One of my Markoisms is “Let money serve us, not enslave us.”
Money is probably the most charged issue I come across with people in general. I’ve been in workshops that can get into the most intimate details of ones sex life & into the most disturbing toxic dysfunctions and hurts. Yet when the subject of money comes uP, that is the one issue with the BIGGEST charge, the LARGEST trigger point for people. Nothing triggers the emotions like the subject of money!
So it’s a GREAT relief for me to find someone with a extremely healthy outlook on money & gets it! That person is Lynne Twist and you can visit her @ the Soul of Money Institute
Here’s an Amazon review of her book The Soul of Money
Rusty Schweikart was the first man to walk in space. He had been tightly scheduled with activities each moment he was floating outside the command module in the late 60′s. But at one point his camera jammed, and he was able to experience just being in space and circling the earth. Many of you may have seen the video he made from this remarkable experience called “No Frames No Boundaries.”
It took Rusty many years to digest and integrate this planetary experience and to realize the responsibilities he felt to mankind for the privilege he had been given. He came to call himself “a sensing element for mankind” (to know more about Rusty, his life and work http://www.well.com/~rs/ ).
When I read “The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship to Money and Life,” I found that Lynne herself is also such a sensing element for mankind.
She worked for several decades as the chief fundraiser (she’s raised $150 million from individuals) for the Hunger Project, which has been a revolutionary effort far beyond what some of us may remember it for in its beginnings. In that role her travels have taken her all over the world–from Bangladesh to Ethiopia, from the Women’s Conference in Bejing (where she reports some of the most poignant and heartbreaking stories you’ll ever read) to South Africa and the installation of Nelson Mandela, although that story is not included.
Lynne has been with the rich and famous. One of her great stories is her returning a $50,000 check from a corporate CEO because she realized it was guilt money. Read the book to find out what happened next! And, of course, she has been with the poor and apparently downtrodden. They have been her great teachers and inspiration for this book. They taught her how money can be blessed, how when it comes from love, appreciation, and intention–from the soul–it has power, it flows and it can transform lives.
Where she has been on this planet, what she has seen, and how she has thought about it and integrated it into the soul of her being is the gift she gives back to us, her readers. Very few of us have had the opportunity to go where she has gone, to meet whom she has met, and to have contributed as much as she and her colleagues have to helping to end hunger and poverty on our fragile, blue orb, as Rusty first saw it.
Lynne offers great guidance about how we can each be and be better philanthropists (the amount doesn’t matter, but the intention and commitment surely do). But the core of the book (which many of us may already know) is a transformation from a “you or me” world to a “you and me.” one. Buckminster Fuller first articulated that as the necessary condition we are challenged to make on spaceship Earth (also his articulation). He was someone who profoundly influenced Lynne.
She leads us through the belief systems around scarcity (fear of not enough, push to always get more, resignation that it’s just the way it is) to belief systems around sufficiency (there is always enough; turn our attention and appreciation to what we already have). Sufficiency becomes a more useful word than abundance. Creating a world of sufficiency (includes sustainability) is where we are headed together.
The most compelling parts of the book are the stories she tells from around the planet about actually ending hunger and poverty. She shows that this change of belief systems (we actually do have enough most of the time; we can focus on and appreciate what we already have to get to where we want to go) along with love, understanding, and effective facilitation can get the job done. “The Soul of Money” adds the interior dimensions as a vital and necessary component to solutions to hunger and poverty.
Lynne is herself a gifted and expert facilitator, and at the personal level the stories she shares of people who pull themselves out of poverty and lack are equally riveting. She concludes with a remarkable narrative about the last months of life of her mother, her first role model as a fundraiser and philanthropist. How Lynne assists her mother to fully complete her life is a wonderful offering to all of us with aging parents.
“The Soul of Money” is about far more than just the soul of money. Lynne reveals her own soul, the souls of the rich and the poor, and the collective soul of which we all partake that holds the promise of a sufficient, just, and more peaceful planet. Just as Rusty Scheweikart took us around the whole earth from the outside, Lynne, gives us many inside views of the beauty and commonality which we share. She provides an outstanding, authentic, and worthy ride!
I recommend visiting her site Soul of Money Institute & if you buy her book The Soul of Money, consider buying it at your local independent store & make a conscious choice to support you local book store dealer & your contribution will not hurt behemoth Amazon but will surely help your local book dealer & local economy. -M