Episode 81: The Power Of Your Energy & How To Use It To Improve Your Relationship Health
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Hey, welcome to the love shack. It's a little old place where we get to get together, explore fresh perspectives and eavesdrop on juicy conversations and discover the things that really matter while having a little bit of fun along the way. This is episode number 81, and we're gonna be talking about the power of your energy and how to use it to improve your relationship health. Most of us as human beings are unaware of the power of our energy, especially how it affects our relationships. The truth is our energy is always flowing and we expend a lot of it in our relationships. Have you ever heard of obsessing like obsessive thinking? And if we don't understand our energy or the hidden energy interactions that happen between us and our partners, it can be super difficult to understand why we have a hard time maintaining our thriving relationships
Today in the love shack, we have Gail Barron together. We're going to discuss how we harness the power of energy in our relationship. So we can successfully create stronger connections and improve our overall relationship, and health. Whether you are looking for ways to maintain healthy boundaries with your partner or struggling to communicate effectively, we have lots of people that reach out to us for both of those. In this episode, will you valuable insights and strategies for creating healthier relationships in your life? So
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Welcome back inside the love shack. We are Tom and Staci Bartley, along with our engineer, Eric Ryder, and today's guest is Gail Barron.
Yes, and Gail has been an energy healer for 25 years, and she's joining us to share her insights on how our energy has a huge impact on our lives. She has a fantastic story. I'm so excited to share with you how she went from being an engineer, for real, a real for life engineer and total skeptic to a seeker of wisdom and truth in the energy world. Like, I don't know, those two words are spelled the same, but there's a huge canyon. And a lot of miles between that story. She's gonna give us tips on how to become more aware of our own energy and how we use it to create positive change in our relationships. This is gonna be a great resource for anyone interested in understanding the hidden dynamics at work, in their interactions with others. Gail's an engineer and author, a speaker, and an energy healer. She's also a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing in Florida and is an energy practitioner in Vancouver, Canada. Gail, welcome to the show. It is great to have you here with us. I know we talked several months ago about doing this show and the minute I saw your face, I was like, oh, this is gonna be so great. I'm so excited about this.
So I have to just say Gail from one left-brain person, I would think to another. I mean, so please share with us a bit about your personal journey from an engineer to energy healer. Even though they both begin as Staci shared with the first two letters. They seem miles apart and again, I'm a very, you know, Staci will share with you, but you know, I know this is possible, so please give us like the cliff notes version of how you made this looks like, at least from the outside, this huge, you know, jump in your life.
Oh, well happy to cuz it was a huge jump. It's no doubt, but I was totally very much the skeptic left-brain logical engineer and only the physical is real. And any of these other weird stories, the paranormal that was, I'm sure there's a scientific explanation, you know and I wasn't spiritual either. I was agnostic because I figured at least that's just admitting you don't know, right? Everyone is going to go with that, but atheisms are sort of making a stand, but so like I` wasn't ready to make that kind of commitment, but I was willing to say, I don't know. And you know, it's really another world, nothing to do with me. And even if anybody, you know, tried to bring a Bible into my house, I like, you know, the fingers crossed.
No, no. For those of you who are listening to the podcast, Gail is like doing the no, no, no sign.
Yes. So it's like warding off evil and so that's how, where I came from. So that's the place I was at. And you know, this idea of talking about energy and human interactions, would've been the farthest thing from my mind and I would've certainly not been open to it. And then life happened and what happened to me, it so happens. It was a traumatic relationship breakup. So here we are, which is very appropriate for this, this podcast, since it was ed it was, my left brain, logical mind could handle numbers and my work and all that sort of thing. But when it came to, came to relationship trauma, which was basically my partner and had been together for four years, we were looking to buy a house together. We were talking marriage and kids and all of this stuff, and then suddenly it was interrupted when he ran off with someone else. And so it was a shock. And it threw me into a tailspin. So when at the end of the, you know, I went into a place of despair and during the last part of the relationship, there had been some you know, the relationship had been struggling in that. I noticed that my partner's attitude towards me had changed slightly. So he was criticizing me a lot more and it seemed like nothing I could do, you know, would, could actually make him feel better towards me. It was like, just the way I breathed even irritated him. And it's a very helpless place to be. Even though, you know, on one level we were talking about moving forward with it on the other level, there was this constant criticism. And so as a result, when the relationship did end, finally, as a result of his infidelity, I was left in a pretty ragged state emotionally, to begin with, right? Because I, it had been my confidence and my sense of self had been slowly eroding in the last little while. And so I was already in a pretty vulnerable place when that happened.
