Involvements with sociopaths are often called “toxic.” This is totally appropriate, because whether these predators engage in subtle manipulation and deceit that leaves you wondering what is “off,” or whether they inflict outright emotional, physical, financial and sexual abuse, your body, mind and spirit are flooded with toxins.
Sustained sociopathic exploitation drains you. Eventually, you can become so physically, emotionally and psychologically depleted that it becomes difficult to handle day-to-day life, let alone the drama of the sociopath.
But to escape and recover from the sociopath, you need your strength. How can you rebuild it? The techniques of energy medicine may help you.
Donna Eden and Energy Medicine
Donna Eden, the woman in the above video, is author of a book called Energy Medicine. She’s been practicing and teaching the techniques of energy medicine for more than 30 years. Here’s what she says in the introduction of her book:
Using the principles of energy medicine, you can optimize your body’s natural capacities to heal itself and to stay healthy. You can bring renewed stamina to a tired body, fresh vitality to a weary mind, and new bounce to a sagging spirit. You can manage your energies to more effectively meet stress, reduce anxiety, and free yourself of many ailments.
And, if you don’t have access to an energy medicine practitioner, or can’t afford one, you can employ many of the techniques yourself, for free.
The body as an energy system
Eden explains that along with a physical system, your body includes electrical, electromagnetic and more subtle energies that give your body its life force. This is not a new idea — components of the energy system include meridians, chakras and auras, which have been documented in Eastern healing traditions, such as acupuncture and yoga, for thousands of years.
Western medicine, however, has not included the study and use of energy medicine — until recently. The U.S. National Institutes of Health have defined five areas of complementary and alternative medicine:
- Mind-body medicine
- Biologically based practices
- Energy medicine
- Manipulative and body-based practices
- Whole medical systems
These approaches are becoming much more accepted by Western medical fields, and more and more health professionals are using energy medicine techniques.
The key to energy medicine is this: All physical and psychological maladies have an energetic component, and can be treated at the energic level.
Body built for a cave man
Our bodies have evolved over millennia. Most of those millennia, however, we spent as cave men and cave women, or in agrarian societies. In the 200 or so years since the Industrial Revolution, however, our environment and lifestyles have changed radically.
Our bodies have not evolved enough to deal with the changes.
So now you’re being bombarded by more pollutants, chemicals, electromagnetism and stress than you are designed to handle. This means your immune system is constantly on alert. Your fight-or-flight system is being triggered more than it should be (even if you’re not involved with a sociopath).
The result? You’re worn down and susceptible to illness.
Luckily, our recent evolution includes the ability to read, research and learn. Information is widely available. Therefore, you can learn to use energy medicine techniques to recover and/or promote your health.
So what are the techniques? Usually just pressing certain acupressure points on your body, passing your hands across your body in specific directions, or moving in specific ways.
Responding to stress
One energy medicine technique teaches your brain to respond to stress calmly.
Eden explains that the daily stresses of life can trigger an emergency response in the primitive parts of your brain. When this happens, 80 percent of the blood leaves your forebrain, stress chemicals pour into your bloodstream, and primitive stress response emotions sweep over you. When you really need to think, your perceptions are distorted and your cognitive abilities are gone.
If you’re suffering from post-traumatic stress, you experience this in the extreme.
Donna Eden suggests, while bringing a stressful memory to mind, pressing two neurovascular holding points on your forehead. This returns the blood to your forebrain and lifts you out of stress. If you work on this as an exercise, eventually your brain will be trained not to fall apart under stress, which can be very helpful when dealing with a sociopath.
In the video above, Donna Eden shares her “Daily Energy Routine.” It’s a great, easy start to shifting your body’s energies. Her book, Energy Medicine, explains how it works. The book also presents more exercises to help with everything from getting rid of headaches to calming your kids to overcoming despair.
Energy Medicine is not invasive, involves no drugs, and, if you do it yourself, it’s free. If your involvement with a sociopath has left you feeling paralyzed, the Daily Energy Routine may be a simple, gentle way to start moving forward. Look into it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.