Connection, Choice & Energy: Are You the Pilot or is Autopilot Running You?

by Rosie Bason, Mullumbimby

I have been a student of Universal Medicine for over 3 years now and have recently had some ‘aha’ moments. We know that Einstein proved the fact that everything is energy. Serge Benhayon of Universal Medicine elaborated on this teaching by saying, “If everything is energy, therefore everything is because of energy”.

Since this was brought to my awareness I have been really paying attention to energy and feeling into what is happening around me – seeing the effect of one thing on the next.

What I’ve found is that we use energy to run our bodies. We can also choose a form of energy to run our bodies that is loving. And like a good quality fuel that you use for your car – you get great results from it.

On the other hand, you can choose to run your body on another form of fuel and not get the best results. If I am not present with myself, and I am not aware of which energy I am running on, I have found myself eating food that I know is not good for me, but I eat it anyway. In hindsight I can see clearly that the energy I was running on was unloving and therefore allowed me to make unloving choices for me. The other stop sign for me is if I catch myself thinking thoughts of not being beautiful, not being good enough or not clever enough, then I realise that I have once again lost my awareness and am running on a energy or fuel, so to speak, which is very un-loving and not true at all.

Your body runs either way, it’s just the quality of life you end up living is totally different.

Through the teachings from Universal Medicine, I’ve discovered you can also look at it this way – you are either connected with your body and feel it clearly or you are disconnected from it, not feeling truly how it is and therefore just running on autopilot. But if this is true, then who really is the pilot, if it is not you?

For me, I know I am connected when I am aware of how my body feels; I can actually feel each footstep I take instead of just stomping around without awareness of how hard my feet are hitting the ground. If I find myself in another part of the house, or worse, at the destination of a drive somewhere, and I do not know how I got there, it is clear that I have been disconnected and I was not with me for the journey.

Another way for me to see if I am connected to my body or not is to check where I am. If I can feel my body and am aware of my hips or can feel how I am holding my arms or even if I am aware of a little pain in my lower back, then I am with me – connected.

If on the other hand I have a million thoughts going through my mind, busy thinking about what’s for dinner, what I have to do tomorrow, and perhaps also going over that argument in my head, then I am definitely not with me in my body. I am lost in a whirlwind of my mind.

So I am in mind but not in body!

One of the ways I’ve used to work out which type of fuel or energy I am using is to become aware of how I am communicating and expressing.

If I am thinking about what to say next, rushing my sentences, not taking moments to pause; if what I am talking about seems complicated or overwhelming, or there is a need, drive or goal I can feel, I know then that I have at some point chosen the wrong form of energy for me. I have allowed another pilot to run my ship!

If on the other hand, I find myself communicating with ease, with moments of silence that do not feel awkward, that allow me to reconnect and feel my body, then it is clear to me that I am the pilot of my ship and I am steering the course that I choose.

If what I am talking about seems simple and I have no need to pre-plan what I am going to say next, then I know that I have chosen an energy that is loving and supports me to connect back to me. It means I am the captain of my own ship.

This for me is a great little red flag or stop light because now when I catch myself in a feeling of ‘it’s too much’, or I feel like I am running around and there are 6 million things to do, I can stop, take a breath and make a choice in that moment to either reconnect to me and my body, or continue in the uncomfortable rush of energy that is not really me or my rhythm. With the support and teachings from Universal Medicine, I have now found I can take the helm and steer my own ship or I can just check out, take no responsibility and let the autopilot take over. Either way, I get to choose which fuel or energy is running the ship.

713 thoughts on “Connection, Choice & Energy: Are You the Pilot or is Autopilot Running You?

  1. I have experienced many programs running through me. The key was whether I had awareness of them or not – those I didn’t realise were running could do pretty much whatever they want – until I notice them.

