If today’s money culture had to be summed up in just a few words, it might be: I need more.
Wealth typically isn’t thought of as a spiritual provision, but The Soul of Money author Lynne Twist disagrees, asserting that the key to expanding your wealth isn’t trying to accumulate more but by sharing what you already have. In a spiritual conversation about money on OWN’s “SuperSoul Sunday,” Twist explains to Oprah that society’s focus on finance is sapping the spiritual energy that can actually enrich not just individuals, but the world.
Those who are able to shift away from the obsessive chase for more, Twist says, often experience a renewal of sorts. “When you let go of trying to get more of what you don’t really need, it frees up oceans of energy,” she says.
That energy, Twist continues, can then be channeled into a different endeavor: paying attention to what you already have. “When you actually pay attention to nourish, love and share what you already have, it expands,” Twist explains.
“When people know that, it frees them from this chase of 'more, more, more, more, more.'”
Many people assume that sharing something leaves less of it to go around, triggering the “I need to make sure I have more” mindset. Twist believes the opposite is true, that sharing something precious actually allows it to multiply.
“When people know that, it frees them from this chase of ‘more, more, more, more, more.’ There’s so much energy tied up in that in everybody’s life,” Twist says. “Even people who are just barely rubbing two nickels together to pay their rent, if they turn and pay attention to what they have ― make a difference with it, share it, nourish it – it expands before their very eyes.”
She continues, “A shorter way to say all that is: What you appreciate appreciates.”