Money As A Form of Qi
An Interview with Honora Lee Wolfe
In just a couple of weeks, at the CSOMA (California State Oriental
Medical Association) conference in San Francisco, Honora Lee Wolfe
will be giving a seminar entitled "Money as a Form of Qi:
Making & Using Money with Integrity."
I asked Honora to give us a quick glimpse of her topic.
Brian Benjamin Carter (BBC): When you speak about money
and qi, are you talking about the same qi that's in our bodies?
How do you explain what qi is?
Honora Lee Wolfe (HLW): Qi is qi. Life force in the universe
manifest in "the 10,000's of things" as the classic
says. Money is just another form of energy and information exchange,
which is not substantially different from any other part of the
qi system, at least in my mind.
BBC: So what kind of blockages prevent the flow of money
in our lives?
HLW: The answer to that is, of course, somewhat of a mystery
or we would all be millionaires. In my opionion, it is some combination
of openness to the universe of prosperity that exists and perseverence
in our efforts to succeed. If a person really searches their soul,
many will find that they are less open to prosperity than they
think they are, but we will go over that subject in detail in
BBC: How can we restore this flow?
HLW: To restore a healthy relationship to money in our
lives when it really needs some repair, requires honest assessment
and a commitment to working on the problem on a variety of fronts.
That may include both psychological and emotional work internally,
and study, effort, classes, reading, journal-keeping, and outreach
and more in our business efforts externally.
BBC: Do you think that in order to get, we have to give?
HLW: The universe seems to work that way in my experience....but
there are many ways to give that may not require only money specifically.
The qi system is somewhat mysterious..... but there does seem
to be a quality of open-heartedness in both directions that is
helpful when working on one's prosperity.
BBC: What about people for whom money flows, but they
do immoral things to get it? e.g. sweat shops in third world companies...
HLW: There is the existence of evil in the world. Getting
money does not necessarily have anything to do with "goodness".
That being said, for those of us who are not dishonest or evil,
but who have problems with money, we may want to work out how
to improve our relationship with that aspect of our lives as much
as we can.
BBC: Are there some widespread (societal or global) blockages
of qi in regards to money?
HLW: Obviously this is true. There are global inequities
of all kinds with regard to money. My personal feeling is that
charity begins at home. We should try to improve the things in
our lives that can be improved. If we can become more prosperous,
we can give away more to those who are less prosperous. Being
poor does not really serve anyone. Since we live in a society
that grants us many opportunities, why not utilize them to help
ourselves so that we can help others?
"Money as a Form of Qi: Making & Using Money with
Integrity," will be on Saturday, August 10th at 8:30am
at the CSOMA Conference. For more information, go to the
Honora Lee Wolfe is a licensed practitioner (LAc) of Chinese
Medicine, general manager of Blue Poppy Press, and author of a
number of books and articles on acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
For more information, go to her Blue
Poppy Press bio.