Energy shortage and chronic fatigue

The world is clambering for cheap sources of energy. We war over sources of energy and exist in disharmony as a planet. People consume cheap sources of energy in the form of processed food. This is the kind of energy that doesn’t sustain us. When we choose a cheap energy source, parts of the body compete with other parts for the substandard energy and it starts to degrade. What we do as a planet and as individuals, mirrors each other. What we face with energy individually is what we face collectively. Energy is expensive and some people can’t afford to heat their home, put gas in their car, eat organic food or the best supplements. We have our opinions about the best source of energy that runs the planet and that runs the body; diet. We are locked into old habits with respect to energy.

How can I help you? I see the larger system you are in — to understand the justifiable reasons of why you are experiencing low energy. I want you to know your problem is not unique and that it’s not your fault. I have compassion, because your low energy is a collective issue. In the context of the world and of the culture, we are dealing with this issue of not enough energy. You are working a 40 hour week at a job you probably don’t enjoy, trying to find energy in a world that is unbalanced, uncertain and unsupportive of finding renewable or sustainable energy. The world is not there to support you in rest and renewal. Our culture teaches us if you have fatigue, drink coffee or consume some other form of stimulant and just keep pushing forward. This doesn’t work for the long term. In fact, long term it produces the opposite effect.

Caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar and medications are powerful substances and we need to respect them. If these things were invented today, and they had to go through the FDA, they would be approved as “drugs”. They are that powerful. There are substances that can very strongly move the body in a certain direction. I would include herbs in this category as well. Anything that has power requires knowledge and respect. A gun, fire and a chain saw are powerful tools and you need to know what you are doing with them, and proceed wisely. Otherwise, they can do a lot of irreversible damage. Powerful substances can benefit you if you need them short term, like medications during physical trauma. However, the dose makes the poison. Anybody can consume as much of these substances as they want, but the substances they are consuming can be causing or influencing their unwanted symptoms, or habits. These substances cause the body not to absorb nutrients and also excrete the nutrients in storage, causing greater deficiency. The cells of the body are starving for nutrition, and deficiency causes them to not be able to produce energy. If they are complaining of mood issues and low energy, insomnia and fatigue, and that’s causing them to down energy drinks, then consider how that may contribute to the unwanted symptoms.

Caffeine causes the adrenal glands to produce more cortisol, which increases stress response. This produces a perceived increase in energy, though temporary, but it is a false sense of energy because what is actually activated is the survival - fight or flight response. Fear is an excellent source of energy for 2-4 minutes during the classic fight or flight stress response when you are fighting with or trying to escape an enemy. However, to run on stress and fear, as so many humans do, it has a profound cost on our physiology. This also skews time perception and so it feels like we are running out of time, keeping us in a continual chronic low level stress response. People are fatigued. We expend a lot more energy than we have, which keeps us drained. We live as if we don’t have enough time. We are in fear and that is an energy drain. The body is not designed to run on the energy produced by fear and stress. On a continual basis, this method of operating further exhausts the adrenals and ages us faster. This is the absolute opposite thing we want to have happen and why
this strategy doesn’t work long term.

So, when someone says, “I want more energy,” it is because they have had every kind of test and the doctors find nothing wrong. Clearly their diagnosis is limited by science. When doctors can’t find a chemical or biological cause for low energy within the body, it’s because that’s not where the problem is. They are left to figure it out themselves, so they drink caffeine and energy drinks trying to push the body to create more energy, but energy can’t be created. Instead, it pushes the biological machine too hard and sucks energy out of the cells and central nervous system, and expending it more — at a cost. They feel their life force or their battery literally draining. When they ask, “How do I have more energy”, it implies that a substance or thing from the outside (pill, drink, super food) is needed to have more energy. The caffeinated definition of energy is very limited. Many people drink caffeine or take this pill and then run around like crazy or they can work very hard for hours. That is a limited strategy.

What we resist, persists. What we fight, we give our power (life force) to. If you fight fatigue, you will tire of it. To get different results, you must think and act differently. I want to help you stop fighting, over-riding it and resisting your fatigue. Make fatigue your teacher. Chronic fatigue is a necessary symptom, Divine message, a whispering from body wisdom. Fatigue is body wisdom taking over, and forcing us to stop and listen to it. Yes, you can fight it and medicate it, looking at it only as a medical issue. We do have to address it on the physical, medical level, but equally important is the personal, emotional and soul level. Fatigue deepens us. It asks us to be still and then do a life review (What’s up and am I on the right path?) and course correct. Does my chosen work, where I live, the people I associate with, what and how I eat, how I process emotions, the lifestyle I am living - work for me? Fatigue is asking us to find deeper purpose and meaning. I want you to welcome fatigue, listen to it, linger with it, honor it, give it lots of room, explore and be curious. You will not get the answers over night. This is a powerful tool and a way of being that is in alignment with universal law, and God. When you use this approach, it will get you where you want to go.

