Book Study Leaders’ Guide

Using “The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Personal and Financial Fulfillment”
by Maria Nemeth, Ph.D.

Developed by Andrea Saenz, with assistance from Laura Farren, Paul Hasselbeck, Leslie Gebhart, Wayne Manning, and Darrel Schmucker.

Then you may decide together which chapters to cover. This time frame has worked well with people who have led Energy of Money study groups in the past. let’s say you read The Artist’s Way and like the book. large sheets of paper. even map them out on sheets of paper. Format A book study group is an easy. this guide is written for a study of 6 weeks. simple. But it would be clear to everyone that you are leading a book study group. Materials In a book study group. As the leader. This is different than preparing seminar-like materials using graphics or multimedia and then presenting the materials in such a way that people have a sense that you are a seminar leader rather than book study leader. not that you have been trained by Artist’s Way leaders to lead seminars on the material. with each study being 2 hours long.The Energy of Money Book Study Leaders’ Guide Introduction It is important to distinguish a book study group from a seminar. You gather a group of friends and each person buys the book. the book is the material. The only materials each person will need are their own copy of The Energy of Money. concrete way for you to gather anywhere from 4 to 40 people who are interested in the work of this book and interested in the principles it presents. a pen or pencil. you might want to write something out on a flip chart or poster board to demonstrate something from the book. You might want to bring together a group of people and have study sessions based on the principles in the book. This is separate from a book study is up to you. There are also some additional supplies that will help you conduct the exercises in the book to their fullest: Week 2: 3x5 cards Week 4: Paper bag or trash can. and paper for the exercises. In a . You could hold anywhere from 2-10 sessions -. hand-washing supplies Study Groups and Coaching A Coaching Group is when you gather from 5-8 people and coach the participants individually in the presence of the group. colored markers Week 5: Paper bag or trash can. For example. However.

In the book. At the end of the book study group. and they could listen to a copy of the tape. that is absolutely fine. This is equal to $20 per 2-hour session. and then decide to take you on as a coach or join a coaching group. Holding book study groups is a way for you to draw people who are interested in this approach. Question: What if people miss a book study session? If they miss it.Coaching Group you would not bring in seminar materials. You are lending your expertise as a coach that has been trained in this methodology to lead book study groups. The other people in the group would be coached as well. The book was written with that in mind. or arrange to hold it at the library and charge an appropriate amount to cover the room rental fee. not a seminar. she charges $200 for 10 2-hour sessions. What is important is that it is clear that they are signing up for a book study group. if the participants like the way you are presenting yourself. You could hold the book study group in your home. Our understanding is that you have to list it as seminar with learning objectives in order to get CEUs.” Questions and Answers about Study Groups and Coaching Groups Question: Can I use written handouts in conjunction with book? Using collateral materials is not a book study group. The pricing is up to you. “If you wish you can now continue on with me in a coaching group or you can see me as a personal coach. she charges $350. people need to know that it is a bona fide book study group. Everything needed for a book study group is in the book. You may need to get clarification on this. you might say. What is important is that it is clear to them that the study is around the material in the book. There is no need for handouts. people are asked to get a journal and are encouraged to make entries on their own. but rather have people bring where they are each week with regard to authentic promises they’ve made. and who can develop a common language based on the material in the book. you could tape it. . People all around the world are using it in book study groups. not a seminar. On her own. Question: I inquired about holding a book study a local library and was told that they charge for the use of the room. Question: What do others charge for book study groups? Example from Sally Babcock: For 10 3-hour sessions with co-leader. Can that cost be covered in the charge for a book study group? Certainly. Question: Can I charge people for this? Absolutely. Bottom line. Question: Could a person sign up for a book study and between sessions contract with the study leader for 1-on-1 coaching? Yes. Question: Can we offer CEUs? Probably not.

