A non-monetary exchange equates to an exchange that does not involve money of any kind. Non-monetary transactions are the sharing of items, resources, time, expertise, support, and love.
Non-monetary transactions invite us to experience the true value of something in terms of how much love and peace it brings to our own or another’s world. For example, mowing someone’s lawn could be an exchange for someone helping to fix the gutter on your house. We could help a person solve a problem in return for them baking us a cake or cooking us a meal. Minding each other’s children could be an exchange for a lift to to the dentist or doctor, for example. These are all non-monetary transactions that support both parties and cultivate deeper connections, new friendships, meaningful relationships, and positive interactions with our neighbours, local communities, and at our job of work.
When we offer our time and our good intention to another without the need or expectation of payment then the value of this far exceeds monetary exchange. When we give from the heart without a care for financial renumeration, we feel a sense of wellbeing, we feel elevated, and we enjoy a purer experience of our own or another’s innate goodness.
Non-monetary transactions are an essential social medicine for the healing of separation that money can and has created between people. Our current approach towards money must evolve with these evolutionary times. By seeking ways to share resources that transcend our wallet and instead come directly from our heart, we uphold the vision of a new paradigm in which non-monetary transactions form an instrumental part. This way of living and being fosters a healthy relationship with ourselves, each other, and life.