“And I think that the great majority of the problems in the world have some roots in the stuckness that people feel. And then trying to get out of the stuckness through things that are sublimating them, rather than satisfying them. And that’s why I’m always on and on about trying to find what true wealth means for you. Instead of the proxy of the hundred millionaire fantasy life, that proxies that experience instead of centering it in our creative impulse, of what we want to give too, and be, on this planet.”
I was just doing some inner work that I do with a friend on the phone. And it was really good because I was feeling all these places where I was feeling stuck. And I was feeling kind of.. stiff, or unmoving. Or even where I didn’t know I had feelings, that were stuck underneath. And it was sort of a convenient lack of emotionality. It was sort of pleasant to have this mildly frozen state; but it wasn’t moving!
So then I did this work. There’s a lot of different ways to do that work, but the way I do it, I love. And I was really feeling a lot. And when I was feeling a lot, I could feel the energy moving. I could feel it like an ice flow, where the sun beats down and gradually melts the ice and then all the chunks start to move, and then the whole ice flow starts moving down the river. And the creative energy moves when you have that.
And I realized that I don’t have to know exactly where that creative energy is going to take me. I don’t have to have a plan yet. As soon as I let that creative energy flow, it’s going to flow somewhere. And I will wake up into a space where I know where I want it to go, as well.
And, at the end of the work, there’s an exercise where you look at how the world reflects you and you reflect the world. And there’s a phrase that I said: ” The big problem with the world right now is that the energy is not moving.”
And that was the thing I wanted to talk about for a minute. Because I think it’s very, very important. This project that we’re doing is about business, but for me, it’s about so much more than that. It’s about finding pathways, for people to feel free in their lives, to make things that really matter to them. And the way that that liberates our creativity to do things that are more meaningful, and exciting and powerful. And I think that the great majority of the problems in the world have some roots in the stuckness that people feel. And then trying to get out of the stuckness through things that are sublimating them, rather than satisfying them. And that’s why I’m always on and on about trying to find what true wealth means for you, instead of the proxy of the hundred millionaire fantasy life, that proxies that experience instead of centering it in our creative impulse, of what we want to give to, and be, on this planet.
So what I said was the big problem in the world right now is that the energy is not moving fast enough. So I think that’s really a lot of what’s going on. It’s that a lot of us have a great deal of stuck energy, in the form of emotional stuckness, that gets lodged in places in us. And causes us to lash out. And act out of impulsiveness; or acquisitiveness; in unnecessary ways. And this all might sound so terribly mystical. But I find it eminently practical and pragmatic.
When I feel the feelings that are in me, I connect with the creative current that’s alive in me. That. I suppose it is me. And that creative current gives me an internal aliveliness, that is here. Regardless of whether I have a penny in my bank account, or a billion dollars in my bank account or -$5 million in my bank account, it’s all an abstraction. Because I’m full of this creative, alive, current. And that came from being willing to feel my feelings.
And to the degree that somebody is resisting feeling their feelings, that statement will sound more and more preposterous. “Oh, that’s utterly preposterous. How dare he say such things? What’s a bunch of piffle. Why, how how utterly impractical! I have an MBA from Harvard. This is ridiculous. I’m turning this off right now. Blah, blah, blah.” But you know, I think for the people that this reaches, it will resonate at some level.
So, I suppose for you, if I want to put a practical coda at the end of some sort, might be: How can you, be a little more in touch with your feelings today? Or, how can you just open yourself up a little bit more to your inspiration, your passion, your love of the world, and what you love to do?
I know that when I see my own feelings get unstuck, and I feel my own creative energy moving again and coming up from my root, and up through my body, and coming out because I was willing to feel some stuck places that weren’t pleasant; and then I could feel the energy moving again; and the creative energy, it’s like a force that comes through me. And it has an intelligence of its own. And it’s alive with a current and it wants to create, and I don’t have to control that, in order for that to work out in the world. And there’s something beautiful about it. And I think that’s part of why I have so much faith, that the more we can create businesses that are also creative, supportive, loving, fun, interesting, unique, special… cool things that, that creates this bubbling, excitement of energy and love and life, on a human level, on a human scale , that good comes of it, because there’s good that comes of this kind of creative zest at the human scale. The great wealthy centers of power, it’s not about them. It’s not about that. It’s about us. And it’s about making something beautiful.
And this creative current does not need to be all things all at once. My mind needs to have a giant plan that encompasses the world in order to feel important. But this creative flow of energy could be absolutely contented where it is.
And we think so much about mindfulness as being in the nothing space; but when you feel your feelings, it’s like that creative spark is there to create a something space. But it’s a creative something, that wants to go out into the world and make something wonderful and beautiful happen.