The concept of Karma has originated from Buddhism and Hinduism, with it basically referring to the impact our actions will have on our own life. The strength of karma is such that you don’t have to be a Hindu or a Buddhist to actually understand the significance, as it impacts each and every one of us, often affecting us several years after the situation, which has led to the current action. Interestingly, ancestral karma also exists- which refers to the consequences which we may face owing to the actions of our ancestors.
Why Ancestral Karma Is a Real Thing
People often argue about the authenticity of ancestral karma, and how someone else’s experiences or actions shouldn’t be affecting us in this life. However, even a layman knows the role our genes play in shaping an individual- physically and mentally. Something called our genetic memory is basically responsible for the way ancestral karma works.
The experiences of your ancestors and their reaction to it are embedded in your DNA. This also applies to their behaviors and their coping mechanisms- which then accounts for the way you behave in a certain situation.
The Bad of Ancestral Karma
Ancestral karma can impact your life in several ways. To begin with, it could lead to you adopting negative behavioral patterns such as excessive aggressiveness, violence, or being toxic in your relationships. This occurs because your ancestors also dealt with their life situations in this manner, and you never learned to disassociate from this behavior.
Ancestral karma can also lead to serious consequences such as anxiety or depressive disorders, which originate from an excessive amount of stress which was faced by your ancestors- ultimately remodeling your DNA. Owing to this, their stress reactions have now become yours.
The Good of Ancestral Karma
Some may believe that there is no good in ancestral karma, but this isn’t the case. To begin with, once you identify your ancestral karma, you can work to become a better human being and live life to the fullest.
For example, someone who realizes that their aggressive behavior is a family trait, they can get to the bottom of why this is so- and then deal with it adequately. This also ensures that future generations don’t have to deal with such karma as well. Our ancestral karma affects our lives in more ways than one, something which must be addressed instead of ignored.
Most individuals have accepted our society’s and culture’s assumptions that we are purely physical beings and we have no association with energy. Other cultures believe in “Qi” (chi), others call it “Ki” or “Prana” energy.
This Qi is our physical body’s electromagnetic field and is the subtle energy that surrounds us. The Qi is created by the vibration of our cells and can be manipulated by our conscious intent.
For some of us, we simply cannot sense any of these subtle energies, but it does not mean that the person we are playing with does not. If you can use your full and total intent while you are playing, then a partner that is energy sensitive will be able to feel the shifts in energy.
There are several ways to sense energy; one is with our intuition….
Have you ever walked into a room shortly after an argument took place and sensed that you did not like that room and felt like you wanted to leave – even if you did not know why?
Or have you ever had somebody grab your arm when they were angry at you and it felt like it hurt even though the grip was a light touch?
These examples usually make us think of other’s “emotions” as being bad and sometimes we then associate all “emotions” or energy as being bad and we tune ourselves off to it.
There are a lot of fun ways we can use our intent and energy…. In play, we can create energy balls, also known as psi balls, or we can use our energy to coat another’s hands so that they have “sticky hands” – this is really useful when we only have a wall to attach a person to.
So now you might be thinking – Wow, that sounds great, but I don’t know how to do any of that…..
Your hands are the most important body part you use – so I am going to focus the following exercises on developing an increased awareness of energy in your hands:
There are many different exercises to develop awareness, so if one does nothing for you – keep trying. The most important element is that you use your full and total intent of really wanting to develop this sensitivity.
First, get in a comfortable position sitting down with both of your feet touching the ground. Take in a few deep breathes and intend to become a bit more sensitive to the subtle energies in your hands.
Now open both your palms and stretch out your fingers three times
With your left hand – gently put your thumb into the center of your right palm and push three times intending to feel energy flow out of your hand from this spot. Now with your thumb and index finger, gently squeeze your pinky finger three times and move to each finger ending with your thumb.
Relax both your hands when done and take a deep breath and slowly let it out.
Do the same with your right hand to your left palm and fingers.
After you are finished, hold both of your hands together with your fingers aligned with one another and slowly move your hands and fingers away from one another about a half an inch or so and then back together. Do this several times until you start feeling some kind of sensation – it could be a tingle, heat, coolness, etc. Some of you may only sense you are trying to sense energy. This is ok. If you continue to practice working with sensing energy exercises, eventually, you will be able to sense the subtle energies.
Once you start to feel this sensation, then try to move your hands out more than an inch, then three inches, and up to 12 inches. Gently push your hands together and try to sense when there is some resistance. Similar to how magnets push against one another when they are opposites.
