Energy is a term that is used frequently in our modern society. It is used to describe many things such as artificial energy drinks and foods full of sugar and caffeine as well as the more organic products filled with seeds and exotic fruits.
Energy is also used to describe the power that heats and lights our homes, offices and public buildings. These forms of energy include oil, gas and electricity as well as renewable forms such as solar, wind, geothermal and tidal. As well as describing foods and heating the term energy is also used to describe body energy and the living experience, both positive and negative.
People inter change the term between these three contexts and it is understandable to see how ideas on these concepts may become confused. Advertising encourages the thought that artificial energy drinks are healthy and will add to health and body energy levels. In reality they give people a false energy high that will subside very quickly. These drinks tend to be filled with sugar that in the long term taxes the body and health.
We also use the term energy to describe aspects of the environment and fuels that we consume from the environment. We have all heard the term used smooch over the past few decades as we are constantly encouraged, and rightly so, to recycle waste and limit our fossil fuel consumption as these things are negatively impactful on the environment.
Modern living makes taxing demands on everyone and those demands often leave people with little sleep or poor sleep patterns. Television is twenty four hours a day, seven days of the week now. The internet also gives us constant entertainment as it gives us gambling, shopping, gaming, and social media opportunities. There are endless distractions to grab your attention. There seems little time for life commitments such as work and family who are seeking our attention as well.
These are not easy dilemmas to address as our society encourages people to live in ways that are not in the best interests of their physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health or the good health of the planet. The more serious and meaningful is often left aside for the more destructive or trivial.
A need for change
There is a new trend of thinking that acknowledges this old negative way of living and the need for change. This new trend recognises that there is a relationship between these different facets of energy for all things are inter- related.
In the various areas of our work we have both talked often about energy. Primarily we are talking about an energy that has been known for thousands of years in the ancient world. It is an energy that the modern world is now beginning to think about and explore in a more considered way. This energy is known as subtle energy or universal energy and it consists of a mixture of electricity and magnetism, which is found naturally in the human body. This energy is known by many names in both the ancient and our modern world. It is known by such names as, Ka, by the ancient Egyptians and Chi, Ki, Prana and Psychic to name just a few in the modern world. All cultures have a name for this energy.
There are seven major chakra points. Each is an energy reservoir that sends electromagnetic energy around the body. Electro magnetic energy is also known as Chi/Ki and Prana amongst other names. This subtle energy needs to be in a healthy condition to keep all levels of the person in good health. Alcohol, poor sleep patterns and stress are some of the things that will interrupt the subtle energy system of the body.
We have often discussed in our blogs the energies that are all around you as they impact that delicate energy system of the body to bring about wellness or destructiveness in the body and life. All things are interconnected and all energy on some level will interrelate.
Subtle energy can be affected by life choices such as sleep, eating habits and stress as all of these things can block subtle energy’s efficiency as it flows through the body. On a wider context earth energy as it is emitted from the centre of the earth also affects and impacts the efficient flow of your subtle energy through the body as will celestial energy, which is given to us via the sun, moon and the stars. The environment and the conditions around you will impact and affect the efficiency of subtle energy within your body also. So it is important that you live in a clean and calm environment for optimum health. Modern life does not always afford you the correct requirements for a healthy subtle energy system, as much of our modern world is polluted with dirt, poison and noise, all of which will damage the body and the energy system on some level. We are also surrounded by electromagnetic signals from lights, TVs, computers and mobile devices that will affect the subtle energy of the body.
It is named the subtle energy system; however it is of huge importance to the individual and their living experience. It brings life and vitality to the body as well as connecting the individual to all levels of life itself.
Subtle energy flows through the body naturally, just like your blood flows through your veins, it flows through a system of meridians which are unseen in the body but can be felt by the individual as the energy flows to various parts of the body. On an everyday level if the system is working well the individual will not feel the energy flow. However, when the energy is impacted in a negative way and parts of the body are not receiving the energy, the body will react and start to break down. As the energy is returned to the body the individual may well feel the energy move through the body and experience this movement as short lived pain or energy ripples through the meridians. For optimum health your subtle energy must flow freely through the body. It is in free flow that the body will be in the best health as the cells will be continually fired and fed by the vital life giving electricity and magnetism. It is both of these energies, electricity and magnetism, in combination that makes subtle energy. This energy is the life blood of the universe as it flows through every living thing equally. It connects you to all life. Having your subtle energy system in good order is best for your body, mind, emotions and spirit as that is what balance is.
A healthy subtle energy system
There is a great deal that the individual can do to keep their subtle energy system in good health. Sleep for at least eight hours a night in a dark room with no light. Get regular sleep and not disjointed sleep. This is not easy for shift workers. However block out and black out the light as much as you can.
Eat healthily as the quality of food itself will impact the energy system. The colours of foods impact the energy system of the body as does the type of foods. Eat lots of blues and greens, like leafy vegetables and fruits. However keep your diet balanced. Don’t just eat blues and greens exclusively as this will bring imbalance and have a negative impact on the energy system and the body.
Be mindful of alcohol and all drugs both pharmaceutical and illegal. They all have a harsh impact on the energy system and so only use prescribed drugs as needed and prescribed by your doctor.
Keep away from all stress. This is a tricky one in modern life. Visit a green space regularly. Don’t underestimate the need your body has for that. Urban living has its benefits. It has its drawbacks also as long periods in cities without interacting with the natural world can be negatively impactful on your well-being. The natural world is replenishing and we all benefit from connection to it. A green garden with plants and flowers will suffice for its replenishing ability.
Keep your energy system in balance as that is what well health is, your body and system completely in balance. Meditation is a good way of returning your energy system to good order as it directly impacts it and balances it. Also visualisations such as colour visualisations will do wonders for a poor energy system. Once the energy system is balanced it will help to bring well-health back to the body.
Do plenty of regular exercise, yoga, martial arts, Qigong, and general movement of the body will help keep the energy system flowing.
Be mindful of the quality of the earth energy as it comes up to you. Of all thus far on our list, this may confuse or tax most people the most. In modern life by and large people do not have a very good conscious connection to the earth energy as the ancients did. We wear shoes as a rule, and that disconnects our direct connection with the quality of the earth energy. We do not take note of good energy or bad energy as it is absorbed by the body until we become ill and the source of that illness is confusing or without explanation.
When you hear the word energy being used, we invite you to be thoughtful of the context it is used in.
- Is it to do with utilities, transport and industry?
- Is it used in the context of diet, food and drink?
- Is it being discussed in relation to the subtle energy system of the body and maybe the wider universe?
That context is all important. The two former uses of the term energy are modern concepts of the term while the latter is an ancient understanding of the workings of the human body, the earth and the wider universe that is largely ignored by modern western science and people. However things are changing slowly as more people are prepared to use energy therapies and understand first hand their healing and therapeutic benefits. This will inevitably lead to more acceptance of this old knowledge as its use spreads and it becomes more widely accepted.
We are both committed to teaching and sharing this old knowledge and being a part of spreading this wisdom to all who wish to use, know and understand.
We invite you to learn about the power of your subtle energy and become your own healer by understanding how to live a healthy life. Your life is diminished without a healthy body, the subtle energy system and subtle energy flow in good order is integral to a healthy body and healthy life. We look forward to sharing information with you and helping you to be balanced, well and healthy.
Lynette and David