Our Money Is a Carrier of Our Intentions

By Susan Howlett


Last Sunday’s service shone a light on how charged our feelings are around money. There were strong reactions to the messages, and many people wanted to explore the topic further.

The books alluded to were The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life by Lynne Twist, and Caring for Your Soul in Matters of Money by Karen Ramsey. Here’s a short excerpt from The Soul of Money about money being like water: (click here to read more)

If you are interested in reading one of these books with others, or doing the self-reflection homework Jon and Susan described from Karen Ramsey’s book, or having UUC host a short program about our relationships with money, send Susan a message through the form below this post and let her know. We’ll see what people want to do.

This topic is part of our larger conversation about how we intend to reach the goals in our annual operating drive ($1.1 million) and our building campaign ($2.2 million remaining) this spring. Toward that end, we’re holding many gatherings, where small groups of people share their own stories of what UUC means to them and learn more about how each of us can participate in achieving our goals. If you haven’t attended one of these gatherings, which have been well-received, please sign up (here) or in Nathan Johnson Hall after service.

Money is like water. It flows through all our lives, sometimes like a rushing river, and sometimes like a trickle. When it is flowing, it can purify, cleanse, create growth, and nourish. But when it is blocked or held too long, it can grow stagnant and toxic to those withholding or hoarding it.

Like water, money is a carrier. It can carry blessed energy, possibility, and intention, or it can carry control, domination, and guilt. It can be a current or currency of love – a conduit for commitment – or a carrier of hurt or harm. We can be flooded with money and drown in its excess, and when we dam it up unnecessarily, we keep it out of circulation to the detriment of others.

In this condition of scarcity, money shows up not as a flow, but as an amount, something to collect and hold on to, to stockpile. We measure our self-worth by our net worth, and only and always, more is better. Any drop on the balance sheet is experienced as a loss that diminishes us.

Grounded in sufficiency, money’s movement in and out of our life feels natural. We can see that flow as healthy and true, and allow that movement instead of being anxious about it or hoarding. In sufficiency, we recognize and celebrate money’s power for good – OUR power to do good with it – and we can experience fulfillment in directing the flow toward our highest ideals and commitments. When we perceive the world as one in which there is enough, and we are enough to make the world work for everyone everywhere, with no one left out, our money carries that energy and generates relationships and partnerships in which everyone feels able and valued, regardless of their economic circumstances.