World Economic CRISIS! The sky is falling and Chicken Little is actually trying to get some help and they still think he is lying and quite honestly do not know how to help. The crisis has everyone feeling scared and fearful of having to walk through a depression. Which is only causing hording, reduction of spending and lending is quickly coming to a halt. The heads of corporate America are currently being inspired by the black cloud overhead to make blatant and irresponsible choices as they allocate their bailout funds and continue to blunder. This suggests these companies cannot be resuscitated, similar to trying to fix your FORD Edsal (Fix and Repair Daily). While, this might make you feel even more helpless…there are a few things you can do to help your local economy and reduce the financial fear factor attacking your psyche.
There is a lot of fear in the world right now regarding the global shifting economy. The News is filled with stories about people losing their jobs, businesses closing, and even our US neighbors losing their homes. Yes, we are entering into an uncertain future. We are entering into the Aquarian Age and the old Piscean ways have to crumble to make way for this New Age. As a humanity we are in the middle of a very important spiritual lesson about our unhealthy attachment to the material world.
Remember one of the 5 Sutras of the Aquarian Age:
Understand Through Compassion or You Will Misunderstand the Times.
This sutra is about learning and acting from the heart. This is about people coming together in these times to help each other out. The Piscean motto, "What’s In it For Me?" is being replaced with the Aquarian motto, "How can my Actions Benefit the Whole?"
Some examples of this sutra are:
* Coworkers take a pay cut to prevent others from being laid off
* CEOs willingly take salary cuts to keep their employees
Perhaps, you too can think of ways to help out your neigbour to move through these challenging times ! Meanwhile, please find money saving ideas below to stabalize the root chakra.
Garage Sales and Craigslist – Stop buying new and check out garage sales and your local Craigslist. Not only are you buying second hand which is way better for the environment, you are directly helping local families too and they will be greatly
Barter – Do you have a skill or a service you can barter for goods? Perhaps you can trade web design, carpentry work, knitting or tailor work, babysitting, food from your garden…anything you can think of…use your skills to trade with other like minded families. Look for local bartering groups or start one on Yahoo Groups if there aren’t any.
Swap – Local groups and online groups designed to help moms swap clothes and household goods are getting more popular. You can even host a swap party for friends and neighbors. Have everyone bring a couple bags or bins of clothes their kids have outgrown and let everyone start swapping.
Get cooperative with your community – Starting or participating in a community garden is a great way to help feed your family and get community support. You can also volunteer to work for local CSAs who will then give you a discount on fresh produce and this can be very helpful if food is taking a big bite out of your budget. And whenever you can buy from your local farmers and farmer’s markets.
Obama said it. Now Forbes is saying it: the wost is yet to come. The fact is, we haven’t seen nothing yet when it comes to our economic downturn.
So, why am I optimistic?
One thing is because in situations like these, when what we take for granted fails us, there occurs a window of opportunity where people are open to new ideas, new ways of doing things. Several times in his inaugural address, President Obama alluded to this.
The state of our economy calls for action: bold and swift. And we will act not only to create new jobs but to lay a new foundation for growth… …What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task.
These words combined with the economic condition we face represent an unprecedented opportunity for those with the insight and daring to do it differently – in our national economy, in our workplaces, in our relationships and in our personal lives. As we respond in disgust at greed-oriented, clueless corporate executives intent on business as usual and preserving the status quo, we have the opportunity to shift the ground beneath them and create something that will support connections between all people, yes, even those who lavish themselves with French executive jets and thousand-dollar wastepaper baskets.
For, remember what a dynamic Spiritual Leader once said long ago: "Forgive them, for they know not what they do."
It is fitting that our financial downturn hit us in full in the winter. For winter is a time to turn energies inward, to store that energy and build up our reserves for the coming spring. Our economic winter may last well beyond the coming of the spring, but its duration and severity allows us to look deeply into our hearts and souls and ask: is there a way we can do things differently that offers a more promising future?
I say there is…
Have you watched your local nightly news lately? Probably not if you’re like most Americans under the age of 61, but you’ll still get my point. I’m guessing you’ve watched more financial news in the last month than usual in reaction to fear around money, stocks and the economy in general.
I accidentally saw the first few minutes of local news recently and noticed that it looked just like it did when I was a kid and my parents watched it.
They have the same formula as always: An intro with visuals that include flashing police car or fire truck lights and an audio track of a reporter talking in that ridiculous reporter-sing-song voice telling you that the content they’re sharing is VERY important and significant. If they’re lucky they can splice some security camera footage into the piece too for an extra scary effect.
I’m sure they still cover the weather at exactly 17 minutes after the hour too, but for the sake of this post we’ll stick with the intro. News, whether it is on broadcast or cable television, on the web or in newspapers, generally leads with some story aimed at reminding you that the world is not a safe place.
It’s probably even a little worse since they created the oft-used phrase, “In a post-9/11 world…” The truth is that we don’t live in a country where suicide bombers are blowing up cafes and you’re more likely to get hit by lightning or win the lottery without a ticket than to be harmed by a terrorist in America.
This truth is exactly the same now as it was 5 years or 50 years before 9/11. That’s just a fact and it has nothing to do with how much our president has or has not protected us or that you aren’t allowed to carry a regular sized can of shaving cream on to an airplane anymore.
It has to do with the low number of terrorists who have the inclination or means to harm us. We don’t live in Columbia or Israel where terrorist violence is a reality.
We live in America where impoverished drug addicts with guns are actually a bigger threat than terrorists. And when was the last time you or someone you love was car jacked by a crack addict or directly threatened by a terrorist? That’s my point.
Back to the media, it’s not that they like to scare people. (At least I hope not.) It’s because consumers are reactionary creatures that respond to emotional content. That’s also why they always ask the asinine question of, “How do you feel?” to the woman whose son got killed an hour ago in a car accident or the guy who made the 3 point shot to win the basketball game.
Have these interviewees ever given a surprising answer even once in the history of the world? Nope. Guess what, the guy whose house burned down says “I’m in shock and upset that I lost everything, but I’m grateful that my family made it out in time.” Surprise! You never here him say, “I’m excited and going to Disneyland on the insurance money. It’s a godsend that my shack is gone and I can cash in!”
The fact that many news consumers forget is that the news is a product. Therefore, if you study advertising you’ll understand why the product of news is sold with the same methods as selling the product of beer or the product of voting for a politician.
Consumers are emotional creatures that unconsciously react to advertising. Add to this fact that people react more strongly to negative advertising than positive advertising. If my news program makes you afraid by making you think crime is up it concurrently attracts you to watch my news because you think I’ll give you information on what’s happening that will make you feel safer.
I create the problem that you should be afraid while positioning myself as your answer to feel safer. It’s the same schtick for self help gurus who tell you they have the answer for your health, relationship and money issues.
The day you feel safe is the day you lose dependence on being a daily news consumer and the day you believe your life is not broken you lose the desire to spend money on books, CDs and seminars to fix yourself.
Ironically, crime in America has consistently been going down for well over a decade even though most people who regularly consume news think it’s always going up. If you see a petty crime reported as the lead story every night the images of flashing lights repeated daily is what your brain remembers.
Perception is reality when you’re being blindly influenced. If they want good ratings they need to give you a perceived threat so you’ll tune in to “stay informed.” It may be worthwhile to question how informed you really become blindly consuming what others determine is “news.”