Many years ago, when I was in primary school, I learned about crop rotation. It’s a funny thing to be taught about at school, however now that I am older I can see the value in the principals behind it. Learning about how well the farmers look after their fields can be very helpful when it comes to looking after your own energy field.

Crop rotation is a farming technique where one crop is grown in the same field for 3 or 4 seasons, then afterwards, something else is planted there. I would imagine that potatoes need certain minerals and nutrients from the soil, and after 3 or 4 seasons in a row, they would have leached most or all of those nutrients out of it. Carrots on the other hand, possibly need different nutrients to potatoes, so planting carrots for a few seasons in the same field, after the potatoes, would give the field time to recover the nutrients the potatoes had used up. And the field would still be productive. Then once every 5 or 6 seasons, the field would be left fallow, empty, so that it would have time to restore itself completely, and then the farmer can plant potatoes in it again.

Now I’m obviously not a farmer, and the above specific example (potatoes to carrots to fallow to potatoes again) is, I’m pretty sure, incorrect, but it gives you the general idea. Whether it’s potatoes, carrots, broccoli or wheat it doesn’t matter because it’s the principle of crop rotation I’m trying to get across. Let’s look at it from the point of view of the field.

The soil has certain specific nutrients in it depending on where it is, it’s composition, it’s chemistry, the weather, and how well the farmer looks after it. The field could be a wonderful spot for potatoes, but the second year of potatoes may not be as vibrant as the first one because the nutrients are not as abundant as before, because the first lot of potatoes soaked them all up. Yes of course the farmer can fertilise the field, but the soil has micronutrients and macronutrients that may not all be replenished. The third year of potatoes, well, the field is tired. It does it’s best but it needs a change, or a chance to recover. Hence the rotation of crops, giving the field itself a chance to heal.

So here is where I’m going with this. “A change is as good as a rest”, that’s a great Irish saying, and yes it can be, swapping potatoes for carrots can work well, for a while, until there are no nutrients left at all, and the field needs a few years to recover. If you’re a farmer, you can’t afford to have a field left fallow for a few years. Being clever is what you need to do. Mix it up. Have a 3 year cycle – potatoes, carrots, wheat, potatoes, carrots, wheat, keeping the field busy so it only needs to be fallow maybe once every 6 years. Of course again, this depends on the field, the nutrients needed, and the environment.

So how does this relate to you?

It can get boring spending all day doing photocopying, but the photocopying needs to be done, so you can add some variation to your tasks to make it seem more interesting. You might love research, but after a time, research can be very tiring, and you’d welcome a break by the photocopier. As we evolve we grow out of doing the jobs that we used to do with gusto, they have leached those nutrients out of us, and each time we go back to the photocopier we die a little bit inside because we don’t have those types of nutrients inside us anymore. And so on. Variation in the tasks, in the jobs, makes life much easier and more fun.

So why was I thinking about crop rotation today? Because I’ve not been very productive this last week or so, and I’ve been enjoying it! I realise that normally I’d be on my summer break, so perhaps July is my fallow time, where I need to just let my energy field do nothing, and with time and rest replenish the “micro nutrients”, to be ready for whatever is to be planted into it for next season.

So how well do you look after your energy field? Do you know when is your fallow time? Do you allow yourself to have any? You are the farmer and your energy is the field. Maybe that’s why they call it energy field? 😊  I want to take this metaphor one step further. Let’s look at farming techniques in relation to your daily spiritual practice.

I facilitated a live energy clearing session in my online group healing Facebook group on Tuesday. It was short and sweet, only 30 minutes, and there were 50 people there live. I even mention gardening in the video! It must be because my husband just made me a raised bed in my garden and I’m excited to plant my flowers into it! (Thanks Ian!) I guess you could say that clearing your energy field is like weeding the garden. Farmers need to weed their fields too, so it works well with the metaphor I’ve already presented. (By the way, the video is still there if you want to go visit it, you need to be a group member, so if you’re not one already here’s the link to join:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/AbbysOnlineGroupHealingSessions/

I love interacting with people on a live session, and there’s a chance to interact afterwards too. Someone said in the comments of the video “This is great, can I watch this video every day?” Here is my answer – yes you can watch the video every day, but what you’re doing is in essence handing your energy clearing over to me to do by video replay. It’s your energy field, your “weeds” in your garden, and I’m here to teach you how to look after it better, not to do the work for you.

It’s easy to sit back and let someone else look after your energy field for you but if you are doing this all the time instead of doing your own work too, it’s disempowering. I would rather that you stepped up to the role of farmer so you can notice what isn’t right with your field, yourself. This way you can clear and plant it yourself instead of waiting for me, or another ‘guest farmer’ to come along and do it for you. Especially as you’re right there on the ground and have to live with this field, and you, better than anyone can see what is going on in it, in every moment. And of course, there are many types of weeds, and many different ways to deal with them, so repetitive actions may not give you the results you are looking for, and you will need to try different things at different times. (Have a look at my pre-recorded healing sessions if you want a deeper cleanse, or a soul retrieval – click here.)

Yes farming is hard work! Don’t be afraid of of the work, you’ve been doing it already or you wouldn’t still be reading this. You also know what happens if you don’t put the work in – you get a field full of weeds and poor quality crops. By doing the work you learn by your mistakes, and also by your successes. You own the field and become proud of it, and proud of what is produced there. And, over time, you plan ahead, dream bigger dreams, realise what you can do for yourself on your own, and know that if you got a little help, you can reap even more rewards.

At the end of the day, you get to choose what you plant in your field, and you are the one who needs to weed it. But you will need some help from time to time, and if you have a willingness to get your hands dirty, you will truly get the most out of it.