Most of us spend a great amount of time and precious life-energy working--whether we are self-employed, work at the local grocery store, or work as an executive at a Fortune 500 company. For those interested in personal growth and transformation, it is a very reasonable question, therefore, to ask: How is my work in the world related to my inner journey ...
Are you wondering: Do I have a vision for my life? What am I passionate about? What is my life's purpose? What unique contribution can I bring to the planet at this time? These are the essential questions that each of us ask at some point in our lives. How can we use the skills, talents, and interests that we have been ...
The topics of money, abundance, and manifestation are intimately tied to our ideas about who we are and our perception of reality, and are intertwined at the deepest levels with the work that we do. Many of us are convinced that having more money (or more things) will bring an infusion of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment into our lives. ...
Thanks to Jeff Klein, CEO, Cause Alliance Marketing, executive director of FLOW and the Conscious Business Alliance, and author of Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living (Sounds True, 2009) for his help in compiling this Glossary. For more information about Jeff Klein, please see www.flowidealism.org.
Abundance. A sense of fullness and plenty, beyond addressing basic needs. While abundance has a material component, we can feel abundant without vast material riches. Love, friendship, community, knowledge, spiritual fulfillment, a sense of purpose with a path to express it, all foster a sense of abundance. And cultivating an open heart, spacious mind, and sense of self not identified with having or even doing foster a sense of abundance.
Actual Net Worth. A term coined by Abacus Wealth Partners CEO Spencer Sherman that expands the traditional net worth statement by including "human assets," an integral and powerful component of wealth. For example, would you rather be a billionaire in poor health or a poor person in excellent health?
To calculate your "actual" net worth, see Spencer Sherman's worksheet here: www.curemoneymadness.com/pdfs/Actual Net Worth.pdf
Anti-Career. A term used by professor and alternative career counselor Dr. Rick Jarow (www.rickjarow.com) based on his discovery in working with thousands of seekers that your vocation is not a means of survival in the world, but rather a pure expression of the life force itself. Vocation arises not as a response to external forces but authentically from within your own body. Dr. Jarow's classic approach to right livelihood has formed the basis for his international "anti-career" workshops, designed to help frustrated job seekers open to their intuition, transform their values into action, and answer their true calling—instead of settling for a paycheck.
Calling. A sense of purpose in our work, which distinguishes a job from a life path. When we are called to certain work, we are animated from deep within and fueled with passion onto an ongoing journey of exploration and discovery. While the calling maybe clear and evocative, it does not indicate the full implications of the journey that the calling activates.
Conscious Business.A model of conducting business promoted by the Conscious Business Alliance based on three core principles:
Conscious Capitalism.As more and more companies begin to practice Conscious Business, and more consumers, employees, and investors support them, a new center of gravity for capitalism will emerge overall, transforming it to an ever more Conscious Capitalism.
Financial Archetypes, Eight. A system introduced by Abacus Wealth Partners president, Brent Kessel, which explores our conditioning around money and how it causes us to respond to our financial lives in unique and sometimes peculiar ways. As we identify these archetypal patterns (forces or energies within us), we begin to see the various ways that they play out in our lives. As a result, we develop a basis for understanding how we have come to the financial life we have today, as well as how to chart a path for creating the financial life we want.
The Eight Financial Archetypes are as follows: Guardian, Pleasure Seeker, Idealist, Saver, Star, Innocent, Caretaker, and Empire Builder.
Take Brent Kessel's Financial Archetype quiz here: www.brentkessel.com/quiz
Financial Independence (FI). There are many definitions and standards for financial independence. Simply put, it refers to a state or condition whereby a quantity of safe passive income is consistently being generated (for example, through fixed-income instruments such as notes or bonds) that is in excess of one's living expenses. Further, financial independence means that one no longer has to "work for a living," but can rather pursue other aims in life without having to be concerned with whether or not the bills can be paid.