The nature of energy: Energy is illusive. You can talk about the flow of electricity, but you can’t actually visually see it. You can see the effects of energy and the traces it leaves, but pure energy cannot be contained, created or destroyed. It can only change form. This is one of the laws of thermodynamics. Matter becomes light when it is converted to energy. A piece of wood in a fireplace will combust into light. At the cellular level, when you metabolize and assimilate food, the molecules of digestion get into the mitochondria of cells and they break those down into energy. If we could see this process, we would see little bursts of light, where matter explodes and combusts into energy. It takes a massive amount of energy to create a little bit of matter. On the biological level, it takes a lot of energy to build a little bit of muscle or for repairing tissues, which is healing. The body can’t heal when it is in stress, which excretes nutrients needed as fuel for cellular energy, growth and repair. The body can only heal when it is in relaxation physiology, which is also associated with having energy in reserve. But, I am getting ahead of myself.

Energy is the completely subjective experience of the life force within us that’s available for self expression. When you are dealing with energy in the human body, you are dealing with invisibles. Emotional / soul factors, along with mind-body nutrition factors are a profoundly unnoticed, undiagnosed source of potential energy enhancers or detractors. Thought influences how we feel and our deliverable sense of energy. Sources of energy are love, inspiration, trust, communication, feeling your feelings, properly processing emotions in a way that serves us, speaking the truth, intimacy, relationships, purpose, the meaning in life, intellectual stimulation, connection to others and to God/spirituality, discovery, going on our journey with a positive outlook, grounding with the earth, pleasure, commitment, honesty, personal power and connection to a greater purpose gives us energy and all powerfully impact our energy reserves or fill our tank. All of that can literally condense in the human body into the kind of chemistry that generates our energy to do things. These are more sustainable kinds of energy than you will get from an energy drink. Remember when you were depressed and you had a good cry, and you felt more energy; life force within you. Perhaps you were able to share and get something off of your chest, and you felt more empowered. Remember when you had a revelation about yourself and you felt energy move inside yourself, and it was liberating. Energy can mean inspiration or the life force that wants to be here. The more you include the deeper sources of energy, and pull from those, the more you can experience continuous and endless energy. It is also the kind of energy that heals. I want to explore with you what supports the experience of energy in you as opposed to, “How do I get more energy?” You will tune in to body wisdom, listen to the symptom of fatigue and discover what drains and what gives you energy, besides substances. There are more possibilities when we approach the experience of energy with “support”. The best strategy is to learn to eliminate those practices that leak out and waste your energy, efficiently use the energy you have and tap into your unique sources of energy. What rejuvenates me is different from what fills up your tank.

The journey of not having enough energy needs to be honored and respected. The journey of fatigue is not a fun feeling - to not have energy, because it almost feels like death. That grabs us at a deep place, which gives us the opportunity to look deeper, and there we find more resources. We make more discoveries than if we are just scratching around on the surface. Working on the surface limits our choices. When we dig into the many dimensions of a person, something happens. Working in these realms, I can help you have powerful break-throughs in your energy and liberate the powerful sources of energy inside you. Are you aware of and pulling from those unique sources of energy? It is my job to notice how you present in terms of your energy and help you learn to better manage the energy you have, so you aren’t wasting or leaking energy. I help you navigate your challenge, so you can move through it. Helping you find where you leak energy and areas where you can discover more energy is a treasure hunt. I approach it with that perspective. I look for clues and dig here and there. It’s going to take some time. I notice, really listen, watch and respect your journey.

Energy and fatigue levels in my clients are a collection of nutritional and biological factors, in addition to emotional and soul factors. Neither of these are necessarily the more important one, though one may be slightly more predominant. Assume that your low energy, no matter what the biological or nutritional cause, always has a lesson for the soul hidden within it that life is asking us to be attentive to. That which happens to us on a metabolic, physical or nutritional level is not simply on that level. Everything is connected and what affects the mind affects the body, and visa versa. Looking at it from other perspectives helps us to grow and evolve. It makes life more interesting.

