Balancing Practical and Energetic Actions

I’ve written about how giving money away has a different energetic charge than spending it on oneself, and I’ve seen how that plays out time and again.

In general, living with one foot on the planet and one foot in the energetic world, we’re always balancing the impact of our actions as well as whether they ‘make sense’ in the context of our day-to-day lives.

If I have $200 to get through until I get paid again, and I’m not sure when that’s going to be, but probably after I need $15 for my monthly bank fee, and $11 for Dropbox and $70 for cat food, and $67 for a bus pass, it doesn’t ‘make sense’ to send a $50 payment towards my tax debt. “That’s money I need!” I (could) say.

Taking action shifts energy

Yet my experience is that every time I take an action towards making an amend (and the tax payments are a huge part of that), something in the energetic fabric of my life shifts. Money comes in anyway, through various channels – maybe a spur-of-the-moment project, maybe an unexpectedly early payment, maybe even finding $20 on the sidewalk. Life, as it turns out, isn’t quid pro quo. Capitalism is.

On a daily basis, I balance what I need on this plane – rent, bills, food, cat food, bus pass – with what I need to do energetically (which is a really woo-woo-sounding way of saying “What I need to do to take full and complete responsibility for my life.”) Walking becomes a priority, because if I’m not centred, I can’t write as well.

Showing intention – making payments even when it’s difficult, giving gifts of what feels scarce to me – seems to be central to making headway on my goals. It’s not enough to sit and visualize, and it may not “make sense” in the conventional understanding of that phrase. But in my experience, energy + action together are powerful.

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Sarah Chauncey

For more than two decades, I struggled multiple treatment-resistant mood disorders. I spent more than 20 years in psychodynamic therapy and tried 18 different medications. In 2010, I began searching for ways to rewire my brain naturally for inner peace. I write about the practices and insights that have improved my mental, physical and spiritual health.

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