The Nature of Psychic Energy

This is a work in progress and a draft. I am still working on this post and have not finished it, yet.

When people ask how to get started with many paranormal, psychic, or magical arts, a prerequisite step that is recommended by many people is usually developing sensitivity to an abstraction of influence. Many practices of energy work and energy healing, concepts in psionics, and popular ideas in occultism concerning influence are metaphysical cognates of animism and vitalism. Specifically, many ideas involved in many paradigms of “energy work” and “energy manipulation” are cognates of Mesmerism and Spiritualism. A vital, animistic force metaphysically corresponds to an ethereal entity called the spirit or other forms of anima. In various cultures, this vitalistic force is called qi, ki, chi, spirit, the ethereal body, ethereal energy, or just energy with a similar connotation of ethereal or animating. In traditions that take a form of Idealism for granted, such as Platonism, Neoplatonism, and Buddhism, vital and subtle energies is a differentiation of the cosmos’ experience, so while it is ethereal from our perspective in its gross form, it is fundamentally “mental”. Popular modern or contemporary energy working paradigms in Western countries and cultures assume a degree of substantialism and duality. Those cultures and paradigms treat ethereal energy as something entirely different from mental entities that interact with it. A common misconception is that to perform psychic or magical actions, people have to become sensitive and learn to manipulate ethereal and subtle types of energy. From an ontological perspective, ethereal forces have a tenuous connection with the physical world and consciousness, for most properties of these forces are a priori and not based on direct experience; instead, people intuit these properties.

On the other hand, psychic energy is more closely related to physical entities. Because psychic energy is an abstraction of our consciousness, and we can change the physical world by our decisions and conscious actions, there is an adjacent relationship between psychic energy and our physical world. Because we have consciousness, the manipulation of psychic energy is innate. In this post, I do not doubt the existence of astral, planetary energy, or vitalistic forms ethereal energy; instead, I explain the properties of mental or psychic energy. The type of sorcery I practice draws power from psychic and mental spheres instead of “life” or “astral” energy. Since agents can use psychic energy to imitate other entities, this implies that astral and ethereal entities supervene on mental ones, that property allows for my sorcery to imitate the arts of others. However, for the sake of simplicity, I am treating them as different from psychic energy instead of treating astral and ethereal energies as differentiation of mental energies.


When alert, active, and motivated to do something, we say that we have much energy. Inversely, when we are in a malaise, not alert, and unmotivated, we say that we do not have any energy. Intuitively, we experience energy as this animating force, and many paradigms predicate ideas about energy on that intuition. Energy is not a tangible thing, however. Energy is an abstraction for a relationship among entities. In addition to being an abstraction, energy is not fundamental, either. Energy is an abstraction for how a collection of variables changes depending on how they are related. Instead of thinking of energy as a solid substance that entities manipulate, it is better to think of energy as an abstraction for potential relationships of how things can change among categorizations of entities denoted by symbols and variables. If four chairs were placed equal distance from each other in a square, we would be able to recognize that the shape was a square even there are not denoted edges. We can discern the arrangement of chairs as a square, because of the positioning of the chairs. There is technically nothing there; however, we can intuit edges based on the symmetry and relationships. Energy is an abstraction of the relationships, correlations, or symmetries of systems.

Energy describes the orientation of a system. The orientation of a system is how an object rotates clockwise or counter-clockwise such that the rotation displaces the object from its reference frame. Displacement predicates the intuitive interpretation of energy doing work or creating change, so the “work” energy can do and how you can rotate an object are related to each other. When we think of rotations, we tend to think of circles. Instead of being circular, it is more accurate to state there is a periodic nature that emerges from loops. A loop is where something starts and ends in the same position. When something gets to the end of the loop, there is a return to the start of the loop. Waves of energy have patterns that consist of loops. Properties like the frequency of loops and how they are associated to waves are the harmonics.

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