Two students, Andrea and Bob, close their eyes and visualize energy. Andrea engages her energy, and later succeeds at energy games. Bob feels tingling because he expects to, but doesn’t engage his energy.


This post explores the difference between imagining energy like Bob vs visualizing energy like Andrea.

There’s a technique, mental posture, that every experienced practitioner knows but no one teaches. It is the difference between imagining and visualizing.

And it lets students become relaxed and efficient with energy.

This post guides you through that technique.

Terms: Imagining vs Visualizing

I use imagine for thinking that does not engage energy.

I use visualizing to denote imagining that also engages your energy.

What it takes to engage your energy

Let’s start with something concrete: The difference between imagining walking across the room vs actually walking across the room is engaging your leg muscles.

The difference between imagining energy and visualizing energy is engaging your ethereal muscles.

“Ethereal muscles” is my term for the parts of the mind that move energy. Most other teachers just call it “the unconscious,” but I find it useful to have a specific term for ethereal muscles. It would be difficult to have this conversation without that term.

Ethereal muscles are ethereal. They are made of stable, long-lasting energy. They connect to the brain, but they are not part of the brain. They can be dormant or awake, atrophied or strong. Practicing energy strengthens them, and there are more advanced techniques to strengthen them more quickly. There are even very advanced techniques to upgrade your ethereal muscles and install new ones.

If you are not doing energy — if you are answering emails, or playing a game, or doing your taxes — then your ethereal muscles are probably not engaged.

To use energy, you need to engage your ethereal muscles.

Mental posture is the technique to engage your ethereal muscles. That’s what this post is about.

Why mental posture is essential

When you do an energy meditation, or otherwise engage your energy, that automatically engages your mental posture.

So why do we need to learn mental posture as a separate skill? Why can’t we just start every session with an energy meditation?

You can. But there are a few benefits to learning mental posture as a separate skill:

  1. Often, you don’t want to build energy. Having excess energy in your own body makes it harder to read a client’s energy, and harder to listen to psychic intuitions and other ethereal communication.
  2. Maintaining your mental posture is key. Everyone gets distracted, and this technique lets you quickly re-engage your mental posture without disrupting your work.
  3. We’ll cover more advanced versions of mental posture later in the month. To learn those, you have to learn basic mental posture first.

In my year-long class, when students learned mental posture, everything became easier. Here’s how they described it:

Without mental posture, they were trying to force their will out into the world. They felt mentally tense. It was tiring.

With mental posture, they could apply their will to their ethereal muscles, and let their ethereal muscles act on it. It wasn’t forced or tense anymore. They relaxed, and everything worked better.

This is especially true for new energy techniques, but it also applies to energy techniques they’ve been using for months.

I expand on this here.

Learning Mental Posture

Step 1: Feel a Simple Posture

Notice how your mind feels right now, reading this. Are you relaxed? Focused? At all fuzzy? Get a sense of what’s happening in your mind, even if you can’t put it into words.

Now let’s do a little math. Say out loud the first ten prime numbers. Or if that’s easy, do the Fibonacci sequence up to 55. Or some other math that’s mildly challenging for you.

Now, once again, notice how your mind feels. What’s different? Even if you can’t put it into words, notice how it feels.

This is what I mean by mental posture: The parts of your mind that are engaged, and the way they are engaged. Relaxed reading is one posture.

Analytical math is another.

The human mind has a huge (unlimited?) number of mental postures.

We’re interested in the mental posture for engaging our energy.

Step 2: Finding Your Mental Posture for Energy

If you use energy, you already have this mental posture. It’s what your mind does when you use energy.

We’re going to learn to consciously, intentionally engage that mental posture:

  1. Start by noticing how your mind feels right now. Get a sense of it, like you did earlier with the math.
  2. Use some energy in whatever way you normally do. This will engage your mental posture. (But don’t build energy in your head. Too much energy in your head and you’ll notice the energy, not the mental posture.)

Once your energy is engaged, notice how your mind feels. Notice what’s different from earlier. This is your mental posture for energy.

Step 3: Create a Trigger

Some people like to make a visualization to represent this mental posture. Maybe a certain color in their head, or a part of their brain active. Maybe a kinesthetic sensation. Maybe something else. (Visualizations can use multiple senses.)

Others like to recall how their mind feels, the quality of thought and engagement when using energy.

Do whatever feels most natural to you, whether it’s one of those or something else entirely. There’s no right or wrong here. You’re guiding your unconscious, so all that matters is that it feels right to you.

Once you have your method for engaging this mental posture, try engaging it. Don’t build or move energy, just engage the posture. Notice how that feels.

How to use your Mental Posture

Before doing energy work, engage your mental posture using the visualization or other method you chose in step 3 above.

Then, as you use energy, shift your focus to your intent, visualization, or other energy technique, but keep a tiny bit of your attention on your mental posture.

If you feel like you’re not fully engaging your energy, check your mental posture.

If you get distracted, engage your mental posture again as needed.

As you move energy, think about guiding your ethereal muscles, and letting your ethereal muscles move your energy. So instead of focusing on your energy, you split your focus between your intent (to move your energy) and your ethereal muscles (that act on your intent). This is key to making energy smoother and easier to work with.

Learn more and ask questions on my live stream

Every weekend on Facebook, I geek out about energy on my live stream, Ask an Energy Scientist.

This weekend, I’ll talk about mental posture, answer your questions, and share the advanced technique that I personally use.

That’s today (Sunday) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific. Just join my Facebook group, Energy Healing Lab, and you’ll get a notification when it starts.

Looking forward to talking with you!

One Comment

  1. Paul 'Ruatha' DuPont October 10, 2020 at 7:07 am - Reply

    In Qigong, they teach ‘relaxed awareness’. When guiding a new student to sense and manipulate energy, I keep reminding them of the sensations, and to ‘sit back’ and ‘observe’ rather than to imagine. Also, I think it is easier to get out of your imagination when you start with kinetic stimulation rather than figurative imagery. Quantum Touch uses that approach too.

    I’m so used to manipulating energy it just happens instantly, it was hard to slow things down and visualize anything in particular making that happen other than simply a snap of the fingers. So then I left my arms by my sides and moved ethereal arms up in front of me and manipulated energy that way. Still happened super fast, but started experimenting and did notice some mental ‘pressure’ occasionally as I pushed myself to create a new and complex energy construct.

    Thanks for the post, always interesting to see other views and interpretations on energy healing.

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