Clare Palgrave – Energy therapist and coach – London and Herefordshire

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Meditation is about expansion, not nothingness

Many people comment that when they experience a deeper level of consciousness in their meditations that it seems like they go to a place of nothingness, or emptiness. However, once we really embrace the understanding that during meditation we are connecting with a much wider range of consciousness than in our day to day lives, we can begin to realise that what we view as nothingness in our meditations, is actually a connection to a much more refined range of energies that we find hard to interpret and give meaning to, so we tend to describe the experience as nothingness.

This can belittle the depth and extent of the experience. By continuing to practice meditation we develop a sensitivity to the qualities of our deeper connection and start to expand an awareness of who we are and the nature of our connection to the larger field of consciousness.

I have meditated for at least the past 30 years. I’ve used a variety of meditation approaches, but whichever approach I have used I have found that sometimes I let go of meditating, and, as one friend put it, ‘become meditated’. When that happens I often find that I enter a ‘place’ that defies description. It doesn’t have any sense of time. Thoughts hardly arise. I may experience no sense of being in my own body. I may even wonder whether I have fallen asleep because I have no real tangible recollection of what ‘happened’ in that segment of time during the meditation.

Meditation: a deeper or wider spectrum of consciousness beyond comprehension

I’ve found that when people experience this sense of nothingness that they can often feel that they have not succeeded in meditating, because they have no tangible memory to hold onto, and they sometimes say that they must have fallen asleep instead of being in a deeper state of awareness. And, though people can, and do, fall asleep in meditation, that is normally because they are sleep deprived.

More often it is the case that they have experienced, even if only briefly, a transition to a wider and deeper level of consciousness that exists beyond the normal range of our comprehension: “The peace that passeth all understanding” or a level of omniscience that cannot be related to our day to day lives. And because we cannot comprehend the nature of the wider spectrum of consciousness of which we form a part, and have been taught by our rational educational system to discount anything that lies beyond our own skin, we simply do not pay sufficient attention to what we have connected to.

Subtle variations in quality during meditation

As we continue to meditate we start to detect subtle variations in the quality of that emptiness that we appear to enter into, and then we can realise that we are not entering a void of nothingness, but rather that we are connecting with a level of consciousness that has more subtlety to it.

What do I mean by more subtlety? I have come to understand that we are human manifestations of energy condensed into matter and that there are many energies that do not condense into the density of matter with which we are familiar. We are very used to how matter as we experience it appears, and we can respond to that matter and react to it. This physical matter that we are responding to is simply very dense, and relatively slow energy. But matter makes up a very small part of the overall energy of the universe, and there is an infinity of energies which span the very dense to the very light and non physical, and from the very slow to the very fast. And energy and consciousness are just different words for the same thing.

In our day to day living we filter out all the non physical less dense energies. We also filter out many of the energies that are faster (and slower sometimes) than the milieu we live in and what we feel comfortable with. But, in reality, we all have the ability to connect in with faster and less physical energies than we realise. Meditation allows us to do that, and the void, the nothingness, and the deep peace that results from meditation is beneficial, not only for it’s restorative effects, but also because it contributes to our growth beyond our existing perception of ourselves.

Developing sensitivity through meditation

As we continue to connect with these more subtle types of energy through our meditations we start to expand our sensitivity to those energies in our daily life, both for our own benefit and for the benefit of our fellow travellers.  As we develop that sensitivity to those more elusive energies which we generally discount, then we can make that energy available to others, just by the simple expedient of expressing those energies in our own being. The quality of who we are, and how we behave in the world, changes, and it affects others around us. Life flows more easily for us, and we affect the energetic makeup in the environment for the better.

What we are doing in meditation is developing a stronger connection with our Inner Being, our core selves, our non physical essence, the part of us who existed before we came into being and who was responsible for creating us. As we develop that stronger connection with our Inner being there is a greater flow of energy that occurs between us and our own Inner Being, so that we can develop and blossom into greater creativity and contribute more meaningfully to our own and to humanity’s evolution.

A doorway to a greater sense of who we are

So, meditation is a doorway into a realm of growth, expanded perception of who we are, and recognition of the extent to which we can and do impact everything around us. Once we start to recognise that we are just beginning to touch greater and greater depths of consciousness, then we can start to appreciate our place in the cosmos and the significance of each and every one of us. What a beautiful thing to do!

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Sensing energy in built environments

Here’s a fun exercise to try to start developing your own sensitivity to less physically apparent energies. We are part of a continuum of energies ranging from the very physical and measurable energies that science can measure to those that can be explained by quantum mechanics but cannot yet be detected.

This exercise formed part of some one-to-one training/coaching for a recent client, and was specifically tailored to his personal life situation. It can be easily modified to fit in with where you live and your personal interests. But the important aspect of it is that you visit places you wouldn’t otherwise go to, and start sensing your environment in a different way and start to perceive it and descibe it in a way that is outside of the box.


