As mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, the topics I want to tackle this year require some deep and introspective discussions involving emotions. From Saturday’s post, you know that this (my 52nd year revolving around the sun) is the year of living, loving, being, and doing all things with passion.  In order to commit to this choice, the focus must include the spirit and energy.

Have you ever been in a room full of people or even just with one person, and the energy is palpable? You can feel it, see it, almost touch it.  The good energy is warm and inviting—you want to embrace it, reach out and capture it; to feel it envelop you.  It gives you hope, excitement, strength and you feel alive in its presence.

Then there is the dark, depressing, negative, maybe even toxic energy hanging over someone.  It’s a gray or black aura that makes you shudder as a cold, eerie chill fills the space around you. Prolonged exposure to negative energy can have detrimental side effects to both the person harboring the darkness and those who come into regular contact with this person.  Sadness, closed-mindedness, physical and emotional ailments, depression and perhaps even thoughts of self-harm or hurting others are all possible.

Tonight, via an Instagram post, I was introduced to this excerpt from “The Untethered Soul”.  There is so much simplistic wisdom about positive energy, I knew I was going to read it over and over and felt it was worth sharing.  When you need a perspective shift away from the negative energy of those around you, turn to your faith and turn your focus to digging deep inside to re-ignite the spark of positive energy you have tried so hard to bury.  It’s easier to bury it, isn’t it?  It takes work to keep the positive burning bright and let’s be honest—sometimes, we are just too damn tired so we choose the easy way.  Let me tell you, you will be rewarded if you put in the work.

Read, re-read, and maybe, read again:

”You have a wellspring of beautiful energy inside of you.  When you are open you feel it; when you are closed you don’t.  This flow of energy comes from the depth of your being. It’s been called by many names.  In ancient Chinese medicine, it is called Chi.  In yoga, it is called Shatki.  In the West, it is called Spirit.  Call it anything you want.  All great spiritual traditions talk about your spiritual energy; they just give it different names.  That spiritual energy is what you’re experiencing when love rushes up into your heart.  That is what you’re experiencing when you’re enthused by something and all this high energy comes up inside of you.

You should know about this energy because it’s yours.  It’s your birthright, and it’s unlimited.  You can call upon it any time you want.  It has nothing to do with age.  Some eighty-year old people have the energy and enthusiasm of a child.  They can work long hours for seven days a week.  It’s just energy.  Energy doesn’t get old, it doesn’t get tired, and it doesn’t need food.  What it needs is openness and receptivity.

This energy is equally available to everybody.  The sun does not shine differently on different people.  If you’re good, it shines on you.  If you did something bad, it shines on you.  It’s the same with the inner energy.  The only difference is that with the inner energy, you have the ability to close up inside and block it.  When you close, the energy stops flowing.  When you open, all the energy rushes up inside of you.  True spiritual teachings are about this energy and to open to it.

The only thing you have to know is that opening allows the energy in, and closing blocks it out.  Now you have to decide whether or not you want this energy.  How high do you want to get?  How much love do you want to feel?  How much enthusiasm do you want to have for the things you do?  If enjoying a full life means experiencing high energy, love, and enthusiasm all the time, then don’t ever close.”

My perspective is that the only choice is positive energy.  As I always say:  amazing things will happen when we allow ourselves to be open—to give and receive light, to give and receive love.  Now, let’s add that we will give and receive good energy.  With all of this positivity, we will naturally gravitate to being passionate about all we do and all we are.

Positive or negative?  Passionate or mediocrity? Merely existing or living each day to the fullest?  Choose wisely!

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