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Butterworth, "Spiritual Economics" Chapter 9, The Money Enigma
survey was conducted by a research department of a large
university. In essence, they wanted to know what effect money had
on the lives of people.
Three of their findings:
What do people worry about most? Money!
What makes people the happiest? Money!
What makes people the unhappiest? Money!
You may say these results do
not include you, for your mind is stayed on God as ever-present
substance. But no matter how lofty your spiritual ideals may be,
no matter how many powerful affirmations of Truth you can speak by rote,
you still have to pay your bills. Emerson obviously experienced
difficulties with this. He tells of a man who "rose to the empyrean
heights and dove to the unfathomable depths, but never paid cash."
have learned that spiritual truth is often in direct opposition to many of the
widely-held beliefs in the collective consciousness. From the
world we have learned that "money can't buy happiness"
and with this negative view of money so many have found themselves in
poverty and debt. Our relationship to money determines how much of
it we will have for our use ... and how much joy we shall have with it. Eric Butterworth writes the
following for us to realize the role of money in the lives of those both
scientific and spiritual: "Money
supported Albert Schweitzer in the steaming jungles of Africa where he
labored unselfishly for the natives. Gandhi, in his extreme
poverty, going about the land of India with his loin cloth and a little
spinning wheel, giving the image of abject poverty, required a lot of
money to care for him and his entourage. One of his followers
said, "It takes an awful lot of money to keep Gandhi living in
poverty." Even Jesus and his disciples were supported by
money. This aspect of his ministry is rarely considered, since
Jesus has been given the image of a magic-worker who would simply pull
money out of the air. In the eighth chapter of Luke, there is a
very revealing phrase: "Certain women ... ministered unto him
of their substance (money)" (Luke 8:2-3 KJV). What could be clearer
than that some of his followers were women of means who simply paid much
of the expenses."
There are many false ideas that we have
accepted as truth in regards to money and wealth. We have been
told that we should give our money away to worthy causes even when the
giving would leave us with little to enjoy life with. Wallace D.
Wattles addresses this in his book, "The Science of Getting
Rich" where he writes: "You do not
want to get rich solely for the good of others. Nor do you wish to
lose yourself for the salvation of humanity or to only experience the
joys of philanthropy and sacrifice. The joys of the soul are only
a part of life. They are no better or nobler than any other
part. ... Get rid of the idea that God wants you to sacrifice
yourself for others, that you can secure his favor by doing so.
God requires nothing of the kind."
Money given from a feeling of abundance is
money given with the right spirit. Sharing our good and being
genuinely generous develops a prosperity consciousness. Obligation or sacrifice weighs us down ...
sharing and generosity give us a feeling of happiness and
confidence. Both sharing and generosity keep us in tune with the
spiritual Law that Jesus spoke of in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew
to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance.
But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away."
And from these words we can know that the spirit in which we give is the
spirit that will draw to us the increase in the good that we desire to
have, including money. If we give, even though it may be to a very
worthy cause or organization thinking that we will "have less"
or that in some way we can manipulate the Law of G-d into multiplying
back to us our gift, then we shall realize disappointment in some
way. But many people will say, but didn't Jesus tell the rich,
young man to give up all that he had to the poor and follow him?
Yes, he did. But, Jesus realized that the young man had allowed
the fear of loss of what he had, even though he was rich, to make him
miserable and unhappy.
There is no happiness with wealth when the fear of loss
or lack fills our mind ... or thinking that people are out to cheat us
because they know we are rich. Some people are prosperous with
money but experience poverty in their souls primarily because they
believe they made the money ... and nobody including G-d gets any credit
for their wealth but themselves ... and no one else deserves it but
them. This is pitiful prosperity and misery will surely show up in
some way in the life of those who hold such mental dis-ease.
Wallace D. Wattles writes, "What
tends to do away with poverty is not the getting of pictures of poverty
into your mind, but getting pictures of wealth into the minds of the
poor. ... You are not deserting the poor in their misery when you refuse
to allow your mind to be filled with pictures of that misery. ...
Poverty can be done away with, not by increasing the number of
well-to-do people who think about poverty, but by increasing the number
of poor people who succeed in getting rich through the exercise of faith
and purpose. ... The poor do not need charity. They need
inspiration. Charity only sends them a loaf of bread to keep them
alive in their wretchedness or gives them an entertainment to make them
forget for an hour or two. But, inspiration will cause them to
rise out of their misery. If you want to help the poor,
demonstrate to them that they can become rich; prove it by getting rich
yourself. Get rich. This is the best way that you can help
These words from Mr. Wattles may appear to be
harsh words for some people, but in truth, "what
one can do all can do" and if we see people as incapable of
over-coming poverty, or any negative condition for that matter, then we
are seeing them as inferior and this denies the truth of their
being. Everyone has access to the infinite abundance of the
universe, but not everyone believes they can receive their part of it. To reinforce the
belief in anyone that they are dependent on charity, is to open up an
avenue in our own consciousness to be dependent on someone or something
outside of ourselves for our good. At some point, this belief will
be realized in our own personal experience of life. What we know
for anyone, we are knowing for ourselves as well. Consciousness is
everything and everything is consciousness. What we believe for
ourselves we must believe for everyone.
Let's think about these words from the Master
Mind Jesus from the Gospel of John 5:5-9, "One
man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When
Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long
time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”
sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool
when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down
before me.” Jesus
said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”
at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked."
Rather than pity the man who had been an
invalid for thirty-eight years, Jesus knew that all that he really
needed was not someone to pity him or to offer him charity, but someone
to know the truth about him ... to know that the Spirit within him was
greater than he appeared to be. The world belief in poverty and
misery has resulted in more people being poor and miserable. Let's
stop believing the things of the world and follow Jesus' instruction to "be
in the world but not of the world" ... let's know that money
can buy happiness for with money we have a greater possibility of being
healthy, creative, confident and at peace with life. Let
those who believe that "money can't buy happiness" live with
the results of their belief ... but let us reject this false-idea as
just so much nonsense that will never give us the "life
abundant" that is ours to experience.
SO IT IS!
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