The Archetypes Of Money with Brent Kessel

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Is money the root of all evil or a path to enlightenment? Brent Kessel is a financial planner by day and a yogi by dawn, and his answer may surprise you. He says, "Money and spirituality really are partners, and can be used to aid each other and create more spiritual awareness for ourselves as well as more financial abundance." As part of his own spiritual quest, and through interviews with such spiritual luminaries as Thich Nhat Hanh, Gangaji, Mother Teresa, and the Dalai Lama, Mr. Kessel has examined the ways money is an expression of who we are - and how who we are determines our financial condition. He explains, "Whatever financial life you have is a direct manifestation of your unconscious conditioned expectations. The nervous system is attuned to a certain relationship to money, and that attunement creates that relationship to money in the outside world." In this provocative interview he describes eight archetypes that express the ways we relate to money, and how understanding your own money type can help you bring your finances and your inner life into greater balance. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Brent Kessel is co-founder and president of Abacus Wealth Partners, named one of the top 250 wealth management firms by Bloomberg Wealth Manager. Mr. Kessel was named one of the top 250 financial advisors by Worth magazine, and has been quoted in national financial publications including Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and many more. He has also studied with such luminaries as the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why a four-year-old may be managing your finances
  • How money-whether you have it or not-can block your creativity
  • Why your relationship with money is like a marriage
  • How you can use yoga to improve your finances
  • Who really owns your money
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 5/21/2008      Program Number: 3262