Heart Thoughts: The Soul of Money

There’s a unique comfort in returning to a familiar place after some time away, and that’s exactly the warmth I felt on Sunday, reuniting with all of you. The joy was only amplified by the unexpected birthday celebration — truly, moments like these are unmatched. Eagerly, I await the day of my birthday to see what gift lies in wait.

This past Saturday marked the celebration of World Labyrinth Day, observed with splendid enthusiasm. A heartfelt thanks to Barbara Kowalska, Trish Vogel, Susan Taggert, Todd Glacy, Betti Lu Lewis, and Connie Troumbley for their diligent efforts in orchestrating such a memorable occasion. Looking ahead, mark your calendars for June 14 — a day promising another engaging labyrinth event. “Unity’s Got Talent…And Food” is not just a showcase of skills but also a fundraiser aimed at the labyrinth’s restoration, with a target of $2,000. Your support could be the key to our success.

On Sunday I started a new talk series using the book The Soul of Money written by Lynne Twist. I am very excited about this book and offering the principles that she shares in it. The key takeaways this week are the three toxic myths:

1) not enough to go around
2) more is better
3) It’s just the way it is. Nothing I can do about it.

Three questions I asked, which we will be looking at extensively over the next several weeks, were:

· What were you taught about money growing up?
· What is your relationship with money now?
· What do you want your relationship with money to be?

I found this to be fascinating and it is the history of money. Lynne writes: “Money is an invention, a distinctly human invention. It is a total fabrication of our genius. We made it up and we manufactured it. It is an inanimate object that has appeared in many different forms in its more than 2,500 – 3,500 years of history…

“From the very beginning money was invented to facilitate the sharing and exchanging of goods and services among individuals and groups of people. Money still facilitates the sharing and exchange of goods and services; along the way the power we gave money outstripped its original utilitarian role.

“Now, rather than relating to money as a tool we created and control, we have come to relate to money as if it is a fact of nature, a force to be reckoned with. This stuff called money, mass-produced tokens or paper bills with no inherent power than a notepad or a Kleenex, has become the single most controlling force in our lives.”

Another interesting comment Lynne says is your checkbook and credit card tell the story of your priorities.

Next week we will take a trip to India and meet Mother Theresa with Lynne.

I leave you with this affirmation: “The Inexhaustible Resource of Spirit is equal to every demand. There is no reality in lack. Abundance is here and now manifest.” ~ Charles Fillmore

Know that you are so very loved and appreciated.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey


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