Money is Love – #mONEysLOVE

Money is energy. If we continue to pour our anger, hate and fear into money it will continue to hold us hostage. In today’s world we need both Money AND Love. Pouring your Love, Creativity and Positive Energy into Money will heal the divide and unite the 1% AND 99% into ONE ….. and our systemic oppression will lift.

Hate attracts Hate. Love attracts Love.

Money is Love – #mONEysLOVE

Barbara Wilder wrote a thought-provoking book entitled MONEY IS LOVE; Reconnecting to the Sacred Origins of Money.

On her website she describes her book as follows:

War, poverty, hunger and crime are caused by the fear that surrounds money and its scarcity. Money is energy, and energy is limitless. Only our fear and our limited way of thinking make money seem scarce. You can reconnect with the sacred origins of money, and direct the flow of money through your life and the world on a current of love, joy, goodwill and abundance. Money is energy, and according to quantum physics the universe is made up of energy, which becomes matter only when information is focused on it. Wood is wood and not iron because of the information that forms the two different kinds of matter.

Too many of us labor under the belief that money is “a necessary evil,” which is, more often than not, difficult to obtain. By changing our feelings about money from fear, anger, greed and scarcity, to love, joy, abundance and goodwill, we can change the way money moves through our lives and the lives of others all over the world.

Money Is Love teaches that as we begin to remove the negative thoughts and feelings that surround money and redefine money as love, we bring the power of love into all of our monetary transactions. This in turn opens our hearts to allow money to flow abundantly into our lives, creating a place of peace and joy. From this place of harmony we can then send money back out into the world on a flow of love and gratitude.

Money healed can begin to heal all that it touches. And because money flows like blood through the planet, diseased it causes disease, but infused with love it creates healthy new life.

Transform your thoughts about Money, and Transform Life.

1 to the Power of 7 Billion = 1

There’s power in ONE.

We’re ALL on the same team.

Aim for the Centre: It Represents a Multi-Dimensional and Balanced Approach

Drawing from my journal

 

 

A Proud Centrist in Life

If you understand that opposing values live on a continuum, you recognize that a creative tension exists between them. There is no separation. Embracing this concept will move us away from the divisive and dualistic thinking that pervades our society towards a unified and holistic approach.

 

 

"yin and yang" is used to describe how polar or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn. Opposites thus only exist in relation to each other.~Wikipedia

 

 

It’s not Good VERSUS Evil, Good AND Evil will always exist in order to keep society in balance. You couldn’t feel Joy without knowing Pain.

(As a side note: This is why “evil” people deserve LOVE too :) Loving unconditionally doesn’t imply approving of someone’s behaviour.)

 

 

 

Our societal and individual challenge is to strike a balance between all these opposites:

Community       |——————–AND——————–| The Individual

Collaboration    |——————–AND——————–| Competition

Feeling              |——————–AND——————–| Thinking

Art                     |——————–AND——————–| Science

Public                |——————–AND——————–| Private

Decentralized   |——————–AND——————–| Centralized

Qualitative       |——————–AND——————–| Quantitative

Feminine          |——————–AND——————–| Masculine

Trust                 |——————–AND——————–| Accountability

Giving               |——————–AND——————–| Receiving

Transparency  |——————–AND——————–| Privacy

Generous          |——————–AND——————–| Greedy

The list goes on and on.

It’s not about VERSUS anymore. It’s about AND.

As individuals we embody ALL values and traits. We are everything. Our potential as human beings is only limited by our minds. Where we find our own balance, our own centre, on each continuum is what makes us as individuals so complex, multi-dimensional and unique. As for society, it is a reflection of the individuals within it. As individuals find their own balance, so too will our society. Herein lies its brilliance.

Scales of Justice

 

A recent Calgary Herald poll asked:

“Which of the following does your happiness depend the most on?”

The majority of respondents answered:

“A feeling of balance in my life.”

 

The world is craving balance. The centre is the sweet spot, because the centre is balanced and multi-dimensional. Aiming for the centre is the path to restoring balance in our systems.

 

Our Instant Gratification Generation

One of the root causes of poverty is our education system’s inability to accommodate the differing learning styles and needs of our instant gratification generation. Rote teaching methods do not inspire, capture the imagination or hold the attention of students today and high school drop out rates are a concern.

