Whenever old systems cease to serve everyone chaos erupts. For many the natural proclivity is to lean on old familiar ways in order to be find a safe haven. The problem with old familiar ways is at least two-fold:
- The old way doesn’t work in the chaos and the desire to go back to the old days of perceived stability. It only sees the positive aspect for select groups of the population and disregards the rest. It doesn’t include the negative aspects because they interfere with the future vision of “normalcy” based on a mythic past.
- The old way was – in part – the foundation for the chaos happening now because it was built on faulty premises. The faulty premises became evident with exponential increases in planetary population; runaway growth, technology, and increasingly complexity. Underneath the premises of accelerated tech and capitalism is the basic inequities of the vertical hierarchy of the patriarchy.
The Point of Money
Money takes on different meanings depending on the kind of system that surrounds and permeates us. Nevertheless, money is a mediator for getting things done and acquiring stuff. The stuff can and does often include “more money”.
Money may have begun when nomads became citizens of the city state and bartering systems may have been strained. In pre-history there may have been civilizations that were far more advanced than anything we have today because people were connected beyond oral and written language so that no laws, no money existed. As a result of no laws, there was no government, no violence, no police, no courts, no prison, no victimization, no military, no hierarchy. Cooperation existed between peoples. Technology existed and was internalized within. The tech was not machinery as we now know it – it was intrinsic to a state of being.
The Nine Major Chakras, Money and the New Energy
In Part One about the 2nd chakra or Chi as a money / energy making chakra; this is something we will always have. In 1992 there was a major shift of energy in our nearest star or what we call the Sun. Two addition chakras came into being and soon became part of the traditional 7 major chakras of which many of us are familiar. While they will not be discussed here in depth, they are worth a mention:
The Seven and the Two New Chakras in bold:
- Root Chakra – Connection to Earth and Tribe; near the base of the spine
- 2nd Chakra – or Chi the center of our body’s “brain”; an inch or so below the naval
- 3rd Chakra – Birth or Manifesting Chakra; an inch of so above the naval
- 4th Chakra – Solar Plexus – place of the ego; at and below the Solar Plexus
- 5th Chakra – Heart Chakra –“brain” of the Emotion Body with a foundation in Love; at the sternum
- 6th Chakra – Will (Self and Divine Will) a few inches below the base of the throat
- 7th Chakra – Communication / Assimilation – at the base of the throat – topic of the new way of making money and new ways of being
- 8th Chakra – 3rd Eye – center of the thinking “brain” and visionary processes, at the Pineal Gland slightly above the bridge of the nose and above (centered between) the two eyebrows
- 9th Chakra – Crown Chakra connection to Spirit at the top of the head
The Existential Crisis Calls on Us to Forge a New Way
The Climate Crisis is the number one crisis on the planet. Earth will succeed in her mission for balance and if it is without human participation, the majority of humans will be removed from Earth by death of the physical body (extinction events). A little over one million may survive. If humans participate effectively a new worldwide system of living will emerge based on cooperation at its root and more than one million humans may survive. Right now, it doesn’t look so good.
Of course, other threats are evident and are fused with Climate Crisis: democracy having already been replaced by oligarchy may fall into longer term dictatorship under the guise of “democracy”. The rich and powerful – white men – may prevail while the rest of us are enslaved. Enough doom – we already are well aware of this, aren’t we?
Looking towards solutions: Cooperation.
The Throat Chakra’s basic functions from physiological to daily human interactions are: as conduit for air and for food as a part of the assimilation system for physical survival; and it is also about giving and receiving with other humans, plants, animals, the elements, and so on, assimilation and communication with others.
There are so many of us dying to be heard that the zeitgeist via on-line platforms, by phone and in person are monologues instead of dialogs. So desperate are we to be heard, that we don’t make space to listen, comprehend and understand without some agenda at the ready. I see it in myself. I fail many times in conversations with friends to listen, comprehend and understand that I have set out on-purpose to change this in myself.
