Layer Eight, Week Two – Sunday

Sunday’s Focus

As you move through the week, feel for basic energy flows. Try to identify initial energy movements and then the transitions as they happen. They will be everywhere. Before you eat, determine the energy configuration of hungry and as you eat, see if you can feel it transition to not hungry and then to full. Everything you perceive will have an energy flow. The flow can be expressed as one of the fourteen configurations.

Sunday’s Concepts

The last two weeks, you have explored some general energy configurations. As a reminder, the configurations were fluid, accumulating, centering, percolating, expansive, scattered, explosive, stagnant, isotonic, isometric, fluctuating, bleeding, compressive, and transitional.

Fourteen energy configurations are a lot to remember and I don’t expect that you will. The purpose is to help acquaint you with how energy moves. Each of the configurations given describe the movement styles of energy. Scattered is energy moving in multiple directions with different trajectories, intentions, or purposes. Expansive is energy moving in every direction with the same center point.

Energy moves in some basic ways. On the first level, it is moving or not moving. Non-moving energy would be stagnant, isometric, or compressed.

Moving energy may be innervating, neutral, or deflating. Innervating energies would be accumulating, expansive, fluid, percolating, and isotonic. Neutral energy configurations could be fluctuating, percolating, and isotonic if the outcome is neither beneficial or non-beneficial. The energies that deflate energies include scattered, explosive, stagnant, isometric, bleeding, and compressive. Fluctuating, percolating, and isotonic are deflating if they leave you with less energy.

As you assess the energy configurations in your bodies and components, feel for the degree of benefit.

As you can feel and identify the energy configurations, transitions, and relationships, you will have the tools to gradually shift those energies to ones that are increasingly beneficial.

Layer Eight, Week Two – Monday

Monday’s Focus

Feel the energy flows in each of your bodies and relate it to optimal. Where does what you might label as balanced not feel like it is your best? Where do you allow yourself to settle for something less than your best?

Monday’s Concepts

First, let’s make something clear. When you are centered, balanced, and being your most optimal self, it probably won’t feel like you think it will feel. It will be unfamiliar. There will be healthy discomfort. At optimal levels, your bodies will be humming with energy. You will be mentally sharp, emotionally responsive, physically enlivened, energetically fluid, and have an ubernatural connection to others and the world around you. Optimum is you being your SuperHeroSelf, not your comfortable and familiar self. Today, you would probably label SuperHeroSelf as overwhelming and unsafe.

Picture yourself as a Porsche GT3. You won’t be at your optimal in the garage under a car cover or idling in stop and go traffic. You will be at your optimal on a race track or out on the open road. You will be at your optimal when you challenge yourself to fire on all cylinders and actively push down on your right foot. You will have the most influence when you are seen living fully, testing gravity, and pushing your limits. The optimal you is the one that will change the world.

As you gain, attain, or regain optimal energy configurations in each of your bodies, you will become fluid. As you achieve fluidity, your actions, responses, connections, and relationships will become fluid. Fluid is the path of least resistance. Fluid is easy. As you increase your optimal levels, your fluidity will increase, things will get easier … until every happiness, fulfillment, success, and all intimacy will feel effortless.


Layer Eight, Week Two – Tuesday

Tuesday’s Focus

Monitor your resistances today. Where do you feel reluctant, stubborn, judgmental, or not present? What feels hard? When doing the Instant Assessment, which body is the most difficult to judge?

Tuesday’s Concepts

The first step toward being your SuperHeroSelf will be to gauge the trajectory of your energy by doing the Vitality Assessment movement for this week. Looking at now, this morning and last night will give you an idea of the recent trajectory of your general energy configurations. We will use Vitality as the name for your degree of embodiment. How You are you being? What is your SuperHeroSelf level? How much life force, mojo, prana, or divinity is present? (If you have a word you like better, feel free to use it.)

The subjective assessments (charged/undercharged/overcharged) and (strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree) will be a starting point, a gross valuing of how you feel. As your capacity grows, your labeling will change. What feels charged now will be undercharged in the future. It is relative. As your systems adapt to higher levels and vibrations of energy, overcharged will occur at a more intense energy level.

As you do the movements and meditations, you will be increasing your capacity. I am working up to running an Ultramarathon. Seven miles used to feel very fatiguing. Now, fifteen miles feels fatiguing. If I continue to train in a healthy, determined, and optimal way, someday, that 50-mile race will be within my reach.

Today, balanced, centered, and optimal will be at different levels in each body. If your habitual configuration is to be overly mental, its balance point will be more charged than your other bodies. If you are emotionally constipated, its balance point will be much lower in comparison to the other bodies. Achieving overall balance will require that you bring your non-dominant bodies up to the levels of your dominant bodies. Initially, you will have to lower the energy in your dominate body to find balance.

