Incarnation is not only an engagement with the physical world but with an invisible world of subtle energies as well. These subtle energies flow from the activities of life, consciousness and spirit. They create an energy ecology, a second ecology of the earth, that surrounds and permeates the world and is deeply interconnected with the biological ecology around us.
These two ecologies, one physical and one not, constitute the whole world of which we are a part. The practice of incarnational spirituality addresses our relationship to both. It works for the development of wholeness within ourselves through the development of our sovereignty; it works for the development of wholeness in our relationships with each other and with our world; and it works for wholeness in our relationship to the energy ecology.
We act in this energy world through the use of an energy body that surrounds each of us. This body responds to our thoughts, feelings, imaginations, and intentions just as our physical body does, with the major exception that in the energy world in which it functions, it is not limited by space. Through the phenomenon of non-locality and energy resonance, a person on the other side of the world can be as close to us and as available as a person physically standing next to us.
This energy body is part of our expanded nature. This includes the non-physical parts of us such as our spirit, our consciousness, and our subtle energies, all the parts that are not limited by the constraints of the physical body but which nevertheless draw upon our physical natures as points of anchoring, connection, and leverage. We are each a blend of the "particle" (the body) and the "wave" (our expanded nature), the bound and the unbounded. In the partnership and interaction of this blend lies our ability to offer an inner service.
This inner service can take different forms. In this section we offer examples of several of these forms along with exercises for you to try out in order to explore working with the subtle energies around all of us.
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