Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
And I'll try not to sing out of key
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends -John Lennon and Paul McCartney
I'm focusing on being clear on my intentions today. So I shall be taking my magic markers and butcher paper and charting mind maps and creating havoc.
You may wonder how in the heck I am surviving without visible means of income. Short answer: Oh I get by with a little help from my friends.
Somehow over time, and quite organically, a small circle of artistic friends (my family helps too) emerged. When one of us is strapped for cash, another has just sold a painting. We share.
I keep feeling this clarity of an art colony that keeps appearing like a mirage in the desert of my soul and it's not going to be be based on your typical transactional economy. It's a leap beyond even the most conscious of capitalists.
We see all types of law of attraction courses and gurus talk of attracting money. For me and I'm finding a few others, that system is obsolete. I'm creating something altogether different.
I tend to ask questions like, "If I was dropped (and hopefully not on my head) on a virgin planet with some friends, what would we create?" We are not beholden to laws and scriptures and traditional systems and the ruts of "this is the way things have always been done." A fresh slate. What then? What would we create?
I walk into a cafe yesterday in San Francisco after scouting for a room to rent. Absolutely no one peers up from their laptop. That type of silence doesn't hum like that palpable diamond Silence hush that animates life.
(Hu)Man as an island onto himself holds no appeal for me. So, when I think of Abundance, the qualities of unity, exuberance, friendship, mutual inspiration and community appear, rather than what my bank statement shows or what type of car is parked in front of my mansion.
"A live concert is exciting to me because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage." - Elvis Presley
These are just a few snippets from a few tales that have
kindled my thoughts along these lines. They all underscore collaboration
with other kindred souls
working playing in concert.
"With an average life expectancy of 78 years for men and 86 years for women, Okinawans are among the world's longest lived people. More important, elders living in this lush subtropical archipelago tend to enjoy years free from disabilities. Okinawans have a fifth the heart disease, a fourth the breast cancer, and a third less dementia than Americans, says Craig Wilcox of the Okinawa Centenarian Study.
What's key to their success? "Ikagai certainly helps," Wilcox offers. The word translates roughly to "that which makes one's life worth living." Older Okinawans, he says, possess a strong sense of purpose that may act as a buffer against stress and diseases such as hypertension. Many also belong to a Okinawan-style moai, a mutual support network that provides financial, emotional, and social help throughout life." - "Secrets of Long Life," National Geographic, November 2005 (via my post, "For Every Lynch Mob, There Are a Hundred Moais")
Envisioning a stone soup economy...
There are many variations on the story of stone soup, but they all involve a traveler coming into a town. The inhabitants try to discourage the traveler from staying, fearing he wants them to give him food. They tell him in no uncertain terms that there's no food anywhere to be found. The traveler explains that he doesn't need any food and that, in fact, he was planning to make a soup to share with all of them. The villagers watch suspiciously as he builds a fire and fills a cauldron with water.
With great ceremony, he pulls a stone from a bag, dropping the stone into the pot of water. He sniffs the brew extravagantly and exclaims how delicious stone soup is. As the villagers begin to show interest, he mentions how good the soup would be with just a little cabbage in it. A villager brings out a cabbage to share. This episode repeats itself until the soup has cabbage, carrots, onions, and beets-indeed, a substantial soup that feeds everyone in the village.
This story addresses the human tendency to hoard in times of deprivation. When resources are scarce, we pull back and put all of our energy into self-preservation. We isolate ourselves and shut out others. As the story of stone soup reveals, in doing so, we often deprive ourselves and everyone else of a feast.
This metaphor plays out beyond the realm of food. We hoard ideas, love, and energy, thinking we will be richer if we keep to them to ourselves, when in truth we make the world, and ourselves, poorer whenever we greedily stockpile our reserves. The traveler was able to see that the villagers were holding back, and he had the genius to draw them out and inspire them to give, thus creating a spread that none of them could have created alone.
Are you like one of the villagers, holding back? If you come forward and share your gifts, you will inspire others to do the same. The reward is a banquet that can nourish many. - by David Chamberlain, "The Wisdom Of Sharing Stone Soup", Exquisite Safaris
"As the planting progressed during the spring, the overall energy of the garden changed dramatically. Every time a vegetable was added, I could feel a shift in the energy. The cumulative effect was an energy that felt strong and extraordinarily vital.
In early June, in my capacity as "creator of the garden," I led a ceremony at Perelandra. I declared all of Perelandra a sanctuary for devas and nature spirits, a sanctuary where they could function in partnership with me in peace and together we would work toward full balance - whatever this meant. With that, I invited any devas or nature spirits who wished to join us. As soon as I finished my declaration, many different wildflowers popped up in the woods, and empty flower pots that I had prepared for outdoor annuals were now filled with annuals.
Very soon after this, the intensity of my education was stepped up. I was told by the Overlighting Deva of the Garden that it was important for me, if I wished to continue in my position as an equal partner, I needed to understand what was happening around me and the role I, as a human, played in it.
So I continued.
MANIFESTATION: the act, process or an instance of manifesting; to make evident.
MANIFEST: readily perceived by the senses and especially by sight.
I experienced three different dynamics of manifestation.
The first one is a common experience among us all. I need something. I state my need. Lo and behold, a big truck rumbles down the road and just as it passes the property, the very thing I need falls out of the truck. Or somebody walks up to me and says, "I think you should have this," and hands me the needed item. Or, we need a new car and only have $100 to spend. We open the Sunday paper to the "For Sale" section, and there is the perfect car and someone needs to get rid of it quickly - for $100.
I needed hay for mulch. The drought had eliminated everyone's first cutting of hay for the season, and the farmers were holding onto every available bale for the next winter. I was told to state precisely what I needed and to picture it exactly. The devas spent time with me on the concept of clear statement and clear imagery. I was told that although this area of manifestation was the one most readily available to us, we generally botch the process by our lack of clarity. We are beginning to catch on to the idea that we have the power to draw our needs to us. But we have not bothered to discipline ourselves enough to use this insight as a consistent tool - our biggest breakdown being clarity. There is a vast difference between stating, "I need some hay" and "I need one ton of grade B mulch hay."
I didn't know the precise tonnage I would need in order to get through the growing season, so I used other means to achieve clarity. First of all, I was told that when considering manifestation, I was always to contact the deva directly involved with the item requested. In this case, it was the Deva of Hay. (Yes, Martha. There is a Deva of Hay.) I got the insight that I would need hay for two growing seasons - since the drought would cause a hay shortage for the next year as well. Using this information, I asked for enough hay to keep the Perelandra vegetable garden spread six inches deep for two full years.
With that stated, I was told to release myself from the process - meaning I was not to be anxious or worry about whether my request had taken effect. I was to continue my usual daily routine assuming that this particular need would be met. I was to relax and, especially, I was not to use logic to learn where the hay would come from, for that would only place limitations on the manifestation process.
Within a couple of days, a neighbor called and gave us the name and telephone number of a local farmer who had a huge pile of damaged hay that he wanted to get rid of.
The hay lasted us exactly two years.
Clarity of thought, word and visualization were the key points emphasized while I explored this first stage of manifestation..."
Bonus: Although definitely not my vision, but a real-world example nonetheless, the Mondragon Cooperative system of Spain makes for an interesting case study: 8th largest Spanish economy, complete with their own schools, medical facilities and credit union.