When people ask how to get started with many paranormal, psychic, or magical arts, many people usually recommend developing sensitivity to some concept of energy. Many energy work and energy healing practices, 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. 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 across various cultures. 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 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 must become sensitive and learn to manipulate ethereal and subtle energy types.
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 others’ arts. However, for the sake of simplicity, I am treating them as different from psychic energy instead of treating astral and ethereal energies as a differentiation of mental energies.
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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 recognize that the shape was a square even though there are no explicit 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. A system’s orientation is how an object rotates clockwise or counterclockwise such that the rotation displaces the object within its reference frame. Displacement encapsulates the intuitive interpretation of energy doing work or creating change, so the “work” energy can do and how we can rotate an object are related to each other. Work is a distinct type of change. Work is a product of a scalar of speed and momentum. Since change is more abstract than speed and momentum, not all types of energy do work. In addition to that, not all forms of physical energy are free energy and can do work. Rotations create loops and periodic functions. A loop is where something starts and ends in the same position. A loop can be any shape. It does not need to be circular. When something gets to the end of the loop, there is a return to the loop’s start. Waves of energy are a propagation of patterns from rotations and their loops. Frequency, cycles, and periods are properties associated with waves, and a collection of waves can form a system’s harmonics.