Is it normal for you to be engaged or to be disengaged? By normal we mean that this is what you expect, what you expect of your life. Do you expect, in any given day, to be engaged in what you do, in who you are, in how you interact? By extreme, we mean furthest from a common point, furthest from the desired state. Do you prefer to be closer to your desired state or the furthest from it? Assuming that you prefer to be closer to it than furthest from it, why are so many people disengaged and disaffected today? Maybe it is because they are experiencing the effects of extreme interactions. How might we understand extreme interaction effects? Let’s look at a parallel experience in extreme weather effects.
News about “extreme weather effects” is all over the news these days. What is extreme weather? What are the effects of extreme weather? Weather is the interaction of temperature and pressure changes in the air, water, and earth. This is the interaction of the earth’s elemental spheres; the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, and the biosphere. Now these elemental spheres seem to be mixing, as they always do, in new ways, in extreme ways to which we humans might not be as resilient.
In parallel, a lot of attention is going to the globally disengaged workforce and strong political swings around the world. The usual framing of disengagement and disaffection is to try to engage people, usually in the same, already-existing form of interactions. Maybe it would be more helpful to realize that the reason so many people are disengaged at work these days is because they are experiencing “extreme interaction effects.” Through more engaging experiences they have in other realms of their life, they now have an expectation that they will be treated like creative, contributing humans beings who learn, who are social, and who love to engage their deeper potential towards a purpose that moves them. When the agreements field they are in becomes too turbulent, when the elemental spheres of human interaction mix in extreme ways, in ways that exclude the individual, the other, their unique, creative contributions, their learning and evolution, then they experience extreme interaction effects, human-weather conditions to which they are not as resilient.
Maybe people are more resilient in human interactions that require more and deeper connection, connection to a deeper, shared purpose, connection to their own higher self, connection to the other in support of their expression, connection to the gifts of the group, connection to the evolutionary process of creativity, connection to the infinite creative source. Maybe disengagement and disaffection come from extreme interaction effects. Maybe we can change the human-weather patterns, and thus increase our resilience and engagement, by choosing how we interact, away from the extreme interaction conditions of exclusion, scarcity, and collapse, towards the normal interaction conditions of inclusion, abundance, and engagement. It is a choice, a choice you can make right here, right now.