The Law of the Conservation of Energy states, "Energy can neither be created, nor can it be destroyed." Speaking from a witches perspective, everything is energy. Everything. You and I are energy. Our tools, the food we eat, the grass, the ground, the trees, and even the computer I am using to write this blog, is energy. If everything is energy, then how is the ground, computer, trees, and food solid? How is it, if it is energy, different from sunlight or an x-ray? Just exactly how does all of this fit in to magical practice?
When talking about energy, science and magic meet in a glorious fusion of fact and mythology. Science lays out in law what our kind have known since time immemorial. Energy is perceived by its vibration. If it vibrates more slowly, it is more solid (think of water turning to ice here), and as its vibration increases it loses its solidity (think of water turning to steam). This is the same thing with emotions and thought. We have slower vibrations, or negative thoughts and emotions, and we have those which speed up and are positive.
Think about a time when you had a really bad day. Something unexpected happened and your thoughts and insight turned low. This negative thoughts maybe caused you to say something negative that you wouldn't otherwise say. Then you screwed up some important paperwork. Then your boss yelled at you and you gave him the finger and walked out. On your way home, you are fuming and not paying attention, so you run a red light and broadside a grandmother going to her grandchild's soccer game. Now, not only are you feeling quite ill emotionally, but you have now physically hurt yourself.
We will stop with the hypothetical bad day right there and look at the ripples it created, just from a slow energetic vibration. You said something negative to a co-worker, made a rude hand gesture to your boss, and ended up hurting another person in an accident. Just these three named people will then decide if they are going to lower their own vibrations (obviously, this is a subconscious thing) to your level. Imagine if they do and they, in turn, have an effect on three more each, who effect three more each. Right there it jumps from three to nine to 27. That's a lot of damn people, and that's only if the ripples stop there.
So many of us don't realize just how our energy effects those around us as we walk this path farther and farther. We don't realize that others may secretly be jealous of us or dislike us because of our outlook on life. We don't think about the fact that some people in this world are miserable sods and don't want anything more than their misery. Understand, when I say 'we', I really mean 'me'. I have been dealing, as of late, with many miserable people in the mundane world. For the most part, they are miserable because they won't mind their own damn business, but they don't see it that way. They have the concept of 'I am my brother's keeper,' when that simply isn't the case.
Now, to jump from people, back to energy. When we, as magical practitioners, begin learning to work with the energy around us, we connect with nature, with others, and (most importantly, IMHO) ourselves. We begin to see how the polarities we create manifest our reality. Or, in my case, my High Priest figuratively bonks me on the head and points it out because I'm am quite obtuse and have Forest and Trees Syndrome.
So, how do we take the negative energy around us and transform it to something positive? Well, that's much easier said that done, but only because we, as humans, don't like to change. That said, the first step is to recognize our reaction to the negative energy. When someone hits you with something negative, what is your first reaction? When we examine that reaction and make an effort to not repeat it, then we have just raised our own vibration. When we refuse to stoop to another person's level, we aren't feeding them negative energy and, eventually, they stop trying to get it from us.
I have been told repeatedly by my teachers that love and hate are the same energy. "You must have loved someone to hate them." The difference between love and hate is the frequency. Hate is a very low, slow wave of energy, whereas love has a very fast vibration and a high frequency. If you don't believe me, then think about someone you know who is always upbeat and positive. They always look on the bright side of things and can always find the good in everyone and in every situation. Now, think of them when they are having a bad day or they are frustrated. These people, those who live in and exude love, tend toward still being pleasant when they are having a bad day. Their words may not be as soft as usual, and they may be a little short, but they are still nice. I know people like that and I strive every day to be more like that. My issues aren't as important. My this and my that have to take a back seat when I feel bad.
Every day we are bombarded with energy of all kinds. Every day we choose which of the energies we allow to have an effect on us. Do you choose to try to live in a high vibrational state or a low one?
Brightest blessings my friends!