Repeating thoughts and repeating phrasing is something that a lot of people experience at one point or another in their lives. Sometimes called excessive rumination, sometimes energy looping, the experience of having an occurrence or idea running around on repeat is not uncommon.
In the energy or esoteric community, repeating thoughts and the anxiety or stress that may come with them often gets called energy looping. It gets this name because you run an ‘energy pattern’ aka a thought or an interaction, over and over in your head ‘on loop’ like a record. In psychology, this experience is explained as excessive rumination and hyper rumination. It gets this name because you are having the thought In patterned, repetitious formation.
These are two different ways to explain an often related (and sometimes, the exact same) phenomenon.
The terms excessive rumination and energy looping have a lot in common. They are two ways of explaining the same thing that are able to interplay and overlap. Both can be taken to say that there are repeating thoughts, often not pleasant, that negatively impact the life and experience of a person who is having them. This is an article about how we can explain repeating thoughts in energy terms. It includes suggestions on how to proactively manage the excess energy that spins into these looping thoughts. Yes, it can be done. Believe it or not, with a little bit of discipline and the right tools, it is not as difficult as you may think for a great many people.
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When Energy Terms Meet Academic Theories
To start this article off, I am going to make a personal admission. Excessive rumination is something that I experienced until I was in my late-20s and figured out what I am about to tell you here. At its worst, it was debilitating. It is through fixing it with ‘energy work’ that I first realized HOW useful learning how to shift my own energy patterns was going to be to living a good life. It was also through this experience that I started to appreciate that the metaphysical dimension of reality had a real-world impact. This is a topic near and dear to my heart. This is also a ‘huge’ topic that I am not going to cover every aspect of in this one article. Take this as food for thought, and work with it as may benefit you.
For me, excessive energy via rumination sounded like this: “You are not good enough”, “Nobody loves you”, “Nothing you do ever gets noticed”, “Nobody will ever love you” were phrases I used to hear on repeat. Any interaction I had would get run over in my mind for ‘analysis’ sometimes hundreds of times. At the time, I thought I was being ‘thorough’ and would go over the words, attitude, anything that happened in an interaction to try to ‘understand it better’. This would be so intense that it stopped me from sleeping and negatively impacted how I felt about myself and other people.
This is more common than you would think. Why? Explained from an energy perspective, we recognize that we in a world where it is common to engage with upwards of thousands of energy signatures and intersection points a day. Just because we do not ‘see’ energy does not mean we do not ‘feel’ it. Because energy management was considered ‘woo woo’ in a lot of our households, taking care of it has not been made into a part of regular life. This has created space for accumulation and build-up over to occur in a lot of us, over time.
As I discovered through my studies,
states of being like ‘excessive rumination’ are related to ‘energy flow’. The more stagnant and built-up energy, the more likely to experience these repeating thoughts and loops. The more grounded and clear flowing, the more we are able to stay in the moment.
When we start taking this dimension of energy into account, we find new answers to a) why this happens and b) discover new tools to deal with it. (There are other energy and situational factors to consider. More on that in future articles.)
Excessive Rumination as Moving Energy
Every thought is an energy pattern. Repeating energy, repeating thoughts, and needing to turn things over in our mind over and over again can be understood as energy that we are seeking to process, place, reconcile, or otherwise deal with. One of the ways that a body will work to do this is to circulate it.
Thinking about things is important. But here is where it can get a bit tricky:
Our thoughts and internal dialogue contribute to our vibration. They contribute to the ‘tone’ that becomes our general state of being and harmonic as we move through life day to day. You have heard and discovered the power of affirmations. Your internal dialogue acts like that writ large. When your internal dialogue is pessimistic or looping around with panicked, anxious, and self-questioning thoughts, you wind up having a lower vibration. You ‘feel’ the thought you repeat and you attract people and situations that confirm that situation. That is why so many people start off with affirmations as part of their transition and maintenance strategy.
One of the reasons why repeating negative thoughts, or repeating analysis of experiences (especially painful ones) can be so dangerous is that with each repeat you run the risk of magnifying, not depleting, the issue you are rolling over in your mind. Depending on your position in relation to the thought, you may be coding it in as opposed to weeding it out. A general rule of thumb is that if you cannot stop with the thought and it is causing you distress, it is something to ‘look at’.
Excessive rumination, from this perspective, can have a negative impact on our energetic wellbeing. As we go around in the circle, we are doing two things that can ‘hurt’ us. The first is we may very well be magnifying the power of the negative thought or experience with every repeat. We are ‘tuning it’ in, just like we would with positive affirmations. On a secondary layer, we are burning our precious energy and focus that we could be putting into creation into self-destruction. In this sense, excessive rumination or looping gets us ‘stuck’ in the track of thinking. In the third layer, those repeating thoughts we have about ourselves can become the ‘tone’ of our vibration. If we think we are ‘x’ enough times, that ‘x’ is what our field attracts and what it feels like to be in our experience.
