The experiences of the Really Really Free Markets, gift economies, and experiences within families and communities (such as OWS) that live a non-money based economy show that everyone’s needs are more likely to be met in these situations than in a cutthroat capitalist society of today.
The key to this is the principle that everyone and everything in the world consists of energy which is only active when it is flowing. This energy can be labor over time, stored as money, or in any object.
All the billions sitting on a bank account somewhere help neither the billionaire nor anyone else (see Jesus’ parable of the rich man who was constantly tearing down his barns for expanding his wealth storage).
Only when the energy flows, changes hands, is exchanged, does anything productive happen to it.
Think of how much energy in terms of money, property, etc that you are storing and not using now? What would happen if you released this energy into the world? Are you willing to try it? At least for a few things? Then why don’t you start a Really Really Free Market and see what happens?
Many of us have become convinced that if we do not possess any money that we do not have any value. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We all have value that cannot be expressed in money. And freely giving of our time, our talents, and our property can help us see just how much joy and fulfillment we can cause in the lives of others through that which we don’t need at the moment.
A few months ago I took everything in my apartment that I wasn’t using, packed it in boxes, and gave it away. Including my wall full of books.
I was amazed at how much value immediately began flowing back to me from this. Instead of having less, I was blessed with incredible abundance of exactly what I needed when I needed it.
For more information about this concept, see the book Sacred Economics. Or better yet, just try it!
Next up: applying this concept to relationship and love! 😉