Your subconscious mind will not be happy with you. It wants to keep you the way you are. You will use your conscious mind to make decisions and take actions that lead toward your optimal balance and then consciously tolerate the healthy discomfort that accompanies growth. You will overrule your subconscious mind consciously and consistently.


Layer Eight, Week Two – Wednesday

Wednesday’s Focus

Track your emotional flows today. Feel for your current emotional energy configuration and its transitions. What influences the transitions? Which of the configurations or transitions do you place the most value on?

Wednesday’s Concepts

Do you know which is your most dominant body and the least dominant? What are your hierarchical defaults? Let’s explore.

First, most Americans are mentally dominant. We think, compare, and contrast. We are subjective. We see the world as good/bad, right/wrong, and want/don’t want. Here are some questions to ask yourself to verify that you are mentally dominant.

When I walk into a room, I visually assess the environment. (Yes, No)

When I run into a friend, I look at them and try to figure out what their state of being is. (Yes, No)

I find myself labeling, judging, and categorizing people, places, things, and situations. (Yes, No)

My distractions are usually mental or visual. (Yes, No)

Thinking about my problems stresses me out. (Yes, No)

My to do list is overwhelming. (Yes, No)

I worry about things that might happen. (Yes, No)

I obsess on past decisions or current situations. (Yes, No)

I get emotional after I think about something. (Yes, No)

I give more weight to the label I give emotions than to the sensations themselves. (Yes, No)

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are mentally dominant. The fact that you are doing this program is a sign.

So, your primary default will be to think, to put mental energy first and to give it more value than your other bodies.

Your mind is the referee, martyr, and the bully. It is important to acknowledge that. It is an extension of your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is trying to limit your expansion and uses your mental body as its enforcer.

You have been taught to go through life thinking. It has become the social norm. What you will explore in the next few layers is what it feels like to go through life feeling, to explore your world and relationships from an energetic perspective. SuperHeroSelf will happen when you are able to optimize your energy, the energy around you, and create the opportunity for others to join you in the state of awesomeness.

Layer Eight, Week Two – Thursday

Thursday’s Focus

Today is physical flow day. What is your level of physical vibrancy during the day and how, when, why, and where does it transition? How does your activity level influence your vibrancy and which configurations do you transition from and to when you move?

Thursday’s Concepts

Let’s look your non-dominant bodies. Which of those do you suppose is secondary to your mental body? Again, for most Americans, it will be your environmental body and here is why. When you are mentally dominant, you are in constant threat assessment mode. The threats you are assessing are in your environment. You are overtly aware of what is going on around you. When you worry, you usually worry about external situations, relationships, or interactions. When you are thinking, you are probably thinking about people, places, or things.

When your mental body and environmental bodies are dominant, it creates an imbalance. That imbalance is your current normal, so most of the time it will not seem like you are imbalanced. Your systems, bodies, and components have adapted to, habituated, to the imbalance. Your subconscious mind has decided your current imbalance is survivable and has made the imbalance its preference.

As you continue to do the Current150, you will be able to discern your balance points, the energetic equality of your bodies. Be honest with yourself. When you compare the vitality in your bodies, feel for specific energy configurations that will limit your expression or that hinder your optimal state.


Layer Eight, Week Two – Friday

Friday’s Focus

Focus on your environmental body today. How do your surroundings affect your overall energy? How do the people, places, and things around you influence your physical and emotional bodies? Feel for the transitions as your surroundings or the people in it change.

Friday’s Concepts

Okay, we have accounted for the two biggest users of energy, your mental and environmental bodies. Let’s put your energy body aside for a bit and look at the remaining two. How much of the pie is left over for your physical and emotional bodies and how is that divided?

If you have a regular, consistent, healthy, and symmetrical physical practice, your physical body is probably balanced. A symmetrical practice would be one where you give equal time to each of the components. If all you do is run, CrossFit, swim, or yoga, your physical practice is shorting one or more of the components.

When all I do is a long trail run, I am physically unbalanced. I optimize my physical body when I do some work on my rings, a few handstands, go for a trail run, stretch, and then take do a 30-minute meditation (or nap). By giving equal weight to each of the components, I create balance.

As a reminder, the components are focus, strength, flexibility, stability, speed, endurance, and rejuvenation.

A long trail run emphasizes one of the components (endurance) but it doesn’t address the other components equally. If all I make time for is a trail run, I can encourage centered, optimal balance by rock hopping (focus), hill climbs (strength), log runs (stability), sprinting occasionally (speed), and then allow enough time to stretch and relax when I am done (flexibility and rejuvenation).

Layer Eight, Week Two – Saturday

Saturday’s Focus

Spend the day assessing the areas of your life where your mind, thoughts, images, and beliefs bully your other bodies. Where are you physically, emotionally, and environmentally reactive? Where does your mind convince you what to feel? Where does your mind limit your physical, emotional, and relational expression of your SuperHeroSelf?

Saturday’s Concepts

The most undervalued, fluctuating, and undercharged body of most Americans is the emotional. It is like having a crazy person in your closet. Quiet most of the time and then all Hell breaks loose.

