The Four Forces Framework
The Four Forces Framework works with the simple yet profound idea that our individual, cultural and collective worldviews are created by our experience, understanding and pursuit of four core desires.
These four desires are not only at the foundation of human motivation, they are also what life wants for us. They are forces moving us towards greater awareness, creativity, meaning and evolution – whether we know it or not.
By deepening our experience, expanding our capacity and aligning with all four forces at the same time, we align with life itself and become conscious creative agents of the future.
The Four Forces:
At its most human, Connection is the desire to love and be loved. It is our longing to belong and to be part of something greater than ourselves. As our perception of connection grows, our version of tribe shifts from those like us to all of life. Ultimately, connection is consciousness itself and our ability to perceive and sense what is already there. Love, Oneness and Enlightenment are byproducts of ever expanding capacities for connection.
When connection is overemphasized at the detriment of the other forces we get: Codependence, Spiritual Bypass, Conformity, Cults
As much as we want to belong, we want to be separate and unique. We all want to be seen, heard, and recognized as special. We want freedom, and free will to choose what we want. At its core, it is the desire to be known and to know ourselves. It compels us to create our world around us as a reflection through our personal style, homes, art, communications and even the groups we identify as the “same” or different than us. Through “the other” we get to experience our individuality, our sense of self… our identity. As we more deeply align with this force our identity becomes fractal – with the ability to experience ourselves at multiple levels, including experiencing ourselves as a unique perspective of the universe/consciousness wanting to know itself and to experience everything.
When expression is overemphasized at the detriment of the other forces we get: Narcism, Warlords, Shock Media, and Psychopaths
“What is the meaning of life?” has been asked ever since humans became aware and “What is my purpose?” is a popular question of modern life. Purpose helps us to make sense of the world through story and creating meaning. It helps us feel a sense of order and control. It is the desire to contribute, to feel significant and valuable. It is the beliefs, rules, roles and definitions we take on in order to navigate the world and make sense of it all. As our relationship with purpose deepens, it becomes synergy and the understanding of how our individual choices contribute to the collective. It is the dance with form, and the understanding that life is constantly evolving towards ever increasing orders of complexity, synergy, and awareness. As full participants in evolution, we get to choose what forms and meaning we are creating and in doing so, we contribute to the collective.
When Purpose is overemphasized at the detriment of the other forces we get: Dogma, Bureaucracy, Stagnation, Evangelists
Growth is the basic human desire that we want tomorrow to be better than today and to have mastery over our world. We want to feel progress and improvement. Our modern life is filled with metrics to track growth – economic, productivity, profits, and success. At its most material definition it is accumulation and “more.” Often confused with security, growth is pursued as a form of safety against chaos and the unexpected. As you deepen your perception of growth, it is the force of emergence. It is the coming into being of that which was not there before. A growing plant is physically creating more of itself. Growth stirs in us the movement towards the new and towards our nature as creators. It is learning, experimenting and consciously stepping into the unknown to bring into the world new ideas and forms. It is the desire of life to generate variety, and to learn and evolve.
When growth is overemphasized at the detriment of the other forces we get: Cancer, Greed, and Exploitation.