I live my life with the principle of "you must give it away to keep it". This is from the spirit of giving from the heart and not from obligation. That of course would not work for the giver nor the receiver.
The first step in being able to give from a clear free place is to be free of clutter.....having less is more in so many ways. Not in a depriving way, but in a empty-bowl-ready-to-be-filled type of way........
The following is an excerpt from Charles Eisenstein's book, Sacred Economics .........
"Non-accumulation models hunter-gatherer societies, in which there was great abundance but no accumulation, and in which prestige went to those who gave the most. To give the most, one also had to receive the most, either from nature or from other people. The great hunter, the skilled artist or musician, the energetic, the healthy, and the lucky would have more to give. In any event, this kind of prestige is to the benefit of all. It is only when high income translates into accumulation, frivolous consumption, or socially destructive consumption that it makes sense to restrict it. In other words, the problem is not with high income; it is with the results of the income getting stuck at some point in its circulation, accumulating and stagnating.
Non-accumulation is a conscious intention not to accumulate more than a modest amount of assets. It is born not of the desire to be virtuous, but of the understanding that it feels much better to give than to keep, that the seeming security of accumulation is an illusion, and that excessive money and possessions burden our lives. It is deeply aligned with the spirit of the gift, of which a core principle is that the gift must circulate. Recall Mauss: “Generally, even what has been received and comes into one’s possession in this way — in whatever manner — is not kept for oneself, unless one cannot do without it.” In other words, if you need it, use it. If not, pass it on. This is such an obvious principle that even a child can understand it. Why keep something for yourself that you cannot use? It is only the “what if” that drives us to keep and hoard: What if in the future I don’t have enough? In a gift culture, what would happen is that someone would give you what you need. In a hoarding culture, the “what if” fear is self-fulfilling, creating the very conditions of vulnerability and scarcity that it assumes."
So...less is more really. I am not talking about those who are oppressed and in whom their livelihoods have been robbed.
I am talking about conscious wealth distribution. You do not have to be a "rich" person to participate in this type of economy. Not a billionaire, millionaire, or any of the other 1%.
This type of economy is available to any conscious human being regardless of their financial standing and the rewards are truly abundant as this story collected by the Brothers Grimm illustrates so perfectly.......
There was once on a time a little girl whose father and mother were dead, and she was so poor that she no longer had any little room to live in, or bed to sleep in, and at last she had nothing else but the clothes she was wearing and a little bit of bread in her hand which some charitable soul had given her. She was, however, good and pious. And as she was thus forsaken by all the world, she went forth into the open country, trusting in the good God. Then a poor man met her, who said, "Ah, give me something to eat, I am so hungry!" She reached him the whole of her piece of bread, and said, "May God bless it to thy use," and went onwards. Then came a child who moaned and said, "My head is so cold, give me something to cover it with." So she took off her hood and gave it to him; and when she had walked a little farther, she met another child who had no jacket and was frozen with cold. Then she gave it her own; and a little farther on one begged for a frock, and she gave away that also. At length she got into a forest and it had already become dark, and there came yet another child, and asked for a little shirt, and the good little girl thought to herself, "It is a dark night and no one sees thee, thou canst very well give thy little shirt away," and took it off, and gave away that also. And as she so stood, and had not one single thing left, suddenly some stars from heaven fell down, and they were nothing else but hard smooth pieces of money, and although she had just given her little shirt away, she had a new one which was of the very finest linen. Then she gathered together the money into this, and was rich all the days of her life.
Please observe that the little girl in the story at no time is giving from a place of martyrdom. Her gifts to the others she meets come easily and from her heart with no fear or expectation.
How empowering and truly freeing.......
The results of giving this way create this overflow of abundance inwardly. It is one's soul that becomes rich and secure. But our inner reality creates the outer and this then is truly the magic and power that comes from being in a human body...
Earth/Mother Goddess of three beautiful boys....singing, dancing naked in sunlight and shade....writing down the bones of what I see and what I strive towards.