Adding to Our Lives, Adding to the World

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed; rather it transforms from one form to another.”
-The Law of Conservation of Energy

When some people here the word “energy” used in a spiritual sense, their eyes automatically roll or glaze over. They dismiss talk of vibes as ludicrous. They want nothing to do with that New Age-y woo woo nonsense.

Yet these same people readily accept the concept of energy in terms of science and nutrition. We’re all taught about energy in our early school years.

Some energy has a positive charge, some a negative charge, and some is neutral. Our bodies convert food into energy that we use to move, think, and feel.

It’s the same stuff!

Why is it so hard to believe that we, as human beings, give off positive, negative, and neutral energy that draws and repels the energy of other people? We know how magnets work. It’s not that complicated.

We know how music works too. Notes and tones vibrate at certain frequencies. When they interact with other frequencies they create harmony or discord. Likewise, our ways of being and moving (i.e. the “notes” we play) are vibrations that jive with some and clash with others.

I think the issue is that we’ve convinced ourselves that our thoughts and feelings aren’t real things. The scientific method doesn’t account for these, because they are “subjective” rather than “objective” and thus dismissed from evidentiary consideration.

The wave of my hand is a real thing because I can see it and someone else can see it. We can both feel and hear the movement it creates. We could both touch and taste my hand, if we were so inclined.

But no one can think my thoughts or feel my feelings. They are not observable.

This is a huge oversight.

Our thoughts are things. Our feelings are things. Should all of them be taken seriously? No. But they have consequences as much as our actions do. After all, our thoughts and feelings lead to our actions. They are the reasons behind our actions. And they definitely give charge to our actions–positive, negative, neutral.

Thoughts and feelings are energy, just like movement. Our bodies are drained after a time of intense study or emotion or rejuvenated after meditation or laughter.

If we hold onto grudges, over time, our bodies will show it as much so as if we’ve been consuming harmful substances. In fact, they often go hand in hand. However, if we hold onto love, joy, happiness, and gratitude…well, our bodies will show that too.

Of course this is not a black and white situation. No one is only positive energy or negative energy; nor are we meant to be. Our energies fluctuate with time and circumstance, and a lot of the time we’re giving off neutral vibes or a combination.

But what’s really interesting here is that we can transform our energy.

We have the ability to shift our energy from positive to negative or negative to positive through the power of our will and desire.

I know this from experience. I used to live a very negative life. I was a negative person. Yet I always knew somehow that that was not who I was meant to be.

As it always goes, I looked in all the wrong places for an answer until I looked in the right one: within myself. I’d known all along what my hearts’ desires are, and I finally willed myself to pursue them.


When we allow ourselves to do what it is in us to do, our lives are filled with possibility and positivity. It’s no coincidence that the sign for positive charge and addition are the same (+).

When we are true to our individual design, we add to the world; we make our unique positive contribution to the Universe/God’s plan. And we feel the addition too! Not only do we feel happier, healthier, and more fulfilled; we draw into our lives more blessings, opportunities, and people who help us on our path!

It works the other way around, too. If you are not pursuing your true heart’s desire, you are subtracting. You are actually robbing the world of your gifts.

Each of us is equally as much a part of the grand design as everyone and everything else. We’ve each been given gifts from the Universe/God to give right back. If we don’t share of ourselves, our energy turns negative.

When we feel as though the life is being sucked out of us, it is. That’s the biggest sign that something is very wrong and we need to live our lives differently. We need to make positive change.

Becoming a negatively-charged person happens unconsciously over years. I don’t think anyone ever sets out with the decision to become miserable.

Becoming a positively-charged person, however, happens intentionally. That’s great news! We become happier, more blessed people by doing what we really, truly want to do!

Of course, it’s not that simple. But at the same time, it is.

When we see those people who appear to live charmed lives, always on cloud nine and beloved by all, we needn’t feel jealous. That kind of positivity is accessible to us. Our lives will never look just like theirs though, of course. Even better, we all can get our own versions of it.

When we really want to be positive, we believe we can and we make it happen. We choose positive thoughts and feelings instead of negative ones. Instead of being down on ourselves, we visualize the best possible versions of ourselves, and then we start becoming them.

Our energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be transformed. We can transform ourselves.

What is your heart of hearts telling you that you want? It might be as grand as a seemingly impossible career or as small as an herb garden. Whatever it is, allow yourself to add to your life and thus add to the world.

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