10:48 am - Making Peace with Money. Online Intensive
Making Peace With Money.
January 28 - March 4, 2011. Online Intensive
Spiritual seekers have frequently delineated spiritual development and purity from the “taint” of money, separating ourselves from the flow of abundance. This online intensive will provide a forum for us to wrestle with the “good and evil” of money in our personal lives, political ideologies and spiritual practices as well as the uses and abuses of money in the world. We’ll unflinchingly examine our attitudes, beliefs, thoughts and actions around the acquisition and dispossession of money.
Money is a powerful, agreed upon symbolic energy. Energy can become blocked and turn against itself. If we clamp down against it, resist it, hoard or worship it, it will cause dis-ease. Likewise, if we open to it, allowing it to flow into, through and out of us with grace, gratitude and honor, it generates health and well being.
We who critique the over-culture and deign to become cultural creators are at a critical point when we need to evaluate and evolve beyond the old paradigms. Certainly, the “love of money” and its misuse is a tremendous contributor to the state of affairs we find ourselves in. However, it is curious that we who eschew the dominant paradigms still hold fast to the Christian directive, “Money is the root of all evil.” How can we be effective in the transformation of ourselves and by extension, the world we live in, if we refuse to engage with or perceive as “evil” this particular kind of energy?
Let’s take a long, hard look at money and our relationship with it. We cry we do not have enough but demonize this energy which is still currently necessary for our survival. By denying Money and painting it as evil, we are not disempowering it, but ourselves. It becomes the boogeyman we simultaneously need and fear. The root of all evil, the road to damnation, money holds power over us. I was taught, “A Witch bows before no one.” Yet, everywhere I look, I see us prostrated before the false god of money.
Let’s move into right relationship with money so it is free to flow through our lives in the same ways we enjoy the energies of love, magic, passion and joy. Let’s move past our resistance, fear and demonizing so we might meet not only our most basic human needs for survival with ease but dare to entertain those endeavors which nourish and elevate our hearts, minds and souls. Let’s brainstorm ways and means to enrich our lives and communities using alternative forms of energy exchange. Let’s befriend the “demon,” we name Money so it no longer holds power over us but becomes a power which flows through us and, having done so, becomes sacred. Let’s get up from our posture of prostration and stand tall with arms lifted and hands open wide in sacred receivership and generosity.
We’ll engage in discussion, reading, research, art-play, meditation, ritual and transformational magic in this seven week journey toward Making Peace with Money.
Fixed Sliding Scale: $79, $97 or $115