The Barter System: Why Not?

I had a conversation recently with a friend who was telling me about a Youtube channel she was following, and a philosophy that very much resonated with her. She was impressed that communities exist where very little cash exchanges hands. The barter system is the preferred way, and indeed, a growing number of communities are turning to, and thriving under this ancient economic system.

Granted, only a minority of the population are doing this, but it definitely has merit and is worth exploring.

In today’s world, the literal exchange of goods or services is not usually what comes to mind for most people when they are thinking about their needs and wants. The first thing we think is, oh, this is going to cost some money (that I might not have to spare), or, this is what I have to offer, and this is the price that I expect to receive for it. It always boils down to money, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

For example, our conversation reminded me about the time years ago when I was looking for a canoe, and a friend had an old one that he didn’t want anymore. When I asked him how much he wanted for it, he said, “Nothing, but how about a trade? I would like one of your paintings.” This worked out perfectly for the both of us and put big smiles on our faces. I ended up with a canoe, and he ended up with a piece of original artwork.

More recently, I’ve been exchanging Reiki and massages with other practitioners. However, now that the time has come to market my fledgling business (via this website, Facebook, and business cards), the question of fair, competitive rates for services has necessitated some thought.

While I do have set rates – which of course helps to pay the bills – I’ve also made a conscious decision to NOT LIMIT creative options for payment of service. After all, the healing arts are about opening our hearts to helping one another on this journey called life.

If you would like to experience the healing benefits of Reiki, Shamanic Reiki, or AromaTouch® Technique massage, but your budget is a bit tight, it’s possible that you just may have something equally valuable to offer in exchange. Let’s talk about it!

M.Ixchel’s Healing Arts
(519) 992-4050


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