First, the body is not simply matter but is what is known as vital energy as well. In fact, it’s vital energy that makes vital matter, vital.
Second, everything has an energy field.
Third, our being is not simply physical. It has a number of additional dimensions or aspects of our being, and each aspect creates a specific energy field.
Each field is more or less strong depending on how important that aspect of our being is. This includes our physical body, our emotions, our thoughts, and our beliefs. It covers the physical, the psychological, the mental, and the spiritual realms.
As a result, we are a symphony of energy fields.
Each one of us is like a musical band playing its own particular music more or less loud, more or less melodious, more or less soft or aggressive… constantly projected outwardly into our environment.
It reaches not only other humans, but animals, plants and beyond since we know from the work of Masaru Emoto (See our Nov. 15 blog post on “the memory of water”) that it is proven that water molecules respond to our thoughts and emotions.
It is significant to be aware that our presence has an impact on every one else in contact with us—humans, animals, plants and everything else that receives the energetic imprint of our presence; and, conversely, who project their own.
That awareness is self-awareness (in a good sense) and part of conscious living. A lack of that awareness is likely to present in behaviors from caustic relationships with others to a lack of sensitivity for our ecological environment.
Fourth, what we commonly perceive with our physical senses and intellect is never the whole picture.
Example: The physical body hides the presence of vital-energy from our physical senses and “common sense.” In short, what appears is not the full reality. True of us. True of others, thus the importance of the practicing “holistic” approach.
It is a key principle in all energy medicines but should apply to all aspects of our lives starting with our relationship with others.
It means that to discover the real picture we need to look beyond the appearance, beyond the obvious, and see the person as a whole being and to evaluate any situation within its broader context.
Fifth, all human emotions can be placed on a spectrum defined by two sets of fundamentally opposite qualities.
On the one hand, we have love and its many manifestations: respect, civility, patience, tenderness, compassion, empathy, and the various altruistic expressions.
On the other hand, there is fear, anger, hate, jealousy, and the many expressions of selfishness.
That which tends toward love is referred to as among the higher emotions and that which tends toward fear is referred to as among the lowest emotions. This has been expressed in modern language as the “positive energies” and the “negative energies.”
All the great moral and social philosophers and all the major spiritual teachers throughout the ages have spoken of this. For some, it is the law of karma. For others, it is the Golden Rule–“do unto others as you would have them to unto you,” or “as you sow, so shall you reap.”
The wisdom of the ages, religious or not, is now proven by science. It clearly tells us that the so-called positive energies are more beneficial to us and others than are the negative energies.
Positive energy promotes more positive energy and negative energy promotes more negative energy.
This is magnified in groups as collective consciousness that becomes an energy of its own affecting anyone in its sphere of influence. It is visible in religious groups as much as it is visible in political ones, and it affects the nation’s frame of mind.
Yes, you could object by pointing to the approach illustrated in older Judaic scriptures, “an eye for an eye.” That was the common wisdom expressing a self-preservation state of consciousness some 3,500 to 4,000 years ago.
But a higher level of consciousness was taught some 2,000 years ago by a Jewish rabbi of Nazareth who preached: “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
This precept is found in just about all authentic spiritual teachings. It is also the altruism found in the great humanists, be they believers, agnostics or atheists. It is the higher wisdom that “conscious living” attempts to promote. It benefits us, others, and our environment.
Conversely, fear, anger, hate, jealousy and selfishness are not only destructive to our environment and to our relationships, they poison our own essence and substance, slowly destroying our own fabric, causing sickness and misery.
Jesus, in his seminal Sermon on the Mount, taught to an astonished audience that sinning is not simply in the act (i.e. stealing, adultery, killing) but also in the emotions and thoughts of desire, anger, selfishness.
This idea was expressed 2,000 years earlier by Taoist sages and their practical notion of Traditional Chinese Medicine, that sickness can be created by negative emotions. It makes even more sense when you learn that the term sin was a translation of the Aramaic idea (Aramaic being the form of Jewish language actually spoken by Jesus) meaning, missing the mark. In other words the “missing of the mark” is a fundamental error, a mistake, a not knowing the truth.
It is not only relative to the rules of religion, but of conscious living. It is the boomerang that returns to hit us unaware.