Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Thinking about energy...

Energy is the core of all matter... including our own bodies. It's something that different cultures have recognised and labelled as Chi, Ki, Qi, Prana, Spirit... that life force that supports us all.

I think energy fields are something that fascinates people... how energy can be manipulated, how we can interact with it and how it can be used in positive or negative ways. 

It's surprising how often energy is portrayed in our culture - my earliest knowledge/understanding of moving energy came not from being involved with the Ashram (though of course that has helped significantly) but from playing Street Fighter. My favourite character (as is perhaps the case with most girls) is Chun-Li; one of her trademark moves is the Kikoken - a move where she focuses energy through her palms and sends it out to her opponent: 

Alex Grey, the co-founder of CoSM (which I'd like to visit someday) has done paintings which 'interweave biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies'. His work is perhaps the best examples I've seen of how our energy body may appear.

In my late teens, my mom, brother and I took Tai Chi and Qigong classes for a while. I'd someday like to get certified to teach as well. I think anyone involved with martial arts or dance or sports would have some feeling of how energy moves through our bodies. 

Many years ago my mom bought the book 'Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing through the Human Energy Field' by Barbara Brennan which offers insight to the human energy field; how it looks, functions, can be damaged and how it may be healed. She then went on to learn to do Reiki and whenever I was unwell would provide a bit of healing. I've thought many times of learning but never got around to it... and now the Ashram is having workshops teaching both Levels 1 and 2

I'm waffling... I want to do it, but I don't want my whole weekend to be workshops. I should do it, shouldn't I? It's been on my mind for such a long time. It's just one weekend. 

I think I should do it.



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