Can Spiritual People Desire Wealth?

For good reasons, people on spiritual paths and in spiritual traditions have had an uneasy relationship with money.  Many of us remember Jesus’ admonition that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the dominion of heaven. Before I knew that Jesus probably was referring to gateway and not a sewing tool, these words (any many others) seared into my brain that as a pastor it would have been better for me to do the hoochy coochy dance while naked in a church than admit that I desired wealth.

I now desire wealth. Bring it on!

Here’s the crucial distinction. Wealth is a means not an end. Money is neutral. It can serve blessings and curses. When money is used for greater good it is a liberating force. This greater good can be helping children in Africa, and it can be my own sense of freedom and ease in life. Ten years ago I would not have said it’s okay for me to use wealth for my own well-being. What’s changed?

What’s changed is my awareness that when life feels free and easy for me I am much more, not less, awake. I’m much more attuned to my Divine guidance and to the needs of others.  Being relaxed and thankful is like opening the spigot on the faucet of compassion and generosity. My being uptight, judging, and morally “above money” closes it off. The popular “prosperity gospel” suggests that the bigger the faith the bigger the bank account. Instead, I say the more grateful and generous we feel, the less the bank account matters and the more what we have becomes a tool for good.

Money represents a cultural form of energy that can literally move mountains. The key is to move the mountain in order to help ourselves and others live more free, just and empowered lives. Bill Gates is a billionaire who is making the lives of billions on this planet a whole lot better. Brains, compassion and money are his tools.

The truth is that money has a remarkable power both to corrupt and to free, so it often takes spiritual perspective to view it and use it well. When it is placed in the hands of a wide-open heart the miracles are set off in a chain reaction.

Here are two books (with links) that have helped shaped my perspective on wealth. I recommend them both:

  • Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth where he equates wealth with well-being and affluence with abundant flow:

Spiritual Economics: The Principles and Process of True Prosperity

  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Ecker. Some may balk at his emphasis on income creation, but I found this one of the best books on the power of mental perspective (related to wealth and all other matters) and how to shift it. He views wealth as an inner game, and has a very interesting perspective on what he calls our internal money blueprint:

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth

Categories Evolutionary Spirituality, Spirituality, Thriving, Vitality | Tags: , , | Posted on March 22, 2015

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