If you still do not have any sensations, try putting your hands back together and rub them in a circular motion towards your pinky fingers (our outwards). Then try playing the accordion again with your hands. Can you feel any resistance? What about tingling or anything else. Different people sense energy with a variety of sensations and there is no correct way.
Once you sense something (even if you are not sure), then visualize building a small balloon ball of energy by blowing into your hand and visualize it expanding to about 6 inches round. Once you feel you have created this balloon, then play with it a bit – alternate it from one palm to another, etc. Sense the texture, the lightness, the softness, etc.
After you are done playing with it, now start inhaling the air out of the balloon. Visualize that you are deflating it and when all the air is out, the outline of it is absorbed back into your hand. This part of the exercise is important because when you play with energy – you need to remove the invisible energy toy you have created. Otherwise, it could “set,” and that would not be good.
There are numerous techniques that can help you develop your sense of energy. But like any other skill, you do need to practice to become proficient. YouTube and other sites on the internet have a wide variety of creating energy balls, etc.
Now you might be thinking – great! Now I can visualize a ball of energy that inflates and deflates – how is this used in play? How can I have some fun with this?
The first rule, as with anything in the lifestyle, is informed consent. Even if you are just experimenting, you need to inform the others that you are trying energy play. It is also important to note that if your partner does not believe in any of this energy play stuff, but will appease you by agreeing, then he or she really may not fully understand what they are agreeing to. So it’s best to only do energy play with somebody that has an understanding of what they are agreeing to.
First, to start out with, I would use an energy ball that you used your full intention to inflate with an erotic sensation that would make the submissive feel more aroused. This arousal can then be used to heighten the sensations of a single area or a bunch of small areas on his or her body.
This can be accomplished the same way that you did in the exercise above, but changing your direct intent when you fill it up. Then you can place the energy ball on your partner’s body where you want to increase the erotic sensation. After placing the ball on the body, then visualize pushing it into the body. You can place a bunch of small balls at various places, or you can place a large one over a major area such as the back or buttocks.
It is important also to remember to remove this energy ball after you are done playing as it can have adverse effects if left on, and that area might become too sensitive over time. To remove an energy ball, you simply visualize pulling it out while using your hands.
Originating in Japan, Reiki is a spiritual healing procedure. The concept of our body having a certain energy, which interacts with that of the universe is widely believed in. Reiki’s basis is formed through this concept. Owing to several reasons, the energy within our body can be transformed or decreased- which ultimately not only results in spiritual problems but can also manifest physically. Some of the physical manifestations include chronic pain, fatigue and depression.
Reiki has evolved as a way to deal with the aforementioned issues. This usually works through the transfer of the universe’s energy into the person who is undergoing the session. It also allows negative energy to be released or energy blockades to be removed. The medium is the practitioner’s hands, who uses them to direct the universe’s energy into the body or vice versa. Normally, the hands are placed slightly above and not directly on the body, especially on the points which seem to be affected, such as if the person is suffering from back pains or headaches.
Does Reiki Work?
Well, the answer to that is quite complicated.
Reiki has been used as a healing technique for several conditions, which includes chronic pain, depression, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders and anxiety disorders. Several clinical studies have shown to be efficacious, and one thing has been established: Reiki isn’t harmful, with it showing better results compared to a placebo.
This gives a certain degree of hope for practitioners and for those patients who are looking to find spiritual healing methods which actually work or who aren’t satisfied with medical therapies. The latter include cancer patients who need techniques to deal with pain and anxiety.
However, there Reiki cannot be completely accepted as a healing method.
To begin with, significant clinical research is being carried out on the topic, but the results haven’t shown it to be a definite healing technique. Another major issue which is being faced is the regulation of Reiki. As the number of practitioners increases, there is no way to ensure that everyone is performing the correct method of Reiki.
Furthermore, it is being hailed as an effective healing technique, with patients believing that they can completely disregard their medical treatments and rely on this completely. The problem with this belief is that Reiki will not get rid of most of their medical symptoms, which can even worsen their condition at times. It is important for practitioners to stay true to their art and perform the correct methods of Reiki, also encouraging their patients to make informed decisions.
Nowadays, the theory that our ancestors can pass their energy down to us has become a well-established fact. While some believe that there is a spiritual connection which remains within our souls for all eternity, research has shown that the trauma which our ancestors lived through changed their genes- thus transferring that trauma to us, to some extent. While the logic behind ancestral energy being passed down to us probably stems from both a spiritual and a genetic connection, there is no denying the fact that it certainly affects our life.
