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What is the difference between energy and consciousness?

Sages speak of energy in consciousness. Is consciousness within energy? What is the difference between these two expansive words and worlds?

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    Mar 17 2012: Energy is a mean of existence and consciousness is the way of it.
  • Mar 14 2012: AHA!
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    Mar 14 2012: Energy is the ability to do work. Consciousness is the ability to watch people work.
  • Mar 14 2012: RH...Is energy oneness without consciousness? Then does energy imply movement?
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      Mar 14 2012: To the first part I would say yes. To the second, at face value, I would say energy is movement, it is not static. It is a constant state of 'vibrancy'. It is 'alive'. This is why I believe (and again, this is all speculation on my part) they are different. Energy is 'oneness' without consciousness because energy is alive and consciousness is more an act. We perceive that we are conscious. We have consciousness. If we did not have consciousness, we would still have oneness with energy. We would not be aware of our oneness, because we had no consciousness. We had no identity of being, but we still are. To take it a step further, this is where our current folly lies. We consider that we are 'conscious', but discount our 'oneness' in energy. We treat 'life' as a toy, something to be manipulated because we can think it up, with no understanding or consideration of the possible subtle (or not-so-subtle) impact on our 'oneness' with energy. I fear we may be like a submarine in an ocean of life-energy, unaware our wake is creating a tsunami. I hope I'm wrong.
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    Mar 14 2012: Thanks, Rima, for this question. It's one I have grappled with myself recently. I am not a sage, or mystic, neuro/intelligence scientist, or teacher. But I'm just one of millions that find these concepts intriguing (look at all the books and retreats, sold and attended!). In my opinion, I do see a difference between the two. For me and my humble opinion, the brain is the conduit of 'consciousness', and the body is the conduit of 'oneness' - or 'energy'. I see the brain tends to 'free-fall' into information with insufficient awareness of the many layers of 'wholeness'. I don't think that our brain is constructed for experiential connection, it is merely conscious that we are experiencing. It is the full sensitivity of the 'now' through the whole body, which is immersed in the energy of 'oneness' - or energy itself. Look at the sea jellies (jellyfish). They have no brain, yet they know exactly what to do. Science says it's 'nerve impulses' that direct them, but they admit they really don't know. I believe the intelligence of sensitivity and experience are frontiers we've only begun to explore. Thanks again for inviting comments on this topic.