One of the major areas of teaching within
the Perennial Tradition 1 is advanced instruction in how to understand,
preserve, and use spiritual energy in self-transformation. The Perennial
Tradition instructs in the esoteric application of higher configurations
of energy possessing greater harmony, understanding, or power to
improve and transmute lower energy fields--either locally or at
a distance. Perennialist teachers use their advanced, more harmonized
energy fields to assist in the development and transformation of
the general populace and initiates.
Types of Physical Energy
Contemporary scientists have come to the same conclusion as the
Perennialist seers that the basic element of Reality is consciousness
manifested as energy. Physical energy is studied and described as
particle and waves, since neither aspect is accurate by itself.
"Throughout mankind's cultural history there has existed the
metaphysical concept that man and cosmos are interconnected by a
ubiquitous, all-pervasive sea of energy that undergirds, and is
manifest in, all phenomena. This pre-scientific concept of a cosmic
energy goes by many names in many traditions, such as ch'i, ki or
qi (Taoism), prana (yoga), mana (Kahuna), barakah (Sufi), élan
vital (Bergsonian metaphysics), and so forth." 2
Nikola Tesla observed that the universe is a sea of energy. Today
Physicists know that matter is a form of energy, vibrating at different
frequencies. Energy comprises 98% of the Universe and matter only
2%. "Every cubic centimeter of empty space contains more energy
than the total energy of all the matter in the known universe."
In sub-atomic physics, elemental reality is conceived of not as
"things" but as foci of energy. Specific energy fields,
manifesting through individual frequencies, assume distinct forms.
All objects in our empirical world, then, are composed of energy
frequencies, which when arrested, manifest through forms.
In this essay we'll explore the nature of spiritual energy and
how it can be:
Preserved and Stored
Understanding and Transmitting Energy
We live in a universe of spiritual, psychic, and physical energy
by virtue of which all living things exist through their ability
to transmute this universal energy into something individual.
We become endowed with the ability to transmit our own energy
field, our individual unit of power. Humans are energy transformers;
we are alive and developing in proportion to how much of this universal
energy we accept and how freely it flows through us. The better
we transmit this energy or allow it to flow through us, the higher
grade we occupy; the more alive and contented and effective we become.
Frederic W. H. Myers, an earlier investigator of spiritual and psychic
energy, conceived of the subliminal self as being in touch with
a realm of spiritual forces from which it is able to draw energy
to infuse into the human mind, ordinarily in limited quantities,
altered states, in great floods, which elevate the mental operations
and powers to exceptionally high levels. Myers viewed the brain
as being at a comparatively early stage in its evolution as an instrument
through which the higher self operates in the material world. He
conceived of the subliminal self as that part of the Higher Self
(soul) which remains unexpressed in our conscious and organic life.
The subliminal self surpasses the supraliminal (above the threshold
of consciousness) or ordinary conscious self in its range of spiritual
and psychic powers.
Our personal energy convergence point is a center of reception and
radiation at the same time. The energy waves from the One Quintessence
sustain us and are manifested in our separate frequency transmission.
Our individual essence maintains itself by passing Higher Energy
pulsations through it. The instant when the Higher Energy flows
through us is our moment of absolute unity with divinity. The individual
power which occasions the flow through of Higher Energy is composed
of the sureness of our belief in the existence of this greater force.
Preserving and Storing Energy
universe is a web of energy conveying life force through its emanations.
All entities within this network receive and transmit energy through
radiations. A unitive experience
of spiritual, psychic, and physical energy occurs as a direct response
to the impelling force we create within ourselves. Whatever integration
we achieve results in the issuing forth of energy from a higher
dimension in direct proportion to our self-invigoration. We receive
and transmit spiritual, psychic, and physical enery in direct proportion
to our developing intellectual and spiritual capability. We learn
to tune ourselves with the universal energy frequency, experiencing
spiritual and psychic entrainment. 4
All living organisms rely on an external sources of energy--radiation
from the sun in the case of green plants; chemical energy in some
form in the case of animals--to be able to grow and reproduce. The
energy we transmit of the Higher Force calls its complement into
our being. Emanations of Higher Energy become available to transform
our lives, recharging and repairing our own systems. Energy upheavals
shift us out of destructive habits, encouraging us to relearn integrative
ways of being.
There are centers of energy physically and spiritually associated
with various parts of our bodies, called chakras. When kundalini
energy moves through the various chakras, our consciousness necessarily
changes with it. Each chakra is said to correspond to a specific
mantra (sound) and geometric pattern (yantra). Through meditation
on these chakras it is claimed that we can gain mastery over our
body and each corresponding element.
The original undifferentiated energy from creation is often called
Akasha in Indian philosophy and modern occult circles. In the various
embodiments of the Perennial Tradition it is termed the Secret Fire.
This elemental psychic energy is completely instinctual and unconscious
and is heavily influenced by spiritual, psychic, and psychological
phenomena. One of the major functions of the Secret Fire is to increase
human self-awareness. At the lowest level, this is the ego, at its
highest, it is the Higher Self.
