(Happy Monday! Today’s post comes from Elizabeth Husserl R. She’s joining Know Abundance as our Money Expert. You can read her bio here and visit her website at Inner Economics. Thanks for joining us Elizabeth! We look forward to your monthly insights on this favorite fundraiser topic.)
As a fundraiser have you ever felt perplexed by the complexities of economics and money?
Or been boggled by the intricacy of dealing with people who have enough money to sustain a fulfilling lifestyle, but never quite seem fulfilled?
I have…and for the last ten years I have been birthing a perspective that I have come to call Inner Economics to counteract the definition of economics that I was taught in high school which was “economics is the allocation of scarce resources.”
This was a definition that only gave way to a mentality of scarcity. Yet I inherently knew that there was indeed enough to go around.
All aspects of life (including fundraising) contain cycles of birth and death, recession and development, depression and growth. I knew that if all these life cycles were integrated into a healthier vision of economics and money, we would one day experience sustainability from within.
Inner Economics is a process of becoming aware of how economics and your relationship to money play out in your life. It is a new envisioning of Economics that finds its roots in the old – reclaiming the essence of the word “Economics” by going back to its Greek root: oikos-nomos (oiko + nemein) which really means”management of the household.”
If we can learn better how to manage our inner resources, we can better inhabit our inner home. We can embody a knowing of sustainability or a knowing of abundance that keeps us centered in our core. This is true stability.
In the following months my desire is to help you all connect to a healthier relationship to sustainability, to money and in essence to abundance. To really know abundance means not just “knowing” what abundance is in our mind, but to actually feel it and embody it in our hearts, bodies and souls. This requires trust. And we need to “touch” to trust.
So I will invite all of you to take one first step in “touching” abundance by answering the following question and digging deep:
• What sustains you in life? Really….what gives you sustenance, what makes you feel most alive?
Write out a list of your answers, letting it be different from a list of what you are grateful for.
Don’t be afraid if you don’t quite know. That is a natural step in peeling back a layer. Staying in the unknown is a skill and it is sometimes better to just ask the question than to know the answer.
Trust that by opening a process of knowing yourself you open a door to knowing abundance. The more you embody this, the more abundance and sustainability will come from within. And that my friends, is a radical revolution!
Happy questioning! And please feel free to comment on this experience or email me at ehusserl (at) innereconomics (dot) com. May your courage and questions inspire all of us!