To link this to poverty, if youth aren’t dropping out into jobs they are quite likely dropping out onto the streets. In my experience working directly with youth experiencing homelessness either as a youth worker in a teen homeless shelter or as a social entrepreneur with my latest social venture SEA Change Nation, I’ve identified three general categories of street youth.

They come from either (a) families living in poverty and/or chronic homelessness, (b) abusive homes or (c) good homes, but their parents no longer know how to deal with them. What many of these youth have in common is that they have gotten labelled as youth with the harmful and misguided behavourial or developmental disorders such as ODD or ADHD and the doors to the public school system eventually close to them.

I’m not saying ODD and ADHD etc. aren’t real, but they aren’t “disorders”. They are challenges associated with an active mind that when understood could be transformed into gifts that will benefit our society.

Most youth I know who aren’t in school don’t initially complain too much because living on the streets allows for the flexibility, independence and freedom universally desired by teens. In addition, our current mainstream path to wealth and self-reliance – go to school, get a job, and claw your way up the corporate ladder – does not appeal to our instant gratification generation.

The issue is in order to survive, youth become entrenched in street culture realities such as joining a gang, theft, panhandling, selling drugs or prostitution.

“When asked, none of the youth interviewed (during the Calgary Youth, Health and the Street Report) wanted to stay on the street and 90% had goals of gaining better employment, having a family or finding housing. – Calgary Youth, Health and the Street Report (Worthington et. al, 2008)

By the time the youth experiencing homelessness realizes that the illegal alternative to the mainstream one isn’t a path to wealth and freedom for most, the doors to the mainstream are closed to them because of addictions (mainly started by self-medicating their active minds aka “disorders” with marijuana), criminal records (eg: theft under $5000), etc.

The cycle of poverty in our cities therefore continues because their only option is to continue to hustle on the streets to survive.

Contrary to popular belief, this generation isn’t inherently lazy and disengaged. They are just uninspired.

This generation is sensitive, creative, adventurous, risk-taking, compassionate and kind. The need to be instantly gratified exists within them because it is what our society needs to further advance.

Today’s youth aren’t wrong to want to be instantly gratified.

At the core of a desire for instant gratification is the desire to do something with your life TODAY. You don’t want to bus tables or shovel sidewalks to get to some seemingly impossible destination in the future. You want to unleash your creativity and pour your passions into making a difference NOW.

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Each generation has a main purpose. If I use my own family as an example, my grandparents immigrated to Canada from Japan. The purpose of their generation was to put their noses to the grindstone and do whatever it took to get their family out of extreme poverty. Their children were mainly left to fend for themselves and pitch in wherever they could.

My parent’s generation, the Baby Boomers, are what I like to call the work ethic/parenting generation. It never crossed their minds to follow their passions. They poured themselves into their work and their children. This became their purpose. Not only did they drill into us that gaining financial security was more important than following your dreams, but they also ensured we had a better childhood than they did by working equally as hard as their parents. I’m certain they were driven in part by a conscious or perhaps unconscious resentment towards their own parents who didn’t pay enough attention to them :)

Which brings us to my generation, Generation X. I am now two generations removed from extreme poverty. For those in my generation who have children, it is their purpose to ensure their children get to live their lives as an expression of who they are. They don’t put as much pressure on their children to get jobs just for the sake of earning money (because they don’t need the money), they instead encourage their children to discover who they are and follow their dreams. I’m certain they are driven in part by a conscious or perhaps unconscious resentment towards their own parents who didn’t allow them this opportunity :)

I’m generalizing here, but you get the gist.

First Generation Canadians, Baby Boomers and to a certain extent Generation X fulfilled the important societal role of getting our economy to where it is today. The majority of people have jobs, but the time has come to shift our focus from job creation to wealth, health, happiness and meaningful work creation. Generation X’s “enlightened” parenting style provides evidence for this fact. (Read also: Our Move from Job Creation to Wealth Creation )

Which leads me to the new generation of youth currently in school. Generation Y (also known as the Millennial Generation) or as I like to call them our instantaneous gratification generation’s purpose is to live their lives as an expression of their passions and strengths.

We aren’t supposed to try and change the youth of today to make them more like the generations that preceded them, we are supposed to accept them for who they are and design classrooms and business models that leverage their unique gifts and active minds.

