ENERGY, WHAT IS IT REALLY?

In my mediation group we are investigating what energy is and how we can use our energy better. Last Monday we started again and we explored what we mean by 'energy'. I have made a small summary and I ask you to bite through if it sounds a bit abstract. My apology: energy is also such an awe-inspiring thing ...

The word energy (ενεργεια) was first used by Aristotle, some 2,400 years ago. The verb εργω means 'work, move'. So energy is 'that which works' or 'that which moves'. It is the 'reality'. Energy = reality = movement.  

Aristotle wondered where that movement ultimately came from. Something or someone must have started that movement. And so he came up with the paradoxical concept of 'the unmoved mover'. Other wisdom traditions have found their own words, such as "the peace of God beyond our understanding" (quote from the Bible), or "Allah" (Islam), or "Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form" (the Buddhism).

A switch to modern natural science:

With his formula E = MC2 (energy = mass x the speed of light squared), Einstein has demonstrated that mass is a compaction of energy. Our planet is energy. Our body is energy. Our thinking is energy. Our emotions are energy. Everything that exists in time and space is energy. And energy is far beyond time and space - something the wisdom traditions have 'known' for thousands of years ...

The first law of thermodynamics tells us another important thing, namely that energy is never lost. Energy transforms, just as water transforms into ice and gas, but it is not lost. Also something that has traditionally been 'known' for a long time ...

We humans can thus convert our energy. How do we do that? Which energy do we choose to give our attention to? Because what you pay attention to heals and grows. What energy do we promote in ourselves, in each other, in society? How can we learn to focus our energy in order to be happy, not just ourselves, but everyone and everything? 

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