Excerpted with permission from "God and the Evolving Universe," published by Tarcher, a division of Penguin Putnam.

Visualizing Energy

After choosing a serene outdoor setting, sit down, close your eyes, and relax your mind and body. Now open your eyes and look at your surroundings. Intend to see more beauty and luminosity in the forms around you. Then close your eyes again and intend to see everything in its quantum reality, as dancing patterns of energy, each emanating from the same energetic source. Affirm that you are intimately connected with this energy, as though all the universe is part of you looking through your eyes. Breathe this higher source into your own body and mind.

Now stand up from your center, attempting to feel this constant, ever-renewing power. See yourself filled with it and floating up. Move as though rising from your center, affirming that you have an unlimited source of energy emanating from the core of your being. Carry this feeling with you for the rest of your day.

Uplifting the Energy of Others

In a group setting, attempt the following exercise, which demonstrates and builds on the higher connection that exists between us all. As each person speaks, visualize a stream of energy flowing from the Transcendent through you to the one who speaks, raising them into greater alignment with their own higher potential and source. Notice any difference in what is said or in their general demeanor.

This practice can also be attempted when all group members are committed to performing this technique. While one person talks about an issue that is important to them, the others visualize him or her being filled with energy and lifted into their greater wisdom and knowing. After each person has taken a turn, discuss the experience.

Silent Intervention

It is also possible to help strangers or passing acquaintances through telepathic outreach. One can do this in a restaurant or store, for example, when someone sitting or standing nearby, or someone serving you, seems depressed or upset. As in the exercise described above, lift the person in your imagination, bringing power from a higher source through you to them. See if their mood or attitude changes. Note how they react to those around them. You might be surprised at the results.

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