ERIC RAINES: “Strengthening and Balancing the Kidneys Brings Clarity and Power”

The Kidney Meridian (KI) is regarded as the most important well of Vital Life Force in the body.

The adrenal glands (cortex and medulla) cap the kidneys, making the meridian and organ health play a major role in endocrine balance as the adrenals supply a wide range of hormones to the body and are fed by the same pathways as the kidneys

The kidneys filter the blood, pulling toxins from the body to excrete them through the urine and play a crucial part in balancing fluid levels in conjunction with the large intestine.

Energetically, I find traumatic energy reacting with panic and fear stuck in the lower back, echoing inside of the icy pang of coppery fear that rushes up to the heart/chest, clenching the belly muscles close to the spine.

Fight-or-flight states of being strip the adrenal cortex of nutrients, energy and regeneration ability. Extended periods of this state begin to viscerally change the structure of the brain, which is why we see soldiers coming back from war quite literally different people. They no longer have the same neural wiring or chemistry (this can be reversed, we just need to learn how to train the body out of fight-or-flight).

I am finding more and more that we can do incredible miracles on the energetic and mental levels that revolutionize the body, mind and spirit, but direct attention to the body is crucial in this ascension ride.

This is a quick, powerful exercise to begin moving and strengthening the natural pump/flow connections the kidneys have to the rest of the body and nervous system, just make sure to not overextend yourself and if you feel any pain, use less pressure or movement until it is not painful and gently continue. Make sure to drink plenty of water as well.

Strengthening and balancing the kidneys brings clarity and power to cognitive thought, vitality to internal awareness and a major boost in chi flow. Emotionally, fear, panic anxiety and trauma become much easier to process as the triggers can no longer start the hormone cascade that leads into a neurochemical firestorm that makes the internal space drop into pure survival mode.

Anyone identifying as an energy worker, Starseed or on the path of Ascension would benefit greatly from direct physical attention to what powers their energy body.

With greater understanding comes greater awareness. With greater awareness comes insight into how to alchemize and transform. With understanding of energetic alchemy, consciousness can rewrite the physical, starting with your own internal universe.

You can literally train yourself in how to ascend by following the path the body naturally takes as you observe it letting go of what does not align, of what is not preferred.

Dissolving all fear triggers is simple once you understand the mechanics and without fear, love is all that can be felt.

From my heart to yours,
Eric ❤

 

~via Unleashing Natural Humanity

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JENN GRANNEMAN: “Here’s the Scientific Explanation for Why Introverts Like Being Alone”

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I’m an introvert, so I need plenty of “alone” time. If I don’t get enough, I’m not myself. I feel worn out and cranky. I get short with people, because every little annoyance seems magnified. I want to sneak away and hide for a while.

Spending time alone—reading, writing, or just hanging around my apartment doing nothing—recharges me. It’s like what author Jonathan Rauch writes:

“For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating.”

Rauch’s own formula is to spend two hours alone recharging for every hour he spends socializing.

Extroverts, on the other hand, actually feel energized when they’re on-the-go or hanging out with others. Many extroverts get restless and bored when they have to be alone for too long. But me? I could spend hours (or days) alone and feel great.

So why do introverts need more alone time than extroverts? The answer is found in the wiring of our brains.

It’s All in Your Head

Our need for alone time has to do with a chemical called dopamine. Both introverts and extroverts have dopamine in their brains, but they respond to it differently.

What is dopamine? It’s a neurotransmitter that helps control your brain’s pleasure and reward centers. It makes us notice opportunities to get external rewards (like money, social status, and sex) and take action to get them.

Imagine you and your extroverted friend are at a bar. You both see an attractive person across the room. Dopamine floods both of your brains as you think about flirting with this person. Your extroverted friend feels a thrilling rush of “happiness hits” from dopamine. But you feel nervous and somewhat overwhelmed. Sound familiar?

This is because extroverts have a more active dopamine reward network than introverts. Basically, they need more dopamine to feel its pleasant effects, explains Dr. Marti Olsen Laney in her book The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World.

For introverts, too much of a good thing really is too much. We feel overstimulated when dopamine floods our brains.

When we spend time alone, we’re not faced with situations like talking to an attractive stranger. Essentially we’re lowering our level of external stimulation. Being alone feels just right for our dopamine-sensitive system.

Acetylcholine Is Where It’s At

Forget dopamine. Introverts would rather bask in another neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, explains Christine Fonseca in her book Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World. Like dopamine, acetylcholine is also linked to pleasure. The difference is, acetylcholine makes us feel good when we turn inward. It powers our abilities to think deeply, reflect, and focus intensely on just one thing for a long period of time.

This helps further explain why introverts like being alone: it’s easier to turn inward when we’re not paying attention to other people.

Let Us Rest and Digest

According to Laney, everyone’s nervous system has two modes: parasympathetic and sympathetic. When we use the parasympathetic side (nicknamed the “rest and digest” side), we feel calm and are focused inwardly. Our body conserves energy and withdraws from the environment; muscles relax, energy is stored, food is metabolized, pupils constrict to reduce light, and our heart rate and blood pressure slow. The neurotransmitter acetylcholine increases blood flow and alertness in the front of the brain.

The sympathetic side is known as the “full-throttle” or “fight, fright, or flight” system. This side mobilizes us toward discovering new things and makes us active, daring, or inquisitive. The brain becomes alert and hyper-focused on its surroundings. Blood sugar and free fatty acids are elevated to give us more energy, and digestion is slowed. Thinking is reduced, and we become prepared to make snap decisions.

Of course, introverts and extroverts use both sides of their nervous system at different times. But just like introverts and extroverts respond differently to dopamine, we prefer different sides of the nervous system. You can probably guess which side introverts prefer: the parasympathetic side.

Are You Getting Enough Alone Time?

It can be hard to get enough alone time. We may feel guilty when we turn down social plans or tell our significant other we want a night to ourselves. However, not getting enough alone time can affect us physically and emotionally. According to Laney, you may not be getting enough alone time if you regularly experience some of these symptoms:

  • Trouble sleeping or eating
  • Frequent colds, headaches, back pains, or allergies
  • Feeling anxious, agitated, irritable, and “snappish”
  • Unable to think, concentrate, or make decisions
  • Confused and discombobulated, as if you are dashing from thing to thing in a blur
  • Trapped and wondering what is the meaning of life
  • Drained, tired, and put-upon
  • Disconnected from yourself

What should you do? Make it a priority to include alone time in your day, even if it’s only a few minutes of catching your breath alone in your car or bedroom. Laney writes, “Many introverts have felt so stigmatized about the private, reserved aspect of their nature that they have not allowed themselves the time to develop effective restorative practices. It’s time to change that!”  retina_favicon1


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