  2. Wow, I really needed to read this today! Thanks Rosie. I realised today that if I’m feeling anxious and distracting myself from feeling it, I’m on autopilot and not really feeling anything.. effectively allowing another energy to run my body. When I take ownership of my body by choosing to stay aware of what I can feel, and expressing whatever is there to be expressed, I feel alive, vital and energised. When I let that go, sell out in favour of holding back, and seemingly making everyone else feel comfortable, i.e. not rocking the boat, it feels awful – I’m allowing myself to be dominated by a contracted energy and it makes me feel exhausted. The quality of energy we choose to run our bodies with affects our whole being, life, and the health and wellbeing of our bodies.

  3. I love this blog and the simplicity of what you feel in your body – the phrase I learned is that you are ‘either harming or healing but never both’ and today I saw another beautiful phrase that asks the question, ‘is it empowering and evolving?’ It reminds me that everything I do or say has an effect and when I live with true purpose and with full conscious presence, everything I do can be both empowering and evolving.

  4. One rule of thumb I have is; if it’s not a thought that is of love, than I know it is not love and I need to re-connect.

  5. When we run on autopilot we are running with beliefs and ideals, which come from our head and not our body.

  6. Tracking back from the end choice – eg the food we choose to eat – to the energy we are in when we make that choice -makes so much sense. Once we are at the fridge door its too late. When I feel loving with myself the choice to eat foods that aren’t good for me isn’t an issue.

  7. And that’s our real choice, what energy runs us, for once we’ve chosen that all else follows. And as you say Rosie, the body runs either way, but the quality of how we are varies enormously in that body, and in the world.

  8. When running around on auto pilot it feels like being in a runaway car driven by a mad and uncaring joy rider and then the day unfolds in this same energy until stopping the auto pilot and taking command of the vehicle (body) again through being in stillness within.

  9. If we truly wish to change our life – we’ve been given the key – it’s energy. So isn’t it simple then to practically watch and measure the way we live? The fact that we ignore and skim over this fact is so telling of which pilot is in charge. Thank you Rosie.

  10. Great points Rosie, love the appreciation for noticing any pain or discomfort in the body and the opportunity these little indicators offer us to choose what energy comes next.

  11. I really love the practical and relatable examples you share here. They help me to see exactly how these scenarios play out for me.

    1. Yes, we can notice programs running us when we are ‘doing’ that is not sensible or is disharmonious.

  12. This world is not about power struggles but power sources. If you plugged in your computer to a Double A battery you wouldn’t expect the best results – so why do we persist in running off a source that just isn’t Love? Thank you Rosie for prompting the question.

    1. Love your humour Joseph and the point you and Rosie make is profound. It’s love or it’s not – there is no in between.

  13. Being captain of our own ship. How many of us want this, but choose something else, because our unresolved hurts get in the way, and some other energy or force runs our ship, keeping us stuck in old patterns and behaviours, going no-where. The best medicine to give ourselves, is to heal the hurts in our body so that our ship (the body), can sail in the only true direction, which is back to Soul.

    1. Yes but I also feel that a lot do not want to be responsible and hand over the tiller or wheel of their ship and let another energy run it and then complain that they don’t like the course they are sailing. What they may not have realised is they are actually the one that chose to give their power away in the first place.

  14. When I allow the auto-pilot to run the day, it always feels stressful and filled with the energy of having to rush about. Being the pilot of my day, brings space and a sense of open-ness for all to flow in its natural order.

  15. This is a very good point for us all to ponder – if we get from A to B but cannot remember how we got there, who is steering the ship and what is the quality we then arrive with?

    1. I realised I was on auto pilot the other day, driving the same route home when I actually needed to turn and was too late and I laughed out loud, knowing that I had not been present and that I had missed the turning. Its easy to get lost and not know what is running us.

  16. I like how you describe the difference when you are in the drivers seat…connected with your body. When there is conscious presence with movement there is ample space and a knowing that all unfolds very naturally.

