Prabha reviews Mayuri Onerheim’s book.
A guided inquiry into our personal relationship to money, this book interlaces roots and wings with practical applications concerning personal finances. It explores, with us, how we can take responsibility for ourselves and our grounding in the world of money. “Money is not just a thing, an object; it is a flow, an unfolding flow of energy. It can be used for any purpose whatsoever negative or positive—money doesn’t care. It is we who created money, it is we who give it meaning, value, and capacity,” writes Mayuri.
Mayuri’s book shows, in detail, the importance of incorporating money within our spiritual journey. She raises the question of how we can balance our worldly needs and desires with our commitment to a spiritual path, and concludes, “Instead of teaching about money as something divorced from spiritual life, I have discovered ways to marry the two and to facilitate that understanding for people in their own lives.” I had already been aware of the parallel relationship between energy and money, and yet, the way this book interlaces money with spirituality and consciousness is new, vital, and refreshing.
Money • Spirituality • Consciousness gently helps us explore personal, family, and cultural beliefs and attitudes about money, then leads us on a journey through investments, banking, savings, credit, financial planning, and other aspects of financial stewardship. Practical workbook-like questions and charts are included for the reader to ponder, as well as excellent practices that can be done on one’s own or with a partner to bring consciousness to suppressed negative beliefs and blocks. As I went through the book, I found myself searching for pen and paper to chart and inquire into my own financial negative beliefs. The appendix, which illuminates some facets of the financial superego, was a helpful addition.
This well-researched and well-crafted book is chock full of personal anecdotes and vignettes about Mayuri’s personal life journey, and she she brings each topic to life with sincerity and honesty.
If you are looking for a book advocating the belief that a spiritual life does not include the play of money, this book isn’t for you. However, if you want to acquire solid but easily understandable tools and methods to integrate money into your own spiritual journey, this is a fine read that lives up to its title. I thought I had bought the book to support Mayuri’s creativity and tenacity; this book ended up supporting me.
Prabha for Osho News
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Mayuri is a trained professional accountant and worked for 25 years in various accounting capacities. She took sannyas in Rajneeshpuram in 1985, and subsequently plied her trade in the accounting department in Pune. She is devoted to help people shift their perceptions and attitudes about money so that it can become a source of support rather than a stumbling block through her international Logos of Money workshops. She lives in Marin County, CA, USA. logosofmoney.com