Congratulations on finishing your third week of training. You should be experiencing a different relationship with your thoughts now. You should be more aware of them as they arise and you might have noticed a distinct feeling coming along with each of them especially if the thought was emotional in nature. Learning to feel our thoughts as actual sensations is the begining of learning to control and harness our Energy.
Energy is the creative potential for change. Pure energy is always potential, because once it begins doing something it becomes indistinguishable from matter, this is why we are able to feel energy, or chi, with our physical senses. E=MC2 means that energy is equivalent to matter. Energy is the birthplace of the objective physical dimensions, it is the bridge between potential and tangible existence.
Energy is the nature of all creation, but energy itself can neither be created nor destroyed, only transferred. Transformed from one potential into another. Mastering this alchemical transmutation is the basis of all Yoga and all internal martial arts. The goal is to cultivate an Effortless Being in every moment and every experience. Effortless being is pure freedom in every thought, feeling and action.
“If you are struggling, there is a reason.” -Bruce Lee
What is the reason for your struggle? Where does it originate? If one follows this question with discipline, the self will be discovered. Self is the deciding factor. Self is the controller who makes all distinctions. Struggle always comes from the self. Understanding this is the begining of power.
Energy is about discovering the nature of your own power. The power to create your experiences exactly as you desire. Thought is a part of our tangible experience so it has very little power in and of itself because it is only a reaction to what has already been experienced. Thought is merely small packets of gathered information, but mind on the other hand is the electromagnetic field of energy which organizes these packets. Mind comes first, and when we learn to work at this level of being we can design our thoughts specifically to create certain experiences rather than our thoughts being the effects of random experience.
This is why your day feels better when you begin it with a little yoga, tai chi, meditation, etc. You have cultivated a certain frequency within the mind and it then creates thoughts and experiences to match that frequency. Even if something negative happens, in that state of mind it doesn’t seem to affect you the way it normally would.
All energy is manifested as oscillation or vibration which can be represented in the form of a sine wave. The height of each wave is referred to as amplitude and decides how intense the vibration is. The distance between the crests is called the frequency and determines the quality of the wave. A low frequency is slow and dense, like matter. A high frequency is fast like light and can even be invisible like cosmic and gamma rays. The frequency determines what something is. Everything has a standard resonant frequency.
Resonance and Entrainment
Resonance is the standard operating frequency of any particular thing. The Resonance of an object is it’s base frequency. Because every vibration sends out waves like ripples on a pond, anything tuned to that same frequency will begin vibrating at that rate as well. If you can imagine leaves on the surface of a pond, and the surface represents their resonant frequency, if you drop a stone on one of them the ripple moving outward will make all of the other leaves bob in unison. This harmony in resonance is called entrainment and can be seen in many different phenomena such as grandfather clock pendulums in the same room will begin swaying in synch, one tuning fork when struck will make another of the same pitch begin vibrating as well, and even disembodied animal hearts kept alive in jars will all begin beating in unison.
The importance of these two concepts is that if you have many different things that all have the same general resonance all you have to do is raise the frequency of one of them and all of the others will entrain to that level of vibration. Have you ever wondered how charismatic people grip the attention of huge crowds of people? Resonance and entrainment. Charismatic people always have high frequency energy and the average person is drawn to them like a moth to a flame. They are entraining to the higher frequency or riding the speakers wave so to speak. This same dynamic is what makes living spiritual masters have such a strong presence, but this is on a much higher level than charisma. Masters are resonating from their spirit.
We are going to use the techniques of pranayama (breath control) and Qi Gong (energy work) to learn to feel and control the frequency of our minds and bodies. Pranayama uses breathing and visualization to raise our frequency and cleanse the nervous system. Qi Gong uses gentle movement with synchronized breathing to unify the mind and body, realign the musculoskeletal system, open the chi meridians, and relieve stress.
In our lesson on emotion we focused on feeling the physical sensations of our emotions, this week we are going to focus on feeling the physical sensations of every movement the mind makes. We are going to learn how anything the mind imagines viscerally the body makes into a tangible experience. This applies to feelings, emotions and even states of being.
With this understanding comes great power over your experience of reality, and your overall state of being. And with this power also comes great responsibility. You will no longer be able to blame your family, or society, or government for how you feel because you will know that ultimately it is your own mind which is creating that experience.
Welcome to the doorstep of freedom and nature of Effortless Being.