(The following is a piece by Minyan member Jyl Cohen, on the AQM/JCC May 19th Author Series event “MotherWealth: The Feminine Path to Money.” Jyl is also owner of the Accent Modification Training Institute; contact her at (510) 273-9669 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See last week’s Update, for more information on Naomi Rose.)
As a self-employed speech coach, and yet another casualty of our nation's economic meltdown, I was eager to learn more about Naomi Rose's theoretical model and recently published book MotherWealth: The Feminine Path to Money. Although the title intrigued me, piquing my curiosity, I found myself setting out for the talk only half-heartedly, anticipating that this California-based writer would most likely espouse the necessity of subscribing to the oft-repeated spiritual mantra "abundance vs scarcity." En-route to the JCC, I reassured myself that, even if the central thesis of this talk was the aforementioned spiritual platitude, it would still be a worthwhile evening. I was a long-standing appreciator of Naomi's brilliant mind and fine writing style, and trusted that, at the very least, it would be a pleasure to once again experience her rich finely-wrought language and the compelling imagery that her writing evokes.
Naomi began the evening by playing a melody – sweet and soothing – on her beautifully carved mountain dulcimer. This musical introduction was followed by sharing memorable spiritual highlights of her life journey. In her characteristically understated, yet "fraught" style, she described the first seven years of her childhood as living in a state of pure bliss – a Gan Eden – gently caressed by gossamer angel wings and delicate rose petals (my imagery, not Naomi's). This idyllic floating-in-paradise was followed by a sudden and jarring fall from grace, which I perceived to be razor-sharp icicles stabbing her tender unguarded heart. It was an annihilation of her emotional innocence, so harsh and devastating, that a self-protective armor, a social personna of toughness, soon layered over her exquisite sensitivity and vulnerablilty, and continued for the next three decades of her life.
Naomi went on to describe a significant turning point later in her life, when "tsuris" from multiple sources converged in the same time window. She was recently divorced, with a broken ankle, no support network, and in desperate financial straits. During this period of overwhelm and despair, she began formulating her current model of MotherWealth. As a result of several profound experiential insights, Naomi came to realize that, despite the externals of her life having been stripped away – and her struggle with emotional and physical resistance/paralysis around jumping into the competitive fray – she intuitively knew, on a deep level, that it was antithetical to her inner truth, if she ignored the compassionate attention and nurturing that was critical to sustaining her heart and soul. By choosing not to biting the bullet and dispassionately develop an action plan for job seeking, Naomi, instead, trusted her wise intuitive self. She recognized that, in order for the universe to be able to support her, it was essential that she first transform her consciousness into a place of surrender and receptivity, so that a sacred opening could arise within her into which the universe could flow. Embracing this paradigm of the deep feminine – honoring her essence, letting go of orchestrating how the universe was supposed to help her generate money – she thus readied herself to be supported and shown her unique path.
Reading between the lines, I interpreted the essence of Naomi's model as the spiritual principle of trusting the universe to support us – and this is only the first phase of the process. Until we've each done our own inner work, and prepare our personal vessel to avail its holy self of the generosity, riches, and abundance inherent in the world, we will encounter only more despair and brick walls in our quest to shift our external reality. Rather than just wish, hope or take actions counterproductive to our true nature, we must work in concert with the universe, thus facilitating its support. It is possible to reconcile the deep feminine of "being" with our culturally sanctioned value of "doing," by interweaving the most sane aspects of each model.
I feel certain that you'll find Naomi Rose's book refreshing, and I strongly encourage you to check it out. Purchase extra copies for your friends and relatives who are experiencing the financial sting.