Ok, so this is my next step in experimenting with Give Freely Receive Freely. I am planning on offering more of my services on a GFRF basis, but only to those who ask for it. For other customers/clients/students there will be set prices.
What had led me to try this?
For most people GFRF is a very unusual idea, so much so that they find it very confronting to have to deal with. This can be offputting and cause them to be uncomfortable with the interaction and shy away from using a product or service. I believe that there is real value in the things that I offer and I don’t want people to miss out on those benefits because they are uncomfortable with the payment method. Also my aim is not to be confrontational but to share an idea and way of exchanging with people that I think has potential to be hugely beneficial both to the individuals involved and society as a whole, but at the moment some people get it and others just don’t.
Also, I recently had a telephone conversation with Ian from Northriver (the horse and humanship training centre listed in the directory) and one of the things we discussed was that one part of their payment policy is that the client must make the payment face to face. I think this increases the connection between giver and receiver and helps to make sure that the client has some level of internal reflection on the value of what they have received so that they are comfortable with the payment they give in return for it. I think this is a powerful idea with many benefits, but not one that I feel I am able to implement with all of my services at the moment. In particular this would be difficult with my junior Kung Fu classes as I do not have that level of engagement with many of the parents (many of them I do not see, or they drop and run). I would like to increase the level of engagement with these parents but don’t think I can push it on them, its one of the common problems of modern life – excessive busyness resulting in disengagement from community. I think that GFRF can help to solve these problems, but people need to come to it in their own time – I’m not going to force it on them.
So how will people find out that I am offering things on a Give Freely Receive Freely basis?
Well, I’m going underground with it, but it will be underground with big gaping cavernous entrances and signs with flashing lights pointing the way in. I think that GFRF has great potential to create better interactions between individuals and a better society and world for all of us to live in, so of course I am going to continue to tell people about it. I will continue to write on this blog and share the posts with people. I figure the people that ‘get it’ will find the idea and the posts interesting and will look around the site and find all of what is on offer. Those that don’t ‘get it’ will just find the idea too strange and probably won’t look around the site or read many of the posts.
It really won’t be hard to find what I am offering GFRF, it will be listed on the directory along with the services of others that I find are offering things in this or a similar way. Those that are interested will find it.
In addition to this I will continue to offer some of my services only on a GFRF basis, these services will act as entrance points to Give Freely Receive Freely and will introduce the idea to people and start them getting used to it.
And finally, if I come across someone who I think could particularly benefit from my GFRF offerings and somehow has not found out about it through other means, I’ll tell them about it and point them to this website. I actually did this the other day with a parent who said they were having difficulty coming up with the fees for their child’s Kung Fu classes – so I guess technically I have already started offering Kung Fu on a GFRF basis.
What am I offering GFRF?
I will continue to offer the following services openly GFRF:
- Clinical work (using Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine)
- Weekend Workshops (Qigong and Self Defence Workshops)
I will offer the following on an underground GFRF basis: (people will have to ask for it)
- Kung Fu classes
- Term based courses (Qigong, Self Defence – possibly some more offerings soon)
The following will still have set prices due to the fixed incremental costs involved in supplying them: (although I do have ideas about trying to offer some of these on a GFRF basis too, so stay tuned on that).
- All physical products (health products, books, t-shirts, uniforms, massage equipment etc.)
- Gradings and Examinations
What does the future hold for GFRF?
Well I will continue to experiment with ways of offering things on a Give Freely Receive Freely basis. I think there is such value in GFRF to create better lives and a better world for all of us, but I realize that it can take a lot of work to effectively link theory and practice. I want to make this work on a practical level. I will continue to share my experiences along the way as I find what works and what doesn’t work for me.
I will also continue to find and list details in the directory of other people doing things on a GFRF basis or similar. I will also be interviewing or encouraging these people to contribute their experiences with GFRF to this blog so that we can all learn from and be inspired by each other – look forward to a post about my conversation with Ian from Northriver soon.
I may start again to post some items about my thoughts on politics, history and philosophy and how they apply to GFRF. I pulled back from this for awhile because it all felt a bit overwhelming to lay out all the theory while being so new and inexperienced to the practice of GFRF. I think its really important to get theory and practice in balance otherwise you just end up fantasizing… or even worse ranting. So it will probably be only the occasional post on philosophy at this point as I think my focus needs to be more on practice right now, but I think there may be some value in beginning to write these again.
I am excited to be able to offer Kung Fu on a GFRF basis. Kung Fu was a real sticking point for me in figuring out how I could offer it GFRF due to the dynamics of some of the interactions involved and I think taking it ‘underground’ may be a good way for me to do this. I hope that it is successful and if there is enough of an underground movement I may be able to bring it out into the open later on. As with all aspects of GFRF, it is an experiment at the moment. I will continue to review tweak and change if necessary to find what works.