Most humans already have all the energy they need. The secret is for them to notice how they drain their energy and learn to manage the energy they have - better. It’s like your paycheck. You only get so much money or “currency” (i.e. electrical current is energy). You need to manage the currency or energy you have in the most efficient way. When you run out before all your obligations are fulfilled, you are bankrupt. The same is true of the energy in the body. When you run out of energy before the end of the day, you are energetically bankrupt.

So much of our energy level, whether its high or low, is because of the little things. Food sensitivities will crash your energy. When you take one bite more than the amount of food in a meal that energizes, your energy drops. Certain thoughts will drain your energy. Certain people and situations will be very draining. Certain people and situations, experiences, music elevate our energy as well. Lets look for ways to become sensitive to the subtleties of energy. People who eat junk food or processed food (same thing) will have more energy when they start eating whole food that is prepared to preserve nutrients and consume it in a way that optimizes digestion and assimilation. Then, when you’ve mastered better energy management, you will build up a reserve. You will have optimal energy for the tasks of the day and some left over at the end of the day. That energy will be available for healing. Remember, healing takes a lot of energy.

Look for and be open to the higher wisdom that is attached to fatigue. Any time we lose energy, it’s forced vacation, forced self reflection, slow down, meditation. Otherwise, we just keep going, not noticing or connecting with that which is deep inside of us. We don’t see how we are not following our souls compass. God’s intelligence is way bigger than our intelligence, and as such, He will course correct us. Our ailments are a course correction. Whenever we change direction there is a stopping point or moment when we slow down. Fatigue is that moment of introspection. Which way do I need to go? Where is life calling me? What do I need to awaken to? What am I being blind or asleep to? How am I being asked to grow, transform, learn or evolve? How am I being asked to see myself and look at that part of me that is not so comfortable to look at? My goal is not to get rid of your fatigue, but to help you own and embrace it. Then you will get you energy back. When you own and embrace fatigue, you will cause it to resolve. Sometimes going from doctor to doctor and getting a bunch of tests is part of the journey and an exercise in owning your ailment. Ailments will cause you to open up your mind to what heals, when the medical profession tells you there’s nothing wrong with you, and you are forced to consider other options, only to discover that what they are doing (substance abuse, Rx, diet, lifestyle) isn’t serving you causing your ailment. For so many people, that’s the lesson they are here to learn. They open up their minds to what impacts them and what heals them, because humans tend to get very closed and narrow minded, thinking they know everything. People will exist on a terrible diet for years and make fun of people who eat healthy, because for the moment, they feel healthy. Fatigue humbles us, and on some level asks us to go on a journey and discover. The journey of finding more energy is the remedy itself, because it causes us to enter unknown territory. The pot of gold isn’t found at the end of the journey, but pieces of gold are found along the way and accumulate with time, awareness and with discovery. People are looking for the magic cure in everything, but that’s not how life works, because then they miss the life lessons. Left in our own comfort zone, we stay in the “known”. Sometimes life pulls us out of our comfort zone and draws us to new places for the purpose of challenging, growing and evolving us. The fact that you have come to see me about your fatigue means your healing journey is important to you and you are serious about getting better. That act by itself can be part of the healing. I acknowledge and appreciate that in you. I am honored to be on this journey with you. Together we are going through unknown territory and some dangerous lands, like Lord of the Rings. That’s our life! These movies are metaphors for the archetype journey that we all go through. Each of us needs a traveling buddy. Someone who has already been where you want to go is an ideal traveling companion.

Well documented organic causes of fatigue include:
• viruses, parasites, bacteria, yeast infections
• all manner of poor diet
• all manner of nutritional deficiencies, esp. iron, B12, protein, EFA’s
• any type of pathology that’s happening with the heart, thyroid, liver, lungs, brain
• autoimmune disease
• mold
• internal bleeding
• poor sleep
• food allergies are a big one
• heavy metal toxicity
• other environmental toxins
• hormonal imbalances
• alcohol use
• recreational drug use
• Rx drug use
• stress
• lack of sun light
• depression
• anxiety
• genetic issues

You and I can work together to address most of these. Fatigue often times has many factors. All of the causes or contributing factors need to be identified to generate healing. Metabolic markers like nutritional status, plus the mind-body aspects like personal, emotional, cultural, lifestyle, stress, and soul factors will be addressed and free you from the bondage of fatigue.