Article by Angie Webster
There is a common concept among the world of energy workers, and those involved in many spiritual circles. It is the idea that absolutely everything has its origin as energy, including every illness, injury, blessing, or problem. While this is true in some ways, it leads to some confusion. Does this mean we are responsible for every illness that befalls us or accident that happens? Let’s look at this a little more closely.
There is little doubt that our thought energy and emotional energy affect our bodies and the people and situations around us. Scientific studies in the field of neuroscience continue to prove that our brain releases neurochemicals in response to our thoughts, emotions and activities. These neurochemicals undoubtedly alter the way our bodies and minds function, including the way we interact with the world, how we learn, how clearly we think, and how deeply we bond with others. For example, someone who is in a cycle of deep sadness may have decreased clarity of thought, decreased ability to communicate and bond with others and responses such as sleepiness and pain in the body. These things can have an immediate and long term effect on many things in their lives, and even perpetuate the cycle of sadness. This is one example how energy can manifest physical responses and changes in the world in a very tangible way. Our thoughts, emotions, and actions clearly affect our bodies.
In addition, the Global Coherence Initiative and HeartMath have done extensive research which demonstrates that human energy fields interact with each other, both at a distance and while in close proximity. Their research also suggests that our energy fields interact with the energy field of the Earth, and vice versa. Changes can be seen in the Earth’s field in relation to major events in human history, such as the start of war or other major events. When the Earth’s energy field is affected, changes are seen in heart rhythms and brain and nervous system activity. It seems that human energy is constantly creating and changing our environment, and it is creating and changing us. It is a continuous act of energetic communication and co-creation. Though we are all clearly individual people with individual thoughts, emotions and lives, we also clearly affect each other and the world in big and subtle ways.
Once energy has manifested changes in the physical, then what happens? Sometimes the physical manifestations that affect us are from the choices and energy of others or of events outside of our choosing. While our actions constantly create new physical and energetic changes, so do the actions of others. An enraged driver on the road can produce agitation for other drivers, or even be the cause of an accident. A virus makes changes in the cells it infects. A forest fire affects the wildlife, plants and people its fire and smoke touch. Our choice to offer lunch to a hungry person changes their health and emotional state. The physical world seems to matter as much as the energy world. Things on the physical level also interact with each other and with energy fields.
Often, the idea that all things originate as energy is used to sweep them away, disregarding them as if they were meant to be. That relinquishes any responsibility for our actions. The other extreme is the idea that each person creates the whole world, entirely through their own thought and emotional energy. This ignores that there are other people—even other animals, a planet, and a Universe—co-creating along with each of us. It is very narrow and limited to think that one person is the only creator and no other beings have the same effect. It is also narrow to think that humans are the only creators. Additionally, this thinking tends to lead to blaming of those who have misfortune, illness or accidents in their lives—which is all of us at some point. The research at GCI and HeartMath is proving that we are not alone in the creation of our world, but that we all create it, and it creates us as well.
Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).