Archive for December, 2017

Prologue 2

December.21. 2017

Another prologue to a few previous articles:

 

Positive energy—energy that has a positive impact on the universe—is also known by another name.

Love.

Love is pure energy.

It is positive because it uplifts everything it touches and creates good positive outcomes.

We are familiar with some of its other versions.

Especially the glamorized and romanticized versions of our modern world (a version created by capitalistic dream merchants).

That version too has some validity but it’s only a small part of the energy that is love.

The real energy of love is all encompassing.

It is a universal energy that fills the world with joy and goodness.

Knowing how it operates is key to harnessing it to create a good life, a life filled with success and abundance.

And control your destiny in the process.

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Unexpected harvest

December.21. 2017

When you love something, when you do something with love, that love results in extraordinariness, in works of beauty and perfection.

And the result is abundance.

Abundance not just in our spirit but in our physical wealth.

This is an interesting side effect, an unintended consequence of love.

When we pursue spiritual quests, we do not do it for physical gain.

But the positive energy, the joy that you spread around will bring with it unexpected rewards.

And one of these is material gain.

It happens in one of two ways.

First, if you’re generous with your time and resources, you create a sea of goodwill around you.

And those that are bathed in your good spirit will want to pay you back.

And they will pay you back in spirit by giving you warmth and comfort and sometimes in material wealth too.

This is just human nature at work.

If someone does you a good turn, you would try to find a way to pay it back. (Assuming that you are blessed with the spirit of goodness in your heart.)

And you would do it any way you can.

This would include sharing your good fortune and opportunities.

And opportunities is one of the ways that nature bestows its abundance on you, bringing with it unexpected harvests.

Second, if you shower love and positive energy on what you do, that love and positive energy will result in greatness.

And this greatness will be evident to all. People will see the great care and pride you take in your work.

It’s not just a job but a spiritual exercise to you

Word will spread around of your extraordinary workmanship and dedication to your work and soon, you will have more work than you can handle.

Contrast this to if you were to do a quick slapdash job, and you couldn’t wait to be done with the job so you could go home.

This attitude too will be evident in your work

Word will spread of your lack of dedication and shoddy workmanship and you can be sure you won’t be getting many calls.

This is the basis of that famous maxim that one father taught his famous son.

“Whatever you do, be the best in the world when you do it. Even if you’re a ditch digger, be the best ditch digger in the world.”

Paraphrased:

Whatever you do, do it with love and positive energy, and success and wealth will flow to you.

Another example of how nature and the universe often work—in indirect and unexpected ways.

Puts you in control

December.20. 2017

Knowing how the energy of love works puts you in control.

You’ll be able to precisely determine and control how much of it you want in your life.

If you want more love, just release more love. If you want less, release less.

But why would we want to release less?

Because our time and resources are limited. There’s not enough time in the day to release all the positive energy you want to release.

So we have to prioritize.

There’s a simple way to do this.

Simply balance the output of your energy with its potential return.

If the output far outweighs the return, it’s low priority. If the output is low compared to the return, it’s high priority.

For example, if you want to do a favor for someone but it entails an enormous investment of time, maybe it’s not worth the effort.

Best to conserve your resources for more worthwhile things.

Next, consider the value of the return to you.

If it’s of high value to you, then put in all the resources you need to make it happen.

For example, if it’s really important to you that people like you, make sure you invest time in liking them first.

You’ll be amazed at how reliable this law is.

Thats because people are, by and large, predictable because human nature is predictable (to a certain extent. We’ll discuss the exceptions in a while.)

If it’s not that important, save your resources for something else.

The law works even in activities.

Again, we do not the time to do everything we would love to do.

So you have to prioritize and reserve your resources for the activities that are most meaningful to you (gives you the most joy).

If you can’t decide and you spread out your energy to everything you want to do, you risk not releasing enough energy to any of them, and the return to you will be minuscule too.

For instance, playing guitar.

If you love the guitar, but you love your dog, and you love gardening too, all those other activities will sap and dilute your energy, and you will not have enough time to play the guitar.

Your dog will love you and your yard will look beautiful, but your guitar skills will probably not be where you want them to be.

The great thing about knowing how the energy of love works is that it takes the blame out of things.

You have full control over your destiny (well, maybe not full because there are exceptions.)

So there’s no need to feel sorry for yourself if you feel neglected or if you feel alone.