I feel like Gail right now. I need to interject a couple of things for those who are listening to your story because I have lived this too and I bet a lot of our listeners have as well. I think it's fascinating for us to just accept the reality and pause here for a moment and realize that relationships are an emotional, spiritual journey for us as individuals. This is where we kind of dance with the invisible, and there's nothing like a broken relationship or a traumatic relationship to be the catalyst for us to explore and develop some of these deeper, spiritual, energetic aspects of ourselves. That really is the catalyst for it. All. In fact, I have a saying, God, universe, and spirit, which I call Gus, it always has its way with us, right. It, and we think we're going along in our logical minds and, and life is good, and we understand it and it's all making sense. And then kablam, somebody will break your heart or cause you to reevaluate everything in your life. And then you have to dive deeper into these things, right. Or the other choice is that we tend to kind of like try and make this make logical sense and the logical reasoning that you're gonna come to, the conclusion you're gonna come to is I'm not going to do this anymore because all women or all men are just fill in the blank of your story. And unfortunately, that's not minus pain or spiritual development or growth, actually, it increases the pain in our lives. So like, again, Gus is gonna have its way with you and the pain will increase to the level that is required to get your attention. So please. [inaudible] Me too. What about you, Tom? Did it for you? [inaudible]
So Gus has your full attention, Gail, you're feeling very broken.
Yeah. Broken and my nicely ordered world, as you were saying, you know, this logical engineer, you know, my career was doing well and all that sort of thing. And I had a handle of that and I, you know, I kind of ex thought, you know, my life is for moving, looking to buy a house and all this stuff. And in my mind, the future was this lovely house in the suburbs, you know, 2.5 kids. And parking in the driveway and, you know, the golden retriever. So.
I love that you added the dog. That's so great.
That's like the classic, you know, home family, all that stuff and of course the career on top of that, right. So we want it all right. And that was my future. And there it was neatly mapped out, you know, by my engineer, mind, this is what we're heading for. And reality had other plans. And so I was really thrown off cuz suddenly it, it was as if my there'd been an earthquake and my future was on the other, you know, had fallen off, fallen away. And there was me on the edge of this Abys right. And I had no idea what to do now. You know, we, I work was my safe place. I could go there and get outta my emotions and stuff. But as soon as I got left the office, I was in tears. You can't escape what's going on inside. And, and I had no tools to handle that because everything had been very intellectual. Right. And so I was a mess and I found myself spiraling into despair and you know how your, your thoughts can kick you when you're down, you know, the self-loathing. And even if it's not true, it'll still hit you with it. Right. And, and maybe their messages that, that you picked up or deduced in early childhood, but they all come up when you're in a bad way. And so it, it just feeds itself, the spiral feeds itself and you go descending into the end. In the end, I fell into this place of such self-loathing that I would despair about the future I was contemplating ending my life. And to the point where, you know, thinking about how you'll do it kind of thing, and I, I just, it's like, I just fell into this, this pit and splatted on the bottom, I'd fallen, fallen, fallen. And I just splat it to the point where I was ready to leave and give up. And I really felt in that moment that, that there was no hope for me that I would have, I would never have love. I wasn't just plain, not lovable. And that I was, you know, all of the things that we tell ourselves up that, in that vulnerable place we, we take in, and in that place of utter despair and feeling worthless and all that, I suddenly had these words ring out in my head outta nowhere, but I love you. And it was accompanied by a rush of energy coming down my head from the top of my head, to my toes, this pinky gold energy. And I had no frame of reference for this. Right. But it was tactile. I could feel it filling me with the most amazing sense of love. And, and it was as if I'd been given this cosmic hug, something way bigger than human. I had never experienced that even from, my parents. And it was way bigger than that. And, and so I had a, I was like, well, what's this. And yet it was so marvelous because it was, it's like my awareness suddenly expanded to the point where I realized, you know, this is, this is universal. This isn't just, you know, some being rather it's something faster than that. And it knows me mm-hmm <affirmative> that knows every Adam of my being and loves me anyway. So it was like, even my flaws, every, every little ward or freckle was loved. And there was absolutely nothing in me, that wasn't loveable. And I got it in that, in that expanded moment that this isn't, I'm not special. This is true for all of us. This is, includes all of us, not just me.
Well, and I love that you bring this up and I wanna bring this up to maybe listeners who are saying, man, I sure wish I'd had an experience like that. You know, maybe that would really turn my life around. And I would say to you, you probably have, because we all do. We have these moments, you know, and they can be a blip on the screen. Right. Or they can be but they're always something memorable. And we have the option as a human being to discount and go back to being miserable, or to actually help them be the catalyst to help us make some changes. Because I bet if you look back in your history, you're gonna find that there are moments like this in your life and you go, yeah, yeah. That must have been indigestion, not inspiration. Right. That, whatever, You know, I was drunk or whatever. Yeah, exactly. So we dismiss them and I, and I just really wanna put an exclamation point on that. Right. Because we can dismiss them. We have a choice where we have these moments,, and they can be small, but profound. They make a mark on us. I've watched this with my clients. I've watched this in my own life. And I've also watched this in the lives of my own children where they'll have a flash of inspiration, just like you described. And then they quickly discount it and dismantle it through their personal doubt of who they are, who they can become, and where it is. They can go. And then they're back to spiraling and being miserable. So just, I just really think you need to, to pay attention to that act on, in a moment of inspiration, and it'll take you in a new direction. You dismiss an act of inspiration or moments where the universe gives you a hug. I love that. And it will change your life.