Sensing energy in built environments

Find some time during the next few weeks to visit 4 different religious buildings. These could be a mosque, a gurdwara (Sikh temple), a Hindu temple and a church. They should all be significantly different culturally so that the energy imprints from them are easy to read.

When you visit these places you are paying attention to the subtle or non physical energy aspect of these places, not the impressions that are taken in by your eyes, nose, ears or even taste.

What you are paying attention to is the felt sense in your body.

Pay attention as you walk through the entrance to the building, and note how your body experiences that entrance.

Has anything in your felt body experience changed?

What happens to your whole body experience as you walk around the building just sensing through your whole body?

Are there any changes in sensation in your body? If so, what?

Where in your body are these changes most noticeable?

How do these changes in body sensation come to your attention?

Is there anywhere in the building which you feel drawn to?

Is there anywhere in the building where you feel less comfortable?

Don’t analyse why this might be the case – just notice the differences in the somatic (body sense) feel as you walk around each of these buildings.

Now, with each building as you visit you are going to start matching a description to the senses you are feeling. This is not to gain accuracy, but to help you feel more into the sense.

Body feelings are often so different from the sight, sound, smell touch and taste senses, that we do not have a language for them. So, imagine that you were labeling your experience of the building, or part of the building where you are standing as if it was taste, smell etc. You might not be able to equate the experience to a specific description but you might be able to say, for instance, that your experience of the gurdwara was more ebullient than gentle, or more spicy than bland.

So, considering your body sense as smell start identifying how you might describe it:

is it, sweet, floral, pungent, spicy, eyewatering, musky? What other descriptors might you come up with?

Now try again with sound:

is it loud, soft, gentle, resonant, clamourous, harmonic, trilling? What other descriptors might you use?

Now with taste. Here there is a very wide range of herbs and spices, meats, vegetables, fruits and drinks that might apply- just as wine tasters suggest that a wine might be floral even though there are no flowers in it. And then there are general descriptors such as sour, bland, spicy, creamy etc.

And then with sight. Descriptors might be:

bright, dull, sunny, dark, light, glinting, matt, any number of colours and so on.

Finally use some descriptors for touch. Touch doesn’t have a specific organ as a sensor and does rely on the whole body more, but generally when we think of touch we are thinking of how our fingers perceive something. So, is the building:

hot, cold, warm, sticky, smooth, velvety, coarse, satiny, lumpy, pebbly? What other descriptors might you use?

The point of this exercise is not to accurately define in words what your sensory and energetic experience of each building is, but to open you up to sensing the experience in greater depth and subtlety. Just as when we first learn to talk we have a very limited vocabulary, so when we first become aware of our body’s response to a building’s energetic presence we may perceive it in a very simple and unsophisticated way. This is because we have been used to screening out such impressions of our environment in favour of our organ based senses – sight, sound, taste, smell and finger touch.

Our bodies work as antennae, and started working this way in our mother’s womb. But because we cannot switch off, or selectively stimulate our body sense because it is switched on all the time, we often learn to screen out any input from it.

This exercise seeks to start the reversal process. Once we start to pick up on the subtler sensations that our body is perceiving all the time, we can then choose to tune in or tune out when necessary. Learning to tune in to our somatic experience is key to developing a sensitivity to subtler and subtler forms of energy. This exercise is for you to start developing your own body experience vocabulary. You will learn where in your body acts as the most sensitive sensor. You will learn to notice bodily sensations more. You will learn to notice different felt senses, from very noticeable and focused sensations, to very diffuse experiences which might previously have passed unnoticed.

Your body is the interface between your normally sensed environment and the non-physical energies that we are seeking to develop a sensitivity to. Connecting more consciously to these energies enables us to start to develop our energetic pathways in our body, the pathways that cannot be detected by current science. These pathways connect into a non physical consciousness and when we connect into that wider range of consciousness we feel more whole and complete in ourselves, and start to participate in a dialogue with a larger whole of which we are an essential part.


As an alternative, or if you have time you can repeat this exercise in the outside environment.

Choose several very different types of environment: a park, somewhere in the country, a carpark or other outdoor intensively used area, (maybe a farmyard could also be an example.) Be creative in your choices and step outside your normal comfort range as this will expose you to experiences which are not so normal for you and so easier to detect.


If you are interested in working with me online to develop your sensitivity to non physical energies and how to use that sensitivity to develop yourself then see how I work here or  contact me. I like working one to one with people and tailoring the coaching/training specifically to your needs. My training is a mix of structure and spontaneity and I look at our connection to energies in a holistic way so that you can develop your sensitivity as rapidly as possible. Besides becoming more sensitive, along the way you will have fine-tuned your life to become more vibrant and healthier.