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12.6. Energy, capacity for doing work 

«Energy» is the sciences' answer. Energy is the cause of all processes in physics and chemistry. Thus it runs and affects everything on our planet and in the entire cosmos.

Energy creates change, or «energy is the ability to do work», which is the scientific definition.

Energy comes in many forms; potential, kinetic, chemical, electrical, nuclear, radiation, gravity, etc. Mathematics tells us that energy can be converted from one type to another.

Energy can also be converted into mass – «material matter» – and vice versa.

Everything in the physical world originates from energy!

Everything else, too, as we shall see.

Einstein was among the first to understand that mass and energy are two manifestations of the same thing. But of what?

What is energy?

The natural sciences explain how energy works in practice, but the definition beyond this is rather vague; «the ability to cause change».

So how do we attack the concept of energy, i.e. the ability to change something?

Our theory is idealistic, which means that everything is mental. Nothing but the ability to experience exists. Matter does not exist as something in itself, nor does energy.

Changes, on the other hand, are something our consciousness is dealing with continuously.

Look around!

Look at everything that moves: the cat walking around the garden or the leaves on the tree outside the window. Just shifting your focus from one to the other is a change.

Look at anything that could potentially move, such as the coffee cup on the table. It may fall down.

And the table? It stands still, of course, but once it was transported in place and will one day be transported away. Meanwhile, moisture evaporates from the wood, and it becomes increasingly less solid because sunlight adds heat – energy.

Even a mountain is changing; it just happens very slowly.