And sometimes you have to suffer enough. In other words, it broke me open so I could receive it. You know, my heart was broken open. I used, you know, it felt like literally, my heart was breaking, but I didn't realize till later, as I thought about it, I said, yeah, it was breaking open so that I could open to this experience cuz until then I'd been too closed, you know, with my left brain logical thinking. And there was an explanation for everything I wouldn't have allowed it to, I couldn't have in that state. So I had to be broken open ultimately to let my, to let it in. Cuz I had, I had nothing else to turn to. Right. And I wasn't praying or anything. I was just in my, I was just surrendering to my misery basically. And then something, I don't know why something happened to in a, like a window opened and for a second that I got this glimpse of this greater reality and it, because it was so tangible that's what made it impressed me was not just the words, which, you know, you can easily dismiss words. Oh, I made that up. It's what I wanted to hear. Blah, blah, blah. But it was the fact that it was a company by this vast loving energy, which I couldn't even have conceived of. You know, I had no experience with that in my, not to that level. And so obviously there was a reason to stick around and not just end it. And the other thing was I was the reason to stick around was to find out what that was, you know, it was ultimately what was that? Cause I had no frame of reference for it. Absolutely none. And my mind was kinda like it got confused, but, but because of the because it had been such a visceral experience that's energy and it was consciousness, right. It wasn't just, you know, warm sunlight from the sun. It was, there was an element of consciousness and recognition in it, you know, there, it was like, like a being or something, something bigger than me. And I still don't know what it was, you know, it's tempting to label it and, but, but I still honor, it was something sacred and something important. And so yeah, that I like to use the expression I use now after decades of trying to understand it is that somehow this loving whether it was my higher self or God or, Jesus, I don't know somehow. It, it picked me up outta that. Abys lifted me up and placed me gently on my path and showed me my wings. And that's how I feel about that experience now that the wings being your ability to live the life you want and to use your energy, you know, consciously.
So well. And I have a very similar experience after the end of my first, my, not my first, but my second divorce where I was devastated. I, I was really trying to check all the boxes religiously and socially and in my family of origin only to find myself at the bottom of the barrel once again and in worse shape than through my, my first divorce. And there was absolutely a moment where I felt an incredible piece of like you put it a, a universal hug and, and what's helped me make sense of that for my own life. And through my own pursuit of trying to understand that is the idea and the intelligence in the world that we are, and that we have surrounding us all the time. And if we think of energy as a vibration in our universe, then sometimes when the pain drives us to such a place slowing down and cracking us open, we can now vibrate at some of those lower levels because we're constantly spinning, right. We're constantly spinning up to try and get ahead of it. But it's actually, when we slow down, which pain helps us do we pull back, we, we kind of spend some time with ourselves and those are the moments where those hugs and that inspiration and those reminders that, Hey, you're more than this. You can do this. It's gonna be okay. I love you. You're lovable. You're not broken. Right. Just, just take and put one foot in front of the other. And, and I have hundreds, if not thousands of stories from some of the clients that I have worked with over the years that find themselves in this pit of despair only to find themselves in this place where it's like, I can do this. You know, I just need to put another foot in front of the other because there's something inside of me. That's reminding me, I am good enough. I, and do this. I am lovable. And so I love your story for that reason, because it speaks to many of us who have had a very similar experience. And instead of discounting it, we can embrace it and realize we are all energetic beings on a very energetic ride. And especially when we're, left-brained, that's the part of ourselves that we tend to a discount the most, right? It's like, no, no, no, this isn't happening. And it takes something like a tragedy, like a traumatic breakup to help us find and explore those deeper aspects that we've always had the capacity to expand and believe and to reach into, but it often takes something like that to make us go there or, or to inspire us to go there, shall we say?
Yeah. And once you begin being curious now about the possibilities of, of your life, because now the old life's gone, you can't get it back it's over. And that's part of the, the, the step and a necessary step is acceptance of that. Not fighting it, not trying to avoid it being denial, but just accepting sadness of that. And the, the grief, this huge grief as a result of losing something that important. And, and the only way with grief to deal with it is to feel it, and it moves energy does move. It does dissipate when you let it move. It's only when we fight it, that it gets stuck. Right. And so in the end, I think for me what happened, you know, I didn't know at the time, but I was an energy practitioner. I look at it, I think for me, what happened was that I felt it. And I felt to the point where I that's, when I splatted basically right, where I just gave up, fighting it and experienced and let it all spill out. And, and it was in that moment that, that the energy was able to move. And then I was able to, it gave a little opening for this experience to happen. The other thing I wanted to add to what you said it was beautiful was that that we do one step at a time, but we have help. I synchronicities happen little opportunities soon as we're willing, right. To, to change track. Soon as we're willing, we get help from little people, suddenly meet or a little, for me, it was a, it was a, it was in a bookstore and somebody put a book. I was wondering, how the hell do you, do you heal emotions. Right? And and so I was in a bookstore in Germany and, and the clerk was putting new shipment of books in, they put it right in front of my face. It was called the healing of emotions.
That's kinda perfect.
If you notice, you know, there's tons of that going on, we're being helped in tiny little ways. Right. But we have to pay attention.
