In the business workplace, the concept of employee engagement is an important topic. As my corporate clients reach out to me to discuss this, I have a secondary question in my mind: "Who is measuring the engagement and how?"
If you’re being evaluated by a boss on this attribute (or if you are a coach with clients who are evaluated), it’s important that you understand how the boss defines and measures engagement. Is your (or your client’s) boss looking for specific activities and/or volume of movement of things and/or style?
Engagement has a very discernible vibration. For example, a few people (really very few) can multitask and be fully engaged in the multiple tasks at the same time. However, for most people, multitasking scatters their energy making, it easy for others to be confused wether they are engaged in one task or another.
Telephone conference calls are ripe for multitasking because others do not have visual clues to additional activities. But those who are tuned in energetically will know when someone is shifting attention from the conversation to other things. I always know when my clients or friends are distracted. Sometimes I call attention to it ("Do you have to attend to something else?") and other times I do not.
To me, "engagement" means being involved, being present, caring. I’m sure that many other words can also help to define the word and/or concept. I don’t think there is only one dynamic or element. I think many dynamics work together.
So, I’ll tell you a story out of school … When I was very young, I learned the importance of "looking" engaged at school. My farther was a college professor so I had good training on that one. There were times that I was totally bored but looked engaged because I knew the body gestures and facial expressions. (I wanted to maintain my status as a favorite student.)
Most of the time, I really was interested in school subjects. A fascinating dynamic happened as a result of this occasional facade. I found that when I put out those "fully engaged" signals, I soon moved from thinking about other things to actually being fully engaged. Sometimes I tuned into the subject from a totally different perspective and learned at a deeper level.
So, in fact, I ended up being even more engaged, and differently engaged.
So, you can LOOK engaged or you can BE engaged. How engaged are YOU?
"Energy work" as been an integral part of my professional life for over 25 years. I’m not exactly sure when I first started using the phrase. My early influences were with Barbara Brennan, Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Chiropractors and massage therapists, Chinese medicine, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Gabriel Cousens, M.D., Richard Gerber, M.D., and others.
And there have been so many others since those early days. Energy work means so many different things to so many different people, and I won’t even attempt to give the definitive definition. I can only tell you what it means to me.
In a few words: "Energy Work" means working with subtle energies in non-invasive ways. I am able to perceive the energy field that underpins each person, place, thing, or idea. Sometimes the "work" is to notice the energy. Other times the "work" is to make an adjustment.
The REAL truth of how I learned about energy is this: I have learned primarily from my clients. Collectively, they are my greatest teachers. They ask me questions that I could not possibly know from ordinary reality, and so I access the energy field (the subtle energies) for the information.
That makes me look smart. But it is not so much a matter of intelligence (which I also have), but a matter of a finely-tuned skill. My perception makes use of all my physical senses, my sense of balance, my intuition, and my feelings.
Often, I believe more in my clients’ magnificence than they do themselves. So I hold a vision — I hold the energy — until they can step into it. It’s both natural and easy for me to see the maginfiicence, even while others are trying to convince me of their limitations or deficiencies.
Of course, you may have come to the idea of energy work from a totally different path. All paths are valid, enriching the whole area of understanding the power of subtle energies.
Years ago, I started writing a book, called the Symbolic Language of Energy. Some of my students of the MAP Energetics Process have read
it and encouraged me to return to it and publish it. Maybe. In the meantime, I make the knowledge available in my client sessions and my TeleSeminars. In the meantime, also, I am excited that so many others who have done energy work over this span of time have also been publishing.
I think that the language of energy is more potent that the language of words. Don’t get me wrong, I love words. I use them a lot! But I also know that the real way that we communicate and impact change is with subtle energies, including images, and waves of light, and sound vibration.
Far more in our world is invisible than visible to the physical eye. Energy work makes me more aware of our expansive and expanding world.
Jeanie Marshall is a Personal Development Consultant and Coach
and a QEC Level 1: Certified Practitioner
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Next month, on September 19, 2012, I will be presenting a Teleseminar, which I offer free.
The event is called Energy Work for Manifesting. I will be incorporating energy work techniques, some ideas about manifesting, and information that I think you will find valuable. It is what I like to call "mindful information," which is why I have named this blog as I have. I use a variety of meditative and visualization processes.
Ethical Statement: I give fully during the Energy Work processes I offer, without embedding any suggestions to make purchases while you are in a meditative state. I am not here to hypnotize you, but to support you to greater freedom.
I will offer incentives or discounts or bonuses, available only to those who are registered. An mp3 will be available only to registered participants within a few days following the live event.
