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Money and Creative Recovery

Money is the blood of the planet.
Heal the money and we can heal the world.

— Barbara Wilder, Money is Love

Now in Chapter Six, we arrive at one of the biggest challenges in our creative recovery. Money, abundance, being supported in our endeavors in terms of cold, hard cash. At the risk of boring those of you who processed some these concepts with me back in the Autumn of 2007, I am going to repost some of the material that I wrote at that time. Actually, I would hope it’s not boring; instead, maybe even more timely today.

Because one of the most important ideas that we can absorb in order to heal the relationship between abundance and our art, is the understanding of what money really is. I did some research about this, which, just speaking for myself, resonates even more deeply now, as I am working in the context of creative recovery. I hope this will be true for you, too.

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From Sept. 7, 2007:
I realize that money is not the most comfortable subject for a lot of us. It is often a very private matter, and there are a lot of taboos around how we discuss and even relate to it.

But as Jacob Needleman, widely admired author of Money and the Meaning of Life notes, “Our lives are hell, not because money is so important to us, but because it is not important enough.”

“If money were more important to us,” agrees author Sarah Ban Breathnach, “we would seek to understand its impact and how it influences every aspect of our lives.”

So I would suggest we begin to think of money as a magical tool, for surely, it is powerful and pervasive in our lives. It affects us in countless ways, every single day. For Witches and others who devote so much attention to understanding and working with the subtle energies, it seems to me that money is one of the most ancient and powerful forms of human energy there is.

You may remember from your history books that banking originated in ancient Mesopotamia where the royal palaces and temples provided safekeeping for grain and other valuables. The receipts written for these grain deposits became transferable, not just with the original depositor, but also to third parties. Over time, private families in Mesopotamia also got involved in these banking operations and the laws regulating them were included in the Code of Hammurabi.

In Egypt, too, the centralization of the harvest and grain tributes into state warehouses led to the development of written orders that allowed for deposit and withdrawal by the crops’ owners. Eventually these receipts were used for other kinds of payments, including to tax collectors, priests and traders.

Even after the introduction of coinage, these Egyptian grain banks reduced the need for precious metals, and were kept for domestic exchange.

So from the very beginning, especially in places where money was not itself made of valuable materials, but instead was a written note, it became the objectification of trust and good will.

From the earliest days, money has represented a promise between people. It is a form of communication and connection. We’ll be considering the implications of this in more depth tomorrow.

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  • July 9, 2009, 10:29 am joanna brightbrook

    oooh, I like that: "money is the objectification of trust and good will." Too often I am paying attention to what physical thing I can exchange the slips of paper for, instead of what they are representative of.

    It seems so essential to remember these truths about money now with the overwhelming loss of trust in the financial sector.

    I also very much appreciate the focus on money as a form of subtle energy. I'm looking forward to where this is heading!

  • July 9, 2009, 1:49 pm Star

    From my perspective in the middle of the middle class, I see money as one form of matter that can be used as an energy exchange. We learned the basic principle in school that matter cannot be created or destroyed, it can merely change its form. My life is made up of many experiences that each involve an exchange of matter and/or the energy created from matter. Sometimes my energy exchange is in the form of my TIME, sometimes my SERVICE, sometimes HEALING energy or other special GIFTS, sometimes MONEY, sometimes THINGS in trade for other matter or energy. Another principle that generally works for me is that money energy needs to flow, in order to flow. So, sometimes it must flow out in order to flow back in. It does little to enhance my life experience if it just sits still.

    It is rather easy for me to talk about money like this since I have been one of the lucky ones who usually has some. It may appear quite different from the perspective of those who have little or none, so you may take my ivory tower philosophical ideas with a grain of salt or leave them. I offer only what comes from my experiences so far in this life.


  • July 9, 2009, 9:35 pm freak22

    "money is the objectification of trust and good will… a promise between people"

    I think that this is an excellent way to view money and how its energy effects the world around us. the only problem with it right now is that in many cases in our world economy (epically in America) this trust and promise has been violated and broken. By doing so the faith in money is being diminished and in a vicious cycle as people lose faith in money money then loses power. It is on a subconscious level for most people but the affects on our lives are very physical.
    that felt a bit off topic and I apologize for that but it was something that really stood out to me when reading today's topic.

    as someone who is struggling right now I feel very blessed that I have a husband who reminds me that I do need to take time and yes even money, if only a little, to follow my creativity because it is one the things about me that he loves.

  • July 10, 2009, 4:00 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    "By doing so the faith in money is being diminished and in a vicious cycle as people lose faith in money money then loses power. It is on a subconscious level for most people but the affects on our lives are very physical."

    Actually, this is EXACTLY right, and having this awareness of how money is thoroughly contaminated (on an energetic basis at the very least) as it flows through our hands is an important component. You can't really heal what you don't understand is unwell.
    – B.