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Energy Is Our Most Precious Currency and How We Use it Matters

A brief introduction to theories of energy and consciousness.

Artwork: Mike Marchetti

What is energy?

In scientific terms, energy is a measurement of the ability of something to do work, using a certain force — be it kinetic, electromagnetic, thermal, gravitational, or other.

Energy is a conserved quantity. It cannot be created or destroyed, but only converted from one form into another.

Energy is seen as the cause of any change. It is the essence of life.

All energy is life — and without energy, there is no life.

How does energy affect us and the world we live in?

As we learned in school, matter is made up of molecules. Even things that appear solid, such as a chair, are vibrating all the time.

This means everything is energy — including the human body. In fact, human beings have energy fields that are measurable.

We’ve been studying the body’s energy centers for thousands of years. We now know that our bodies produce electrical energy, and our energy field is the sum total of that.

So, when we talk about the “vibes” of a specific place or person, we are in fact, describing the vibrational energy of it. Energy vibrates at a different frequency — and as energetic beings ourselves, we might intuitively pick up on good or bad vibes.

There may be a fundamental truth to the term “good vibes” that The Beach Boys coined, after all.

As Lynne McTaggart wrote in her seminal book based on quantum studies The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe:

“At our most elemental, we are not a chemical reaction, but an energetic charge.”

McTaggart demonstrates that there is an energy field that contains everything and is connecting everything.

Energy has consciousness

Not only is everything energy, but all energy has consciousness.

Consciousness and matter, man and the reality around him, are all based on the same primary energy.

So through energy and consciousness, all living things are connected.

From Eastern to Western philosophy, this subtle life-force energy is a universal concept known since antiquity. The Greek called it pneuma, the Romans spiritus vitalis, the ancient Egyptians ka, the Hindus prana, and the Tibetans Buddhists lung. It has been coined aether in anthroposophy, orgon byWilhelm Reich; od by Reichenbach, and fluidum by mesmerists.

The Japanese call it Ki and the Chinese call it Qi.

The interconnectedness between consciousness, man and matter, is very much apparent in the interchangeable use of the word Qi.

In Chinese medicine, Qi is the body’s energy field and all the ways that the different systems in the body communicate with one another.

But Qi is also used in Chinese to describe the energy of the Universe.

Whatever one wants to call it, it’s there. Everything, including man, comes from this energy and returns to it. It is the source of all life.

Consciousness creates reality

Since we are made of energy, to understand ourselves, we must understand energy — ergo, we must understand consciousness.

So, what is the nature of consciousness?

Given the lack of empirical evidence, this philosophical question continues to baffle scientists, psychologists, and neurologists. It has bred an incredible range of hypotheses and interpretations, including that consciousness itself is simply yet another form of matter and energy.

Ultimately, researchers have come to a unanimous, accepted consensus: consciousness is at the basis of everything we deem “real” — meaning that consciousness is what creates reality.

Consciousness is everything we experience.

This view comes from quantum mechanics, where the existence of a wave or a particle depends entirely on someone’s individual point of view.

Basically, nothing is certain. We live in a sea of possibilities, but we affirm our own reality with our own firm conviction.

The Observer, the Screen, and the Thing

Neuroscientists go as far as claiming that even though the physical world and brain are real, we are but mere observers, watching a movie displayed on a mental screen — which is an illusion of the mind. (Enter Matrix theme song, please.)

It is the observer, animated by energy, who can choose what it observes in its world and which path to follow. When a viewer’s focus of attention is redirected, different choices are made (which is where “free will” comes into play).

Let’s trace it back to one of the earliest forms of Eastern philosophy.

Advaita Vedantaone of the six schools of Hindu philosophy, dated 8th century — aimed to understand the nature of the self, consciousness, and reality.

They believed that the mind, body, and world are all held to be appearances of the same unchanging eternal conscious entity, called Brahman.

All that exists is Brahman, which is pure, absolute consciousness.

How we use energy shapes our reality

The implications of this claim are enormous, especially given that as individuals, we all are part of a broader collective.

