RESPONSES FROM USERS OF THE PBL:
“This is a remarkable achievement. You've found a way to bring the inside outside, and relate it to money, in a way that brings into the world the mirror that was missing. We never learned how to be present with ourselves through our finances.
“The Portable Blessings Ledger should be everywhere, including taught in schools. You've pioneered something we can all use.”
Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Teacher of “Speaking Quest”
“What’s great is that there are these ledger pages. I’m normally intimidated by ledger pages, but these are presented in a softer way.
Katayoon Zandvakili, Author, In the Lap of the Gods
Risala Mary Laird,
Teacher, Artist, Typesetter
“The Portable Blessings Ledger allowed me to make friends with money—and to realize that everybody goes through [the kinds of things the author reveals about her own experience and process].”
Katayoon Zandvakili, Author, In the Lap of the Gods
beauty and care and loving nature that surrounds Naomi's book opened
It feels so good to be back writing down the ebb and flow of money.
is always surprising to see how much goes out, with so little remembrance;
and how lovely the gratitude always is, when the flow returns to our shores,
supporting and sustaining us.”
Teacher, Artist, Typesetter
“I can share two positive things with your community about my experience from talking to you about it.
is that I find myself paying much more attention to how I feel when I
am about to make a purchase or even go shopping. And if I have a choice
between an item that feels just OK and one that really attracts me deeply,
I'm giving myself much more permission to follow my bliss even if it means
spending a few more dollars.
“Secondly, it suddenly dawned on me that all I really have to do (now that I have on-line banking) is to keep track of the cash that I withdraw from my account, because every-thing else is recorded on my on-line banking ledger. I think it will be a great exercise to sit down at the end of the month and transfer my expenditures to my ledger and do my reflections then.”
—Alicia Carter, LCSW
“I just wanted to tell you how very touched I am about this Portable Blessings Ledger that you have sent me. It’s absolutely lovely, so clever and original. I just think it’s wonderful! Of course, I want to see it as a best-seller.”
Rebecca Field, Director, The Mercury Institute
you’re dealing with pennies or millions or somewhere in between,
The Portable Blessings Ledger offers a path to prosperity that
works on many levels—and
is uniquely yours.
Who among us has not struggled with the realities of money
its demands and
the large place it takes up in our lives?
Naomi Roses new book,
It will transform your relationship with money into a blessing
while revealing the unfoldment of the story of your true being.
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based on 3 of her books, including The Portable Blessings Ledger,
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No matter what our financial situation,
in our culture its almost inevitable that we spend much of our time
thinking about money.
Even if we would rather not pay much attention to it,
money is the coin of
Yet responding to this
drumbeat can take our focus and energy
Our souls must
have room and place to tell us what is happening
Yet that part of our lives that depends
on a financial focus
almost all the room there
at the expense of the
What is needed
is a way to honor both the world of our finances
and the world of our unfolding soul-stories
at the same time,
in the same breath,
rather than avoid
money and financial transactions.
we can no longer afford to live split off,
our energies and souls
parceled off like land.
and to live in harmony in the world.
The Portable Blessings Ledger can help bring this about.
THE PREMISE, THE PROMISE, AND THE FORMAT
The premise of this unique and timely book
is that if you approach each and every financial transaction
with the openness to discovering the blessings
that are connected with them
both those that come towards you and those that come from you
they will appear.
The promise is that if you do this, the process will transform your life,
your finances, your heart, your community, and your planet.
The format of an actual blessings ledger
enables you to keep track of everything you make, spend, and
think about concerning money,
while at the same time becoming intimately aware of
the soul-story pattern that reveals itself in the process.
Once you bring compassion to the equation,
you yourself become a source of blessings.
And you will reap what you sow.
The forms include:
long, short, ledger, & sketchbook)
and you want to better understand what's going on inside you)
to keep a Portable Blessings Ledgerboth financial and life-story.
SPENDING FORMS enable you to record:
1. The dollars-and-cents data:
* Date * Transaction number * What you purchased
* Where you purchased it * Why it appeals to you
* How you paid for it * Amount you spent
2. What the transaction reveals about your deep inner life:
"And the story unfolds..."
3. And how things look to you at the ledger entry's end:
"Blessings in balance."
