Summarizing Resource Transformations

Digging into the experience of resources at the possibility-light, development-verb, and things-noun levels can overwhelm the senses.  Why does someone need to know this?  Because it is the first step and critical starting point of the whole journey.  If one can realize that resources are abundant, starting with choices made from the light level, the world looks very different than when starting from scarcity.

At the possibility-light level, resources are the potential seen in the five primary relationships.  Filtering out possibility, from the light level of resources, brings the possibilities to life, by giving them intention and attention, at the verb level of resources.  The interrelated flows of resources develop over time, influenced by the intentions brought to them.  Filtering out time, from the verb level of resources, focuses on the need to be satisfied at any given moment in space and time, at the noun level of resources.

This is a momentary outcome.  The momentary outcome of the development of self, other, and group asks the question of, “How much human capacity is available right now?  Economics calls this labor.  Likewise, economics calls the amount of the flow of nature/reality available in the moment land or elaborated nature.  Creating a symbol for the flow of creativity among people, economics refers to the momentary difference in the creativity that flowed in and out as capital.[1]

This highlights the insights gained over the past century at the light, verb, and noun levels of resources, and how they relate to each other.  The task today is to learn how to work with all three levels simultaneously, transforming the infinite abundance of the light level of resources to the experience of abundance at the verb level and sufficiency at the noun level of resources.  This gives access to the abundance available at all three levels, as depicted in the figure below.

The next post looks at the implications of the abundance available through resource transformations for how we look at the value we experience and how we organize human interactions.

[1] A synthesis of much of the environmental and economic thinking about nature, at the noun level, is captured in the term “natural capital,” defined by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and Hunter Lovins as, “the sum total of the ecological systems that support life, different from human-made capital in that natural capital cannot be produced by human activity” (Hawken, Lovins, & Lovins, 1999, p. 151).  From an ecological perspective, they clearly intend “natural capital” at the verb and noun levels, highlighting “living systems” that interweave with people.  “Natural capital includes all the familiar resources used by mankind: water, minerals, oil, trees, fish, soil, air, etcetera.  But it also includes living systems, which include grasslands, savannas, wetlands, estuaries, oceans, coral reefs, riparian corridors, tundras, and rainforests” (Hawken, Lovins, & Lovins, 1999, p. 2).  While they invoke the “living” dimension at the verb level.

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  1. Pingback: Simultaneous Availability of Abundance in Resources, Harmony in Organized Interaction, and Vibrancy in Value Experienced « Jim Ritchie-Dunham

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