Shadow, Ritual, and Relationship in the Gift

Posted on Dec 8, 2014
Shadow, Ritual, and Relationship in the Gift

This essay has been translated into Portuguese.   A friend recently asked me a question I get a lot: “How do you manage payment for your time and workshops?” by which she also meant, “How can I do that in a way that works practically and feels right too?” I would like to answer that […]

Gift Circles and the Monetization of Everything

Posted on Aug 21, 2013
Gift Circles and the Monetization of Everything

One aspect of the monetization of life that is proceeding nearly to totality in our time is that someone finds a way to commoditize nearly any movement or concept, even those that were explicitly anti-commercial in their conception. This was the fate of “cool”: what was once an emblem of African-American and Beatnik rejection of […]

The Next Step for Digital Currency

Posted on Jul 22, 2013
The Next Step for Digital Currency

“Today’s national and supranational currencies have become a blight on this planet. Created through interest-bearing debt, controlled by financial elites, tracked by the surveillance state, and necessitating endless growth, money as we know it is a primary agent of inequality, injustice, and ecocide. What to do? One response is to attempt to transform the money […]

We Can’t Grow Ourselves out of Debt

Posted on Sep 3, 2012
We Can’t Grow Ourselves out of Debt

You can find a French translation of this essay here.   Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s pledge at Jackson Hole last Friday to “promote a stronger economic recovery” through “additional policy accommodation” has drawn criticism from economists, liberal and conservative, who question whether the Fed has the wherewithal to stimulate economic growth. What we actually […]

Money and the Divine Masculine

Posted on Aug 13, 2012
Money and the Divine Masculine

I recently attended a ceremony at the Tamera village in Portugal in which the officiant invoked “the healing of money.” Immediately a vivid image popped into my head of a man, vast and muscular, bound to the earth with stakes and tethers, straining with every atom of his strength to free himself and rise up. […]

Sacred Economics: Money, the Gift and Society in the Age of Transition

Posted on Jan 12, 2012
Sacred Economics: Money, the Gift and Society in the Age of Transition

Transcribed Talk from January 13, 2012 at “The Hive” in Vancouver, BC.   Thank you for such a warm welcome. I’m quite amazed actually. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to this large a crowd that was just here for me. I’ve spoken to more people at conferences, but that wasn’t just for me. Part […]

Money and the Turning of the Age

Posted on Dec 7, 2009
Money and the Turning of the Age

This article is fourth in a series, and draws on background covered in “Money: A New Beginning,” Part 1 and 2, and “Money and the Crisis of Civilization.” A German Translation of the essay is also available.   As the economic meltdown proceeds to its next phase, we begin to see the unreality of much […]

Money and the Crisis of Civilization

Posted on Apr 7, 2009
Money and the Crisis of Civilization

This essay has been translated into Spanish and into Romanian.   Suppose you give me a million dollars with the instructions, “Invest this profitably, and I’ll pay you well.” I’m a sharp dresser — why not? So I go out onto the street and hand out stacks of bills to random passers-by. Ten thousand dollars […]

Money: A New Beginning (Part 2)

Posted on Sep 10, 2008
Money: A New Beginning (Part 2)

This article has been translated into Spanish.   Our present monetary system generates a necessity for endless growth, embodies linear thinking, defies the cyclical patterns of nature, and drives the relentless conversion of all forms of wealth into currency. Furthermore, the concept of “interest” is the wellspring of our economy’s ever-intensifying competition, systemic scarcity, and […]

Money: A New Beginning (Part 1)

Posted on Sep 7, 2008
Money: A New Beginning (Part 1)

This essay has been translated into Spanish. An irremediable structural flaw lies at the base of our civilization. I call it Separation, and it has generated all the converging crises — economic, health, ecological, and political — of our day. It manifests as separation from each other in the dissolution of community, separation from nature […]