O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe;
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruit and flowers.
— William Blake, To Autumn, 1783
If you’re still checking in here, I thank you. I realize it has been a bit of a prolonged discussion, but an important one, I think. The understanding that the source of wealth and money is the Divine is a fundamental shift that, in turn, will change how money flows for us.
As our awareness and ability to wield this powerful magical tool grows, one by one, we can then change the meaning and value of money in the wider world beyond.
For money is energy. Like electric energy, for example, it can be used for good or harm. And like electric energy, once you recognize that its source must be treated in a mindful way, instead of rampant exploitation without attention to ecological impact, it can be used in balance, with a more sustainable result.
Once we are aware of money’s history and its true nature as energy, the next step is to examine and release harmful old patterns and beliefs in our personal relationship with money.
For instance, I would guess that most of you reading this have family stories from parents and grandparents who lived through the Great Depression. These stories of terrible times, where poverty and lack were widespread in many places certainly shaped their understanding of money and how it should be used.
Even if your own upbringing was much more comfortable, the spectre of hunger, unemployment, bread lines, and homelessness may have still been very real to those who influenced your upbringing and taught you the meaning and value of money.
Today, consider to what extent hardship – real or imagined – may have been present in your earliest experiences with handling money. I invite you to examine your family stories and the assumptions your family may have made about people with or without money. What was your family’s financial status?
Do you remember getting an allowance? What were you told about it? How were you expected to use it? Did you get paid for other services or tasks – babysitting or good grades, for instance? See if you can remember what you did with this money, including mistakes you might have made and how your parents did or did not correct you.
I would love it if you would like to share some of your memories here.
And then, please join me tomorrow!