Making Sense of the Money Maze
As we skyrocket towards 2012 and the predictions of a new Human Awakening seem to be being realized, for many people there currently seems to be one fundamental misunderstanding, ~ a false premise ~ a split in their personality, which is causing more heartache than anything else I see around today: how do we bridge the material world and the desire for a life of deeper meaning?
Many people believe that if they are truly spiritual then they shouldn’t have to contend with the material world, and as a result of this schism we see people the world over struggling with a scarcity mentality, a lack of abundance and a shortage of cash!
The greatest area of division and confusion, which I notice among my friends, as well as sensing it in the Collective Unconscious, is the split between the longing of the Spirit and our material needs. Teachers everywhere are ‘cashing in’ on our desire to master this predicament ~ luckily I say, since we certainly need some guidance, although there are those who are quick to criticize them for making money out of their guidance. Sometimes you just can’t seem to win!
Twenty or thirty years ago when I began my spiritual journey, people everywhere were concerned with relationship, sexuality and a new morality. Today the burning issue seems to be making sense of the money game!
We receive a lot of messages these days from all sorts of places about the economy, but mainly from the international media: “In these difficult times,” “people are doing it tough,” “the Global Economic Crisis,” You can’t seem to get away from it.
The fact is though that not everyone is experiencing this as a terrible time although it certainly IS a period of massive change and if you’re too emotionally attached to your old beliefs and modus operandi, then this could be a testing period for you. But if you’re open to a whole new game, that’s more creative, more fun and more fulfilling, then this can be an amazing time of new beginnings and a magnificent time to be alive. It’s certainly not dull and requires that we really plunge the depths of our souls to find the best of ourselves to cope with this uncertainty.
I have 2 favourite quotes I remind myself of often these days and they are “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone”… and
“The quality of my life is in direct proportion to the amount of UN-certainty I can COMFORTABLY live with.” Tony Robbins
Depends on your definition of uncertainty I reckon!
Nevertheless you do need to know the nature of the game to be able to prosper and it certainly requires us exploring outmoded and limiting beliefs as well as integrating those we may have resisted, repressed or rejected. Appears that we are shifting from a consumer-based society to a contribution- based one, where awakening to our deepest nature is the basis for everything that we have to share. Hallelujah! Now the fun begins as people have to ‘sell’ themselves and become more real and transparent.
If your interest in life has been in making a stack of money from having money without being especially creative in the process, then this might be a moment in time that causes you some serious reflection. But so much the better! You can only learn and grow from the experience unless you choose to suffer and resist. I’m seeing so many Lightworkers emerging from the train-wreck!
Sooner or later the financial bubble was sure to burst, and an economy based to all intents and purposes on speculating and creating income without giving anything much back is certain to be not only illusory but transitory too. Today making money is all about transparency, integrity and relationship building but if you don’t know who you are and honestly and wholeness are not your strong points, then business is going to be a challenge for you.
All the same not everyone is despondent these days and certain people I know are finding this to be a time of unparalleled opportunity and creativity, especially those who don’t buy in to the general thought forms of scarcity and lack. Even so it’s not a justification for making a living without doing something meaningful and creative or without contributing. It is a chance to make a difference and add value and I’m observing people all over the world stepping up and sharing their gifts in order to make money ~ myself included!
Everything comes to serve…
I certainly would not be plumbing my depths to see what I can offer the world at large had I not been forced to by my own diminished circumstances. It’s an interesting point of view I’m seeing, that by doing something well, by becoming a master at what you love doing, it’s not just a way of creating magnificence and wealth in the world for oneself, but it’s also a spiritual meditation similar to the disciplines of Zen. Personally keeping my focus on “What can I give? How can I make a difference today? And what do I have of value to share?” are questions which have turned my life around and which are attracting quite different results as well as making my heart sing and sharing the love!
A lot of people try to tell me that money isn’t a part of spirituality.
