Understanding How to Move and Manipulate Energy

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Alumnus Aimee Falchuk, MPH, M.Ed., ACCEP

Aimee was featured in Goop online magazine in the Spring of 2016. In this article Understanding How to Move and Manipulate Energy, Aimee provides perspectives of energy and consciousness and the many ways we can understand this experience in our body, mind and spirit.

Here is an excerpt and her helpful tips

“Helpful Tips in Getting to Know Your Energy System:

Note: This is a process of becoming aware. You can’t do it all at once so embody a spirit of curiosity and be willing to go slow.

  1. Thoughts are forms of energy. Become aware of your thinking. Start with your first thought of the day and go from there. Make a list. Notice your word choice and where your thinking feels fixed (this is how it is) or flexible (this is how it could be).
  2. Throughout the course of your day, just stop. Close your eyes. Go inward and feel into where you are. Do you feel present? What is the nature of your breath? Are you holding it? How do you feel in your body? Restricted? Relaxed? Tired and collapsed? Awake and alive?
  3. Move. Move your body. Different parts at a time. What happens when you move? Notice if any thoughts or feelings come up. Are there certain parts of your body that when energized by movement, stir something up in you? Do you feel you need to contain your energy or do you let yourself move?
  4. Make sound. By yourself, or with others, let your voice out. Energize your “yes” and “no.” Notice if one is easier than the other. Are you even willing to make noise? Just notice without judgment.
  5. Where are there forcing currents in your life? Where do you feel a relentless demand of yourself or another? Where are you forcing your will onto people or situations?
  6. What happens to your energy in the presence of others? Take note of your breath and your body. Do you expand or contract?
  7. Play with boundaries. Find a friend willing to explore energetic boundaries. Stand a certain distance from each other. As one of you steps towards the other, notice when you begin to feel their energy. See what happens to you as another’s energy enters your own energy field. Do you lose yourself at all? Do you feel less grounded? Do you feel you can use your voice and speak up and ask her or him to come closer or back away?
  8. Make a list of different feelings. Free associate with each feeling. What is your relationship to that feeling? What are your beliefs or images about those feelings? Where do you tend to feel those feelings, if at all, in your body?
  9. Where are you most comfortable meeting the world? Do you lead with reason (thinker), emotion (feeler), or will (doer)? If you lead with one, how do you feel about the others? What parts of your body do you meet the world with? Your head, heart, hands?
  10. Seek another’s experience of your energy and observe the energy of others. How do you feel in their presence? Are you invited in or kept at bay? Do you feel they hold back, hold in, hold up, collapse, or scatter their energy? Tune in and feel into it. Don’t figure it out, feel it out.”


Read the full article on GOOP here
Aimee Falchuk, MPH, M.Ed., ACCEP is based in Washington DC and in private practice. She is the Founder of the Falchuk Group. Aimee writes and lectures on the Pathwork and is a contributing writer for the wellness platform Goop.  Aimee’s paper, “Understanding the Core Energetics process” was published in the Journal of Dance Movement and Spirituality.
Aimee is a board member of Mental Health America and the Hadassah Foundation.