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storing vs mortgaging energy

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I was writing in my journal this morning on the concept of storing energy – something I’d learnt from reading Robert A Johnson‘s biography – so I thought I’ll document and share it here:

She also taught me that it is important to store up energy during major life transitions. People rarely store up energy; almost everyone today has their energy mortgaged way into the future. I nurtured myself, trying not to make any major decisions and allowing my unconscious to wander wherever and however it would.

Source: Balancing heaven and earth by Robert A. Johnson, Jerry M. Ruhl | link

I guess I’ve written quite a few posts about getting as much out of life as possible before having to face inevitable suffering in life, but this is the first time I’ve seen this articulated in this manner.

As a chronically ill person I am very familiar with the concept of storing energy, because I have to store up energy for multiple days in a row in order to do what normal people can do every day. I’ve also been semi-consciously storing psychological energy up sometimes almost being Peter Pan like so I can have some emotional buffer when shit happens.

Chronically ill or not, I do think it is important to always have some buffer instead of what he says – always mortgaging our energy into the future. We only think this way about money and fail to protect one of our most important resources: our energy. And when we think about energy we associate it with physical energy, without realising the impetus to do significant things require more of psychological energy.

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Balancing heaven and earth
by Robert A. Johnson, Jerry M. Ruhl completed: 06 Sep 2022

One of this century’s most popular psychology scholars, Robert A.Johnson was among the first to present Carl Jung’s rich but complex theories with simple elegance and grace,opening them to an entirely new and hungry audience…Balancing Heaven and Earth reveals, for the first time, Johnson’s own fascinating and mystical life-from his near-death experience at the age of eleven to the lifelong soul journey that has informed his writing and taught him how to live a spiritual life in the endlessly challenging modern world.

biography of Jungian Analyst, Robert A. Johnson.

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  1. Ray says:

    Never thought of it that way, it does make sense. I’ve found myself subconsciously conserving energy a few days before major events or meetings, etc. Even if it’s just a get together with a friend I’ll take it easy the day before because lipreading is exhausting after around an hour of conversation.

    Thanks for sharing, going to read Robert’s book too.


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