[Catalyst #19] Transforming our Relationship with Money
By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
Tomorrow we begin the Healthy Money Summit with more than 32 top pioneers as part of our Autumn of Abundance and our commitment to addressing how we make the shift to a new era.
Money is a fascinating arena, especially for people on a spiritual path. Our religious and spiritual traditions have tended to have strong anti-money biases, which often leads spiritual folks to have less of it and wrestle with money issues, compromising our power in the world.
Gordon Davidson and Corinne McLaughlin offered us a powerful antidote teleseminar last week, a fascinating article below, and will also offer an upcoming Spiritual Mastery of Money course that show us how to transform this issue on a root level. Summit co-host and financial therapist Bari Tessler shares an article below on facing money taboos and even going "full frontal" with our money stories - quite powerful.
What we are moving towards is the creation of a truly sacred relationship with money and its flow, which leads us to generous, collaborative and sustainable systems. There are exciting movements afoot, several of which are covered in this issue of the Catalyst or this week during the Summit, ranging from Vicki Robin's video on "relational eating" to the powerful insights into the commons by James Quilligan, an advisor to heads of state around the world, to Susan Davis' powerful KINS innovation in philanthropy and social movement building, chronicled below.
From local currencies to conscious investment funds, from financial therapy to micro-finance and sharing, it's clear that we are now FINALLY bringing spirit and matter together to create a sacred, sustainable, and healthy relationship with this very odd thing we call money. If you're at all intrigued to heal the spirit-money split in you, read on (and join the Healthy Money Summit).
Many people recognize that the transition to a sustainable world means turning the economy into an ecosystem. But the way of making this adjustment is entirely unclear. A shift to what? And how?
Governments, scientists, think tanks, academic communities, sustainable businesses, eco-villages, transition towns, new economics, degrowth groups and sharing and gift circles are deeply fragmented in their understanding of social and economic change. Most analysts and activists have not gotten beyond the idea of pricing natural resources to create a new balance between society and nature in the 21st century . . . [read more]
For those of us interested in deepening awareness and alignment in our lives, money can feel like the final frontier of conscious practice.
We can breathe through discomfort in most any situation—from the yoga mat to intimate conversations—but money remains a nagging exception. An ongoing source of confusion, fear, and shame. That one area of our lives where, try as we might, we just can't seem to feel authentic and empowered . . . [read more]
Are your personal finances creating a better life for you and our world or are they a source of stress? Would you like to grow your money and expand your income so you can contribute to the world in a positive way?
Your money can grow abundantly like a lush garden, when the right seeds of intention are planted in the fertile, prepared ground of your subconscious, watered with your love, and energized with the sunlight of your soul. You need to keep removing the weeds of negative thoughts and beliefs so your harvest will be abundant. You can learn from nature how to be a good gardener with your money . . . [read more]
Over the last 35 years, I have worked with enlightened business leaders, philanthropists and financiers to create a breakthrough innovation method. It has proved dramatically quicker, less expensive, higher impact and more fun than other methods, but it has not spread. One reason is that the leaders have been servant leaders who sought to lead without taking credit. Secondly, the method uses an approach for manifesting that is the opposite of the traditional business approach, so it was too counter-cultural to be noticed. Let me explain . . . [read more]
I was talking the other day with Barnet Bain, the producer of the Oscar winning movie What Dreams may Come, starring Robin Williams. Barnet is working on a new movie now, which I will tell you all about a little later.
Most of you care deeply about the world. Perhaps you have a sense of our evolutionary potential, or the needless suffering in our world that could be so easily overcome by a collective shift in how we experience reality? What is the best way to bring about such a shift? Religion? Better elected leaders? Social and political action? Or simply great movies? . . . [read more]
United Nations UNITY Magazine published Summer of Peace article in China – A New Narrative of Peace: From Inner Peace to International Peace – click here to see UNITY website (the issue with the article will be listed soon).
Newly released: Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life by Oscar Miro-Quesada and Bonnie Glass-Coffin
Here is Stephen Dinan's endorsement: "In this beautiful book, Oscar bridges many worlds, bringing alive extraordinary possibilities from the shamanic realms and making them fully accessible to the modern West. He does this through his powerful loving heart, his transparent storytelling, and his unfailing dedication to serving us all with humility. He's a luminous guide into the next stage of our evolution in which Eagle and Condor fly as one." click here.
The Abundant Mystic—Creating a Life of Personal Prosperity while Serving the Highest Good of All – Free teleseminar featuring 28 luminaries including John Gray, Marci Shimoff, Panache Desai, Marcia Wieder and many more. click here.
The Pachamama Alliance – Annual Luncheon Fundraiser – November 14th, 2013 | 12:00 to 1:30 PM PST | Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center | San Francisco, California – See more, click here.
Search for Common Ground – Annual Luncheon Fundraiser – November 24, 2013 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | YOSHI's San Francisco | 13303 Filmore Street (at Eddy) featuring John Marks, founder and President, and Susan Collin Marks, Senior Vice President and Summer of Peace Wisdom Council Member – click here.
The Shift Network team recently saw The GuruGanesha Band perform live and loved their devotional and upbeat music. The GuruGanesha Band is a multi-talented ensemble culled from the A-list of players and singers on today's rapidly-expanding kirtan/chant/yoga music scene. (Before forming this band, GuruGanesha Singh was renowned for his work with Snatam Kaur, Nirinjan Kaur and Tina Malia.) http://guruganesha.com/
PING…PING. PING. PING. I hear the rain falling quite hard on the tin roof above my head. My clothes are sticky and wet from walking through the rain, and my silver flats are caked with mud. I'd normally be a bit disgruntled about being a muddy mess, but my own spirits are lifted by the high energy of so many kids buzzing around me. Their beautiful black faces are glowing, and I am filled with a mother's pride-even though these kids are not my own.
The kids are all orphans with HIV, and reside at an orphanage called AHOPE Ethiopia. Most have lost their parents to the disease as well. It's a very tough situation, and the kids don't have much of a creative outlet—until now . . . [read more]
Support The Gracias Foundation, which empowers vulnerable and impoverished women, children, and young adults with holistic resources to lead dignified and self-sustainable lives. For a deeper look at their work, read the Spotlight feature below on Executive Director Amy Paulson.
The Spiritual Mastery of Money course with Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson offers a reboot of your entire psychology and relationship with money, opening the path to more joy, flow, abundance, and deep alignment with your values. Healing the spirit-money split in you IS part of your spiritual path.
Peace Ambassador Training starts on November 6 with James O'Dea and 22 world visionaries. Learn how to find deep personal peace and promote peace in your family, community and the world. Register on Monday, Nov. 4 and The Shift Network will give two full-tuition scholarships to youth between ages 16 and 26.
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