Recently I was asked for my top 4 books on healing the money wound by a colleague. I immediately texted her my favorite four titles and realized that my community would really benefit from knowing about these books and then, of course, I had to add a few more.
I have been on a journey to heal my own money wound for all of my adult life. I ‘divorced’ myself from money a long, long time ago. My only desire was to live for art, spirit and activism and that’s just what I did. I lived for several decades as an actress, an artist, an activist and a student of spirituality and then a spiritual counselor. I was never motivated to make a lot of money, so I didn’t. I lived very frugally making a dollar go very very far.
Finally I realized that I was the one to determine how my life could be and if I wanted nice things, I could create them. If I desired a different lifestyle, I could manifest it with intention, action and commitment to the desired outcome.
Ok, without further ado, here are seven of the books that have served me along the way (in no particular order) as I have endeavored to create a prosperous life, to increase my wealth consciousness and that have served me in healing my own money wound. I sincerely hope you enjoy each and every one.
1. The Law of Divine Compensation, On Money, Work and Miracles by Marianne Williamson
I am an enormous fan of Marianne’s and when this book came out in 2012, I purchased copies for the women that were working very closely with me at the time. Marianne is known as one of the foremost teachers of A Course in Miracles and her application of the Course’s principles to this topic is stellar. I have no desire to make money unless it is connected to spiritual principles and is connected to a triple bottom line of people, planet and profit, and Marianne creates a clear path to understand how the miraculous can inform your work and your ability to create prosperity in your life.
2. Spiritual Economics, The Principles and Process of True Prosperity by Eric Butterworth
This book was originally published in 1983, when I was graduating high school up in Canada, but it didn’t reach my hands until the late 90s when I was training to become a spiritual practitioner at the Agape International Spiritual Center. This book is a dream for the pure spiritual student. Full of bible quotes, it also is peppered with quotes from Kahlil Gibran, Victor Hugo, Plato and others. Butterworth does a great job of delivering a deeply spiritual message without being overly religious. He instead offers affirmation and affirmative prayer throughout the book. You can’t read this in it’s entirety without feeling like you have an entirely new look on money, work, giving and receiving and tithing.
3. Sacred Commerce, Business as a Path of Awakening by Matthew & Terces Engelhart
I found this book on one of my first trips to Cafe Gratitude’s newest location in Venice Beach several years ago. Reading this book filled me with joy, and inspired me greatly, as it is completely aligned with the new paradigm of business and if you’ve ever been to this restaurant, they know of what they speak. Servers wear white shirts that are V necked and have L O on one side and E on the other. The Engelhart’s get that business is a way of expressing love and it shows in their food, their servers and their menu. They see business as a temple and the service that unfolds within as sacred. While it is written from the perspective of running a restaurant, they offer universal spiritual principles and practices for business that are high spiritual philosophy beautifully blended with wise practices that show a depth of understanding of what it truly means to be a spiritual being of love having a human experience and what is offered is applicable for many entrepreneurial and corporate businesses.
4. Money is Love, Reconnecting to the Sacred Origins of Money by Barbara Wilder
Reading this book 15 years ago for the first time had an enormous effect on me. I particularly enjoyed Barbara’s telling of the history of money and the gold routes of early Europe and understanding sacred beginnings of money and currency. This book beautifully clarifies the money grid of the old paradigm: greed, fear, lack, hatred, discrimination, multi-national corporations, etc., and that of the new paradigm: love, joy, abundance, goodwill, sacred service. A slim volume, this book is a must have as you work to redefine money in your life.
5. The Soul of Money, Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life by Lynne Twist
As a long time environmental activist, I had known of Lynne Twist as the founder of the Pachamama Alliance. This book is filled with stories from Lynne’s life as a fundraiser and global activist. I was particularly struck by her story about meeting Mother Theresa. That story alone was worth the price of the book. It helped me understand how we can be a stand for a new world and simultaneously funnel millions of dollars through our hands in service to that new world.
6. You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
This book is currently on my nightstand as I recently purchased it at LAX on my way to Sedona, but I had to include it in this list because Jen Sincero is such a badass! I loved her book You are a Badass and knew I had to have this one. Her writings are steeped in the teachings of the Science of Mind and New Thought, and her storytelling is hysterical, heartbreaking, practical and passionate. I love her deeply spiritual of ‘of our time’ voice, and I am grateful she healed her money wound to be able to write this book. Read it and weep, laugh, and get busy!
7. The Prosperity Bible, The Greatest Writings of All Time on the Secrets to Wealth and Prosperity, Various Authors
While I had read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich many years prior to picking up this bible, I had never read The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles, that is embedded within this ‘bible’. The title put me off, but it came highly recommended by my coach at the time so I persevered. This little book within a book was a game changer for me, a clear and solid step on my ever ascending understanding of my life as a prosperous being. With each page, I steadfastly dismantled the constructs of wealth and abundance that are wedded to the old paradigm. I have far more to learn from this bible and I recommend it to all of my clients and friends that struggle with the money wound. Best 20 bucks you will ever spend.