from Subtle Energy:
Awakening to the Unseen Forces in Our Lives by William Collinge,
Ph.D., Warner Books, Inc., 1998
1. We are beings of energy. When we think of our anatomy, we ordinarily
think of our bones, muscles, organs, and other physical tissues. However,
we also have an energetic anatomy. It is composed of multiple, interacting
energy fields which envelop and penetrate our physical body, govern its
functioning, and extend out into the world around us. This anatomy serves
as a vehicle for the circulation of vital energies that enliven and animate
2. The Earth herself has an energetic anatomy similar to our own, which
influences our own energy field. The entire Earth and biosphere in which
we live are one gigantic living organism, with its own metabolic and energetic
qualities. Energy centers, energy channels, and energy fields emanating
from the earth -- as well as plants and animals -- are
in many ways analogous to our own. By understanding the energetic life of this
vast system of which we are a part, we can learn to live in a greater state
of harmony and balance.
3. Our relationships with other people are shaped by the interactions
of our energies. Our relationships are based on more than just psychology
and family history. The energetic states that we bring to one another can
introduce dynamics that are even more profoundly influential. By simply
touching another person, we influence what happens in their energy field.
We can come to understand the impact of our own energy on others, and theirs
on us, so as to relate with greater clarity and effectiveness.
4. Through the simple act of breathing, we traverse the boundary between
the physical and the spiritual every moment. There is no life activity
more important that the simple act of breathing. It is our most immediate
and intimate connection to the life force in every moment of our lives.
It is a direct link to many expressions of subtle energy and spiritual
attunement, and a doorway to profound states of harmony and peace.
5. We are each capable of sustaining and cultivating our vital energy.
Our vital energy has a metabolism which we can come to understand and work
with. Through attending to the nourishment we take into our bodies, our
patterns of rest and activity, and our practice of disciplines of energy
cultivation, we can learn to become the stewards of our vital energy.
6. Meditation, prayer, and healing are rich with subtle energy phenomena
that represent contact with the spiritual dimension. Many experiences we
have during these practices can be taken as direct evidence of a state
of communion or communication with Spirit. Healing abilities are present
within us all, and we have been unknowingly using them throughout our lives.