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Creating and Living in an Abundant World

The experiences of the Really Really Free Marketsgift 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.

Moving Energy

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! 😉

 

The Main Issue: Domination and Authority

We live in a world created for us by our culture.  Here, world doesn’t refer to the planet. It refers to how we see things.

Our culture’s primary doctrine is the domination system.

In a domination system, we tell others ‘below us’ what to do. Parents command children. Bosses command employees. Generals command soldiers. Lawmakers command the populace. The domination system is built on one central idea:

  “1) There is a right way to do things and 2) someone knows what that is.” (Marshall Rosenberg)

If we accept this idea, then the only question left is whose domination we will accept.

Who knows what is best for us? Our priest? Our president? Our king? Our father?

Most of the time, when we move towards so-called ‘freedom’, we simply substitute one ruler in our lives for another. Even when we try to live ‘our inner truth’, we find what we seem to want from moment to moment is contradictory, confusing, and the results of looking for it frightening.

The idea of “the right way” is so deeply ingrained in us in so many ways, dropping it is a monumental task.

The patriarchal system of the past 5000 years or so has also, in its determination of what is right, fundamentally denied all persons (but especially women) their power.

My work is dedicated to the opening and rediscovery of our inner power individually so that we can reclaim our power and build a better world together.

Several forms of healing, consciousness and awareness expansion can be used for this.

And perhaps the fastest way to do this is through meditations, such as those found in the Vigyan Bhairav tantra.

Once we have dropped the bonds holding us back in our power, we can begin exercising our energetic flexibility and power in getting what we want (meeting our core needs) in this world.

This will enable us all to work from a level of openness and completion that was previously known only to very few.

Money (Energy) Must Flow Freely, Pt I

I was led to take quite a long walk recently and all sorts of information was present.

One of the strongest messages I received was one that I have intuitively felt since I was 19 and began to consider the damaging ways society operates.

That was “sex and money must flow freely”. So let’s talk about money first.

You see, we were born many generations ago into a free world. Where each creature could relate to its environment in a way it saw fit.

Including us.

There was an abundance of resources for life. There was no such thing as money. There might have been limited trade, but mostly we “gifted” each other.

We were in nature. ‘At its mercy’ you could say, but most of the time nature was very loving to us. We grew and developed for a very long time within it quite well.

Then we started to come up with our own rules. About the way things ‘should be’. Separate from nature.

Two major decisions we made: We decided how sex should be.

We also decided that we didn’t like the free way of being provided for by nature. We decided that we needed to organize it better, so we created money, the concept of property, and division.

These are all basically egoic steps that separate us from one another.

What is energy?

Energy is the power to ‘get things done’ and when it is flowing, constantly flowing to where it needs to be, everything is on its course.

It used to be, we all had our gifts and talents and abilities. We shared them freely with anyone who needed them. This ‘natural giving’ brought us endless joy and satisfaction.

Now, our gifts are regulated by money. Except for a very small accepted circle, we are ‘not allowed’ to give our gifts without money being exchanged. Millions of people sit on couches watching TV all day every day because of this.

And why?

Because everything to live, food, clothing, shelter, is now coupled to this strange substance that is foreign to nature.

Money.

Without it, we are threatened with death, though all of these things are superabundant on the planet. Nature doesn’t threaten to kill us without money.

Society does.

And society, like the matrix, is completely made up.

So the result is that a very small subset of our energetic gifts flow at any given time. And the energetic constipation that has resulted, caused by the most dominant strain of the most dominant species on the planet taking over, has created untold misery and suffering.

Money has come to represent safety and security, love, freedom, creativity, abundance…there seems to be no other way to these things except through money.

But this is all just a concept.

And, as long as money means those things, those with the most fear about these things will strive the hardest to control the core systems of money! You don’t see artists or musicians creating central banks or trying to regulate interest rates or studying economics.

They see and understand creativity, flow of energy, expression.

And as such, they are barely tolerated by our dominant systems.

So we arrive at the juxtapositional situation of people who believe in scarcity, fear, and control running the systems for everyone.

This hardens the us/them mentality. “Our” country. The other ‘foreign’ country. The ‘terrorists’. Those who want to attack our ‘freedoms’ (i.e., take our hegemonic power away). The circle gets smaller and smaller until some humans freeze in gutters and live under bridges and the ‘rich’ see no more connection to their suffering brethren than to sewer rats. A name we curiously gave them.

Depersonalization.

Objectification.

But there is abundance!

And how many great ideas and great projects could be started to equalize this situation but for lack of money? Because of the enormous (artificial) cost of land? Which cost nothing to create. Which no one can ‘own’ in reality. Because of a ‘lack’ of space, which is virtually infinite?

Hell isn’t out there, folks. Hell is right here. And we created it. From heavenly paradise.

And its watchword is “money”.

So, how do we fix it?

Only adults could ask such a silly question. For children, it is obvious. None of them could watch someone freeze or starve, have the resources to help, and ignore the need.

The energies which have been frozen and concentrated must be thawed and released.

Our gifts must start entering free circulation once again. We must discreate the illusion that people ‘own’ things which they can control and have the rights to which supersede even the lives of others.

It requires enormous energy to prevent energy from flowing. How hard is it as a rich man to keep all your money? You must be constantly vigilant against all those who would take it from you.

How hard is it to keep the plantation or factory slaves down? It takes many men with guns. Great energy.

Is that pleasurable for the owners? To a certain part of the ego that feels it ‘has’ something, mildly perhaps. But all the joy of natural giving is completely lost. And the pain that generates through taking with force is absorbed into the ego. The oppressor numbs and doesn’t feel anything at all.

The valuable thing about you isn’t your money. That which can meet your needs isn’t the money itself, but the conceptual ideas that we have around what it can buy.

In reality, it is people who can meet your needs most effectively.

People freely giving to you that which you need. Out of the joy of giving.

We must abandon the idea that these things can be bought. Safety, peace, food, love, etc. Yes, you can buy cheap versions of some of them with money. But don’t you want the real thing? Given freely and lovingly?

Then stop using money to mediate the exchange.

 

True Community: Lessons Gained from Lafayette Morehouse Visit

Some friends and I visited Lafayette Morehouse for an introduction to their community practices.

They say about themselves: ”

“Lafayette Morehouse has been a successful group living experiment for over 40 years. …

“Vic Baranco conceived the Morehouse lifestyle as one in which people could live together pleasurably without doing anything they didn’t want to do while serving the world unselfishly and profiting by it. ” From here

They say their cornerstone is perfection. Really, it’s about nonjudgemental acceptance of pleasure. In other words: sex and intimacy is a basic human need and they work to find ways to fulfill this need in positive ways.

Sex has been such a difficult subject in my life (only me?). Society puts is as an ever-dangling carrot hanging from a stick right in front of your face.

If you just do A,B,C, and D, you will get great sex, they said. Maybe this has worked out for a few people.

My feeling and my experience however, is that most people feel lacking in the touch/love/sex department most of the time.

You can bet no lone gunman has ever taken an AK-47 and killed a dozen people who has been adequately sexed up.

But I digress.

I’ll write more about the visit as the week progresses but I wanted to comment on some final thoughts I had about it this week.

What if there were a group that was committed to meeting the 9 fundamental human needs as powerfully as possible for every member?

Sure, Morehouse seems to do better in sexuality (though I didn’t get any details). But their food system didn’t seem like they really met people’s needs. Everyone kind of just fends for themselves. So far, that works lousily for me.

And didn’t hear too much about creativity, autonomy, or meaning needs being met…

Thinking…