Yeah. So that's a perfect segue. Gail, so share with us what exactly is, is personal energy after going through this experience, and now as an energy practitioner share with us, how, what is your, what is in a, a way that everyone can get their arms around, or most of us can?
So I have the simplest explanation. It would be it's the life force and consciousness that inhabits your body. So it is fairly, it's ultimately you, and it, it only inhabits your body, but it spills over it's way bigger than your body. So it actually spills over into around our body giving us a sense of personal space. And so if you're if you have ever felt somebody standing too close to you, right. Even though they weren't touching you, what is it that makes it too close? And it's because their field is overlapping yours and it feels invasive when that, so what do we tend to automatically move away? Right? So we get our space back. Well, that space is, is basically your boundary, your energy boundary. It's, that's how far it extends from your body. And your energy comprises basically all the non-physical aspects of your being, your thoughts, your emotions your sensations, more intuitive, your intuition and your intuitive senses, your ability to your, and your relationships and your communications added sense in your relationships, right? The subtle human, the emotional communication. That's not spoken that you experience with each other. Right. And you also, also there are in a relationship, there are currents of manipulation happening, you know, as everyone tries to get their needs met from each other, that's happening energetically too. So part of their energy, they will like form like a little, little streamer to try and take a sip of your energy if they like it. And so there are things, you know, that that can happen. And some people, and, and children do it all the time because they're, they're always demanding your attention and doing whatever they can to get it right. Whether it's to be funny or act out whatever, all of it is an attempt to, have, that energy interaction going on. And so it's natural. It's not good or bad. It just happens. It's just the way it is with human relationships and with our pets too. I mean, they, they do that as well. So it's a natural part of us. And the other important thing to know is that just like we have physical senses, we also have energy senses, a whole variety of them, all of which are just as natural as the physical senses.
I describe the energy senses as our emotional body. You know, we have an emotional body and we have a physical body and both are exceptionally real and the really good news is if we understand how, where the physical body works, which most of us do, because that it demands all of our attention, right? The physical, that makes sense that we can touch and measure and quantify and test and, you know, do all those kinds of things. Dialogue about. When we step into the emotional world, it becomes a little more challenging because its fluid, it's dynamic, right? It time travels, it, shapeshifts, and forms.
I would just add that, you know, Gail's explanation there reminds us of what we often say between the physical and the emotional, if someone has stepped on our toe, it doesn't and take us very long before we say, oh, you know, excuse me, you're on my toe. But like, yeah, like that was a wonderful, and oftentimes we will like something will, and that's energy that will make us either get closer to someone we'll have a ease to do that, or a dis you know, a lack of ease. And that will, well, that's the same, right? The message. It's just coming through a different medium.
That's right. And it's a much richer, medium, actually, the physical is kind of limited, right? It either hurts or it feels nice and, and that sort of thing, but then, the energy is, is encompassing a lot more basically all our psychological imprints and that sort of thing are stored in our energy fields. So our childhood, if you think about it every experience you had as a small child, is your mapping reality, right. You know, nothing when you come in here. So you're programmed to learn as much as you can from every experience. And so every conclusion you're making good or bad is being stored in your field for future reference. And so it's kind of so it's where we store memories, but also if you think about it, all our nerves are sending energy back and forth to the brain, right. That energy's flowing through the field and getting stored there too. So we can access past feelings, physical feelings, and stuff by just thinking of them, right. We bring ourselves in, at the moment back to a memory, and we can re-experience all the emotions and feelings that we had in that memory, even though it's not happening now, it's just something that we stored in our field. So there's a lot more in the field than just, just our emotions. It's also our, our thoughts and our beliefs and the conclusions that we made about life and other people that we now use are we think is that's like the filters that affect our thinking now in a relationship so that we if we have a belief about all men or all women or ourselves we're seeing the world through that belief and it's filtering out any other evidence. That's, that's also available to us, but we're not seeing it because we think this is the only thing that's true. And so it can distort how we are in a relationship, because, you know, we're not seeing our partner as they fully are. We're only seeing the part we let in. And the other aspects of them were, were dismissing are, are filtering out. And so it's very easy for people to feel unseen or unheard in a relationship because we're all dealing with that. We're, this is a problem for all of humanity, not just women or men or one person we're all struggling with that. And that's part of our journey in relationship, I think, is to begin to peel away those perceptive filters and to try and see the real person and all their glorious humanity, right. Including their flaws, but with love, you know, okay. I'm not perfect either.
I do agree with you. I call it, our internal movie or understanding our internal movie. It's what you're making up to be true. It's the narrative that we live out and we will live congruent with our movies, the things that we explain why I believe what I do, why I value what I do. And I will show up according to that, or in alignment to that until I go, Hey, wait a minute. What is it you said again? You know, or help me understand more about that. And this is where communication and our interactions with people that we love and care about in our lives become more about understanding than who's right. And who's wrong. It's like, that's that opportunity that we often overlook or dismiss for me to peek through the peephole and into who it is you are when we can get to a safe place of sharing our movies, and then we can mantle them and we can reshape them and recreate them. There's everything and anything is possible there.
