Ahhh yes :-) I lived north of Pittsburgh my teens.
The easy answer is that every action is some form of "energy work", to me at least. Every thought and intention being the expressive/manifested aspect of "qi".
I agree, for every action there is an equal and opposing reaction. And WE are the manifester. Once this is realized, the manifestations change drastically, people are seen as more beautiful, we stop looking for the bad or ignoble. We are mirrors of each other, and we see what we 'want' to see, only what we are capable of seeing depending on our own development.
You are correct in the specific practice of "energy work" in that if the cause of the imbalances are not addressed, the results will be short-lived. I have had a wonderful opportunity to to qi-gong "healing" on other people. Call it whatever you want though. It mostly has consisted of grounding the person, and getting them in touch with their own "spark" of infinity. Nothing special, as I feel we can all do this, but I will say these experiences have allowed me to connect with people on the closest of levels. Such an honor to have the opportunity. This is the energy work with a purpose, since there is a desire to understand the imbalance, instead of just fixing it.
You are so right - it is an honor to have the opportunity. I do my own form of shamanic qigong as well, and mine goes directly to the manifestation of any individual at any point in time. To have the ability to See what the problem is - so nobly narrated by Mary Baker Eddy, Helena Blavatsky, any Science of Mind literature. I'm currently working with a patient who is a young boy, about 17 - I don't know him, but he is the nephew of a friend of mine, living in a different state. He 'manifested' a horrible motocross accident because he was "paralyzed with fear" of his father, who forced him to enter the race to begin with. I could See that, once I heard a little of the background of the situation. His paralyzing fear led to physical paralysis in the form of quadriplegia, which he has had for some months. His friend (my lady friend), myself, and my other half did a shamanic ceremony where we physically brought the ethereal into the physical in the form of an electric lamp, drawing the energy down from the upper globe on the lamp (his mind was still very awake, although unable to move anything else). We used rice to move the energy down the lamp, as rice has silicon in it and is a conductor of electricity. At the moment when my friend 'felt' the love in her heart for him, I had her switch the lower globe on. Sure enough, several days later the young man received electricity into his upper body. I don't know whether the bottom half has followed suit yet, but I suspect that it has. When I was recently in California this last week, I performed a little ceremony for him while I was in the hotel room, imagining that he was probably, at that moment, doing pull-ups on a bar above his bed. I imagined him losing his grip on that bar, landing on the bed rather hard and jarring things loose. At the moment I did that, I felt kundalini energy in my legs, an unusual phenomenon. So I'm hoping for the best.
I don't perceive attainment of the "Tao" as being some sort of destination, though it can be seen as such in a life based in linear time.
And we know this is an illusion! It's all here now, past, present, future.
It can be a consistent intended goal to align oneself, but it seems to me to be a bit more like remembering what is "primordial" and forgetting what has been learned. Is it possible to be a functional human in the fast-paced world and still fall into alignment? I feel it is, but as you said, it is not easy sometimes. The illusion of separation is very real to me.
What works for me is to realize that every human being, every animal all have one very specific in common: the black spots in our eyes. Awareness, the web of awareness that keeps all this afloat. Seeing from person to person, from animal to animal, from person to animal. So in essence, it's easier to remember that we're ALL 'god', or the supreme principal, or the Tao. It's much easier to keep hooked into our upper awareness if we can just remember that if it's got black spots in its eye - you're looking at the Manifester. Works for me, and I can stay in upper awareness almost all of the time now, after practicing this over a lengthy period of time.
I am reminded of HHC #80 saying that "enlightenment is not the end, but the means".
The question my mind always asks is "how will we know we are ever there?" haha :-)
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and giving me an opportunity to share mine.
I believe Enlightenment to be just the beginning. Once it is attained, it must be walked. In order for it to be walked, we must not respond out of excess ego in any situation. We must be Aware that we are all One and act out of love, kindness, and balance. Riding the ox requires supreme balance, methinks.
I believe Enlightenment to be the same as Self-Realization. Once we realize we are enlightened, we are enlightened. But the realization is an inner gulp of awareness, not an outer book we read or path we walk. The inner is the light that lights the path, that joins our experience in a compassionate manner with the experience of others and allows us to feel compassion for anyone or anything, regardless of how wretched. It also removes fear, as we are in awareness of the Oneness of all and the illusion of separateness. Once realized, what's to fear? The illusion is seen for what it is.
Please comment! I love talking to you.