Using Energy Healing in Coaching: Facilitating Sustainable Behavioural Changes
We all know that feeling when we wished we had help at hand to ease the pressure. Our lives have become so demanding that coping with all aspects inevitably result in a significant wear and tear. What is important is that this abrasion is felt not just by our physical bodies but also by our emotional and spiritual bodies. In a world that promises instant energy from a drink or relaxation through a vibrating chair, one tends to forget to revive the inner self. With maximum focus on our physical, material lives, there isn’t enough that we do to nurture our emotional and spiritual bodies.
What Is Energy Healing and Why Is It Necessary?
Energy healing or reiki is an ancient Japanese technique that promotes holistic healing by balancing the energy deficit in the body, mind, and spirit. Our physical being is surrounded by auras or energy fields that extend up to about an arm’s length all around. While a healthy aura allows enhanced awareness of the self, an unhealthy or depleted aura indicates pain, fear, or low self-esteem. Because our auras extend beyond our physical self, they interact with other auras and often take on their energies. Being with people when lonely or going for a walk are more than mere life hacks we practice; there is definitely much more than what meets the eye.
Our daily ups and downs have a lot to do with the spaces we occupy and the people we interact with. Our moods, energy levels, and efficiency, are to a large extent dependent on our surroundings and for us to be able to function efficiently we must learn to deflect negative energies. Reiki or energy healing is a light-touch therapy that uses symbols to beam positive energy in to the body. Once channelled, this energy knows where to go and what kind of healing it must bring about. Our professional life, too, needs healing from time to time and using reiki or energy healing as a modality, coaching both on a personal and professional level can help individuals enhance their productivity.
Understanding Coaching and Sustainable Behavioural Changes
Coaching, essentially, is about understanding all aspects of your life—personal, professional, even those ambition and drives that have been sidelined. Who we are and what we do is only one side of our multifaceted existence and with coaching, awareness, more than anything else, is emphasized. Since our physical health is directly related to our emotional and spiritual health, things that cause us pain and stress have an immediate impact on our bodies.
What Can Coaching Do?
Sometimes all we need is a different perspective and who better than a life coach to walk us through this? A coach can help us chart the following course:
- Identify the things that matter and set up goals.
- Articulate thoughts, emotions, and feelings; the aim will be to establish a strong connect with all these.
- Recognize the roadblocks and the emotions that are keeping you from expressing yourself freely, thus affecting your overall health
- Weed out negative beliefs that do not serve you in any way and focus on improving attitudes while dealing with challenges
- Create mechanisms and self-created support systems to rely on in times of difficulty
- Create accountability and strategies that can allow you to map your progress.
No long-term effect can be seen if one isn’t constantly working at it. Similarly, no goal can be achieved without the right attitude and the necessary action points. In this cyclical model, while everything hinges on the right attitude, belief system, thoughts, and energy, for it to be effective it needs to be long lasting. In other words, our behaviour and attitude need to undergo transformations that are sustainable. While nothing happens overnight and Rome, clearly, was not built in a day, for our behaviour to reflect change—an equally formidable task—we must truly be committed to it.
Manifesting Sustainable Behavioural Change
Simply saying this will not mean anything. For something as difficult as behaviour to change, it must first happen in the mind. Here is how:
- Deep commitment to the goals; nothing will move us as much as a deeply felt goal.
- Change must be visualized in a particular context; it should not appear random. For example, if the goal is to be healthy, taking a gym membership for 6 months is meaningless. The self must first be made aware of the ‘why’ and ‘how’.
- Benchmarking desirable behaviour is one of the ways in which long-term change can be induced.
- Paying close attention to life-changing moments can help in transitioning to a new behaviour. Studies have shown how understanding the full impact of such moments can create a lasting impression.
- Looking beyond the 21-day rule, or doing something 66 times for it to become a habit, is recommended. Since no one knows how long it takes for habits to form (some we form instantly like people tasting coffee for the first time), let the mind be your guide in deciding to chart out a plan and then executing it will full commitment.
Everything requires time, dedication, and effort. The self is a highly reliable mechanism that will serve us well provided we listen to it. With the right guidance and attitude, change is sure to be effective and sustainable.