Life-Force Energy

A Sanskrit word meaning coiled.  Also known as Shakti, an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force envisioned as a goddess or a sleeping serpent coiled a the base of the spine. – Wikipedia
A Sanskrit word meaning sacred force or empowerment, it is the primordial cosmic energy.  Shakti is also the personification of divine feminine creative power, known as “The Great Divine Mother” in Hinduism.  Shakti manifests through female embodiment and fertility on the earthly plane. – Wikipedia
Libidinal Energy
The libido is a creative life force energy, we all have it, but we channel it in different ways.  The libido can be channeled sexually, but it can also be channeled creatively into a broad range of psychic, creative energies and pursuits. – C.G. Jung


Life-Force energy, also known as kundalini, shakti and libidinal energy, is the same primordial creative energy that flows through each individual and feeds the conscious and unconscious mind.

As life-force energy flows through the conscious into the unconscious from the outside and

through the unconscious to the conscious from within,

it creates a series of multi-dimensional circular and geometric patterns. 

These circular and geometric patterns emanate from all seven chakra centers and form the energetic field that surrounds human beings.  Our personalities, attitudes, and complexes are shaped by life-force energy; and life-force energy is shaped by our relationships to these aspects of ourselves.

Life-Force Energy – The Shaping of Our Soul

Each of us holds unique energetic patterns that emanate from our life-force energy and are a dynamic creation of the DNA of our parents and our ancestors that came before them.  It is not until we begin to mature that we can begin to consciously observe these energetic patterns and emotional responses and learn to understand them and harness their power in our lives.  Understanding this energy that runs through our bodies and the reality from which we view it is the work of a lifetime.

Life-force energy moves us through our lives.  It drives our instincts, creates our personality and illuminates our shadows and complexes.  It creates and is created by the dance between our conscious and unconscious minds.

It is a regenerative energy, it does not just fill us, but allows us to die and be reborn again, every day, every minute, it is perpetually recycling itself, it’s nature is eternally cyclical.

Every individual experiences life’s events primarily one of two ways:

1. Through an external awareness (attention to the object outside of yourself) as an extrovert or

2. Through an internal awareness (attention to yourself in relation to the object) as an introvert.

It is through these different lenses that we all see reality.  It is when we can shift this lens that transformation can occur:

It was when, “Some higher or wider interest appeared on the patients horizon, and through this broadening of his outlook the insoluable problem lost it’s urgency.  It was not solved logically in it’s own terms, but faded out when confronted with a new and stronger life urge.  It was not repressed and made unconscious, but merely appeared in a different light, and so really did become different.  What, on a lower level, had led to the wildest conflicts and to panicky outbursts of emotion, from the higher level of personality now looked like a storm in the valley seen from the mountain top.  This does not mean that the storm is robbed of it’s reality, but instead of being in it one is above it.”

Carl Jung

Therefore, when we can learn to shift our perspective when viewing our life, we move into a different relationship with it.

As we move into a different relationship with our life,

our life-force energy takes a different shape as well.

Our conscious mind has control over our thoughts and actions which shapes our life-force energy. This energy shifts with us and is the force of our shift, it’s potential is so multidimensional, that one can easily overlook an aspect of it’s power.

Life – Force Energy: Emotions, Memories, Symbols & Images

“The symbols of the self arise in the depths of the body, and they express its materialiality every bit as much as the structure of the perceiving consciousness.  The symbol is thus a living body, corpus et anima.” Conger

The easiest way to observe our life force energy is through our emotions.  They are the densest, easiest to feel energetic impulses in our bodies.  It is in the unconscious where emotional imprints and memories are stored.  All emotions are also experienced in the body in a physical location.  Here the energy leaves a physical imprint.  Emotions are triggered whenever thought patterns occur in the unconscious, and you can feel the corresponding energetic imprint activated.  This memory can be one that brings us joy if the experience was positive, sadness if we have suffered loss, anger if we have been hurt or betrayed, or fear if we were physically harmed or if our sense of safety was taken.

Therefore, all memories are anchored by energetic imprints called emotions.  Emotions are the glue that keeps the memories connected to us energetically.  Memories and emotions that were stifled or repressed lie dormant in the unconscious and in our bodies.  However,

the gravitational pull of the universe is one that moves towards self-actualization.

  Therefore, once there is space in an individual’s consciousness, the repressed energy will surface, much like a buoy in the water, being pulled into conscious awareness.

This concept is a powerful one for me because my work involves hypnotherapy and energy healing; both processes that access the unconscious mind in order to bring about healing.  It is in the unconscious that I often find the deep wounds that are causing the symptoms that individuals seek therapy for.  If an experience is one that elicits a strong emotional response, that emotion and experience find refuge in the unconscious, until there is space in one’s conscious mind to reexperience and/or release the emotion.  As human beings, we carry many energetic emotional experiences in our unconscious.  We carry emotional imprints from our present life and all lives that our soul has experienced.

These energetic imprints shape our interactions with others,

our feelings about ourselves and our basic drives and needs.

Images and symbols are energetic representations from our unconscious mind that illuminate our deepest wounds, strengths, desires and emotions.  Life-force energy flows through each human being and outwardly manifests as our physical body.  This energy also inwardly and outwardly manifests itself as a series of symbols and images within our minds and in the outside world.  Life-force energy therefore shapes our physical, mental and emotional bodies and manifests in our imagination, dreams and outer environment as an infinite stream of symbols and images.

“Since psyche and matter are contained in one and the same world, and moreover are in continuous contact with one another and ultimately rest on irrepresentable, transcendental factors, it is not only possible but fairly probable, even, that psyche and matter are two different aspects of one and the same thing. The synchronicity phenomena point … shows that the non-psychic can behave like the psychic, and vice versa, without there being any causal connection between them. Our present knowledge does not allow us to do much more than compare the relation of the psychic to the material world with two cones, whose apices, meeting in a point without extension – a real zero-point – touch and do not touch.” Carl Jung

 Through bringing attention to every moment with tools like mindfulness meditation, yoga and energy healing we can begin to  harness the power of our life-force energy. Athletes have a deep understanding of this concept. Power comes from attention to every moment, and strength emerges from within when we align our bodies and minds with the present moment.

Carl Lewis, a track and field gold medalist in the Olympics shares this truth,

“My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you’ll win… channel your energy. Focus.”

It is in the present moment that you can choose to witness your emotions, and then focus on what you desire. It is in the present moment where you can harness the power of your life force energy.

It’s simple really, through awareness, attention and focus you can begin to reshape the energy running through you and become a co-creator with your divine life force. Practice this process every day, within each new moment and you gain the power to uplift and transform any area of your life.

1. Recognize the perpetually new energy that emerges within each moment and the opportunity it brings.

2. Mindfully observe your thoughts and deepest emotions, they are the essence of your life force. Honor them with your attention.

3. Focus on your deepest desires and take inspired action.


The Body as Shadow; C.G. Jung and Reich

Commentary on the Secret of the Golden Flower; C.G. Jung and Richard Wilhelm

Psychological types. Collected Works 6; C. G. Jung

The psychology of kundalini yoga: Notes of the seminar given in 1932 by C. G. Jung.

The essential Jung: Selected writings

Psyche/Soma Awareness. Marion Woodman.

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