An utterly gorgeous display of color dancing across the sky. Inspiration served up in glory! This photographer does amazing work, by the way - check it out at http://www.facebook.com/TSOPhotography.
A smile is integral to the design of a gift economy. This is an emergent, irreverent, rule-breaking search for a new way to relate to the world, and each other. It is a playful subversion of the so-called "laws" of economics, no more evident than in the term itself, which puts "gift" first, thereby casting a new hue to the so-called gray science.
Yes! On this day of debuting the gift-economy experiment I'm playing with this month, I receive this beautiful article. So much value in it. Inspiring. Questioning. Educating. It leaves me with much to ponder. But for now I offer it for those who are interested.
Lynne McTaggart has been leading efforts to organize scientific studies on the effects of groups of people setting their intentions for peace.
I was introduced to her work through an interview with The Shift Network. If you're an auditory learner, have at it by clicking here.
Results from some of the experiments can be found at the bottom of this page: http://theintentionexperiment.com/the-experiments
I haven't read them myself but want to pass them along to those who are interested. Happy researching!
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"Gratitude...is natural to us, so primal, so elemental it is very difficult to define. Perhaps it is the feeling of having received a gift, and the desire to give in turn." - Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics
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I want to give you money. How do I know how much is fair to give you?
The ideal in gifting money is to focus on what feels "light and right." Practically, this means giving enough that it feels like a stretch but not too much that it feels like a burden. A helpful practice is to discover the amount that feels comfortable to you and stretch it a bit to give a little more. Healers with years of experience in this gift-economy model have found that those who stretch to give a bit more than comfortable experience deeper healing.
What do you need?
We live in a world where money is useful and necessary for certain transactions. So, money is super useful and I love receiving it.
So, is it free?
No, I offer these services as a gift. “Free” things we think of as lacking value. A gift is infinitely valuable. You are invited to receive the gift and assess its value to you. Notice your gratitude and let it move you to share in turn.
Why offer my services as a gift?
Oh, the can of worms has been opened. And how succulent and juicy they are!
First things first: I receive so much life in every moment. I want to give, give, give!
Experiments in Economic Accessibility: Healing, especially "alternative healing" is often quite expensive and out of reach for a lot of people. It is seldom covered by health insurance companies. I am thrilled by all sorts of economic alternatives that brave trail blazers are trying out. Gift-economy is one I'm grateful to experience for myself.
Life is a gift.
No, really. This isn't just a nice thought. It's a practical reality. The oxygen trees exhale, the water that refreshes our cells, the earth that gives nourishment, the sun that shines smiles and vitamin D and warmth--we rely on gifts to survive and thrive. Wow. I am astounded!
Healing is a gift.
It's a literal truth that our bodies heal themselves constantly, and miraculous healing takes place regularly. Commodifying such a vital, wild and apparent gift is an unfortunate by-product of a monetized world. I seek creative ways to reclaim our inherent healing capabilities and empower people to claim them for themselves. Plus, I received these tools and proclivities towards healing as a gift. I want to share!
Reclaiming Gratitude and Abundance.
It keeps me on my game. I gotta walk the talk of gratitude and generosity. I am challenged to actively trust in life's ability and desire to support me. And I'll take it. It keeps life exciting!
Be the Change
Our current economic system is non-functional, to say the least. I want to move (back) toward a sustainable gift economy. So I'm lending myself the leading experimental edge to see what works in this wily, curvy meantime of transition. Click here to watch a tingle-inducing video about this very topic.
Emily Presley, LMT
Healer. Teacher. Visionary Activist.