Well, that's a perfect segue, I think, into, you had just already shared some Gail, but so if you please, how are, what are some ways that energy affects our relationship? You already shared some of that, but.
Yeah, so that's the perceptual way, but also often we're not aware of it, but we're picking up other people's emotions and thinking that they're our own. And so you know, some people are more sensitive to emotional energy than others, but for those who are, sometimes they don't know that the anger they're feeling isn't theirs, you know, you know, they might even have been on the bus next to somebody who is angry, but, you know, just standing there humming about something and they come away off the bus and they go home and they're still feeling angry, even though it wasn't their anger and then they lash at, but it'll trigger a reason, you know, cuz the mind's gonna say, well, why am I angry? Well, maybe it's this, you know, next thing you know, you started an argument, right? So that's something worth knowing that it's, it's worth being, becoming, learning, how to sense your own energy and be able to check-in. This is this mine right?
Give us some, give us some things that we can use or sensations, that often signify, okay, this isn't mine, this belongs to somebody else.
Well, the first thing you can do is ask yourself and you know, and check-in does, you know, how was I before you know, before I felt angry, what was I doing? You know, was, did something happen? Did somebody call me? Did I watch something disturbing on YouTube? And so the thing is we're highly interconnected, energetically. And we think cuz in our culture we think we're all a body and therefore our bodies are separate. Therefore we must be. But we, we have these fields, these darn fields that keep connecting with each other. Right. Which can be fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. And it could be problematic if you're not aware of it, right. And so this one thing you can do is you can use it for good and that is that you can change your own energy and you'll be able to affect somebody else like your kids or your partner in a positive way. So even if they're angry or whatever, you can move into a more loving state rather than letting yourself be triggered. There are ways you can adjust your own energy so that you're actually holding, a space for them. That's accepting and loving even when they're angry and misbehaving, in their anger. And that it's like, you watch the anger dissipate.
Tell us how to do that.
Ultimately we are angry because we do feel unloved or unseen or misunderstood and that sort of thing. And, and we just, we don't know how else to change that. Right. And so when somebody's actually listening to us without fighting back or whatever or getting triggered and you know, attacking us back when, when somebody's actually listening to us complain, it tends and without judgment, it tends to soften us. And it's like, all right, maybe it was exaggerating a little bit, you know, you don't always do that. You know, maybe some at the time, you know, cause you to know how we do that when we're angry, right? We'll put these statements out. You never, you always, and it's simply not true, you know, we're much more complicated than that. Right. So so becoming aware of energy helps you to overcome that type of tendency because that's the default in our culture. Right. And yeah. So one of the things you can do is and it takes practice. So you wanna do this when you're not triggered, right? So you wanna practice this in a safe place and or even, even together for fun, right? One way is to just go into your heart and hold your imagination for a second, bring to mind somebody whom you deeply love and cherish and delight in. And it could be a pet. It could be a kid, it could be a grandchild, it could be your partner. It could be a grandparent, just somebody whom you deeply love in this non-threatening moment, and allow yourself to feel that. So you can sort of put your heads on your heart and just allow yourself to feel how much you love and appreciate and delight in this person, right? Or being, and, or it could be a spiritual being, whatever, whatever gives you that sense of deep love and appreciation. And then you can expand that as energy. You just allow that energy, they feel, it feels warm and joyful and nourishing. You can allow it to expand into your whole field and not into your body, but also into, your personal space. So you're now holding it around you as well. So you're in safety now. That's such a safe, nourishing place. You can actually hold somebody else when you are being held yourself in that energy. And the thing to remember is it's your love, you know, it's your love for someone else, but it's your love. So you can let it nourish you while you expand it, and you can use it for healing as well to let it nourish all your cells, let them relax in that energy. And one little addition to that trick is as a cerebral person, right? Somebody who's, it was off into the intellect is to invite my, my mind to rest in the heart to nothing, to do nothing to fix, just relax and enjoy it. And it's like, my mind loves that. It's like, oh, thank God. I don't have to be on top of things. I can just be restored. I can just rest in this embrace. And so that, for those of us who are really in our heads a lot, that's really worth practicing.
I love how you said that. How I learned this principle many years ago was, you know, my mentor saying to me, remember feelings, follow thought it is a principle of the universe. So feelings follow thought. And so what you think about, where you focus your mind is going to throw off an emotion. And, and that was such an empowering statement where I could realize, oh, well, so if I wanna change the way I feel, I just change my thoughts and what I focus my attention on. Yes. And, and that's the fascinating thing about our brains. It can validate anything like anything and this is how we come up with a lot of phobias and stuff. Right. I can, I can think about, okay, every time I wear these red shoes, right. I feel a certain way. And sure enough, I think about those red shoes and I feel a certain way. And so, okay. That's how we start creating those kinds of things. And then we behave as though they have power over us. When the reality is it's the association you have between your thinking and the way you feel.
