I Know It Is Possible To Live With Zero Money, Abundantly

6 May, 2023.  No, no worries... I'm still alive and kicking.  The original version of this sight was deleted by Google Sites, gone for good.  After a few days of nothing, this new version of it is now under re-construction, in the process of converting it to the new Google Sites.  In the mean time, please excuse the inconvenience navigating the confusion until I have time to revamp it.  --Suelo


Since the Spring of 2015, I had to put my life of house-less and moneyless freedom on hold to be a live-in caretaker for my aging parents.  My dad finally passed away last February 2016, so now I just care for my mom.

With a few exceptions, I still don't take or use money for myself.   But I did have to get a state ID, I manage my mom's finances, I pay her bills, and I shop for her, dealing with general bureaucracy.  I don't have a driver's license, though I've been offered the gift of a car several times but have refused it. 

I feel as passionate as ever about a moneyless world, and I hope to return to moneyless living. 

I Know It Is Possible To Live With Zero Money, Abundantly


How?  Because it has happened to me,

as it's happening to ants and deer and slugs and sparrows

and bacteria and atoms and galaxies. 

That's right, it's 

Nothing Special.  

It's happening to the whole, infinite universe

outside our teeny-tiny itty-bitty Babylon we call "civilization"

(which we think is the whole universe). 


Yup, I boast! 

I boast about

Nothing Special

Let the Nothing-Specials boast,

for Babylon has boasted its delusions of "value" & "progress",

and trampled Nature,

shat on Beauty, 

long enough.



"My Gratis is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in Weakness.  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my Weaknesses"

        --Apostle Paul


Faqr Fakhri

"Poverty is my Pride."

        --Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullāh

"My sermons are criticized by certain audiences. 

They say that my sermons are hollow, not holy. 

I agree with them because I myself am not holy. 

The Buddha's teaching guides people 

to the place where there is nothing special... 

People often misunderstand faith 

as kind of ecstasy of intoxication... 

True faith is sobering up from such intoxication."

    --Kodo Sawaki ("Homeless Kodo")


I've been living without a cent to my name since the autumn of 2000 (with a month's exception during my first year). I don't use or accept money or conscious barter, and I don't take food stamps or other government dole (not that I think those things are bad or that those who use them are in any way inferior).


And, after years of doing this, to my joy, I've learned there are other people in the world doing the same.



I simply got tired of acknowledging as real 

this most common world-wide belief called money!

I simply got tired of being unreal.

Money is one of those intriguing things 

that becomes real because you believe it is real.

Wild Nature, outside civilization, 

runs on gift economy:

"freely give, freely receive."

Thus it is balanced. 

Commercial civilization runs 

on thought of credit and debt 

(knowledge of good & evil);

thus it is imbalanced.

What nation on earth 

can even balance its own budget or environment?

Gift Economy is Faith, Grace, Love 

--the message at the heart of every religion,

though rejected by virtually every religious institution. 

The proof is inside you:

Wild Nature is your True Nature, 

crucified by commercial civilization.


One Day, in the Present, 

we will dis-cover

True Civilization:

New Jerusalem,

descending from Now,


--yes, Artistic Splendor

that makes what we now call "civilization"

pale to absurdity!








Essays Sprouted in El Suelo:



If there were no debts in our money system, there wouldn’t be any money. - Marriner S. Eccles, former Chairman and Governor of the Federal Reserve Board

Forgive us our debts

even as we forgive our debtors.

 - Jesus

I seek refuge in you from sin and from being in debt.


Owe no one anything,

except to love one another,

for one who loves another has fulfilled the law.


Money confers the power to command the labor of others. Love of money is love of power. And love of power is the root of all evil.

-Ed Abbey ("A Voice Crying in the Wilderness")

Before our white brothers came to civilize us we had no jails. Therefore we had no criminals. You can’t have criminals without a jail. We had no locks or keys, and so we had no thieves. If a man was so poor that he had no horse, tipi or blanket, someone gave him these things. We were too uncivilized to set much value on personal belongings. We wanted to have things only in order to give them away. We had no money, and therefore a man’s worth couldn’t be measured by it. We had no written law, no attorney or politicians, therefore we couldn’t cheat. 

We were in a really bad way before the white man came, and I don’t know how we managed to get along without the basic things which, we are told, are absolutely necessary to make a civilized society.

-- Lakota Sage Lame Deer (from John Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions)


You can't get rich if you treat your relatives right.

You can't get rich without cheating people.  

Cheating people is the wrong way.

That way gets you into trouble.

Men should be honest to get along.

 --Anonymous Navajo Leader (p. 32, The Book of the Navajo, RF Locke, 2001


Question to Peace Pilgrim:  "Why don't you accept money?"


Peace Pilgrim:  Because I talk about spiritual truth, and spiritual truth should never be sold - those who sell it injure themselves spiritually.... "Those who attempt to buy spiritual truth are attempting to get it before they are ready. In this wonderfully well-ordered universe, when they are ready it will be given.


Non-possession is allied to non-stealing. A thing not originally stolen must nevertheless 

1. New:

Suelo's TEDx talk & Transcript: GIFT ECONOMY: Domestic to Wild, Creation to Recreation, Immaturity to Adulthood

2. The Physics and Spirituality of Gift Economy (video and transcript)


3. What Money Is & What Money Is Not   

(In word, anyway, though few practice it.)