Manifestation. Literally, "that which is made visible." Many associate the concept of manifestation with "the Law of Attraction," the doctrine which states that our thoughts (both conscious and unconscious) dictate what we experience. Made popular by Rhonda Byrne's bestselling book The Secret, the concept of manifestation has undergone a resurgence in recent times and has come to be associated with ideas such as as "creating your own reality" and "creating the life that I want." Others tend to view the idea of manifestation as a process of setting aside one's own habitual and conditioned thought processes to allow divine intelligence or will to move through one's life. Rather than telling the universe a laundry list of things that "I want," there is a recognition that a higher intelligence is manifesting itself at all times. When we can perceive reality as it is, and stay with it, we are actively participating in the process of manifestation.
Money. There have been many attempts to define what money is--with varying degrees of usefulness and depth. One thing, though, is for sure: any definition that does not take into account the various levels of being--physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual--will be incomplete.
One useful approach involves a definition of money as presented by Vicki Robin, best-selling author of Your Money or Your Life. Through an exploration of transactional (day-to-day), emotional, and cultural understandings of money, we begin to approach a definition that is at the same time pragmatic, psychologically sophisticated, and spiritually alive.
Money Madness. A term coined by Abacus Wealth Partners CEO Spencer Sherman to refer to our psychological, emotional, and cultural confusion around money. The notion here is that we all acquire ideas about money in early childhood that shape our feelings about money in adulthood. Curing our own personal money madness--the emotions around money that fuel self-destructive financial behavior—is the first and most important step toward true financial success. Unless we address the emotional foundations of our beliefs around money, none of the money advice, money expertise, or money we make will get us any closer to lasting financial ease and peace. Without a healthy relationship to our finances, no tips, tricks, or good intentions can produce truly sustainable results.
Nonviolent Communication (NVC). NVC is a specific approach to communications developed by Marshall Rosenberg and "a way of relating to ourselves and others, moment to moment, free of past reactions. By learning to identify your needs and express them powerfully, as well as to bring understanding to the needs of others, you can stay connected to what is alive in you and create a life that it is more fulfilling."
Presencing. A transformative theory and practice developed by business visionary Peter Senge for staying with our experience, in the moment, in the midst of whatever appears. Presencing is a method for applying the serenity of living in the now--the essence of many of the great world wisdom traditions—not just in meditation practice, but perhaps even more important, in our most demanding, high-pressured challenges. Senge's approach to living starts with resting in open, nonjudgmental awareness—which naturally leads to clear actions for creating positive change and opening to larger fields of synchronicity.
Right Livelihood. Probably first articulated by the Buddha, right livelihood calls for us to earn our living through righteous means, in accordance with ethical principles and higher aspirations. The Buddhist doctrine of right livelihood specifically outlines ways of earning a living that cause harm to others and thus fall outside the parameters of right livelihood. These include dealing in weapons, living beings (including raising animals for slaughter), poisons, and intoxicants. While we may have different parameters, the idea of not causing harm through our work is essential to right livelihood, which raises the question of whether we are acting knowingly or unknowingly. We may have good intentions but not be aware of the full impact or implications of our work. Working with right intention and wrestling directly with ethical and moral questions are part of the dynamic process of right livelihood.
Sacred Contract. A term coined by best-selling author and medical intuitive Caroline Myss referring to an agreement we make with the universe before we take birth to learn certain lessons, accomplish certain tasks, and to meet certain people. By tuning to our sacred contract, we can work more naturally with the forces that govern our lives and contribute to our own and others' evolution in the most powerful way possible.
Servant Leader. One who identifies and meets the legitimate needs (as opposed to wants) of others and has developed the skills of influencing people to enthusiastically contribute their hearts, minds, and other resources toward goals identified as being for the common good.
