My name is Anita and I’m a therapy junkie – or, rather, I was. Like many people, I spent much of my time looking for something that would ‘fix’ me. In particular, I wanted something that would cure the Irritable Bowel Syndrome that had plagued my life for over a decade, leaving me exhausted and unmotivated.
As luck would have it, prior to the birth of my son, I worked as a health journalist, which meant I was able to try out, and review, a diverse range of complementary and alternative therapies over the years. Some treatments I found helpful, others less so, but none was completely effective. Some – like yoga and reiki – I stuck with, others came and went.
And then, earlier this year, a friend told me about the Energy Awareness Training offered by Stephen and Lynda Kane. The theory behind the practice is that it’s possible to develop your awareness so you become able to distinguish between energy-promoting and energy-depleting choices – whether about foods and supplements, people, places or activities. These choices, of course, having a knock-on effect on every area of your life, from work and relationships to finances, home, health and happiness.
Inspired by my friend’s enthusiasm – not to mention her glowing skin and bright demeanor – I decided to give it a go. After all, what did I have to lose? I signed up for the very next training session, which happened to be taking place in my home town. It seemed like a good sign…
Despite the details I had downloaded from the website, I realized that I had little idea of what to expect. As a health journalist, yoga teacher and reiki healer, I consider myself to have at least some awareness of my body’s energy, but I couldn’t imagine how we could learn to work with something so intangible. Would it all be hopelessly theoretical and vague?
I needn’t have worried. The course was decidedly practical in nature, and the techniques taught were straight-forward, accessible, and, above all, extraordinarily empowering.
Over the weekend, we practiced a series of exercises designed to increase our awareness of the energies within and around us, working initially with external aids, before graduating to more subtle ‘body awareness’ techniques. We learnt how to accurately discover what foods and supplements were ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ for us. And how the environment and everything in it, from material objects to directions we face and colours, affects us. We even learnt how to check out our emotional responses, bypassing our surface knee-jerk reactions to people and situations, to access the body’s innate wisdom.
In particular, I was fascinated by the results of the food testing. Items I had religiously avoided for years came out as okay for me, including wheat and red wine, while many I perceived as ‘good’, such as bananas, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes, turned out to be affecting me detrimentally, as my experience has subsequently shown.
We were also led through several unique energy-cultivating exercises, known as ‘weaves’. Reminiscent of tai chi, these sequenced movements strengthen and clear the body’s chakras (energy-centres) and energy-field, retrieving lost energy and generating new awareness.
Perhaps most eye-opening, though, was the work we did with a special energy protection device called an Energy Egg. I couldn’t understand how this white egg-shaped aventurine crystal could possibly work, but Stephen convincingly demonstrated how it protected against energetic stresses in the room.
All in all, the course was both enlightening and comprehensive, and, by the end of the second day, we felt we had been equipped with a complete holistic toolbox of energy techniques.
Two months on, my toolbox is in daily use and I can’t imagine being without it. Best of all, though, my IBS has totally disappeared – and, as an added bonus, after years of feeling blocked, I’ve finally written the novel I’d always been meaning to write.
When I first looked at the Energy Awareness website, I remember one of the testimonials catching my eye. It described the training as ‘life-changing’ – I assumed the person was exaggerating. I don’t any more. The Energy Awareness Training can change your life. I know, because it’s changed mine.