02. Introduction to Energy

A simple explanation of the concept: everything is energy.

A warm welcome to EM where today it is my pleasure to begin to introduce you to the world of energy and consciousness. This exciting world first crossed my path almost thirty years ago at a time when I was very lost and desperately seeking help. It didn’t happen all at once. Oh no! I wrestled with some of the strange new concepts far longer than was necessary; but with every new discovery I made, another tiny part of my very closed mind opened up, and slowly my life began to turn around. Embracing the world of energy and consciousness has brought a new level of joy into my life and has empowered me in a way I never dreamed was possible.

Before we can even think of beginning this journey together there is one concept that you need to grasp, understand and/or simply accept. Everything I shall be talking about is based on this predication and unless you can on-board yourself with this concept, nothing else will make sense to you. It is nothing new, it’s nothing weird, it is in fact one of the most famous equations of all time and originated from the great Albert Einstein:  E=mc²

“What’s that got to do with anything”? I know right! This gloriously astounding equation was taught to me in school in a linear and uninteresting way. I was encouraged to regurgitate it on demand without any understanding at all. If I had known then what I know now, I would have cancelled the rest of school and would have studied this concept and its ramifications for the whole of my school career and beyond.

E=mc² – Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared” Albert Einstein

Pared down to its simplest form E = mc2 says that energy and mass (matter) are interchangeable; they are different forms of the same thing. Under the right conditions, energy can become mass, and vice versa. While we as humans do not see that a beam of light and a nut are different forms of the same thing, Nature does.

There are vast tracts of information available at the push of a Google search button for those of you who want to deep dive into the scientific explanations and I encourage you to do so. I do not operate in that space. I need to understand things at their simplest level as then I can begin to apply that understanding to my life in a useful and meaningful way without getting caught up in the detail. Whilst I do agree that oodles of research and scientific proof is necessary in this world to stop us all spinning off half-cocked into chaos, I am a big fan of concepts, highlights, bullet points and summaries. One does not need to have an academic mind to understand the implications of anything. I personally find the minutiae and detail muddles my thinking. There is great beauty to be found in the distilled essence of matters.

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another” Albert Einstein

All matter has an electrical charge vibrating at varying frequencies. The higher the frequency the more we struggle to discern it. A dog training whistle as an example, carries a frequency far higher than the human ear can hear. A dog’s ear though is capable of hearing that higher frequency and will respond to it.  The lower the frequency, the denser the vibration, the more solid the matter. The frequency of water molecules in any of the three possible phases (solid, gas, liquid) fall in the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. They can be measured using infrared spectroscopy. Feel free to explore this further if you wish, but for my purposes I’d like to give you two very practical examples to demonstrate this in the simplest possible way. 

A tree stands in a forest. Now imagine a woodcutter comes along and chops down the tree. The tree is no longer a tree, but a pile of logs. No longer growing, it vibrates at a different frequency. Now picture the woodcutter as he takes an armful of these logs and throws them into his fireplace. He applies a lit match (that itself used to be a tree) and the resultant fire turns the log into burning embers that emit heat and smoke and ultimately result in a pile of ash (again, all different frequencies). While he warms himself in front of the fire, he carves one of the larger logs into a chair. The tree did not vanish, it changed form through the application of heat/pressure and showed up in a different way at a different frequency.

Tree + Axe = Logs; Logs + Fire = Heat, Smoke, Ash; Log + Knife + Action = Chair

Another really clear explanation of this phenomenon is water. If water is put into ice trays, placed in the freezer, and submitted to cold temperatures it transforms into ice. If that same ice cube is added to a warm drink, the heat begins to return it to its previous form, water. If water is poured into a kettle and heat is applied via electricity or fire, the water begins to move rapidly as the frequency increases and steam is emitted. Leave it boiling long enough and the water “disappears”. What has actually happened is the water is now vibrating at a much higher frequency as vapor, and we can no longer discern it.

Water + Cold = Ice; Ice + Warmth = Water; Water + Heat = Steam/Vapor

If you are comfortable with that and can onboard the fact that everything is energy and everything vibrates at different frequencies that can be changed under certain conditions, and not everything that exists can be perceived, then I’d like to tell you just how that is relevant to this journey of ours. In order to do that, I need to take you back a little into my history.

I was born with all the potential innate in every soul. A little acorn destined to become a great tree. My parents were in their mid-forties when I arrived early in 1963.  My mother suffered from a terrible, mental health condition that started when I was born and remained undiagnosed until her 80th year. As she made the connection between my arrival and her diminishing sanity, she told me time and time again how she wished I had never been born. I was shamed for my very existence and burdened with guilt for destroying my mother’s life. I was schooled in the social graces of ‘be seen and not heard’ and ‘speak only when spoken to’. My father was so busy trying to keep her safe and stable, with no understanding or reason for her instability, that it took up most of his time and energy and he failed to make me feel safe. We must have been loved, but I certainly never felt nurtured or wanted.

