Now that the busiest time of the year is over, many people find that they are tired and worn-out from all the hustle and bustle. It can be a wonderful time of year, and it can also leave you exhausted, just when everyone is talking about New Years Resolutions. Where is the energy going to come from to make all those changes?

In traditional cultures the winter is a time to be dormant - a time to be still and quite, so that we can go inward and nurture a deeper connection with our Spirits. Look at nature....the leaves have left the trees, the plants have died back, the cold and wet have driven the four legged creatures into burrows. With nature as a teacher, we see that winter is a time to regroup. It is not just doing less, this is a time of quite introspection to reconnect with our inner world. Doing less and watching more TV will not create the deeper connection with the inner wisdom inherent within this season. When we use this time to go deeper we are preparing to be refreshed and renewed to burst forth with new growth in the spring. When we are not in harmony with the cycles and rhythms of nature, life is a struggle and an up hill battle. We end up using more energy then necessary to accomplish our goals.

This is a time of dreaming, both for the dreams of sleep, and also the dreams that Spirit has for our lives. Taking time to deepen our relationship with our own Spirit will let your inner guidance prevail and give your life direction.

Are you letting other people influence you by telling you “what you should do” or “what you ought to do” ? If you are, you are losing valuable energy to those people. Is it difficult to find the time and energy for what is really important to you? Maybe that is because you are living your life please others instead of pleasing yourself.

Getting to know your own energy is essential in order to recognize your inner spiritual guidance. Having a conscious relationship with your energy allows you to recognize when someone is attempting to use your energy or when you are giving your authority away. Giving your authority away will leave you weakened and you will not have the power to create the life of your dreams or follow your heart's desire.

If you are making New Year's Resolutions, or a vision board , where is the energy going to come from to accomplish these new goals? Have you set these same goals for yourself other years? Often people fail at their attempts at these goals because they do not have the energy to accomplish them. Learning to manage your energy and having a clear intent to back up your commitment to your goals will result in your success.

You can only create what you have claimed within yourself. If you want to make more money, direct more of your energy toward making money. The energy is already there for you, learning to invest your energy into thoughts and feelings that give you a return on your investment, instead of putting yourself into energetic debt, will be reflected in your finances by having more money. If you want more love in your life replace your critical thoughts and attitudes with loving and positive ones.

One of the most basic aspects of managing your energy is developing the strength to direct your energy and being able to keep other people's energy out. Do you know what beliefs or attitudes make you vulnerable to letting other people use your energy or set you up to do something that you know is not in your best interest?
An example of this is when people who are not normally hostile will act out someone else's anger. No one can co-opt your energy like that, unless you have first given your authority away. You can learn to strengthen your energy so that you have more to invest, by doing things like meditating, spending time with nature, or even the smallest simplest thing that you choose to do just because it is something that you love. As you learn to do these things you will walk with more power and attract more of what you are wanting into your life.

Crystal Moon's spiritual path includes 30 years of meditation and 10 years as a student of a Native American shaman. She is a Reiki Master, has an MA in psychology and has been a psychotherapist for over 20 years. Currently, Crystal Moon is a personal success and development coach, in Stone Mountain, GA She is teaching a class on Energetic Boundaries, on January 30th at Harmony Learning Center in Decatur. To make an appointment or find out about her fun-shop learning schedule call 615-542-4945 or email: crystalmoon@aptcs.com, visit her website is www.atpcs.com

Author's Bio: 

Crystal Moon, a Reiki Master, has been meditating for 30 years & studing with a Native American shaman for 10 years. She has an MA in psychology with over 20 years of counseling experience. Crystal Moon is now a personal success and development coach, in Stone Mountain, GA, with clients all over the country. Up coming classes are: EFT - Jan. 21 at Stone Harbor Wellness Center, Stone Mountain, GA; Energetic Boundaries - Jan. 30th at Harmony Learning Center, Decatur, GA