Self Sufficiency

In our western culture, we pride our independence and self-sufficiency. While aspects of that have eroded with economic stratification, it is still a strong cultural meme. While India today is being strongly influenced by western culture, it has traditionally been more heart-based. You can see this expressed in things like Bollywood movies – a grand spectacle of romance, drama, music and dance. Life as a grand celebration. Compare that to Iron Man or James Bond. To shift deeper into being, there has to be a profound recognition we are not the doers. Our me-self is not “in control.” For some … Continue Reading…

Making a Living through Precession (Bucky Fuller)

In 1927, R. Buckminster Fuller committed himself and his family to working as he saw nature working. He documents this process, and the spiritual experience he had that  started it, in his book Critical Path (1981), along with ideas like global power sharing, the origins of man, and much more. “How do you obtain the money to live with and to acquire the materials and tools  with which to work? The answer was “precession.”” “Precession is the effect of bodies in motion on other bodies in motion.” It operates at 90 degrees (right angle) from the force. For example, the … Continue Reading…

Entitlement

There is a kind of disease that permeates western culture. With our up until recent  stretch of prosperity, the disease became almost unchecked. That disease is entitlement. A sense of deserving, simply because of who you are. We see this in the unsustainable debt levels many people have taken on. In the expectation of ever greater profit at any expense. Marketing is full of this message. You deserve to have anything we want to sell you. We’re actually ruining the environment we need to support ourselves in this rush into meaningless consumption of products that themselves ruin our health. It … Continue Reading…

Sufficiency

“The biggest, most unquestioned answer of our culture is our relationship with money. It is there that we keep alive–at a high cost–the flame and mythology of scarcity.” — Lynne Twist, author of the unexpected “Soul of Money” Lynne has been a long time fund raiser for charities like the Hunger Project and has worked with the very, very poor and the very, very rich. Most suffer from the same illusions of scarcity. In her book she outlines the 3 toxic myths of scarcity: 1) Theres not Enough 2) More is Better 3) Thats Just the Way it Is She … Continue Reading…