The ENERGY is how it's working...
...SCIENCE attempts to explain how it works.
...and the TEACHINGS are how to work it!!
I don't see the "energy" as a philosophy or a dogma or religion. Rather, I see it as both a vital and transformative energy. People can live without a philosophy or dogma. No one can live without the energy of Life, that flows through us and animates our being. So, to me the teachings are not the energy in the way that an electricians schematic is not electricity.
If you are driving a race car at 150mph, it's much less important to know how it works mechanically than it is to know how to "work it"! Drive!!!
For anyone on the path of raising their awareness (aka. expanding consciousness, raising energy/vibration...seeking LIFE.) I think it's important to make clear that following energy cultivating practices has the potential to raise ALL of the energy in the psyche (good and bad), so I feel it's important to begin to notice and let go of those things in the psyche that may be destructive patterns. Learning to choose Love instead of fear. Most spiritual teachings, help to guide that energy towards Love and away from self destruction.
If the teachings (via words) were the energy, we would all be enlightened already!! Right? For literally thousands of years we have had the instructions of great teachers like Jesus, Moses and Buddha, etc.. it's clear that they were trying to tell us something that we can't quite comprehend via language. So in my opinion and, I feel, my personal experience, tells me that a "direct experience" must be the path to awakening to this Truth for each person. By default, language as a medium, works best at communicating things which are a common experience to both speaker and listener. So, it's very difficult if not impossible to communicate something that is outside of the realm of another's experience.
That is why I feel the mind-body practices like yoga, meditation and sound therapy, diet etc.. are so important in preparing for this. They can lead us towards experience.
The teachings mainly do at least two things:
1. point out the fallacies, delusions of the mind (future-past, desire, greed, anger, fear etc..)
2. point us back to the present moment (Love, Gratitude, joy--- The energy resides in the present.)
In my opinion, opening the subconscious and freeing the mind to be unified from the constraints of the ego/identity allows this energy to flow more freely. This also amplifies all of the patterns in the mind/psyche. The Ego by it's nature, creates suppression. This suppression happens by default in order to adhere to societal norms. This suppression also restricts the flow of life energy in our own being.
Our modern day approach to mental health demonstrates the difference. With psychiatry mental well being is approached from the angle of chemistry. Various drugs are prescribed to alter brain chemicals, which in turns alters brain function and the perception of well being.
Psychology on the other hand focuses on awareness, analyzation and introspection of mental patterns in hopes of also changing perception and achieving mental well being.
These approaches both demonstrate that at a basic level consciousness affects chemicals and physical functioning, and vice versa.
some more thoughts:
I have been talking some here in the blog about the "shadow" and other parts of the psyche.. although words are a drastically incomplete way to communicate these things it's what we have to work with.. My desire is to create some understanding of these basic concepts before a person might experience an amplification of this life energy (like I did).
What is the energy? I can't say for sure... but basically I think it is the energy of LIFE. None of us know exactly what is animating us. In fact, no one really does, not scientists, doctors.. NO ONE.. Think about that for a second..... This life force that is ubiquitous, abundant and in every living thing you see or contact... well, no one can really explain what it is. That, I think is a mystery for each of us to discover within our own experience.
So, to the best of my knowledge, the energy of life is what I am referring to as "the energy".. In various Eastern cultures, it also known as Chi or Prana.. So, in my experience, as the energy flowed through me everything was amplified. All of the parts of my psyche were amplified. However, I could quickly see that the thought patterns and behavior patterns that were not good were also amplified. These patterns and thoughts were no longer benign abstractions of my hidden inner world... they were now amplified beyond the point of suppression. I was going to need to learn to surf this wave of energy properly...and change many of my thought patterns.. and quickly!
The teachings... teachings of love, compassion, kindness etc.. (psychological reminders) are not the energy. There is a lot of effort spent on spiritual teachings and it is all good, but we have spent centuries on the teachings without really affecting our world as a whole. Why?
I think for the simple fact that the teachings are not the energy. The teachings are the words that describe the energy. They are just pointers.
Don't get me wrong, I think the teachings are necessary. The teachings will help the energy to flow. Otherwise, the energy will find resistance, and that resistance will ultimately either shut things down or create problems. In my case, the energy felt like it blasted every part of me (psychologically) apart. The darkness, selfishness, anger etc.. were brought to the surface to be seen and dealt with. It was not pleasant for me. As they came up they were intense and overwhelming no longer neatly tucked away, to boost my self righteous ego. These monsters were coming out of the cage I had built for them in my subconscious and I was terrified to see what I had created. I struggled to reconcile these emotions from the place of my consciousness as the Observer of my thoughts. As these thoughts swirled in my mind like hurricane waiting to be unleashed, I found a tenuous comfort in the peace at the eye of the storm, as the Observer. From that space I knew that these mental patterns were not me, although I had fed them for years. They raged like monsters barely out of reach and threatening to take my body along for the ride. I instinctively knew that from the space of the Observer, that I could choose love and not fear. I would not feed these thoughts with action. My body begged for my action as it dumped adrenaline into my veins with the fight or flight response. Now I would have to let them go and defeat these mental patterns through understanding them. Could I defeat them? It was a moment by moment resolve...for many days and sleepless nights. I could diffuse them by seeing them for what they were.. mental distortions manifest by my own perception of weakness. It was the most difficult battle I could imagine.. As these mental patterns died, it felt like part of me did to.. This was the death of my Ego. At the time I had no way to distinguish between my Ego and "me", so this was a very real and excruciating mental death.
