SPIRITUAL TERMINOLOGY AND MEANINGS

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Energy

What does energy mean?

One of the key concepts in New Age spirituality is the idea that everything in existence is energy. A fundamental principle of spirituality is that consciousness and energy are one and the same. That means that because everything – even the physical matter in the universe – is made of energy, that everything is also consciousness, even if in a latent, non-aware form.

Energy

We live in a physical universe where everything is made of energy in various forms. This is a scientific fact (facts are objective scientific observations). From this observation, spiritualists assume that consciousness itself must also be energy. As such, consciousness can neither be created nor destroyed. In the literal sense, energy is specifically referring to light particles, which is why people in the spiritual community often use “energy” and “light” interchangeably.

Energy Body (a.k.a Emotional Body or Light Body)

The human body is also made up of energy both in a physical form and an emotional form and actually generates electricity. The human brain generates enough electricity to power a lightbulb. The electrons flowing through your body’s nervous system generates what is known as an electromagnetic field. Your emotional state affects the frequency of this field, sending more or less energy to various parts of your body with any given emotional state. This can cause your body temperature to raise or lower, depending on your emotional state.

The nervous system can be thought of as the mechanism through which energy flows through one’s energy body and the chakra system is the map of how that energy is distributed.

Energy Block

When the human brain experiences trauma – particularly when that trauma occurs during the developmental stages and if that trauma is prolonged – it adapts to help the individual prevent further trauma. Certain parts of the brain become overdeveloped or underdeveloped compared to that of an individual who grew up in a less traumatizing environment. Various aspects of this over- or underdeveloped brain create a chain reaction in the individual’s nervous system, trapping the nervous system in a state of frozen or unprocessed trauma or fear which then disrupts the healthy flow of energy and creates a number of cognitive, emotional, and physical issues.

We refer to this state of unprocessed trauma or fear as energy blockages.

Energy Healing

Energy healing, also known as energy work, refers to a variety of practices and exercises that specifically targets the cause of these energetic blockages and aims to mitigate its effects.

Energy healing may encompass reiki, crystal healing, breathwork, yoga, somatic experiencing, visualization, and a variety of other methods which target energy blockages and trauma symptoms.

Energy Grid

An energy grid refers to the connection between any two energetic points which exchange energy. This may be the chakra system itself, which is a series of more than seven energetic points in the human body; it may refer to an artificially designed grid using crystals or other transmitters of energy; or even a global grid between sites which are thought to be sacred due to their higher energetic frequency as a place of worship.

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