All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.
Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German Philosopher
At the beginning of life, babies feel their way. That natural orientation system seems to be based on sensing the energy as much as, or possibly even more than the world of mater.
People are normally in some way aware of the energy patterns, under the name of vibes, impressions, inklings, hunches, sensations, emotions, intuition, thoughts, visions and dreams.
Tribal cultures have typically acknowledged the subtle energy reality and have integrated energy awareness into their traditions.
Australian Aboriginal Dreaming is reflecting the awareness of the subtle realm as the blueprint of the material reality. Indian prana, Chinese chi and Japanese ki are the traditional names for subtle energy, used for healing and strengthening purposes (in martial arts).
In some cultures the subtle energetic influence has been used for black magic.
The Western mainstream culture did not up until recently encourage, but rather suppress (in the name of patriarchy, Inquisition, rationalism and hard reductionist science) the personal and collective awareness and healing management of one’s energy blueprint.
In last few decades the energy awareness has been rapidly developed in Western mainstream culture. Modern spirituality, based on one’s own experience of the Divine, together with the personal growth and development movement that advocates the return to one’s authentic Self, have encouraged higher self-awareness and self-acceptance, which contribute to personal awakening to one's direct experience of the subtle energy influences.
It is important to be aware of and to learn how to manage in a healing way various energy influences, lest they become dis-easing.
Keeping an open mind allows us to keep learning which supports our personal growth and opens paths even to unexpected spontaneous healing.
I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.
Oscar Wilde, (1854 -1900), Irish Writer, Poet, Humorist