“Rather than looking at the unanswered questions, we have to look at the unquestioned answers.”
~ Lynne Twist
For those who know Lynne Twist’s mission, and her published works, you know that she believe that the conscious unquestioned answers that have brought us to the place the human species is now are tied up in our relationship with money.
Years ago I became a huge fan and follower of Louise Hay. And for the first time thought about my influence in the path of my own life, my emotional responses, and even my relationship with money. I consider Louise one of my greatest teachers. I follow her example as I build my business, and my life. Her instructions on how to shape one’s life into one we love by using positive affirmations completely shifted my view on how our world operates. She helped me redefine my worth, and realign my life’s mission to its original target of abundance and source of love.
Lynn Twist’s thoughts on questioning the accepted answers on so many levels of human existence were an important next step on my journey. She reminds us that we (humans) created money. We made it and we can determine how it continues to exist. We can direct its flow and orchestrate its movements. We have power over money, not the other way around.
Because we lost sight of this fact, we (individually and as a global society) have allowed our relationship with money to take us in directions that are not only wrong, but that have placed us at a point in history where life as we know it on Earth is threatened.
Because of the choices we have made around money, and because of not stopping for a moment to question the assumed answers about it, we sacrifice our wellbeing, and the wellbeing of every living thing on our planet.
Money has been allowed to dictate who gets fed nourishing meals.
Money is the determining factor in who among us lives in safe homes.
Money regulates who receives quality medical attention.
Money wields the scales of justice, tipping them in favor of who can “afford” the best attorney.
Money is the trigger that sets in motion the greed that incites wars over the land and natural resources our Earth provides generously to us.
Is money the root of all evil?
Money is something we made up.
Perhaps because at the time it made sense.
Perhaps it was a useful tool that created a balanced trade system to allow the barter system to have a middle object to be exchanged when two parties did not need each others exact items or services.
Perhaps its usefulness has worn out.
Perhaps it is time to extinguish money and create something new, something that fits our current state of humanity.
It is time to look at the unquestioned answers. And question them.
Lynn Twist reminds us that because we live in a consumer culture where “enough” has no place…. only “more” has a place. And when we get “more,” we want “more.” Because of this paradigm, you cannot reach prosperity or abundance through the doorway of “more.” “More” can only generate lack in one’s experience.
And she is not the only one who thinks so.
Marianne Williamson, Dr Wayne Dyer, Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra, Robert Holden, Jim Brickman, and many other renown visionaries and teachers around the world have broached the topic of our faulty relationship to money.
About a year ago I found Charles Eisenstein’s perspectives on Sacred Economics. Charles has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University and is the Author of Sacred Economics.
Charles has leading edge attitudes about society, the environment, and money. His research and studies have reasoned that when everything is subject to money, then the scarcity of money (or the possibility of its scarcity) makes everything scarce, including the basis of human life and happiness.
He sites a study where they took people with a net worth of 25 million dollars or more and asked them, “are you financially secure?” The majority said no and when asked how much “more” money would you need to be financially secure? They all named a figure of 25% “more” than they already had.
Charles says we have become divorced from things that people actually want and need. And that the things we need most are the things we have become most afraid of, such as adventure, intimacy, and authentic communication.
He is clear with his assessment of the financial crisis the world faces today. “It arises from the fact that there is almost no more social, cultural, natural, and spiritual capital left to convert into money.”
“What does economic growth actually mean?” Charles asks, and then answers: “It means more consumption – and consumption of a specific kind: more consumption of goods and services that are exchanged for money.”
And at this point we have monetized almost everything.
In his book Sacred Economics he explains how the way money is created as debt, and that creating money as debt is an unquestioned mistake. His theory about our global economy is not about eliminating money, it’s about transforming its nature, for example, no longer creating money as debt, rather creating money as sacred.
He describes not merely altering our attitudes about money, rather, that we will create a new kind of money that embodies and reinforces our changed attitudes. It is a metamorphosis in human identity. The metamorphosis both causes and results in the transformation of money because the shift takes place at core levels:
- our understanding of the purpose of life,
- humanity’s role on the planet, the relationship of the individual to the human and natural community;
- what it is to be an individual, a self, rather than identify with all the things we possess because of what a greedy use of money has gotten us.
He is not talking about the abolition of money, but rather the transformation of money.
I personally feel that abolition would be the natural next step, once humanity aligns fully with itself. But that is another blog post…
Through the lessons in the works of Louise Hay, Lynne Twist, Charles Eisenstein and many others, we can begin to build a better sense of self, and a better relationship with our humanity.
Louise Hay educates her students with the reminder that “Every thought we think is creating our future. Tell yourself: ‘I am in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.”
Lynn Twist encourages us to recognize that, “You can make a difference with what you are already have. When you make a difference with what you already have, it expands.”
Charles Eisenstein says “We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human.”
And for each one of us with minds that think, we need to consider carefully the unquestioned answers that we have through inheritance merely accepted.
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Originally Blogged on Twinkle’s World – March 15, 2012