  17. Talking those moments to connect with the body and the breath are key, as without this we can be ignorant of the fuel we are running on. We can all feel the quality of the energy moving through us.

    1. We can be ignorant of the fuel we are running on for sure, and often think we are on premium when in fact the fuel we are running on is slowly killing our engines!

  18. Autopilot doesnt require responsibility. Taking again responsibility for our life and circumstances, living with integrity and respect is our true way. Accepting that each of us has this responsibility is for each of us to arrive at. Until such time, as many baulk at such an honesty, we are left with the array of human behaviors that are deeply harming and hurtful.

  19. We have millions of scientists in the world, yet it appears none of them have made the step from ‘everything is energy’ to ‘therefore everything is because of energy’. It took Serge Benhayon, a non-scientist, to lead the scientists to this one! It seems the scientists have not listened to what he has to say. So is our intelligence, that it seem to me is largely based on being able to recall information, actually intelligent at all?

    1. For me, I don’t need to rely on a Scientist or so and so with this or that after their name to tell me how it is… all I need to do is use my body and be my own science project and everything is very clear.

  20. Beautiful, we can either be on the ship that is leading us to our way of loving more and more, or we can be on the ship that is leading us to be more in a waywardness of creation that is lacking love. What ship are we on? And are we in the movement of the ship of love or the one without? That is a great question.

  21. Our thoughts are a great marker of the quality we are running our day or our body in. If I’m having a negative thought about myself I know I’m off track. How many things do we do a day that effect our thoughts? From investigating so far I can say – our food, the way we move, the way we sit in a chair, the conversations we have. Could everything we do be effecting our quality, and hence the quality of our thoughts?

    1. I feel that yes, everything we do, even the way we open the fridge door, the way we sit down on the toilet or the way we wash our hands, all of the little details, they all effect our quality and therefore the quality of our thoughts.

    2. Great question to ask Meg for when we start to understand this, that everything we do counts and its not what we do but in how we do it. Are we fully present or are we checked out – both produce very different results and very different thoughts!

      1. I just thought about how we read a blog like this for example… do we half read it or are we fully present? Do we get what is on offer or do we skip read, check out and make a quick assumption? I know I am guilty of both and I know what feels better.

    3. What a great marker you have Meg, regarding being off track after even one negative thought! I know for myself that I have definitely gone a long time in my head with all kinds of negative thoughts and not feeling enough before coming to a point that questioned what energy (or fuel as Rosie shared) was running me at the time. But the reality is that we (as Divine beings) are not designed to have even one negative or self-critical, doubting thought. So knowing this and then making different choices during the day – to move more gently for instance and with presence in your body can go a long way to switching over to a fuel that is all about healing, learning, and evolving.

  22. “I have found myself eating food that I know is not good for me, but I eat it anyway” – I do this too and what I appreciate in this is, if there is the intention to know and to know well how the unsupportive energy works and feel deeply the effects and consequences, patterns and momentums shift from a true response of choosing love.

  23. Sometimes I find my body gets hijacked. One moment I am fine then Wham! Before I know it I am eating something I very very rarely go for. But is this behaviour really ‘out of the blue’ or am I incrementally opening the door for another pilot/energy to take over my body?

    1. That happens to me too. I wonder if that is the moment I open the door, or if I opened the door earlier and this is the moment of take-over – if that makes sense?

  24. It is a powerful realization to understand that the quality of life we get to experience is the result of that which we choose to become obedient to. For at every moment we have passing through us the light of the soul that knows we are already everything or the lies of the spirit that keeps us needing to be more, it is just a choice.

  25. Being the pilot of our lives brings a great deal of simplicity to our days as we gain our pilot’s license by simply connecting to how we move and how we then bring this to our day to day life. There is no test we have to pass or position to apply for as we navigate through life by the exploration of who we are and how we move within our daily routines. The skies may be windy or wild at times but when we master the basics of our connection to our bodies it becomes a wonderful discovery of so much more.

