Sometimes though, you do things just because you have gotten into the habit of doing them. They might have started in response to a natural energy flow—like stopping for a cup of coffee when you were tired. The first time, you enjoyed the coffee and felt re-energized and went on about your day.
The next day, instead of stopping because you were tired, you saw the coffee shop, remembered the pleasant visit the day before, and stopped again. Soon you, like Anita, were stopping there every day and it no longer had any connection to your own energy flow. You barely noticed the activity.
Anita was surprised when she realized how much time and money she was using for a daily coffee break that had no real value to her. She recognized that she was responding to advertising (outside energy) that promoted the idea that she deserved a small luxury that would make her feel happy.
Once she realized that she was doing what was being programmed instead of noticing what her own energy prompted her to do, she decided to take a break only when she noticed that she really wanted to. She started enjoying her occasional coffee shop visits again.
It is worth noticing how many things you do are a result of responding to energy that intrudes into your personal space. You may turn to an electronic screen because of a signal you allow without considering how it may affect you. You may automatically pour yourself a glass of wine as soon as you get home, whether or not you really want it.
Sometimes the free flow of your energy is interrupted when you encounter a trigger, something activates frozen energy left over from a difficult situation from your past. Perhaps you overhear an annoyed parent speaking harshly to a child and you feel uncomfortable.
You may react by doing something to avoid your discomfort like getting angry at your companion for some small transgression or smoking a cigarette. If you learn to notice this reaction and use your discomfort as signal, though, you might remember what triggered this reaction: the sound of your father yelling at you. Then you can use the Logosynthesis sentences to release the energy frozen in that experience and reclaim it for your use now.
Noticing the experiences where your flowing energy is not guiding your actions is an important step toward noticing what really does allow you to enjoy the experience of having enough of what you want when you want it.
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