If we are able to control our energy and create reality through our conviction and intention, we individually have a huge responsibility — both in how we act and think — in shaping the world we live in.

“Energy flows where attention goes.” — Tony Robbins

Enter the “law of attraction” and positive psychology, popularized by the best-selling book The Secret (yes, I see the eye-rolls), which gave us pearls of wisdom such as: “Your thoughts become things” and “Ask once, believe you have received, and all you have to do to receive is feel good”.

In very simple terms, The Secret states that negative thoughts have a negative effect and positive thoughts have a positive effect.

Granted, the book is a dumbed-down version of the law of cause-and-effect and other more philosophical texts, but also an accessible introduction of energetics when applied to the human experience. I read it in my late teens and credit it for shifting my thinking from being a victim of circumstances to a more empowered place.

As we have established, every thought is energetically charged and has an influence on us and on our surroundings.

Given that our thoughts create our reality through their energetic change, we would all benefit from being more aware and conscious — not only of how we act, but also of what we think and of the “vibes” we emanate, both for and those we come into contact with.

How can we work with our energy?

Artwork: Mike Marchetti

A key thing to remember is that the moment of observation is always now — and things only exist in the “now”.

So, to best preserve and use our energy, we must live in the present moment. We must strive to be in a state of “flow”.

Predicting the future or reliving the past can waste our energy.

To assist us in staying present, mindfulness meditation is a very valuable practice, as it helps us to distinguish our thoughts from our core selves. When we observe the mind, our state naturally shifts to the present moment.

It can also help improve brain function, energy levels, and reduce the focus on ruminative thoughts.

Let me be clear: I am in no way advocating that we should avoid feeling anxiety, or fear, or anything unpleasant, and that these emotions should be repressed and we should label them as “bad”. To do so would be to deny the fundamental human experience. Suffering is part of our experience. We should also remember that what we resist, persists.

We are human and not Buddhas. We cannot and should not expect to be peaceful at all times.

I believe that practicing mindfulness means embracing and accepting the experiences that come our way, without judgment.

By mindfully by staying conscious and present in our own internal experience, we are able to honor our journey and to better address and process our emotions as they arise.

Acting mindfully also means that we must learn to prioritize the things that add the most value to our lives and make space for those.

It’s about taking inspired action, as well as releasing what doesn’t energetically serve us (wherever possible).

Author and philosopher Emily Maroutian says:

“Energy is the currency of the universe. When you “pay” attention to something, you buy that experience. So when you allow your consciousness to focus on someone or something that annoys you, you feed it your energy, and it reciprocates with the experience of being annoyed.

Be selective in your focus because your attention feeds the energy of it and keeps it alive, not just within you, but in the collective consciousness as well.”

Think about how you feel when you do something you love. Hours fly by and even if you spend a lot of time on a task and tire yourself out, you still feel energized and excited afterward.

Conversely, think about those times you have to do something you dislike — say, doing your taxes, or attend useless team meetings. An hour seems like an eternity and you feel like you’ve wasted much of your time. Afterward, you feel energetically drained and fatigued.

Time in both these cases is irrelevant.

This is why I disagree with people who say “time is our ultimate currency”. It is not about how much time you spend on something, but how you felt during it, that determines your energetic state.

So, instead of measuring the value of our daily output in time and asking “How will I use my time today?”, or “How much can I achieve in this time?”, it might serve us better to ask: “Where will I direct my energy today?”.

We are all part of collective consciousness — and how we choose to channel our energy shapes not only our reality but also the lives of those around us.

In conclusion: energy is our most precious currency.

To recap:

  • Our energetic state attracts the experiences we are living on a daily basis.
  • We are responsible for our own energy and how we use it.
  • Where we direct our energy shapes our reality and future.
  • Energy is not a quantifiable measure — it’s more of a qualitative approach to living our own life.

Learning to direct and focus our energy is one of life’s most vital skills.

Once we understand the power of energy, we can consciously choose the reality — and the changes — we want to see manifested.

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