Sustainability enthusiasts stress the importance of cognizant and responsible energy use to help ease the toxic environmental footprint that has impeded the Earth’s natural ecosystem. Well founded. But energy can also affect people in a manner that adversely changes human behavior. Think of this as outside influencers wreaking havoc on the energy that individuals are made of and our ability to put it to productive use.
Embracing the Energy Within
Contrary to original theories of how the earth came to orbit (long enough for habitat to foster), quantum physics takes a nose dive into what humans are made of, literally, and what comes to the surface may surprise you. While we are made of a series of atoms, these contain not matter but energy. And more often than not, this energy is what compels us to like certain people, places and things, or repel us from them – even without having a conversation or ever setting foot into an establishment.
Consider those moments that you couldn’t explain, when someone just rubbed you the wrong way (without touching you), or you didn’t like someone before you even introduced. Conversely, think back on when you last entered a room, perhaps at a party, and your eyes glazed over the crowd, only to set upon one person who had you mesmerized, a stranger, though you felt as though you’ve known them before.
Human Energy Defined
There are many explanations that might serve these instances noted above. However, understanding the magnitude of how energy affects us, the good and the bad, is best illustrated through five different kinds of energy: mental, emotional, physical, etheric, and spiritual.
If you’ve ever heard yourself saying “I’m mentally drained,” this describes the feeling when your mental energy has been depleted. This can occur from a larger than normal workload that requires more mental agility than normal or learning something new. Mental energy brings thought into productivity.
But there is more to mental energy. This is where we generate ideas about others as well as ourselves. In fact, mental energy can be clouded by a negative belief system, often founded in past experiences. Should these experiences remain unaddressed, poor mental energy is easily given fuel to the fire by jarring self-perception and/or additional trauma. The result is a mental energy deficit, at best, or a cesspool of negativity and a breeding ground for risky pleasure-seeking behaviors.
Residing just above our mental energy is emotional energy, the powerhouse of fear as well as joy. Once a person can exercise control over their emotions, and has a better grasp of how thoughts can generate feelings, emotional intelligence can transcend irrational response.
The first level of energy lives in our physical world. This impacts our sense of touch as well as being a conduit of evidence in how damage to the other energy layers can cause injury to physical health. For example, when we get a sense of being around something uncomfortable or dangerous, we may begin to sweat or get goosebumps up and down our spine. This is a manifestation of how energy affects us physically. Another way that physical energy can impact relationships is in the instance of having physical chemistry with someone.
Just below the skin’s surface lies our etheric energy. Energy workers will use the etheric layer to identify and remove energy blocks that can keep people in self-defeating patterns or pain that often prohibit healing. In order to access the emotional, mental and physical energies, the etheric energy is much like the gateway in.
Often overlooked and underestimated, a person’s spiritual energy is a vital source of emotional balance, physical health, and mental clarity. Not meant as a moniker for religious undertones, spiritual energy gives life to our individual consciousness and elevates it into a larger-than-life realm beyond ourselves. By tapping into personal spirituality, we revisit the past while being part of whole consciousness, touching others as they utilize their spiritual energy.
During the process of addiction treatment and recovery, spiritual energy can bring light into the triggers of darkness that invade everyday life. Here’s how.
Outside Influencers Can Be Toxic to Positive Self-Awareness
This is how energy thrives or falters in real life. It lives in the people we choose to associate with. In fact, although each of us has an innate ability to embrace and restore every layer of energy within, it is the outside influencers that raise our frequency or distinguish it. And the most toxic place to quietly learn and practice self-loathing is within our media outlets.
You Are Your Friends
As much as we’d like to say that “I am my own person,” or “I’m not swayed by others,” our friendships are a visible indicator of who we think we are and what we believe we deserve. Harsh as this notion may be, the people we choose to spend our time with can help shape our decision-making, life priorities, and our values.
We may not be a mirror image (mind, body or soul) to our friends but each one usually embodies certain aspects of ourselves, the characteristics we like and those we find challenge in. People often judge others by their peers, coined as “Guilty by association.” But friends, as well as acquaintances, play a crucial role in how a person can recover from substance addiction successfully.