We have become very good at giving because giving is something we feel we’re in complete control of. Receiving – not so much. When we receive, some of us expect criticism to come in heaps with an eking out of positive praise. We often brush off compliments out of low self-esteem and/or fear of an assumption that the “other” is giving with barbs thrown in. It takes vulnerability to receive the good or bad – or somewhere in-between. Plus, some take vulnerability for weakness, when it takes courage to allow ourselves to feel open and vulnerable. Sure, we could get hurt. I’ve been hurt opening myself up, and then – I recover.
If everyone practiced the gift of giving and receiving with equal time we’d be going against these times of adversity and divisiveness that hold sway. Giving and receiving with one another is in the circle of cooperation and includes everyone.
Extending Cooperation from Humans at Home
When we think of home we usually think of the apartment, house, tent or homeless shelter we sleep in and we don’t consider that home is really Earth. This especially true of those that living in apartments and houses and those that can’t live inside due to economics and/or mental illness – drug addiction. Separation from Earth encourages class separation, elitism and so on. Instead of cooperating with one another we are at war.
Cooperation between groups, between nations will become abundantly and blatantly clear as Earth seeks balance. If we do not participate in the balance we will suffer and die. To think that governments must engage in cooperation is okay as long as we begin to participate in the process with ourselves, with friends, family, elders and both local and wider communities – from a grassroots movement, if you will.
An economy based on cooperation whose assumption may be: If I give to you; you may give to another in-kind so that we all support one another towards mutual cooperative aims and goals. Money, as we now know it can be incorporated into this circular system or it could be dispensed with almost entirely. The human species is too attached to money as a means to an end – as a competitive system to completely eliminate it at this time. Maybe in short as 300 years this could happen.
How to Start
I’m sure we all have plenty of ideas how to start and we may have already begun. At least some of us have begun and are experimenting with inclusive systems of economic growth for all humans (Kiva’s micro loans in one such experiment). The impetus of this kind of community-oriented yin-based system is the activation of the throat chakra co-creating world-wide cooperation. And the binary or yang system is entrenched in either resisting the throat-chakra or directly fighting against it through the old ways of binary hierarchies of capitalism and the vertical patriarchy or power-over dynamics. Why? It is necessary for these yin-yang systems to oppose each other until the yin grows and includes the yang. In other words, it will take a great number of humans cooperating to be big enough to include the yang so both the yin and yang may transform into the new way. In playing sports, especially one-on-one competition is: the best competition is against oneself for achieving excellence. This example may be one way of combining the best of the yang with the yin to create a more cooperative world.
One way to take the giving and receiving process to a deeper level is – first with ourselves. Pick a time during the day for a practice of being kind to yourself. Giving soothing and tender loving kindness to an aspect of yourself that is hurt, fearful or angry about something. This is not meant to eliminate the hurt, the fear, the anger or other negative emotions but only to offer soothing. It is giving support. Become the giver in yourself. Remember you are not forcing something on an aspect of yourself. We’ve often told ourselves that we have to bear some burden, or take criticism because we were raised that way. The giver in us is making an offering to an aspect of ourselves to receive or not. This can reveal where you are in the deservedness circle for example. Maybe you need some work there or maybe not. If we, as the giver, are giving make sure there is no negativity in your giving, try suspending or putting your judgement and criticism of your-self aside for the moment. Then as need arises become the receiver and work on allowing yourself to feel vulnerable to the gift you may be accepting. This is one way of helping to heal the wounded parts and engage in balance dynamics. As you begin to accept the gift of a compliment for example – feel this compliment or soothing in your heart or in the whole of your being. Look at – metaphorically speaking – the giver in yourself and from your heart say thank-you.
Once this becomes a part of your self-healing repertoire then you may wish to add another dynamic to the process. And that is, of course offering the process of giving and receiving to friend, loved one or family member to begin…