When I ran a meditation centre in the South of France some people thought I shouldn’t get paid for my services. Ha! They said that one thing has nothing to do with the other but it would be wise to note that the people who generally tell me this are pretty universally broke. I see it as their way of renouncing having to master money by not wanting to have to deal with its powerful energy or their own limitations.
And let’s get THIS straight; there is nothing spiritual about being broke!
Money is simply an energy, a physical manifestation of our talent to interact within the physical world and since we are all Spirit manifesting as form on the material plane, as such it is our birthright to celebrate the world and find ways to live that reflect our joy. That in my humble opinion is ALL that we’re put here on this Earth to do ~ and spread that joy around so it propagates by osmosis. Imagine a world where everyone was happy. How much violence and greed would we see? Money epitomizes effortlessness, flexibility, flow and the opportunity to create joy and passion, which a lack of money certainly does not allow.
Yet money can create more emotional problems than almost any other life issue, either because people DO have enough of it and yet are terrified of losing it, (go figure!) or because they simply don’t have enough to meet their basic requirements and are struggling and juggling in survival mode. When you don’t have enough money, it creates stress that inevitably leads to suffering in one form or another ~ which thankfully normally ends as soon as money begins to flow into your life; (although that is not to say that for some people the arrival of money doesn’t create more suffering because of their fear of losing it again). Catch 22.
How many times have you heard that “Money doesn’t grow on trees,” that “Money is the root of all Evil” or that anyone who is rich must, by definition, be either a criminal or extremely inconsiderate and thoughtless? Many of us these days have absorbed some extremely negative connotations about wealth and money that were formed subconsciously whilst we were growing up. We carry tons of concepts about all of this not only from the way we were brought up, and from thousands of years of religious traditions, but similarly from many present-day teachers and masters as well. And anything, which we think about long enough, becomes a belief which then shows up as our “reality”.
In spite of that most personal development teachers today will also tell us that we can “have it all” and praise the virtues of becoming wealthy. Is it any wonder we’re so confused?
Happily it seems to be our current perception of spirituality that you CAN be rich AND highly spiritual by assimilating ALL aspects of this life and our personality ~ matter AND spirit, by becoming whole, integrated, ONE. Oneness is my perception of Awakening or Enlightenment. For thousands of years it has been assumed that a “spiritual” life didn’t include worldly desire and that successful people have no time for contemplating their navel, meditation or introspection, but look where that’s gotten us: People dying of stress related diseases and suffering from lives devoid of meaning and fulfilment.
I believe that a truly balanced person will not only have a healthy spiritual life but that he or she will live in the flow of abundant prosperity, and that it is every single person’s birthright to be absolutely wealthy. In fact what I’ve observed over the last few years is that the people who are waking up to their true nature are also realizing their intrinsic success in the world, and it is these successful people who have the greatest opportunity to contribute and make a difference. So we owe it to the planet to become wealthy and successful don’t we?
The problem is though that few people are able to show us how to achieve both financial success AND how to awaken to our True Nature!
Many ‘doom and gloom merchants’ are saying that this period is about the disintegration of all the structures we’ve created and the end of the world as we know it: a huge, karmic ricochet slamming back at Humanity, and it does appear to me that whatever we’ve created which doesn’t serve us as a species or align with Truth is unceremoniously being stripped away. Yet I prefer to believe that this is a time of global initiation: The Golden Age, spoken of by seers and mystics for eons ~ a time when Humanity finally matures into collective awakening. What if both options were true? Maybe this is the moment when we all get to question the split we’ve created between awakening to our true nature and fully participating in the material world and resolving the polarity?
And this is where my relationship with the Oneness University has become a major part of my own spiritual path.
Above all, this is a time to examine the division within us between worldly achievements and awakening to our True Self, which is why I am so fond of saying, “There’s never been a better time to be alive.” I sure find it exciting if at times a wee bit hair raising!