“Building a Care First World” by Louis Bohtlingk

August 18, 2014 in Care First News by Louis Bohtlingk

2150348090_571e1b95eeAn article by Louis Bohtlingk for September 2012 Issue of Cygnus Review, magazine of  Cygnus Books UK………..He speaks in detail about the power and application of Care First!….What can we do to make a Care First World become reality?”

Dear Friends,
“What can we do to make a Care First World become reality?” This question was put to me by Ann Napier (founder of Cygnus Review UK) recently. “What can an unemployed single mum, pensioner,  teacher, housewife, business owner, any of us do?”

We have worked for at least  15 years with the application of Care First. It started in 1996 in Northern Scotland where Sandra and I ran a small healing centre.  We received an experience of the existence of a spiritual threshold to money. We saw Care as that threshold and realised that when we let Care lead the way and let money serve Care, we can completely heal our financial world. But when we let money lead the way at the expense of care, of our well being and values, we are creating the financial unhappiness, instability and unfairness that is so widespread.

Since then, many people from all walks of life, heard about Care First and began to apply it in their lives. I have seen that once the concept is clear, the application happens quite intuitively and people can distinguish very quickly between what  a Care First and Money First manifestation is in their personal lives, the community around them and in the greater world.
It has led to people feeling freed up and empowered inside, simply by seeing the concept of Care First. Many people have said to me: “I realise now that my whole working life my brain had been operating  in Money First mode. I now see that I can put Care First instead of Money First in all things. It is creating a completely new opening and gives me a lot of energy.”

What happens is that we begin to experience the Power of Care, which really is a higher aspect of ourselves! In Care First we apply Care to all things and to all places where harm is done for money’s sake i.e. having a job we do not like just to make money, working too hard for money and not having time for ourselves and our loved ones, living in money tension and worry etc.etc. It is all pursing money at the expense of our well being.

When you recognise a Money First manifestation like this, apply Care to it: make it conscious, ask yourself whether you want it differently. When you want to change it apply the Power of Care to it.
This means that the Care keeps you  persistent in your desire to make the changes you want and fulfil the needs you have and  the power of Care will guide you. We have seen that inspired by Care, we often find answers we had not seen before and that is because our love opens those doors!

I know that many people who applied Care First have been able to find jobs they love, create more time for themselves and create a better money flow. We have seen many businesses flourish who apply Care First. (See Dare To Care)

The premise of care-first is that care holds the power and is the provider and we need to focus on the care for our well-being, survival, and money. The care creates the money. The money serves the care. The source provides. We can create all our finances by the action of love alone.(Dare To Care, chapter 17)

At the same I am aware of the fact that we all are deeply affected by the financial, economic world we live in: a dysfunctional monetary system, a unacceptable difference in income levels worldwide  and the deep instability in the financial/ economic world.
It is vital that we take our destiny in our own hands, work together and create the financial world we want. Example:  www.financelab.org . Also that we make a change in our destructive debt-based monetary system:  www.positivemoney.org . All this requires our communal activity, which I consider highly important. My wife Sandra and I are preparing a new experiential one day workshop about working with Care First in practice and building a love based economy together: www.carefirstworld.com

Many of us have applied Care First in the following manner:          

              To use the money we have, to care: create that special moment of showing care for someone and do something special for yourself with money! Make money a vehicle for your heart!
              To bring love and kindness into our financial exchanges: care for each other’s financial situation; make transactions more conscious, as a living and loving relationship with each other.
              To attend to our own and each other’s needs, aspirations and dreams, caring for them and fulfilling them. Care First is all about value, meaning and purpose. Care First is all about leading a fulfilled life and creating a money world that serves the fulfilment for all.

To find money, when it is needed: often even quite small amounts that can do a lot. In Care First we do not accept what is not being cared for.  If need be, we raise our voices politically to make the money available. To take and to be greedy is quite normal in our culture, but completely tears our culture to pieces. Everything that has been taken, can be put back and used to support all the needs, we need to fulfil.

To find others to work with, share our issues and find resolutions together!

We can apply Care First to all political/social/economic  situations, to the foundation of our accounting and monetary system. It will remove the fear and greed from the picture and gives us a new confidence. That confidence lies in our hearts and is like the power of Christ. This means that our acts of Care First are supported by the Universe and we can achieve miracles! Apply this to our personal, community and world-wide financial problems and it will help us to make the changes that are so urgently needed.

