It has long been thought by both ancient and contemporary mystics and philosophers – and is rapidly being "proven" by the science of quantum physics – that the universe is made up not of solid matter, but energy. Energy which is vibrating at different frequencies and all are interconnected. (See Force Energy Parts 1-2) Side by side with these beliefs are various ancient and contemporary methods to develop an awareness of this subtle energy and use it to harmonize and amplify the abilities of the body, mind, emotions and spirit; to encourage deep relaxation and altered states of consciousness; to defend and heal ourselves and others. (See manifesting the Force, Intro to meditation, Intro to Qi- Gong & Energy Centers.)
There are many names for this universal energy of life, most of which relate to the breath since this energy can most easily be moved throughout the body through proper control of the breath, thereby nourishing and charging the body for a variety of physical, mental and spiritual tasks. The Hindus call it ‘prana’; the Chinese call it ‘chi’ or ‘qi’; the Japanese, ‘ki’; the ancient Egyptians, ‘sa’; the Greeks, ‘pneuma’; and in ancient Hebrew ‘ruach’ means both "breath" and "creative spirit."
Techniques For Becoming Aware Of, And Working With This Energy Include: (but are certainly not limited to):
Centering: – Gaining awareness of the body and mind to enable oneself to be more conscious in the present moment.
Grounding: – A fluid and unimpaired connection with the energy via the Earth; staying clear in yourself and not taking on other peoples’ emotional and energetic states.
Meditation: – Focusing one’s attention for the purpose of developing the capabilities of the mind.
Scanning: – An energy technique in which the practitioner moves his or her hand over the edges of another’s aura in an attempt to obtain necessary information about energy flow. [Aura: a luminous radiation of energy that emanates from all living matter.]
Qi Gong: – The Jedi Way, this art is our core. It is a Chinese system of physical training, philosophy, and preventive and therapeutic health care. Qi (or chi) means air, breath of life or vital essence. Gong means work, self-discipline, achievement or mastery. This art combines aerobic conditioning, isometrics, isotonics, meditation, and relaxation. Qigong is a discipline whose practice allows us to gain control over the life force that courses throughout our bodies.
T’ai Chi: – A ‘soft’ martial art that concentrates on the build-up and subtle movement of chi in and around you r body. Of all the Jedi, Yoda reminds me most of the famous "t’ai chi master" stories, in which a small, elderly master can toss the biggest opponent across the room with the slightest touch of his finger.
Imagery: – Understanding and employing the language of the unconscious mind so that we can reprogram it for more effective living. Also called visualization, it is thinking without words. Today we know that imagery is the language of dreams, meditation and altered states of consciousness.
Creative Visualization: - The technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life. In the past many of us have used our power of creative visualization in a relatively unconscious way. Because of our own deep-seated negative concepts about life, we have automatically and unconsciously expected and imagined lack, limitation, difficulties, and problems to be our lot in life. It should be noted that this technique cannot be used to "control" the behavior of others or cause them to do something against their will. Whatever you try to create for another will always boomerang back to you. That includes both loving, helpful, or healing actions and negative, destructive ones.
Affirmation: – a way of reprogramming the unconscious idea-and-image processor through mental and vocal repetition of the ideas or images which we want our minds to accept. Tell yourself something over and over again and ultimately you’ll come to believe it – regardless of the relationship of that belief to so-called "objective" reality. Positive affirmation is the act of substituting a health-oriented action or belief for a dysfunctional one.
Intent: – the deliberate application of will to manifest whatever you seek. Once you "intend" something in a relaxed manner, and without setting any conditions on the results of your intent, you become intuitively aware of how life unfolds or manifests your intention. This natural manifestation of opportunities and situations lies at the heart of synchronicity.
Guidelines For Perceiving Energy:
State intentions clearly.
Visualize & feel your goals, perception is your reality.
Remain in a state of inquiry & wonderment of the Living Force.
Maintain mental, spirtual and physical wellness.
Allow yourself to perceive in many ways; inside and outside of time and space. Be Mindful!
Meditate and remain balanced as often as you can.
Practice, practice, practice.
The most basic way to help yourself be more in touch with this universal energy is to simply be more aware of and open to the language of the universe. This is represented though symbols, people and situations around you in everyday life. Symbols can come to us in both dreams and waking states, and by using word and image association and letting the conscious mind flow without censorship; being in the moment – an intuitive connection – often leaps forth. The body tends to ‘think’ in pictures, feelings and sensations… so "concentrate on the moment. Feel, don’t think. Trust your instincts." And may the Force be with all of us, always.