On Martha’s Bookshelf: Busting Loose From the Money Game

One of my Montana friends, a brilliant and eminently sane lawyer, lent me a book that at first glance did not appeal to me at all. It’s called Busting Loose From the Money Game by Robert Scheinfeld. I was thrilled to receive it, though, because lately I’ve been quite preoccupied with the issue of helping people make a practical physical living while entering what I call the new consciousness.
“Aha!” I thought, “This will give me the language to talk to businessy folks who don’t wander through my corner of Blissville even on their way to buy milk.” I was all excited to come down out of the clouds to get some firmly grounded financial strategies for my clients and coaches.
Well, or not.
Scheinfeld’s pathway to prosperity involves exactly the same kind of “woo woo procedures” I keep writing about in my own work. Essentially, Scheinfeld believes that our entire reality is a kind of movie being scripted, acted out, and filmed by pure consciousness.
This is not what I expected from a book whose cover depicts two businessmen and a lot of dollar bills. I would never ask you to believe what Robert Scheinfeld believes, however; I would invite you to try his methods. As always, my criterion for accepting any premise is very simple: does it work? Scheinfeld’s method has been working for me for decades now. I am relieved that someone else has been willing to codify the procedure so that I can offer it to my financially anxious loved ones—and then bounce away like Tigger to play in the fields of infinite abundance. By the way, that abundance is not in my bank account, it is in the field of consciousness itself.

On Martha’s Bookshelf: The Night Circus

nightcircus-197x300The book I’m recommending this month is a delicious read, and also has educational components for any wacky tribe members. It’s called The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The author has a delicious time creating magical realism—painting pictures with words but, paradoxically, creating a wordless response in the reader. The world Morgenstern dreams up is a place of “real magic,” and you can feel the deliciousness of her vision.

In terms of describing magic as I have learned to see it, this book is slightly off kilter. She describes people focusing intensely and struggling hard to make magical things happen. This is perfectly valid fiction and very fun to read, but not exactly an instruction for working wonders in our reality.

If you want a literary source that is also useful instruction; I recommend The Golden Compass books by Philip Pullman. These are ostensibly children’s books but they hold the eerie resonance of truly compelling children’s literature from the Hobbit to Harry Potter. To work magic in Pullman’s fictional world, humans must go into a curiously blank brain space in which they are at the same time paying close attention and not thinking at all. I suggest readingThe Night Circusand The Golden Compass, one after the other. Notice the difference, and the way Pullman’s books feel a little more real than Morgenstern’s. They are both fabulous reads but the comparison is especially interesting.


On Martha’s Bookshelf: Philip Pullman

This month, as usual, I’ve read a lot of self-help, brain research and random manuscripts given to me by hopeful coaches. The books that impacted me most, though, were recommended by my dear South African friend Kate Groch, who is not only a genius, but also one who understands enjoyment and enchantment. She recommended Philip Pullman’s trilogy read more…