Abundance is all around.
Hey folks! Sorry for the seven day blog absence. Last week threw a few challenges my way (including a tummy bug… blerk) but I’m feeling much better now and I am glad to be back here writing to you. Today I’m here to share with you a really interesting little doco that I have come across over the last couple of weeks that have been waiting to come online so I could write to you about it. Julie Ann Cairns studied and worked for two and a half decades as an economist and financial market analyst. Through her work in this field she came to a full understanding of how the current economic system has been developed using scarcity as it’s driver. That the way we use and manage our resources is based on things ‘running out’ or that there will be ‘not enough’. From her research and life experience she created The Abundance Code, and the documentary is available until the 30th to watch for free online. From a scientific environmental viewpoint there is truth to this ‘scarcity’ of resources but the idea of our resources running out is based on the fact that we are focusing our attention in the wrong area. While we are taught to worry about peak oil, the end of energy and ‘oil wars’ we are also dealing with an abundance of natural energy from the sun, wind and the ocean that most mainstream medias have chosen to ignore. What’s the reasoning behind this ignorance of the abundant source of natural energy? It isn’t easy for big business to make comparable financial gains from natural energy sources as it is to keep going with ‘business as usual’ in our predominately oil based economy (this can be applied to many area not just oil).
Part of this documentary looks at the way we are programmed from birth to become functioning members of this society of scarcity. Our schooling systems are (for most part) developed in a way that trains us for jobs in the current economic system. While this is useful for some of us within this system, it hasn’t been designed to support the creative and social entrepreneurial thinking skills that we need to get ourselves out of the resource depleting cycle we have got ourselves into. Probably the best summary of this idea comes from one of our great scientific thinkers, Albert Einstein who famously said:
The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
Despite the fact that this thought from Einstein occurred decades ago, many of our schooling systems continue to teach their students in the same compartmentalised ways that have industrial ‘job ready’ outcomes. While this may keep our economic systems going most of the time. It’s not fostering the creative and sustainability based thinking. The scholars of sustainability have so much trouble agreeing on the meaning of the term ‘sustainability’ because it really isn’t viable to have a sustainable future based on this current economic system. And as long as we continue to school our young people in a way that uses the same level of thinking that created the flawed system we operate in, it’s very difficult to get out of the rut! Which is often the reason why sustainability and social ethics are the fringe movements or are adopted as ‘add on’s’ or marketing buzz words. This is something we see clearly within the fashion industry as labels have ‘conscious’ ‘eco’ or ‘ethical’ lines that are a small start on what really needs to be a whole industry reform. In an ideal world we shouldn’t have to think about whether the dollar we spend is going to a company that pollutes our environment or exploits fellow beings. It should be given that we can buy a t-shirt that doesn’t release toxic chemicals into our environmental flows, and wasn’t harvested by Uzbekistani children who were removed from their homes and schools and forced to pick cotton. We also shouldn’t have to argue with store clerks to get the item sans plastic bag and without a BPA loaded receipt.
Being a responsible adult.
When we leave school (either through graduation at some level of the schooling system or by dropping out) we become a part of the global society. Generally there is a prescribed path that we take that looks a little something like this; go to school, be a winner, live a fast pace and high stress life to get your dream career, compete for love-money-success-fame, and separate yourself from others to show how you have ‘made it’. The Abundance Code movie does a great job of depicting this process from childhood to adulthood. The following quote from Robert Holden from the film sums up this shift:
In the culture of more something happens where we move from being to having. Now this shift from being to having is a very interesting one because we tell ourself that if I have more if I get more I’ll be happy. I’ll be gorgeous. I’ll be kind and I’ll be compassionate. You watch I’ll just be amazing. The problem is in the culture of more we want more. And,there’s never enough ultimately. We’ve never defined enough. ~ Robert Holden
We are taught through our competitive, structured and measured schooling system that we need to achieve to survive. Our ability to ‘win’ in the economic system is our true measure of worth. That:
Success is measured by fame or money…. who has the shiniest toys, who has the most money in their bank account~ JB Glossinger
In learning this we start to live our lives ruled by scarcity and fear of missing out. When we don’t have our need for love and fulfilment met then we end up finding other ways to fill the voids, be it entertainment, shopping, or eating. This sense of lack or never ever being or having enough leaves us feeling like there is scarcity in our lives when really life is abundant. You just have to ask yourself whether you are bringing the right kinds of things into your life. It’s just as easy to have an abundance of debt, fear, and clothes you don’t wear as it is to have an abundance of money, love and a closet that expresses who you are. Following trends, be it as fickle as a fashion trend or a large as a social cultural norms, doesn’t always result in happiness when you driver is being better, stronger, faster, a winner, etc. What ‘The Abundance Code’ suggests is that we need to think creatively about ways that we can fulfil ourselves without the need to be on the treadmill of fame, money and ‘winning’. That taking time to think about how you can bring joy, happiness and meaning to your life and the lives of others will bring you to a more fulfilling life. While this documentary might seem a little ‘new age’ it is the underpinning of much sustainability based academic literature. That by each individual seeking something that fills them more than shopping, eating, or working to support a life full of ‘stuff’ that might only ever bring fleeting happiness, that we can reclaim the idea of society, reduce excess consumption, improve health and wellbeing, and open society to the idea of a economic overhaul. It might seem odd that taking time to work out what makes your heart sing as a World changing cat, but it truly is and it’s amazing how few people allow themselves the time to ask this tough question of themselves! When you start to chase your dreams you are trading your life for what you love, rather than working long hours doing something you dislike to get money that is often used to fill the void that working a job you dislike can create. This can sound lofty and difficult but The Abundance Code gives tips for working towards a more fulfilling life (a nice easy one is working 1% closer to your dreams each day). Get in quick and watch this one while it’s still free!
What do you think? Do you believe that taking time for you will change your World? How about THE World? Have you ever had these revelations for yourself? How has it changed your life? Share your experiences below.