If your emotional body is your dominant body, it will feel different. It will feel like the real you is in the closet and the crazy person is running loose.

You are emotionally dominant if your feelings override your logical, conscious, mind. If you are irrational or irrationally emotional, your emotional body is in charge. Your emotions run the show if your primary reaction to most interactions is emotional.

If your emotions enslave your thoughts, you will change your mind to match and confirm your emotions.

When you are mentally and environmentally dominant, your emotional body becomes your reactive body. Your thoughts regulate, govern, and control your emotional configurations. You react to your mental configurations by changing your emotional configurations. You think yourself into an emotional state that confirms your thoughts.

If you think someone is criticizing or judging you as ugly, unfit, ignorant, or bad and then you emotionally react, you are changing the way you feel based upon a thought. Your emotions are slaved to your mind.

If you feel a physical reaction to being reprimanded, repressed, or disparaged, you are allowing your physical body to be controlled by your thoughts. Being disparaged isn’t a physical threat. When you choose to physically react (get tense, flushed, or activated), you are subjugating your physical body to your thoughts. You are physically reactive.

If you can maintain your physical and emotional equanimity (balance) while your mind is panicking, it is a sign that your bodies function freely and independently.

There is no collaboration without independence. There is no intimacy without freedom. That is true for your bodies as well as your components and every relationship you have.

Next week, we will look at the energetic body and how it influences and is influenced by the other bodies.


Instant Assessment

Step 1 – Find a comfortable seat. Take a couple of deep breaths and allow yourself to settle.

Step 2 – Make a quick assessment of your general vitality. Do you feel charged, undercharged, or overcharged?

Step 3 – Charged will be your current optimal. Overcharged will be feelings of overwhelm or stress. Undercharged is fatigued, stagnant, or dull.

Step 4 – Charged is the energy running through your system. It will be a feeling, not a mental judgment.

Step 5 – Next, get a little more specific. Ask yourself if you feel vibrant, centered, and optimal.

Step 6 – Determine if you strongly agree, agree, not sure, disagree, or strongly disagree.

Step 7 – Feel into that for a minute and then see if you can come up with a percentage.

Step 8 – Answer the statement “I am at (   )% of optimal.

Step 9 – Redo steps 2-8 as it applies to the morning.

Step 10 – Redo steps 2-8 as it applies to the previous evening.

Step 11 – Take those three assessments and establish your trajectory. Are you moving toward or away from optimal?

Why it Matters – This meditation will begin to help you feel the energy flows in your body. It will also start to shift your value from what you think to how your energy is moving.

Everyday Usability – Being able to discern charged, undercharged, and overcharged will remove the stories and projections from your current assessments. When you are judging how optimal your system is, you are present and not focused on the past, others, or the future.

Progression – Next week, you will be given the Body Assessment Video, where you will do this same exercise for each of your bodies.

5 Minute Virtual Healing Meditation

Step 1 – Find a comfortable seat or recline. Take a couple of deep breaths and allow your body to settle.

Step 2 – Let you mind and emotions begin to settle.

Step 3 – Bring your attention and awareness to your lower legs and feet. Feel that part of your body.

Step 4 – Be aware of the physical sensations and see if you can feel the energy moving.

Step 5 – Picture yourself bringing one hand to the bottom of your feet and the other to the top of your knees.

Step 6 – Feel my hand in that area as well. Feel the energy enter the bottom of your feet and make its way up toward your knees.

Step 7 – Picture yourself moving your hand from your feet to your knees and the other from your knees to your hips. Feel my hands shift.

Step 8 – The energy will follow. It will still be entering the bottom of your feet and will come up your leg and begin to swirl around your hips.

Step 9 – As you feel the energy build in your hips, shift your lower hand to your belly button and the other to high up on your chest. Feel my hands shift.

Step 10 – It will still be entering the bottom of your feet and will come up your leg and begin to swirl around your hips continuing on through your diaphragm, up your chest, past your heart and toward your throat.

Step 11 – Shift both hand to the tops of your shoulders and feel mine follow.

Step 12 – Feel as if you are pulling energy from the bottom of your feet up through your body.

Step 13 – Feel the energy build in your upper chest and throat and filling your head before exiting the top of your head.

Step 14 – Feel for the relative balance of your energy. Does it feel balanced front to back, left and right, and top to bottom. Continue to allow the energy to transit your body, filling, rejuvenating, and refreshing.

Step 15 – When you are ready. Slowly disconnect and take a few deep breaths.

Why it Matters – This meditation will begin to help you feel and direct the energy flows in your body.

Everyday Usability – This is a powerful way to maintain a balanced energy flow in your body. As you increase your proficiency, this meditation will unlock and unleash an unlimited amount of vitality.

Progression – The more you do this, the more you allow yourself to feel its affects and effects, the more you will get out of it. Next week, you will do this for a specific body.

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