Body and spirit Alchemy

Body and spirit Alchemy

The main ideas

  • The condition of existence: without energy, our life is impossible by definition.
  • A single system: the human body and mind interact on an equal footing in the energy exchange processes.
  • A priceless capital: the spiritual traditions and scientific achievements give us the keys to harmony with the energy system of our world.

Svetlana back home, so to speak, without legs, with one desire - to fall into bed and never move. Sleep and sleep until morning, to somehow regain strength. But here's the bell rings, she picks up the phone ... and if it throws out from under the blanket. The man's voice, a call that she was waiting for an eternity, asked whether it would not agree to spend the evening together! Svetlana catches the shower, dressed in a moment, once again apply makeup and fly to the other end of the city to spend a crazy night ...

Where did that energy come from? Who would argue that only one of those calories that prudently accumulated tired girl's body? Yes, the calories we need, but we do not have a car, that burn fats, proteins and carbohydrates in the same way as the engine burns gasoline. We, the people, assimilation, conversion and release of energy is otherwise controlled by other mechanisms, including - psychological. So what are we actually talking about when we use the word "energy"?

Forces of Nature

What psychic force immediately mobilized tired Svetlana? Love, or clarifies how classical psychoanalysis, the desire for sexual pleasure? But hardly libido can explain the behavior of the passenger all the way, dozing on the train, who suddenly wakes up and runs to catch a taxi, barely getting off the platform. Why so much energy? "Sexual desire - our libido - certainly an important part of a person's energy, but it is only a part, - says a cognitive therapist Eric Albert (Eric Albert). - After all the variety of our needs and emotions can not be reduced to sex: we also experience a surprise guilt, envy, fear, impatience, anger and joy. I think the behavior of the passenger, as well as action girl in love, relate primarily to the emotions that these people experienced at the time when they had a per-prospects for faster to get home or have a good evening. " Emotions charge us with energy, causing a sense of inner strength, encouraged to be active and generally determine our vitality - and this is confirmed by numerous studies of the psychology of emotions *.

Due to modern psychology, we are better today than in the era of Freud, we know how and to what extent the emotional sphere affects our body. Emotions activate the autonomic nervous system, and we start pounding heart, interrupted breathing, appears dry mouth, blushing cheeks and sweaty palms ... "Such reactions are necessary for our body to enhance muscle performance, become more active - explains neurologist Zinaida Kolesnikov. - When, for example, we feel the joy, the small arteries dilate, increasing blood flow to the skin, face red - is accelerated circulation facilitates the power to all tissues of the body, and all the physiological processes in it start to go faster. So glad we feel the lightness throughout the body, cheerfulness, a surge of strength. "

The autonomic system affects the endocrine and neuro-humoral activating neurophysiological reactions: start actively secretes hormones and neurotransmitters (dozens of chemicals, which is carried out through the interaction between neurons-Vie, from which ultimately depend on our mood and activity). And the girl, and hastening the passenger instantly mobilized thanks to the release of adrenaline, which precipitated their heart rate and increased muscle tone. Then their status depends on how circumstances will emerge. If romantic evening goes well, and the passenger will leave quickly by taxi from the station, under the influence of positive emotions in each of our heroes will begin to produce more dopamine. Because of this neurotransmitter they will have a good mood, they will feel the satisfaction, pleasure, elation. But if the car is not free will, impatience can be replaced by irritation due to lower levels of other neurotransmitters - serotonin. And our passengers as a result can not be transformed into constructive action of adrenaline and energy, likely to be nervously pacing back and forth, feeling angry or depressed. These complex emotions arise from the interaction of several factors, but one thing is certain: the energy is not expended as intended, can turn against us.

Energy in physics: e = mc2

Natural Energy exists in many forms: mechanical, chemical, electromagnetic, gravitational, nuclear, thermal. Some forms of energy can be converted into other, but wherein the total amount of it does not change. The formula proposed by Albert Einstein, establishes the equivalence of matter and energy. The equation predicts that the mass of one pound, being multiplied by the square of the speed of light, under certain conditions, will give the same amount of energy as a great power. But the conversion of uranium into a handful of energy is an explosion capable of destroying an entire city with tens of thousands of people. Before Einstein's world of matter, which is ruled by the mass and energy of the world were in no way connected. Einstein was the first to show that these two worlds are permeable, it is necessary only to be able to see the connection between them and to learn how to convert mass into energy and vice versa.

