Sometimes [always] when I’m in an altered state or trance and doing a reading for someone, I use phrases or terms that I haven’t heard before but they feel right. They’re a perfect description of what I’m trying to express.
The other day I used the term “running light” with a dear friend. Later, she asked me about it.
Running light is the practice of moving life energy. In this context I see it as what Chinese medicine refers to as Qi [Chi], or Prana in Vedic texts.
Looking at the movement of energy from a broader view, I have to describe or give words to what I’m seeing. I would describe “Light” as an unobstructed, energetic flow that follows intention. It feels like life in motion.
So often times the remedy to an ailment or problem, from that perspective, is allowing that energetic flow to penetrate areas of stagnation or darkness. (Darkness in this context refers to areas where attention isn’t flowing in a constructive way.)
I absolutely love “running light”. And it seems to find its way into almost every reading that I do, described in one way or another.
The first time I really saw that life energy was in Kirtan. I could see it rise and fall, move around the room, take on different colors and frequencies.
You can see it too, or at least feel it. When you look at someone and they seem really vibrant and happy, or when someone seems to feel far away even if they’re right in front of you. You’re feeling how much life energy they’re flowing at that moment. You feel it in yourself when you’re energetic and excited and you feel the lack of it when you’re sluggish or feeling down.
To ‘run light’ or stimulate the flow of life energy, I start by closing my eyes. It’s best to start by doing this laying down or seated. Especially if you haven’t tried it before.
I close my eyes and relax. I think of something uplifting, like the way my cats look when they’re sleeping. Find something really easy to feel good about, something simple. Smile if you feel compelled to.
Relax your body, from head to toe…and then back up again. When you’re feeling GOOD, look with your eyes closed. You can see shades of black and gray, maybe some remnants of light drifting through your closed eyelids. Notice the vastness of what you see with your eyes closed. There are no walls or edges or boundaries, just space.
What seem like nonsensical words are really just leading you to a space of peace, a further state of relaxation. Away from the part of your mind that tries to make concrete sense of everything.
Did you get there? Even for a moment? The space between thoughts. You’ll want to become familiar with that quiet, peaceful place. Regular meditation helps awaken and amplify that space for you.
Now, feeling GOOD and relaxed and not so attached to concrete thought, feel your body. Not with your hands – with your mind. Feel its presence. Feel how the boundaries of your body are more fuzzy when your eyes are closed.
Feel how it vibrates with life. When I close my eyes and tune into my body, I feel Energetic Movement. Like my whole body is busy doing things. And it is! I find it fascinating that tuning into your body can help you relax when you want to relax, and can help you get really revved up and energetic if that’s your intention.
Having drifted a little further away from concrete thinking, begin to imagine a white, or yellowish gold light around your body. It does not matter whether you feel like you’re “making it up”. Go ahead and make it up. Imagine. What would a warm, glowing light look like around your body?
Imagine it like a sun ray diffused through a sheer window curtain. Take some time to just play around with this idea of seeing light energy. Shape it how you want to. Shape it in a way that feels GOOD.
Get to know your description of that light. What is looks like, what it feels like, maybe even if it has a sound or smell associated with it.
Scan your body and feel if some areas feel more “awake” than others. Don’t worry about being right or wrong. Don’t think too hard about the question. Just ask it and relax. Notice what you notice.
As you continue to engage in these types of practices, you tune yourself to the well-being of your larger body. You develop a sense about yourself that is just beyond the five senses.
Getting attuned to this sense, it’s easier and more rewarding to play with energy. It’s important to be sensitive, to listen, to focus. There is an important balance between taking something seriously [applying specific and dedicated focus and attention] and being light-hearted and easy. Never getting dogmatic. Never sacrificing peace or well-being. Always relieving tension with laughter.
I go into any practice with Intention. It varies slightly, but always begins the same, and with the same core. To connect with the highest, the most loving, the most full of light. Understanding that it’s up to me to reach for the highest and what I experience is always a reflection of how high I was able to reach.
My intention always includes the highest well-being and benefit to all involved. And with intentions set, I tap into that energy that looks like Light and feels like Life. I let myself vibrate along with it, syncing up with its frequency [how it feels]. It should always feel so good. So lovely. So warm and uplifting.
I flow that energy over my body, into areas that feel like they need upliftment. Into areas of my life that I would like more clarity. I think about people that I care about, or just anyone that pops into my head and I imagine them smiling and laughing. I imagine them immersed in light and feeling really GOOD.
This, generally speaking, is Running Light.
What do you think? What are your experiences with moving life energy / life force?