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Offline moSh

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Subtle Energies
« on: July 11, 2016, 02:56:15 am »
I've never been exposed much to the concept of energy/energies, so my understanding is severely limited (and so my opinion on their validity). Since travelling around India I have come into contact with the idea a lot more, however, but have no idea where to start in researching it/them.

I feel like I've heard them referenced in different contexts, making me wonder whether there are multiple concepts which just so happen to share the name energy. For example: the centre in Dharamsala that I spent ten days for my meditation retreat was said to have 'good energy' because of the amount of enlightened individuals and novices that had meditated there in the past; I have read books in which people (often the Dalai Lama) have referred to subtle energies in the body which are instrumental to our health and wellbeing; and I have heard and read things in passing that talk about energies on a more cosmic scale. Are these the same energy or thereabouts? Part of the reason I ask is that the first, to me, seems to be directly related to the mere aesthetic of a place or situation--the vibe--and I've never known whether this 'good energy' is just another way of saying 'yeah, this is a nice place to meditate', or if there is some kind of residual force lying about. The second is sometimes referred to in a far more scientific context, at least in the books I've read, and suggests there is really 'something there'.

So, I was wondering if anyone could give me their best crack at a summary, and/or direct me to some introductory material on the subject. I'd be most interested in something with links to scientific backing or at least theoretical reasoning--for me, I find things like this hard to take from just experiential evidence alone, as I tend to just put it down to psychological influence (i.e. of course you can feel like energy of a place change when you add prayer flags, your mind is reacting to the change in aesthetic).

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Re: Subtle Energies
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2016, 05:06:16 am »
So, I was wondering if anyone could give me their best crack at a summary, and/or direct me to some introductory material on the subject. I'd be most interested in something with links to scientific backing or at least theoretical reasoning--for me, I find things like this hard to take from just experiential evidence alone, as I tend to just put it down to psycholoical influence (i.e. of course you can feel like energy of a place change when you add prayer flags, your mind is reacting to the change in aesthetic).

I'm not aware of any scientific research in this area.  I have sometimes felt "atmospheres" in particular locations, the problem is that it's so subjective, so tied up with our expectations and preconceptions.  We can experience what we expect to experience.  For example, if we enter a holy place we probably expect to feel a "spiritual" atmosphere of some sort.  But if we do then feel something, is it really just in our imagination?

 


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