A PORTABLE BLESSINGS LEDGER
(Option #1: Long form)
Date: Thursday, May 19th
bags of greens for salad, juices, tomatoes, eggplants, sparkling cider and
much, much more. I have just spent well over the usual $100 or so for this
food for company as well as the weekly shopping. As I start to write the
check, guilt sets in at the amount, a low-level panic. I take a breath,
remember the cause of this expense is shared joy.
And things brighten up again.
today’s paper. Someone I know has a book that’s reviewed, and I don’t have
any change. “Could I write this for 25 cents over?” I ask the young woman
who’s rung up my purchase.
"I'm sorry,” she says, actually looking sorry. “We can’t give change with
groceries at the end of the counter looks up and smiles. “I’ll give you 25
cents,” he offers, with a full-tilt sunny smile.
name. It’s Rick. Rick digs into his pocket for a quarter, his smile
"Oh!" I cry, deeply moved by his offer. I know it’s only a quarter, but
I’ve just spent more money on food than he probably makes in half a week
of work. Something in me is primed to protest, “No, no, please.” But I don’t
succumb to it. His gift is genuine, and larger by far than the amount he is giving
me. Though Rick may not be thinking in terms of “money and compassion,”
his putting them together lifts my spirit well beyond the cash value.
I thank him gratefully, and watch him bag my ten bags of food into two
carts. I’m offered the help of an employee to wheel the second cart to my car.
I can’t say, “No thanks, I can manage,” because I can’t. I have to receive.
A young woman employee gets behind the second cart, smiles, starts to push
it toward the sliding doors.
me, puts the quarter in my hand. I’d left it behind on the counter. The offer had
given so many dividends, I’d forgotten the thing itself.
FORMS enable you to record:
* Satisfaction level * Amount
the story unfolds. . . ”
"Blessings in balance.”
A PORTABLE BLESSINGS LEDGER
(Option #2: Short form)
Date: Thursday, April 7,
2005, 9:30 a.m.
my work. But when she saw my ad, she realized that she could enlist me
to help her write her own book.
AND THE STORY UNFOLDS . . .
help develop her book and in continually reminding me that everything is
part of the journey. She reads me the short pieces of writing she has been
able to carve time for—a triumph, considering her very young child.
I listen to her read the writing she has wrested away from sleep,
her voice low and evoking forests, rivers, a city in Illinois I have never been
to before now. My head is as clear as I can make it so that I am of good use
to her, my imagination traveling with her through the lakes and trees, the
woundings and callings of her childhood and beyond.
“Thank you for receiving this,” she says to me at reading’s end,
lifting her eyes up from her laptop computer and taking in my deep listening.
“Thank you,” I tell her, almost speechless, exalted by the beauty of her
search, her recording, her gifts, realizing that serving the deep Self
is the greatest privilege.
requested that each session be an hour and a half. In truth, if I had to,
I would pay her to help her birth this difficult and exquisite story that reveals
so much of me to myself, as well.
enable you to reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and insights
and to connect these with compassion as far as you are able
to muse in these pages about:
of the situation from this perspective,
you are likely to find your outer experience
changing for the better, as well.
Three simple statements help bring your inner/outer life into focus:
1. "This is what’s going on in me as I think about money,
deal with money, worry about money, attempt to bless the
conditions in my life relative to money."
2. "And, having expressed the above, this is what I notice in myself
now regarding my inner state and outer possibilities."
3. [Later:] "And this is what actually manifested as a result of my
becoming conscious of all this."
In this way, you are not only keeping track
of your feelings and finances
you are building a consciousness, too.
If you would like to see your own finances become friendly,
your inner life meaningfully and movingly revealed
through your financial dealings,
your consciousness of money transform into a blessing,
and what it's like to experience community wherever you go,
then start using a Portable Blessings Ledger of your own.
It will start you on your path with wonderment, interest, and ease.
And then, because your ledger will be not the following of a template
but distinctively yours,
based on your own unique being, needs, and soul story,
it will lead you home from there.
TO ORDER YOUR COPY OF
THE PORTABLE BLESSINGS LEDGER:
The cost of the book, per copy, is $25.00.
If you would like to order the book for yourself or a friend,
for each book add:
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As you become conscious of these blessings,
your real wealth increases,
your relationship with money sweetens,
and money goes from being a source of conflict
to a vehicle for deep human connection.