From a spiritual perspective, if you are finding yourself with excessive rumination like looping and negative thinking, there are a few things to keep in mind. These negative thoughts, if ours, may come with a message that our soul is working to communicate to us. There is a fine line between giving ourselves the opportunity to hear and engage the message and falling into a lowered vibrational state. One of the key things that people who are seeking to shift out of one way of feeling into another is to get a strategy in place that stops them from having the negative thought so much that it erodes your auric field, lowers your vibration, and tunes your energy system to attract more of that negative thing.
Taking an Energy Based Perspective to Managing Excessive Rumination
One of the first things I want to say here is that yes, this is something that can be managed. Is it something that goes away forever? Sometimes, the habits we have that push the action do in fact, go away, because we heal them or form pathways that are more supportive to ourselves. Other times, the reason we are feeling what we are feeling is because we are picking it up from our environments, and thus, it is not ‘internal’. Have you ever had repeating thoughts that you could not seem to place as your own? That, my friend, is a sign you are picking them up a) from your environment and the astral waves of energy around you, that b) that your auric field would do with some reinforcement, or c) you may be becoming increasingly psychic (or realize you are for the first time). Other times still, what you are experiencing is your own body working through its healing process usually spurred by other work you are doing on yourself and the natural flow of the planet as it goes through its cycle of the seasons. Notice that you find yourself having more intense thought-patterns and emotional experiences around Solstice and Equinox or the full moons? That is a sign you are naturally in the flow with the cosmos, which is all part of this. In each of these cases, recognizing the presence of energy and tracing it to its source are key to the management strategy.
There are two main ways that I am going to suggest in this article to help get excess energy managed. Getting your energy flow managed is step 1. Learning to work with yourself and your tools of introspection is step 2. We will work with the latter, first.
General Questions for Introspection
Identifying the source of the repeating thought and the reason we are having it (or them) are key to figuring out how to manage them. In general, identifying if any soul wounds are being presented and figuring out if what you are experiencing is even yours are two strong bases to cover.
If you have ‘Soul Compass’ or ‘Pathways to Conscious Self-Connection’, this is exactly where that method of conscious self-connection you learn from exercise one kicks in. Get into the energy pillar, do your self-connection practice, and then talk to yourself about this. Exercises in phase 1, 2, and 3 are useful here!
1) Is the thought or energy ripple I have moving around belong to me? Or does it belong to someone else?
2) Is this a feeling I have about myself now? Or is this my body and soul trying to bring forward ‘energy’ from a past event via a thoughtform to help me process it?
3) Is this energy that rippling around on repeat like an old record player in my body? Do I just have to pathway my way out of this?
4) Am I feeling because I am trying to heal it or am I feeling it as part of an old pattern/something external to myself?
These four questions are helpful to keep in mind, particularly for energy aware people. If you are not yet at the space where you have developed an internal dialogue where this form of communication is possible, know that it is. Check on down to the final subheading for how to learn from me if that is something that is appealing to you.
Suggestions to Bring into Your Energy Management Strategy
Here are some baseline suggestions to proactively manage energy.
– If you have repeating thoughts that are negative. Replace them. The ‘I am loved’ meditation listed in the next section is a perfect example of how to do that. I used the affirmations in that one to fix my life so get to it if you think they may help yours.
-If you feel excessive energy, start finding positive places to put it. Walking, weight-lifting, stretching, playing a sport, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, dancing, and finding other ways to move your physical body are high on the list. Why? They move your energy, support the soul and body expression and connection, and through that, create a clear conduit through which you are able to let go of that ‘excess’ build up in your body. Doing something that you focus on counting, immerse in nature, and really ‘get lost’ in doing helps you stop overthinking, rethinking, and hearing that negative voice.
-Set a schedule for how you are going to ‘keep yourself positively engaged’ and then do it. Plan positive spaces to put that energy. Like I said, excessive rumination means excessive energy. Excessive energy can be turned into POWERFUL CREATION. This is alchemy and guess what. You CAN do it. Feeling the stress of the moving thoughts coming on? Make a choice to go exercise and put your mind on counting reps.
– Some people experience the hard parts of excessive energy because they are not using their creative power or they have a LOT of it. This is a related yet distinct topic. I will bring this forward in another article in the future.
-Vibration raising and energy body maintenance is key. Many people who experience ‘excessive energy’ do so in part because they feel their own flow as well as what they are ‘feeling’ from people in the world around them. Some people who experience ‘excessive thoughts’ are surprised to find out that some of the extra thoughts they are thinking are not even their own. They are picking them up from their neighbours, friend, partner, or some other source. Getting a strong energy body-physical body connection that is regularly maintained helps you make sure you are not carrying around ‘other people’ or feeling them too much in your interactions.
-Learn when to cut yourself off and have the discipline to do it. Identifying a thought pattern or loop as having a negative impact is one part. Designing a strategy on what to do if it comes up again is the second. Doing that proposed strategy is the third. Creating and implementing a ‘shut off’ mechanism and having the strength to do it stops the energy from magnifying or tuning your vibration down. I read Harry Potter for the first time as part of my own strategy back in the day. It worked.
