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Conversation creates the context of life

Lynne Twist, in her book The Soul of Money states, ‘The financial global break down back in 2008 dramatically exposed the danger of what she calls, 'the lie of scarcity; the mindset that tells us we can never have enough and drives us to strive above all and against all for more and more ......

She then goes on to highlight the magic of what is missing in our collective mindsets. She calls it the surprising truth of Sufficiency, and how this reconnects us to our inner resources – creativity, collaboration, commitment, courage. And when we bring these to our relationship with money, she says we generate authentic prosperity for ourselves and others

Here's the opening chapter that highlights the gifts of storytelling .. I want to leave you with this:


Conversation creates the context of life

‘We think we live in the world. We think we live in a set of circumstances, but we don't. We live in our conversation about the world and our conversation about the circumstances. When we’re in a conversation about fear and terror, about revenge and anger and retribution, jealousy and envy and comparison, then that is the world we inhabit. If we're in a conversation about possibility, a conversation about gratitude and appreciation for the things in front of us, then that's the world we inhabit. I used to think that the words we say simply represent our inner thoughts expressed. Experience has taught me that it is also true that the words we say create our thoughts and our experience, and even our world. The conversation we have with ourselves and with others- the thoughts that grip our attention- has enormous power over how we feel, what we experience, and how we see the world in that moment. Scarcity speaks in terms of never enough, emptiness, fear, mistrust, envy, greed, hoarding, competition, fragmentation, separateness, judgment, striving, entitlement, control, busy, survival, outer riches. In the conversation for scarcity we judge, compare, and criticize; we label winners and losers. We celebrate increasing quantity and excess. We center ourselves in yearning, expectation, and dissatisfaction. We define ourselves as better-than or worse-than. We let money define us, rather than defining ourselves in a deeper way and expressing that quality through our money.

Sufficiency speaks in terms of gratitude, fulfillment, love, trust, respect, contributing, faith, compassion, integration, wholeness, commitment, acceptance, partnership, responsibility, resilience, and inner riches. In the conversation for sufficiency we acknowledge what is, appreciate its value, and envision how to make a difference with it. We recognize, affirm, and embrace. We celebrate quality over quantity. We center ourselves in integrity, possibility, and resourcefulness. We define our money with our energy and intention.’

Speech notes by Cynthia Sciberras from Supper Unyoked with Jane Monica–Jones


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