There is a groundswell of change going on all around us. You can feel it and see it in almost everything that is happening.

We are feeling the friction between ego and spirit. As Bob Dylan said, “the times, they are a changin’.”

I feel this change almost viscerally, as do many others.

While some are having trouble understanding why they feel a little off – a little uncertain, a little unstable, a little afraid – I think it is a change in the energy of our planet and of our society.

Woody Allen said that change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

We are living in times of changing history; that, I am assured.

Power is changing. As opposed to what we have seen with power by single leaders that use force to enforce their decisions, we are seeing the beginnings of power of the people.

Change in power structures from top down to bottoms up.

Power is in networks, not in individuals.

This is evidenced by the “winner take all” impact in some social network sites. Several major social networks boast over a billion users. The more these networks are used, the more valuable they become to everyone.

Twitter, Facebook, Google maps, Google search and WhatsApp are among these sites.

People will discover that we all hold immense power. As opposed to the past, we will not readily give up this power in the future. The power of social networks is the power of energy exchange between individuals.

This change is the combining of female and male energy – collaboration versus competition, right brain versus left brain, listening versus speaking, and heart versus head.

Like power dynamics, there is also a groundswell to change healthcare.

Like the new show, New Amsterdam, there is a strong energy that is driving back to purpose and away from transactions.

This is critical, as doctors are burning out at dizzying rates. Quantitative metrics drive activity. Hospital systems are happy to have full hospitals and sicker patients, which lead to more money.

Recruiters for health systems advertise more time with patients as a ploy to recruit doctors. This used to be implied, as the purpose of a doctor is to spend time caring for and caring about his or her patient.

They used to know who was primarily served. That has changed. The tail is wagging the dog.

Medicine has lost its way, as have the providers who deliver it.

Too much focus on how and what and too little focus on why. Too much focus on the business of medicine and too little on its purpose.

We aim to rediscover the why.

To heal the healers so that they can heal the sick.

To find the tools and approaches to help quantify health. In automotive terms, we need to focus less on building better garages and service centers and focus more on producing better cars.

To appreciate the miracle that is each of us.

To rediscover wholeness and unity in our world, which is the root word of health.

To spread the mindset of abundance. It is to spread love. It is to spread community and family.

To rediscover the adventures of our lives.

To ascend and embrace a brighter future.


Almost heaven.


  • Clay B. Marsh

    Chief Health Officer, West Virginia University

    Clay B. Marsh, MD, is West Virginia University’s chief health officer, and serves as a member of President E. Gordon Gee’s leadership team. As WVU’s vice president for health sciences, he oversees five health sciences schools and three health campuses.