WHAT IS ENERGY?
How many people have had times when they feel they just don’t have enough energy to get through the day? What does that mean? They feel tired, exhausted? They are just lazy and don’t feel like doing anything? Other people describe themselves as ADHD and have the experience of so much energy they can’t sit still, they are “bouncing off the walls” or feel they could just take off and fly.
Many people don’t have a sense of energy beyond knowing they have to put gas in the car to make the motor go to move the car from point A to point B. And who can blame anyone because even in scientific terms energy is fairly abstract:
E=MC2. Energy equals mass times the speed of light times the speed of light.
According to Dr. Ervin Laszlo the zero point field has an energy density of 1094 ergs per cubic centimeter (which is ten thousand, billion, billion, billion times more energy in one cubic centimeter of empty space than the total energy in all the matter in the known universe…) How is that conceivable?
The Oxford Dictionary offers three definitions:
- The strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity.
- Power derived from the utilization of physical or chemical resources especially to provide light an heat or to work machines.
- The property of matter and radiation which is manifest as the capacity to perform work (such as causing motion or the interaction of molecules).
We live with energy. We live in this energy. It is more a part of everything we are than anything in our lives. By understanding and learning what energy does in manifesting our lives we can develop and refine our skills for being in a body and in the world.
“He who knows the Tao does not speak of it.
He who speaks of the Tao does not know it.”
n Lao Tsu
In spite of what the old Master said here are a few thoughts. In Taoism, it is the energy of the Tao that manifests as the world and the whole universe. The Tao is energy inherent in a state of infinite potential that doesn’t participate in the movement of energy and yet at the same time the Tao is energy in motion. Only when the energy begins to move does manifestation occur. The whole universe, from the tiniest subatomic quarks to whole galaxy clusters, is simply energy. Matter is simply energy divided by the speed of light squared and the speed of light is 700 million miles an hour. But what then is energy. Energy is that which creates movement whether it is vibrations of the electromagnetic field that create visible light and microwaves or a water buffalo pulling a wooden harrow through a field of mud, or a shuttle taking a payload to an orbiting space station. None of it can happen without kinetic energy. Potential energy that fills that empty cubic centimeter becomes kinetic energy as soon as it begins to move or vibrate. So in Taoism the whole, manifest world is because of the movement of energy within the ultimate state of non-movement that together exist simultaneously as one and yet separate.
Some of the quantum physicists have suggested that the subjective experience of the quantum field is our own consciousness. If that is true then within each one of us is the source of all the energy in the universe in our own consciousness. (It gets easier from here.)
One of the basic principles of energy work is simply: Energy follows thought.
Have you ever told yourself not to forget to do something and then promptly forgot it? That is because the body is in charge of memory and the body thinks in images. There is no image for “not” and so the directive you gave was actually “forget it.” Yet another reason to think positively!
Also intention, on a subtler level of mind than thought, moves energy and creates form.
What we intend takes form in our thoughts, often in our bodies and the world. In fact it is intention that begins all action initiated by us. Whether it is our perception of our situation or our body’s response to our perception. Whether or not we decide to go to bed an hour early because we have missed having a full night’s sleep for a while, it is our intention initiates the action.
CONNECTIVE TISSUE PATHWAYS
There are connective tissue membrane structures called fasciae, or “sheets,” within the body that tighten protectively when threatened and, among other things, block energy flow. Western physiologists have discovered minute structures within those membrane sheets exactly where, for the past 4,000 years, the Chinese have been saying the Acupuncture Meridians were. Fascial tension constricts these energy channels which can create imbalance in our whole system. If this becomes a chronic condition then various aspects of our health can be compromised and we feel depleted. Wholeness Energy Work, Massage and Pattern Healing help to open the flow of energy to bring more energy in our day to day living.
In the Indian system there are channels that are different from the acupuncture meridians. These pathways are called Nadiis and where the meridians have a physical location, the nadiis are a function of the body’s energy field. One might imagine the Nadiis are similar to the field changes that cause the patterns iron filings follow around a magnet. Within this perspective there are also the energy centres or Chakras. These are whorls of energy that move energy from one level to another much like transducers.
Healing Spheres is actually three techniques put together for energizing yourself and others in the areas that need healing. It begins with Sun/Earth Breathing, then Balancing the Chakras which can be healing by itself, and then works with the flow of energy in the Healing Spheres for the area that needs attention. This method is very helpful in most situations where we need healing.
Tibetan Breathing is another form of energy work and a very profound breath meditation that uses the breath to direct the subtle energies facilitating healing and revitalizing all aspects of mind and body. It has been shown to be especially effective for increased emotional stability, anxiety and depression, angina and other pain, respiratory problems, muscle spasm (even during athletic events), spinal subluxations, general stress and tension. (See Tab for more information)
Discharge Breath is a way of bringing your energy level down to where you are in charge. If someone is overwhelmed by emotion it is not the emotion that overwhelms. It is the energy generated by the emotion. We operate at a normal level of energy and usually we only notice our energy if it goes way up or way down. If we are sick and feel we have no energy then we need to bring our energy up to facilitate the healing of our illness. If, on the other hand, we have too much energy as when someone is very angry, then we need to bring the energy back down to the level where we are back in charge again. Discharge Breath is a very simple method that does exactly that very effectively.
Again using intention and visualization we can balance the energy in the body to enhance health, vitality, mental clarity and an improved sense of well-being.