Becoming Aware of How Life Force Leaks Away From Us Unnecessarily
Today my wife and I planted a cinnamon tree in our garden. We purchased it at a nursery and it is approximately ten feet (3½ meters) tall! The roots were bundled tight in a burlap sack to restrict their growth while it was awaiting someone to come and claim it. Digging the hole, cutting the burlap sack and planting the tree into the earth, allowing the roots to expand without restrictions, all this felt nourishing. Its rich potential can now be fully realized. I look forward to watching it grow.
As I was pondering what to write for this month’s topic, I realized a similarity between ourselves and the cinnamon tree. We too have our roots bundled and confined, but not with burlap, with limited consciousness. What can we do to release our full potential, for we are plugged into the matrix of all existence, and so much is available to us? One very effective method that is incredibly overlooked is to increase the life force we have available to us.
All living things, plants, animals, insects and human beings draw life force from the cosmic reservoir naturally and without awareness. It just happens, and is a part of being alive. The life force that nurtures the cinnamon tree is the same life force that fuels the barking dog and allows the grasshopper to leap in the field. It is the force and energy that maintains life in all things. It exists everywhere and in abundance. While invisible and undetectable by human senses, its existence has been well documented by various mystery schools and is known by many different names. The term «Life Force» is one of those names, and it is what I will call it as I explore the potential of harnessing this incredible substance.
We can enhance our life immeasurably by first becoming aware of this Life Force, and secondly by increasing the flow into our being. Our mind and body are constantly being regenerated and revitalized by this great life-essence, which circulates throughout the cosmos. This life force reaches all, supplying animation to all, tying all things together in one dynamic wash of ever-flowing renewing energy. This river of energy is flowing all around us and in it «we live and move and have our being.»
Each of us receives a minimum amount just by being alive and human, but the amount of life force each individual receives varies greatly, and is affected by a number of factors, which I intend to explore over the next several months.
Let me say at the beginning of our examination of this fascinating aspect of human existence that it is possible to draw directly from the great cosmic reservoir of undifferentiated energy and to increase our intake. When we do, this energy is transmuted within our being into all the different forms of activity that go to make up a human life.
If our vital energy goes up, every factor of our nature is quickened and intensified; the artist paints with new power and inspiration, the insight of the scientist is doubled, the skill and strength of the athlete increased, the savvy decisions and actions of the entrepreneur work like magic – whatever we are becomes intensified.
The amount of this energy we access is limited solely by our capacity for realization. If we can increase our realization and get rid of our inhibitions and leakages, we correspondingly increase our cosmic energy. With increasing energy there comes increasing vitality, mental capacity and grace. If we have life-problems to work out (and who doesn’t), our increased vitality gives us more energy and courage with which to deal with them. Our increased mental capacity gives us increased insight, which reflects in our choices and actions.
Now that we understand the potential of increased life force, our task becomes to explore both the ways to increase the life force, and the ways it is decreased and leaks away from us. The point of this exploration is to enter an alchemy process of drawing in and retaining this increased life force. As we succeed in this process, we will become aware of a change within ourselves, and we’ll be amazed at how clear and aware we become. We will also notice how effective our actions are in manifesting our desires.
The Ways and Methods of Increasing Life Force
Spend several minutes every day contemplating the great cosmic reservoir of undifferentiated force that exists all around us. Imagine yourself plugged into this matrix, and that all that stops you from accessing this power is your own realization of it.
This process is as simple as breathing itself. In fact, as you breathe in, you can imagine life force entering you. Contemplate the fact that the source of your being is in this ever-outpouring infinite energy. With daily meditation, the concept of life force will shift from the conceptual to a conviction of its existence. This is the first step. Making it real. We can work with unseen forces, but only when we genuinely conceive of their existence as real can we gain their true power. This conviction comes with meditation and contemplation. So if you want to be active in this process of increasing your realization, your task for the month is to re-read this topic several times so you understand exactly what I’m sharing with you, and to spend several minutes «thinking about» life force.
Read more: Life Force Part II