Money, and the exchange of money have contributed to alienation, division, competition, scarcity, and abject poverty. The very idea of money is fraught with emotion, stress, and for many anguish. In today’s society- the division due to money is extreme. Property and ownership have become prima over community, relationship, and meaning.
Property is not a thing- it is a relationship amongst individuals about things. Money is an agreement; an agreement between individuals. In Sacred Economics, gift exchange is distinguished from other forms of exchange by a number of principles, such as the form of property rights governing the articles exchanged; whether gifting forms a distinct “sphere of exchange” that can be characterized as an “economic system”; and the character of the social relationship that the gift exchange establishes
In a gift society; building community, gratitude, desire, and need for each other is the end result. Money no longer becomes a barrier, when you are called to serve and live based on your talents delivered through gifting. An economy that embodies the principles of gifting, aligns us in the true expression of ourselves, our higher good and our higher service.
It is time for a conscious evolution in the energetic exchange of goods and services. It is time to apply reverent energetic exchange that serves our true purpose. Around the world, there are restaurants that run exclusively in a Gift Economy, including several Panera Bread stores here in the United States. There are health care clinics in California and Oregon, music groups including Radiohead, and even a law firm in Chicago, all successfully operating in a Gift Economy.
In this manner, the Maya Center has implemented sacred gifting. Our services will be offered as a gift, with the trust that those served will gift back fair value for the service. This system provides an opportunity to elicit trust, reverence, gratitude, and meaningful service.
The gift economy represents a shift from consumption to contribution, transaction to trust, scarcity to abundance and isolation to community.