Running Energy Practice
Running Energy Practice Recording (14:12)
from the Monday Night Teleconference Class of November 1, 2010
The premise of this exercise is that there are two fundamental energies available to humans, the feminine, magnetic, 'earth' energy, and the masculine, electric, 'spirit' energy. The exercise helps us become more aware of these energies and balance them.
The exercise helps you ground in the earth energy and open to the spirit energy. It also has the effect of opening the various energy centers or 'chakras' and balancing your subtle and life-force energies, creating a clear space for doing process work.
The subtle energy centers used in the exercise are the same as the seven major chakras from the Hindu system. Each center has a specific function, and the energy in each has a unique 'feel.'
FIRST: The survival center or 'root chakra' is located at the base of the spine. Energy in this center relates to physical survival and represents our connection with the earth and the magnetic essence.
SECOND: The emotional/sexual center is located just above the first center. This center has two parts, the lower relates to sexual energy and the upper to emotional energy, or 'gut feelings.'
THIRD: The will center is located in the area of the solar plexus. This center relates to our sense of identity and well being. It also relates to the energy of what we want in our lives and manifesting from the Will.
FOURTH: The heart center is located in the center of the chest. The heart center of course relates to love, both giving and receiving, and to our sense of affinity and connection with others.
FIFTH: This is the throat center. It relates to communication, the faculty of clairaudience, the channeling of words, and manifesting from Spirit.
SIXTH: Also known as the 'third eye,' this center is located in the center of the head at a level just above the eyebrows. It relates to knowledge and wisdom, the faculty of clairvoyance, and seeing into inner realities.
SEVENTH: The crown chakra is located at the top of the head and opens upward, like a funnel. This center represents our connection with Spirit and is the place where transcendent spirit comes into human form.
The running energy practice is done sitting upright with both feel flat on the floor or ground. Imagine there is a 'grounding cord' like a root extending down from the base of your spine, through the chair, through the floor(s) of the building, through the crust of earth, all the way to the center of the earth. Then send additional grounding cords down from the bottom of each foot, following the same path as the central grounding cord.
Using imagination and breath, draw the earth energy from the center of the earth up the grounding cords to the base of the your spine. Using at least one breath for each center, move the earth energy up into each center, one at a time. Say in your mind's voice, "First chakra opening now and filling with earth energy." Continue with each chakra in turn. It's good to imagine the earth energy as warm, smooth, healing and nurturing, drawing energy. When earth energy is running through all the chakras, allow it to flow out through the top of your head, imagining your body to be like a fountain of earth energy.
With the earth energy running, imagine the spirit energy above you as a clear golden light, and bring it down through your crown. You may notice a difference in the feeling of this energy, it's more electric, sharp and outgoing. Using your breath, draw the spirit energy down through each chakra, just as you brought the earth energy up. When you get to the first chakra, send the spirit energy down your grounding cords, grounding it in the center of the earth.
Then with both earth and spirit energy running, take a moment to check each chakra and notice the relative flow of energy. If there are any blockages, release them using intention and visualization to get the process started. You'll end with all your centers open and vibrating and feeling balanced, with earth and spirit energy running in an even and smooth pattern.
The whole exercise should take about five or ten minutes when you first start doing it. After doing it for a while, it will happen more quickly and take only a minute or two for the same results.
Also, there may be no sensing of the energy the first few times you do this, and that's fine. Go through the process using just your imagination and breath, and you will be feeling or sensing the energy soon enough.
Running Energy Script
This script can be used to record a tape that you can play back to prompt you through the exercise. Or it can be read aloud by a friend. Also, you can read it to yourself, keeping your place with your finger while you go inside to do what is suggested. The pace should be slow enough to allow you to do what is being asked, and fast enough to keep the process moving and your interest alive.
"To begin, notice your breathing. Not necessarily changing it, just noticing. Each time you inhale, imagine you are inhaling relaxation, peace and contentment. On the exhale imagine you are letting go, and relaxing even more.
Next, move your attention to the base of your spine, and imagine there's a 'grounding cord' running from the base of your spine, down through the chair, through the floor and into the earth, through the crust and all the way to the center of the Earth.
