How Energy Works


By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

Henry Carner visited me at Scandia Health Food Store in Carpinteria, California.

“What’s not selling?” he asked.

“See that bottle of hand lotion? It’s been sitting on the shelf since I’ve been here, and I’ve been here for more than three years now.”

“OK,” Henry replied, taking the bottle off the shelf and handing it to me. “Take it in your hands and put your energy into it.”

I did.

“Is your energy in it?”


“Put it back on the shelf and let’s see what happens.”

The very next customer picked it off the shelf and bought it.

Since then I’ve learned to put my energy into more momentous things than a crappy old bottle of shampoo! :)

Jin Chung owned Scandia, and I managed it.

He drove up from Los Angeles to pick up the bills once a month. Otherwise, Scandia was a one-man show.

One time, he picked up a large bottle of vitamins, and complained, “Why did you order this? It costs $50.00. Who’s going to pay that much for a bottle of vitamins?”

No sooner did he put the bottle back on the shelf than a very large man (about six-foot-eight or so) walked into the store, picked that very same bottle off the shelf, and bought it.

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'How Energy Works' have 6 comments

  1. August 10, 2015 @ 5:04 pm Atom

    According to Swami Nitty-Gritty …

    “The three functions of an endocrine center are positive, negative, and neutral. Health and psychic ability are positive.

    “Illness, or deviation from cellular normalcy, is negative.

    “Health, or adherence to balance or homeostasis, is neutral.

    “The pituitary is the focal point that controls the entire endocrine system.

    “It has two lobes or petals, a frontal and rear lobe.”

    (Positive, negative, and neutral allows for input, output, and throughput.)


  2. August 10, 2015 @ 5:32 pm Atom

    “If novelty is really appearing during development, then it is hard to maintain that ‘entropy increases’ during the development of an individual. Isn’t a child a richer organization than a fertilized egg? Isn’t an adult more individualized or realized than an infant? Seen from the inside, our known world gets richer with experience. Learning is certainly anti-entropic. Where does the idea of ‘increasing entropy with living’ come from? Many things contribute, including a doctrine of genetic determinism, the old Platonic idea of the imperfection of the concrete, the unreality of the existent, and the medieval idea of the ‘corruption of the body’.” — Ray Peat


  3. August 10, 2015 @ 5:38 pm Atom

    “How did these awful places, these ‘schools’, come about? As we know them, they are a product of the two ‘Red Scares’ of 1848 and 1919, when powerful interests feared a revolution among our industrial poor, and partly they are the result of the revulsion with which old-line families regarded the waves of Celtic, Slavic, and Latin immigration — and the Catholic religion — after 1845. And certainly a third contributing cause can be found in the revulsion with which these same families regarded the free movement of Africans through the society after the Civil War.” — John Taylor Gatto


    • December 14, 2017 @ 3:12 am Yolanda Lowery

      Being a survivor of z “fine Catholic education” I can relate to the above.


  4. August 11, 2015 @ 5:10 pm David

    Paradoxical intuition?


  5. August 12, 2015 @ 7:31 pm Atom

    Re: Paradoxical intuition?

    Especially the second example, David !!!!! :)


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