Posts tagged #sacred economy

Occupying Your Heart - Guest Post by Samuca Love

Samuca Love is a visionary and sweetheart who's committed to opening up into the freedom of the gift world.  When I read his simple statement to the Occupy movement, I melted and opened.  I know you will, too.


Occupy Your Heart


Who are you?

What is it that you desire?

What kind of world do you want to live in?


You are a unique and beautiful being that has infinite potential. In fact, you are the only expression of you that will EVER exist. You are loved and you are part of this vast web, our community here on Earth. I know that sometimes it doesn't feel like it; sometimes it feels like you're the only one here, isolated, alone in an alien world. You might sink to the depths of despair, of hopelessness, feeling so small and inconsequential. But here I am telling you that I LOVE YOU! Just for being you.


I know who you are, because ultimately you are who I am- a human being on Planet Earth who wants connection and deep relationships, who wants to love and be loved, who wants to help others and be a part of something greater than oneself, greater than that skin-encapsulated ego, that Cartesian mote of consciousness, that bubble of psychology. Who are you, really? See we've come to live in a world where people are scared of each other, scared of ourselves because we've forgotten how special we are as human beings. You don't have to be afraid to hug people. You don't have to be afraid to love people, to look in another person's eyes and SEE them, to see your own humanity mirroring back in those big, bright eyes.


I want to live in a world where people don't just understand this as an intellectual concept, but feel it so deeply and viscerally that it melts into a daily, lived reality of being. I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE. I AM BECAUSE THE TREES AND RIVERS ARE. I AM BECAUSE THE BIRDS AND THE BEES ARE.


Ultimately this movement (Occupy) isn't about the 99% v. the 1%- it's not about further fragmentation and separation, because even the financial elites are part of this community, even THEY are because YOU are. They've just forgotten, compensating for their lost deficit of being by accumulating to assuage the searing pain of disconnection, the painful void of being cut off from the rest of one's self, that is to say, from everything else. When one is being one's SELF, it's impossible to clearcut a forest, or dump toxic waste into a river, or profit from the suffering of other beings, because one feels quite immediately that she is clearcutting and polluting a part of her self, that she cannot be fulfilled when other parts of her self are suffering. No matter how hard we may try to insulate ourselves from our actions, from the harm we've inflicted upon 'others', our efforts will be in vain, like pouring cement over a toxic waste dump. CEOs, bankers, and politicians weren't put on this planet to increase market share, nor were you put on this planet to do anything other than participate joyfully in a beautiful, healthy world.


I encourage everyone to listen deeply to your SELVES, listen deeply to your hearts, and envision with all your imagination the more beautiful world your heart tells you is possible, then go do whatever it takes to realize that world. The time of settling for anything less is over. We're the ones we've been waiting for.


Wasn't that lovely? Now go ahead and check this out...

Here's Samuca and Liam Madden proposing a radical new demurrage currency system to Occupy Boston:



Getting Started with Digital Entrepreneurship - for Artists and Other Fluffy Types


Why? Because most jobs just suck.


I'm heavily disillusioned with the world of jobs and bosses and the general lack of dignity afforded to wage slaves. Most of my friends are, too.  This means that we're often broke because we refuse to work for people and companies we can't stand.


So we've started talking about entrepreneurship.


Don't get me wrong. I'm no unqualified fan of capitalism (especially the globalized corporatism that we have now).  I'm thrilled with the Occupy Wall Street movement and plan to stay for the long haul with Occupy Pittsburgh.  I look forward with high hopes to us one day having a sacred economy and I offer a lot of what I do as free gifts (Talk to Me - Gift Economy Style).  But I do however recognize that I need to make money. Without having a boss.


How to Succeed in Business By.... Really Trying


So I plan to launch my book Awesome Your Life: The Artist's Antidote to Suffering Genius later this year via this website. I'm inspired by all the success stories and great resources I've found around the web, and I'm eager to share these stories and resources with my friends.  I guess I've become something of an digital entrepreneurship evangelist.


So here's what's helping me:


The Business Goddess eCourse by Goddess Leonie Allan

As you may have noticed, I'm kind of fluffy.  I needed someone equally fluffy to explain online business stuff to me.  Goddess Leonie makes her living online offering lovely hand-illustrated creativity guides and she happens to dress in flowy velvety dresses.  So I felt like she might be on the same wavelength.  Boy, was I right.


In the Business Goddess eCourse Leonie breaks down all the technical stuff that just plain mystified me (how to set up a shopping cart; how to receive payments via pay pal; how to create digital products; how to get the word out).  And she does it all with such guileless kindness! Click here to view more details - this'll take you to the Business Goddess eCourse page


Dave Navarro's Online Business Tool Box


The online product launch coach, Dave Navarro, recently decided to take a break from the interwebs.  As a parting gift, he made available an incredible resource-- ALL of his programs (which formerly cost 100's of dollars) for FREE!


Sadly, Dave is not very fluffy and does not dress in long flowy velvet dresses.  His style is rather more gruff.  He has a kind of "grab 'em by the balls and sell 'em stuff" attitude which doesn't completely vibe with me.  But he offers really great in-depth information, so we'll forgive the hyperbolic guy stuff.


As a caveat, I don't know if I would have been able to grasp all the technical stuff in Dave's free offering first if I hadn't already taken Goddess Leonie's course.  But you might be a bit savvier than me.


Here are just a few of the (ball-grabbing) courses you'll find in the Toolbox:

Creating Products That Sell

Building a Responsive List

Becoming a Big Player in Your Niche


Click here to view more details - this'll take you to the Launch Coach Online Toolbox


The Middle Finger Project by Ash Ambirge


I may have said it before, but I'll say it again: I love Ash Ambirge. A lot of what you really need to get started as an entrepreneur is attitude and willfulness and Ash has plenty of it to spare.


The Middle Finger Project is a blog that wakes you up and gives you a swift stiletto kick.


The title of her brilliant book, You Don't Need a Job, You Need Guts rings through my head about five times a day, each time I consider giving up.  I'll catch myself looking at "help wanted" sign and I'll think to myself, "Hey, Carolyn-- you don't need a job, you need guts." And then I smile and feel much better.  Because I just feel in my heart that it's true.


Click here to visit Ash Ambirge - This'll take you the page for You Don't Need a Job, You Need guts


In Conclusion


I hope you find these resources as useful as I have.  I'll be sure to keep you posted about my own entrepreneurial progress.  Right now, I'm working on increasing the readership of this here blog.  So if you like it-- tell your friends!


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