I have been learning that gravity has a negative energy associated with it. I've heard this stated a couple different ways, but I would like to understand a distinction. One line of thought declares that the potential energy of an object within a gravitational field is negative. Another line of thought states that the energy of the gravitational field itself is negative. I'm curious, is there a difference between these two ideas? It makes sense that an object has a negative energy associated with it because of its position within an already existing gravitational field. However, according to GR, and the idea of bent space-time, does the field itself some how contain negative energy by the nature of it's warp, independently from the objects that may be near it? I hope this makes sense. It seems in one description objects have an associated negative energy relative to the field. In another description the field itself is created from, or holds, negative energy. Perhaps this is simply a misunderstanding and they are one and the same.