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How A Guy's Guy Found His Center Through Energy Work

Robert Manni - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Wake-Up Call

Over the last twelve years every single aspect of my life has changed. Way back in early 2000 I recall looking out the window of my corner office at the global advertising conglomerate where I worked. I had recently been promoted to Executive Vice President and received a whopping pay raise. Outside my office sat my beautiful assistant. On the surface life seemed great, but something was gnawing at me inside, telling me that this was not my path. I listened and asked the Universe to do what was necessary to set me on the right trail for this life. As they say, be careful of what you ask for. Six months later my world turned upside down. I was out of work for a brief time and went from sitting behind a big desk to sitting on the floor screwing my desk together at a start up. I was learning the digital side of business on the run and it was a challenge. At home my relationship was falling apart and it finally ended. I was by myself in a house with a leaky roof and peeling paint. I was alone, angry, and confused, but I remembered my asking to be placed on the right path. 

Everything is energy, but how can we harness it? 

Science shows us that everything is made up of energy and it is the building block of all matter.  I soon discovered how this was relevant in my life.  A few months after my new low point I stopped at a kiosk at a street fair where a diminutive man was doing what he called “sensei” on a runner’s strained calf. I asked about it and the man told me how he could transmute energy through his hands. He showed me how it worked. I signed up for his mailing list and soon began receiving flyers about various forms of holistic energy practices. I read the flyers about Reiki and considered it as a way to give back. A Reiki practitioner transmutes energy through his palms to another individual in an effort to break down blockages and allow the energy meridians to flow. Sounds like a mouthful, but it’s quite simple if you are open-minded to the concept. And I was. Within a year I was certified in Reiki One and over the next eight years I became a Reiki Master Teacher. I also studied hypnosis and received certification as an Advanced Clinical master Hypnotist. I love both practices. They are fun and they help other people and myself. You can do self-hypnosis and self-Reiki and they really work. My energy has never been higher and I feel great. I pursued my day job in marketing and advertising and over time reached the highest heights along with some lows also, but the energy work has always given me a firm foundation. The combination of Reiki and hypnosis has forever changed my perception of life, love, and the pursuit of happiness and I am forever thankful for these gifts. 

So what’s the point? 

Working with energy studying, reading, practicing, and meditating taught me about light and darkness. We live in a world that celebrates darkness just a bit too much. But light is more powerful than darkness and if your intentions are to learn and share and spread kindness, you will receive guidance. I guarantee it. 

I ran three marathons in five years, wrote two novels, and worked my way back into advertising after a series of challenging jobs and an eight-year layoff from the core business. I became President of an agency within two years of being hired as a part-time consultant. My first novel was rejected for three years, so I wrote another one. Two years later ninety agents rejected my second novel. Then suddenly I landed one. But, it was not my time and let’s just say that my agent was not right for me. I kept plugging along and had a great group of supporters.   

Finally, on my own I found a publisher for my novel, THE GUYS’ GUY’S GUIDE TO LOVE. Even then, we had problems with the first printing. Nothing was easy, even with a great team pushing me onward. Then, a couple months ago the book received a glowing review from Publishers Weekly and the phone began to ring. Let’s just say that it’s happening. The point yes, there is a point. Be patient, believe in yourself and never let anyone tell you what you can or cannot accomplish. I do not think I would have been able to continue through so many challenges without having learned to quiet my mind and be open to inner guidance. That’s really what energy practices like Reiki and hypnosis really do. They help you get the answers you are seeking. But you have to believe and always see yourself as part of everything. Oh, and be open to receiving, you’ll be surprised at what life can bring your way. 

Have you done any energy work?  What sort and how did it impact your life? 
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