Good luck and have a wonderful time with your study! . There is too much in The Energy of Money to really cover in 6 weeks. asking for their support and help. We suggest that you ask your group to have the Week 1 reading done before the first week.Good Luck! You are going to do great job with your book study! Important things to do if you are leading a book study group are to be clear with your mentor coach. with each session being about 2 hours each. work with your coaching circle. What follows is an outline for a six-week book study for 5-20 people. Feel free to make any changes to the schedule you think will benefit your particular group size and format. but this guide should help you hit on the major principles. and report to your coaching group.


After 10-15 minutes of writing. Group Share: What do I want out of this study group? Ask the participants to take one minute in silence to write down or think of what it is that they hope to get from this book study group. ask people to share some of their answers and what they see about their current relationship with money. When they have finished. or have someone summarize Maria’s explanation. Remember to acknowledge people .20)? o What strikes you about the description of “Monkey Mind” and its relationship to energy? Five Minute Break! Invite everyone to stretch. Discussion: What is the Energy of Money? Some people will be unfamiliar with the idea of money as a form of energy. get some snacks.Week One Reading Introduction (optional) What is the Energy of Money? p. go around the group and have each person briefly share their answer. You may want to read a short passage such as the first 4 paragraphs of “Your Money is Your Life” on pages 17-18. Take some time to discuss the group’s thoughts about this idea. Possible questions that may come up are: o How do you see conscious and unconscious uses of this energy in your life? o What are your first thoughts about the diagram and explanation of metaphysical and physical reality (p. Acknowledge people for their great intentions. You may want to take some time to explain anything necessary regarding the format and expectations of your study. 39-58 Activities and Discussion Welcome and Introductions Welcome everyone to the group! Introduce yourself and invite everyone to share their name and a little about themselves. 15-36 Principle 1: Your Greatest Power is to Be Willing p. Exercise: Money Autobiography Have everyone complete 5 or 10 of the “Money Autobiography” questions on page 5657. and get comfortable again.

p. . . Thank everyone for coming and getting your book study off to a great start! . 39-43 o The Coaching Model. p. Closing: Looking Ahead Ask if there is anything else anyone would like to say about this week’s material. You may invite people to finish writing answers to the rest of the questions at home. 47-55 Depending on your time. Remind the participants about next week’s reading – Principle 2: Your Intentions and Integrity…. Make sure everyone has been heard.for being courageous and honest in their answers. Other Topics for Discussion o Being Willing. pages 60-82. you may want to have a whole-group discussion on these items. or simply review the relevant pages together and ask a few people to answer the question: What do these ideas mean for our book study group? Have the group reach a consensus on how they would like to use the concepts.

You will lead your group through the exercise exactly as it is written on pages 79-82. When you finish.Week Two Reading Principle 2: Your Intentions and Integrity… p. You will then lead your group through the Standards of Integrity exercise exactly as it is laid out on pages 68-71. 61-64. Five Minute Break! Exercise: Your Life’s Intentions It is now time to discover your life’s intentions! You may want to take a minute to review what Life’s Intentions are and why it is powerful to discover them (p. 70) to the entire group. Support each other for doing such a great job with this exercise. . You may want to ask a couple questions like: o How are you doing? o What have you noticed about this material since last week? o Did any questions or new thoughts about last week’s material come up after the study? Exercise: Standards of Integrity Share with your group that today you are all going to find out who you really are in your hearts. invite each person to stand again and read their Life’s Intentions to the group. p. Invite each member of the group to stand and read their list (with the extra 2 sentences. and for how true those standards really are! Give the group a few minutes to discuss what they see about themselves and how their Standards of Integrity influence their behavior. It would be great to have 3 x 5 cards on which people could write their standards. 60-82 Activities and Discussion Opening Discussion Welcome everyone back! Take some time to catch up with your group. and what your intentions in life are! You may want to take a minute to have one or two people share on the diagram and explanation of “who we really are” on p. 76-78). Acknowledge each other for sharing.

