Transmuting Negative Energy Into Love

I know that from this title you are probably thinking, “Wow, this must be some hippy post.” And I would say, “Yes, you are right about that.” Because sometimes, you have to get a little bit hippy if you want to survive in this world.

We’ve all faced moments where we have felt attacked from some source of negative energy. This could be coming from a person or some even happening in your life. I don’t have to explain to you that this does not feel good. It debases you–makes you feel like you are now unsafe in this world of what, at is core, is order, harmony, and love. How do you get back to this calm place of inner strength?

The first thing to do is to look inward–this is where the discord is coming from. Without a pre-existing source of internal discord, a negative emotional response could not have been triggered from the external source. Because we have less control over the people and conditions around us than we do over ourselves, the best thing to do is go straight to the source, and look within.

In the intense emotion of the moment, I find it comforting to think of universal order personified. This may be through a God, or an energy–whatever works for you. It’s that feeling of nurturing; that everything is safe and going to be okay. From that assurance of protection, a sense of calmness floods you. You can imagine a safe place in your mind that you can go to for a short meditation of sorts. It will be different and deeply personal for everyone. It could be a forest that you have imagined, it could be your grandparent’s living room you were always at when younger, it could even be some random cave in the middle of the Himalayas. None of it matters. But this is your sacred place: your place of peace. Sit here for a while, feeling the universal energy pulse around you like a river and remember–we are all connected.

In these moments, I have found inspiration hit me as if coming from nowhere. I have found solace, and divine energy. A renewed faith in the universe and life. Every moment is an opportunity for us to move from anger, bitterness, and confusion to a state of love and compassion. You wouldn’t expect it, but our open wounds can be the most fruitful ways to open our hearts.

Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.”

–Alex Tan

Have faith that every moment happens for your benefit, and go forward with renewed strength.