March 22, 2011 People keep asking me what I see for the economy. Over the years, I have often been present at global gatherings of planetary citizens. These gatherings happen in an other-than-physical setting, and it is in these meetings that we decide how to move ahead as a collective, as a civilization. Usually, millions of people are present at each meeting. In a January 2010 meeting, we could not agree on how to handle the situation in the world. For more than ten months there was a deadlock. The impasse was over the subject of money. Some people felt that the money system should be preserved and we would just have to work out the current problems within that framework. Some felt the money system should be abolished as the source of all our problems. Some felt that a shift toward balancing financial systems and changing the rulers in First World countries was the answer. Others felt the money system should be left in place but utilized with a totally new kind of license and largesse. And some felt that power in the financial markets should be shifted to new countries, which would not really have solved anything. Then, in November 2010, there was a collective decision to allow the old financial system to go down. Everyone agreed that they were willing to work through whatever challenges would come up as a result of this decision. The general consensus was that the stalemate could not go on any longer and that this would serve as a good test of our willingness to work together, to heal ourselves, to heal the planet, and to be more inclusive in our creative designs for the future. Everyone agreed that the best way to take the money system down was slowly, easily, and with lots of warning so that people could make changes and shift their thinking, while at the same time shifting their money into investments that would build a new world AND develop the basis for a new money system. The critical window of how to start the process was set for March 1st through June 15th of 2011. The idea was that if we could make it through this window of time without a catastrophic crash, we could ease out of the old financial system and into a new one. We are in that window now. The old economic paradigm is coming apart and the new one is just beginning to come together. New investment money is starting to move into place to fund the business, machinery, research, and systems that are much more Earth-friendly. If you are looking for signs to tell you what to do with your money, consider the following. The old system is greed-centered; the new system is heart-centered. The old system is predatory; the new system is family-oriented. The old is based on tightly centralized control and hierarchical decision-making. The new is dispersed, individualized, and springs from common sense. The old is global in approach; the new is local in approach. The old system is characterized by careless destruction of Mother Nature, whereas the new system is careful to rebuild and nurture Mother Nature. The old is based on capitalism; the new is based on communalism (take note – that is not ‘communism’). The old is based on democracy and the ability to hide behind big, collective institutions; the new is based on personal responsibility and a willingness to take action on your own. The old operates like a drama queen; the new operates like a monk. The old is based on captains of oligarchy; the new is based on servant leaders. The old is featured in media struggles daily, the new is not even on the radar screen yet. However, the economy of the new paradigm is taking shape as we speak, growing and moving toward a new vision of the future, while the old paradigm keeps talking about recreating the past. Can we nurture the new paradigm wisely and well, without the mistakes caused by being in a hurry, and get the new system to resilience before the old one is completely defunct?