-Give yourself multiple spaces for processing as part of a regular 7-day cycle. Excessive rumination can also simply be unprocessed energy. It is not always ‘that deep’. These running thoughts do not always come up because we have something terrible going on. Sometimes, it is just that we are hyper stimulated from what we ‘picked up’ in interactions and we have to burn it off. If we do not give the energy somewhere to go, it can quite simply show itself in thoughts. Obviously, energy alignment is a great way to deal with this. So too is a routine that lets you blow off physical steam. A day off for personal retreat here or there can be very nice.
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Tools that I have created that you can bring into your strategy
This is a topic I am passionate about. Because these concepts are so central to our lives and wellbeing, I place them at the basis of my training. Everything from the ‘energy pillar’ up is going to help you get your energy into a healthy flow. Anyone who has the energy pillar and is working with it once a day is doing themselves a powerful service to keeping their energy flowing. You are intentionally tuning yourself up and letting yourself move excess energy every time you do it.
Tool 1: I am loved practice: “I am loving, I am loved, I am deserving of love”: This video is not ‘just a meditation’. It is a harmonization exercise where you work with breath, focused intent, and your ability to ‘tune’ your own vibration. This is an incredibly simple yet powerful tool to help get yourself out of a negative, self-depreciating loop space.
To do the harmonization: Meditation for Self Love – YouTube
Tool 2: Energy Pillar : Energy pillar is the no frills, no stress, easy access to a website that includes written and guided versions of the energy pillar (featuring lo-fi music), suggestions on how to put it into place in your life to benefit you, and a short little introduction from me. The best bits: once you learn the steps to energy pillar, you can do it anywhere and in minutes. You have a mobile self-support chamber with you everywhere you go. Not to mention this is an ‘active exercise’, so as you are reading and going through the steps, you are too busy focusing on that to think about other things (see what I did there?).
What you get: guided energy alignment + meditation video of me leading you through the energy pillar, a written copy of the practice, an audio version of the meditation + alignment, and a written version of the meditation + alignment sequence. You also receive guidance on ways to fit into your life. The best, easiest, most non stress place to start getting grounded today with not a lot of thought or learning. It is presented on a website you are able to log in to at your leisure. Not even the pressure of a school!!!
Study time: one afternoon. This is ‘tool’ focused. I provide the audio, video, and written practice so that you may come back to be guided through the alignment + meditation each day.
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Tool 2: ‘Breathe, Ground, Connect: Energy Management through Meditation’ is a step up from ‘Energy Pillar’. It costs a little more and has more components and ways to work with the pillar from an energy management perspective. Those who sign up for this self-directed learning experience learn 3 different ways to manage their energy with the Pillar. This is especially applicable to people seeking to figure out how to work with energy management to improve their life because it has the angle where you are encouraged able to proactively identify spaces in your day (life) where you would encounter things that could trigger uncomfortable energy related experiences. The idea is that by building energy management into your life (and having 3 neat ways to do it), you are able to improve quality of life. This works because a) you are tuning yourself consistently, b) you are managing energy flow consistently and c) you are recognizing your unique needs and working to fill them.
What you get: 6 different videos showing you the various steps of the methods, 4 instruction videos explaining the course and how to do the energy alignment, a video copy of me leading you through the method, a written version of the method, and guidance on how to bring it into your life for maximum personal benefit.
Study time: I recommend about a month, dedicating one week at a time to each layer so you can feel how it works and see what it does for you. However, this is self-access and you are an independent learner. Some people may like to go through it all at once and then go from the pillar. Up to you.
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Tool 3: Soul Compass: Pathways to Conscious Self-Connection: I lay out the IndiCrow method of energy management and self-connection in ‘Soul Compass’. In this book, you get a chapter by chapter guide on how to work with your energy body to get it into shape. You also learn about how to hear the messages your soul and body sends you through things like your internal dialogue and how you feel. This is the kind of book that changes lives. This is something that you are able to work with as a reference material much beyond one read. These are the foundational tools an energy aware person is able to use throughout their whole life and was designed to have the most useful, impactful included. To look at the book and see the table of contents: Soul Compass: Pathways to Conscious Self-Connection – Crow Medicine (crow-medicine.com)
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Anyone who has ordered a papercopy is free to contact me and request a digital copy. I am happy to give you one so you have this on your phone for self-connection on the road. Those who are ordering from my publisher (option 2) will have to contact me directly for their digital copy at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have to send it to you independently.
Tool 4: Pathways to Conscious Self-Connection: Deluxe course where you learn the methods in ‘Soul Compass: Pathways to Conscious Self-Connection’ in course form. Designed to be studied in about three months, this is a rich program that includes a digital copy of Soul Compass, chapter by chapter videos of me teaching you how to work with it and giving lots of grounded suggestions.
This is self-access and built for a person who loves gradual learning. It is a great package with three months worth of material in this: read a chapter, watch a video, and practice the little tool. If you would like to learn more about it, click here: https://indicrowacademy.learnworlds.com/course/soul-compass-pathways
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