In the vast majority of humanity, this Secret Fire, or liberating
energy of self-consciousness, is said to lie dormant at the base
of the spine, coiled like a serpent. By learning to contact the
various focal points of energy, what are called the chakras, the
person moves her locus of consciousness into the various areas.
If the Secret Fire reaches the top of the skull and beyond, spiritual
awakening can occur, allowing for a descent and re-ascent of the
energy, during which the psychic centers can be awakened, allowing
for the manifestation of psychic powers and related phenomena.
The Secret Fire is directly linked to sexual and creative forces
in humans. Sexual desire can act as one of the basic evolutionary
impulses, along with Higher Intellectual forces. The dormant capability
and need for positive orgasmic experiences is biologically and psychically
rooted. Sexual experience within the context of genuine love involves
experience of spiritual transcendence, foreshadowing ecstatic union.
The "little death" or petite morte of the sexual orgasm,
is a forerunner of the "big death" as we let go and experience
Psychological Interpretations of Psychic Energy
Thinkers such as Sigmund Freud 5 and Wilhelm Reich studied psychic
energy from a psychological perspective, vieweing it as a complex
mental, sexual or libidinous energy in our unconscious. Psychological
afflictions were said to be the result of blockage of psychic energy.
According to Freud, all behavior is motivated by the desire to feel
pleasure. That motivation is organized and directed by two instincts:
sexuality (Eros), and aggression (Thanatos). Freud conceptualized
both these instincts as being powered by a
form of internal psychic energy that he called the libido. Libido
is the pleasure principle, containing basic psychic energy.
Freud believed that humans must subordinate their desire for pleasure--primarily
sexual in nature--to the reality principle: the demand to live in
conformity with socially concocted dictates, such as the subordination
of women and children to a domineering, abusive father. Life thus
becomes a joyless compromise with disfunctional rules.
we've seen, the sexual drive can be used in positive ways within
the context of a mature love relationship. In most persons in contemporary
society, however, the libidinous drives are thwarted or corrupted,
resulting in psychological disorders of one form or another. Freud's
psychoanalytic techniques--a silent therapist listening to the free
associations and dreams of the patient--was a gigantic fraud, resulting
in persons becoming more miserable rather than more functional.
Other psychologists and psychiatrists such as Wilhelm Reich 6
and Erich Fromm saw the absurdity and devastation of counterfeit
therapies such as psychoanalysis, and developed new approaches to
freeing psychic energy from social and personal obstructions and
debasements. These approaches to relieving psychological and spiritual
disorders operate entirely within the physical or psychic sphere--not
in the spiritual domain.
Just as our current civilization uses various energy forms such
as electricity, magnetism,
and electromagnetic waves, seers within the Perennial Tradition
preserve and use spiritual energy. This more subtle form of energy
operates according to specific principles which it is essential
to learn and practice. Just as electricity is potentially deadly
if handled by a person ignorant of its power, so spiritual energy
can be lethal if trifled with by the spiritually illiterate.
Spiritual energy can be directed by concentrated meditation, which
is how prayer and spiritual healing work. Perennialist meditation
focuses and transmits spiritual energy, directing it to a specific
destination for a specific purpose.
external and internal energy focal points affect our bodies, minds,
and states of consciousness so directly, we must carefully select
the inputs we allow into our experience: persons, activities, images,
thoughts, feelings, sounds, written material, food, and environmental
Every time we interact with another person, there is an exchange
of energy resonance. Extensive interaction with people with negative
energy fields may leave us with a tremendous amount of debilitating
Unless we learn to recognize negative energy and cleanse our fields
of it, we can suffer physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual
problems. Fortunately, the opposite is equally true: spending time
with positively charged persons and other beneficent phenomena such
as music, art, and literature, can bring beneficial and transformative
Our spiritual and psychic energy can be misused or wasted in a
number of ways. Negative mental and emotional states allow for leakage
of energy at a rapid pace. One of our greatest enemies in this regard
is self-importance. We allow ourselves to be weakened by feeling
offended by the deeds and misdeeds of other people. Our self-importance
requires that we spend most of
our lives offended by someone.
Appropriate self-regard is certainly an important factor in any
healthy conception of oneself, but what we're referring to is what
might be called malodorous self-importance or pomposity. Perennialist
savants teach students to overcome all aspects of what is called
the debilitating self, a major element of which is self-importance.
Students are taught the proper procedures to preserve, store, and
use spiritual and psychic energy. Initiates are taught to take strategic
inventories of what they do--especially their non-essential behavioral
patterns--to determine what can and should be forfeited to save
and store energy. Stored energy is used to transform oneself.
It's first necessary to identify with our Higher Self and develop
a moment-to-moment awareness of what's happening in our personal
energy fields and the energy networks affecting us. We learn to
notice how we feel around certain people and in certain situations,
for example whether we feel energized or enervated. Power struggles
are about "stealing" each other's energy. If you feel
"drained" after having been with a specific person, you're
probably "losing energy" to the person.
We develop the ability to observe our emotions and
thoughts as they occur. If we come in contact with a person or idea--face
to face or while watching televison--that regularly "pushes
our buttons," we must learn to control our energy field so
unconscious reactions don't wreak havoc in our emotional life.