The seminar leader puts the proposition, “Consider that you live inside a conversation that money solves problems.”
Like many Landmark propositions it sounds too simple at first. Then it unfurls.
I start thinking about problems I have and how money is being used in relation to them. It’s easy to list some problems. I’m surprised to see how I’m using money to relate to them. I see for example that when I feel lonely I go out and buy favourite foods. Then I get it’s a particular kind of food – food I need to bake in the oven – and that this gives me a sensation of comfort and nurturing. There are several problems relating to my business, and in each case I’m using money (or absence of money) to try to solve them.
It’s easy to see how friends are doing it. One friend regularly gives money to people in her life when they are moaning and complaining. She’s obviously trying to get some peace. Predictably, one of her regular complaints is that people take advantage of her, view her as a mummy figure.
The seminar leader says,
It’s a myth, an illusion, that money solves problems. When you get this, you can give up throwing money at problems.
I start to consider what would life be like if I viewed money and problems separately …