The power of intention
An organization and an ecosystem can be compared to an
organism. It is a dynamic living whole that develops itself
and is continually in interaction with its environment.
ECOintention uses the metaphor of the wheel to describe the
power of intention in this context.
The wheel and its guardian
Every organism, every organization and every natural area
can be compared to a wheel. The wheel has a Guardian; you as
the creative force in your life, or the leader of the
organization, the manager, the director - in our language,
the Guardian. The foundation for health and vitality is a
harmonious balance between the Guardian and their wheel. In
our world today this is often disturbed.
Organizations are breaking down, hyperventilating and/or
getting stuck ECOintention restores the balance. It brings
the Guardian back into the hub of their wheel and at the
same time strengthens the vitality and self-organizing
ability of the organization. The coherence and flow, the
alignment between vision, policy and implementation, all
A well-functioning whole
In a well functioning organization the Guardian sits in
the hub of the wheel. In the hub everything comes together.
This is where you have the overview of the whole and hold
the reins. You care about the work and have a feeling for
what’s going on. Your most important job is to listen so
that your colleagues feel heard and seen. Grounded in your
inner peace you give your wheel attention and energy. Your
wheel is given direction by you being clear about your goals
and being convinced that you can achieve them. Subject
matter expertise helps you to formulate realistic goals.
A good wheel is full of vitality and largely
self-organizing. Your colleagues are in the right roles and
know what they have to do. It is a coherent whole, based on
teamwork; one plus one makes three. There is clear
communication; a quick word is enough and problems are
solved rapidly and easily. The organization is agile and
reacts adequately to developments in the world and in the
market. The future seems to be more with you than against
Forces in the wheel
IIn the wheel two forces are at work. The most well-known
one is the centrifugal force that pushes everything outwards.
This force is based on physical-chemical energy and
functions explosively. It is the masculine power (Yang) that
is connected with reason. It is the physical force that
functions in the outside world, in matter.
You connect with this force by
directing your attention outside yourself into the material
The other force is centripetal, pulling everything
towards the center. This force uses life energy and is
generative and vitalizing. It is the feminine force (Yin),
connected with your intuition. This force functions in the
inner world, in the world of your mind.
You connect with this force by
directing your attention inside, to your feelings and
The wheel will reach its goal if the Guardian is in the
hub and these two forces exist in dynamic balance.
Development is faltering
In modern society your attention is continually being
pulled outwards by the media and by events in the world. The
emphasis is on growth and expansion. In that way you are
more connected to the centrifugal action force than the
centripetal formative force.
The result is that you end up on the outside of your
wheel. You find yourself on the treadmill, where you lose
sight of the whole, where you feel like you are being lived
and where time flies. Eventually you lose your balance and
get dizzy. Misunderstandings occur and progress falters.
Instead of everything unfolding gracefully it all gets
tangled up. Burn out! Wheels are disturbed in their balance
by the increasing electro smog of mobile phones, Wi-Fi,
digital television etc..
Mind over matter
How do you bring your wheel back into balance? According
to ancient Chinese wisdom the formative force is based on
Ch’i, life energy, and is connected with our mental world,
with mind and information. Formative force comes from the
connection between life energy and information. You generate
life energy by giving something attention. Information means
directing that energy with your intention towards a specific
In the wheel, the formative force is represented by a
blue spiral that turns to the left. This is the cycle of
creation in which thoughts and ideas condense into subtle
and gross forms and connect with matter in the hub of the
wheel. The invisible thought forms then take on a visible
tangible form. A life form emerges
from the relationship between the formative force and
matter. This life form grows and develops in the external
world. This is where the expansive force dominates. In the
wheel this is represented by the red spiral turning to the
What is important to remember however is “mind over
matter” – the mind is more powerful than matter. The
formative force is stronger than the material expansive
force because the material form always emerges from the
thought. Never the other way round!!
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