To begin, 'energy' is a concept of the vital/spiritual source of our life, from the simple act of waking up and living a mundane life to 'supernatural' abilities and 'divine communication'. Energy is the most common word used to describe the theories and processes about to be presented, so it is the word that will be used instead of using words from other cultures, because even then the cultural and religious understanding is still unique to the culture: Qi is not Shakti is not Mana is not Orgone is not Magis is not Virtue, yet they all hold a similar interpretation that this essence, this vital something, exists internally and externally in the form of flows and abstract concepts relating to our organic health, planetary evolution, and over all being. I hope you enjoy the processes and theories.
FLOWS AND METHODS
PUSHING AND PULLING (AND VARIATIONS) - The act of moving already present energy to and from a person, object or situation. This method can be used to heal and damage, banish and conjure.
CONNECTING - Combining energy of a person, object, or event to you. This strengthens the overall power of the first method.
RECEIVING AND GIVING - Internalizing or externalizing energy. Taking in bad energy to heal (see Transmutation) or good energy to drain, giving bad energy to harm or good energy to heal.
TRANSMUTATION - Changing already present energy to fit desire and conditions. This is good for healing and banishing.
Various cultures around the world have beliefs and practices to benefit and empower the subtle senses which can be done through the concept of subtle bodies that connect each organ and ability to an energetic vortex or pool of potential.
In Hinduism we have the seven Chakras (wheels), each correlating to a visceral and nervous system and etheric power governed by a specific deity that can be called upon through the three keys of Mantra, Yantra, and Asana (Word, Symbol, and Posture).
In Qigong we have three Dan Ti'ens, or Cauldrons, that relate to the physical-energetic-spiritual dimensions. On the highest level of training we have Nei Gong, or internal practice. Qigong that becomes Nei Gong has exercises and philosophies for martial arts (Hard Qigong/Iron Body), Healing (Golden Body/Rainbow Body) and spiritual advancement (Dao).
Similar to the Chinese, Irish bards believe in three internal Cauldrons as well; those of Movement (lower), Vocation (middle), and Wisdom (higher).
Each pool or collection of energies are equated to elements, emotions, and various physical and esoteric attributes and symbols such as color, deity, intonations, et cetera.
Not only do we have centers of energy within our bodies we have bodies, or symbolic constructs, of energy that expand out from our inner spiritual center to the cosmos, and some believe through dimensions and time as well.
There are believed to be anywhere from three to fourteen subtle external emanations, but the most popular are the bodies of Physical Reality, Electromagnetic Reality, Mental and Emotional Reality, Etheric and Astral Reality, Cosmic Reality, and Causal or Divine Reality, and the easiest to remember are the Physical, Mental/Emotional, and Spiritual.
These bodies are reached, harnessed and attuned with your nature and desire through meditative and mind altering practices ranging from still point (focal) meditation to ceremonial magic that calls upon the aid of spiritual beings, such as angelic intelligences or Pagan deities.
Here is a brief description of three of the most widely talked about and understood bodies:
PHYSICAL - Flesh, bone, blood, organs, bio-electric, bio-chemical, and psycho-social experience. Relaxation, exercise, and diet contribute to a healthy and vital physical body.
ENERGETIC VIA EMOTIONAL - Feelings toward thoughts past and present, dangers or safeties real or imagined. Deeper flow of bio-electric, bio-chemical, and psycho-social aspects. Empathy, intuition, kinetic (or 'auric') awareness. Breathing, stretching, relaxed movement, and laughter (in good will and humor) contribute to a healthy and vital Energetic via Emotional body.
MENTAL OR (PSYCHO)-SPIRITUAL- Awareness of self, others, and concepts. Past life regression, prophecy, psi, magic, et cetera. Meditation, prayer, and extra sensory exercises contribute to a healthy and vital Psycho-Spiritual body.
ENERGY, ETHICS, AND SPIRITUAL BEINGS
A deity or guardian spirit has its own unique energy. Each being vibrates, moves, listens and reacts according to their own natures, not our ideas of how they should be. They are each a unique consciousness.
Do not confuse praise and thanks to a deity for idol worship. Praise and thanks builds communication and lasting relationships with spirits; idol worship drains a person or group of their personal energy.
When we give praise or thanks we are acknowledging spirit as a friend, guide, and master of their craft not as a master over us. When we blindly worship we are feeding an egregor (group construct) or a vampiric being. One is an exchange of love and learning, the other is slavery. Love and learning builds confidence, power, and faith; slavery depletes these attributes and builds arrogance, selfishness and hatred. Beware of why and how you are practicing.