The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment, by Maria Nemeth, Ph.D., outlines a distinctly unique approach to one of the most dominant yet forbidden topics in modern society: money, and how we deal with it. A clinical psychologist who once lost $35,000 in a fraudulent investment scheme, Nemeth learned from that ordeal (and similar experiences of friends and associates) how most of us develop relationships with money, and the ways in which we subsequently can bring these in line with our actual dreams and realities.
She initially used this knowledge to start a workshop called You and Money, which eventually attracted more than 4,500 participants and led to the development of concepts now delineated in this book.
Quoting relevant wisdom espoused by those ranging from Joseph Campbell and Ram Dass to Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker, Nemeth sets out “12 principles for personal fulfillment” designed to help readers “uncover the hidden landscape of beliefs, behavior patterns, and habits that underlie and sometimes subvert how you use money and other forms of energy.” The result is a refreshing, useful, and surprisingly accessible mixture of universal financial advice and the much rarer–but no less important–ethereal side of fiscal self-management. –Howard Rothman
Nemeth is a clinical psychologist who, after losing $35,000 in an investment scam, became interested in psychological and emotional attitudes about money and how financial decisions are made. She went on to create a seminar called “You and Money” and authored a book in 1997 with that title.
She has also already released a nine-hour series of cassettes called The Energy of Money on which this newest book is based. Nemeth tries to get people to think of money as another kind of energy and then consider how they handle each kind of energy–such as physical vitality, enjoyment, creativity, etc. She stresses that this is not an investment manual, not a collection of tips on how to save money. Instead, it is a guide that lays out 12 principles for personal fulfillment that will help individuals decide what it is they really want in life and how to use their money to achieve their goals. David Rouse
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