Change is hard for so many reasons. All change involves risk, of course. We may lose our social anchors and also our financial and other supports. We are currently going through one of the most important periods of change in all of human history. It will require change from everyone and it will require substantial change in order to save our planet.
Energetic Aspects Of Change
We are each so embedded in our culture that sometimes we do not realize how much so. Interestingly, each cultural system creates its story, its values, its ideals and expects those things to be reflected in the people in the culture. There are joys and rewards for participation and each culture brings some form of progress. or beneficial change to human life. So each culture offers us something.
Cultures create an entire social and economic system around their objectives. The arts and entertainment reflect the cultural story and issues around it. There is an energy to each cultural system that we need to adopt and adapt to if we expect inclusion. We feel this energetic connection physically and so do others. Even subliminally, we connect with a cultural energy and if we do not those around us will notice. In the current system, we are connected by the energy of the machine. It is a seductive energy of productivity, of humming along making progress, because the energy of the machine is the energy of forward movement. Many people are afraid of losing the connection with that energy and if they do they may drop off the assembly line of economic participation.
Rituals, celebrations, rules, roles, and rewards all play a role in maintaining the energetic connection to the cultural system. What happens then when we must change or our current cultural system must change? That is the situation today: our culture must change if the earth is to survive.
Cultural Enchantment And Flow
Ideally, when change is necessary it is something we can feel viscerally. However, because all cultures find ways to anchor us in their system we may resist the need for change.
Because we do not realize how total a cultural system is in claiming our energies, it can be hard to discern the ways in which we are attached to it. Some are obvious including perhaps, ideals and work roles. However, we also have a lot of relationships within a cultural system that we may be loathe to let go of. It is hard to leave our friends and family behind especially if we are willing to adapt to needed change and they are not. Many people have survivor’s guilt in those situations.
When we are fully anchored in our cultural system we feel a flow of connection with the purpose, work and others. Not to be in the energy of the cultural system is to truly be living outside the flow of your social and economic system and it can be hard to sustain one’s life that way. Certainly hardship and risks can emerge when going it alone. Nonetheless, being willing to step outside of norms is how we develop independent thinking, new ways of imagining and living, and more aspects of ourselves.
Resisting And Accepting Change
When we refuse change we maintain our relationship with an established way of being even if we are part of a cultural system that is waning or old. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with doing so. Being comfortable is not a bad thing. Each person has to decide where they belong in a world of many different cultural systems. When we opt for change, we are also deciding to learn a new set of skills to participate in that new culture. An individual may or may not have transferrable skills but generally each culture has a model of what is OK or not, what are desired emotions and behaviors and often that means we have to learn a new way of living.
The energetic enchantment of culture is an additional challenge that will need to be addressed as we shift from one cultural system to another. The current enchantment of machine energy will need to give way to inclusive and collaborative energy, the energetic themes of the emergent culture of inclusion and sustainability.
We have been talking about change as an energetic issue and how the way in which we enchant people to their culture from the time they are young is something that many people are not aware of. This is where our feelings of belonging come from and most of us need to feel like we belong. When we release ourselves from belonging to one culture to become part of a new one we can feel the loss of energetic connection. It can even feel like a death. However, when we see our culture as one of many in an ecological smorgasbord of cultures we can have an easier time taking change in stride. When we realize that each culture contributes to our wholeness then we can invite their constructive contribution. This is what frameworks can help us do. You are welcome to learn more here.