Servant Leadership. An approach to leadership development, coined and defined by Robert Greenleaf and advanced by several authors such as Stephen Covey, Peter Block, Peter Senge, Max DePree, Margaret Wheatley, Ken Blanchard, and others. Servant leadership emphasizes the leader's role as steward of the resources (human, financial, and otherwise) provided by the organization. It encourages leaders to serve others while staying focused on achieving results in line with the organization's values and integrity.
Social Responsibility. Social responsibility is an ethical or ideological theory that an entity, whether it is a government, corporation, organization, or individual, has a responsibility to society. This responsibility can be "negative," meaning there is a responsibility to refrain from acting (resistance stance) or it can be "positive," meaning there is a responsibility to act (proactive stance).
There is a large inequality in the means and roles of different entities to fulfill their claimed responsibility. This would imply that different entities have different responsibilities in so much as states should ensure the civil rights of their citizens, that corporations should respect and encourage the human rights of their employees, and that citizens should abide by written laws. But social responsibility can mean more than these examples. Many nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) accept that their role and the responsibility of their members as citizens is to help improve society by taking a proactive stance in their societal roles. It can also imply that corporations have an implicit obligation to give back to society (such as is claimed as part of corporate social responsibility and/or stakeholder theory).
A third way that business can use ethical decision making to secure their businesses is by making decisions that allow for government agencies to minimize their involvement with the corporation. For instance, if a company is proactive and follows the United States Environmental Protection Agency? guidelines for admissions on dangerous pollutants and even goes an extra step to get involved in the community and address those concerns that the public might have, they would be less likely to have the EPA investigate them for environmental concerns. "A significant element of current thinking about privacy, however, stresses 'self-regulation' rather than market or government mechanisms for protecting personal information." Most rules and regulations are formed due to public outcry; if there is not outcry there often will be limited regulation.
Stakeholder Model. (see Conscious Business)
Stewardship. A steward is one who takes responsibility for the care and cultivation of resources. In the context of conscious business, stewardship is the act of recognizing that natural, financial, and other resources used and generated by a business call for care and cultivation. Stewardship implies and entails a recognition that these resources do not belong exclusively to any one individual or even one generation or even one species. Recognizing the reality of interdependence, and its essential implications for life-supporting systems, stewardship considers the system-wide significance, over time and space, of our actions in general and on the availability and quality of resources in particular. Without clean air and water, without freedom from toxic contaminants, and so on, the context for business will deteriorate into a wasteland. And business innovation, investment, and enterprise has the capacity to play a generative role vis-à-vis resources: restoring and regenerating degraded resources and creating new ones.
Sufficiency ("Enough"). While much attention is placed these days on "abundance" and manifesting all of the items and desires needed to bring about happiness, the idea of "sufficiency" focuses on a deeper level of what will bring true fulfillment into the lives of human beings. By exploring our unconscious beliefs surrounding money, wealth, and happiness, we discover how much is enough for us--for our own unique lives--and begin to unplug from the many unexamined assumptions and cultural conditioning that influence our lives.
Three Levels of Work (Job, Career, Vocation). A theory explored by best-selling author and medical intuitive Caroline Myss that traces our evolution through various stages of work in the world. We being our work journey as we look for a job--a way to make money, to pay our bills, and take care of our basic needs. We then, Myss suggests, find ourselves wanting something more--something we can put more of our being into. This need and evolutionary step propels us to a career. Finally, we are faced with the calling of our spirit: how will we contribute to this world and others in a way that expresses our deepest gifts and truths? It is at this level that we are called to vocation.
By understanding the subtleties of this movement in consciousness, as it relates to our work lives, we come to a deeper understanding of what work is, how it functions in the lives of human beings, and its deepest transformative spiritual implications.
Triple Bottom Line. An approach to viewing the status and success of a business considering more than financial results, typically looking at and defined as people, planet, and profits.
Wealth. Wealth is an abundance of valuable resources, including material, social, spiritual, and other resources. Wealth generates wealth. The word "wealth" finds its roots in well-being--the experience of a rich and satisfying life.