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Sacred Success

A Course in Financial Miracles


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Women can embrace their power and achieve financial success by staying true to themselves.

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Barbara Stanny, a coach specializing in women and finance, merges the importance of personal fiscal knowledge with the spiritual messages of A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman and William Thetford. Stanny discusses four steps women can take to fulfill their true purpose – though she recommends gaining financial stability before taking that journey. The steps begin with heeding your “Call to Greatness,” which can arrive as a crisis, a vague sense of unease or anything that upsets your status quo. The second step is to practice “Receptive Surrender” by staying open to your thoughts as you take time to pause and reflect. Third, plan and follow through on “Disciplined Action.” And last, by “Modeling Greatness,” use your gifts to give back with purposeful intent. Stanny falls prey to repetition and cliché, but she offers useful, pragmatic guidance and thoughtful financial advice as she warmly reminds women to heed their intuition. getAbstract recommends her manual to women seeking a financial or spiritual lift.


“Women, Wealth and Power”

Today, women control the purse strings to a greater degree than at any time in history. A 2012 study by the Family Wealth Advisors Council showed that females in the US hold 51.3% of personal wealth, or $14 trillion, a number that should climb to $22 trillion by about 2020. In fact, 22% of American women outearn their male partners. Yet, this progress doesn’t guarantee that women can manage their finances wisely. Most young girls still are taught how to be nice, obedient, silent and self-effacing, but they are not educated on how to manage money.

Women can create wealth and wield power on their own terms. When women first entered the US workforce in large numbers, they found unfamiliar and sometimes hostile territory. People called ambitious women “alpha females, pushy broads” or just plain “bitches.” They were “marginalized by men, often spurned by women and alienated from their authentic selves.” Even into the early 2000s, many women still felt uncomfortable holding power and authority. New York Times reporter Lisa Belkin ignited a media firestorm in 2003 when she wrote that high-powered women had “opted out” and were tired of ...

About the Author

Barbara Stanny, a speaker and coach specializing in women and finance, wrote Prince Charming Isn’t Coming and Secrets of Six-Figure Women. She appears often in The New York Times and USA Today, as well as on CNN, NPR and Fox News.

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