Just start releasing good positive energy, exude warmth and friendliness, be kind, be generous, and the friends will come.

You might say, why should you be the first to initiate the flow?

You could wait for others to initiate the move, but it could be a long wait.

The universe is complex. Some people may be shy and do not like to make the first move, others may have been burned before, so they’re wary about initiating. There’re any number of reasons.

But what happens if the law doesn’t work and the expected return does not materialize? (The friends do not come.)

(The question of expectations is another issue altogether and will be explored later.)

If it has no response, forget it and move on. As the great Teacher said, shake the dust from your feet and don’t go back.

This brings us to the question of exceptions to the rule.

 

Dynamic

December.20. 2017

The main thing about the energy of love is that it is a dynamic and responsive thing.

The more energy you send out, the more you receive.

It works in reverse too, if you’re stingy with your energy, you will expect the universe to be stingy with its love energy too.

Perhaps one of the best lessons of love’s energy is one I learned from my mother.

One day, on one of my trips to Borneo, she said to me, “Go and take a look at that plant. It’s such a nuisance. I’ve tended and looked after it for over a year and still nothing, not even a flower. If it’s not going to grow any flowers, just pull it out and throw it into the rubbish.”

That’s the lesson of love’s energy in a nutshell.

Love exists in a dynamic exchange.

To tap it, you must be generous with your own energy first.

If you’re stingy with it, if you give nothing back, you risk stopping its flow.

An exchange

December.20. 2017

Unlike other energies, the energy of love does not work unilaterally.

For example, gravity is unilateral.

It’s always there, it requires nothing from you. You want to tap into it, just create the right conditions and it will work for you effortlessly.

But not the energy of love.

The energy of love operates as a flow, an exchange of energy rather than a one-sided affair.

It comes down to one basic principle.

To access it, you must first release some yourself.

For example, if you want someone to love and care for you, you must first love and care for them.

This law works in every instance.

For example if you shower your pet with positive energy, it will respond with positive energy. Even wild animals are not immune to this law.

If you take care of your plants, it will respond by filling your house with its sweet perfume.

You can try to access this energy simply by demanding it, or you can try to force it to come to you, but you will not succeed.

In fact, the more you demand that energy to come to you, the less of it will come.

The only way to access the energy is by first producing it yourself.

And then spreading it around.

Over time, this energy that you send out will begin to attract other like energy and soon you will be surrounded by it.

A Definition 2

December.20. 2017

A definition of a greatly overused word:

Love is an energy.

It is not a feeling or emotion as some will tell you.

If love is a feeling, all you need to do is feel love for someone and that should be enough to declare your love for that thing or person.

But we know that’s not enough.

Consider if you will, your pet (dog, cat, or canary, etc) which you love dearly.

Now, if all you do is feel love for that pet all day long but you don’t do anything for it (you don’t translate your feelings into action) and the pet dies of neglect.

Will anyone believe you if you say you love it?

And your dead pet would probably not appreciate your love that much.

In some cultures, love is mostly a word, not even a feeling, and it is used freely, usually as part of some pleasantries

But as they say, words are cheap.

You can tell your pet dog you love it all day long but those words mean absolutely nothing if that’s all you do.

But if you shower your pet with love and feed it and nurture it, you wouldn’t need to say anything, the love is in your actions.

Love is manifested in action and energy, always towards good positive outcomes.

An aside

December.19. 2017

Perhaps all this may sound a little mercenary to you.

Surely life is more than just calculating how much you’re going to get from this or that positive energy, and calculating how much you must put out in order to get what you want.

In any case, should you even be expecting anything in return?

Good and fair question.

The first answer is yes, most of the time, when we release positive energy, we should do it with no expectations of any kind.

If fact, if you were to do it with expectations (strings attached), the full effect of your energy will be blunted.

It would seem too calculated and yes, maybe even insincere.

So you must do it with no expectations of any future return. Do it with love. That’s where this energy is supposed to comes from. That’s why it’s called the energy of love.

But despite your best intentions, once the energy is released, human nature will come into play.

To give a simple example.

Let’s say you’ve been very generous to someone. You’ve been there for them through thick and thin. And you’ve given of yourself freely and generously with no thought of any future return.

Then one day, you needed this person’s help, and they’re nowhere to be found. In fact, you know they’re trying to avoid you.

Will you feel disappointed? Or let down?

That’s completely reasonable.

Sure when you were there for them, you did it with no expectations, but when the roles are reversed, you’re perfectly right to expect them to be there.

