I am starting to think prana is just electricity,
Maybe controlled electricity, which would be power.
and that is really what's alive, the energy in matter.
Sure, but what is energy? is it inanimate or alive itself? is it an inanimate force? or is energy the force itself that is alive....
I believe that energy is generated, and then manipulated.
Energy is the last force of "matter" that can be detected, so it is assumed as existing alone. But energy is only the underlying property of one other single thing. I call that property awareness. First you have conscious awareness, and that is what generates energy (as we measure it), in other words if awareness generates energy then they co-exist, they exist together but only one can be measured.
Because what is measured is movement or activity, but it's the conscious activity that generates the force of energy. Did you know that your thoughts (the activity of your conscious thoughts) generate a form of energy? yes, so if you apply that on an infinite scale you have an infinite scale of energy. Brilliant!
So if that is true now you have a reason to understand why energy exists at all. So basically every time you observe energy you observe awareness, every time you observe awareness you observe energy.
Now you have a reciprocating field of activity that makes sense, because now you can account for what energy produces! which is the products of intelligence!