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Energy Structures – What Shapes Your World?

April 25, 2013

Global consciousness is not an objective belief that can be taught to anybody and everybody, but a subjective transformation in the interior structures that can hold belief in the first place which itself is the product of a long line of inner consciousness development.

Ken Wilber, Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: The Spirit of Evolution

That quote is a mouthful, I know! But this phrase ‘the interior structures that can hold belief’ captures something about the kind of energy structures I wanted to write about in this post. When I say ‘energy structures’ I am talking about all of the various energy formations that shape our perceptions of the world – that shape our consciousness really, on personal and global levels. Everything has an energetic underside, a skeletal system or foundation on the subtle planes. Our chakras are one map of our personal energetic underpinnings  – our subtle body – but there are many other types of energetic structures. The ones I am most interested in exploring today (and in helping you to explore) are those that shape our minds – those that shape the contents of our minds.

One way to begin to think about these kinds of energy structures is to ask yourself, ‘what matrices  am I plugged into?’ You remember the movie The Matrix – all those bodies plugged into virtual reality machines, immersed in lives entirely created by software beaming into their brains, while their  ‘real’ bodies were used as batteries. It was a metaphor (or seen that way by many of us anyway) for human consciousness, and how we are all plugged into matrices. We think we are independent, thinking, free-will wielding beings, but really we are shaped, conditioned, and driven by so many forces.

‘Free your mind’ is what the Morpheus character tells Neo, and freeing our minds is what this kind of energy work is all about. From my perspective all personal growth, healing, and spiritual practice is about freeing our being – freeing ourselves from that which keeps us from knowing ourselves as pure awareness, pure Source, pure light and love. We may or may not approach this freeing energetically, but the energetic shifts happen either way. The power of working energetically is that we are working down in the roots, in the foundation of ourselves and the world. We are working on the infrastructure level, instead of just making cosmetic, surface-level shifts.

There are many levels to the energy structures impacting us – familial, ethnic, social, cultural, political, religious. All of these project a matrix – a view of the world, a way of seeing the world, that is much deeper and vaster than the beliefs or philosophies that might be expressed in words. ‘Gestalt’ and ‘zeitgeist’ are words that attempt to describe these kinds of energy formations, but really these are just the tip of the iceberg. Many of the most wide-reaching energy structures – those that have been forged and shaped over time by powerful individuals and forces – take on a power of their own. In this way, they shape our awareness – they define the boundaries of it, our sense of what is possible and what isn’t – and often we are very unaware of them.

Working with these energy structures is different from energy line or ‘cord’ work. Energy lines is the term I use to refer to the energy connections that form between us and the individuals in our lives – they are about our direct, one-on-one relationships. These lines also have an amazing impact on our awareness, as we exchange whole thought-forms and moods through them. It’s especially important for most women to become conscious of these lines and begin to work with them (this is why I have energy line work included in both my healing from sexual trauma and abuse ebook and my DailyOm feminine power course.)

When we talk about energy structures as opposed to energy lines, we are talking about larger webs of energy, that usually were initiated by an individual or group of individuals at some point, but  now have a life of their own, and are usually ‘maintained’ by current gatekeepers and stakeholders. It’s tempting to equate these with institutions like religions, philosophical schools, political parties, and nations, and certainly all of these do generate and maintain energy structures of this type. But there are also many energy structures that do not have institutions we can ‘see’ here in the world, but that shape our perceptions nevertheless.

As with energy lines, some of these are helpful to us, some are not. Spiritual lineages are examples of supportive structures of this type – the idea is that enlightenment is kept alive in the world by direct transmission from awakened mind to awakened mind, so that the teachings are kept pure from generation to generation. When this happens, being connected to a spiritual lineage is a beautiful and powerful force in our lives. But when something goes wrong, when the teachings are thwarted or abused in some way, it can become a harmful and limiting force instead. This has unfortunately happened with all too many religious organizations throughout history.

