In 2013 I gave a TEDx talk in Austria with the title "Nothingness: Energy from Within".The topic for the conference was "Powering Up" with many great talks covering every aspect of energy production, management, ecological alternatives, solarpower plants, and the future city. As very child knows, energy comes out of the plug in the wall which is why parents discourage toddler stop put random metal pieces into those interesting little holes. Alternatively energy comes from power bars.
My talk closed the event with a different perspective about the energy potential of form and emptiness. Ways we create power from within in charging and balancing body and mind.
When I became interested and then certified in Integral Coaching® these potentials to support clients in their personal development are of special interest to me as they allow clients to develop long-term benefits and life-changing results.
The idea continues to develop and gain power.
Nothingness:Energy from Within
Form does not differ from emptiness,
Emptiness does does not differ from form.
Form itself is emptiness, emptiness itself form.
— Heart of the Perfect Wisdom Sutra
Power and Energy are always directly related to motion, force and ultimately speed. To move in space and time we need energy in a wide range of forms – internal emotional as well as external energy to sustain our lives.
For the longest time we just used the energy sources we could get our hands on: wood, coal, wale blubber, all sorts of fossil and nuclear energy, wind, sun, cow dung, to name a few. While responsible use of resources, and awareness of the impact on our environment and us is always very important and has become a critical argument in selecting and using different energy sources.
When discussing the use of energy, efficiency, reduction, new energy forms, we consistently look at the issues in an isolated environment; yet the energy from outside and the energy we have inside us are directly connected. And furthermore, energy and energy usage is always also about communication, be it smart grids, powering a telephone line, socially, sitting around a fire or internally the way we feel at a very moment – spiritual, mental, emotional as well as physical energy. Discussing “alternative energy forms” usually gets stuck because it does not take into account the whole picture.
Understanding the energetic potential between form and emptiness, between what we need and don’t need we will get to surprising insights that go beyond the question of sun versus wind.
A personal side note - At the age of four, my personal preference was a telephone plug clearly designed to be used as a toy. Official denomination "Telefon-Walzenstecker Anschlussdosenstöpsel ZB 27", clearly an empowering highlight of my early years with an added benefit that it was not life threatening in its use.