We are made of energy. Becoming aware of our energy; learning to direct it at will; and understanding the laws that attract a greater flow of energy, are all essential parts of living a happier life. Spiritual teacher Swami Kriyananda said, “There is no limit to the energy that we can draw from the Universe for any endeavor.”
Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi said that we recently began Dwapara Yuga (the age of energy). One example of this, is how within the past century we have widely begun to accept Einstein’s theory proving that all matter is a manifestation of energy. The science of yoga takes this even further, stating that energy is but a manifestation of consciousness.
Uplifting your consciousness allows a positive flow of energy to enter into your being. From there, learning to direct your energy using your will, allows the abundant energy of the Universe to flow through you.
Think of will as willingness. Your desire to give energy, and your faith in what you’re giving energy to, creates an attitude of willingness, and you become an open channel for more energy to flow through. “To will something strongly,” Swami Kriyananda said, “one must will it with one’s entire being. To draw anything to yourself, learn to put your whole self into the energy flow you are directing.” Yogananda’s axiom for this is: “The greater the will, the greater the flow of energy.”
When you do things with willingness and joy, energy flows freely. When willingness is lacking, suddenly there is no energy left! A basic principle of yoga states that awareness precedes control. By cultivating an awareness of the flow of energy in our body, we can improve our ability to control and direct that energy at will.
Observe what happens when you command your body to lift your arm. Your will is what tells your body to move, but it is the energy you put behind the action that does the lifting. To will your arm to move takes energy; without sending energy to your arm it remain motionless.
The moment which energy can be perceived in the arm is when you consciously tense the arm muscle. When we concentrate on the feeling of this tension in the center of the arm muscle, we increase our awareness.
Consciously exercise the muscles of the forearm with alternating tension and relaxation:
- Practice alternating tension and relaxation in your forearm three times.
- In between alternating states of tension and relaxation, become aware of what that energy feels like in your arm.
- Describe to yourself this feeling. Is it tingly? Does your forearm feel lighter? How would you describe it?
Now, observe the flow of energy in your own life:
- Observe: When you give more energy, you receive more energy.
- Conversely, the more stagnant you are, the lazier and less energetic you feel.
- Notice also: When you want to do something, when you are going to do something you think will be fun, no matter how tired you were a second ago, you suddenly have all the energy you need!
- How can you infuse willingness into everything you do, so that you have a constant flow of energy throughout the day?
The energization exercises of Yogananda take the practice of energy awareness and directing the will a step further.
To go deeper within these concepts, you may enjoy reading the full booklet: The Yoga of Joy: Awakening the Warrior Within.