Spiritual teachings are just one example. Throughout history we can think of formations that have shaped human consciousness for hundreds or even thousands of years at a time before eventually dying a slow death – I would argue patriarchy is in its dying throes at this point in history. Some believe we are in a phase of history where many such old formations are in jeopardy, and thus we’re in the throes of a struggle between those that wish to maintain them and those that wish to replace them. And we are each tapped into much smaller, more personal energy structures too, often tied to our family, ethnic group, religion, or nation.

Ultimately, the foundation energy structure, the formation underpinning it all, is the one that shapes human perception itself. As spiritual teachers throughout the ages have told us, and physicists are now telling us in their own way, human reality is an agreement of sorts – a reality we shape and share with our own thoughts and energies. And thus we can change it, and create formations of greater happiness and love if we choose. We can also attempt to see beyond these structures entirely, and know ourselves outside these webs, as pure awareness and light. That is the enlightenment process. Some of us attempt both.

But it takes much more than simply thinking positively or focusing on controlling our conscious thoughts to do this. Really our thoughts are just the surface level layer of our consciousness. If you can intuit these structures for yourself, if you begin to ‘see’ them and how they shape your awareness, you can begin to free yourself from them – to change them or know yourself beyond them.

So, getting down to it, here’s an exercise for beginning to develop your ability to see and work with these formations (for those of you who have done energy line work with me or in one of my courses, this begins in a similar way):

– List the most obvious familial, ethnic, social, cultural, and religious institutions that have shaped your development. Don’t contemplate the actual beliefs that you have picked up from these – just list them, as you’ll be trying to sense them as energy structures impacting your awareness instead. Also, don’t only think in terms of negative formations – of those you think you want to be free of. List everything, without judgement. If you can think in more abstract forms, in terms of forces impacting your perceptions, try to do so. Don’t focus in on specific psychological patterns though – emotional patterns you picked up from your mother, for example. You are focused here on larger bodies of energy/consciousness formations.

– Sit in meditation. Center yourself with breathing exercises or any modality you like to use. Once you are centered, picture yourself filled with white light. Imagine you are also surrounded by white light. Imagine you and this white light around you are pure, pristine, primordial – unshaped by any force, pure Source.

– Contemplate one of the energy structures you listed. Don’t think about the ‘story’ of it in your life – the people or places associated with it. Instead, try to sense it as an energy in your awareness. What does it feel like? How is it shaped? How would you describe it in abstract, energetic terms?

– Imagine there is a line from this energy as it manifests within your awareness extending outside of you. Try to follow it – to the ‘mothership’, you might say. Allow your subtle sense to intuit this formation as a larger force and shaper of consciousness within the world. How would you describe this?

– Next imagine you are cutting the line between yourself and this energy formation. If you like, you can actually shape your fingers as scissors and pretend you are cutting the line with your imaginary scissors. You may want to repeat this several times.

– Now imagine that the white light within you dissolves the energy you felt from this energy structure within your own awareness or subtle body. Imagine the white light piercing the center of the energy, and expanding until it has completely dissolved the energy.

– Sit imagining yourself immersed in white light for awhile. Repeat this with as many energy formations as you like. Don’t over do it though- this is heavy duty stuff once you get into it. Always end in the white light.

For those of you who have done energy line work, you can see this is very similar. In both cases, the visualizations are tools for directing your subtle awareness, for helping you develop your intuition. They aren’t meant to be taken literally, but you might be amazed at what insights come up. And most importantly, you will develop your ability to ‘see’ the forces shaping your consciousness in a way you may not have before. And you will begin to sense what it might mean to really work to change these, to create new ones, or to experience yourself entirely unfettered by any of them.

The third point of reference is freedom of perception; it is intent; it is spirit; the somersault of thought into the miraculous; the act of reaching beyond our boundaries and touching the inconceivable.

Carlos Castaneda, The Power of Silence

As always, your comments and questions are appreciated:-) Namaste-

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 25, 2013 12:48 am

    Thanks for this Lisa, I will sit with it. I was one of the people that asked about this in the DailyOm forum. I was thinking more in terms of a company I used to work for, as when I was doing the energy line work, people from there kept coming up, even though I thought I had let go of that situation. Do you think I am dealing with an energy structure such as this instead? Perhaps I can try this technique and see if this helps me gain more clarity.

