The dictionary says that to acknowledge someone is to recognize them in some fashion. It may be to say hello, or notice and announce their presence at some function. But in looking back at the origins of the word in Middle English, to acknowledge someone or some thing is to understand the person or situation. In addition, you have this knowledge and you use it in some way. Applied knowledge combined with the experience gained from that application is one way to define Wisdom. In my corollary to Fuller’s Equation of Abundance (Energy x Knowledge = Abundance), I multiply the effects of knowledge by experience, both the experience gained by the application of the knowledge as well as the knowledge gained by the experience. This algebraic effect increases wisdom much more rapidly than knowledge alone.
But the mere presence of Wisdom is not enough. The second part of Fuller’s Equation is energy. I see this as the energy to take action and apply this wisdom to Life. Having a lot of information in your head is a fine thing. APPLYing that information in a positive manner is even better. And Creating a world we want to Live & Thrive in is one of the manifestations of Abundance. Does this mean that if you don’t live in a big house with a fine car and a huge bank account you aren’t smart enough or don’t work hard enough? NO.
True Abundance is a state of Being, a manifestation of Unconditional Love. As Laurence Boldt puts it, a “psychology of Plenty, in a state of constant Thanksgiving.” Abundance can be a big part of your Personal Mythology, driving so many of your beliefs, shaping your perceptions of your world, and influencing the actions you take. Seeing yourself surrounded by an Abundant world creates a very different set of actions than a mindset of lack and poverty. This is not to deny there are those who don’t have a roof over their head or enough food in their belly. Those situations are too often the result of a psychology of lack and greed exercised by those in power who won’t share, and continue to want more and more. Which makes it all the more important that we see the world for the Abundant place it is, and be willing to help those who don’t have access to that Plenty. Whether it is through the dollar bill or the ballot box is not the point, the point is to share with those who need it. And that Generosity is best done from a sense of Abundance.
We don’t create our world in a vacuum, either. Everything we do sends out ripples of energy or effect or whatever you want to call it. And if enough of us are selfish or afraid, then more of that energy is put out into the world. I believe that it is vitally important that we concentrate on putting more Love & Generosity into the world. This is true for us as individuals and as a society. I know we can always do better at nearly everything. But to ignore Positive situations is to generate more negativity. It’s been said that “Energy flows where attention goes.” So what we pay attention to, we get more of. We see what we want to see. So if we believe the world is going to hell in a hand basket, we’ll see every shitty thing that happens. If we see the world for a place of Peace, Grace, & Love, then you’ll see manifestations of that wherever you look. Most of us fall somewhere between the two. Let’s just not ignore one aspect or the other, especially when it comes to looking after each other.
What it comes down to is acknowledging each other, trying to understand each other. Not having to always agree, but talking to each other instead of talking past each other. This way we can gain more knowledge about each other, have more experiences with each other, gaining more Wisdom, and thus creating a more Abundant world.
REMEMBER – I AM acknowledging more of the people I meet, so I can understand them better.
And So It Is!!!
~ Inspired by the Season of Nonviolence, and Buckminster Fuller’s Book, Critical Mass
Peace, Grace, & Love,