ADHD: An Energy Medicine Perspective
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has emerged as one of the major issues of the 21st century. It is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in children and appears more frequently in boys than girls. Adults also struggle with the multiple symptoms, which often result in social, learning, and self-esteem difficulties. Raising a son with ADHD, I can testify to the other side of the coin—the challenge of living with someone whose idea of stillness is equivalent to filling a room with ten toddlers and a hundred bouncing balls.
There are many types of ADHD, which is often called ADD when the hyperactivity is at a minimum. Symptoms range from inattention to hyperactivity and often include impulsivity. A therapeutic movement is abroad, however, to shift the label of ADHD to Central Auditory Processing Disorder or CAPD, recognizing that the main factor involved in ADHD is difficulty in processing information.
As an energy healer, I wear unique eyeglasses when addressing ADHD concerns, both in my home and for clients. What does ADHD look like through the lens of energy—especially subtle energy? For purposes of this discussion, energy is defined as information that moves. Subtle energy (as opposed to physical or sensory energy) is the energy that moves faster than the speed of light. This is the stuff that is invisible and inaudible, but “decides” what appears in 3-D reality. Subtle energy works like cloud computing. If you put in new commands on your personal computer, the data changes on your screen.
We examine what’s occurring with the subtle energy of ADHD by analyzing what’s happening in someone’s energy system. There are three subtle structures that process our subtle energy: chakras, meridians, and auric fields. I find it most effective to work with the chakras to help alleviate ADHD symptoms.
Chakras are energy organs located in the body. They transform energy from fast to slow—or subtle to physical—and back in, in response to our internal programs or beliefs. I work with a 12-chakra system in which each of the chakras is linked to a part of the body and manages the physical concerns of that area, in addition to a particular set of emotional, mental, relational, and spiritual concerns.
For our purposes, it’s important to know that a chakra has two sides. The front side takes in subtle information, which some describe as psychic or intuitive, and the backside receives and administers spiritual principles that “decide” how to structure or use this data. The main chakra involved in ADHD is the third chakra. This chakra is located in the front and backside of the solar plexus and manages mental activity, beliefs, and our ability to structure data, as well as our lives.
In someone with ADHD, I perceive the front side of this chakra as too open and the backside as too closed. This means that the individual is receiving far too much subtle (or psychic) data from the external world but can’t categorize it. The result is that the right brain, which is intuitive, is filled with lots of creative and subtle information but the left side, which is logical, can’t organize it. After zanily trying to keep up with all the data, the left brain eventually goes into hiatus mode, almost turning off. In order to “throw off” the overload of subtle information, the body gets active—too active.
What can we do about this chakra issue? Here are a few ideas that can be applied for personal use or adapted to another person:
- Use visualization to partially close the front side. Picture a dimmer switch in your stomach and reduce it when you are overwhelmed.
- Use visualization to open the backside. Wire a dimmer switch into your mid-back and turn it up when trying to focus.
- Create criteria. Write guidelines regarding the information you want to absorb versus reject through your third chakra. Use intention to upload these guidelines, as you would install a software package.
- Learn how to breathe through your abdomen, the location of the emotional chakra. This shifts you from thought to feeling and relaxes the body.
- Push out extra information. ADHD people often pick up on information meant for others or that doesn’t pertain to them. Picture a white light beaming from the heavens from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. Expand the encircling light beyond your skin and push the extra energy away from you.
- Address the physical needs of your third chakra. This chakra governs much of your digestive system. Because this chakra is often overworked, it’s easy to develop allergies or sensitivities to certain foods and chemicals. Consider using the GAPS diet (www.gapsdiet.com) or an elimination diet to figure out what is healthy or not for you. Many people with ADHD are calmer and more clear when abstaining from dairy, gluten, chemicals, and too much sugar, and also eating often enough to avoid a drop in blood sugar.
- Calm your anxieties. Through this energy center, you might sense others’ fears and think they are your own. When feeling panicky or out of control, ask your inner self if the issue is your own or another’s and to release anything not your own to the Divine.
- Read the data about caffeine. Some studies show that caffeine, used appropriately, actually calms the ADHD person. When this is true, I believe that the caffeine is probably stimulating the left brain so it can better keep up with the right brain.
- Keep moving—when you aren’t supposed to sit. I’m slightly ADHD myself and conduct all my client phone sessions while walking around the house. Physical activity encourages the extra data to move down and out, not up and in.
And most important, love yourself. The third chakra is the center of our self-esteem. Make a list of all your great attributes and believe in them. They are all true!