10 September 2010 10 Comments

What IS Positive Energy? Part 1: Clearing a Path

Glamour, hype, and glitter surround the topic of positive energy. This repels pragmatic people. They may observe the antics, inflated optimism, and glee of the newly-spiritual or of brand new Reiki practitioners the way a cowboy might regard a child with a bouquet of balloons, taking an enthusiastic stroll in Pipe Cactus National Monument.

The words positive and energy call to mind spirituality as well as healing. Separate these topics if you prefer, Sept 07 Alberta 3 155and disregard the one you like less. I lump them because extensive experience with energy begs the question of spirituality, and profound spirituality usually confers direct experience of energy. Un-lumping energy from spirituality is generally—in my opinion—a courtesy to the non-spiritual reader.

I have another idea. My idea is to present you with a way of looking at spirituality that doesn’t irritate the thinking person. It is not my way to twist myself into a pretzel just to play apologist for the hyper-rational. That’s not what I mean. I’m talking about approaching the topic without the container of a specific belief system that you have to buy into to be on board with the conversation. For example, I’m not planning to tell you that you have to be nice constantly, fan the fires of materialistic frenzy, or recommend one-size-fits-all solutions that you have to be someone else to apply.

I was a stubborn skeptic early on. Life had to prove itself to me. Experiences with energy and with spirituality had to impose themselves on me for me to take notice. Impose they did! I have had a vast number and variety of experiences that I would have initially rolled my eyes about if I had read them instead of having them myself.

My clients also present me with experiences with which they are attempting to come to grips. No matter how these experiences are interpreted and no matter what belief system one might approach them with, some simply don’t fit in the bag. They stick out though the fabric of whatever container you might select, shining, searing, flashing or ripping through to thud like an anvil at our feet.

As an empirical (pragmatic and experience-based) thinker, it has been my fate to re-craft my belief system over and over until what I have left is somewhere between not having a system at all and the card catalog in a vibrant library.

Perhaps it is a bit odd that I haven’t then sought to lose myself in a spiritual haze, hopping from galaxy to galaxy. I respect meditation. My way has always been practical application in daily life. As a thinker and purposeful person, one belief that remains steady is that we have work to do. Not to validate ourselves—our worth is a given, whether or not we are intact enough to feel it.

Our work is to bring ourselves to the moment with the type of attention that makes the moment meaningful—from the inside. We appreciate our time here by bringing value to it.

Many find that gratefulness helps. I love that path but it is not my own. It depends so heavily on the ability to feel a certain way on demand. For me this presents a problem.

If I tell a client in despair to simply feel grateful s/he will merely feel judged. My path is to learn through direct sensing and experience how to stay open to life, using whatever inner resources we have at theSept 07 Alberta 3 181moment to really BE here. As much as I love different paths and expressions of life energy, this is the one core element that can give the ordinary person purchase to meaning in any moment s/he remembers to attend.

Love? Yes, it is glorious. Who among us can make it happen—authentically—in any given moment? It’s a wonderful aim, but it is through learning to accept ourselves moment by moment that we become capable of feeling love without sending disregarded parts of ourselves scurrying for cover. Any part we leave behind will become problematic. (I cover this topic in depth in the post series on Inner Work.)

Rule of thumb: If you cannot sustain it in your daily life it doesn’t work for you.

Rule of forefinger: If you have to be someone other than yourself to do it, it is not for you.

Rule of middle finger: If you think you can change your identity you’re in for a wild ride. I engage in profound transformation and have written a great deal about identity. Even to alter it you need to be authentic. AND although you can radically change how you think of yourself and your behavior, your core nature remains the same.

I have a real problem here. I want to discuss positive energy with you and I keep running into walls of preconceptions about what it means to be positive. Bear with me in the following posts while I dismantle preconceptions, so we can meet on the same page. I’ve had to learn a good bit about positive energy to survive. After chewing on this topic for years, I believe I can offer you useful insights.

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10 Responses to “What IS Positive Energy? Part 1: Clearing a Path”

  1. Leah 10 September 2010 at 8:23 am #


    I love your insight and the ‘de-bunking’ of this fad of facile answers that does not address the reall issues. I have a hard time with the platitudes that dont seem to connect with my own ‘inner sceptic’. As always, T, you ROCK!

    • Teresa Dietze 10 September 2010 at 10:30 am #

      Thanks Leah. Then you will enjoy the post series as I continue to ‘de-bunk.’ Please feel free to describe your own feelings, responses, and experiences.

