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Are You an Energy Hoarder?

Everything is Energy

By Linda Gabriel

Most of us are familiar with Einstein’s famous formula E=MC2 – energy equals mass times the speed of light squared. But what does that really mean?

For centuries scientists believed matter and energy were two separate things. Matter was, well, matter, and energy was a force that moved or changed matter. Think of a wooden log (matter) being transformed by fire (energy) into heat, light, and ashes.

Everything is Energy

Einstein discovered a deep connection between energy and matter. His formula states that when matter moves fast enough, it becomes energy. A simple way to think about this is to realize that everything is energy moving at different speeds. Light is the fastest form of energy in the universe traveling at 186,282 miles (299,792,458 meters) per second! As energy slows down we experience it as solid matter.

Why am I telling you this?

Because I want you to begin thinking about your excess weight as a solid form of energy. Your excess fat is more than something you want to lose. It’s energy you can use. Your excess fat is literally the unused creative potential of your life.

You may have heard the old story about the impoverished man who died with his mattress stuffed with cash. He’d lived as a pauper even though he had huge potential wealth stored away. When people hear about such strange behavior they shake their heads and say, “Why would anyone with all that money not spend it? I’d never do anything so silly.” Once you truly understand that your excess weight is unspent life energy, you’ll realize you’re behaving a lot like that man.

Your Life Purpose

I believe you were put on this Earth to accomplish your unique soul purpose and life mission. You are provided with all the energy you need to do so along the way. If you waste that energy, or accumulate it without spending, your life falls out of balance and your energy flow becomes constricted. Consequently you suffer mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I don’t want you to live your life as an “energy pauper” with a hoard of unspent riches in the form of fat.

Your excess fat is unspent energy

I’m challenging you to start thinking of your excess fat as unspent energy. Energetically it’s like you have a big, fat, unspent savings account. Start thinking of your fat as money in the bank. It’s stored energy that you can use to create a whole new life – the life you were meant to live. But just like that man who died with a mattress full of money, your stored energy isn’t going to be useful unless – and until – you begin investing in yourself and others.

“One way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life.” ~ Cyril Connolly

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  • Julie Paulston

    LOVE this!!! It is such a better way of looking at my excess weight. If you choose to look at it this way, it is energizing and it makes me want to go “share” energy and build a new life around being energetic. Thank you so much!!!!

    • Linda Gabriel

      Hi Jane!
      You are very welcome. So glad you found this perspective helpful. I know I do. Thanks for letting me know.

  • Elton Cunniffe

    “Turn the gaze inward. Correct yourself and your world will change”

  • Tammy

    If I was “put on this Earth to accomplish [my] unique soul purpose and life mission”, could the hoarded energy I am in possession of be there because I have not been on the journey for which I am intended? I have put myself aside for husband, children, and teaching job for decades. This also means I have put aside my unique soul purpose and life mission, unless it was to give and give to them.

    • Linda Gabriel

      I’ve found that our soul purpose is less often about what we are doing than the spirit with which we are doing it. I’m betting there’s a way you can be there for your husband, children, and students while still setting aside time and energy for yourself. If you’re happier, they will be happier too. This is exactly the issue I address with most of my coaching clients. That you are more aware of the problem is the first step. Kudos! And thanks for your insightful comments and questions.

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