Energy is the fuel of life. The more fuel we have,
the more that we can accomplish. Children have a nearly endless supply
of energy. However, as we grow older we lose a lot of the enthusiasm of
our youth, and hence energy. That is not an inevitable course, however.
There are so many ways we can bring back our old
energy, or increase our energy from where we are now, so that we can
accomplish greatly and find real fulfillment in life. For example, we
can develop a real aspiration for something to come about in our lives.
Or we can learn something challenging and new that will inspire. Or we
can shift our focus away from our own selves to the needs and concerns
of others. Taking to these and other practical strategies, will not only
generate enthusiasm, drive, and will in our lives, but unleash a vast
reservoir of raw energy.
Energy at Four Planes
out that we generate energy at different levels of our being. Not only
does our physical body produce energy, but so do our emotions, as well
as our minds. For example, taking care of yourself and living a healthy
life will generate physical energy. Similarly, something that deeply
inspires us will generate emotional energy. Likewise,
learning something new or challenging, or
embracing a new belief or personal value will
produce mental energy.
But where does all of our energy come from; i.e.
where does it originate? In my view, energy's source is spiritual in
nature. It originated from an Infinite consciousness that began as a
Force and has now formulated itself into an ocean of energy that
surrounds all things. From that universal energy has emerged a myriad of
forms, including we humans, who express it at various levels -- from
physical/material to vital/emotional to mental to spiritual.
Moreover, the spiritual source of energy is the
expression of the Will of the Divine to throw out its force and formulate itself into
an infinite myriad of forms in creation, including us. Likewise, we too
express our own will in life, and it too is the source of energy that
emerges from our being.
For example, the physical body has the will to move
and act. As a result of this urge and intention of the body to be
animated, energy is released. In other words, our physical will
generates physical energy.
By the same token, our vital/emotional will
generates vital energy. For example, when a salesperson has the desire
and yearning to make a sale, he expends vital/emotional energy into the
atmosphere. Vital energy is also released when we interact with others.
Who has not witnessed the will, drive, and passion of a great leader,
who is not only energized by the will of his or her own being, but
Likewise, energy is also generated by the will in
our minds. For example, when we
perceive a goal we want to accomplish, and then make the decision to
carry it out, the mind is expressing its will as well, which in turn
releases large quantities of mental energy. (In fact, just making a
decision can attract positive conditions from life, as our energies
attract corresponding conditions from the field of life.)
Finally, humans are capable of generating spiritual
will, and thus spiritual energy, which can have an enormous influence
and power over life. For example, if we center ourselves and remain calm
in the face of difficulties, we are utilizing our inner, spiritual will.
As a result, we release powerful spiritual energies that align with the
very best conditions of life. Likewise, when we express the will of our
heart in the form of deep empathy, compassion, and love towards others,
we release spiritual energies that seek out the very best conditions of
life. In fact, these energies have the power to change the course of our
life in an instant, as life responds in overwhelming fashion to our
Finally, we generate spiritual energy when we open
to the spiritual Force that is in the atmosphere. When we
an activity we are about to engage in, or offer a serious problem to
that Higher Power, we evoke staggering positive conditions from life. It
is in an invocation of the Will of the Divine, which produces
infinite-like spiritual energies that attract overwhelming good fortune
for the initiator. It is perhaps the one great secret and power of life.
With these points in mind, here are several strategies to raise your
level of energy:
As we have indicated, energy is a product of one's
will. One of the most powerful ways to generate will is by having an
aspiration for something substantial or important to come about.
Therefore, if you lack energy, consider some important goal you want to
accomplish. If you are serious about it coming about, you will be
energized to no end. If it also accomplished, then that surge of energy
will sustain itself for a very long time.
Make the Full,
Normally, we believe that our energy is finite. If
we have to do a work, our energies will be reduced commensurate to the
effort. And yet there is another perspective. If you make a
full, all-out effort in that
endeavor, you will tap into a wellspring of energy you never thought you
had. For example, instead of concerning himself about a lack of energy,
a trainer decided to give his all in a training session he was leading.
At the end of the class, he was just bursting with energy. As we see,
when you shake off any can't-do thoughts and give yourself fully to the
work at hand, you tap into a fountain of energy just below the surface.
Try it some time, and you will see what I mean!
Prioritize; Focus on What's Important
Sometimes we try to do too many things in life.
That lack of focus in turn saps
our will, which depletes our energies. However, if we focus on several
things that are truly important, casting the extraneous or secondary
items aside, we not only concentrate our will, producing a surge of
energy, but we tend to accomplish so much more. In addition,
just by taking that tact, we can
attract sudden good fortune. Therefore, take inventory of the things you
do, and cut back on those that are extraneous and secondary. Not only
will you be more productive, but energy will continually surge from
Maintain Positive Attitudes; Overcome Negative Ones
It is always best to have a
positive attitude in life. It not only helps you maintain a high energy
level, but it invariably attracts positive conditions. On the other
hand, a negative attitude will have the opposite effect. Worry, anxiety,
fear, anger, depression, restlessness, rebelliousness, impatience,
unwillingness, etc. not only deplete one's energies, but attract
negative circumstance from the world around us. Therefore, it is best
to periodically "scan" your psychological state to see what you are
thinking and feeling. If it is positive, then keep it up! However, if
your attitudes are negative, stop it in its tracks. Not only will fresh
energies well up inside you, but positive conditions will quickly
present themselves from out of nowhere.
