We all know that our economic machine is founded on the premise of debt. This is what we have chosen in our long sleep over the centuries. Debt and scarcity are the revered Gods of an enslaved society. Economics within a mind-boxed society is the caged version of free choice, the enslaved version of freedom and the inconsistent version of wealth. It is poverty disguised as abundance and control disguised as freedom and opportunity. The battle over the debt-ceiling is an empty battle over nothingness, a battle between two illusionary opposites trapped in the same illusionary premise of scarcity. In a mind-based society disconnected from its roots all creative efforts are drained and tunneled into making sure that the box survives.
The debate about the debt-ceiling is hitting brick walls. One side is trying to raise the ceiling, the other to lower it. No matter where the ceiling ends and how solid the walls will turn out to be, both and all sides are still and only dealing with a box. We can look at the box from many angles and battle over where the ceiling should stop and whether the walls should be thick or thin. We can engage in an ideological battle about fiscal discipline and entitlement and decide which side is right or wrong. Is black or white better? From within the box this seems a reasonable question but no matter what color prevails all precarious efforts are going towards finding a little more comfort in the same tight box. No matter how high the ceiling and who puts up the walls, what all sides have in common is a rotten foundation: a consciousness of scarcity which can only re-create itself.
In our daily lives how much longer are we going to invest our creative juice into a box that thrives on suffering? How much longer are we going to follow the political drama over the debt-ceiling debate or the next box-induced theater? How much longer are we looking up at the ceiling and pretending we do not realize that the house is collapsing? We all know in our hearts that the foundation is rotten but we are afraid to listen to this voice because collectively, and even individually, it is new territory. We think that heart is just another buzz word or a political incorrect fuzzy-feeling. Often it is pure ignorance: we were never taught how to access our heart, only to numb our feelings.
At the core, we are all terrified to lose our mind. Our good old addiction to prediction is at the very least familiar. There is comfort in familiar pain. We use different ways to numb this fear: by identifying with red or blue, Tea Parties or Move On, left or right, capitalist or socialist, by radicalizing our beliefs about good and bad, by blaming the poor or the rich, by projecting on the other side what we do not like about us, by distracting ourselves with other people’s dramas and the list goes on.
We are all masters in the senseless game of the mind and we are all participating in it to avoid taking full and radical responsibility for the debt in our personal lives and the scarcity tape the runs through our minds. A mind-ruled society does not realize its own insanity, it cannot. It always has brilliant and eloquent reasons to justify its premise.
The mind now asks: what is the solution? What is the recipe? What is the outcome? We each have different ways to access the heart and only our heart knows the way. This is a response that drives the mind “crazy” because it wants to know: in a “mind monarchy” the unknown is unacceptable.
The good news is that the box is already open and abundance lies in the dark field of the unknown, in the collective breath of this present moment, in the individual heart merging into the collective heart.
Do you find your mind racing, dismissing, judging? The mind cannot accept that life is a process, and it continually resists this most fundamental truth. If we keep labeling “process” as a political statement or religious/spiritual/pagan belief we will continue to lock the box.
A helpful start is to begin to feel the fear, anger and the sadness of scarcity in our bones. Then, find gratitude for what is happening in the world right now. Then, find courage – the first few layers before we get a glimpse of our individual and collective heart most likely hurt. Then, trust – our felt-feelings and opening to the unknown are both gateways into our heart. It is in our heart where the “fundamental economy” resides. It is the health of the “fundamental economy” that determines the wealth of the “surface economy”. With our light-hearted approach to the process of life we can begin or continue to feed a healthy “fundamental economy”.
A fun practice: As you are allowing abundance into your own box, just for fun call “your” representative and in your voicemail ask them to breathe with you for 1 minute into the “American society’s fear of scarcity” (the first step of the journey into the heart is to feel.)