At a previous post, some very practical questions have been asked by Blog-Buddies. What does it really mean, practically, sticking to 20 Daily Minutes of Technique Time, tops?
Today let’s explore some of these questions, originating comments at 20 Minutes of Daily Technique Time vs. falling into spiritual addiction, again. A guest post by Madeline .
How can you do just 20 Minutes of Technique Time when learning energy healing?
In Comment 9, SUZ explained that she is receiving training at a form of energy healing. She asked:
“How am I going to learn this stuff if I don’t spend a bit of time with it? Soon as I learn it, I’ll back off, but don’t I have to practice? Some? Aaagghhh.”
First, congratulations on having enough of a sense of humor to write “Aaagghhhh.” Not to mention, excellent spehhlung.
Seriously, good for you, getting skills. It is so important not to substitute self-authority with learning real skills. The New Age marketplace is packed with talented, ambitious people who assume that spirit can teach them, a channeled being can teach them, a reading will heal you, or their being so gosh-darned special is all the training they really need.
No, being a lovely, talented person is no substitute for learning skills that work.
Besides, right away, learning real skills can help to protect a person from spiritual addiction. A self-taught healer is more likely than others to constantly be seeking messages or channeling.
As for the need to learn actual skills, one of the most useful posts at this blog all year, IMHO, is “Self-authority vs. skills, the tricky part.”
Experiencing energy is not required for most healing skills
When you practice learning your new skills, make a distinction that many energy workers and teachers (sadly) do not.
- With energy healing, there will be some mechanical or systematic skills, procedures to do, e.g. 12 Steps to Cut Cords of Attachment(R).
- Then there are assessment skills, where it is important to read auras or feel energy.
- Finally, there are communication skills, helping your client or patient to understand what is happening or how to follow up.
Make it your business to tell the difference, even if your teacher does not.
Once you make that distinction, it becomes easier to use your 20 Daily Minutes of Technique Time, Tops.
When you practice an assessment skill, count that as Technique Time. Do that early in a session, when you evaluate which skill set to use. Also do that towards the end of the session, to evaluate results.
Hello, when else do you really need to hang out in energies?
When you are doing a procedure, just do the procedure. Thant’s you, the human being, using a skill set.
If you are communicating to a client — so important, in my opinion — then you can talk like one normal person (with skills) to another normal person. You’re not talking as one energy being imparting energy insights to another energy being.
For example, many a new client expects I am constantly reading his or her aura. Can’t wait to give me all power to tell them urgent messages, etc. I quickly dispatch such notions, I assure you.
I will even use the expression developed this year, as the result of a popular blog contest. I will encourage my client to explore Human-Based Spirituality, a super-rapid path for evolution toward Enlightenment.
Does it still contribute to spiritual addiction if “Technique Time” activities are part of your job?
SUZ also asked, “If it’s part of a specific work one is doing for a period of time, can it be called an addiction?”
Protect yourself, Bl0g-Buddies. Think about yourself when assessing your lifestyle, your 20 Daily Minutes of Technique Time, Tops. If you do energy-related activities, count that. If you detach from life to pursue thoughts about life or NDEs or other anywhere-but-here destinations, that counts.
Do not think that consequences are different if someone asks you to do something, or you are on a retreat, your teacher seems to be responsible due to instructing you to seek angelic guidance 24/7, or you happen to drink a quart of bourbon during Happy Hours.
Speaking of alcohol, would the alcohol content for a drink be any different if your party host said, “Hey, let’s have a refreshing beverage of liquid love” versus “Time to chug bourbon”?
It counts. So consider what is really required in that situation.
Also, quite possibly, the Technique Time for you does not really have to last for as long as some other people might think.
It’s very common for me to do 5 or 6 or more session hours in a day. Professionally I am doing sessions of Rosetree Energy Spirituality , not dentistry and not gazing into a crystal ball. Most 55-minute sessions, I will do less than two minutes, total, of aura reading. The rest is using skills. The rest of my Technique Time is done at the end of the day, depending on how much of my 20 remain.
If I can manage this, why not you?
When Technique Time is part of a workshop or retreat
Sounds like an exception to the 20 Daily Minutes rule, doesn’t it? Well, it is an exception.
If you are taking a workshop of limited duration, do the minimum of energy immersion required for that workshop. Please don’t do other techniques for personal development outside that workshop, during your breaks, etc.
What do I mean, “Other techniques”? For example, what if you spend your 20 minutes in one chunk, usually, meditating. While on that workshop, spend zero minutes meditating. You’re already loaded with Technique Time.
After you return from the workshop, if you have done more than 20 minutes per day during that workshop, cut down to five minutes a day for the following week. Then return to 20. (Depending on how you are doing. Maybe you will need to do a follow-up week with just 10 minutes per day.)
What if you are not taking a workshop or retreat but instead you are participating in a weekly course that will involve two hours of time, maybe 20 minutes of that time is really going to count for Technique Time. The rest consists of learning human-type skills. Be clear about the difference, right?
“Energy hygiene” is what I like to call that kind of discernment in action. Either you are doing a technique or you’re not.
Studying what? Can’t the body work just be body work?
My client JOE told a terrific story for the context of today’s post. He graduated from massage school, got all the skills and the credential for which he enrolled in the professional program.
However, the program was not as advertised. When a student, he was constantly told to “Feel the energy” and “Ask your guides what to do.”
Evidently the teachers at this massage school got a little involved in the common New Age trend. Bet that isn’t how the school got certified, either.
JOE decided to opt out of that part of massage school. He felt guilty at first, but he just ignored it, faked it even. JOE felt as though demands were made of him under false pretenses. He wasn’t in channeling school. He thought it was supposed to be massage school.
If you are studying any healing art these days, or art, or music, what if the professional you are studying with starts adding New Age Litany to the mix? What if you are expected to ask guides what to do? What if you are given “Oh-so-precious” messages that you never even asked for?
Use your self-authority. Disregard them. No need to fight with your teacher about all this.
What kind of program is this, anyway?
He is one promise. If you are in my Mentoring Program in Rosetree Energy Spirituality, I am not going to change the basics on you. This form of energy spirituality never been about shamanic healing, angel card readings, or channeling astral anyone.
If you are in some other program, maybe the rules have changed. Is it relevant to the skills or credentials you intend to obtain? If the answer is yes, sort things out. If the answer is no, ignore the funny bits that have slipped in, the “Valuable extras” that aren’t so valuable to you.