A very, very small article about energy. I say small because the topic is HUGE and this is a very small, very brief introduction to encourage you to dive in and explore the fascinating world of subtle energy.
Everything is energy and energy is everything. The universe is filled with energy, all matter is made of energy and energy particles. When we inhale, along with oxygen we take in 'subtle energy', the energy that sustains life. The Chinese call it Qi (pronounced 'chee'), Indians call it Prana, Japanese call it Ki. I call it any of these, or universal consciousness. This subtle energy can be transferred to create electricity, trees and plants, we use it to think, feel, move and speak. There are infinite uses of this energy. It permeates the whole universe and is present in all life forms and matter.
In the western world we are less familiar to the concept of subtle energy, whereas in the east it is a part of their experience, culture, language and life. Throughout history different influences have moulded people's views on energy. One very famous theory is Einstein's Theory of Relativity (early 1900s). This theory demonstrated that time and space are not fixed and it had a far reaching impact on our view of energy and the universe. In recent years, quantum physics proved that matter is not really solid at all, as previously believed. Matter is made up of very small particles called quantum particles. These particles change upon observation and again with a different observer. It took me some time to really get my head around that. Even now I am not certain that I do so I go with the flow and have some fun with it.
Everything is consciousness, energy, including us. Our 'space' (sometimes referred to as the aura, electromagnetic field, spiritual energy system) is composed of subtle energy that extends out to about 2-3ft around our physical body. In western cultures, many have become so accustomed to seeing themselves as the physical body and yet we are so much more than this. I believe we are consciousness having a human experience. Many human beings have forgotten the full magnitude of who they really are (and instead behave like human doings, busy, busy, busy ........!)
I see myself as consciousness having an experience as Carole, spirit with a physical body. I chose to incarnate on earth to learn, grow and balance my karma (wow, another vast topic). I believe that during each incarnation on the earth plane we have a physical body and this is surrounded by an aura. As we go through life different experiences leave their energy mark in our aura, some of them create imbalances which affect the mind, emotions and eventually the physical body. This in turn affects every experience we have and helps to create the details of our life.
Over the past ten years I have been training and working to balance the energy in the aura and physical body, for myself and others who requested my assistance. I have used various mediums and tools such as meditation, yoga, a wholesome living diet, clairvoyance, healing, massage, reiki, prayer, acupressure but mostly by being a conscious, neutral observer. The journey has been intense but worth the effort.
I invite you to explore (or continue exploring) the truth of who you really are. From my perspective, you are all that is and ever was, having a human experience. You are amazing beyond imagination and it is my sincere wish that all humans remember this and live their life knowing that they are pure genius, a spark of the divine made manifest now.
With love and light, Carole.
There are some great quotes below to support the theme of this article. There is a Links page with access to many relevant websites explaining some of the topics mentioned above. Please also see the Bookshop which has a section dedicated to Subtle Energy. There are millions of books available and I have recommended those I found particularly enjoyable and insightful.
Quotes worth a read....
Reality is not only stranger than we suppose but stranger than we can suppose. - J. B. S. Haldane
Time is not a line, but a series of now points. - Taisen Deshimaru
Consciousness is a being, the nature of which is to be conscious of the nothingness of its being.- Jean-Paul Sartre
The spirit down here in man and the spirit up there in the sun, in reality are only one spirit, and there is no other one.- The Upanishads
Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech, and learn the backward step that turns your light inward to illuminate your self. Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will be manifest. - Dogen
If I could take all your words away and give you but a sparse few, they would be: ‘I now know, I am absolute, I am complete, I am God, I am.’ If there were no other words but these, you would no longer be limited to this plane. - Ramtha
All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter. - Max Planck, Nobel Prize-winning Father of Quantum Theory