Money is a stand in for value.
We interpret what will be exchanged and determine the value.
I used to think money had a value and things were bought and sold within that value. I see that when we understand we are the value then the exchange is relative to what we have and how we feel about what we have. Recently I offered to help build a kitchen with cabinetry, sinks, flooring etc. I was offering it as a trade for ease and time. I was not interested in building kitchens as work or employment. My measurement was different. If I was trying to build a business I would charge rates to reflect that. I would charge more because I valued my time and was not interested in doing this as work.
After years of confusion about the nature of money, I just realized it is a language!
Money is not value.
I realized something today. Money is a language, like English or science. I used to look at dollar bills and coin and always be confused. Money is a language of value. Physical money is not the value any more than a written word ‘book’ is an actual book. It is a stand-in.
Money is a stand-in for value. The actual value is within the self and is intrinsic. Confusion occurs when we receive money as a value for something we have done and we believe it says something about us.
If I was to write the word money on a piece of paper and I did this all day long and had thousands of pieces of paper with the word money, does that make me any richer?
Money is a picture on a piece of paper and if you were to collect them you would have a ton of paper but where is the value?
Value is within the relationships, within our experiences. We trade our life for pictures and call it value.