A discussion on energy and humanity

Last night a group of men and women gathered at our house for a discussion on energy and humanity. Our hearts were warmed and our minds delighted as we considered questions and ideas such as these:

  • When you think of the concept of “energy,” what comes to mind?
  • We each have so many of our own thoughts and impressions; how do we sort through them as we search for truth, as we try to hear the voice of the divine? This takes a lot of effort!
  • What is a human being? What is energy? Where does it come from? How does human energy work? When it seems broken, how do you fix it?
  • How do we perceive things? How do we learn how to perceive and interpret reality more clearly?
  • Humility is one of the most important prerequisites for learning…
  • There is a “literacy” to perceiving and understanding energy. How can we learn more about this?
  • Gender may affect our approach to energy. What unique perspectives and skills can men and women contribute to learning about energy? What new opportunities exist for men and women in this exciting time, as greater equality and unity emerge?
  • How do we connect with our true selves, and how can we accompany others as they walk this path?
  • What is happening in our scientific world right now? How can we participate in and support science, the spiritual project of learning about reality?
  • There is so much chaos in our world right now, humanity must be growing a lot! How can we come together and learn more about building a better world?

My favorite comment of the evening was in response to the question, “What percent of what we see comes through our eyes?” Our answers ranged from 8%-100%. According to neuroscientist/artist Beau Lotto, it is only 10%. (Lotto mentioned this in a talk he delivered at the e-Learning Guild Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2014. You can see Lotto present related ideas in his fascinating TED talk, Optical Illusions Show How We See.) One of our guests then commented,

You asked about what percent of what we see comes through our eyes, so I said all of it. But if you had asked, What percent of what we feel comes through our eyes?, I would have answered differently.

We had gathered a few quotations from the Baha’i Writings to inspire our discussion. We didn’t have time to consider most of them, but we read this one in honor of the healers among us:

O thou distinguished physician! … Praise be to God that thou hast two powers: one to undertake physical healing and the other spiritual healing. Matters related to man’s spirit have a great effect on his bodily condition. For instance, thou shouldst impart gladness to thy patient, give him comfort and joy, and bring him to ecstasy and exultation. How often hath it occurred that this hath caused early recovery. Therefore, treat thou the sick with both powers. Spiritual feelings have a surprising effect on healing nervous ailments. ~ Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, pp. 150-51. Health and Healing, #21

Thank you to all those in attendance for sharing your spirit and insight!

The group was inspired to meet again and continue the discussion. We welcome you to join us next time!

Sunrise near Mt. of the Holy Cross – Version 2

Photo by T. Ross-Lazarov: Sunrise near Mt. of the Holy Cross, 2014.