Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tomorrow I Should Open a Saving Account

Piggy bank from German bank HASPA, around 1970.Image via Wikipedia

Thinking about my post from yesterday, I decided that I really need to explore the concept of banking energy for healing. You know, opening an energy saving account. Only problem is, I have not idea how to implement this!

I can remember my first saving account when I was a kid. I remember the passbook that came with the account and the feeling of accomplishment every time I saw a deposit in my passbook. Back then, I was working towards my goal of saving money for my college education. You see, I paid my way through UCLA for both my undergraduate and my graduate degrees.

I first started making money with babysitting. My mother took me to a babysitters' training class at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, CA. After the class, I made flyers and distributed them around my neighborhood. I accepted jobs from my neighbors, who referred me to their friends. By the time I was 15, I had established a very successful babysitting business. I was booked solid almost every Friday and Saturday night. In fact, demand was so high, I farmed out jobs to my two younger sisters.

I remember my trips to Great Western Savings on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana to deposit my hard earn cash. Having a saving account made me feel grown up and responsible. Back then, it seemed easy to save money; I don't remember being bombarded by aggressive product advertising and the push to buy expensive technology products back in the late '70s and early '80s. I guess I didn't feel the need to buy a lot of stuff back then.

Perhaps I can capture that good feeling of saving once again, now that I need to save a different commodity, my energy. Bruce Campbell of CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self Help says that banking energy is one of the strategies he used that allowed him to recover from chronic fatigue syndrome. As he puts it,

"The unexpended energy is a gift of healing you are giving to your body."

Over the past five years, I have learned from my experience trying to treat my chronic illnesses that healing is a gift I can't buy or receive from a doctor. Healing is a gift I can only give to myself through unexpended energy. I want to give myself the gift of healing, even if it only means more good days living with fibromyalgia. Now the challenge is to figure out how to do that for myself.

Tomorrow I will give some thought to how I can open up my very own energy saving account and feel good about myself once more.

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