It is EVERY generation’s purpose and responsibility today to evolve our systems so they unleash the hidden and unique passions, gifts and strengths of our instant gratification generation.

But don’t take my word for it, check out this great animate. It was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.

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Seemingly ordinary. Except they’re not. They carry inside them the genetic code that will take their species to the next evolutionary rung. It’s destiny. ~Heroes (TV Series), Season 1, Episode 1

(I’ve been waiting a long time to use this Heroes quote in a blog :)

Capitalism Evolves as Our Values Evolve – Herein Lies its Brilliance

A new set of behaviors is forcing a rethink of old, ossified ideas about cold-blooded capitalism. We are seeing the emergence of a structure best described as The Impact Economy. This is not some bubble-driven phenomenon, but a recalibration of supply and demand based on a more accurate system of measures that internalizes externalities and prioritizes impact. It imagines a new equilibrium predicated on a social contract influenced as much by Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments rather than only The Wealth of Nations. It conceives of a values-led, mission-driven marketplace wherein true gains are those outcomes that achieve market-rate financial returns without entirely trading off on social good. ~Jonathan Greenblatt 

Milton Friedman’s take on the free market:

I am a firm believer in the free market. I mean seriously, how can you watch the video above and not be in awe of its power to connect people.  But today the free market, especially in light of the financial collapse that occurred in 2008, gets a bad rap.

What I would like to say to those people who bash the free market is … as people evolve, so too will our economic system. Systems are in essence mirrors for our society. When you look into them deeply what you see staring back at you is a reflection of our current societal values. People are the common denominator in all of our systems. We are all connected.

Therefore, our economic system evolves as people’s values evolve.

Herein lies its brilliance.

Our amazing economic growth was fuelled by an individualistic, selfish pursuit of wealth as well as a consumption mentality. We sacrificed our communities in order to create jobs faster. But now, in developed countries, the majority of us have jobs so you can see a tip towards balancing the individual with community already taking place. The responsible business, community economic development and social entrepreneurship efforts happening around the world are nothing short of amazing.

Yes, for those companies ingrained in their original profit-maximization driven pursuits they are finding it difficult to right the ship midstream, but they are trying. (Perhaps wasting a bit too much money on marketing campaigns to let us know how hard they are trying, but at least they are trying) The market is demanding it. This is the power we hold as consumers.

Where we really see momentum being created for this balancing is with the true engine of the free market; the entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs within the mainstream economic system and within the charitable/social sector are affecting change from the inside out using a Blended Value approach commonly referred to as the triple-bottom-line. This approach is the future of business because it doesn’t just create jobs, it has the power to create wealth, health, happiness and meaningful work for ALL people.

I understand that change is a painful process, but it is a necessary one. The free market may be relatively fast at job creation, but it is decidedly slower at listening and adapting to the demands of the market (society). This is the source of the pain within the process. But pain and struggle are the necessary stimulants for growth, not only within the context of the economy, but also within the context of being human.

The more experience I gain, the more I come to understand that everyone is doing the best that they can. The free market may have made society look a mess on the surface, but deep down we are doing OK and we are on the right track.

The pain and struggle we endure while working to succeed within the free market isn’t caused by the free market itself, it is a function of the point in history we were born into (our family’s and the world’s). It is a function of being human.

Yes, we sacrificed our communities to create jobs faster. The pendulum swung far towards the individual and the majority of us now have financial security. Our next step now is to recognize that as consumers, employees, investors, parents, entrepreneurs, volunteers, politicians, board members etc. the time has come to take the risks associated with making bold choices to restore balance in our systems so we ALL can have financial, mental, emotional and spiritual security.

As people we value both money AND community and its time for our systems to reflect this. If we are in fact the 99%, we can evolve our systems by uniting, identifying our individual passions and strengths and channelling them into developing and executing a pragmatic plan that moves us towards our shared vision of prosperity for ALL.

As people master the art of balancing individual needs with a responsibility for community ALL of our systems will evolve.

When our Trust in People = our Trust in Money the change in our systems will be palpable.

Learn more about how to accelerate positive change here:

Emergence: http://margaretwheatley.com/articles/emergence.html

Collective Impact: http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/collective_impact/

Our Move from Consumption to Community: https://tammymaloney.com/2011/06/10/our-move-from-consumption-to-community/