Sometimes it seems almost random which way the money flows. Here are some examples…
Counsellor and patient
Landlord and tenant
Performer and audience
The one on the right pays money to the one on the left for their services, by our current accepted norm. But I notice the the services rendered go the other way too. So if things were defined differently, the money could go the other way. Or there could be simply no flow of money at all. Just an exchange of services.
The counsellor is curious about the patient, and learns much from studying a live specimen. Many psychologists/psychiatrists write books and papers about their studies of their patients. They NEED patients to study.
A tenant looks after a house. If the house was empty, the landlord would need to pay a cleaner, gardener, security guard, decorator, and pay for heating to stop the house being damp. Landlords NEED tenants to look after their property. Sometimes property owners do pay people to house-sit, which recognises that the service goes the other way too.
The performer has no show if there is no audience. Even a too small audience diminishes the performance. There is something about the energy of the audience that spurs on the performer to a greater delivery. The performer NEEDS the audience as much as the audience needs the performer.
Which leads onto the Olympics, billed as the greatest show on Earth. The world will be watching. The world will be the audience. Some will watch the athletes. But there will be many watching to see what awful disaster unfolds. It almost seems like a natural law of the universe, that if there is a great audience, then something, someone must step in to fill the expectant void on the stage, to satisfy the combined wishes of the audience.
I sometimes find myself thinking that I will watch the Olympics with interest. Not actually watch it, just mentally be aware of it. Then I realise that by doing that, I am taking my seat in the world audience, waiting expectantly for the performance. And by doing so, I am contributing to the energy which will fuel the performance. This would be fine at a music concert, for example, but not so fine when we are expecting to watch disaster screened live to the world. It is starting to get like a Ben Elton novel come true.
It is hard to resist the pull to the Olympics, whether you want to or not. It has been seeded in the global mind big time. It’s in the atmosphere. But I will do my best to leave a vacant seat, and put my mind elsewhere, away from disaster. Maybe meditate on a positive outcome. They can’t do a big show to a small audience. It just won’t have the same power.