Discover your inner strength
Living at a hectic pace was taking its toll on Carly Read, but working with the power of energy has given her time to reflect
Carly Read learns how to harness the power of energy to help her slow down and boost her vibration
Iam not a relaxed woman. I type with chewed nails and speak at 110 miles an hour. I gulp too much coffee to jumpstart me in the mornings, and spend weekends – a time for relaxation – running ridiculous distances to experience yet another high.
Mere months into our relationship, my (extremely) understanding boyfriend, Luke, nicknamed me ‘bee’ as he says he’s never seen anybody endlessly buzz around like I do.
To an uneducated outsider, I’m just full of beans. But the truth is I’m harbouring a secret anxiety that has rendered me unable to do what others find easy – to just stop and be.
I need more balance in my life, and less frenetic behaviour. So, when an invitation to attend The Energy Within mindfulness workshop at the Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth, popped into my inbox, I felt I should accept it.
The event promised to give attendees an understanding of energy, the tools to optimise it, and the skills to step out of their busy lives and find peace, calm and serenity.
Confronting the past
There were more than 20 of us at the workshop and, to kick things off, the workshop’s hosts, energy practitioner Barbara Whiteside and Dr (of psychology) Susan Phoenix, gathered us into a semi-circle to talk about what had brought us all there that day.
‘Stress’, ‘bad work-life balance’ and ‘anxiety’ came up time and time again and it was a relief to know it wasn’t just me who felt like this.
The next step was to scratch deeper beneath the surface, and examine why we felt this way.
When I really thought about what makes me live life at 100 miles an hour, I came to the conclusion that the root cause is my dad’s death. He had a sudden, unexpected heart attack at 44.
Petrified my life could end at any moment like his had, I filled my days to the brim and went into overdrive. Only now, aged 31, it has left me frazzled and discontented with life. Confronting this was one of those rare eureka moments.
Susan then talked a bit about the science behind energy, explaining that, ‘We are in control of our own energy field, as we are in control of what we are putting out from our heart and brain. Modern science shows that the heart energy (measured by ECG) is far more powerful than the brain energy (measured by EEG). This means the energy of the heart has the greater impact on us and others,’ she told us.
Hearing this made me want to know more. I was ready to learn how to handle my energy.
Carly with the talking stick that is passed around
Carly’s aura photo