All the energy you need, for whatever you are doing, is Forever Right-there in Everyone Everywhere Everyday (FREEE). [It is free, with an extra “e” thrown in, at no extra cost.] It is all there. If you engage it, you use it towards the purpose you invited it to serve. If you don’t engage it, you lose it, usually at great cost to yourself. Engaged energy is FREEE, lost energy is not. Lost energy comes with a cost.
This is the exact opposite of what we are usually taught. We are told that it costs something to use energy, and that not using it costs nothing. Let’s see. You already have the people in the room. You have invited these people to work with you–to co-ordinate, co-operate or co-llaborate–towards a deeper purpose that you want them to share. The ones who are there with you showed up. Each person generates massive, seemingly infinite, energy, on any scale we can see. They generate this energy by their existence, whether you engage it or not. Now you need to engage that energy. How you engage it and how much of it you engage depend on the agreements field you have generated. Weak agreements fields engage very little of the energy available. Strong agreements fields engage much of the energy available. The point is that you are completely responsible for the use or loss of this energy, as well as the benefits or costs that come with it.
There is a massive cost to not engaging that energy. The law of the conservation of energy, aka the first law of thermodynamics, applies here as well. You have to account for all of the energy generated. It has to go somewhere. Purposeful energy, that which humans generate continuously, goes to one of three purposes: (1) the invited purpose; (2) another purpose; or (3) self-preservation. Analogously, the energy will go into the invited activity, diffused towards other activities, or dissipated as heat. The energy generated by the people in the room that is not engaged towards the invited purpose has high costs.
If the energy is diffused towards other activities with other purposes, it disengages the people present, which recent, global studies have shown to be very expensive. They are not actively engaged in the activity, the purpose, for which you invited them. Just because they are in the room physically, does not mean that their energy is serving your purpose. They are thinking about something else. And, that is for the diffused energy towards another purpose. The energy that is dissipated as heat comes from those in the room who are trying to serve your invited purpose, or their own, and yet the agreements field you generated does not allow either form, yours or theirs, to engage in a healthy way. This ends up in dissipated heat, which serves as self-preservation, which can be very destructive. You know this form of energy loss as burnout, fatigue, distress, active disengagement. It comes with huge costs, such as the costs of turnover and presenteeism.
So, there are no extra costs to engage the energy available in the room, and there are huge costs to not engaging it. The difference between engaging it and not engaging it is a function of the agreements field you have generated. There are 8 guiding principles for the strength of an agreements field. While each principle, on its own, is relatively straightforward, strong agreements fields require all 8.
- Is the deeper shared purpose clear and inviting?
- Are the people invited into the room clear about and continuously connected to the deeper purpose? Is it consciously shared on a continuous basis?
- Is it clear to each individual why they and everyone else is in the room? Why their individual contribution is unique and important in the service of the deeper purpose?
- Is each person clear on their experience of this relationship to their own self, to the other, to the group, to the creative process, and to the creative source?
- Do the group’s collective agreements consciously invite, acknowledge, and engage the potential, development, and outcomes available to the group?
- Does the system they work in leverage the efficiency of their direct actions, the effectiveness of the feedback dynamics they interact with, and the coordination of those different dynamics towards the deeper purpose?
- Are the agreements, that are embedded in the impact they generate for other stakeholders, agreements that the stakeholders want to and capable of engaging with?
- Does the system have the capacity to engage the amount of energy it needs to generate its desired impact, towards its deeper purpose?
All the energy you need is already available, right there in the people who are already there with you. As Einstein showed over 100 years ago, the amount of energy in a very small amount of matter is far more than we typically understand. The energy is there, in potential. You just have to learn to work with it. And, if you bring it in the room, it is there, and you have to account for it. Use it or lose it, to your own benefit or detriment. The only thing that is not cost-free is not using it once it is there. Said another way, it costs you greatly to not use it. How to use it is well understood and easy to do, as millions of people demonstrate every day, everywhere around the planet.