One thing is for sure in life… to create is to thrive, and to thrive is to grow. And for humans, as proud recipients of the much prized “Triune Brain”, this is triply true.
While other living beings naturally fulfill their environmentally and ecologically supportive roles in life, we humans have deep rivers of emotional turmoil and mountains of rationale to navigate. We try to thrive and find meaning within increasingly complex families, economics and social structures.
Unless you get off to a solid start with a strong sense of direction, it’s challenging to even know HOW to hold your own square and grow your center of influence to be creative. Even if you do, learning these basics will leverage your efforts into more mindful and meaningful outcomes.
The Cycle of Creative Chaos
Chaos is a natural bi-product of creativity on many, many levels. Think of your own creation… sex is chaotic, right? How about pregnancy, birth, your first breath, cry… all chaotic and somewhat violent. But you were a resilient and versatile tyke, determined to claim your square, nourish, flourish, grow and thrive.
Few of us go looking for chaos! When your core energy and sense of self is strong and versatile, you are far more likely to set goals with the knowledge you can or will muster the courage to weather challenges and build capacity. It’s not a matter of right or wrong, it’s about learning how to manage your energy well.
So, what happens? Well let’s have a closer look back at our ‘baby self’, tenaciously using all its focus, gathering energy to build its immune system and gain traction toward a strong, stable start. When baby breathes in, its belly rises, when baby exhales the energy circulates outward to little pink fingers and toes. Baby centers its energy in the core, to grow robust and evolve at an amazingly rapid rate.
Harnessing energy in this way, Baby is soon versatile, flexible and resilient… ready for the next phase: exploration and building relationship with its environment. Each stage of growth comes with its own level of chaos, learning to walk, ride a bike, toss a ball, ask someone to dance, applying for work, travelling to a foreign culture. Moving forward through chaos while formulating a strong sense of self builds character and enriches our lives. It’s how we grow.
Unfortunately, most people these days live in reaction mode, looking outward more for clues of how to behave, be seen and what to do in the world. Even if they are viewed as “doing all the right things”, they aren’t fulfilled. Nor will they take risks outside their comfort zone. Over time, as stress builds, their breath shortens, muscles, tendons and neural networks start shrinking, along with their vitality.
Living in reaction mode can eventually lead to depression, isolation, chronic pain and auto-immune diseases. It dispatches and locks the energy that’s required in the organs for vital functions and self-connection -> outward in the muscles and joints, creating a shell of protection in high tension mode.
It’s hanging on to that shell of protection that is the problem. It distorts the mind and separates people from themselves, others and the environment. It fuels the illusion one is alone and that the world is a scary place. It depletes the energy in the core, and sends the mind outward seeking endorsement, safety and security, instead of inward on building one’s center of influence, character and creativity.
There’s always peace and quiet at the center of a storm. The correct way is to nurture and harness energy in your core, send it outward in focused actions and experimentation as required, return to your core to gather fresh energy and process what you learned… and repeat as you build to the next step. This builds confidence, capacity, self-esteem and a hub of versatility and resilience that repels negative influences… ranging from flu’s and colds, to peer pressure and general negativity. It builds your center of influence that you can weather storms, attract supporters and be peacefully creative.
Building your own circle of influence and learning how to manage your energy within the creative chaos cycle is critical if you want to take good care of yourself, or motivate a team while achieving your goals. This is especially true with team building, creating viable small businesses, and spearheading the innovations which are so necessary for our future.
While the capacity to do so is built in naturally, in modern society, we have forgotten and buried many important kinesthetic wisdoms. Fortunately, there are three un-mutable principles of energy that govern all life. They guide us to thrive, adapt, grow and create in alignment to our true nature.
These three principles are easy to implement, because they guide you step by step to restore your vitality while they awaken something forgotten but familiar from deep within. They begin on the physical level to rewire and retrain your brain as they restore balance and versatility in body, mind and spirit.
- The 1st Principle of Energy, “Water Up – Fire Down” begins with your breath. Like the baby described above, deepening your breath strengthens your immune system as it helps you release stress locked in your outer shell (neck & shoulders, muscles and joints). It also give you the ability to lower your brain waves at will to center your mind and energy. It helps you to manage the unconscious, primitive parts of your brain and body.
- The 2nd Principle of Energy is about purifying your energy, self-empowerment and emotional intelligence. It expands your range of motion and ability to stay centered and objective through anything. This principle brings confidence, purpose, charisma, wisdom and unconditional compassion that is mature, less sentimental or judgmental – with yourself and others. It guides you to manage the subconscious domains of your brain and emotions.
- The 3rd Principle of Energy is all about creativity and mindfulness, managing your information for the betterment of yourself, your environment and supporting ecosystem. Rewiring your brain to align with your goals and magnetizing its capacity to create and manifest. Building on the confidence, ethics and empowerment produced by the previous principles… It creates ingenious win/ win/ win situations and integrates all 3 layers of your brain to highly conscious, agile and capable state. It guides you to execute your ideas into widely beneficial, meaningful actions.
Start with the 1st Principle of Energy
It’s important to align your energy with the rhythm and flow of the chaos cycle…not avoiding it and not attaching to it. By deepening your breath into a relaxed state your energy gathers, and you’ll naturally want to create. Whether that’s a new garden, career or social enterprise, the process is the same.
When an idea lingers into desire and energizes into action, some level of chaos is sure to follow. Usually the project involves more than you bargained for. After pushing through the first layer of accomplishment, it’s important to stop to rest, bring your mind and energy back to your core and re-evaluate your next action. Simple… right?
Well, although it really is a simple process or returning – that we even start life with, it takes a period of conscious retraining to get back in the flow. Depending on the situation, especially for the bigger goals, it also often involves moving through limiting beliefs. The principles provide a map that is reliable in any situation.
So, start with the 1st principle; “Water Up – Fire Down” to release stress and get centered, then progress through the next 2 principles to restore your vitality, flexibility and expand your conscious awareness quite rapidly.
In the New Year I’m offering a guided tour of the 3 principle of energy to create new habits through a 3 part masterclass. It’s complimentary, I’m inviting you as my guest. It’s a unique masterclass where I will guide you through practices and principles step by step to expand your circle of influence and develop your own success habits.
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Arrow Gonsalves is The Founder of Heart Drum Beat- Brain & Body Training Academy and The House of Now Wellness Center in Courtenay. She is an International Bestselling Author, TED X Presenter and a Master Trainer, Master Healer in the Tao Healing Arts