We are energetic beings. We live in an energetic universe. Those of us that have done energy work know of its power to effect change. Not long ago, my wife had her hip replaced. She was still draining a couple weeks post-op. The doctor told her that if she didn’t stop draining by the time he saw her next, he would have to go in again. I did energy work on her, and within a few hours, the draining went from pronounced to none at all. It was as if a faucet was turned off.
This energy is the same energy that we function at on many levels. There really is only one Universal Energy, and it manifests itself in many forms. In each form, it has 7 levels of intensity. In visible light, there are 7 colors. The atom has 7 shells in which electrons could travel. There are 7 notes to the chromatic music scale. We have 7 chakras. The number 7 is universal in describing energy.
So it is no wonder that we function at 7 possible levels of energy. What I am going to share next is based on “Energy Leadership” by Bruce D Schneider.
The lowest level of energy that we function at is Level 1. People functioning at Level 1 have a victim mentality. They see the world as something that acts upon them, rather than something they have control over. They look outside themselves for strength, courage, inspiration. They are needy. They live in fear and worry. At its extreme, people functioning at this level become apathetic and lethargic.
At the next level up, people are in conflict, whether it be with others or themselves. Examples of inner conflict are guilt and lack of forgiveness. People at this level have a lot of anger, whether it be directed at others or themselves, and can be seen as defiant.
These first two levels are described by Schneider as “catabolic”, which is a good descriptor. In physiology, catabolism is the production of energy through breaking down molecules. On a cellular level, those who live with predominant catabolic energy are stressed. Stress releases hormones that break down our bodies.
On the level of consciousness, those who are predominantly catabolic are unconscious. They function at the level of the ego and the self. Their main motivator is need. Most people’s average level of functioning is between 2 and 3.
The good news is that most of us also function at higher levels, but the lower levels drag us down. The lower levels are the blocks to our potential. I will be talking about the higher levels in my next post. You will see yourself in these higher levels. For example, there is a level that is all about giving to others. This is the level where most massage therapists do their work. Yet, the lower levels keep us from reaching our fullest potential.
In my next post, I’m going to talk about the 3 levels of Self-Mastery: Levels 3, 4 & 5. Stay tuned.
‘Til next time,