(video) Sacred Economics

All that we do, our actions, our planning, our dreams and our failures is somehow connect to the idea of money. The most fundamental, life-threatening problems that we as a species face today are rooted in the scarcity of money. For example, we are told that hunger cannot be eradicated because of lack of money, not of food. Or that we do not have enough money to invest in renewable energy, hence our need to get the energy we rely on by destroying the environment. At a smaller scale, money often plays an even bigger role. We often feel we cannot really live the life we want  because of money. We cannot switch to a job that is more beneficial to the world, we cannot even work less than two jobs all because we need money.

If you are like me, often stuck in the understanding that unless we radically change our economic system we will not be able to get out of this rut, and often almost paralyzed by the knowledge that our infinite growth economy is quick approaching the point where there are no longer enough resources to make it bigger and bigger still, then you also feel somehow doomed: there’s hardly any viable ideas out there, certainly not mainstream, and most of us are not economists.

This video is for all of us, to give us a hint that there are indeed other ways, and that we have the power to understand them and embrace them. As Eisenstein puts it, we are coming out of the childhood of man, we need to stop tinkering and playing with our toys, and become adults.  This video is just an introduction. The book on Sacred Economics is here.

(Video) “What About Me?”

Many people know Chögyam Trungpa, possibly the Tibetan teachers who more than others was able to translate Tibetan Buddhism into western terms. To Chogyam Trungpa’s books, blindly picked up in a bookstore as I often do when I put my trust outside of my ability to be rational, I owe my understanding that teachings necessarily hide within the folds of the society where they are transmitted, and that to look within, but to discard the opportunity to understand deeper truths because of the cultural clothes they wear is to call ourselves adventurers while refusing to sail around the world because of the color of the boat.

I believe the book I picked up in the library was either The Myth of Freedom or Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. It helped me immensely to understand the treasure trove of teachings I had received when only a child, from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and to restart my life long, stumbling path towards understanding the ultimate nature of reality, which I had abandoned for years in favor of a materialistic, and ultimately self-destructive, grab-a-thon.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is Chogyam Trungpa’s son, and the head of the Shambala Buddhist lineage founded by his father in Colorado. My good contact Brian D Hardin just posted this remarkable music video on my Facebook page which, in the classic Shambala style, sends a very western, yet universal message from the very core of the Buddhist philosophy to all of us. May it be of benefit!

What About Me

Amanda Palmer: the art of asking

Amanda Palmer

video: Amanda Palmer: the art of asking – a TEDx talk

Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.

This talk is not really about music. It’s mostly about turning our back to the prevalent rhetoric which encourages us to be fearful of each other and to entrust our safety to governments and corporations, it’s an inspiration to putting trust back in our neighbors, and further still to embrace the basic goodness of perfect strangers.

Amanda bypasses all the structures that we are told are needed not only to be successful but even to simply survive, and goes straight to the core of what that means, creating a direct relationship between the maker and the individuals who enjoy the maker’s craft.

Humanity is then revealed as an ocean of individuals hungry for a look, a hug, a glance, even.

We are separated and made weaker for profit. For profit we are turned into fearful, isolated people who need protection from each other and toil at their jobs to purchase such protection.

As Amanda shows, the hostile and dangerous world may all be a hoax, and all it takes to find out is the courage to hand a flower to a passerby.

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”  (Ghandi)

A New Story of The People

Watch the video that inspired this section

A new story of the people

How do we change the world? Change the story.
“The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation.” ~ Once the story our world is built on reflects the reality of interconnection, we will be on a true path towards sustainability.
The speaker is Charles Eisenstein (author of ‘The Ascent of Humanity’ and ‘Sacred Economics’).

For more from Charles Eisenstein, visit http://www.ascentofhumanity.com/