The Universal Laws of Energy and Change: Part 1

The Universal Laws of Energy and Change: Part 1 by Jan Engels-Smith

The 4 universal laws of energy


Change occurs when energy shifts. In order to understand change, one needs to understand the dynamics of energy. Everything emanates energy—animate beings, physical objects, even thoughts and feelings—and these energy “fields” impact and alter all that they touch. If we are to have control over the changes in our lives, we must also understand the importance of thoughts, beliefs, ideas, and feelings as energy. Only when we understand and can apply these basic Universal Laws of energy and change will we be able to consciously affect the change process:

 1. Energy follows intention.

2. Whatever you add energy to multiplies.

3. Thought followed by word and action equals form.

4. What you believe becomes.

These laws apply to all of life and are fundamental in understanding how to work with energy in order to create. Healing, both of self and others, is possible by developing skills in working with these laws. Enlightenment requires this understanding.

People with spiritual power have learned how to work with energy by following the guidelines of these laws. They can direct energy with intention and trust that the desired outcome will materialize. They are not victims of other people or situations because they know how energy works and they apply this knowledge to their lives. The following explanations address each of these laws separately; however, they are practiced as a unit of truths. A holistic approach is an absolute necessity.

Here are the first two explanations written out separately; however, they are practiced as a unit of truths. A holistic approach is an absolute necessity.

1.  Energy follows intention.

What is intention? It is simply what you intend to happen. If your intention is followed with an action that supports your intention, you will experience quick results. You will also feel good and harmonious in the process. It is as if all energy flows in the same direction. For example, let’s say that your intention is to work on your marriage by being more attentive to your partner. If your action is to start a productive conversation, give a foot rub, or make a phone call during the day, the desired outcome of improving your marriage has a high probability of occurring. If your intention is to improve your marriage, but you do extremely inconsiderate things to your partner, the energy of your action is in opposition to your intention. This opposite flow of energies will cause much friction, anxiety, and stress.

Conflicting energy signals will cause frustration, stress, and anxiety. Opposite directional forces between intention and action remind me of the opposite motions of the earth’s plates at the San Andreas fault line. As the plates move against each other, they create tremendous stress and ultimately result in an earthquake. Just as the spirits always tell me, “Learn from nature!”

You can use this energy illustration as a mental cue for anything that you are attempting to change in your life. Write down your intention and then look at the actions that you follow it with. Are they flowing together or in opposite directions? Many people give lip service to wanting to create change or healing in their lives, but their actions don’t match their intention. They often become frustrated with the process of change, feeling like they have failed again, when in truth their actions are not aligned with their intentions. Either the action needs to change or the intention needs to change. Each one can correct either variable and obtain positive results.

2. Whatever you add energy to multiplies.

This is a literal statement. It is both a physical law, as well as a universal law, which basically explains how we create. Creator has given you free will, or sacred choice. This means that you freely choose what you think, say, or write, and how you behave in any given situation. You co-create your existence—literally—by your own thoughts, words, and actions. You think thousands of thoughts per second, all of them energy with the potential to create an actual physical manifestation. Whatever gets the most energy—wins. So what are you thinking all day? Where are you multiplying energy? These are hard questions. Are you dwelling in the past, giving wrong deeds or past hurts the energy to constantly recreate their pain? Are you angry or self-loathing, causing unfortunate situations to keep recurring in your life? Are you thinking about your victimization and then finding yourself a victim once again? The Spanish philosopher, Jose Ortega y Gasset, wrote “Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not a sum of what we have been but what we yearn to be.” It is important to understand our past, but not to dwell on it. We create ourselves by our intentions and the actions following those intentions. We create our future. We make a choice to see positive possibilities or to dwell in the negative.

A Chinese poem states:

If the water of the Tsanglang is clear,

I will wash the ribbon of my hat.

If it is dirty, I will wash my feet in it.

If you choose to see positive results, you will begin the process of creating a positive future. You will literally co-create your life situations. The reverse is also true. If you dwell on the negative about a situation and are worrying about it, talking about it negatively, and being the victim of it, you will add negative energy to it. Energy is the fuel for creation, but there is a human choice as to where it will be applied.


  • Whatever You Add Energy to Multiplies, Negative or Positive.
  • Where are you placing the most energy? Which side is multiplying?
  • Think of this energy as a cloud, a physical mist of energy that is surrounding you.
  • Every thought counts; you are feeding one side or the other.

Next time, I’ll share the other two Universal Laws of energy:

3. Thought followed by word and action equals form.

4. What you believe becomes.