People think that service is a kind of charity – strong people giving to weak people, healthy people giving to sick people, rich people giving to poor people, together people giving to people who aren’t so together. To me, true service is an experience of wholeness, fulfillment, fullness, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency for all parties – an experience of the magnificence and infinite capacity of human beings. When I’m really in service, I disappear. My identity is no longer present. I am one with he or she or that which I am serving. It is actually an experience of God, of unity and wholeness. There is nobody giving and nobody receiving. None of that is happening. There is only an experience of unity. We begin to see that we are the expression of one soul. An act of service is an act of love and trust. It’s also an act of responsibility and of courage… a stand for the integrity of human life.
TRANSFORMING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH MONEY AND LIFE
Each of us experiences a lifelong tug-of-war between our money interests and the calling of our soul. When we're in the domain of soul, we act with integrity. We are thoughtful and generous, courageous, and committed. We recognize the value of love and friendship. We experience moments of awe in the presence of nature and its unrefined beauty. Our hearts are filled and generosity is natural. We are trustworthy and trusting of others, and our self-expression flourishes. We feel at peace within ourselves and confident that we are an integral part of a larger, more universal experience greater than ourselves.
When we enter the domain of money, there often seems to be a disconnect from the soulful person we know ourselves to be. It is as if we are suddenly transported to a different playing field where all the rules have changed. In the grip of money, those wonderful qualities of soul seem to be less available. We become smaller. We scramble or race to "get what's ours." We often grow selfish, greedy, petty, fearful, or controlling, or sometimes confused, conflicted or guilty. We see ourselves as winners or losers, powerful or helpless, and we let those labels deeply define us as visions of possibility dissolve.
The result is a deep division in our way of being, in our behavior and in our sense of our own character and integrity. This dichotomy, this break in our truth, not only confuses us around the issue of money, it also keeps us from integrating our inner and outer worlds to experience wholeness in our lives. This quieter experience of wholeness has been largely lost in our culture, overtaken by the noise and scramble around money. The gap exists for all of us -- myself included -- and is at the very heart of the toughest struggles in life for all of us.
Money itself isn't the problem. Money itself isn't bad or good. Money itself doesn't have power or not have power. It is our interpretation of money, our interaction with it, where the real mischief is and where we find the real opportunity for self-discovery and personal transformation.
You may have to look closely to find the money thread in your own story, but it is there and it has meaning. You can begin the process of examination, and transform the mystery of money, and the field of play that money represents, into a different kind of place. Your relationship with money can be a place where you bring your strengths and skills, your highest aspirations, and your deepest and most profound qualities. Whether we are millionaires or "dollar heirs", we can actually be great with our money and be great in our relationship with it.
LYNNE TWIST is the founder of two cutting edge organizations, the Soul of Money Institute and The Pachamama Alliance, both based in San Francisco. She is President of the Institute whose mission is to educate, inspire, and empower people & organizations to align their financial resources with what they value most. Lynne founded the Institute to lead people to find sufficiency and peace in their relationship with money, a message particularly critical in these challenging financial times. Lynne has been recognized as a world-renowned speaker, author, fundraiser, and activist. While in positions of leadership spanning three decades, she has raised hundred of millions of dollars to solve humanity’s most pressing problems. She has also spoken to thousands of people in the business, nonprofit, and academic arenas.
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