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Changing Money: The Giving Pledge

Those of us who are aware of the esoteric changes happening in this third dimensional world are acutely aware of changes occurring in the institutions and global systems that have been in place for eons. We have witnessed the erosion of many markets and industries, some on the brink of collapse–this in preparation for establishing systems that sustain a far higher vibrational frequency.

There is a great deal of focus on these collapsing paradigms. I actively seek out evidence of the coming shift into 5th dimensional frequencies — it helps me maintain balance in this time where we walk with one foot in each world.

An enormous shift that gives me such a sense of the 5th dimensional frequencies visibly manifesting in our “everyday” world is “The Giving Pledge,” a cause initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. The pledge is a moral (not legal) commitment to give away a minimum of 50% of their wealth to charities of their choice, either during their lifetime or upon their death.

The Gates are Open to All for the Buffett that Lies Beyond

Not only have they personally pledged to give a way far more than 50% of their personal wealth, they are actively challenging other super wealthy to do the same. Recently it was reported that 40 other billionaires had made the pledge, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, CNN founder Ted Turner, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Hollywood director George Lucas, as well as Buffett and Gates–and they were just getting started!

I am awestruck by all this! I don’t know about you but my heart just open so much wider when I initially read about this, and clearly the movement is taking root. The focus is not on any particular charities, or the morality of rich vs poor. It is simply a recognition that their is no need for massive accumulation of wealth.

Here’s a short piece from the pledge by Warren Buffett:

“My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound interest. Both my children and I won what I call the ovarian lottery. (For starters, the odds against my 1930 birth taking place in the U.S. were at least 30 to 1. My being male and white also removed huge obstacles that a majority of Americans then faced.) My luck was accentuated by my living in a market system that sometimes produces distorted results, though overall it serves our country well. I’ve worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. In short, fate’s distribution of long straws is wildly capricious.

The reaction of my family and me to our extraordinary good fortune is not guilt, but rather gratitude. Were we to use more than 1% of my claim checks on ourselves, neither our happiness nor our well-being would be enhanced. In contrast, that remaining 99% can have a huge effect on the health and welfare of others. That reality sets an obvious course for me and my family: Keep all we can conceivably need and distribute the rest to society, for its needs. My pledge starts us down that course.”

and this excerpt from Bill and Melinda Gates:

“Both of us were fortunate to grow up with parents who taught us some tremendously important values. Work hard. Show respect. Have a sense of humor. And if life happens to bless you with talent or treasure, you have a responsibility to use those gifts as well and as wisely as you possibly can. Now we hope to pass this example on to our own children.

We feel very lucky to have the chance to work together in giving back the resources we are stewards of.  By joining the Giving Pledge effort, we’re certain our giving will be more effective because of the time we will spend with this group. We look forward to sharing what a wonderful experience this has been for us and learning from the experience of others.

Best Wishes,

Bill and Melinda Gates”

To read the full letters, as well as the pledges of others who are pledging their wealth, go to http://givingpledge.org/#enter. I applaud the realization by these folks and in particular Bill Gates and Warren Buffett for spearheading this change in money paradigm of the western world! The gifts these men have given and received over their lifetimes pale by comparison to the shift in consciousness they are put forth now! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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