Furthermore, many people believe that what has happened doesn’t need to be addressed or spoken about- and that it doesn’t affect their life in any way. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. When your ancestors pass down their energy to you, you are inadvertently propagating that same energy if you choose not to address it. In some way, the behavior which your ancestors indulged in will become your behavior- regardless of if it is positive or negative. Here is how you can deal with such energy:
Acknowledging This Form of Energy
The first step to any change is first to notice or observe the genetic or ancestral pattern which you have witnessed. Did your father behave like your grandfather, and do you feel as if you are adopting the same practices? Well, your ancestors- not just from the last two generations, but from much before are also affecting your energy and thus affecting how you live your life.
Notice which patterns are commonly seen. This could range from having issues with anger or issues with low self-confidence or a spendthrift attitude- the possibilities are endless.
Addressing and Dealing With This Energy
So, you have now realized that your ancestors had an issue with anger and violence. You have heard stories of how your ancestors would get into fights regularly- indicating that this was and may still be an actual problem. You now need to figure out how to get help, which could translate into going for therapy or trying to figure out where your ancestors’ anger stems from.
Once you have done this, you break the long chain of how your ancestors’ energy is affecting their descendants. By dealing with this adequately, you will then ensure that those after you aren’t as affected as you were.
Most of us have heard of the word “empathy.” It means to put yourself in another person’s position, in a bid to understand what they are going through. From a young age, we are often encouraged to develop this feeling, as it is what makes us compassionate and a better individual. However, there is a marked difference in being an empath and having empathy.
Who Is an Empath?
An empath is an individual who has an uncanny ability to sense other people’s emotions, even before they have shared those emotions. Often, an empath can pick up on what others around them are feeling, which makes them want to reach out and help said individual overcome those feelings. The thing with empaths is that not only do they feel to an excessive extent, they are feeling not for themselves- but for others around them. You may ask: ‘Isn’t this a good thing?’
Well, this is definitely a good thing- but it can turn into something which isn’t all that healthy. Not only will an empath feel for others around them, but they take the responsibility to help those around them. Owing to this, they start getting affected by those feelings to an excessive amount, just as if those feelings were those which belonged to them, and not to another person.
How Can Being an Empath Prove to Be Harmful?
Well, to begin with, feeling any emotion too strongly is bound to have lasting effects. If these emotions are positive, you don’t really have much to worry about. However, when these emotions are negative, an empath may find it extremely difficult to cope. Because they are extremely sensitive, negative emotions are something which can lead to anxiety and depression. It can also affect their relationship with other people, thus causing long-lasting harm.
Owing to this ability to absorb other people’s emotions, empaths can get fatigued. This isn’t just equal to mental fatigue, but to the physical condition which develops owing to an excessive amount of stress. When an empath has become fatigued by dealing with other people’s problems, they have no room left in their life to deal with their own problems- which can make it very difficult for them to lead a happy life.
The first thing to do to avoid such effects is to identify yourself as an empath. Once you have realized this, you can work towards limiting the impact being an empath has on you.
Our Chakras are basically energy systems, which have the power to connect our mental state to our physical state- both playing a pivotal role in maintaining a healthy and happy life. The thing about our Chakras is that they are located in the physical body, giving them the ability to impact our physical health. However, this also makes them capable of controlling our mental state as well. For example, the First or Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine and is normally also what keeps us grounded- thus affecting how secure and supported you feel in life. Your Chakras can help you in numerous ways:
Affecting Your Physical Health
As your Chakras have a physical connection to your body and not just a spiritual one, it only makes sense for them to affect your body’s functions as well. For example, the Root Chakra, which has been mentioned above, when unbalanced can lead to back pain and fatigue. Your Heart Chakra, located in your chest, can affect your heart, along with the breast, blood pressure and immune system.
While awareness regarding our personal energy and the importance of managing it has increased, we still tend to give more importance to our physical health- as compared to our mental health. In line with such practices, keeping your Chakras balanced is surely something which everyone should look into.
Affecting Your Mental Health
While taking care of your physical health is quite important, there’s no denying the fact that your mental health deserves the exact same attention. Fortunately, your Chakras can really aid you in this process. Other than helping us feel secure, something which the Root Chakra does, our Chakras help us in numerous other ways, such as ensuring we feel confident, helping us communicate well with others, learning to love, and enjoy new experiences and many more important functions.
Keeping all these aspects of your life balanced basically leads to the state of peace and contentment, something which every human aspires to achieve. However, our Chakras can easily become imbalanced- especially when negative energy surrounds us, and we don’t have the chance or time to listen to our own mind. Keeping your chakras balanced is the key to achieving a state of well-being, and fortunately, with all the attention Chakras are getting now, finding the right guidance is no huge task.