Winter 2013 (Issue 50)    

Conscious Investing      |      Money as a Spiritual Asset Workshops     |     New  Interview   I     Unplug Your Phone

Conscious Investing:
The New Wave in Money and Values

© 2012
Corinne McLaughlin

Would you like to integrate your deepest spiritual values with your money?  Did you know there’s a whole new movement emerging around the country to make finance and investing more spiritually conscious?  Called conscious investing, conscious capital, and/or conscious money, this new approach builds on the Social Investment movement by focusing on spiritual and psychological dimensions more directly.

I recently attended an invitational meeting on conscious investing in northern California which was organized by a team including Susan Davis, founder of Capital Missions and founder of the Investors Circle, the Solar Circle and six other networks in social investing.  The purpose of the meeting was to help manifest an industry of conscious investing and transformational finance. Participants included private investors, fund managers, investment managers, philanthropists, and representatives from the green economy, microfinance, “for benefit” corporations and conscious media. 

To me, the success of the meeting was due to the whole system design process on which the meeting was based, called KINS Innovation Networks.  KINS is a very collaborative and synergistic group process for forming deep connections among diverse participants which leads to magical breakthroughs.  It is called KINS to connote that “we are all one.”  The secret is focusing on the higher purpose of the group and allowing intuition and Spirit to guide the process. 

The work of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (now ICRL)  showed that extremely unusual events (“anomalies” in scientific language or “miracles” in human terms) can be produced in groups with high emotional resonance and profound personal involvement in creative projects.  Just as Einstein famously said that you can’t solve a problem from the same consciousness that created the problem, we have to go to a higher consciousness, a spiritual field, to solve our financial problems today.  In my experience, the KINS approach produced this high-vibrational energy field that ICRL has proven to be so effective.

Pioneering economist Hazel Henderson gave a live interactive talk to our group noting that “real wealth is in the networks.”  Focusing on investment as relationship is a paradigm shift from the old way of building organizations. An investment manager in the group described what we are doing as “asset quilting”—quilting or weaving our combined assets—financial, intellectual, and creative -- with qualities of the heart. Our combined experiences, expertise and skills create a synergistic system which nurtures a powerful outcome.

Various group members emphasized the importance of making finance more ethical, or, as The Pachamama Alliance says, “ socially just, environmentally sustainable, and spiritually fulfilling.”  Some members noted that investing that is based on bio-mimicry principles is more productive, enduring and fulfilling.  Bio-mimicry observes how nature works and designs human works to mimic that.

A key theme in our meeting was bringing together Spirit and matter—our values and our money—rather than seeing these as two different realms. To me, our work is about seeing money as a spiritual asset, not just a material asset, and this is something I like to teach in my workshops. Some members of our group noted the key role of psychological insights and tools in helping people transform old attitudes around money—especially to stop the bull/bear cycles of greed/fear.  In small groups, we shared experiences and techniques we’ve each used to help transform our own money issues. We redefined abundance as not just money, but also love and healthy relationships.

Conscious investing builds on the work of Social Responsible Investing (SRI), which my husband, Gordon Davidson, and others helped found 25 years ago. It has become a $3.7 trillion industry, growing 40% faster than the overall fund universe.  Many were skeptical until they saw the stellar financial performance of socially responsible companies. SRI includes four strategies:  screening, shareholder advocacy, community investing, and socially responsible venture capital. 

Social screening subjects stocks to a set of “screens” or criteria, asking, for example, “Does the company pollute the environment, violate fair labor practices, promote women and minorities, support local communities, exemplify integrity in advertising?” Some of the leading mutual funds, which have been pioneers in the field for over a decade,  are the Calvert Funds, Pax World Fund, Parnassus Funds, RSF Social Finance, and Domini Social Funds.

The new conscious investing movement embraces all of the above strategies, but adds another dimension:  the profound, catalyzing role of intuition and Spirit in deeply connected groups.  As Patricia Aburdene, a participant in our meeting, notes in her book, Conscious Money, conscious investing is created from the inside out--it is anchored in what really matters to you—it is grounded in meaning. 

Corinne McLaughlin is director of The Center for Visionary Leadership and co-author of The Practical Visionary (; ) and Spiritual Politics. She can be reached at


Money as a Spiritual Asset
Conscious Earning, Spending and Investing

with Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson

West Coast seminar: April 27 to 28, San Rafael, CA
East Coast seminar: June 1 to 2, Sirius Community, Shutesbury, MA

Would you like to generate financial abundance for yourself or your organization or project?  Would you like to transform dysfunctional, subconscious issues about money that relate to old patterns?  Would you like to do more good in the world with your money? 

Money is both a tool and a sacred trust that can help your contribution to the world be more effective. Money is simply Spirit, vibrating at a lower or denser frequency. It is essentially concretized energy or life force. This workshop will include presentations, experiential tools and meditations to help you:

        Learn why spiritual people have money problems

        Discover how to build your karmic bank account

        Dialogue with parts of your subconscious that are undermining your relationship with money

        Discover which of your chakras needs to be energized to transform your money issues

        Listen to your heart and intuition as well as practical advice in financial matters

        Learn about social investing and impact investing as tools to help change the world

        Broaden your asset diversification to be prepared for world changes

Workshops are held Saturday 9:30am to 5pm and Sunday 9:30am to 12:30pm.  

West Coast registration: Advance registration is $139 (deadline is April 19; registration is $159 after April 19).  Send a check to The Center for Visionary Leadership, 369 3rd St. #563, San Rafael, CA 94901 or call 415-472-2540 with your credit card number.  Location is a beautiful retreat-like space with panoramic views. Bring a bag lunch or there are restaurants nearby. Request information about nearby hotels if needed. 

East Coast Registration:  Advance registration is $139 (or $159 at the door), Send a check to The Center for Visionary Leadership, 369 3rd St. #563, San Rafael, CA 94901 or call 415-472-2540 with your credit card number.  Accommodations with meals are $115/day for shared room or $140/day for private room. To reserve accommodations, email or call 413-259-1251. Sirius Community is on 93 beautiful acres of forested land and organic gardens with a pond for swimming and sauna for relaxation. For more information about the seminar, call 415-472-2540 or email  Co-sponsored by The Center for Visionary Leadership.


Recent interview with Corinne McLaughlin on The Art of Conscious Living TV Show

Unplug Your Phone and Recharge Your Spirit
With Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson

June 7-9 at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York

Do you need a break from technology to recover your serenity and reconnect with people and a supportive community?   Do you need a break from the hyperactivity and speediness all around you? 

On this weekend program, you’ll have time to unwind as you relax and reconnect with your body and soul in a slower rhythm with a community of like-minded souls.  You can refocus on what’s essential and meaningful in your life, reconnect with your inner wisdom, tap your creativity and renew your health. 

In this regenerating workshop, there will be a balance of quiet meditative exercises, reflective writing, creative expression and refreshing movement.  Even simple tasks like walking to the lake and eating fresh organic food will become sensuous experiences of awareness and renewal.

Here you can enter sacred time, where each moment is special and deepens your spiritual journey. Here your consciousness can expand and time becomes your friend, rather than something to beat. You become more fully present in the moment and rediscover the simple joys of life.

Workshop: June 7-9 Friday 8pm to Sunday 12pm at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY
Omega is a world famous personal development and retreat center in the beautiful Hudson Valley (




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