to assimilate and distribute

It depends on whether our physical form on the state of the psyche? Physiologist Fricker Jacques (Jacques Fricker) states: "Only 30% of daily burnt 2500 calories spent on physical activity, 20% feed our brains, the rest of the calories provide the body's metabolism, which supports our lives." If we compare these figures with 8000 calories a day, which are necessary professional cyclists, there is no doubt that most of us spend on mental activity is much more energy than physical effort! Anorexia and bulimia, as well as depression (when a person eats and sleeps a lot, but remains sluggish), are proof of the enormous influence of the mind on the energy absorption. More precisely, on the interaction of mental and physical, which is reminiscent of Jacques Fricker: "Why is the energy effect of carbohydrates is felt long before they learned? Because the brain, barely receiving a signal from the senses that the calories are about to go into the body immediately releases the existing reserves. " Another example of such cooperation: some of us eat poorly because feel bad. But the opposite is true: the state of health worsens when a person does not get good nutrition. So it is difficult to separate the physical and mental aspects of life. Dr. Deepak Chopra (Deepak Chopra), the American endocrinologist from India, - the adherent of Ayurveda, a centuries-old Indian medicine, which uses the power of the mind doctors. The question: "Why are the waves, the wind, the fauna and flora have never experienced fatigue, and people get tired so much" - the doctor replied: "We do not have enough serenity, we do not accept the world as it really is. Otherwise, we would have become as tireless as the sea swell. " Such an anthropocentric approach to the "natural energy flow" of many irritating, and someone even outraged. But Deepak Chopra is not the only one who preaches the eastern conception of power in the Western world.

Through yoga, qigong and shiatsu many of us have heard about the Indian prana, chi of Chinese and Japanese ki (all - different names for the same energy). "We need the life force comes from the cosmic energy that fills the Universe, - says Lydia class instructor Zhong Yuan Qigong participant in international training in the Shaolin monastery. - We get this energy from the parents at the moment of conception, draw it out of the food, the air, the action of hormones and the environment. Once in our bodies of these five sources of energy is distributed through channels, called meridians. "

Energy in psychoanalysis: Libido

The founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud believed that the human body - is a complex energy system, which is controlled by the law of conservation of energy. A major source of vitality - the need or desire. They create a tension in the mind and make us act to remove this tension. As soon as the need is satisfied, we have fun, and then there is a new need. The most significant for the development of personality Freud sexual energy (libido he called it). Swiss analyst Carl Gustav Jung, Freud believed that his successor, refused to second-sualnogo understanding of the term "libido" and designates them as such mental energy (which is what caused the rupture of the relationship of Freud and Jung). "Libido is a need of the organism in its natural state, - Jung wrote. - From a genetic point of view of bodily needs which constitute the essence of libido, are hunger, thirst, sleep, sex and emotional states or affections. " Elena Ratner

Body and spirit Alchemy


To gain the joy

Western science is difficult to accept the idea of ​​the vital force, escaping from the most famous in the world of the equation e = mc2, because it can not be measured except by its impact. "We know that the human body cells can interact with each other by means of electromagnetic signals of different radiation ranges: radio, infrared and ultraviolet radiation - explains physicist Vyacheslav Pikush. - In this case, the useful information is contained in the frequency or amplitude of the signal, and not in their power. " Perhaps this is the explanation for acupuncture: Of course, scientists have yet sufficiently sensitive equipment to detect such signals, in particular - the weak electrical currents flowing through the different systems of energy distribution within the body (in the Eastern tradition - through the channels, the meridians). But science took a lot of time to explain the nature of the passage of nerve impulses, which can be very noticeable, if, for example, is about to hit something with his elbow!

We're going back to where you started: the more accurately we try to determine the vitality, the more likely it eludes us. You can see it as incomprehensible original strength, expressed in the Big Bang. Or as a "vital impulse", which argue Henri Bergson (Henri Bergson) and philosophers, deservedly named vitalists, - for them all nature is full of "the beginnings of life," bearing in himself the divine energy **. Perhaps most importantly in energy realized eastern thinkers and we should listen to them? "Qi is not simply a cosmic energy, which is enough to catch - with a smile tells the doctor, Liu Dong, who teaches qigong. - The purpose of Qigong and other practices not to supply the fuel your body, and in communion with the cosmos, which gives joy. " Indeed, the maximum amount of energy is released at a time when we are experiencing the joy (the emotion it stimulates the release of the hormone of pleasure), fear, on the contrary, often binds us ***.

Energy in the Eastern tradition: kundalini

According to ancient Indian traditions (yoga), the cosmic energy (prana) in the body is represented by the energy of the kundalini. It is symbolically depicted as a sleeping snake coiled in a ring or spiral base of the spine at the lowermost chakra. The goal of many Eastern practices is to "awaken the snake", that is to learn to control vitality. To do this, there are certain exercises. Awakening, the energy begins to move up the spine, from the lower energy centers (chakras) in the top, transforming and expanding human consciousness. When the Kundalini reaches the upper chakras in the top of the head, the person loses consciousness of their individual boundaries and merges with the higher consciousness of the absolute - the cosmos.

Then the question of energy and fatigue, you can ask yourself is: how to learn to live with a sense of inner joy, regardless of the conditions in which we have to evolve and move forward? All of us in varying degrees are able to find the answer to this question. Many secrets of this source of life yet to be solved, but the development of science and introduction to the spiritual traditions of the open path, accessible to everyone. And this priceless capital - is always at our disposal. And under our responsibility.


  • Vitis Vilyunas "Psychology of emotions", Peter, 2006.
  • Simon Brown "chi energy. The school of self-knowledge, "Rosman-Press, 2004

* Gippenreiter Yu, M. Falikman "psychology of motivation and emotions." CheRo 2002.

** Bergson. "Creative Evolution". Kuchkovo field 2006.

*** See this in his book, America's leading researcher in the area of ​​Carroll Izard -. "Psychology of emotions" (Peter, 2007).