“How do we change the world? Change the story.”
Exploring the gift
Our modern consumer society is gradually monetising everything. Accompanied by aggressive marketing and manipulation techniques these economics create artificial scarcity, illusions of worth and have distorted what it means to live in abundance. A price is put on everything which then controls availability and access; some become haves and others have nots.
I feel fundamentally uncomfortable with this model. To me it is part of the whole mess we are in as regards human life on earth and the massive disconnection from nature. We are trashing our home with this model and I needed to find an alternative way of offering my work in the world.
Working in the gift economy is about creating a new kind of relationship which reaches beyond mere transaction and exchange. It is rooted in the idea that what I have to offer cannot be solely measured by a blanket monetary value based on what others charge, what I believe I am worth or what the market dictates.
In this 3 minute film about Pacific Salmon we discover the worth of salmon not only to the great bears who feast but also to the trees. Who’d have known! This film touches on the depth of interconnectedness operating in our world. The gift economy is founded on this understanding. There is a silent recognition about the interconnectedness of all things, an acknowledgement of the value and contribution we can all make when we express our gifts in the world.
What I offer are individual packages and various group workshops and courses designed to help people practice deeper and more Radical Self Care in their lives. I am passionate about helping you to help yourself, to become empowered and inspired to live a happier, healthier and free life.
These gifts emerge from my own life journey coupled with over 30 years of personal therapeutic experience and professional training. To offer these gifts I have to cover the costs of maintaining this Radical Self Care Coaching Practice. Professional fees, insurance, online platforms, supervision, CPD and on-going training all have to be covered amounting to several thousand pounds. Only then I can contribute to my own life costs, dreams and desires.
In order to make these gifts I spend time preparing for sessions, designing and developing the course and workshops, researching, writing up notes, creating handouts and more. Often people do not realise the additional time and effort which enables sessions and workshops to happen. There is a back story to every offering made.
The gift I make is not a freebie. It is my precious offering, a way to be of service in the world, it has value.