Money is only a symbol of the amount of creative energy we choose to invest into any given experience and endeavor. The more value and worth we place on the endeavor, the more of our energy we will choose to invest. We only use money as symbol of our energetic commitment when we decide not to directly create the experience for ourselves. For example, I can choose to direct my creative energy to grow the ingredients for a meal by myself, and then use my creativity to cook it for myself, or I can use money as the symbol of my creative energy and have a chef at a restaurant use their creativity to gather the ingredients and prepare my meal for me. If I find eating out at this restaurant a worthy experience, I’ll gladly invest my creative energy and value into it, and thus co-create with the restaurant, but if not, I can choose a myriad of other ways to invest my energy; from growing my ingredients, shopping for them at a market, to hiring a personal chef, or preparing the meal for myself; it’s all my choice.
We’ve misunderstood money, and thus become slaves to it and for it. We’ve placed employers, banks, and governments as middlemen that dictate our creativity’s value and worth, where we are accountable to them, but they are not accountable to us. Their lack of accountability is the result of our lack of awareness about our own value and worth, which prompts us to be over responsible with our creativity — but this drains us of our energy, and makes it something scarce. We think we must invest our creative energy into an employer in exchange for the symbol of money, but oftentimes when we do this, we’re investing our creativity in a very limited fashion, because they’re directing our creativity, and we are not. Another person or group telling us how to use and direct our creativity, and telling us what it is worth, is the very essence of slavery. We may be expensive slaves or cheap slaves, but in such a system we’re still just slaves.
In order to leave slavery behind, we must discover our value and worth, for then we will be better able to keep those we co-create with accountable for their energetic responsibility. We must also learn how to direct our creativity for ourselves, without a master telling us what and how to create. This allows us to harmoniously co-create with others, which means allowing ourselves to be adequately compensated for our creativity, and adequately compensating others for theirs.
A balanced co-creative endeavor occurs when both sides take full responsibility for their creative obligations, and stay accountable to each other as a means of maintaining that balance. ~Nathan & Aline