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Sacred Finance

(Taken from Chapter 9 of Soul Health: Aligning with Spirit for Radiant Living)

Man cannot be satisfied by wealth. ~~ Katha Upanishad

There is nothing sacred about money itself—sacredness lies in the meaning we ascribe to it. Often it is in having less, not more, that we build the platform on which our souls can grow.

08 Aug picIn his book , Sacred Economics, Charles Eisenstein outlines the history of money as well as the influence money has had on our overall sense of separation from ourselves, each other, and the world at large. Eisenstein writes about how communities of the world have become fractured by getting lost in concepts of money, and points out how money, rather than an inner life, has become the focal point for most people. He emphasizes that both the meaning and power of money have morphed into ends in their own right rather than the means of supplementing growth and consciousness.

Another author, Lynne Twist, provides a philosophical view of money through the eyes of both the rich and the poor. Her book, The Soul of Money, offers a broad view concerning ideas about scarcity, prosperity, abundance, and success. She interviews everyone from Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life to aiding the poor,  to others who are vastly wealthy. In her work as a global fundraiser, she has woven her experiences into her writing and captured the essence of everyone’s longing for financial security.

Both books offer views that can be helpful in developing your own financial well-being and applying it to soul health.

(To read further, purchase Soul Health: Aligning With Spirit for Radiant Living at www.drkatherinetkelly.com, www.amazon.com, or www.barnesandnoble.com)

Financial Security and Soul Health

(Taken from Chapter 9 of Soul Health:  Aligning with Spirit for Radiant Living)

My soul whispered that what I really yearned for was not financial security but financial serenity. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

DSC_0156Our perceptions about lack or abundance are at the heart of our need for financial security. But our ideas about what is really necessary can conflict with the needs of our soul. At a basic level, of course, we do need enough resources for our survival, but beyond that we are often fooled by society to think we need more objects, success, or status in order for our souls to thrive. Though certain pleasures and possessions can serve our soul’s health, few are necessary for its evolution.

Author Sarah Ban Breathnach, in describing her own struggles with finding financial security, said that the more she focused on “lack” the more depressed she got, and the more depressed she got, the more she continued to focus on what she did not have. This is when she discovered that finding peace within was the key to a healthy relationship with the simple abundance in her life. She recognized that the simplicity in her life was more valuable than vast wealth. She learned to appreciate the simple things in life that brought her joy and went on to become a best-selling author as a result, which brought her more wealth.

Our financial security depends primarily on what we perceive our needs to be and whether we believe we have enough money to support them. Many have the resources to meet their needs, but their built-in fears prevent them from attaining them. Others may not have the financial resources to acquire what they think they need, when, in truth, their desired objects are not necessary for their soul’s growth and evolution. 

What we regard as our genuine needs within our experience of the human condition can be complex, though the needs of the soul are strikingly simple. As humans, we often believe we need many things around us—cars, houses, televisions, cell phones, and so on—to make us feel secure and complete. However, our souls need much less in order to evolve. In fact, we often grow more when faced with the idea of having less. Our feelings and ideas about money, when we examine them closely, can lead us to peace no matter how much or how little we have.

  • What has created your sense of financial security or lack of one?
  • What helps you to feel more peaceful when you think of your resources?
  • What does your soul really need to feel more secure?

(To read further, purchase Soul Health: Aligning With Spirit for Radiant Living at www.drkatherinetkelly.com, www.amazon.com, or www.barnesandnoble.com)

 

The Angel in Starbucks

I can’t get this out of my mind.  It revisits me nearly every day as I try to create my “to do” list.   In fact, if it weren’t such a true reminder of what we all need to be doing, it wouldn’t haunt—or perhaps bless me the way it has.

I’m talking about an experience I had the day after Thanksgiving last year.  A friend and I got together to grab a java, then go do some work on a few videos and photos for my website.  We went to a Starbucks Coffee on her side of town, one that I rarely visit since she lives several miles away.  I had ordered my usual Venti Decaf Skim Latte and was over at what I call the “chemistry counter” sprinkling cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla powder onto the nicely done cloud of foam that was resting gently upon my drink.

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I could sense someone’s energy just behind me so I started to move to the side, apologizing for taking up the entire space.  What I heard next still rings loudly in my ears.   An older man’s voice came over my right shoulder saying, “Oh, no ma’am, please take your time.  When I was your age I rushed through too much and missed a lot of my life.”

Ouch.  I could feel his pain, but it immediately flared mine as well.

I went back to the table where my friend sat and shared what I had just heard.  We had a short conversation about it as I spotted the man a few tables away from us.  He was sitting alone, wore an ex-marine’s baseball cap, and was probably about 75 or 80 years old.  He looked weathered but generally healthy.  Throughout the time there, I would glance over at him just to see how he went about reading and drinking his coffee.  I mostly wanted to see if he was fully taking in his day.

Why is it that we go through life saying that we wish we had more time, yet we fill our day with meaningless tasks—mindless t.v. shows, surf time on the internet,  and any number of other things that won’t necessarily change or improve our lives?  Why is it that our regrets are almost always about what we didn’t do rather than what we did?  How did we get so lost in this human condition that our limited time on this planet doesn’t even enter our awareness?

I have to admit that this anonymous man made me think.  And still does.  In my book, Soul Health, I talk about the need to be discerning about every aspect of our lives in order to align ourselves for radiant living.  I suppose I wouldn’t have written the book if I had it all figured out, but this brief interchange has changed me in a deep way.  It penetrated my core and reminded me in a very profound way that there is a greater purpose to being alive.

Time FliesI’ve always taken life very seriously, gleaning whatever I can from each experience.  But this unnamed angel has deepened my awareness that time really is of the essence.  We have all sorts of sayings and clichés about the word (“Timing is everything”, “Standing the tests of time…”, “Time flies…”, etc.), but perhaps the most profound is Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “Lost time is never found again.”

The funny thing is, a client of mine reminded me just the other day of the words I said to him a few sessions earlier.  We were wrapping up the session and he asked me how things were going in the rest of my professional life.  I told him about the many projects I’m working on and he said, “Ya know, someone with long, brown hair once told me about the word discernment…. something about picking and choosing your activity to make sure you get the most out of life…..  I wonder if you know her.”  I hate it when my words come back to haunt me.  But the truth is, like the angel in Starbucks, even my clients serve as messengers of things I need to hear sometimes.  He was quite proud of himself as he walked out the door—a gentle and wise man in his own right—but clearly gloating that he had gently nailed me about the goings on of my own busy life.

Time.  An underappreciated word.  Think on it.