In the Sierra of Oaxaca we have our small community located in San Sebastian Rio Hondo. Ecovillananda, which is the name of our ecovillage, means “An ecological and sustainable place for happiness, joy, fulfillment and self realization”
We are aware of our participation in society and we do not fight with capitalism. We apply to the law in our country however we recognize the lack of social consciousness. We promote self sustainability however we do not wish to isolate from the world. We respect any means for self internal identification and we respect dogmas, religions and all personal need for spiritual expression however we simply focus in the unity to interact. We search and practice the overcoming of implanted needs but we don’t judge the means to achieve that. We aim to deliver a message to the world through the reflection of our actions however we do not depend on being heard to communicate the message. We express our passion through service and we invite others to “wake up I order to continue dreaming”.
For all these reasons we developed without rules, nor structures or times, different projects, with which we aim to activate potentials for unity for us and the members of society. Through retreats or Yoga experiences, shamanic nights, adobe construction, perm culture, distribution of organic fruit and vegetables, receiving guests in the ecovillage, handcrafting of wool and wood amongst many other things we communicate our lifestyle and we show alternatives that promote consciousness and self realization so to hope for an enlightened society. Understand as that, of a society in constant self discovery through harmonic evolution.
In June 2008 I had the opportunity to assist in Ecuador to a meeting of activists. Thinkers, writers, scientists and other members of worldwide society devoted to create and implement alternative methods of social development through harmonic and sustainable living. We visited for a few days a community near Quito, which for more than 30 years has developed alternative systems of education, community living, politics and economics. I left truly inspired by what this group of people, committed in living a pleasant life “outside the box”, has achieved. One of their proposals is the local exchange of goods and services outside the national economical system. An exchange through resources that are a series of interchangeable non accumulative receipts. This “resources” circulate within the members that take part in the community and they generate abundance in species for everyone. It is an exchange celebrated without rules of cost, time lines, or any need of contracts. This is called Ecosimy and it is similar to the system called LETS that was created in North America.
We find ourselves as humanity in a moment in which we must make important changes in our life style if we desire to continue been sustainable. The natural resources can be finished and unless some of the inhabitants of our planet dedicate to regenerated or restored them, making this task our passion in life, we will reach “ground zero” where our capitalist society will collapse. It is not only about ecology but about rescuing the highest sense of our being and show the real potential within us, looking up at the universe.
Nowadays we spent most of our time making or trying to earn money. Time is our perception of existence and basically we develop that inside a car, caged for 8 hours inside a building, studying things that will makes us earn more money and spending what we have earned to compete against others inside the scale of social acceptance and recognition. All this creates the illusion that power is the most important thing we can obtain in our existence. It ends up being absurd, to work the whole month to achieve or acquire satisfactions when satisfaction should be achieved by doing what really is our passion in life regardless how much money we will get from it. Surely in many cases that’s the way it is but let’s focus in the fact that in reality the small minority does in an everyday basis what the highest passion is.
With the intention of bringing up what we have forgotten in the way of accumulation, comparison and separation, “Ecosimy Eva” from Ecovillananda is born. As an alternative for sharing abundance and recreation from the “economy”, in which we currently take part. With this we will look to implement this intelligent system that it is used in more than 40 communities in Ecuador and that now it is adapted by Ecovillananda for its use in Mexico with the intention of proponing a complete lifestyle amongst conscious citizens.
Based on the logic that developing our passion and capabilities would exalt the qualities which with we came into this world, “Ecosimy Eva” proposes to know our interior to know what makes us tick, choose freely how to interact so life can receive a feedback from us. If money is still necessary with the social system, lets turn it into a consequence in our lives but never again our very existence of being.
“If your passion is skiing, you don’t have to work the whole year to then go for a week to express, live in that environment and manifesting with passion what you came to experience you will find that the flow of abundance wipes out any doubt and social insecurity”
This project does not propose austerity nor does it disregard money. It doesn’t propose that money is bad and it doesn’t judge to who’s passion is to accumulate it. It only recognizes that our current economic system is collapsing and that in general it is limiting us as expressions of life that we are. If we dedicate our time to our passion and we express without pressures our true capabilities, we will produce more and will simplify the inevitable and rewarding need of interact one with another to develop as a conscious society, transcending the separation and conceiving unity.
EcoNOmy = “ The ecosystem is NOT me”
EcoSImy: “The ecosystem IS me”
The Passion is work and work is passion.
I enjoy when I give you my service and product, and that is the most valuable thing I receive from an exchange.
I deliver my product to who I know or recommend me and I start an ecosimy without timetables.
I dedicate my time in producing or helping in a better way and I don’t lose energy administrating the variable profits of my passion.
When though ecosimy we eliminate the control of what we produce in terms of monetary profits, we can make of everyday an opportunity to improve our own passion. It is not of your concern what or how much you will get back of what you have given to your friends or acquaintances. If they pay you with money (which it is a valid option until money disappears) you will only see deposits made to your account without even knowing who paid for that. All the production capacity would be commercialized since the lack of a set price it could be given without limits to everyone. Bearing in mind that the value we give to things is relative to the need you have for certain thing, it would be known that the little or nothing that some pay for your products or services, will be compensated with the payment of the people who gave more. Then the need to have inventories, hired administrators, develop marketing researches, and all others logistic activities, will be substituted by the constant production of our articles or the massive delivery of our service, if that is what represents our highest expression. The social focus will be concentrated in the fact that the more conscious you are in the life that you are, it all comes back two folded.
I compete against myself and let go of the need to accumulate since I don’t have any point of comparison outside myself. I am a limitless being.
EVA – Ecosimy Action Plan
Every day we find more and more people with the intention of committing with social change in search of harmony. It is time to put action to the conscious that we have been maturing at different rates but towards the same direction. It is now that we must trust that we have taken the right steps and that the next step stone will be firmly there and without the need of proving, but only as a consciousness of expressing, open our wings to the beginnings of the exchange of passions translated into goods and services.
We will start the first ecosimy net in Mexico and the following points are what we will follow to co-create a commercial unity.
This is how Ecosimy EVA pretends to face the change that we are living and it proposes to motive more communities and individuals to design, create, manifest and implement different methods to go back to the earth with unity. In the next “Ecovillagers Calls” I will let you know the reaction and disposition of the first contacted that took part on the net. Thank you as always for your comments and I will continue responding rapidly.
¡Live the experience of “handcrafting the earth” with Ecovillananda and get in contact with us to get a feedback of the unity that we all are!