Within you are hidden treasures ready to awaken. There is a wellspring of value to emerge from your soul. Focused attention and shared intention are your greatest renewable resources. Use this regenerative power to create true wealth.
“Money-Wise Women” guest Lynne Twist is a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty, ending world hunger, and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability. She is the author of the best-selling, award-winning book The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life.
For over 40 years, Lynne has been a pioneer in creating conversations that heal our relationships to money. She has worked with global leaders, tribes at the headwaters of the Amazon, the Dali Lama. From billionaire families to refugee camps in Ethiopia, Lynne has shared her essential understanding of sufficiency and the power of gratitude.
“Let go of the chase, and pay attention to what you already have. Be grateful and share what you already have. That is the source of true prosperity. It’s the principle of sufficiency—if you let go of what you don’t need, it frees up oceans of energy to make a difference with what you have. When you make a difference with what you have, it expands. What you appreciate, appreciates.” In other words, what you acknowledge and respect gains value for you.
In this episode, she gives sage advice for creating a joyful, prosperous life.
We discuss Nature’s demonstration of profound prosperity. She says,
“Look at the ability of the natural world to regenerate and flourish. There’s a well of well-being that’s waiting for our attention. We don’t prosper from more; when we acquire more, it eventually leads us to lack, and then we need more again. When we go through the portal of sufficiency and deepen our gratitude, that actually generates an experience of natural bounty. The feeling of gratefulness flows into natural abundance, not excess. When you’re in this state, you experience profound prosperity, which actually generates a longing to give, share, and contribute. True wealth is an experience, a state of well-being.”
When I told her about the Offers and Needs Market for which we are training facilitators this spring, she said, “The Offers and Needs Market is a powerful process that heals our deficit culture. It shifts our relationships in a profound way. This is empowering people to be more than just consumers; they become engaged citizens caring for one another. In a world where people understood sufficiency, we would be thriving, and everyone would experience prosperity, not because of accumulation but because of what they share with each other. Contributing gives you an experience of your own fullness. I want to be known for what I allocate, not what I accumulate.”
When you listen to this episode of “Money-Wise Women,” you will understand why Lynne is recognized as a leader in aligning our money with our values. We certainly appreciated her praise for our show, “Your podcast is empowering, uplifting, and transformational. We are authors of the future. Thank you for featuring women who are pointing out the possibilities of life.”
What does Lynne Twist recommend for inspiration?
- Transforming Your Relationship with Money, a workshop hosted by the California Institute of Integral Studies, March 23-24, 2019
- Online courses at the Soul of Money.
- Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk in Austria who serves the Network for Grateful Living.
- Nicholas Kristof’s “Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History” from the New York Times
- The Pachamama Alliance
- Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken
Lynne Twist has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty, ending world hunger, and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability for over 40 years. She is the author of the best-selling, award-winning book The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life.
From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rain forests of the Amazon, as well as guiding the philanthropy of some of the world’s wealthiest families, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of people’s relationship with money. Her breadth of knowledge and experience has led her to profound insights about the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times in which we are living.
Founder of the Soul of Money Institute, Lynne has worked with over 100,000 people in 50 countries in board retreats, workshops, keynote presentations, and one-on-one coaching in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, strategic visioning, and creating a healthy relationship with money. In 1996, Lynne and her husband, Bill Twist, co-founded the Pachamama Alliance—a social-profit (i.e., non-profit) organization whose mission is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon Rain forest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world.