The Soul of Money

by Anne Wayman

The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources is not a book about writing, but about money and our relationship with it.

Far from a book about making money, Lynne Twist actually reframes the discussion about money. At least that’s what she’s done with this book for me and for many others. Here’s what I mean:

Twist draws on her experience as a high-level fundraiser, particularly for The Hunger Project. A good deal of her experience with The Hunger Project was in the field where she asked those in improvised impoverished areas of India and Africa, etc. what they needed rather than telling them what she and her people could bring. Over and over again she discovered people could find their own solutions and needed those solutions supported much more than they needed charity.

Bringing those lessons home, she introduces the idea of sufficiency.Sufficiency is the idea that we already have enough, that we have around us and within us exactly what we need. It includes the knowing that we are enough just as we are.

Once we begin to truly accept these truths, we are then free to increase our income, or not, as we choose. For the results of reading and working with The Soul of Money is really to return us to choice about our life and our relationship with money.

The Soul of Money is a book you’ll want to read slowly, savoring the ideas. And then you’ll want to read it again. Next, you’ll find yourself talking to others about the book and the concepts, and soon, you’ll find your own relationship with money transforming.

Lynne Twist now runs The Soul Of Money Institute.

You may want to buy The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources now.

Lynn and her husband Bill are also involved with the Pachamama Alliance which has created the Awakening The Dreamer Symposium – a movement aimed at changing the destructive dream of the north to a ecologically sustainable, spiritually fulfilling socially just human presence on the planet.


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jorgekafkazar March 29, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Well, impoverished areas have mostly improvised systems: bicycle driven irrigation pumps and so forth.

A friend of mine heard this once: “My cup runneth over ever since I gotteth a smaller cup.”
.-= jorgekafkazar´s last blog ..Tenirax, Ch V =-.


Anne March 30, 2010 at 9:50 am

We may all wish for bicycle driven irrigation pumps before long… and getting a smaller cup sometimes makes sense.


Vicki November 23, 2009 at 4:24 am

Thanks Anne, sounds fascinating. However, I think you meant B”H
‘impoverished’ areas of India and Africa, rather than ‘improvised’.


Anne November 23, 2009 at 10:51 am

Yes, you’re right… have made the correction, thanks.


Laughing Yoga Mama November 20, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Thanks for this reminder, Anne. So important throughout the year, but especially now as we begin the season of shopping.


Anne November 21, 2009 at 10:54 am

Soul of Money is one of those few books I consider self-editing. That is, when 6 months or a year later I reread them I discover all sorts of new things. Which means, I think, either I wasn’t paying attention (moi?) or the book rewrote itself with ever more wisdom.


Cyndi Smasal August 12, 2009 at 2:05 pm

There’s a video about the Global Economic Crisis by Lynne Twist at:


Cyndi Smasal August 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm

The Global Sufficiency Network is a great place to start networking with people who support the message of sufficiency.

There’s also a great video of Lynne explaining “Sufficiency”, “Scarcity”, “Abundance” and the secret to a happy life.

Check it out at


Anne August 13, 2009 at 9:42 am

Thanks Cyndi… signed up for newsletter, considering membership.


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