Not long ago I found myself in a bit of a dilemma. I had all kinds of (what I termed) 'negative' energy built up within myself. I reached out to others I consider far more spiritually intelligent than I looking for an answer as to how to direct that energy or eliminate it.
Of the many responses I received was a simple, yet profound statement: "Energy is energy."
From that I derived the following thought process. Energy is energy: it is neither bad nor good. What you do with that energy or the use you convert it to creates the aura of 'good' or 'bad'. In other words it's what you do with it and how you use it that determines the nature of the energy.
How many times have you heard the expression "He's giving off bad vibes" or "I get a bad vibe off her" or "that place has bad vibes"? I think you get the picture. Now consider that the vibes or energy are all apart of your own perception of them. That perception is often influenced by? You guessed it: your own Ego. Damn that Ego is a real bear at times. Consider that some like certain colors while others don't. Isn't there the possibility that other's may not sense the same 'bad vibe'?
What if you woke up one day to learn that you had an inexhaustible bank account? I'm sure just about everyone has a list of things they would do if they were suddenly financially secure for the remainder of their lives. Would you waste it? Perhaps in the end some of it may be wasted - as in having nothing to show for it…..it happens. After all, we are all souls inhabiting bodies having a very human experience.
So, that's a bit far-fetched. I mean what are the chances of that happening? For arguments sake I'll leave it at this: anything is possible. But that's not what this is about.
Money can be burnt, improperly used, lost, or stolen: once it's gone..it's gone.
Energy can't be burnt, but it can be improperly used. It can't be lost or stolen. However, unlike money there is a never ending supply. You do have an inexhaustible source for energy.
Energy is all around you: in solid objects, on the air, in liquid, gas, animal, vegetable and mineral. Heck, it's in your body permeating you at this very moment. You access it every day and feel the effects of it in your daily life: even while you're sleeping. No, this is not a major discovery nor will it be headlining any major news network as "Late breaking news".
Prana (life force, i.e. energy) activates your body; creating the potential for activity: mental or physical. Through Pranayama (the Yogic method of breath control) we learn to control how we breathe. Several methods abound all of which have their own intrinsic value: they have their place.
Once we've learned how to control our rate of intake what do we do with it? That's the million dollar question now isn't it? Or is it even a question?
Through the practice of meditation we learn to channel that energy. From a personal perspective, I've learned that I, and anyone else, can learn to tap into that energy. Initially, I was not sure exactly how it would work. Fortunately, I have access to several outstanding teachers. One of whom guided me in a particular manner. The description of which would be entirely too lengthy here.
Despite the lengthiness of a description, consider this: while in meditation practice choose a particular quality or qualities (peace, loving kindness, compassion, etc.) you desire to embody. As you are accessing your three main nadi's (energy lines) while practicing pranayama there is the key. While practicing on a deep inhale name that chosen quality, for instance gratitude, name that quality to yourself. When you exhale allow that quality (the energy) to permeate your body.
What essentially happens is a re-distribution, of sorts, of your own thought processes. You've made a withdrawal from the Universe and you've brought that energy into your own being. Now, what do you do with it? Simply stated, you 'spend' it. By spending I mean you take that energy and put it to use on your mat while moving through asana's and later when you leave the mat in your daily life.
When your 'tank' runs low… go back and get a refill: it's free. Only, don't waste it.Take what you need and use what you take. And consider: what you put out to the Universe is what you'll get back…sometimes more than you ever expected to receive.
There's no mysticism involved here, just a pure unadulterated energy exchange.
Yoga has been growing in popularity among people of all interests and athletes of a diverse list of disciplines. The unique combination.