Ask the participants to think about a goal for themselves this week and bring it to the next session. . Possible questions are: o How might knowing these things influence the goals you choose? o What ideas for authentic action do they give you? Throw out a few possible goals you might derive from your Life’s Intentions. Use the remaining time this week to talk about your Standards of Integrity. It should be a goal they are willing to have the group support them in truly achieving! Closing: Looking Ahead Invite people to say anything else on their minds about this week’s material. pages 83-104. and Principle 4: Driven Behavior Wastes Money Energy. and your goals. Life’s Intentions.Group Discussion: Goals You will be looking in detail at goals next week. Thank everyone for a great session! . Remind the group about next week’s reading – Principle 3: Goals Focus Your Money Energy. pages 107129.

have you achieved then with clarity. focus. . ease. If not.. 84-86) o What makes a SMART goal unique? (p. decide on another way you will be reminded of your goal on a daily basis. p. Have everyone read their goal and intention to the group. Don’t forget present tense and a specific date! Include the Intention that this goal fulfills. you may want to discuss doing this valuable activity with your group another time. using the examples on pages 95 and 101 as models. 83-104 Principle 4: Driven Behavior. everyone should have an idea or two of goals they would like to achieve. 107-129 Activities and Discussion Opening Discussion Welcome back! Take some time to catch up with your group and ask: o How are you doing? o What have you noticed about this material since last week? o Did any questions or new thoughts about last week’s material come up after the study? Group Discussion: SMART Goals Use 5-10 minutes to review with your group: o What is a goal v.. fun.] Since last week. and meaningful as possible. and grace? What do you see about your answer? Group Work: Making Goals [Optional: Use as much of the “Exercises for Creating Goals” on pages 91-94 as you think would be useful for your group. Give everyone five minutes to reread their Life’s Intentions. and then write out one goal.. Celebrate their great dreams and intentions! Because the book study structure is not long enough to include the Treasure Mapping process on pages 99-104.Week Three Reading Principle 3: Goals Focus Your Money Energy. a task? (p. 87-89) o If you have made goals for yourself in the past. Support each other in finetuning each other’s goals so they are as precise.

130-152. p. reading the instructions and the list of items. and Principle 7: Releasing Old Beliefs Brings Miracles. and simply ask the questions: o What about these symptoms sounds like me? o What do I see about that? o Do any of the addictions discussed on pages 117-124 sound like me? Exercise: Are You a Busyholic? To cap off the discussion. have everyone briefly share a couple items that were especially relevant to them and what they see about busyholism in their lives.Principle 5: Scarcity Is One of Your Greatest Teachers. invite the group to take 15-20 minutes to discuss the 3 symptoms (pages 111-116). p. Closing: Looking Ahead Is there anything else someone wants to share about this week’s material? Let everyone know the reading for next week -. . Congratulate everyone on their great goals and work this week! . 177199. After you have allowed people some time to write down additional thoughts. After looking at what driven behavior is (page 109-110). you will lead your group through the inventory just as it is presented on pages 127-129.Five Minute Break! Group Discussion: Symptoms of Driven Behavior Take a deep breath! It’s time to look at driven behavior.

you can either have people use the list of words in their books. For Parts 1 and 3. For Part 2. When you finish Part 1 (and/or 2).Week Four Reading Principle 5: Scarcity…. you might read the questions out loud and give the group 2-3 minutes to write everything that comes to mind for each one. “Discovering the Magic. “What are you seeing about your answers?” or “What are you experiencing as you talk about this?” Acknowledge them for being courageous in to looking at this. p. Because this exercise is designed to be individual. 182-183. You might ask. have them take a deep breath. and can take a long time. catch up with your group and ask: o How are you doing? o What have you noticed since last week? o Did any questions or new thoughts about last week’s material come up after the study? Exercise: Encounter with a Dragon Share with your group that this chapter’s exercise (147-152) will let us see how we experience scarcity and what we see as our biggest concerns about money. you will need to adapt it for your group. You might think about questions such as: o What is a structure of knowing? What does it do? o Reading the “When to Let Go” list on p. Then go on to Part 3. or simply ask them to complete this part on their own time. 177-199 Activities and Discussion Opening Discussion Welcome back to another week! As usual. do any of the examples sound like you? o What is a miracle? What would be a miracle in your life? . 130-152 Principle 7: Releasing Old Beliefs…. p. Don’t forget to rip up and throw away Parts 1-2 when you finish! Five Minute Break! Group Discussion: Structures of Knowing Spend some time talking about the concept of Structures of Knowing in chapter 7. Ask people to share one of their answers.” and repeat the process.