Addiction Relapse Triggered by Former Sphere of Influence
There’s a reason why addiction treatment programs tout the benefits of associating with others in recovery. In addition to the relatability, comradery, and support systems provided by the addiction industry community, the benefits of socializing with those who have experienced what you have is helpful. This scenario is ongoing in Outpatient alcohol and drug rehab programs, where fostering new friendships based on shared stories and healthy social skills greatly improves the chances of lifelong sobriety.
Ensuring that friendships are of “like kind” also improves the use of all types of human energy, raising the level of consciousness through interaction. Without these types of social backdrops, people can easily fall back into old, familiar, and dangerous patterns.
The Setbacks That Lead to Addiction Relapse
- Visiting former places of use
- Bars, restaurants, raves or other special events
- Certain properties or designated landmarks (hotels, parks, beaches, street corners)
- Reconnecting with former friends that used with you
- Sensory reminders of use
- The scent of alcohol or drugs
- The taste of a certain food, perhaps a go-to after substance use
- The touch of someone based on lust and nothing more
- The sound of music typically played during drug use
To effectively put the negativity of the past behind, it’s essential to continue to move forward in life by staying in the present moment and being appreciative for all that it entails. Practicing mindfulness helps block potential triggers for use and strengthens one’s mental, physical and spiritual energy.
Social Influencers Fade Your Energy
Aligning your quest for acquiring more positive pathways to living may include the attachment to a celebrity-regular-guy or gal, found across social channels and now known as social influencers. With a heavy presence on Instagram, social influencers have gathered an immense following either because of their personality, a specific challenge or problem they face daily, or some idea or lifestyle they promote.
With today’s pressure to be part of something, following a social influencer can provide quick access and answers to conversation, insights, and staying current with pop culture. Though all may not be as it seems on screen. (Is it ever?)
Because social media hits a person on a surface level and meant to elicit response (positive and negative will do), the strategy behind social influencers isn’t for the benefit of their followers but for their business brand. Social influencers are in a business, and you as a follower are there to support this endeavor, moment by moment, click by click.
The Business behind Social Influence
Hanging on the every word, thought, feeling, or product recommendation from a social influencer bares some similarity to co-dependency. This goes far beyond business brand loyalty.
Let’s just say, for example’s sake, that you attended college, graduated, entered into the workforce and found yourself reliving fraternity or sorority life by attending coworker happy hours. After all, binge drinking isn’t something you do every day. Yet somehow, you found yourself needing alcohol detox and addiction treatment.
So now you’re doing well in your program and seeking social influencers that speak your recovery vibe. And after a little bit of searching, you think you’ve found a great person to follow and use some of their recommendations into staying sober and enjoy life. Sounds great so far; however…
You’ve already given up some power by releasing your own emotional, mental, and spiritual energy into what a social influencer is telling you to do instead. Their end game has little do with yours.
Now, for whatever the reason, they have your attention. You’re reading through their latest blog and ka-pow, you think you’ve hit the lottery. This social influencer, your new online best friend, is sharing their thoughts and experiences in trying a new product called Thrive. This latest-and-greatest-invention-since-sliced-bread allows anyone to drink alcohol like it was water, as long as you drink Thrive first. No hangover. No blackouts. No drama. So you try it.
Six weeks later, you’re at the bar again. How can this happen? Well, this social influencer is paid to promote that product. There may even be warnings given from the product manufacturer but you’d never know about them unless you decided to research them for yourself. But if this social influencer really had your back or that of the other hundreds of thousands of followers, there would be an easy to find disclosure about the negative side or potential pitfalls of the product. With that disclosure, it would jeopardize the financial arrangement made with their social ad sponsor.
Remember, the greatest social influencer in your life is you.
Follow Your Intuition and How It Shifts Personal Energy
When you have the right tools and healthy coping mechanisms to thwart addiction relapse, practice them. Don’t trade them in for someone else’s life story. Follow your own. To you, your family and friends, your most powerful force on the planet is all that glorious personal energy that only you can call your own.