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Energy Awareness and Expanding Consciousness
By Synthia Andrews, ND
The world is changing and old ways of doing things, old ways of seeing reality are no longer sustainable. New directions are called for across all spectra of life; economically, socially, politically, ecologically and spiritually. When many structures, man-made and natural, are simultaneously changing, it heralds a paradigm shift; a change in how we view the universe and our place within it. If advances in quantum physics are indicators, the new world view recognizes what mystics have always said, that there is no separation between the seen and unseen domains, between the material world and the forces of subtle energy, or life force. Ultimately, the paradigm shift is an expansion of consciousness, an awakening to spiritual reality, although what spiritual reality is must be defined individually.
What is clear is that the world is made of more than what we see, feel and hear. It is made of a sea of energy from which the circumstances and events of life unfold. To change your life, you must first shift the energy patterns that hold conditions in place. The ability to interact in this realm is innate and natural. You do it subconsciously all the time. The trick is to be able to interact consciously. As many are awakening to the energy matrix of life, inner senses are stirring and subtle energy awareness is being activated. With awareness you can navigate the world of subtle energy, further expand your consciousness, and creatively generate the circumstances of your life.
Einstein’s groundbreaking equation E= MC2 (energy equals matter times the speed of light squared) declares that energy and matter are the same substance separated only by the speed of their movement, or rate of vibration. Energy and matter live in a perpetual dance of transformation; energy entrained in matter, matter released back to energy. Life is the transformational meeting place as the body balances energetic and physical substances in an alchemical exchange. Your body is wired to navigate this sea of life force. It is the vehicle for your consciousness to explore this reality.
As a vehicle, the body is a sensitive instrument able to identify and work with energy that exists outside the detectible range of current technology (as radio waves and microwaves once were). Just as the eyes receive information in the spectrum of visible light frequency, and the ears receive information in the spectrum of audible sound frequency, the physical body has an energy counterpart, the energy body, which receives subtle energy frequencies. As the eyes and ears translate frequency into visual and auditory information, so too the energy body translates frequency data into gut feelings, intuition and other forms of body knowledge.
Your physical body is your key to engaging energy realms as it provides you with the information your energy body is receiving. Paying attention to your body is the first step to conscious interaction. As you take notice, you begin to realize that certain sensations, emotions and perceptions correlate to specific changes in energy flow. As you align with the flows of subtle energy, events unfold more easily and synchronicity leads you into life enriching events. The ability to use mind and heart to manifest the circumstances of your life increases.
As consciousness is expanding in the paradigm shift underway, the energy body is becoming more sensitive. You may be having experiences you haven’t had before and don’t completely understand. Do you know who is on the phone when it rings? Do you think of people only to have them appear around the next corner? Are you seeing lights in the sky and auras around people? Do you feel energy moving in your body in unexplained sensations such as body jolts, inner vibration, goose bumps and tingling? You notice that you are processing information differently and assessing facts in the light of internal discernment beyond rationality and logic. Learning how to access your innate energy awareness will help you engage these transitional experiences more fully.
Ancient systems suggest that the universe is made of many dimensions and that we are connected to them through our energy body. In other words, we are multi-dimensional beings. Attainment of multi-dimensional awareness is thought to be part of the shift, a concept made more plausible with the revelation through quantum physics of the seemingly paranormal nature of subatomic particles. According to ancient Hindu texts, different dimensions vibrate at specific rates which correspond to specific layers in the radiance around the body called the aura. The subtle energy information received by the aura is fed into the body through centers called chakras and distributed through channels called meridians. Since each layer of the aura corresponds to a different level or dimension of reality, engaging your energy senses will help you experience different dimensions.
In the past, expanding consciousness was viewed as rising through the chakra energy structures and receiving information from the lower, more physical dimensions to the higher, more spiritual dimensions. Growth was a step-by-step progression with the assumption of a basic duality where spirit is good and material is not. Spiritual growth required transcending the lower physical planes which were considered traps. Rather than being thought of as a vehicle for consciousness, the body was considered a prison.
Multi-dimensionality is the ability to encompass and inhabit all levels of reality simultaneously. Rather than being trapped in the material, the body is an anchor for spiritual beings to interact in the physical plane. The gift of a physical body is often overlooked, and the physical plane frequently identified with pain, suffering and ego. Some seek to escape through ascension into higher consciousness. However, being multi-dimensional does not mean being one-dimensional even if it is a high dimension. It means consciously inhabiting all dimensions.
What if we are not here to escape matter, but to spiritualize matter; to open the doors between the realms, bringing the gifts of each to bear on the other? Truthfully, matter is already imbued with spirit; matter is the infusion of spirit into form. Spiritualizing matter refers to the raising of frequency such that matter loses its hold on our consciousness and we are free to come and go at will, free to use our creative energy to establish heaven on Earth.
In the creation of a new paradigm, each of us is creating the direction of the future. What that direction will be depends on the awareness with which we each make our choices. How each of us behaves in the trials of this transition will determine the future we are creating. What we do is based on what we hold precious, what we believe about reality and what we decide to treasure. Do we care enough to clear the past and engage the largest part of who we are? If so, we must align our thoughts and actions to higher truth.
Accepting our place as spiritual beings co-creating this reality is the essence of the transformation underway. Learning to read the language of energy and activate new energy patterns will allow each of us to fully participate in the path and purpose of life. As we remember our essence, we will awaken to the realization that humans are magnificent beings with unlimited potential. This is walking the path of energy.
Synthia Andrews, ND is a naturopathic physician with 30 years experience in bodywork and energy intuition. Her teachings can be found in her new book The Path of Energy: Awaken Personal Power and Expand Consciousness (New Page Books, June 2011), a handbook of principles and practices for engaging energy awareness. The book teaches the basics of energy awareness and how to use this skill to enhance daily life. She can be reached at www.thepathofenergy.com A review of Synthia Andrews book is available on The Gilded Page , book reviews.