Well. And I would, I would add that, you know, Gail what I just came away from that wonderful, you know, an experiment that shared with us, or thought process or thinking experience, but moving into a feeling experience is it's slowing us down. Right. I mean, none of us, I mean, I am, I don't need anything to speed me up. I don't know if any of us doing this world that we live in now. Right? I mean, so you're, but you gave the energetic explanation and definition of why it works so well because we always say the very easiest and fastest thing you can do when you are triggered is to, is to breathe because breathing will slow our brain down. Right. I mean, that's medically proven, but now you've given us the energetic explanation and process to do so.
Yes. And the other cool thing is you can if you practice it on your own when you're not triggered, right, you can, you can actually anchor it with a, this is a neurolinguistic programming idea, but you can anchor it with either a finger gesture or a hand move or something that's unusual that you don't use normally, maybe even tugging you on your ear or something so that you can access that energy. The more you practice that the more instantly you can access it. So you could be in the middle of a, an argument if you've established this anchor then later on when you're in a place where you really yourself. So you wanna be there present for yourself and for the other, you can just, well, if you've used your earlobe, tug your earlobe and boom, you're there, you know, so that's the wonderful thing about energy is you can program it into your, neural pathway so that you actually have a tool that you can use later when you really need it.
So true. I mean, like the example I gave a, of the red shoes, instead of it being the association or the connection between your thinking and your energy of, if things go badly or poorly when I wear these red shoes, it can be, man. When I wear these red shoes, I feel so empowered. Like I am in my thing, I am doing my thing.
Gonna put on my power shoes.
Exactly. And the more you do it, the more you program it until it's amazing. Yeah. You put those shoes on or that, that dress or you hold that necklace or you, you hold those rocks. Those are what we're doing. When we, we wanna have our crystals around us or our necklaces, or right. They empower us and we believe in them. And so we create an experience.
Yeah. So you can do that with just a part, you know, you may not always have your crystals with you. Right. Does that mean you're devoid of power? No. I mean, you, you, you can access it. This is easy, you could imagine your crystals, and that would probably do, or your red shoes. Right? Sure. But the key thing is to realize you do have some control over your energy, and it is, as you said, it's your thoughts. And being able to manage your thoughts in the direction, you want towards what you wanna create, what do you prefer to happen? It's not about denial or anything. It's about owning that you, you aren't subject to all these default whims. You can in fact change how you respond. It's about responding instead of reacting. And I think that's one of the true benefits of being able to manage your energy.
I love your practicality in this conversation so, so much and it's so true. We do have the ability, to manage a lot. If the more we understand ourselves as human beings, the more empowered we can become about our navigating through life's inevitable ups and downs. And it's a funny thing. We all begin right. Where we are. And you mentioned this at the beginning of our conversation about just accepting where you are. And even though it might be a difficult place, it's okay to be there. It's okay to be there. And that's where the journey begins, right? Is this place of acceptance of where we are, who we are, and what it is we've learned and experienced thus far. And then realizing we do have the ability and the empowerment to take it any direction we choose to from that moment forward. It's a funny thing with Gus. It's not gonna allow us to go forward until we accept where we are.
You start. I mean, where else can you start?
Exactly. It's like, no, no, no, you gotta see where you are before we can go anywhere. So we'll just hang out here until you can do that. Oh, Gail, it's been such a wonderful conversation. Do we wanna, we wanna take some takeaways. Do we have a few seconds where we can wrap this up what are your biggest takeaways from the conversation today? The three of us, like, let's all throw one in the hat, in the ring, shall we say in the hat, in the ring? However,
we wanna go there? Gosh, I think for me, it's, it's realizing how empowering this conversation can be for you, right? Whether we wanna dismiss it or deny it or not, we are all very emotional, energetic beings. And sometimes our thinking can cause us to believe that there is no reality there when indeed there is, and we feel it and we, it's invisible, but I would say, so is oxygen. And a lot of other things that we don't see and yet have a tremendous impact on our lives. So, you know, if you're skeptical that's okay. Just, just give our conversation a possibility today. That would be my takeaway.
Yeah. And I would say we have a friend and mentor Trevor Blake, and he always reminds us, you know, this is a physicist. So talk about someone that understands energy. Energy can never be destroyed. It can simply, it's simply transformed. And Gail has given us some incredible practical ways to transform this energy, because like you say, believe it or not, believe it. I mean, that's what we're made of. I mean, and it's, I find it interesting. We all have people in our lives that we just have this sense, right. That they're easy to be around. So I would assert that that's because their energy field is in a good place. Right. They're managing their energy. And then their field is in a way of a very very warm and loving place for us.
Yeah. And they may not be consciously managing their field. Maybe they've learned it. You know, just through childhood or whatever, but whatever it is, their energy feels good to us. And that's, that's the key. It feels like us, you know, more in alignment with us and, although somebody else might not feel the same way with them. We do. And that's all that matters in our relationship with them. So, yeah.
So what's your favorite takeaway, Gail?
