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F r e e S O A P n o t e s w i t h M a s s a g e B o o k f o r A B M P m e m b e r s : a b m p . u s / M a s s a g e b o o k 107 ENERGY WORK Notes 1. WebMD, "Recognizing Caregiver Burnout," accessed October 2015, www.webmd.com/women/caregiver-recognizing-burnout. 2. Ibid; UNWomen, "Staff Well-Being and the Challenge of 'Burn-out,'" accessed October 2015, www.endvawnow.org/en/articles/1556- staff-well-being-and-the-challenge-of-burn-out.html?next=1557. 3. Massage Therapy Schools Information, "3 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Massage Therapist," accessed October 2015, www.massagetherapyschoolsinformation. com/becoming-a-massage-therapist. 4. Beverly Rubik, Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine, "Measurement of the Human Biofield and Other Energetic Instruments," accessed October 2015, www.faim. org/energymedicine/measurement-human-biofield.html. 5. Paul J. Rosch, Bioelectromagnetic and Subtle Energy Medicine, 2nd ed. (Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 2015 ebook): 84. 6. The Adrenal Fatigue Solution, "Stress 101: Causes, Symptoms & Coping Strategies," accessed October 2015, www.adrenalfatiguesolution.com/stress-101/. 7. Texas Medical Association Continuing Medical Education website, "Three Stages of Burnout," accessed October 2015, http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/qf/burnout_qt/3stages.pdf. 8. Amanda MacMillan, ABC News, Health.com, "5 Weird Ways Stress Can Actually Be Good for You," accessed October 2015, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/ weird-ways-stress-good/story?id=25085508#. 9. Ryan Sawyer, "Stress, the Silent Killer," accessed October 2015, www.jacobgan.com/Stress/Stages-of-Stress.html. 10. Texas Medical Association Continuing Medical Education website, "Three Stages of Burnout." 11. John Muir, Our National Parks (1901): 54, accessed October 2015, http://vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_ exhibit/writings/favorite_quotations.aspx. Cyndi Dale is an internationally renowned author, speaker, and intuitive consultant. Her books include the bestselling The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy (Sounds True, 2009), The Complete Book of Chakra Healing (Llewellyn Publications, 2009), and Advanced Chakra Healing (Crossing Press, 2005). To learn more about Dale and her products, services, and classes, please visit www.cyndidale.com. From a subtle energy point of view, the best way to power through resistance is to stop. Press your inner pause button and open yourself to guidance from your inner self or Higher Power. Inevitably, this stage is an opportunity to transform a behavior, coping mechanism, or perception that's not working for you into one that can. If we're fighting the good fight and nothing is happening, it's because we are called to perceive the situation or ourselves differently. One grace-filled way to do this is to conduct an Intuitive Vision Quest (see sidebar). STAGE 3: BURNOUT Stage 3 is characterized by complete burnout or exhaustion. Indicators can include chronic sadness, the desire to pull away from others, headaches, mental and physical fatigue, and stomach problems. 10 Once you've reached this stage, you need to fill in energy—not only move or release it. The stressor—or your stress about it—has been operating so long, you are on empty. The stressor isn't even the issue anymore; it's the fact that you are used up. The best gas tank is found at the subtle energy service station. Subtle energy lies all around us. The most positive subtle energies emanate from fine art, nature, poetry, and spiritual wisdom. Blessings flow constantly between our Higher Power and the self. I find a good-sized portion in my morning tea or sitting at my son's baseball games. Of course, there are subtle energies that are detrimental as well as beneficial. Don't take in both! Instead, ask your wise self or Higher Power to only let you absorb those subtle energies that nourish you. Saturate yourself with the green of the leaves, the blue of the sky, the joy of the child in the restaurant. Allow your soul to bask in the sunshine of life and grow anew. The key to restoring ourselves energetically in stage 3 of burnout is to know we get to choose what we take in. It is this power of choice that frees us to become the butterfly instead of the caterpillar. As poet John Muir advised: "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.… The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." 11

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