Here is the full information. Registration is now available http://mindfulinformation.info
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At this time on our wonderful planet, everything is quickening. For me, it is the quickening of consciousness that is my particular focus, because just moving faster without being grounded and conscious creates a lot of frenetic energy.
I love to help people to be quickly on the path they most want to walk. In an emergency, it’s great to have some quick methods that instantly clear stuff. However, people rarely learn anything when someone else snaps his or her fingers to make a change for them.
We all need to have techniques that we can practice regularly — ways that are quick and effective. Most uncomfortable situations we find ourselves in we have created (consciously or unconsciously) over time. To be truly empowered, we need to learn new practices to create what we want that are natural replacements for the practices that created what we didn’t want or like.
In this context, "quick" has a double meaning. I mean that the energy work can create change quickly and that the practice of each technique is quick. There are many empowering practices that take longer and can also be valuable, like journaling, meditating, writing plans, and so many more that are also very effective.
Regardless of the time invested, most energetic techniques work best by repeatedly using them. There are exceptions, because more and more we are all accessing higher and higher levels of consciousness that do allow us to manifest in the twinkling of an eye. But do not be discouraged if you cannot manifest quickly … this time will come, if you practice now and regularly.
For example, recently I worked with a client who over-reacted when one of her colleagues asked her something. Her over-reaction resulted in some dissonance in the relationship. The interaction took place by email, one of the tools that facilitates both effective communication and equally as effective miscommunication.
My suggestion for her was simple, and quick. It’s also rather obvious, but the point is she hadn’t done it and I could read the energy well enough to know that it would have made a difference. My suggestion was: write the email and let it sit. The sitting does not need to be long, but some other activity that fully engaded her attention needed to be placed between the writing and the sending. And this activity needs to be free of ruminations about the situation.
The next step is to relax into a high intention (eg, promote understanding, be loving, open up communication) and imagine that she is reading the email as if she were the intended recipient. Edit, as needed, and send (or don’t send) or make a phone call if that is more in keeping with her intention). Even if she doesn’t change one word, her high-intention consciousness will be infused into the message.
Life is made up of little experiences like this. Standing all alone, it might seem rather insignificant. But always, we are creating our lives by our reactions to these little experiences.
After I made this suggestion to my client, she realized that she often over-reacts like that when she’s under stress. An additional reflection was that she spends more time cleaning up these messes than the time it would have taken her to do the suggested process.
I have a natural gift of being able to work with energy to clear energy fields and situations. I believe an even more important gift is to develop practical, accessible methods and to describe them so that individuals know how to change something in their lives.
I offer one-on-one sessions by telephone. Find information at Energy Work Sessions.
I regularly offer a free TeleSeminar. Registration is required and telephone charges may apply. Skype access is available.
Here is the full information for registration.
Many people have the belief that they are supposed to say "yes" to everything that comes their way. I personally think that can be very disempowering, as I’m a great believer in making choices consciously. By making up rules in advance, we are diminish our ability to discern.
To make a choice without knowing what you are choosing is not a wise approach. You cannot know everything. And you can make another choice later, so you are constantly making choices and changing directions.
How are questions asked?
Questions are being asked all the time, and in all different ways. Here’s an example … When an unpleasant image comes across a movie or television screen, do you say "yes" to it?
HINT: you are saying "yes (I want to see this image)" if you keep watching; you are saying "yes (I prefer to give my attention elsewhere)" if you change the channel or walk out of the theater.
Recently I began to watch a movie with a favorite actor which I had recorded. It seemed to be going down a path that would not be to my liking. After about two minutes, a gun came out and shot someone with effects in color. I deleted the movie. I said "yes" to taking other images and stories into my consciousness.
What is the question?
For the images that pass through the airwaves (radio, television, movies, Internet), the question to ask yourself is something like this, "Do I want this?" Or, "Do I want to watch this?" Or perhaps, "Is this pleasing to me?" The exact words don’t really matter, but these questions suggest the essence of what the particular media method is asking you, and you need to answer the question for yourself.
I like to say "A question well asked is half answered." So often when you take care with your language to ask a really good question, you get a more meaningful answer. Most well-formulated questions have more than a one-word answer.
However, in most of our comings and goings in life we are not faced with well-constructed questions that end with a question mark or an intonation that signals a question. Questions take all different forms.
When you give your attention to something, you ARE answering "yes." That is precisely what your attention means. Further subtext could be "More." Or "I’m interested." Or, "I’m listening/watching." Or, "I’m giving the gift of my energy."
When you give your attention to something, you say "yes" to it, welcoming the subject/object/thought into your energy field.
My encouragement is that you often ask yourself this very empowering question: What is the question?