As far as money goes, I am in a transition process from the Old Story of a capitalist economy, which we all live under, and a New Story for a New World that I would like to model – an economy of giving rather than getting, which for me means that I tell folks that I do not price my income but I still must pay my expenses – I indicate what the expenses are, then leave it up to the recipients of the gift of my services to give back what they are able and would help them feel okay about the transaction.
For more on this see my friend Charles Eisenstein’s book ‘Sacred Economics’ and ‘The More Beautiful World our Hearts know is Possible.’
His descriptions are clear and precisely what I have been trying to say for many years – we got together for a combined interview on video last fall at ZEGG and I can’t wait to see it!
The Circle Way is an old ‘new’ story as it is based on the ways of all people before mass agriculture and the building of urban civilization, when communities were small and connected to each other and to the land and other life on the land and there was no concept of individual ownership because all was in relationship (how can you own your mother the Earth and your cousins the plants and animals?). Civilization changed that old story and everyone alive today has been affected with that individualist thinking of ownership and competition resulting in disconnection, isolation, separation, domination, war, law, police, prisons, lies, scams and manipulation etc etc.
None of that is anyone’s fault and blame only increases the separation.
What is needed is connection, seeking together commonality in our human condition and how we can help one another to fulfill our common needs
and desires. So every way in which anyone can make connections with the hearts of others and bestow the gift of understanding and compassion is going to help move us all in the direction of that more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
So every moment we spend listening to and sharing with others advances us on the journey together and we are strengthened with the love and the joy that comes with those connections. Gratitude and celebration bring us also closer and further together.