I really gosh, I think it was really helpful for me to hear from Staci talking about that she's had clients with similar experiences and her own experiences really helpful for me, you know, to realize, you know, this is a human experience that, and ultimately it's for our good, it ultimately feels terrible at the time. Right. But ultimately it's bringing us forward in our life, you know, growing us. And, and I love, I love that the energy is, is really it's about our power. It is who we are. So if we're not using it, we're not using our power. It, that we're not being who we are and to our fullest. And I think most people would prefer to have harmony and would prefer to have be in loving relationships and prefer to see their kids succeed and all that stuff. And all the other stuff is kind of static going on in the way. But if we're able to, to go into that place of what our longing is, and then change our behavior to match what we're actually longing to create in, in our world then that's, that's truly owning your life.
I feel inspired to just throw this one last thought out there, and I know that we are out of time, but I feel like it's important. One of the things that can trip us up. And I remember thinking this myself is that if I follow my intuition and why do bad things happen? And I wanna say to that answer what I've discovered for myself and, and the many beautiful human souls that I have had the privilege and honor of working with is that sometimes we need to create a bit of a mess to help us slow down enough, to connect with who it is truly are. And there is nothing that does that better than pain. And we have this idea, which is an illusion that if I follow my intuition, everything is supposed to work out fine. No, that is not the truth. Sometimes we create bigger messes. I want you to think about it like renovating a house, right? When you go, okay, there's a lot of stuff in here. That's gotta be changed. This is not working for me anymore. We create a huge mess right before we turn it into something magnificent again. And that is so true with our emotions and our intuition and our energy bodies as well.
Gail share with us where people can learn more about you and your wonderful body of work.
Oh, awesome. Yes. I have a website called energyisreal.com. And if they go to the website, they can sign up for a newsletter and they can get a free preview of the, I have a book. Energy is real, which provides all these exercises more like a handbook for managing your energy. All right. So I'm an engineer, that's the kinda thing I write. How to do stuff. And so, the first chapter introduces you to the world of energy and provides six exercises for starting to open your own energy awareness and starting to explore that. And there are fun things that you can do with a partner and with your kids and that sort of thing. It's fun. And so there's, if you send it for the newsletter, you can get that preview of the book, and right away you can start exploring your own energy. So those exercises are given a giveaway with that. And plus there's some audio recordings for each exercise so that you can just follow along, according to the recording that's available, under the free resources tab on the website.
Awesome. Yeah. Gail, thank you so much for being here with us in the Love Shack. I'm sure we'll have you back and we'll have more conversations along this track. What we're gonna do for our listeners right now is we're gonna kind of let you breathe and settle into some of the things that we've talked about here. We're gonna take a quick break and we're gonna come back for our follow the fun segment right here in the love shack. We'll be right back.
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Welcome back inside the love shack. Wow, that was awesome with Gail. Gail, thank you again for being with us. So now we're going to follow a little follow some fun let's take a breath. Let's slow down because fun novelty is an incredible part of our relationships that we like to dismiss often.
In fact, relationships ships are an act of creativity and we can choose to recreate them as often as possible. Or we become stuck in something old, boring, and inadequate over time. That's just the reality of our energy.
That's a real compelling feature there. Yeah, exactly.
Hey, so today's follow the fun is romancing the stone. For those of us who are old enough to remember that movie with Michael Douglas. It's kind of a play on that a little bit, but here's the thing I'm gonna ask you to gather up and purchase some and or purchase some stones. And I need you to find some stones that are big enough to write on and gather 'em up in a little bag or a little basket, whatever you have available to you. And I want you to use a permanent marker and I want you to write words of love and appreciation for your person on those stones. And then as you're having dinner, just go ahead and encourage 'em to sort through that bag or that little basket that you've created for them. And they're gonna pull 'em out by one and they're gonna, they're gonna hear or read things like, Hey, maybe as simple, I love you or Hey, you know what? I think you're my hunk. I love the way you look and you always turn me on or Hey, I appreciate always being there or Hey, you know what, for me, you've made my dreams come true. I so appreciate that. And as we start to talk about these things and relive these things, while you're having dinner over these rocks, you can elaborate on that a little bit. If you want to, I wrote this and it reminds me of, and there's a whole conversation in there, but then here's the really cool part. We can take those stones and we can lay 'em around our house and we can lay 'em in our yards and in our gardens. And when we see them, it's kind of like that thing we were talking about in our conversation with Gail just a few minutes ago, there are triggers of memory about how much you care, because the number one thing we do in our relationships, especially when we get frustrated or we're starting to doubt ourselves, or we're starting to question whether this relationship, my person matters is we forget, we care. We forget, we care that that's why we get spun up. That's why we get angry. That's why we get frustrated that I care about you. And so these stones remind us, oh yeah, that's right. I really do care. I have some positive memories or experiences or emotions in this. The relationship's gonna be okay. And so we can plant them around to be those little reminders and the really cool thing is they're gonna outlive us, right? So they're gonna be around for 10, or 20 years. So this is a way that we can like set and create these little reminders around the house, which really it does create a romance of the stone. And I also wanna say for those of you who are going, oh yeah, this is so way outside of my wheelhouse. <Laugh> all right. Well, that might be a sign that maybe it's time to get some help because we all deserve to have moments like this. In fact, these are the moments that we long for in our relationships. And you don't find that they're available in your relationship. Well, there's your sign that you probably need some help and support with the emotional aspects of your relationship, the good stuff, the juicy stuff.