There’s nothing unreasonable about it.

This is that “calculative” aspect. It’s not built into your energy, but nevertheless, it’s perfectly fair for you to expect reciprocative action when you needed it.

Here’s another example of how the reciprocative principle works and how so few of us are immune from it.

Suppose you work in an organization, perhaps a music school.

And you do not support any of your colleague’s activities. Maybe because you’ve been doing it for over twenty years and you’re a little burned out.

Or maybe you’re exhausted at the end of every workday and you don’t want to hear another note of music.

Whatever it is, you do not go to their performances.

Now, do you expect any of them to show up at your performances?

If you do, you’re either a fool or an egotist. Why should they come to your performance if you don’t go to theirs?

Here, the law of a two-way dynamic exchange works with extreme clarity.

If you don’t support them, if you don’t go to their performances, don’t expect them to support you and come to yours.

And if it’s really important to you that they come to your performances, then perhaps you should start going to their performances first.

You might be amazed at how efficient the law of reciprocation is.

If you start going to their performances, I guarantee they will start coming to yours.

That’s the law of the energy of love, if they start receiving love from you, they will start sending love back to you.

No altruism, no charity, just looking out for number one.

The energy of love 2

December.15. 2017

I’ve written about this topic before. In fact, you might even say that I’m a little obsessed by it.

That obsession is partly driven by curiosity and partly by a desire to understand it better so that we could better leverage its power.

Love is, at the fundamental level, pure positive energy.

When you love something or someone, you’re releasing good positive energy towards that thing or person.

The positive energy produces good outcomes.

Which in turn produces joy.

Because all energy is tethered to its source, that good energy will find its way back to you one day.

And when it does, it will produce joy in you too.

This is the central message of the great Master two thousand years ago.

He understood that if you want to live a life filled with joy and abundance (which he metaphorized as the kingdom of heaven) you must release good positive energy to the universe.

In his words, you must love your neighbor.

This has nothing to do with being a good person, it’s not a question of morality.

It’s just understanding how the universe works and making it work for you.

If you want to tap into its true power and abundance, you must understand its laws and use them to produce the outcomes and results you desire in your life.

In other words, use them to control your destiny.

Next, how the energy of love works.

The Laws of Spiritual Energy

December.11. 2017

(A little prologue to some previous posts.)

The heart of the universe is energy.

Energy is what drives everything—it’s the soul of the universe.

Understanding the energy of the universe is key to unlocking its power and harnessing it to create for yourself a life filled with joy and abundance.

Abundance in spirit rather than in material things.

This is an important distinction to make.

What we’re talking about here are things of the spirit rather than that of material things.

Material things fade over time.

Either we lose interest in them as we move to other material things, or they dematerialize over time.

Like your latest gadget, or your new car, or your new house.

Or even your new partner.

But things of the spirit last forever.

Living a good life, sowing goodwill wherever you go—in general, uplifting the rest of the universe with your spirit.

Because these seeds of the spirit will spread and replenish itself and you will find your existence uplifted with them too.

The laws I’m speaking of are universal principles—universal laws which can be found in the teachings of the great teachers.

Sometimes these teachings are direct but at other times, they’re hidden in layers of metaphors.

So no new earth shattering truths—this knowledge has been known to wise men over millennia.

Why is it important to know these truths?

They will liberate you from useless and harmful superstitions and fantastical mythologies that have no basis in reality.

The lies and made-up scenarios invented by evil and manipulative men and women over the ages to enslave mankind.

Think about it.

The two common denominators in all these scenarios are fear, especially fear of some eternal retribution. (There’s nothing uplifting about fear.)

And a preoccupation with physicality and materiality.

So for instance, a material afterlife, a physical eternal fire, or a set number of chambers of horrors, or more contemporaneously, a few dozen virgins to satisfy your physical lust.

By penetrating into the heart of things, into the spirit, you will free yourself of all the nonsense, all the lies.

And gain an understanding of the true spirit of the universe.

First, a clarification.

To differentiate it from physical energy which is what we encounter in the physical world, we’ll call the energy of the spirit, spiritual energy.

Spiritual energy is not to be confused with the “spirituality” associated with religiosity.

That “spirituality” is more superstition than spirituality.

True spirituality deals with the spirit.

The spirit of things as opposed to its physical manifestation.

For our discussion, we’ll simply refer to this spiritual energy as energy.