and that this week they may want to think of someone about whom they have lots of well-developed judgments. Read the directions on page 195 and have them start their mind map when you finish the paragraph starting “You may find…” Read the rest of the page and then let them draw for another 5-10 minutes. However. 218-243. p. If time is short. and who they are ready to forgive. Next week’s reading is Principle 8: Forgiveness. let them know that they will be going through the forgiveness process next week. Spread everyone out with a big piece of paper and a colored marker. you might all commit to one of the actions on p. p. try to have everyone make their own so they can see their own structure of knowing. 200-217. 194-198) in a group. you can make one “group structure of knowing” poster and use it to inform your discussion. Acknowledge your group for another great week! . Read the first 2 paragraphs on page 196 and give them another 5-10 minutes to circle themes. Closing: Looking Ahead Invite anyone to share final thoughts on this week’s material. take a good look at the maps.198 and be willing to report back on it.Exercise: Your Structure of Knowing Money There are several ways to use this exercise (p. Pass around the rest of the markers so everyone has several new colors. and Principle 9: Making and Keeping Promises. and share what you see! As a follow-up. Read out the top of page 197. Also.

to share about the process. Take your time and read the text with a generosity of spirit – your study members are doing great work! When the process is finished. Group Discussion: Characterizations Today your group will be looking at forgiveness.Week Five Reading Principle 8: Forgiveness. During the break. You may want to look at questions like: o What is a characterization? How have I seen them be “contagious”? (p. 200-217 Principle 9: Making and Keeping Promises. p. Invite people. if they wish. Before starting the process. invite them to wash their hands so as to clear themselves of the process. take some time to look at the nature of characterizations and our evidence and Monkey Mind about others. allow them to tear up their characterization sheets and throw them away somewhere convenient. Applaud their courage for being willing to forgive! Five Minute Break! . 218-243 Activities and Discussion Opening Discussion Only two more weeks in your book study! Welcome everyone back and check in by asking: o How are you doing? o What have you noticed since last week? o Did any questions or new thoughts about last week’s material come up after the study? This is a good time to follow up on people’s money mind maps and Authentic Actions from last week. 203-205) o What does it mean to forgive? What doubts does your Monkey Mind bring up about this? o Who am I holding responsible for my money problems? Exercise: Forgiveness You will lead your group through the Forgiveness process exactly as it is written on pages 212-216.

and Principle 12: Abundance and Gratitude. you do not need to read the inventory to them. 218-219 o Being a Conscious Conduit of Energy. including the date of completion. p. Blocks. For Part 2. 221 and what it means for our relationship with money. Finally.Principle 11: Mutual Support. 223-227 Because both of this week’s exercises can take 25-45 minutes. 269286. Have people share a few answers. read page 231 out loud and stop at the bottom so everyone can write an answer to the checkbook biography question. ask them to commit to doing it at home. 221-223 o Leaks. Next week is your last time together as a book study group! Get ready to celebrate your discoveries and successes together. Take as much time as you think is appropriate to address the conduit diagram on p. Remind everyone of the final week’s reading -. p. Read the Part 1 instructions and give your group 15-20 minutes to note down as many applicable items as they can. p. p. If they have not finished the list. p. . as well as any questions you think are appropriate. You may want to have everyone choose one item that will be completed by next week so you can support each other in being accountable. that is their item!) Acknowledge your group for being willing to clean up the sludge in their relationship with money! Closing: Looking Ahead Invite anyone who has something more to add about this week’s material to share.Other Topics For Discussion o Keeping Promises. from “For the rest…” to at least the paragraph starting “You may be…” Invite your group to make some concrete promises and write them down. ask the group to look at their Part 1 items while you read page 232 to them. you may not have time for a long discussion of these topics. 287-308. and Cleaning it Up. (If their checkbook is not balanced to the penny. Exercise: Incomplete Money Business This exercise (pages 228-233) is designed to start cleaning your group’s conduits! Since the participants have their own books.

