The Untethered Soul
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"Welcome to the September 2015 Edition of Inner Peace Monthly"
This month, we explore a simple formula for tapping into Infinite Energy.
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Simple Technique to Tap Into Infinite Energy!
“You have a phenomenal amount of energy inside of you. It doesn’t come from food and it doesn’t come from sleep. This energy is always available to you. At any moment you can draw upon it. It just wells up and fills you from inside. When you’re filled with this energy, you feel like you could take on the world. When it is flowing strongly, you can actually feel it coursing through you in waves. It gushes up spontaneously from deep inside and restores, replenishes, and recharges you.”
Michael A. Singer, “The Untethered Soul,” (New Harbinger Publications and Noetic Books, 2007, p. 43)
Think back to a time when you felt most energized and alive. Perhaps it was a moment of attraction, sexual excitement, or deep-felt love; a moment of awe or creative inspiration, a moment of satisfaction, exhilaration, or accomplishment; a moment of relief, appreciation, and gratitude. . . Remember what that moment felt like. What was the sensation in your body? Do you remember wanting that moment to last forever?
How often do you have that feeling in your life these days? Do you wake up feeling that way? Does it happen to you spontaneously most days? Do you know how to find it or recreate it when you want it? Are there certain things you do that you know will bring it back to you? Or is that feeling a distant memory? Is it something you long for? Is it something you’ve forgotten? Is it something you no longer feel is within your grasp?
When you hear it said that you have an Infinite Source of Energy inside you, what is your first reaction?
I think it is safe to say that most of us desire that feeling of energy and enthusiasm and wish we had more of it. I know I often do.
Sometimes we look for this energy in food and caffeine—or drugs. Sometimes we seek it in sex or vacations. Many people find it in music, exercise, or meditation. We have moments of energy and enthusiasm—but usually these fade all too quickly.
What if you could tap into an Infinite Energy that stayed with you all the time? Is that something you’d want to learn more about? Is that something you’d like to learn how to do?
Discovering Infinite Energy
In his book, “The Untethered Soul,” spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer says that experiencing Infinite Energy consistently is not only possible, it is what we are here to discover and learn how to do. And, it is much easier than you might think. The process is actually quite simple, though it can take some practice to master.
To begin the process requires looking at ourselves as energy systems. Everything we are and everything we do is about energy. For example, every thought you have is an expression of energy, every emotion and action is energy in motion, your body is an energy system, and everything in the world around you is composed of energy. The universe is an infinite energetic system in which everything that happens is a movement or exchange of energy.
Yet our eyes tell us a different story. When we look out at the world visually, we see well-defined material objects that appear very solid. They don’t seem to be energy at all. We can feel energy, such as when we have an inspired experience, but we will tend to discount the energetic nature of reality itself.
We tend to believe in the world of hard matter that our eyes show us and discount the energy that we feel. We have built sciences based on reality as hard matter propelled by physical forces and we believe in the world as revealed by our eyes. “Seeing is believing” is pretty well accepted in everyday consciousness.
Yet, interestingly, the very sciences that began by investigating physical forces and hard matter have gone deeper under the surface of our visual senses. They have revealed that reality is not what it appears to be. As we investigated our own cells, we found them to be fluid, interconnected, and changeable moment by moment. As we investigated deeper into atoms, we found that they are mostly empty space and charged particles woven together in an Infinite Field that responds to and interacts with Consciousness. Reality is a fluid, dynamic, interconnected, intelligent, energy system that is always changing.
So, how does that relate to the energy that we feel? What does that tell us about how we get energized and how we get depleted? It’s all about flow.
When we view life as "matter" instead of as "energy," we tend to think that things are static and unchanging. We tend to think that things are the way they are—rather than seeing them as fluid and dynamic. When we see the world as static or we want it to stay the same, we block the flow of energy.
Why do we do this? The simple answer is fear.
Even though change is the nature of energy and hence the nature of life, we fear change and try to keep things the way they are, because this feels more known and comfortable. For example, if things are changing at work and you are afraid you may have to get a new job, instead of welcoming the new opportunity, you may try to hang onto the way things are. You may become consumed with fear and spend a lot of energy hanging onto the status quo. You get consumed with safety and protection. This blocks energy from flowing. Blocked energy flow is why you get depleted.
As Singer says, “The only reason you don’t feel this energy all the time is because you block it. You block it by closing your heart, by closing your mind, and by pulling yourself into a restrictive space inside. This closes you off from all the energy.”
The Secret of Infinite Energy
If being closed down by fear puts you in protection mode that blocks energy flow and makes you feel depleted, what is it that makes energy flow more strongly? It’s simpler than you might think.
Energy flow is all about being open and receptive. That’s all there is to it. Being open and receptive releases the natural flow of energy within us and between us.
As Singer says, “If you like energy, and you do, then don’t ever close. The more you learn to stay open, the more the energy can flow into you. You practice opening by not closing. Any time you start to close, ask yourself whether you really want to cut off the energy flow. Because if you want, you can learn to stay open no matter what happens in this world. You just make a commitment to explore your capacity for receiving unlimited energy.” (TUS, p.45)
Sounds simple right?
It is very simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. We’ve been so conditioned to closing down that it seems normal. Being open can feel threatening and vulnerable—and we’ve been taught to protect ourselves well.
Make a Commitment to Stay Open
What if you committed yourself to simply being open and receptive to life—exactly as it is?
What if you loved and appreciated each moment, each person, and yourself exactly as you are right now?
What if having the courage to "stay open" is the secret to experiencing Infinite Energy?
Singer suggests that, “As long as you are defining what you like and what you don’t like, you will open and close. You are actually defining your limits. You are allowing your mind to create triggers that open and close you. Let go of that and dare to be different. Enjoy all of life . . . if you love life, nothing is worth closing over. Nothing, ever, is worth closing your heart.” (TUS, p.47)
If you pay attention, you can feel when your heart closes. You can feel when your walls come up and your energy shuts down.
What if every time you felt your heart close, you said, “No, I’m not going to close. I’m going to relax. I’m going to let this situation take place and be there with it.” (TUS, p.46)
What if you let go of judgments about the way things should be or the way you wished they were?
What if you let go of defining what else needs to happen before you can be happy?
What if you let go of your need to be right and the energy that gets tied up in defending your point of view?
What if, instead, you said, "I'm going to stay open. I am going to notice, accept, appreciate, and be grateful for how things are."
What new possibilities might you see? What new insights might you gain? What might you discover that you would not have if you were focused on wanting things to be the way you want them to be?
When I am truly open and receptive to the way things are, I discover that life is so much more incredible, intelligent, and interrelated than my little ideas and plans took into account. When I appreciate this fact, I feel a rush of energy. I am in awe. I appreciate the wonder of how everything comes together in miraculous ways I never would have imagined. I see that these miraculous synchronicities are happening all of the time—I just wasn’t noticing them.
So, my suggestion for you this month is to notice when you open and when you close.
Notice when your energy is high and when it is low and see how this relates to your opening and closing. As you do this, you may discover that the secret to experiencing Infinite Energy is being completely open and receptive to yourself, others, and all of life. By letting go of judgment you allow Infinite Energy to infuse, restore, replenish, and recharge you.
What would life on our planet be like if being open and receptive was our practice?
What would your life be like if this was your focus?
Until next time, notice when you close, pause, and open up your heart again!