I can't overemphasize that. And if that, or the following the fun is when you check out of our listening to us, that's cool. But you know, I would challenge you then rather checking out and say, oh, that's not possible for me. Or maybe I need to find another person to be my partner. That's typically where most of us go, that's true. How about, how could that be possible? And this is where Staci and I, where we work strategically with our clients, you know, and we do that through one-on-one sessions, through our signature courses, which our relationship rescue and love for our lifetime. What we always you'll always hear us say is don't wait. We all have these intuitive hunches. We just got off with Gail. We have these energetic responses. We need to listen to them rather than the discard them use them as the gift that they are and have us recalibrate. And most of us, in my experience is can't do it on our own. Otherwise, we would have already done that. So reach out to us. This is where we have very, very unique frameworks. We hear this all the time from clients that have worked with all different types of practitioners. There are all types of great people out there, but like, gosh, why don't, why have I not learned this before? So reach out to us. This is how we can really, they move the needle, bring some novelty, bring some play, bring some fun back into your life again. And your most important relationships.
So romance that stone baby, get it done. And if you're not already on our fun list, get on our fun list because we give away prizes, which are coming up next week. We also send out some fun tips and tricks every week about how, you can improve your relationship from the play and novelty side. And soon coming is some products that will help you do just that.
And soon coming is our new emotional weightlifting gym. What the heck is that? It's all, Staci talks all about in her book. So grab the book and you'll get a little bit of a feel for that.
Yes. Well, long story short is a place where we get to come and practice a lot of the things that we need to learn and understand. But there's the understanding, the thinking part of it that we talked about today, and there's also the practice and implementation part of it. And those are two very different places. And if you don't believe me, just remember, you know, like learning how to drive a car, there's the learning, right? The driver's ed manual. And then there's the actual driving of the car. Those are two very different things. And so we need a place to practice. So as we land this episode, you know, we always give you a song because it helps us to feel, it helps us to step into that. Oh my gosh. Talk about, that's why we, of music as the international language, right? The universal language, not international, is the universal language. I love music. And so I share these with you and we pick a song every week to inspire you. And today I chose one of my favorites to be Frank with you. If I ever need to like, feel in a good mood or let go, or just settle in to myself, I love to play this song by FKJ. And the song has simply titled a guy with a smile. And the words and the lyrics to the song are very much that. I mean, you've, we've pretty much covered it, you know, die with a smile. And I think that's such a great goal to like get to the end of your life and go, oh, I love this. So it's a place and a song that's gonna help you feel. So thank you so much for Gail being here as a guest on our show today and for spending some time with us inside of a love shack. And if this is an episode that has inspired you and you know, somebody in your sphere of influence who could use this information, please pass this along and thank you to all of those who have already done that. We look forward to being back here with you next week inside the love shack. Have a great week. We'll see you next time.
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Most of us are unaware of the power of our energy and especially about how it affects our relationships.
The truth is, our energy is always flowing and we expend a lot of it in our relationships. If we don't understand our own energy or the hidden energy interactions that happen between us and our partners, it can be hard to understand why we have a hard time maintaining the health of our relationships.
In this week's episode of Love Shack Live, Gail Behrend is joining us to discuss how we can harness the power of energy in our relationships to create stronger connections and improve our overall relationship health. Whether you are looking for ways to maintain healthy boundaries with your partner or struggling to communicate effectively, this episode will offer valuable insights and strategies for creating healthier relationships.
Gail Behrend has been an energy healer for 25 years and is joining us to share her insights on how our energy has a huge impact on our lives. She has a fantastic story of how she went from being an engineer and total skeptic to a seeker of wisdom and truth in the energy world. Gail will provide tips on how to become more aware of your own energy and how to use it to create positive change in your relationships. This show will be a great resource for anyone interested in understanding the hidden dynamics at work in their interactions with others.
By the end of this episode, you will know how to use your energy to improve your relationship health. You will have practical tips and tools that you can use to create more positive relationships in your life.
Gail Christel Behrend is an engineer, author, speaker, and energy healer. Midway through a successful 20-year engineering career, she experienced a spontaneous spiritual opening that changed her life, transforming her from skeptic to seeker.
Her spiritual journey eventually led her to explore human energy and alternative healing as a side vocation. She is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing (BBSH) in Florida and has been an energy practitioner in Vancouver, Canada for over 25 years.
In addition to her corporate training development business, she also offers public workshops on energy and is a certified Infinite Possibilities trainer based on the bestselling book "Infinite Possibilities – The Art of Living Your Dreams" by Mike Dooley.
Gail is passionate about teaching people about our subtle energy nature and empowering them to own their energy so that they can truly own their lives. She lives and works in Vancouver with her husband, two children, and many animals.
In this episode, we're covering several key topics about harnessing the power of your energy to improve your relationship health, including:
- What exactly is personal energy?
- Why is energy awareness important?
- Is there any scientific proof that subtle energy is real?
- How does energy awareness relate to emotional intelligence?
- What are some ways energy affects my relationship?
Join us this week in the Love Shack and start using your energy to improve your relationship health today!
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