269-286 Principle 12: Abundance and Gratitude. and check in by asking: o How are you doing? o What have you noticed since last week? o Did any questions or new thoughts about last week’s material come up after the study? This would be a great time to check up on the “incomplete money business” items people committed to complete from last week. In fact. 287-308 Activities and Discussion Opening Discussion It’s the last week of the study! Congratulate each other for making it.Week Six Reading Principle 11: Mutual Support. p. but they mean the same things. Exercise: Getting Support for Your Hero’s Journey Let your group know that you are all looking at the energy of support so that their good work can continue after the study. Then lead your group through questions 2-10. Read the instructions on page 277-8 out loud and pause to let the group answer question 1. Mary Kay) during the exercise in the interest of time. You may want to omit the personal examples (Denise. You can lead your group through this exercise pretty much as it is written on pages 277-280. Questions you might consider about this topic are: o Just for practice. p. Group Discussion: The Coaching Context Use the next 15-20 minutes to look at the Coaching Context Questions on pages 282-283. you may want to use the versions and reframes you know to explain them further if there are questions. Acknowledge each other on a job well done. asking each person at the end to share his or her project and whom he or she is asking for support. They are slightly different than the arena questions used in Mastering Life’s Energies. what qualities am I willing to demonstrate for the rest of today’s session? o What are different arenas of my life where this context would be useful to me? .

Go around the room and hear as many examples of gratitude as you can.] Closing: Wrap-Up Group Discussion The formal part of your book study is over! Use the rest of the time to reflect on what parts of The Energy of Money were most meaningful for your group members. Exercise: Basic Affirmation Training This exercise involves keeping a “gratitude journal” over an extended period of time.Great job. Choose which best suits your group needs. You could read through the description on pages 304-305.o Am I willing to answer “Yes” to all four questions at work? At church? At home? What worries does my Monkey Mind have about that idea? Five Minute Break! During the break. Coach! . o Talk about parts of the book people read on their own and have questions or thoughts about. What are the biggest things you have seen about your relationships with money and your behavior in general? Here are some other ideas to incorporate as you wrap up your study: o Discuss your authentic actions (including the goal from week 3). progress you have made. and share for a few minutes about what you might get out of such a journal. and which parts your Monkey Mind still has doubts and suspicions about. Next. encourage your group members to call their chosen support person right then and ask for their support on the project they have picked. Take a minute to list three things from today or yesterday that evoke gratitude. o Invite your study members to consider becoming a Coaching Group or getting private coaching from you in the future (See the Introduction for questions and answers about this). you may want to substitute that for the Basic Affirmation Training exercise. o Share some treats and celebrate each others’ company! Acknowledge yourself for taking such good care of your study members and leading them through the material…. you can get it off to a great start as a group activity. But while you can’t complete this kind of exercise today. invite the group to use today as the first day of their journal. and your plans to let people support you after the study. You might ask: Was it difficult to think of examples? What was your experience writing them down? [Optional: If your meeting space is large enough and appropriate for the “Contemplating Gratitude” exercise on pages 306-307 (meaning people can walk around and see objects that might bring joy or peace).


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