The Seven Principles of Energy
1. Energy is what you think it is. One scientific definition of energy is "the property of matter and radiation that is manifested as a capacity to perform work, and a degree or level of this capacity possessed by something or required for a process." If that sounds vague, it's because it is. It helps to understand that the word "work" in this definition means "any influence on something other than the source of the property." In the popular culture, energy is often thought of as a kind of "thing" that can be acquired, lost, or transferred from one thing to another, like a coin or a piece of jewelry. In the system I was trained in, energy is a pattern of movement that has the capacity to influence other patterns of movement. This is similar to, but different from, the scientific definition, because instead of being a "property" of matter and radiation, matter and radiation themselves are assumed to be patterns of movement.
2. Energy has no limits. Energy is endless, unlimited, infinite. Of course, this only makes sense if you assume that everything is energy, which our system does. In addition, this gives rise to the logical assumption that everything is connected energetically and patterns influence other patterns through this connection.
3. Energy flows where attention goes. As focused beings of spirit, the energy of the universe moves through us, and it flows where our attention goes. If we want to change something, the primary process we have for doing that is shifting our attention. Attention is what gets us into trouble, and attention can get us out of it.
4. All energy exists now. The definition of "now," of course, depends on the range of our current attention. According to this principle, what we call the "past" is a collection of currently existing energetic patterns of memory, somewhat like the information stored on the hard drive of a computer. What we call the "future" is a collection of currently existing energetic patterns of expectation, somewhat like the plans and projections stored on the hard drive of a computer.
In this system the concept is that since the universe is infinite and there are no limits, all time is simultaneous. According to this system, if you want to go backward or forward in time, you actually have to go sideways. "Past" and "future" experiences are existing right now and changing right now as we change. We are affecting them as much as they are affecting us. It's all inter-related.
5. Energy loves energy. Although deceptively simple, the deeper implication is that energy is attracted to energy, and patterns of energy are constantly connecting, interacting, and changing into each other. One way to see this in nature is how wind energy turns into wave energy that reshapes rock energy. Another way is to notice how animal energy becomes oil energy that becomes fire energy that becomes heat and mechanical energy.
6. All power (energetic influence) comes from within. It is based on a concept called mana in Polynesia. All power comes from within, from the source. Not from within you as an individual being, but from your spirit that is connected to the center of the universe. All of the power in your life comes through you. There is nothing outside of you that has any power over you.
Everything, however, has power. The power of the tree comes from within the tree. The power of the clouds comes from within the clouds. We influence each other, and that is the purpose of increasing mana , which actually means influence. It's like being able to influence someone by speaking to them. When you think you are controlling someone it's an illusion. All you can ever do is to influence them. On their part, they always have the power to choose how to react to your influence. 7. The last principle is that the effectiveness of energetic interaction is the measure of the truth about the interaction. A different way to put this is to say that expectations are only valid to the degree that they match results. It's easy to claim anything, but if the claim cannot be tested, it certainly cannot be called a truth. Beliefs do not make things true on their own. Only the results of believing can tell you how true they are. The so-called "Big Bang Theory" of the creation of the universe is a good example. Because it cannot be tested, it is really just a hypothesis, someone's guess. Circumstantial evidence, which is always open to interpretation, does not prove a hypothesis. From Hawaii we have an even better example. When dealing with anyone's claim about anything, a Hawaiian proverb uses a surfing metaphor and says, "Show your skill on the back of a wave."