  26. This is a very key point – “Your body runs either way, it’s just the quality of life you end up living is totally different.” That leaves us with the question – do we want function or vitality? Existence or true living?

    1. Such a good question… and I have found that when I get home from work, I often get out of my car and I am in function mode and its actually horrible, all about getting it done but … if I stop and re-connect with me, feel my body, take a moment to sit and look at the sunset or take a short walk, then I get on with cooking the dinner… it becomes a pleasure rather than a function. It affects the whole evening and I know that I am a much nicer person to be around when I am living rather than just functioning.

  27. When I am thinking about what to say in advance I am in my head and also in the future. I have to ask myself what energy have I allowed in that is running through me in that moment? Surrendering and being present with my mind and body knowing exactly my every movement will determine what it is I am to say and do in the future… I need not be concerned by it now as all I need to do is to be with my body right here and now and connect to the quality I know is true.

  28. Thanks Rosie, I enjoyed reading this again, it’s a whole different way to look at life but for me it makes perfect sense now as I have observed the difference between the two sources of energy we can draw from. Love feels whole, warm, holding, and offers space, the other source of energy feels devoid of love, it feels degrading, uncaring, and with a focus outside of myself and on reaching outer goals, often with a rush or push to get there. Love is the one the whole body knows and aligns to so well.

  29. Each choice leads to the next. So often I’ve tried to change things by willpower alone but only presence delivers the harmony I seek.

    1. We can waste so much energy trying to control and force and sometimes we just have to see that there is a learning in every situation and we can be whatever we want to be in any given situation.

  30. When we live our lives from an open heart, there is no need to plan ahead or worry about possible outcomes as there is a certain level of simplicity and clarity that dispels any complications and complexities of the mind.

    1. Thanks Francisco, I get what you mean, but am still learning and practising this one. I know it to be true, and have lived it myself at times… and I have also allowed another energy to take over and BAMMM I have a head full of complications and complexities and it is not good at all!

  31. When I am running on auto pilot, I know I am not taking responsibility for my choice of energy and the quality of my movements. Your blog Rosie, brings my awareness to how much I am running on auto pilot throughout my day.

  32. I used to think I was free of this ‘auto pilot’ program you describe Rosie because I had a plan, a scheme and a design for how the day should go. After a, b would take place and this would be followed by c which I had carefully scheduled in. Yet weirdly no matter how hard I tried these plans didn’t work out. Inevitably they would over-run and unexpected obstacles would come up. It’s only in recent times that I have started to realise, that the simple key is the energy in which I move. When I am present this is assured, space opens up and I get looked after by God – the ultimate project manager. Sure I still have to put the practical steps in place, but ultimately I know the plan I am following is not mine but a divine one instead.

    1. I love what you’ve shared Joseph, ‘God – the ultimate project manager’. It is so simple isn’t it, to be aware of what energy we move in because it affects everything. Also, the amazing thing is, we are all working under God’s supervision. We may not see him at work but his presence is always with us.

  33. I keep coming back to this blog and the brilliant metaphor you use Rosie never fails to touch me. If I am truly honest about how present I am with my body I can see that a lot of the time, I’m not really with me. Whilst I might think I’m moving about, making choices, cooking food etc it’s just another variation of the autopilot program. Because it makes you think you are in control it’s easy to go along and think everything is right with the world but our movements, quality and reactions illustrate the truth of what kind of pilot is actually in the driving seat.

    1. It is quite scary when we realise how often we are on autopilot, and what I have learnt is that when I am on auto pilot, I miss out from being in the moment, seeing things fresh, and responding in the moment, as I react instead. Responses come from being present, reactions, re – actions come from autopilot.

  34. Wow Rosie just reading this makes me appreciate what I often choose when I am at work. I just reflected on a behaviour I have recently taken and reading this blog confirms to me the energy I choose to go to and I can just see it laughing and having a whale of a time as I resort to this behaviour. All to stop me from feeling what is truely going on and leaving me smashed afterwards. Then we don’t have that sense and wonder where the day has gone when we haven’t been with ourselves on the first place.