 

“Simplicity” by Sandra Bohtlingk

May 20, 2012 in Care First News by Louis Bohtlingk

My experience with money has been an interesting one.

Born just after the war I grew up in tight circumstances. We were never hungry or without clothing but food was on ration and clothes were often second hand.

My first recollection of pocket money was 6d per week. I learnt how to spend 2d on sweets, 2d on a magazine and save 2d to build up for something special.

In my working years I fell into a similar experience. I took an apprenticeship in window display in a fashion shop. I received £2.10shillings (£2.50) per week whilst my friends earned £10 per week in a factory. My £2.10s had to go a long way if I was not to miss out on buying a new record, paying bus fares to work, something for my board and keep and any visits to the cinema plus a new sweater now and then.

Throughout the years I find myself engaged in activities that never bring me huge monies but a great deal of satisfaction in my realisation of self. I feel very lucky in how life has dealt me opportunities and with those which I have accepted as my growing challenges.

My 6 old pence, spend and save time, has made me careful with all income. I can let go and spend well when the need arises but I feel money needs to be guided and treated with respect. If I respect it, it will respect me.

I try to really be present when receiving a wage for cleaning someone’s home or for a special doll I have hand crafted. In that present space I look the people in the eye and thank them for their contribution to my day. Thank them for sharing what they have with me.

When I spend out on food I love a treat but I can see so well how easy it is to just buy. When I regulate things down to true needs only I am grateful for all the items I take home. Nothing gets wasted and all things are artistically part of my living alchemy. It suits me and it works.

The more I weave my day in generous proportion the more the universe seems to want to give me things. Jobs seem to walk towards me when I am not aware I need one. People come from nowhere and give me the tools I need to do my work. Someone recently offered me some sewing work. I love sewing so I accepted. Next I telephoned to a local shop to see if they had a sewing machine for sale. The assistant told me, “No, there is nothing for sale here. But I have a machine at home you can have with pleasure.  I never use it so I am happy to give it to you”.
Magic is all around me. So what can I possibly lack?

If I can feel this wonderful abundant way of life surely everyone should also have such comfort.

The Release of Dare To Care

November 26, 2011 in Care First News by Louis Bohtlingk

I have written Dare to Care (see Press Release) with the aim to empower us to work together and see how we can resolve our global financial and economic crisis and the issues at hand. My approach is long term, aiming to create a truly sustainable foundation for generations to come.
I wrote it as a resource manual for action, showing the principles underlying that new foundation and many examples of the application of love and care in business and finance and its positive results.
              The essential statement is that with the power of our hearts and its intelligence we can resolve the situation, when we work together and give everyone the space to make their contribution to the process.
Let everyone come forward. Let us hear your thoughts, feelings and insights, focussing on four area’s I address in Dare to Care:

1) To work towards creating a world where we all can express ourselves in the  vocations we love: all of us making a real contribution and be supported to do so.
2) To put provisions in place for everyone  towards the fulfilment of  four basic human rights: the entitlement to a home, food, education and health- care. We can even begin to consider seeing money itself as a human right.
3) To embrace the concept of a global financial commons as a place where we  establish a  conscience about the effect of financial transactions on the well being of people, our communities and  beautiful Earth and are held accountable for those actions (even through regulation).
Is money being used in service of the wellbeing of people and the Earth and our values  (Care First) or at their expense (Money First)?
4) To establish the right set up of our monetary system, whether we decide to use the currencies we have or create new ones (complementary systems). Here we look at the debt-based system we have with its compound interest and its (dis)functionality. What kind of  system do we need that stabalizes  our world, makes it work and creates  a healthy financial world?

I deeply address all this in Dare to Care and more. When you feel called to read the Book go to How to Order page on the Platform. It is available world wide online in Paperback. E-book and PDF format. You will be able to print it off yourself on the Expresso Book Machine in cities all around the world (see map).
The book comes with the invitation for us all to participate in making the transition, being aware of so many others who are also  taking this initiative too. See our list of Great Initiatives in our Side Bar.
I look forward to hearing your response. I also happy to meet off line, communicate by phone or Skype. Let’s mobilse ourselves to make the difference!!!!!!