Developing Resources Over Time

At the development-verb level, you know that you are in a continual process of bringing in new resources and of using up resources.  It is the balance of the bringing in and using up that tells you how much you have now.  If you start with five pieces of bread, make three more, and consume four, you end up with four pieces of bread.  This reality focuses you on both how much you have and the net effect of how much you bring in and use up.  If you want more in the future, you need to bring in more than you use up.  This is verb thinking, understanding the flow over time.  A vast field of thinking has developed around this framing of resources in the past fifty years, calling itself the dynamic resource-based view of strategy and system dynamics.  From this perspective, you can think into the future about what you do, as well as count how much you have.  Here success comes from how you understand what you do and how much you have, giving you more options for when and what you do to have more at a given moment in time.

In the verb you experience yourself developing your expressed capacities.  You are in school, you are learning, you are getting better at understanding something you do.  In the verb, you experience the same development in me in my capacities.  I am changing over time, and you can tell.  You notice the shift.  I am able to do something in a different way.  In the verb, you experience that we each do our part in the work of the group, and the group’s appreciation of these capacities.  We say that the group feels different, that we are getting stronger as a group.  These verb relationships to self, other, and group describe the verb form of the noun called labor.  This is the development of the contribution human capacities make to production.  The flow-stock technology makes explicit the development of capacities over time.  This is the accumulated value of human relationship to self, other, and group.

In the verb you experience the relationship to nature – the process of manifestation – through the process of the interrelated flows of resources.  This is the realm of everything that exists, from land to ideas to physical bodies.  While many people tend to think of nature as animals and trees, it includes everything that exists.  At the verb level, you work with both the qualitative vitality of nature and the quantitative volume of nature.

In the verb, you experience the source of creativity, the flow of creative source in you, in the creative ideas you bring to what you see.  This is the verb form of the creative source flowing that is capital.  As creativity flows through the system, sometimes more flows in than flows out.  You might accept more acts of creation into your pantry than you consume.  The realization here is that the act of creation manifested resources and brought them to you, and that the act of creation consumed them.  Thus, what seems to be accumulated in the net result of resources flowing in and out, is an accumulation of acts of creation, of light-Spirit.  This is a “stored” potential of light-Spirit.  What you need to ask here is, “What does it mean to store light-Spirit?”  Is that even possible?  Does something happen to light-Spirit if it is not flowing?  I suggest that, in fact, it is flowing, since all forms of light are always flowing, and that it is only your perception that you have stored it.  This means that you need to understand how to work with capital that seems to be accumulated in something, if it is actually in flux.  This is the verb realm of your experience, as seen through the five primary relationships you have with the flow of harmonic vibrancy.

From the ecosynomics perspective, the verb level of resources connects the system of people in the group, their expressions of and needs for harmonic vibrancy, and the resources that sustain human life.  This verb understanding of resources shows what resources you will need at what time, for future opportunities, and what dynamics of inflows and outflows are required to get you there.  This helps you see how to accumulate the level of resources required in the future, so that you can attempt to get there in an efficient way.  This understanding helps you avoid the verb-level costs of scarcity.

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