Hold Back an Opinion
What applies to a negative
attitude also applies to an
opinion. It also is an energy
depleter. What is an opinion? It is a view of things that we tend to
assert -- whether it is true or not. It is simply a thought and feeling
that we are overly attached to, and are therefore more than happy to
express in conversation. Though it is emotionally stimulating and
satisfying to verbalize such opinions, our energy level tends to quickly
fall off as a result.
As an experiment, the next time you are about to
express an opinion, catch yourself and refrain from giving it
expression. Not only will your energy level increase, but the other
person is likely to soon express the very opinion you just held back! It
is an example of "Silent Will" in action.
Speak Less, Speak Softly
Related to opinions, one of
the most powerful ways to generate more energy is to simply speak less.
Instead of verbalizing everything that is on your mind, hold back those
thoughts, and energy will surge within you. Likewise, if instead of
speaking loudly and boisterously, you express yourself in a low, soft
voice, it will have a similar effect. This is the case because speech
originates in our life center. When we speak too much or too loudly, we
deplete the vital energies that originate there. Doing the opposite will
not only restore or heighten our energy, but will attract positive
conditions from life.
Shift Your Focus to Others
One of the most powerful ways to increase your
energy is to shift your focus from your own interests and concerns to
those of others. Not only will movements of selflessness,
self-givingness, goodness, goodwill, and generosity generate a sense of
peace within, and balance and amplifying your energies, but positive
conditions will suddenly present themselves. There is no faster way to
refresh your energies than by shifting from self-absorption in one's own
self-interest to self-givingness towards others.
Change a Habit
a common habit or routine can also increase your energy. Take any simple
physical habit such as brushing your teeth, eating, writing a letter,
taking a walk, cooking a meal, opening your email, etc. Instead of doing
it in the old way, try to become conscious of the thoughts, feelings,
sensations, and movements involved in it. Now change the way you do it. Break the habit and routine. Energy will surge through your nerves,
and positive conditions will suddenly present themselves. E.g., one
individual decided to walk a different route from his old routine. Not
only did he come upon spectacular scenery he had never seen before,
but he discovered a tucked away
bookstore that contained a volume that would alter the course of his
life. Needless to say, those circumstance energized him to no end.
Energy Wasting Activities
are a number of activities in life that deplete one's energies.
Many of us accept them as normal. However, many things we
commonly accept can wear us out, drain our emotions, or cloud our
mind. Think about some of the items you are doing that are depleting you
of your physical, emotional, or mental energy (e.g. drinking, drugs,
food indulgence, too much talking, intense sexual activity, etc.). Then
try to cut back in these areas wherever possible. Your short-term energy
level will rise, and you will become more enthusiastic about life, which
will boost your long-term energy as well.
Of course, there are many common sense
approaches for maintaining a high level of energy. For example, we know
that reducing stress in our lives will increase our energy. The key
there is to discover its source, and then make the necessary adjustment.
Then of course, there are other
common sense ways to maintain our physical, emotional, and mental
energies, including getting
the right amount of sleep, proper diet, exercise, having quiet time, and
so forth. Each will restore and build up our energies in the short and
Deflators of Energy
We have already covered some of the ways our
energies are depleted. There are also other, more subtle ways that this
occurs. For example, one individual went to a funeral, where the
atmosphere and consciousness was low -- i.e. where the energy level was
particularly deflating. When he arrived back at his work area and
touched his computer, it would not function! This is an example of how
something outside one's self
-- whether a person, a gathering, or some
other force -- can deflate our energy. For instance, one can feel
a drop in one's energy if someone has hostile feelings toward you, or is
untruthful or deceiving you, or is disorganized in their thoughts, and
so forth. It takes an understanding of the subtle ways of life and a
keen perception of what is unfolding in the atmosphere to see such
effects on your energy. But if you do, and make the necessary
adjustments, you can avoid these hidden deflators of energy.
Finally, there are "inner," spiritual-like approaches to higher energy.
Here are several:
Be Still to
If you are feeling fatigued, there is a simple
solution. Simply be still and quiet for several minutes until the energy
returns. Try to just relax, and remain calm. Soon after, your energy
will return. Now you are ready to reengage the world; and with more
energy, do so much more successfully.
If your energy is low, stop what you are doing, sit
calmly, and call Energy. You can actually speak the words
"energy, energy," or imagine it showering down into your being. Soon you will
begin to feel a surge of force welling up inside, as it descends into
your being from the spiritual heights.
Develop an Inner
Orientation and Poise
Perhaps the best long-term approach to energy is to develop and
maintain an inner poise. Instead of living on the surface of life,
of being preoccupied by the visuals and auditory inputs that bombard
our senses, you can cultivate an inner orientation of calm,
stillness, and silence. As a result, your energies will build up,
consistently maintaining a very high level. You will also become
more mindful of circumstance unfolding before you, more sensitive to
the needs of others, and less troubled by difficulties when they
arise. Developing that inner poise will also enable you to make
decisions and take actions that will be of the highest order,
generating additional positive energy every day of your life.
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