“To use money as an instrument for the spiritual search, first create the space in your life for doing things which are absolutely unmotivated by money, which has to do with self-knowledge and spiritual work and serving others in the way they need. There are things we need to do which are totally untouched by money, but in order to do them, we need money! We need to have money in order to engage in the kind of spiritual search and the kinds of activities that money can’t buy.” ~ Jacob Needleman
Our group content this month features an essay and audio interview with Jacob Needleman. Jacob–or Jerry for those who come to cherish his thoughts and books as I do– is an elder, philosopher, writer and philosophy teacher at San Francisco State University. He is the author of many books, including Money and the Meaning of Life.
- Here is the article/interview reflecting Jerry’s thoughts about Money and the Meaning of Life to read this month.
- In this audio interview, Jerry goes deep in exploration of human connection with money, and the relationship between our inner and outer experiences. In conjunction with the link above, please also listen to this interview. You are welcome to come up with a few questions to share with the group, or I will come up with a list and share later this month.
I will post some reflection questions and share via email a little later this month.
This month’s homeplay assignment is the same as February, encouraging us to step out of our comfort zones for kindness and energy.
Push your edges to commit an intentional act of kindness for someone or group of people. Look for an opportunity to intend a positive ripple in someone’s life. Let go of the outcome. Examples of this may be to buy a coffee or lunch for someone you don’t know. Or write a letter to a stranger and leave it on a bench or chair somewhere. You may want to leave a Smile card (downloadable PDF here) behind. Pay attention to how you are feeling before, during and after the act. You may or may not use money for this experiment. Notice your inclinations around using money. Answer these questions:
- How did you feel when you discovered an opportunity to do something for someone?
- How did you feel when you made the decision to put it into action?
- Did you feel any hesitancy or resistance?
- Did you think about the “right amount” of money or the “right thing” that you could gift/do?
- How did you feel after you set this in motion?
- Was this a secret act, or did the recipient(s) know it was you?
Love and blessings to all!