I wanted to explore the concept of cords. No, I'm not talking about electrical wires you use to plug in your favorite electronic devices, although those are cool too. I'm talking about energetic cords.
Understanding cords is important to understanding our relationship to others and the world at large. On a basic level a cord is a mental and or emotional connection to someone or something other than ourselves that both gives and receives energy (very similar to an electric cord). We consciously and unconsciously create cords with numerous things and people in our lives whether we like it or not. If you think about it we're all like energetic versions of spiders.
Cords are emotional strands of energy that form regardless of time or space (yes you can have a cord to your dead aunt Ruth if you really loved her, or despised her). The first cord we create is to our mothers when we are conceived. The emotional energy the mother sends out to the unborn child (positive or negative) is energetically connected to the child and helps to set the tone for bonding throughout the lifespan. The strongest cords are to those whom we have frequent contact with, and as such are often our close friends and family members.
In fact, as you're reading this you are cording into me and the ideas on this page...weird huh?
The stronger the emotional connection the stronger the cording. People who are intuitively gifted can sometimes see these strands of energy as sticky ropes or wiry lines of various colors that connected from one person to another person or thing. The cords are usually connected through our chakra centers and correspond to the predominant chakra center we are plugged into with the other person.
For example, a very strong intellectual relationship with someone may be seen as a cord connected between yours and the other person's 5th (throat chakra) which represents the exchange of ideas and mental energy (this is typical with teachers or educators to their students). Conversely a strong sexual relationship (or desire for a sexual relationship) to someone may be seen as a cording from the base chakra or the 2nd chakra which represent sexuality and desire.
Cordings are like sticky ropes of mental/emotional energy that keep you "tied into" someone else. Cords are the reason why when we begin to fall in love with someone we can't seem to tear ourselves away. Of course on a physical level you have the release of various hormones and endorphins but on an energetic level, if we could all put on our energy glasses, we would see these energetic ropes binding us.
Cords can form without a physical relationship. Because energy follows thought simply thinking about someone can cord you into their energetic space. This is how psychics and clairvoyants can gather information about others without consciously knowing anything about them. The thought intent is sent out when they hear the person's name and then connects into the other person's aura and chakra centers, and the intuitive information comes in.
We all do this, you don't have to be a spiritual medium to gather information via cording. Have you ever thought about someone and then a few seconds later they call? This is because you either sent out a cording signal or they picked up on yours. Either way you received the intuitive information before the physical confirmation via your cording.
We can cord into anyone and anything, but the strength of the cord depends on the amount of time/energy/emotion we put into thinking about that thing. If you are crushing on someone super hard then you are creating a thick cord of emotional energy that could either bring them closer or, if they don't like the energetic pulse you're sending out, could repulse them (the lesson here: don't be a creeper). Whatever the case, the stronger the thought and emotional output the stronger the cording.
Additionally temporary cords form anytime we talk to a stranger, but they dissipate quickly once the interaction is over, particularly if there is no extended karma that needs to be worked out. If you meet someone with whom you do have karma the cord may strengthen for a time and once the energetic exchange is completed it will be severed and suddenly the relationship may be over.
So what do you do if you have cords you don't want. ?
Don't panic, they can be eliminated...sometimes. Cords can be severed by imagining a sword or knife cutting through the cord. Since the cord is nothing more than mental/emotional energy, and energy follows thought this can sometimes be enough to sever the cord. However, some cords are notoriously tacky and may take repetition to sever. Some cords are not severable due to the karmic contract you have with the person/place/thing that needs to be played out. Additionally you could decide to cut a cord but if the other person doesn't energetically want to sever the cord it may return repeatedly.
When we drop our physical bodies at death most of our cordings to those on Earth drop away, those that maintain strong cordings to places or people are typically the one's that "hang around" the living (haunting anyone). This is why the practice of non-attachment can be so integral to attaining personal freedom.
Understanding the role of energetic cords in our relationships and practicing "seeing" these cords through visualization or meditation can be useful. There may be all kinds of cordings coming in or going out that you weren't even aware of.
People in the public eye have thousands (or millions) of cordings coming into them all the time that provide them with both positive and negative energy. This is in fact what keeps famous people famous on an energetic level. Once people cut their cordings to the celebrity (on the physical plane we see this as "moving on") the person may fall out of public favor. This can be an immense relief, particularly if there was a lot of negative energy flowing into the person or disappointing if the influx of energy from the cordings was energizing.
So who or what are you cording in to? Are their cords you want to cut? What ways can you cut some cords that are no longer serving you? Many times performing some sort of personally satisfying ritual can help to sever a cord (anyone familiar with the popular burn the pictures of your ex-lover ritual). Fire helps to symbolically and energetically cleanse your energy of unwanted muck, but please remember Smoky the Bear during your ex pic burning rituals.
Mindfulness about our cordings can help us take stock of what we're giving or taking energy from that may not be helpful to us. Sometimes we hold on to cordings out of habit, and the time may have come to release them. In this case the cord will drop away easily if we allow it. Like everything else cut cords sometimes the courage to allow in something different and allow to let go.