Also imagine there are energy centers or 'chakras' in the bottom of each foot. Ask the feet chakras to 'open,' and imagine that from the bottom of each foot an auxiliary grounding cord runs down through the floor and into the Earth, all the way to the center of the Earth.
In the center of the Earth is highly concentrated earth energy. Imagine your grounding cords as hollow tubes, and using your breath, begin drawing the earth energy up your grounding cords, as you would draw liquid up a straw.
Earth energy is the feminine, nurturing, magnetic energy of the Mother. It is often experienced as a warm, soothing, healing energy. Using your breath, imagine you are drawing the earth energy up your grounding cords, up your central grounding cord to the base of your spine, and up your auxiliary grounding cords to your foot chakras. From the bottoms of your feet, draw the energy up through your legs to the base of your spine, where all three grounding cords come together.
The first chakra or energy center is located at the base of the spine. Your unconscious mind knows how to open the first chakra. . . and allow it to fill with warm, smooth, healing earth energy. (Pause) The first chakra has to do with survival. (Pause)Just above the first chakra is the second chakra. Open. . . and draw the earth energy up into the second chakra. Warm, nurturing, earth energy fills the second chakra. (Pause) The second chakra has two parts, the lower part has to do with sexuality. . . the upper part is the center for emotions, gut feelings. (Pause)
When the second chakra is full of earth energy, bring it up further to the solar plexus, to the third chakra. Open. . . and allow the third chakra to fill with warm, feminine, healing earth energy. (Pause) The third chakra is called the will chakra and relates to our sense of identity and our will. It's were we feel who we are and what we want. (Pause)
Now, draw the energy up into the center of your chest. . . to your heart. Open the fourth chakra, the heart chakra and allow it to fill with the warm, nurturing, healing energy of the Earth. This chakra you can open all the way. Make it as wide as your whole chest, if you like. (Pause) The fourth chakra is the center for love. . . both giving and receiving. (Pause)
Draw the energy still higher, into your throat, the fifth chakra. Open. . . and allow the fifth chakra to fill with warm, smooth, healing earth energy. (Pause) The throat chakra has to do with communication and with clairaudience, the ability to hear psychically. (Pause)
Drawing the earth energy up into the center of your head, the pineal gland, the third eye, open the sixth chakra. . . and allow your whole head to fill with the nurturing, feminine, earth energy. (Pause) The sixth chakra has to do with knowledge, wisdom and understanding. It is also the center for clairvoyance. (Pause)
At the top of your head is the seventh chakra. It is called the crown chakra. . . because it faces up and opens out like a crown. Open the seventh chakra and allow the earth energy to fountain out the top of your head and cascade down all around you. (Pause) The seventh chakra is were we link with Spirit. (Pause)
You now have earth energy from the center of the Earth coming up your grounding cords, up through your major chakras and fountaining out the top of your head. The earth energy falls down all around you like rain. (Pause)
Now, with your earth energy running, reach up toward the sky and bring down the clear golden light of Spirit. The spirit energy is different than earth energy. spirit energy is more masculine. It's sharper, more intense, like electricity.
Bring the clear golden spirit energy down through your crown and into the sixth chakra in your head. Bring the spirit energy down through the fifth chakra in your throat. . . to your heart. (Pause)
The clear golden spirit energy mixes in your heart with the earth energy in just the right proportions for you. This clear golden light brings a message of love and acceptance from Spirit. (Pause)
Now, bring the clear golden light down to your solar plexus where it says to the third chakra, "You are good, just as you are. . and your desires are good. Your will is totally acceptable." (Pause)
Bring the clear golden light of Spirit down further to your second chakra where it says, "I love your emotions, your sexuality is good." (Pause)
Bring the light down all the way to the first chakra. Here is says, "You belong here. . . you have a purpose." When the spirit energy has come down through all of your chakras, send it down your grounding cords and ground it in the center of the Earth.
You are now running the two major energies in the universe. The feminine, magnetic earth energy is coming up from the center of the Earth through all your chakras and fountaining out the top of your head. The masculine, electric, spirit energy is coming down as clear golden light through all of your chakras and grounding in the center of the Earth. And this is right, because as humans we are part Earth and part Spirit. We are a bridge. And this your earth energy and your spirit energy, an experience of your own energy.