Life force energy is the energy that flows through every living being in the universe. It is known as ‘prana’ in India, ‘ki’ in Japan, and ‘chi’ in China, and it is the force that supports and nourishes our bodies. Life force energy is vital for us to be healthy on both physical and psychological levels, and it also determines our vitality in life. But what exactly is life force energy? How does it work? Let’s learn more about life force energy and the ways to preserve vitality and invite prana into our bodies.
How does life force energy work?
When you hear the words “life force energy,” you might be imagining an abstract philosophical concept. But this is not the case. This energy is real. It creates an invisible field around you, surrounding, sustaining, permeating, and connecting you to everything else existing in the universe. All living beings have their own energy fields, but each of us is also a part of a larger, universal life force. Life energy is everywhere – in the air you breathe, in the feelings of the people close to you, and in the sun and the stars.
Life force energy may still be an abstract concept for you in a way, but the fact is that you always experience it and even interact with the life energy of other people. For example, if you are feeling uncomfortable in a space, this means that your energy field is not compatible with the energies present the place. Or when you are feeling relaxed and at peace in nature, you are connecting to the energies of the universe. You are constantly transferring your energies to others and receiving their energies in return.
Meridians-The energy channels in your body
Meridians are the energy channels in your body. In the simplest terms, they are similar to your arteries and veins, but they carry life force energy instead of blood. There are 12 major, 8 extraordinary, and a large number of minor meridians. The major meridians connect the major organs in your body, while the minor meridians support the major ones by delivering life force energy to other areas.
So, why are meridians important? Well, this has to do with the flow of the life force energy in your body. When there is an imbalance in life force, be it an excess or a deficiency, low or fast speed of prana flow, or a blocked energy channel, a disease might happen. So, if you know the meridian system, you can apply healing to the right area of the body and boost your natural healing abilities. This knowledge is applied in alternative and complementary therapies like acupuncture, reiki healing, and quantum touch.
The 7 chakras
While meridians are the channels transporting energies within your body, chakras are the energy centers through which these energies flow. When all of your seven major chakras are open, your life force energy can flow freely through the body, aligning it with your mind and spirit. Chakra comes from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit and it literally means “wheel.” And this is not coincidental – chakras are depicted as the spinning wheels of energy that help maintain our physical, mental, and emotional health.
The seven major chakras are:
- Root chakra
- Sacral chakra
- Solar Plexus chakra
- Heart chakra
- Throat chakra
- Third Eye chakra
- Crown chakra
They are located along your spine, starting at its base and ending at the crown of your head. Chakras correspond to nerve centers in our bodies, so it is important to keep them aligned, fluid, and open. When there is a blockage of one of more chakras, the life force energy-prana, cannot flow freely, which could lead to illness.
Finding awareness is the best way to keep your chakras open and aligned. Practicing chakra meditations is the way to improve the fluidity of the chakras by visualizing your energies and becoming aware of the energy imbalances in your body. The mind, body, and spirit are connected, so addressing an imbalance in one area can also help improve the balance in another.
How to increase life force energy?
When you are feeling overworked, stressed, or overwhelmed, your life force energy is lowered. For many people, the fading of prana might leave them feeling depressed and lethargic, like they have lost their purpose. If you feel like this is happening to you, there are ways you can restore your life force energy and find your true self again. Let’s look at some of them.
1. Meditation and breathing
One of the best ways to reconnect with yourself and your life force energy is to meditate. Meditation not only helps you achieve awareness and focus in your daily life, but also enables you to be fully present in the moment. Everyday meditation has a positive result on your life force and the flow of energies within your body. Breathing exercises are also very helpful, because it is through our breath that we connect to the source and invite prana into the body. Breathing consciously will help you feel the life force energy entering the body and it will help you to move away the stagnant energies that block the way.
2. Positive affirmations
Our thoughts matter, and so does the intention behind them. Simply being positive about everything is superficial unless your affirmations are supported by life force and an intention to realize them. When you say your thoughts out loud, you are letting the universe know about your wishes and desires so they can manifest. Apart from that, words carry a higher vibrational frequency than thoughts, so you can invite more life force energy into your body through positive affirmations.
3. Love and compassion
Love is the driving force behind the universe, and if you practice it every day, you will feel your heart lightening. You should try to share unconditional love with others and in return, you are bound to receive blessings from the universe. Judgment, on the other hand, would limit your potential and block your energies. So, practice acts of love and compassion to amplify the life force energy and have these positive feelings come back to you.
Now that you have understood the importance and power of the life force energy, do honor it. Because honoring life force energy would set you on the path toward enlightenment.