Through Barbara and Mary, I met Penny Yunuba, a Quaker in Boston who had used similar exercises to achieve her own financial freedom and soon was relating her discoveries as well as suggestions for things to consider. As she put it, she had bought her own freedom. You’ll meet her in upcoming posts.
So an Episcopalian and a Mennonite had engaged me in a personal investigation that now included a host of New England Quakers — many of them from other backgrounds. But that’s not all.
Coincidentally, some deep conversations with a Disciples of Christ minister in town had me examining ways the “earthy” sides of the human condition — including cash — affect spiritual and emotional wellbeing. That is, my own spiritual and emotional wellbeing. He, too, was challenging me to reconsider many of my basic assumptions and actions.
What had started out as a very practical matter — gaining better control of my personal resources — was pointing more and more toward psychological health and even religious experience.
Talking about money in this way is revolutionary, indeed. But it requires looking closely at an often difficult and conflicting personal past and breaking out onto new ground.
With the help of these colleagues, I soon began viewing my life quite differently. Even if I wasn’t earning any more than I had, I was feeling much more empowered about what was already in hand. These were my decisions and choices, after all. I could be in control, rather than feeling myself a victim. Hallelujah!
Do you ever feel you’re a victim when it comes to money? (You’re not alone!)