Author Bio: Paul L. Gubany is a keen observer of human behavior whose insights continue to astonish those who read his books and work with him. His study of the history of money, his observations of family-of-origin beliefs about money, and his foray into the interpretation and creation of myths has led him to deep intuitive understandings of our money maladies and the sources and forces behind those maladies. He holds an MBA from an AACSB school, manages several trusts, and is a certified cash flow investor. He is a current member of the C.G. Jung Society and a former member of its board of directors. His intellectual interests include history, philosophy, spirituality, psychology, metaphysics, and the classics of literature.
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:30
Nothing renders the lives of millions of people more miserable and their spirits more impotent than the combination of unhealthy beliefs about money and an inadequate appreciation of its power. Those conditions create the kind of Hell-on-earth Matthew was writing about. There is little question that tens of millions of Americans and multitudes of other Westerners suffer from some debility associated with money. The 1.6 million bankruptcies filed per year in the U.S. are testimony enough. It is also clear that tens of millions of people, despite their incomes and possessions, are unhappy.
As a former highly paid high-tech sales executive, I watched fast-trackers step on the heads of colleagues to secure a promotion, workaholics willingly sacrifice their health and their families for a vice-presidency, and talented, well-educated co-workers trying to make themselves invisible in an effort to avoid the slings and arrows of outrageous management arrogance. These behaviors both troubled and intrigued me - incessantly. Why do we behave in ways that seem to contradict our stated values of community, health, family, and meaningful fulfilling work? Strong emotions are attendant on money. Thus, it is little wonder we find ourselves behaving in ways that are in direct contradiction of the ethics we claim, or in stark contrast to the dreams, hopes, and wishes we hold. We need to strip away the pretense and lore of money, acknowledge the "sins" committed in its pursuit, and admit of having granted it god-like powers, if we are to ever free ourselves from its emotional entanglements.
It has become clear to me that our beliefs about money, and the behaviors dictated by them, leave us with only the remnants of our desires, and little, if any, real satisfaction. We fuel the fires of our desires with money, and, once the fuel is spent, we are left with naught but ashes and more desire. While the fire is burning - and we bask in the short-lived light and warmth from it - we are unaware of the power we have inappropriately given money to make us happy, and ignorant of how best to put it to use. And like the Prodigal, when we find ourselves in that "foreign, famine-stricken land" of Want, we hire ourselves out for slave wages and find that we are just as ill fed as he. But we, too, can yet be the one "who once was lost, and is now found."
A Return to Abundance was conceived in the crucible of my personal and copious experiences with money: I have experienced, taught, and put into practice everything I write about. These experiences and practices have shaped my life and the lives of those I have helped, and I am convinced that this book can help you reshape yours. It will allow you to discover your hidden beliefs about money and the emotions associated with those beliefs; to feel the spiritual power with which the whole of western society has imbued money; and it will educate you as to its key intellectual aspects in a gut-convincing, intellectually stimulating, and spiritually rigorous manner, which will free you to build a new life. I hope it will do so in an entertaining, engaging, and compassionate fashion. It is my fondest expectation that this book will empower your mind with knowledge, fill your heart with hope, and deconstruct the disserving money beliefs you may be harboring: in short, that you may become the one who is now alive again.Namasté,