In retrospect, I felt like I was being spanked by the Spirit of Truth. Without the intensity of it, though, I don't know that I would have learned as clearly. The energy in me raised the mental issues that I had locked away in my subconscious to the forefront of my awareness. There was no ignoring them or shrugging them off, or dealing with it another day. The importance and urgency of dealing with negative thought patterns was made real through the excruciating look I was being shown of myself.
The truth is, I STILL work on these things everyday, but the energy that came through me did a lot to clean house all at that one time. I don't know that it has to be that way for everyone. The reason I say this, is because NO ONE would want to go through what I did. Sure, the end result was amazing and transformative for me, but convincing me on the frontside of it all would have been hard..
What is the energy? To the best of my experience, I believe it is the energy of the Holy Spirit, Kundalini, the evolutionary energy of mankind.. a rebirth of the energy of all life.
As I began to research I started to see this described by yogi's and mystics for centuries.. I think it's actually happening all of the time for all of us and manifests in different ways. I feel it's a natural and normal human process. I believe we can learn to open latent parts of ourselves,.. open new perceptions, awareness and power. That energy is powered and guided by Love though, otherwise, it will meet resistance and create difficulty.. at least that was my experience.
By default it's language that we use to communicate. The inherent flaw in language however is that it can only communicate that which two people already understand or have each experienced on some level. Language is also bound by conceptual thought, ideas. Whereas heart knowledge is based in non-conceptual thoughts. Concepts like Love, compassion etc..
I was no stranger to spiritual teachings before my experience. However, nothing even remotely prepared me for the energy of this awakening. No philosophy or dogma could have prepared me or come anywhere close to comparing to this.
What I experienced was beyond the level of intellectual understanding or the exercise of fleshing out the moral implications of Love or right doing..etc... What I experienced was at the level of energy.. The best I can describe it is like tuning into a radio frequency that is a carrier not only of feeling, but also knowledge. Once experienced, things that were previously murky shrouded in confusion or unknown, then became crystal clear... The clarity of right doing and right thinking become apparent in the presence of this energy as it also becomes clear that the amplification of thought patterns of the ego (as I described above) will quickly lead to self destruction. I think that's important too say here too, that for me it was an amplification.. so the bad thought patterns were amplified too. I think that's where the teachings really come in (to help guide).
"The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light." -Jesus
I felt (and still feel) that if everyone could tap into this experiential "frequency" I think there would be no need for laws or wars, or money or any of what we largely call "society".. the need for it would all vanish in an instant in the clarity of true experiential understanding. I believe that each of us can be "transformed".
On some level, everyone knows what they need to know... It's a matter of remembering (I think) the essence of that knowing ...and experiencing again the energy and palpable experience of the magic of who we truly are.
I think the best way we can raise this energy is to honor Life. To honor ourselves though meditation, yoga, nourishing food and healthy relationships (especially our inner relationship to the light of Life within each of us).
Philosophies happen at the level of the mind and thoughts. The mind is in and of itself intwined with the "identity" and the nervous system, and the survival instinct. So what I see missing from various teachings, attempts to share "enlightenment" through philosophies and language is that by the very nature of it, they are speaking to the listeners "mind".. Instead, I think that some level of nervous system re-balancing must occur, in order to encourage the birth of this experience. From there, the mind will have some of the basic info., so that it can also process the experience, without revolting and triggering stress and other fight or flight responses in the body.
The moment truth is asserted it becomes false. There is no way to communicate truth. But language has to be used; there is no other way. So we always have to use the language with the condition that it cannot be adequate to the experience. Hence I say “the day I achieved my enlightenment.” It is neither an achievement nor mine. -Lao Tzu
"The underlying, primary psychic reality is so inconceivably complex that it can be grasped only at the farthest reach of intuition, and then but very dimly. That is why it needs symbols." – Carl Jung
Just a personal note: There is nothing new under the sun. I am just attempting to present info. here that has helped me. I hope to present it in a clear way based on my experience with anxiety which was a spiritual, psychological and emotional awakening for me. In retrospect of this experience I have been reading as much as I could to come to a deeper and more grounded understanding of this seemingly mystical thing that happened to me (so that I could share it with you). I'm not a doctor or a scientist. Please know this is only my experience. Yours will obviously be different, but since my experience was so similar to others I've talked to, I am hoping this may be helpful or useful to you in some way. It's also a way that I hope to share the love with you. That is my purpose here.