Our Saturday workshop this week will be focused on embracing a path of self-inquire and working in the spirit of the gift.
Saturday, December 13th from 12:30pm until 8:00pm
"The purpose of life is to discover your gifts; the meaning of life is to give them away" - African Proverb
The Spirit of The Gift is the vital force of exchange that sustains us materially, socially and spiritually in the new paradigm. It supports flow and not accumulation, creating and not owning, giving and not having.
It is the X-factor in creating what Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, calls the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
Drawing upon indigenous wisdom, music, poetry, mythic storytelling and cutting-edge scholarship, this ceremony and workshop will give an embodied experience of the Spirit of the Gift – opening creative possibilities into how it can be translated into our daily lives.
"In a gentle way, you can shake the world" - Mahatma Gandhi
In our modern culture, The Spirit of The Gift may be the least understood yet most important subject of the new paradigm; it can transform our relationship to money, liberating the vast store of wealth in the form of our human gifts to spiral our world into a higher possibility.
It boldly challenges our beliefs as we face our complex global crisis, asking us to remember that the things we cannot measure may be what ultimately enrich and sustain our lives.
It is catalysing an economic transition that accompanies humanities rite of passage as we learn to take responsibility for living in harmony with the earth according to natural principles.
It is part of a shift in identity that is ending the story of separation, creating a New Story of the People and developing systems that support it.
It is the gentlest way to shake the world.
The Spirit of The Gift is something anyone can understand – how to engage it, how to communicate it, how to live it.
Believe it or not, it all starts by learning how to let-go and relearn the simple acts of giving and receiving... revitalizing our relationships to transform ourselves, our families, our communities and our world from the grassroots.
It is a call to simplicity that is radical and yet obvious.
To support this, we must:
1) Understand that nature of our own gifts and why we should bring them in service to the whole
2) Grasp the mechanics of the gift and what would an economy founded upon the principles of the gift actually look like
3) Learn how The Spirit of The Gift related to the evolution of consciousness and rooted in our new discoveries in physics and biology
We also need to know how stories are created and how they can be changed, as well as cultural practices to support the new story.
Come and discover the essential principles of The Gift, and see in action how it can be one of the most effective agents for spiritual, cultural, environmental and political transformation.
We will conduct a gift ceremony to open an experiential window into the invisible movements of The Gift. Working with symbolic realms, this ceremony will open the gateway to world behind the world. After, you will learn how to conduct a gift circle on a basic level, and leave with the confidence to bring this practice to your own family and community.
In the workshop we will see how the gift ceremony is a microcosm of our lives and a demonstration of the transformative power of The Spirit of The Gift.
1) Drawing on the great scholarly works of Charles Eisenstein, Lewis Hyde and Joseph Campbell we will:
- Understand how sacred economics is the way of the future, and the evidence showing it is already underway
- Remember why many indigenous cultures practiced giving as a way of life before the money economy, and how we can integrate their practices into our life today
- Unveil the role of stories and myth in creating culture, and what it will require to develop and live a new story
2) Drawing on mystical poetry & spiritual teachings, you will see:
- How The Gift is actually one of the most ancient concepts taught by the great mystics
- How a culture of The Gift was the aim of almost all the great spiritual masters of our time
This event is for those who are deeply committed to creating the more beautiful world their hearts know is possible.
If you are still wondering, watch this video by my friend Ian Mackenzie....if it inspires you, then you should come :)
The Gift - Lewis Hyde
The Gift - Poems of Hafiz
Sacred Economics - Charles Eisenstein
The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell
The Heart Sutra - Wisdom Master Maticintin
Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
Date: Saturday December 13th, 2014 Time: Arrive at 12:30 pm. Ceremony and Workshop are from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Dinner will be provided by the Gurudwara from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Place: Bridge and Enrich Society
The Cost: At the end of the workshop, you will be asked to give in The Spirit of The Gift. The only requirement is that the amount feels authentically generous to you. Cash and cheques are welcomed!
Registration: To register, please visit: www.picatic.com/spiritofthegift. You will get free ticket, but please make a donation of some amount to confirm your attendance. You will receive an email leading up to the event with further details.
What to bring: All you need to bring to participate is an object of personal significance to you that you are willing to let-go of.
Zamir Dhanji is a dharma artist who works with music, poetry, storytelling and scholarship. He graduated with a concentration in Spiritual Economics from New York University in 2006, his thesis, titled "Holism and human evolution", explored the relationship between holistic thinking and our views on nature and evolution. Program director for the Teen Journey Society and founder of Akasha Arts, his passion is in synthesizing art, science and spirituality to create spaces where The Gift can work its magic. He organized his first gift circle in 2012, and his avid interest in cultural practices and ceremonial traditions have informed the development of the gift ceremony.
-Let love be your guide, and beauty its measure-