Excuse Me, but Your Soul is Showing
Guest Post by Jennifer Gates, Community Life Coordinator, Unity of SA
“We can’t always change the circumstances that surround us, but we can choose the conversation we generate about them.” Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money
It’s a widely held perception that most people feel a chronic concern regarding the resources in their lives. How often have you heard some version of, “If you’re not a winner, you’re a loser,” “I just don’t have enough time in my day,” “I can’t afford to live the lifestyle I desire,” “I’ll never get everything checked off my to-do list,” or “I don’t have the energy to make it through this day.” Most people in America report feeling a chronic concern regarding money, time, and personal ability – especially in relation to others. Are you among this group, and if so, what if I were to tell you that this sort of thinking is misguided and shaped by the culture in which we live, not on any facts of our actual existence?
In a beautiful story of her own unfolding consciousness within the pervasive culture of money, author Lynne Twist presents us with the idea that we can take a step back to evaluate our lives in relation to money and other finite resources. Twist helps us to see that true sufficiency, or “enoughness” is a state of being, a way of seeing the world, a perspective based on awakening to the source of true abundance.
“Sufficiency is precise. Enough is a place you can arrive at and dwell in. So often we think of ‘Abundance’ as the point at which we’ll know we have arrived, but abundance continues to be elusive if we think we’ll find it in some excessive amount of something.”
Once we turn our love and attention away from what we think we need and towards what we already have – financially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically – we find that we can nourish this sufficient amount, express it through our acts of service and giving, and share our wealth with others. In doing so, a true abundance flows into our lives.
The themes of scarcity and sufficiency, along with our approach to the value of all of our resources, and specifically the money in our lives, are exciting topics that will be explored in the Fall Book Study at Unity of San Antonio, beginning the week of September 18. To learn more about the Fall Book Study, and to register for our five-week series, please click here.
The Soul of Money shines light on the skewed culture we have created around money. This book also gently guides us to the knowledge that money has no power over us other than the power we give it. Money is a concept that we, as humans, have created, not the other way around – and it is time to rethink the value we give to money and our resources. The truth of money is, WE have the power to imbue it with our own soul. Money is nothing without the attitudes and ideas we bring to it. When we are able to bring our soul to all matters of prosperity in our life and in our world, we see that our most deeply held desire truly is for the well-being of those we love and for the world around us. When we open to this “Domain of the Soul”, we act with integrity.
If you are ready to cultivate your faith faculty to rise above the uncertainty of the world around you, if you are ready to take back the control that you have over your own resources, if you are ready to focus on a spiritual foundation for true prosperous living, I invite you to join us for our 5-week series on Sunday mornings, beginning September 18, 2016, for beautiful celebration messages as well as for the Fall Book Study sessions themselves – Tuesday evenings from 7:0o p.m. – 8: 30 p.m. or Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the CommUNITY Center of our Unity Heights building.
As Lynne Twist informs us, when people use what they have to support their highest ideals and commitments and to express their deepest values, their experience of their own true wealth expands! Join us as we open ourselves to this prosperity.