    That connection with ones body is so important – I’d rather be the pilot of my own body.

    1. When we have that thought, “where has the day gone?”, we really should be stopping and asking ourselves… “where have I been all day?”.

  35. Loving the practicality of what you share Rosie. The either/or examples really support and confirm that there are only 2 energies we can choose – love and ‘not love’. And if we think we’re sitting on the fence by not choosing we need to think again because if we’re not choosing Love we are choosing ‘not Love’

    1. Yes, there is no “not choosing”, cause if you are not choosing you are still actually choosing just to settle for whatever rather than choose what is love.

  36. Rosie what I love is not being on autopilot. In fact when I catch myself in autopilot it feels like I’ve ‘abandoned’ myself, its quite amazing really whereas before building a depth of connection with myself and seeing the critical responsibility of energy and the quality of energy I would happily checkout whilst driving, watching TV and many other activities.

    1. I was asked if I wanted to watch a movie the other night, and in the past I would have said yes, but what I realised last night is that in front of the screen, it is way too easy for me to check out and before I know it, someone else is running the show as I am on auto pilot and I don’t want that anymore, I don’t enjoy it at all…. perhaps for a moment or two, but I don’t like how it leaves me feeling afterwards. So instead of a movie, I did a Chakra-Puncture session and really enjoyed our time together. A much better way to spend the evening!

  37. Running on autopilot might seem a comfortable way to live life but maybe not if we consider who or what the autopilot actually is and where it brings us at the end of our day or life.

    1. Comfortable for some maybe, but for me personally, I have absolutely loved every moment of being my own pilot, choosing my own fuel and realising that I had been taken for a ride for a long long time!

  38. When we take responsibility for the energy we choose to fuel our vehicle then we know we are on the way home to where we came from. When we allow another to be at the wheel then we become further separated from our true way.

    1. But even when we think we know where we are going or what energy we are using, we can still be fooled. Its a tricky thing at times, and I find that if I am thinking too much then I am most likely already fooled!

  39. I really enjoyed the simplicity and practicality of how you presented the two sources or fuels of energy we can run on Rosie. They are distinctly different and knowing this is what provides the stop moment. It’s so important to check in with ourselves because autopilot, negativity, rushing etc can feel quite normal, so checking in gives us that opportunity to come back to love. Your focus on how this plays out in expression was also very helpful, thank you.

    1. Thanks Melinda. I wrote this a long time ago, and I use it all the time. Learning to be aware is not something we just get and that is it, move on…. rather it is something that we use every day. It is wonderful to be able to figure out which energy you are using.

  40. Rosie this is so simple, you have given such practical examples that everyone on the planet can relate to that clearly shows that we are responsible and can choose at any moment what energy is running our bodies. I had that light bulb moment this week, if I entertain any negative thoughts about my self then I am just opening my body up to abuse because love does not cut us down or anyone else ever!

    1. I love those moments when you catch a thought and go, hang on a moment, there is no way my loving self could think that, so somehow I have changed which energy I am to choosing to run on. It is simple.

  41. In connection we are given access to the wisdom of the universe, there is an absolutely solidness that is felt within and meeting life from this place is a constant flow and joy for all.

  42. It’s very easy to get stuck on the end choices we made, the food we eat, how we move but in fact the first choice is the energy we choose as our fuel and really our end choices are a siren call to show which energy it is, one that is loving or one that is abusive.

    1. More and more these days I find my focus is shifting from the end result (the food I ate for example) and asking myself about the energy I have allowed to move me. This makes more sense then beating myself up.

      1. Yes it is important to look at what happened leading up to the binge, anger, upset or whatever reaction you have. This way you can start to learn about how you react and what triggers you.

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