I was reading back over one of the earlier posts in this blog today (A Collection of Ideas and Corroborations) and came to a sort of realization.
I don't know if it's really that unique of a realization, but I also don't really care. The realization I had is this: everything revolves around energy.
This is true in both a literal, scientific sense, and a more elusive metaphysical sense. In the literal sense, life on earth would not exist without the Sun's radiating energy. There isn't even a need to look further than that, because everything, tides, seasons, light and dark, day and night, life and death of the physical body depend on the Sun's energy.
Man's learned ability to convert matter into energy is what has given him the autonomy from Nature that he enjoys today.
I'm only able to write this article because somewhere someone is converting matter to energy, and I'm tapping into that energy source a little bit, just enough to power this laptop, and stay warm in a heated room while writing :)
Why is oil so valuable? It's liquid energy. Oil companies are really energy brokers. The same with power companies.
But all of that is stating the obvious. What I'd really like to do is take a look at a different type of energy, a higher level of it if you will. This is the energy of thought, emotion, and life.
In order to build this, I need to work forward from exactly where my realization began. In the article I wrote previously on giving and receiving I quoted Deepak Chopra's book "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" where it said, "If, through the act of giving, you feel you have lost something, then the gift is not truly given and will not cause increase. If you give grudgingly, then there is no energy behind that giving."
When I read that again, I realized that what you're really giving is not material goods, but energy.
People talk about "paying attention" to things. What is attention? It is merely focused energy. To pay attention to something, you must focus your energy on it.
The Bible says, "Store up treasures in heaven, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." What does that really mean?
What is your treasure really? Energy. When you give money to someone, especially with good will, doesn't your attention focus on them a bit, and don't you give them some of your energy? You are giving money, certainly, but it's not the money that is the true gift, it's the energy.
If your child asks you for money, and you throw a dollar at him saying, "Here take it, you little blood-sucker." That is going to have a MUCH different effect than if you handed him the same dollar, smiled and said, "Here you go, make sure you spend it well."
In both examples, you're giving energy along with the money, the money simply becomes a representation of that energy. In the first one, it's negative energy. In the second, positive. And energy, as we learned in the giving/receiving article, has a way of coming back around.
Imagine that same child 10 or 20 years later, and let yourself wonder how that experience, that memory, might have shaped their thoughts and beliefs. What is it that's still affecting their life 10 years later? The money? Of course not. It's the energy.
So, in something resembling a conclusion: the giving and receiving in the world is really a flow of energy, from one person to another, in and out, round and about. A giver of great positive energy will receive back in like kind, as will a giver of negative energy. Someone who only takes can expect to slowly stifle and strangle themselves.
There are many other aspects to this, but those are other issues for another time.
Just remember, whenever you give anything, love, friendship, money, life, hope, give it with positive energy.
Awareness of your own energy is very important. How are you expending it? Are you giving it to others in positive ways? Are you trying to hoard it? Do you feel like you never have enough? Why? How can you get more energy? Give it.