautious where caution is truly appropriate. But when we’re acting based on distorted internal cues, we tend to see only what we’re trying to avoid, though it may well never show up.

Even when these fears aren’t consciously active, they’re still consuming our energy due to our unconscious attachment to them. This would be “okay” had we only a few hurts, but most people have hundreds if not more.

And make no mistake: These "energy sucks" can be just as prevalent for one person in the woods as they are prevalent for another who's sitting in a cubical on a Tuesday afternoon. It all depends on one's programming. Heck, the person who's in the cubical on a Tuesday afternoon could even be worrying already about being attacked by a wolf while out on a hike during the coming weekend.

“Energy Sucks”: A Metaphor

We can think of trauma, fear, and false beliefs and their negative effect on our holistic selves like programs running on a computer.

Let’s pretend we’re using Windows ’95. Everything is humming along just fine, but then we start opening programs without closing them; we minimize them when they’re no longer immediately useful even though they suck up limited system resources.

For one thing, we’ve got Doom 2 running. “Hell on Earth,” is it not? Sure, we’re not actively playing the game, but it’s still majorly inhibiting the computer’s ability to process other data, and it remains ever-present in the memory. (Trauma.)

Secondly, we like to keep Solitaire open because it helps to keep us occupied when we’re bored. (Fear. Of feeling alone, say.)

Thirdly, we have AOL open to access the latest and greatest news from keyword: “CNN.” (False beliefs—outrageously false beliefs!)

Lastly, there’s Ski Free, what we’re playing right now. All else is chewing up resources in the background as we try, try, try again to out-ski that damn monster.

In Closing

“Energy sucks” steadily consume our life-force simply by existing. Simultaneously, they twist our perception of how things truly are, especially when trauma is involved.

In releasing them, not only does the basic “energy suck” programming dissolve, but we release any triggers that had caused us to react negatively to external stimuli reminiscent of them. This frees up energy and allows for a greater invigoration of our lives—less mental disarray, physical sickness, emotional imbalance, and spiritual disconnection, and more effortless joy, health, empowerment, and so on.

Our field of conscious awareness expands, and thus the more aware we become. Depending upon our starting point and how much we’ve healed, this awareness can be of anything from “the obvious” to the finer, intuitive, and even mystical aspects of life.

With a little self-examination, you can probably get a sense now for what I’d said in the beginning about differences in your life and behavior both before and after the arising, and possibly the later release, of any given traumas, fears, or false beliefs.

It should also now be clearer, at least intellectually, why certain people can be much more perceptive of their self and surroundings and at reading subtle (or not always so subtle) cues.

It’s certainly true both that some people are naturally more adept than others regarding perceptual acuity and that some peoples’ behavioral issues are lesser or balance more readily. However, the average person is not inherently defective where these things are concerned.

Our greatest inhibitors are instead the energy-sucking programs we’ve taken on, often inadvertently or for the sake of self-protection, and have come to accept the experiential effects of as "reality."

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