I have been hearing quite a bit about energy lately. On television, in conversations, and especially in the book that I have been reading. My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist, recounts her experience with a debilitating stroke that ravaged the left hemisphere of her brain. As she lost the ability to understand and use language, her right brain became keenly aware of the energy exuded by healthcare workers, friends, and family members. Because Dr. Taylor could not understand what people were saying to her, she could only rely on the feelings that she got from being in their presence. Although completely unable to communicate her wishes, she wanted people to realize they were responsible for the energy they brought into the room.
I am responsible for the energy that I manifest.
We all give off some kind of energy, all the time. If I walk into a room with nervous energy, others will pick up on that immediately and react to it by either becoming nervous themselves or viewing my anxiety as a sign of weakness. If I insist on being negative and moody, others might react by joining in or avoiding me entirely. If I enter a room with a big smile on my face and a friendly “Hello,” people will see me as confident and loving, and they will hopefully respond in like fashion.
The problem is that I am all to often negative and nervous. I recognize this – even more so over the past few months. I don’t want to be a bitter person, but things bother me and I sulk and complain to those around me until they are doing the same thing. It would stand to reason that if I were to become more cheerful and positive, the folks around me would probably be influenced by that behavior as well.
While talking about energy on a recent episode of Lifeclass, Oprah Winfrey explained that not only are we responsible for the energy we put out into the world, we also have to ensure the people we allow into our lives are going to be positive influences. If someone insists upon dragging us down or holding us back from achieving our dreams, that person doesn’t deserve to be a part of our inner circle. If they are going to come into our space with negativity and aggression, they are going to affect our energy levels in a very detrimental manner.
Maybe this all sounds a little too new-agey. I don’t know. What I do know is that I am going to concentrate on becoming a more positive force in the world, and I am going to continue to remind myself and others that we are all responsible for the energy that we bring into a room. As Dr. Taylor says in the attached video, “We have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world.”