At the close of 2016 I was living in essentially two places: In Arizona nestled between the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Coyote Mountain Wilderness Area and the Mexican border…
…and in the spirit realm.
I was working with a shaman named Tim, a self-professed far-east, spaced-out cowboy, and on top of introducing me to the Hermetic Philosophy as revealed through The Kybalion, he also guided me through my first Amanita Muscaria trip.
Tim had a lot of wise things to say and he was fortunately open to letting me film his inspired stream-of-consciousness. There was a way in which Tim could deftly pull apart reality, making a profusion of connections, seeing parallels and finding correspondence everywhere. To say Tim has influenced the way I see the world would be an understatement; he is right up there with Tupac, Jordan Peterson, Peter Joseph, and Dr. Michael Egan.
One of the more memorable things Tim said was this:
“You have two spiritual commodities: Time and Attention; you spend time and you pay attention.“
Simple and profound. Time & Attention (TNA) are a currency. They are in fact, all we truly have to give. Even money itself is a derivative of these two commodities as it is (typically) generated by TNA and/or can be invested in lieu of TNA. Forget the gold standard*, the TNA standard is what truly gives money value. In fact, to the extent that fiat currencies can be said to based on faith (I would say 100%), they are based on TNA -at it’s most abstract, the global economy runs on time and attention.
As to whether or not abstraction, esotericism and entheogen-fuelled speculation from the fringes of civilization have any bearing upon economic discussions, we should remember two things:
1) Most of your money doesn’t exist physically, but only as an accounting abstraction –it’s still real, though.
2) No less than Adam Smith postulated an invisible hand.
Who knows, maybe Adam Smith had some space cowboy in him as well.
*Yes, I realize the gold standard has been mostly abolished.