In my world, things just were what they were and I wasn’t allowed to question anything beyond the requirement of my next action or task and the expected deliverable. Nowhere in my upbringing was I taught that I was an individual and that I had the right to dream, or to be different, or to develop myself in a manner of my choosing. I was never taught that I could choose. I was told what was expected of me and I was schooled hard to ensure I delivered just that, no more, no less… no joy. I was the epitome of the widget maker’s daughter, just another cog in a machine set to repeat itself in perpetuity.  Except that I wasn’t!

Inside of me beat a strong, powerful heart that yearned for self-expression and freedom. I wanted to explore and to discover and to make my mark in a world that seemed not to care that I was even in it. I honestly found life confounding and confusing, and insular to the point of frustration and pain. I grew up with the energy of limitation and control and I was taught that there was no place in the world for ‘people like me’ who wanted to challenge the status quo…who thought they were ‘above their station’, who dared to be different. I was a trouble maker, an undesirable, and I was squashed into a small little box where I was allowed to exist, just as long as I didn’t give a voice to the seething mass of resentment and fury building steadily inside of me.

That little acorn subjected to so much pressure in the form of constant repression, limitation, punishment and demands for obedience and silence (less than ideal conditions), created a child who becomes frozen; a sullen, angry, frustrated, withered version of herself – operating at a frequency far below her potential. By the time I heard about E = mc2  during a science lesson in school I had given up all hope of ever being anything other than what I was told I needed to be in order to be acceptable. I was destined to never become the ‘ tree’ I was born to be.

Was that abuse? Bad parenting? I’ve come to understand that it was not. My parents taught me what they believed I needed to learn to exist peacefully in the world that I was born into. They believed one should never draw undue attention to self and as far as possible should remain invisible and therefore untroubled by the law or those in charge. This would ensure we stayed safe, incurred no wrath nor penalty, and they lived a life underpinned by honest labour with sufficient reward to keep them fed and housed. What more could one possibly ask for!

My energy and frequency were changed from the enormous potential I was born with, by continued application of stress/pressure/cold and just like that chopped down tree, I stopped growing and became the equivalent of an inert pile of logs that was useful and serviceable, but had no purpose in her own right. However, I firmly believe that..

“Nothing is a problem until it becomes a problem for you and then change is inevitable”.

Which bring us to EM where everyone’s energy matters and matters of energy are discussed. I’ve heard it said that it doesn’t so much matter what happens to you, as what you do with it. It’s taken me a very long time to work that one out, but in the end I am grateful for the difficult upbringing I experienced, because without those challenges I may not have learned all the things I know today. I might have lived a bland and beige life without color or joy; I would have simply existed.

My story is by no means unique and even under the best of circumstances we can find our frequencies altered.  We are affected as children by the constraints of our upbringing, our societal connections, our community ties, our religious beliefs, our learning institutions, our political affiliations, by everything that happens to us, and around us. We all suffer from distortions of our original potential even though in some cases we are blissfully unaware of this. But at some point you may experience that niggling feeling that there has to be more to life than this; that you have somehow ended up living the wrong life; that your life no longer fits you; that you are strangely uncomfortable in your own skin; that you are living life emotionally charged. Well, when that becomes a big enough problem for you that change becomes inevitable there are many resources available to help you. Plus, you are in the perfect place to join me on this journey where you will learn how to help yourself. We will explore the exciting world of energy and spirituality, the quantum space, and I shall share with you in simple, uncomplicated terms some of what I know.

I’m always interested to hear your opinions and I encourage feedback. However, it is essential to understand this vital truth as we journey together:

“We don’t have to agree on a single thing to be kind to one another”.

So, disagree with me by all means, own your different perspective, but know that I do not tolerate bullying, shaming or disrespect on any level and that is a hard and fast boundary for me.

My objective is to listen with EMpathy
and help EMbolden you to dream.
As you EMerge from your learned way of being,
I will celebrate with you as you EMbrace your full potential.
As you EMancipate yourself from your limitations,
you EMpower yourself to live with greater clarity and joy!

Until next time when I shall discuss Meditation as a Gateway to Consciousness, be kind to one another and honor yourself as the unique and incredibly special soul that you are.

© Copyright 2020 – Janice Melmed

Published by Janice Melmed

Author & energy intuitive

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