Energy is energy, at least according to animals. Their understanding of the layers upon layers of what humans would refer to as particles, sub-particles, atoms and the like is much more nuanced and intuitive than that of our species. They tell me this is because they are OF the energy and do not separate themselves from it in order to “study” it – this last part leaves them somewhat perplexed. I don’t think they’re clear on WHY humans separate themselves from the experience of energy because that is how one learns best about a thing, they would say – to become one with it so you understand it at a deep level. So that the thing you are wishing to know more about literally becomes part of you on an intimate level and you become one with it.
Of course, humans DO have this relationship with the dimensions of energy that surround us just as the animals do via our physical form. However, we use our most-important-above-all concept of mind to trick ourselves into thinking, perceiving and thus becoming separate from energy so as to gain control of it. From our perspective most things in our environment which naturally occur such as energy, weather, and Nature herself are unsteady and capricious in behavior so we attempt (key word) to control and learn about them i.e., dissect them at a sometimes ridiculous level in order to reduce their at times unwanted effect on our lives. And as we’ve learned this feeble action does nothing – usually – to halt what we think doesn’t belong in our otherwise perfect lives – other beings, our place in the web of Nature and the very essence of change itself, a concept with which we are most uncomfortable.
It’s not just scientists and their particular belief system of test, re-test, and repeat that forms a barrier between our species and even the concept of an over-arching system of flexible and immutable energy fields that affect every being on our planet. Other human belief systems – or so I discovered the other day – fall prey to parceling out energy according to these false representations of what energy is and to whom it belongs. Yes, you read that right – to whom energy belongs. Why else would our species desire to create platforms of structure and hierarchies so that some people can have access to the abundant universal healing energy known as ki, chi or prana and others cannot? Why else would our species label some of these techniques as being unacceptable and even offensive to the religious beliefs of others?
Such was my experience the other day as I spoke with a well-intentioned (I’m hoping) instructor at a local massage school where I had just had a massage facilitated by their student clinic. I had spoken with my student therapist about Reiki or other energy techniques that this school teaches and was told that some of the students learn about some of these additional tools and others do not. The instructor verified that only healing touch is taught as it is based on “medicine” and “isn’t offensive to the belief systems of others” – really? (For those of you not aware Healing Touch was created by a nurse). While I admit to being biased about everyone learning how to facilitate healing of their own bodies and how to work with their own bio-electric field as I am a Reiki Master/Teacher it simply doesn’t matter to me what tool is used. What does matter (to me at least) is that everyone who hasn’t yet re-membered in this lifetime their connection with energy is given an opportunity to do so and that they be supported in finding and using whatever human-interpretative-of-energy practices that are available. In this way humans are offered an opportunity to reconnect with all other species and to be allowed to literally bathe in the regenerative energy found on our planet and of which our animal relatives partake continuously. It matters not (nor should it) whether it’s Reiki, Healing Touch, or another technique. All of these flow from one source of energy available on our planet and known intimately by our animal relatives. They would be the first ones to say “what does it matter what it’s called or how it’s done? What matters is your intention in the highest and best good for all participants – that’s the beginning, middle and end of any energy exchange.” This is all we really need to know about making our lives the best reflection of our souls, individually and collectively that they can be in this lifetime. My own guides summed it up nicely once – “be the energy of that which you seek” – most certainly divine words of wisdom.
Photo credit: Holding rainbow incense cones by Sharon and Nikki McCutcheon