In the beginning ....
HOW THE IDEA OF GIFTING STARTED FOR ME AND THE ‘WIGGLY WOBBLY WAY’ WAS BORN
I suppose if I was to start at the very beginning, It would be probably be some 30 years ago whilst having a Sunday afternoon car drive out into the country with my young sons.
We stopped just outside a village in Cheshire in the area of Malpas - not sure of its name at the time, but on reflecting and tracing our steps, it could have been the village of Wrenbury.
ON parking the car, we walked through the village centre, and in what seemed like a short distance, we came across a housing estate, and there we spotted a notice on a garden gate - it proclaimed ‘Everyone Welcome’, I was drawn towards it, and on opening the gate, we took the invitation at its word and proceeded to walk through onto the garden path.
For some reason, I felt the hairs on my neck stand on end, and, at this very moment encountered what I can only describe as a an overwhelming good feeling ….it was amazing!
YOU see, it was not just the fact that we were unreservedly welcomed in, I believe something deeper was working - It was in fact, the 'giving out' without any expectation of anything in return - this unrestricted gateway was the gateway to my heart - it was giving out love ....infinite love.
[Much later, I realised that the feeling I experienced was what it should be like all the time, but we are mostly unable to feel like this because our present competitive system, and the selfish greedy society this brings with it.]
JUST RING THE BELL
JUST A few more paces into the garden ......
…. and there it was - a glorious wiggly wobbly path edged with a border of pretty flowers and rose bushes of all sorts, and I can remember colourful gnomes, windmill, a wishing well and apple trees laden with red ripe apples . . . .
The Wiggly Wobbly Way at Farndon. Illustrated by Sian Bowman
In the distance, the path curling round and leading to a large sun house with seats around the inside and a sign saying ‘Free Teas‘- just ring the bell!
There was a definite air of wonder about the place but no sign of anyone about, and I later often thought about the person who had unselfishly shared all this with us, it was a welcoming invite to everyone into his or her world.
The exiting, elated good feeling I got on this day never left me.
All efforts in the following years to find again the 'welcoming gate', unfortunately, did not succeed.
GIVE AND TAKE
It was some years later in 1992, along with my wife Jackie and my friend and colleague Frank Bowman, we did something in like the same 'vein' of gifting and started a stall which we called the Give and Take stall every week on the Thursday market in Connah’s Quay, North Wales, as an integral part of our earlier formed 'Creating Welhealth' organization.
The Give and Take stall was started off by putting un-needed but still useful items from our own homes on to it, giving them away for free and inviting people visiting the stall to do the same, whilst telling them they could freely take items off the stall if they so wished.
We also featured the stall at many fetes and fairs of the day as it grew in popularity, and years later to date, In Corwen it has evolved as the 'Incredible Edible Gift Economy Eco Farm', and the Give and Take stall is still held every Friday and Saturday In Chester Market, and at Farndon - now open everyday there as part the Wiggly Wobbly Way Project.
SPREADING THE MESSAGE
Give and Take can now be seen in many forms over the country with its anti-consumerist message now even more relevant today showing the advantages of a moneyless, sharing society - as our present money system inevitably falters.
I hope our Wiggly Wobbly Way Project, which is a sharing, gifting resource place based on my experience on that day in Malpas, will enthuse other people, and spark them into spreading the idea ...... aiding the conscious awakening of humanity and a new advanced form of civilization based on a moneyless sharing system.
Please research: "The Gift Economy Movement"
Further to all of the above, as I advance even further with new information coming to me daily and a new level of thinking, we must seriously look at amazing evidence that we do not live on a spinning globe and the science we have all learned at school is very seriouly faltered.
This is so massive a lie, that I sincerely ask people to also do your own research on this matter - thanks,
(Published with some edits in Network News, (edition 240) May 2013)
Give and Take stall at the Wiggly Wobbly Way
Open all week, 10am till 4pm, also evenings in the Summer - bring your useful unwanted items to freely put onto the stall so that others can freely take them off.