The “Economy” is an eco-system composed of mutual interdependencies. It features worlds within worlds and therefore resists singular statements. For example, you can declare that “the economy is bad,” but at the same time, there are always people who make money during recessions and even depressions. The “Economy” is not just something “out there,” or something directed by big corporations or federal regulators. It is also a most accurate reflection of who and where we are as a people, and it tells us much about our own inner workings.
As I described in April, I’m sharing some ideas and practices that can help to rebalance the terrain, that can allow us to sidestep the more destructive aspects of a toxic economy: wage slavery, seeing others as objects, dependence upon the whims of markets, and being constantly caught in hope and fear.
This round: More Than Magic
More powerful than magic, more powerful than hard work even, one’s commitments ultimately determine what manifests on the physical plane. Therefore, know what you are willing to sacrifice for; that is your passion. That is where you can beat the odds, and that is where the astral cavalry, the helpers from above and beyond, can come to escort you through the deserts of having little and knowing even less. To walk through the doors of unknowing, with your principle and commitment at hand, is a new kind of power. As we look through the minefields of human history, we see time and again, how governments, businesses, and armies – our collective institutionalized projections – have sacrificed principle for expediency: not honoring treaties, not respecting the air, water, earth, and fire, going for a gratified now at the expense of peace, understanding, and reconciliation. The ruthlessness of the world economies puts us all at this juncture. Are we going to capitulate to the old ways of power and manipulation, or are we going to trust that there is ultimately enough for everyone?
In many ways, a downward economy, like an ecological crisis, is an opportunity to stop banging our collective heads into the wall, and to look for ways that work: fluid workplaces, creative collaborations, including and honoring localities, and opening to the luminous present so deeply, that living with less is not a chore, but a great relief that you no longer have to carry so much on your back. It is never “too late,” every breath signals a new creative moment, puts us on the cusp of creative possibility with all. Let us not remain rooted to a sinking ship. Rather we can navigate new waters, design new vessels, and say that we met the challenge of our time.