The energy of love

June.4. 2015

The key to an effortless enlightened life is to tap into the abundant energy of the universe.

Martial artists are well aware of this.

They understand the flow of energy in the universe, and instead of going against this energy, they work with it.

So for instance, if they’re fighting an opponent, they don’t try to oppose him directly; instead, they blend with him and try to harness his energy to redirect it back at him.

The opponent’s energy is of course part of the universe’s energy and by redirecting it, they’re tapping into that energy to accomplish their goals.

Learning how to blend with the energy of the universe and using it to accomplish your goals is a fact that eludes many people.

They think they have to rely solely on their own energy to accomplish their goals.

But that’s an inefficient and ineffective approach.

Our energy, physical or otherwise, is limited.

If you rely only on your own energy, you will be limited by what you can do.

For example, no matter how strong you are, you can never match the strength of a horse. So why not harness the energy of the horse to do what you need to do? Which is precisely what our ancient forebears did.

A beast of burden is only one example of the universe’s energy, but there’re other more subtle forms of the universe’s energy out there.

Think of gravity.

Gravity is an omnipresent force around us. It’s everywhere, so why not harness it to accomplish what you have to do?

Which is what the ancient designers of irrigation systems did. They used gravity to transport water around them.

When it comes to subtle energies, perhaps the most subtle of them all is love.

Yes, love, that much maligned, much abused, and misused word.

Thanks to the dream merchants of Hollywood, the word has come to mean a whole lot of other things which has little to do with love and more to do with self-gratification.

In its purest form, love is energy–positive energy.

When we love something, we pour out our heart and actions at this thing, this produces positive energy towards the thing.

Positive because it’s all good energy, intended to create good outcomes.

So for example if you love your plants, you’ll be showering them with attention, feeding and watering them regularly, and you’ll be spending as much time as you can with them.

Or if you love the guitar, you’ll be playing it all day long, every chance you have.

In other words, love is manifested in action and energy, always towards good positive outcomes.

Many people have this mistaken belief that love is a feeling.

Let’s say that all you do is stand over your plants and feel deep love for them all day long, but you do nothing for them and they die of neglect, would anyone believe you if you tell them that you love them?

Sometimes, I’d have students who don’t practice and yet they tell me that they love the guitar, and I tell them, that ‘love’ they think they have for the guitar is a fantasy.

Because if it was real, they’d be playing it all day long, every chance they have.

You can feel love all day long for something but if it’s not manifested in action and energy, it’s just so much hot air.

And of course, when I tell them this, there’re the usual protestations, to which I always say, if you really feel love for the guitar, show me, don’t tell me.

Next, how to tap into the energy of love.

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