When the personality connects fully to serve the energy of the soul—that is Authentic Power.
Gary Zukav, Seat of the Soul
Wouldn’t it be great if we had an endless supply of energy? (Frankly, after the Astros’ playoff and World Series wins, my husband Sam and I were walking around like zombies in search of a final resting place.) When awake, energy is the fuel we rely on to be productive at work and at home. Some mornings our energy tank is simply not registering “Full” on the indicator gage. Gary Zukav, author of Seat of the Soul, explains from the perspective of our five senses that the more energy you have the more you can get done. He suggests questions such as, “How much energy do you have? Are you getting enough sleep? Worrying too much? Do you need more vitamins? Are your mitochondria healthy? People who worry about these things go to physicians, nutritionists and psychologists to get more energy.” The problem is physical or psychological.
In Zukav’s article “How to Protect Your Spiritual Energy,” he tackles the struggles we face when discerning the right path to love and fulfillment of the soul. He notes, “From the perspective of your soul, the important question is not how much energy you have, but what kind of energy you have. There are only two kinds of energy, fear and love.” (He offers examples of fear as anger, jealousy, resentment, stress, cravings, addictions and compulsions that might feel like different energies but in fact are rooted in fear.) From these spastic baubles comes physical and mental suffering. Love on the other hand is experienced in appreciation, gratitude, patience and contentment. According to Zukav “Each of these comes with its own physical sensations in your body (they feel good) and acting on each creates a particular kind of consequence (health and joyfulness).” Simple, right? Maybe in theory, but not in reality. Here’s where it gets interesting. Can the two energies of fear and love merge?
Zukav asserts, “Some experiences of fear can appear to be experiences of love. For example, romantic love. You long for someone (painful), try to influence this person (painful) and, at last, attract him or her into your life (feels wonderful), but intense pain follows immediately when he or she leaves, dies or falls in love with someone else. The entire drama is created by fear appearing to you as love. This drama is painful and destructive because none of it is love. Love cannot produce pain or destruction.”
From Zukav’s point of view, you might encounter examples of fear appearing as love in chaplains, clergy, hospice workers, medical-care professionals who are motivated to act to feel better about themselves—to create a desirable self-image. However, he counters, “When their efforts are not appreciated or are rejected, they feel disappointed (pain), unappreciated (pain) or abused (pain), then resentment (pain) grows until it becomes anger (pain).”
Alas, there is a fool-proof way of discerning whether your actions come from fear or love. (This is the part of the article you lean into a little closer). Zukav reveals, “When the bottom-line, bedrock, can’t-go-any-deeper reason for an action is to benefit another, the energy beneath your action is love. When the bottom-line, bedrock, can’t-go-any-deeper reason for action is to benefit yourself, the energy beneath your action is fear. Only you can know your real intention.” Eureka!
Zukav concludes, “There is more energy in love than in fear. You might say it is the highest-octane fuel available. (Not love for this person or that person—love for everyone; love for Life.)”
Gary Zukav’s article challenges us to question our daily actions—“Am I doing this from love, or am I doing this from fear?” Authentic power is generated from the highest-octane fuel–love.
Originally published in the Bay City Tribune on Sunday, November 12, 2017.