Shifting to the Economy of Energy

The future is unpredictable. If we thought we could plan for five years ahead, the past year has proved that we sometimes can’t plan for five days ahead. Although we might have many goals related to what we would like to get out of our lives and the world, a shift is taking place towards a greater focus on what we can contribute instead. This manifests in material form through the way we show up in the world, and particularly through our creative expressions. It’s taken a long time, but humanity is starting to realise the significance of cultivating and taking care of individual energy, in order for people to extend themselves outwards in a way that is of service to the natural world. This is a juicy topic, so let’s dig in a little bit.

Individual Energy

Individual energy essentially has to do with our inner worlds, and how these should be nurtured in order to express ourselves creatively. A scientist might refer to “energy” as something tangible (a quick Google search calls it a “quantitative property that must be transferred to an object...”). In this context, the energy I’m talking about is far more intangible. It touches on the unexplored depths of the soul, our innate humanness and something we all share. This energy manifests in how we show up to every interaction and situation in our lives. Someone with high vibration individual energy is easy to spot in the crowd. They live with joy and gratitude, and see and appreciate the little things in life. They also usually use their energy to lift the people around them, while at the same time remaining curious and flexible about the world around them.

The Value of Creativity

A great physical expression of individual energy comes in the form of creative output. The kicker is that we have to be willing to be “wrong” in order to create something original. As Sir Ken Robinson put so well in his popular Ted Talk, “we get educated out of creativity”. This often means that our bodies become a mere form of transport for our heads, rather than an important tool of self expression. Sir Ken’s talk highlights that our world is in the process of a revolution, which involves changing our view of intelligence as we know it. The new view makes room for individual energy.

This energy deserves the same status as traditional intellect, especially because it allows us to see the world with a different lens than the one we grew up in. It also helps us to forge a different path than the one set out by society at large. The result is room for play, learning from our creative endeavours, and even finding a voice in a world where it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle.

A Shift Towards the Economy of Energy

The shift towards the economy of energy might be a radical one, but we’re already starting to see changes in prominent man-made systems around the world. These archaic systems were originally designed only for productivity, without giving much consideration to human cost. Shifting towards the economy of energy involves starting by asking how we are looking after ourselves. If you have a great job title, but you’re miserable each day, that’s not looking after yourself. If you’re doing something that might be making you rich, but you’re not feeling like you’re contributing to the world around you, it’s time to rethink things. If you’re climbing a ladder of any kind, make sure that it is up against the right wall. Once you’ve figured out how well you’re looking after yourself, start thinking about where you want to be of service in your life. A larger shift in the macrocosm is going to take strides in terms of individual shifts too. Once momentum builds over time, we can look forward to renewed hope for the future, even as it continues to look uncertain for everyone.

How Coronavirus Emphasizes The Shift

The past year has reemphasised the importance of immunity, vitality, and looking after yourself. It has also made an important contribution towards the shift to the economy of energy. It has started to expose the shortcomings (and potential areas of innovation) of some of the systems that need changing in the world. From Jacinda Ardern introducing a climate change law in New Zealand that holds financial firms to account for the environmental impact of their operations, through to education systems moving online to keep people safe, and healthcare structures needing to pivot in numerous ways. We’ve seen how little human capital is considered in more traditional systems, and how important it is for things to change.

As we’ve seen with the #MeToo movement, George Floyd and other systemic revelations in recent years, change is not an overnight process. Shifting to the economy of energy will take some time, but there are indicators that we’re already moving in the right direction. Get involved by asking yourself the two important (highlighted) questions mentioned earlier. Just by doing so, you will begin to transform, and soon enough, so will the community around you. From there, the possibilities for creativity and innovation are endless.