  2. Greg 10 September 2010 at 9:16 am #

    Positive energy, One might want to start by observing who’s energy belongs to whom. Then looking at what the intent of the energy is.

    Positive energy exsists no doubt. It may be difficult to view it and use it when surrounded by other energy that shadows the positive side. Our own filters or walls we have built may not allow us to see anything but the negative side of the energy. Can we have positve without some negative. Where is the balance?

    There is allways a question when we self observe.

    Thank you,

    • Teresa Dietze 10 September 2010 at 10:27 am #

      Great observations Greg, which demonstrate that you work directly with energy and know some of the ‘ins and outs’–literally! LOL

      You’re right. Other energy can drown out or shadow the positive, and our issues form filters or walls. Well spoken.

      Some of what happens is actual energy. Some of it is what we are able and willing to perceive. This post series will move farther into the topic of perception and belief systems over the next few weeks.

  3. JimG 10 September 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    Thank you Teresa,
    I am looking forward to this series. Your words are helping clarify senses and intuitions I have been experiencing lately. I have felt in me the shifting of many mistaken notions being corrected almost on a cellular level, if not deeper.
    Jim, holding balloons in Pipe Cactus National Monument

    • Teresa Dietze 10 September 2010 at 1:32 pm #

      LOL! It’s amazing and auspicious when we can feel the energy in our bodies and fields morph as we move more deeply into alignment! Glad you enjoyed my sassy imagery. I laughed when that one came through.


  4. Edwin C. Hobson 11 September 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    Love the image of the ‘Anvil Thudding’ and being somewhere between having No System and a Card Catalog of system. Why is it that in something as simple as Chess, we are not surprised to discover that Grandmaster have memorized the Opening 10-12 moves of innumerable systems and yet we are content with very cloudy pictures of Spiritual Life or very simple ones? Real Gratitude, just like Real Forgiveness, is kind of an empty gesture, like a dog ‘shaking hands’, until we really know what we are speaking in its full context and history of options, choices and allocations. Your sense of being someone incarnated for Purposeful Work and insistence upon pragmatic intelligible skills is much like my own recognition, after many years of identification with what might be called the Path of Surrender, that the imperative of making the best possible use of my individual lifetime is a rational duty/passion which is prior to language/thought. Possibly a function of my Kshatriya nature. Something quite this persona’s ability to concede or offer. Or, at least, so it seems to me. Keep it up!

    • Teresa Dietze 11 September 2010 at 8:17 pm #

      Thank you Ed for your interior and vivid grasp of the situation, and your appreciation for an apt turn of phrase. I like your image of a dog shaking hands! That is indeed the “sleep” we exist within so much of the time, unknown to ourselves as life moves past us whispering meaning with every blade of grass. I also like the juxtaposition of “rational/duty/passion.” You feel so keenly and live deep.

      Interesting you should mention the Path of Surrender. I intend to write more about different paths as I go along here.

      Thank you again for posting.


  5. Austin 8 February 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Your rule of “middle finger” caught my attention because this is something I have been wondering/thinking about lately.

    Why can’t you change your identity? If you will to do something then why can’t you set your mind to doing it?

    Say that I am a shy person at heart, but I have the desire to be sociable and outgoing. Doesn’t the desire, in itself, to be sociable mean that it is within me to achieve?

    Part of me believes that you can be who you wish to be. I like to think that I don’t have to be the same concrete person and that I can fluidly change based on my experiences. Another part of me realizes that changing can take constant effort…I wonder if the person someone wishes to be will ever become second nature without constant conscious thought.

    • Teresa Dietze 10 February 2013 at 5:06 pm #

      Hi Austin,

      I started out believing the same thing. That is not what experience bears out over time.

      After three decades of personal development and two in practice, supporting people with personal transformation, I believe differently. We can change our behavior, heal issues that cause reaction, learn new skills, etc. When we get close to really major change the identity often kicks in and brings everything to a grinding halt.

      Imagine if you were going to loan your body to another person and had to give it over. Fear comes up with the surrender that would be required. That fear comes up. Fear of not being able to do our so-called survival strategies, fear of not knowing what we will now encounter or how to respond, etc. And self criticism come up too.

      The next few posts will fill in more details.

      Thanks for participating, and feel free to keep joining our conversation.


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