As a Narrative Health Coach and flower energy practitioner, one of the methods I use is helping clients mobilize the beneficial energy available from positive thoughts and words. Not merely the “power of positive thinking”, but the actual energetic response that we feel inside as we truly engage with statements and goals that focus on shifting negativity and illness to a place of positivity and healing. I’m noticing my clients’ ability to shift their story with more ease, as they consciously reflect on the affirmative. This may seem over simplified or even cliché, yet through awareness of how we view ourselves in negative ways, we absolutely become able to shed light on the shadows that hold us back from growth and healing.
One of my first experiences in understanding the power of positive energy came from reading Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. In this classic self-help book she explains how our ability to harness the positive energetic force of our thoughts leads us to manifest our innate divine spirit:
“Physically, we are all energy, and everything within and around us is made up of energy. We are all part of one great energy field. Things that we perceive to be solid and separate are in reality just various forms of our essential energy which is common to all. We are all one, even in a literal, physical sense.
The energy is vibrating at different rates of speed, and thus has different qualities, from finer to denser. Thought is a relatively fine, light form of energy and therefore very quick and easy to change. Matter is relatively dense, compact energy, and therefore slower to move and change. Within matter there is great variation as well. Living flesh is relatively fine, changes quickly, and is easily affected by many things. A rock is a much denser form, slower to change, and more difficult to affect. Yet even rock is eventually changed and affected by the fine, light energy of water, for example. All forms of energy are interrelated and can affect one another.
One law of energy is this: Energy of a certain quality or vibration tends to attract energy of a similar quality and vibration.
Thoughts and feelings have their own magnetic energy that attracts energy of a similar nature. We can see this principle at work, for instance, when we “accidentally” run into someone we’ve just been thinking of, or “happen” to pick up a book that contains exactly the perfect information we need at that moment.
Thought is a quick, light, mobile form of energy. It manifests instantaneously, unlike the denser forms such as matter.
When we create something, we always create it first in thought form. A thought or idea always precedes manifestation. “I think I’ll make dinner” is the idea that precedes creation of a meal. “I want a new dress,” precedes going and buying one; “I need a job” precedes finding one, and so on.
An artist first has an idea or inspiration, then creates a painting. A builder first has a design, then builds a house.
The idea is like a blueprint; it creates an image of the form, which then magnetizes and guides the physical energy to flow into that form, and eventually manifests it on the physical plane.
The same principle holds true even if we do not take direct physical action to manifest our ideas. Simply having an idea or thought, holding it in your mind, is an energy that will tend to attract and create that form on the material plane. If you constantly think of illness, you may eventually become ill; if you believe yourself to be beautiful, you become so. Unconscious ideas and feelings held inside of us operate in the same way.
This is the principle that whatever you put out into the universe will be reflected back to you. “As you sow, so shall you reap.”
What this means from a practical standpoint is that we always attract into our lives whatever we think about the most, believe in most strongly, expect on the deepest levels, and/or imagine most vividly.
When we are negative and fearful, insecure or anxious, we often attract the very experiences, situations, or people that we are seeking to avoid.” – excerpted from Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
When I work with clients, I use affirmations that correlate to their flower essence formula and I create a healing topic that sheds light on their particular challenges so they can begin to shift their perspectives and view their goal in a positive light rather than focusing on the negativity of their symptoms. Through this process the narrative is awakened and clients become better able to shift their story to support growth and lasting change. For instance, if I am working with someone who is undermined by intense fears, an example of a healing topic I would offer is:
As part of their healing program, alongside the development of growth practices,
I would prescribe Mimulus as a flower essence remedy, and provide them with the following affirmation to repeat daily:
My inner strength is grounded in fearless courage
I face challenges with curiosity and confidence
I stand tall and know I am safe
By utilizing the beneficial, resonant energy that is available, a strong foundation is formed and clients become able to undertake the work that is necessary for profound healing to occur. This innovation in both health coaching and energy medicine is a powerful method that leads to greater health and balance of body, mind and spirit.