“I wanna know what you’re thinking. There are some things you can’t hide. I wanna know what you’re feeling. Tell me what’s on your mind. Pure energy.”
I watched the remake of The Karate Kid last week. I thought it was really good! Mr. Han (Jackie Chan’s version of Mr. Miyagi) had some really good quotes, none of which I could find on the internet, or else I would have used them instead of quoting Information Society above. However, to paraphrase, in one scene, he tells the kid “Kung Fu is in everything we do. How we put on the jacket. How we take off the jacket. How we treat everyone.” In another scene, He tells the kid all about chi, the energy force within us.
Most religions and spiritual traditions have this concept of “energy”. Some see it as internal, some see it as external. Some believe that we can use it to affect the world around us, while others believe that the power to change the world rests solely within the hands of God. It goes by many different names, such as chi, kundalini, magick, light, prana, Divine Love, or even “the Force” from Star Wars, but it’s all energy. Pure energy.
It’s all energy, and it’s all the same kind of energy. Internal, external, arising from within, raining down from God, a mystical field that surrounds us and binds us all together….it’s all just different expressions of this spiritual life-energy.
Energy is always surrounding us. It links us all together, and it flows into us, out of us, and around us all the time. It’s in the air that we breathe, it’s in the food we eat, and the water we drink. But it’s even more than that. It’s in our hearts, in our minds, and in our souls. It is our connection to God, our connection to each other, and our connection to the world around us.
And it’s in everything we do. Everything (How we put on the jacket…). Whether we are conscious of it or not, it’s always there.
When you have a conversation with someone, whether it be in person, on the phone, or over text, you are exchanging energy with them. When you leave a comment on a blog, you are exchanging energy with the person who wrote it. When an artist creates a piece of art, he shares his energy with everyone who views the art. When you appreciate a piece of art, you are giving energy back to the artist. Whenever you interact with another person, you exchange energy with them, and whenever you interact with the world, you exchange energy with it, too.
When you make up your bed in the morning, when you do laundry, when you clean your kitchen…you are using energy to keep your home peaceful and serene. When you do your job, you send energy out into the world. When you laugh out loud, or feel a sudden rush of love swell within your heart, you are broadcasting your energy to the world around you. When you eat or drink, you consume the energy of the animals, plants, and other ingredients. When you use, or consume anything, you also consume the energies that went into making the item.
Using money is another form of energy exchange. Whenever you buy something, or sell something, you are exchanging energy with the other party. When you make a donation to a charity or give money to someone in need, you are exchanging energy. I know that many people want to believe that money is the root of all evil in the world, but it isn’t. Money is just another form of divine love.
Throughout the universe, divine energy is revealed to us through science. Two hydrogen combine with one oxygen to give us water, the precious gift of life. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, which the plants and trees use to create oxygen for us. All physical matter is held together through atomic energy. Inert substances bond together to form complex chemicals, which in turn bond together to form life itself. Opposing physical forces keep the Earth in perfect orbit around the sun, assuring us that we will neither get shot out into space nor fall into the sun. Gravity keeps us anchored to our home planet, while heat and combustion allow us to propel ourselves out into space.
All the physical properties of our world are a reflection of God’s love for us. The world, even the Universe itself, works to take care of us, to support us, to love us. The Universe is a wonderful, magical beautiful home designed specifically to nurture us and help us grow.
Energy is inside us, too. It keeps our heart beating without us even thinking about it. It regulates our breathing and our immune system. It controls cell division, carries our thought waves through our brains, and spins our chakras. We can harness that energy, and use it to affect ourselves and the world around us. We can use meditation to calm our minds and focus our intentions, and we can use reiki, yoga, or other energy-based systems to heal our minds and our bodies.
We can use our energy, either alone, or with the guidance of God, to heal others, to attract the things we desire into our lives (intentional manifesting), to affect our environment, or even to heal the world. From miles away, we can mend broken hearts, lift fallen spirits, or turn a bad mood around.
And, oh yes, we can love. We can LOVE! We can love the people in our lives…our children, our parents, our friends, our families. We can even love people that we have never met. The love we have for each other, for children and friends and family…that love, it doesn’t really come from us. It’s another expression of Divine Love, of energy. It’s around us all the time, surrounding ALL of us and connecting ALL of us together, to each other. It connects you to the ones you love and the ones you care for, but it also connects you to people you don’t know or haven’t met yet. It even connects you to people you actively dislike, and even to people you hate (if you do that sort of thing).
Love is always a choice. We don’t “fall” into love. It’s not an accident. What happens is this: We meet someone, and some part of us recognizes our connection with them on a subconscious or even unconscious level. At some point in getting to know them, we open our hearts and the love (energy) that was already there comes flooding in and fills up our hearts.
We often make the mistake of believing that it is “us” who are doing the loving, but really it’s God, working through us.
Sometimes we acknowledge our connection with another person, but we don’t open or hearts because of fear, anger, or pain. We keep our hearts closed, and we don’t allow the love to enter our hearts. Sometimes, we allow the Love in for a while, but then we change our minds and close our hearts to that particular connection. But the love is still there; the energy is always there. As the physicists tell us, energy is neither created nor destroyed, it only changes form. So even if you close your heart, the love is still there on the outside.
Do you see? Everything is energy, everything is love. Everything is LOVE! Particle physics, astronomy, quantum mechanics, chemistry, mysticism, religion, communication, solar energy, fossil fuels, money, creativity…it’s all expressions of divine love. It’s in everything we do, how we take care of ourselves, how we take care of each other, and how we care for our world. It’s how our world takes care of us. It’s how God (no matter how you envision Him/Her/It to be) takes care of us, and how we come to know God.