At Harvest Time we ask, “How can we bring our money into alignment with Christian wisdom and with our own hearts so that all human beings can thrive?”
For more than 15 years, we have been offering retreats and spiritual companionship for people who ask this question. We are privileged to know people who have been able to transform their relationship with money and find ways (i.e. through philanthropy, investing, business management, etc.) for their resources to serve the common good. Click here to read some of their stories. Or explore the many other reflections on money and Christian spirituality that are available on this website.
If you would like to know more, please email Rose at rose@HarvestTime.cc. We’d love to hear from you!
Sunday evening, Steve and I decided to take our dinner and glasses of wine out to the picnic table on the driveway at New Camaldoil Hermitage. Though silence is observed in the monastery’s guesthouse and surrounding area, guests are allowed to talk on the driveway. The weekend had been full of rich conversation, silence, chanting and praying. On our final night, our work complete, we decided to visit while watching the sun set over the ocean.
The monastery’s driveway has a stunning view of mountains dropping into the ocean. In that setting of beauty, conversation flowed easily. Before we knew it, the stars were out in full glory. 50 miles from the nearest small city, it was an incredible display of light in the night sky.
Eventually it was time to head back to our rooms. Without the moon or flashlights, all we had to chart the course along the cliff edged drive was starlight.
It was enough.
The journey with wealth begins with an experience of extravagant, mystical love. This is the fundamental truth of who God is, who we are, and the energy of the universe. Being human is an invitation to align with it – or maybe it’s just a matter of becoming conscious that this is the reality we live in all the time.
Those of us who have been given/earned wealth can work with money as our spiritual practice – as some choose to work with the body or the breath as a practice. Some of us, in fact, will experience ourselves as called to do so. Money is a particularly effective spiritual practice place as it is a symbol of our interconnectedness and it is the place where so much of our personal and cultural fear gets acted out.