5.  Our Fall From Grace: Our Departure From Gratis: The Beginning of Money (Examining the Meaning of the Universal Myth of Stealing Fire From Heaven)


6. Love & Possessions - Sex & Money (Finding the link between personal relations, world  religions, and the world system)


7. Is Banking Criminal?  What The World's Ancient Philosophers & Religions Say



8. How to Become Free From Debt [revised 11/29/2011]

9. A Culture Living Abundantly Without Money Today

10. My Answer to Ayn Rand


11. The Seven-Headed Dragon: World Commerce

(Hard-core Bible theology withheld from you by church business interests)



12. I Am Who I Am, the Way, the Truth, and the Life: Name Above All Names[originally entitled To Be Yourself Is To Be Perfect]

What? How can you say Christianity is Islam is Buddhism is Hinduism is Taoism is Judaism? By practicing your Christianity!

13. Contradiction between Eastern Religion and Christianity? Non-Dualism embraces Dualism?

14. Money, Oneness, and Division

be classified as stolen property, if we possess it without needing it.  Possession implies provision for the future. A seeker after Truth, a follower of the law of Love, cannot hold anything against tomorrow. God never stores for the morrow.  He never creates more than what is strictly needed for the moment. If, therefore, we repose faith in His Providence, we should rest assured that He will give us every day our daily bread, meaning everything that we require.... Our ignorance or negligence of the Divine Law, which gives to man from day to day his daily bread and no more, has given rise to inequalities with all the miseries attendant upon them. The rich have superfluous store of things which they do not need and which are, therefore, neglected and wasted, while millions are starved to death for want of sustenance.

-- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 


Those who wish to make room for the Lord must find pleasure not in private, but in common property…. Redo

uble your charity. For, on account of the things which each one of us possesses singly, wars exist, hatreds, discords, strifes among human beings, tumults, dissensions, scandals, sins, injustices, and murders. On what account? On account of those things which each of us possesses singly. Do we fight over the things we possess in common? We inhale this air in common with others, we all see the sun in common. Blessed therefore are those who make room for the Lord, so as not to take pleasure in private property. Let us therefore abstain from the possessions of private property—or from the love of it, if we cannot abstain from possession—and let us make room for the Lord.

--Saint Augustine (354–430 CE)  [Commentary on Psalm 131], unanimous with virtually all the early church fathers & mothers. Is this the same religion as what passes itself off as Christianity today? Augustine is beloved (in word) by both Evangelicals and Catholics. Augustine gave up his possessions to the poor.

Only when the last tree has died, 

15.  Gift of Favor, Gift of Suffering




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the last river has been poisonedand the last fish has been caught,

will we realize that we can't eat money.

-- Cree Proverb



I am poor and naked but I am the chief of a nation.

We do not want

riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good.

We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches.

We want peace and love.

--Red Cloud, Oglala Sioux


 This is not about feeling guilty about past ancestors. This is not about feeling guilty at all. Guilt accomplishes nothing. This is about recognizing and acknowledging the mentality of our ancestors is just as strong, if not stronger, within ourselves and our culture today. And this is not about race. This genocidal mentality is called business.  Business justifies anything.  Recognize and acknowledge, change our hearts and behavior, and move on. And this is not about looking at the splinter in native eyes (yawn... yeah, some natives had wars and skirmishes with each other), but about looking at the lumber yard in our own. Did any nomadic native tribe massacre whole populations or destroy their own ecosystems we all depend upon, as our own business culture has done and is doing, over and over?

In proportion as he Simplifies his Life, the

Laws of the Universe will appear less complex, and Solitude will not be solitude, nor Poverty poverty, nor Weakness weakness.  

--Henry David Thoreau


I am in utter poverty by reason of my devotion to the God.

I know that my plainness of speech makes them hate me, and what is their hatred but a proof that I am speaking the truth?. . . .

I am that gadfly which God has given the state and all day long and in all places am always fastening upon you, arousing and persuading and reproaching you... 

. . . .

And that I am given to you by God is proved by this: - that if I had been like other men, I should not have neglected all my own concerns, or patiently seen the neglect of them during all these years... exhorting you to regard virtue; this I say, would not be like human nature.

And had I gained anything, or if my exhortations had been paid, there would have been some sense in that:

but now, as you will perceive,

not even the impudence of my accusers dares to say that I have ever exacted or sought pay of anyone; they have no witness of that.

And I have a sufficient witness to the truth of what I say--my poverty. 


                   --Socrates [Plato's Apology]


Never have We sentan apostle to any nation

without the wealthy saying,

"We do not believe

the message you bring."

(Quran 34:34)


"No servant can serve two masters,for either he will hate the one

and love the other,

or he will be devoted to the one

and despise the other.

You cannot work for God and money." 


The Pharisees, who were lovers of money,

heard all these things,

and they ridiculed Jesus.

(Luke 16:13-14)


Better than ritual practice [abhyasa]

is knowledge [jnana, or gnosis];

Better than knowledge [jnana]

is concentration [dhyana, or zen];

Better than concentration is renunciation of the reward of all action,from which directly issues Peace.

(Bhagavad Gita 12:12)

    And what is money 

    but the representation of 

    the reward of action?

The use of money, talent, cleverness to gain power or deriving power from any use of these is evil.  But there is a power which is in no way related

to that power which is evil. 

This power is not to be bought

through worship, prayers and self-denying

or self-destructive meditations. 

All effort to become or to be

must wholly, naturally, cease. 

Only then that power which is not evil, can be.

--Krishnamurti (p.23, Krishnamurti's Notebook)