  2. April 25, 2013 12:56 am

    Anon, hi, yes you should give this a try. You can really approach it both ways – first attempting to cut the lines to the individuals that have been in your attention, an even try to do that as a group visualization (visualizing them as a group as you do the exercise) and you can try this approach, which is more about the overall energy structure/formation behind the company itself. Companies don’t always have this kind of ‘entity’ feeling to them, but often they do, and perhaps that is what you are feeling in your awareness. Let me know how it goes, and what insights you gain. It’s an interesting exercise.

  3. Mitzi permalink
    April 25, 2013 1:02 am

    I so am looking forward to getting my quiet time tonight to sit down and really read’s like waiting for a really good dessert..thank you!

  4. April 25, 2013 1:19 am

    I can relate to the energy lines you mention in the one on one relationships. I often call them cords as I envision them as connections like umbilical cords to our children in the womb. 🙂

  5. April 25, 2013 1:23 am

    Love the exercise!

  6. April 25, 2013 4:20 am

    Thanks Mitzi, I hope you enjoy it! It’s definitely a ‘dense’ dessert – not a lightweight one, lol.

  7. April 25, 2013 4:24 am

    Hi Lights of Clarity, yes I work with lines and cords a lot, and for women the mother-child one is often a very important one to work with. I include this kind of work in my coursework, and this post partly came out of some questions that arose around this, when people were attempting to cut or clear lines with individuals, but then felt like perhaps they were dealing with a larger web of energies. I think there are alot of levels to this kind of energy structure work, and ultimately working in this way is part of the spiritual liberation process.

  8. April 25, 2013 4:25 am

    Hi kdkh, May it bring you much insight:-)

  9. Lighthealer permalink
    April 25, 2013 1:56 pm

    I gave this a try and I have to admit it was a bit of a challenge! I think the listing part at the beginning was very interesting though. When I started thinking of all the large forces that have shaped my awareness it was astonishing really. But it’s easier for me to think of the actual belief systems I have adopted from them then to feel them as energies. And if they are supportive ones, why cut them in the exercise? Why not empower them like in your energy line exercise? I am asking because I am truly intrigued, I do feel like there is something here for me. Xo -J

  10. April 25, 2013 5:54 pm

    Hi J, You could work with this in a very similar fashion to the energy line exercise – only cut those you feel are inhibiting you, clear those that you want/need in your life but feel have become dysfunctional, and empower those that support you (using the same visualizations too.) In this exercise I wanted to focus on freeing up perception entirely – creating the conditions to get a glimpse entirely outside of any of these structures. This is why the white light visuals/meditations are so important at the start and end. You might want to try both and see what happens.

  11. April 25, 2013 7:52 pm

    Very timely! I like the exercise, too. I’ll be sharing this with some folks. 🙂

  12. April 27, 2013 10:04 am

    Being healthy is our responsibility, and there are certain things we need to consider in order we can say we are healthy. I love the exercise. though there are some cases I may feel tired and lazy to do it, but eventually I can recover from it, and somehow overcome.

  13. April 28, 2013 11:48 pm

    Hi Elizabeth and Tina, thanks for commenting and give it a try, I think you will find it interesting.

  14. May 1, 2013 10:14 pm

    Wonderful article, and very timely. So much going on for all of us. I haven’t even taken the Daily Om course of yours yet!!! And the course listing looks so interesting. I need to see how I do with the other things I am doing to heal from the vocal fold paralysis–you are so right about the heart chakra, as the nerves dip into the chest before coming back up to the throat. Anyway, I look forward to working with you again at some point!

  15. May 8, 2013 6:18 pm

    This is great, I’m going to try some of these visualizations when I get some time. Thanks for posting!

  16. May 9, 2013 7:55 pm

    DKh12 – feel free to post any questions or insights…

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