Financial Bypassing: Money and Spirituality is the title of a talk I gave at the SAND Conference in October 2019. At the end of the presentation a member of the audience asked me to document and share my own personal journey on the topic. I agreed to do so. Here it is.
I am actively learning about the relationship between spirituality and money. It began in 2013 when I moved to the United States. Reared in a socialist country and moving to a capitalist economy showed me that my value for and relationship with money was influenced by both my upbringing and my spirituality. The stark contrast between my influences and how the U.S. culture deals with money stopped me on my tracks. I had to learn how it works here in the U.S. in order to find a way to better understand the culture that was to become my home. What I could not readily understand were things like: the necessity to borrow in order to establish a credit score, retail store credit cards that I didn’t know where