Money Can Heal: Evolving Our Consciousness
The Story of RSF and Its Innovations in Social Finance
Exploring the wonders of every kind of monetary transaction, Siegfried Finser reveals how all transactions interact with the human psyche. Having evolved through the ages, money is no longer an object so much as it has become a “worldwind” of circulation, moving at various speeds and achieving a myriad of results.
Our human intentions give money its qualities and determine its speed and its effect on people everywhere. From object to pure movement, money is now poised to serve our highest goals. As we have nurtured money in its evolution, we must now take responsibility for directing its great potential in transforming social life, thereby bringing healing to the world. The author gives RSF Social Finance as an example of an organization working to heal our social life.
Siegfried Finser shows a way beyond money as “a thing one acquires” toward money as “movement” among human souls. You’ll never see money the same way again.
RSF Social Finance envisions “a world where a new consciousness is brought to financial transactions, a future when profit is determined by social and environmental benefit, as well as financial return…a future when it is the ability to enrich human life and sustain the earth’s ecology that generates financial support for initiatives and organizations. [RSF holds] a vision of a forward-thinking world that considers the long-term consequences of its actions as essential to right decision-making.”
RSF Social Finance envisions “a world where a new consciousness is brought to financial transactions, a future when profit is determined by social and environmental benefit, as well as financial return … a future when it is the ability to enrich human life and sustain the earth’s ecology that generates financial support for initiatives and organizations. [RSF holds] a vision of a forward-thinking world that considers the long-term consequences of its actions as essential to right decision-making.”
RSF activities include:
- Investing in Socially Constructive Organizations. Thanks to donors, investors, borrowers, and partners, RSF finances innovative and visionary projects that share its commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable world.
- Working with Philanthropists and Investors. RSF works with investors and philanthropists in carrying forward their best intentions by providing access to capital, with the funds they have entrusted to RSF, to organizations that foster economic, environmental, and social sustainability.
- Developing Innovative Financial Vehicles. RSF continually researches and develops ways to meet the needs of its clients.
- Building a Community Dedicated to Sustainability. RSF creates a space where ideas are shared and collaborations form to strengthen social finance.
- Researching the Role of Money in Society. RSF engages in research on the role of money in society to develop the capacity of individuals and organizations to explore the social implications of financial practices.
C O N T E N T S
1. Imagination and Money
2. The Transaction of Buying and Selling
3. Borrowing and Lending
4. Giving and Receiving
5. Our Social Life: Three in One
6. Our Evolving Consciousness
7. The Example of RSF
8. The Future
About the Author
Siegfried Finser, a former Waldorf schoolteacher, has managed a division of Xerox and was Director of Executive Development worldwide for ITT. He has consulted with many large corporations and was president of the Threefold Educational Foundation, treasurer of the Anthroposophical Society in America, and founder of the RSF Social Finance (Rudolf Steiner Foundation), where he continues on the Board of Trustees. He has a BA from Rutgers University and an MA in Educational Psychology from New York University. He frequently lectures on the nature of money and the healing potential in monetary transactions. Mr. Finser lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Delray Beach, Florida, and now in Mill Valley, California, with his wife of fifty-one years, a teacher and therapeutic eurythmist. He has two sons, an adopted daughter, a foster son and daughter and seven grandchildren. All of them enrich his life and exceed his fondest wishes for them.