Food is the first way of gaining energy,” he said.

I nodded.

“But in order to totally absorb energy in food, the food must be appreciated, eh. . .”

He seemed to be struggling for the right English word. “Savored,” he finally said. “Taste is the doorway. You must appreciate taste. This is the reason for prayer before eating. It is not just about being thankful, it is to make eating a holy experience, so the energy from the food can enter your body.”

What he was telling me, I reasoned, was that this kind of deliberate appreciation of food was the real purpose behind the normal religious custom of being thankful, with the result being a higher energy absorption of the food.

“But taking in food is only first step,” he said. “After personal energy is increased in this way, you become more sensitive to energy in all things… and then you learn to take this energy into yourself without eating.”

I nodded affirmatively.

“Everything around us,” he continued, “has energy. But each has its own special kind. That is why some places increase energy more than others. It depends on how your shape fits with the energy there.

“You have to be open, to connect, to use your sense of appreciation, as in seeing fields. But you take this one step further so that you get the sensation of being filled up.

“You do not make yourself love,” he said. “You allow love to enter you. But to do this you must position your mind by remembering what it felt like and try to feel it again.

“When you appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of things,” he explained, “you receive energy. When you get to a level where you feel love, then you can send the energy back just by willing it so.”

. . .

Think about it: when something occurs beyond chance to lead us forward in our lives, then we become more actualized people. We feel as though we are attaining what destiny is leading us to become. When this occurs, the level of energy that brought on the coincidences in the first place is instituted in us. We can be knocked out of it and lose energy when we are afraid, but this level serves as a new outer limit which can be regained quite easily. We have become a new person. We exist at a level of higher energy, at a level of higher vibration.

“We must face up to our particular way of controlling others. Remember, the Fourth Insight reveals that humans have always felt short of energy and have sought to control each other to acquire the energy that flows between people. The Fifth then shows us that an alternative source exists, but we can’t really stay connected with this source until we come to grips with the particular method that, we, as individuals, use in our controlling, and stop doing it–because whenever we fall back into this habit we get disconnected from the source.

“Getting rid of this habit isn’t easy because it ‘s always unconscious at first. The key to letting it go is to bring it fully into consciousness, and we do that by seeing that our particular style of controlling others is one we learned in childhood to get attention, to get the energy moving our way, and we’re stuck there. This style is something we repeat over and over again. I call it our unconscious control drama.”