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As long as we live in a world where money exists as a mighty force, for most of us it is very important to look after our finances. Consider:-
  • You need money to drive the motor of your spirituality... we are here to collect experiences, many of which cost money. (Stuart WildeKindred Spirit magazine Summer 1990, p.11)
  • It is better... that you decide to become independent and self-supporting, for not only is it metaphysically correct, but in it lies the secret of true freedom... As you commit to your own freedom, the level of discomfort dissipates, and bit by bit, you discover a new person, a person who has no need to alleviate his or her discomfort by taking it out on others... basically, you need enough cash so that life is not a pain in the neck [PIN]. At what financial level you cross the pain-in-the-neck line depends on you... The name of the game is to simplify your life to such an extent that the PIN line is reduced so that your emotions around money rest in a constant state of comfort and balance. (Stuart WildeThe trick to money is having some!, pp.18-20
  • You cannot be a proper [spiritual] master if you cannot make money and be of the Earth. (Lilla Bek in a personal reading citing a Jewish Kabbalist's mother
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Being able to stand firmly in the world and earn adequate money for your needs and some over for fun and growth is indeed satisfying.
  • Research shows that happiness increases with earnings – up to a point... Happiness [and life satisfaction] rose with income... but plateaued when people reached an annual salary of $75,000 [£50,000]. For those on more, happiness appeared to depend on other factors... The researchers warn that the emotional strain of negative experiences, such as getting divorced or being ill, appear to be exacerbated by being poor. "More money does not necessarily buy more happiness, but less money is associated with emotional pain," they write. (The Guardian, posted 6 September 2010, accessed 1 November 2017)
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But beware of becoming immersed in materialism! Ponder:-
  • Remember that the primary reward of work is finding meaning and well-being, not money. Forget that and you'll stop being well. (Linus Mundy, #22 in Keep-life-simple therapy Elf-help book)
  • Making $60,000 (£48,400) more in annual income has less of an effect on your daily happiness than getting one extra hour of sleep a night. (Norbert Schwarz, a professor of psychology at the University of Southern California, cited at BBC, posted and accessed 1 November 2017)
  • Strive to have access to things, not ownership of them. Possess something and it possesses you. (Linus Mundy, #28 in Keep-life-simple therapy Elf-help book)
  • Real riches are the riches possessed inside. (From Happy Thoughts edited by Toby Reynolds) [So you need to build up your 'cosmic bank balance' through noble and virtuous acts and thoughts, through spiritual work and self-development.]
  • No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:24, New International Version (NIV))
  • You only truly possess that which you cannot lose in a shipwreck. (Abu Hamid al-Ghazali)
There are/were alternatives to having to be financially independent, such as:-
  • Spiritual Community life. You contribute to a spiritual community and receive food and lodging. Examples: (1) The Jewish Essene community - who prepared the way for Jesus Christ - were busy transmuting their energies to 'gold', so they did not believe in making money, preferring to share and make exchanges of skill rather than buying/selling. They never really put themselves first; everything they did was offered and shared. (See Lilla Bek, The Essenes on the Etheric, tracks #2 & #4; excerpt) (2) The Hadza tribe has sharing as a fundamental ethos. If you have more personal possessions than you have immediate use for, then you distribute them. It is not about generosity, but rather a moral obligation to give what you have without expectation of return. (See Survival, image 8 of 18, accessed 30 October 2012
  • Spiritual Culture. In certain cultures, people who pursue a spiritual path were valued and had their food needs supported by local householders. In Hinduism, this is bhiksha (also see here), where ascetics daily beg for food and water alongside seeking spiritual enlightenment. 
  • Universal Basic Income and Services. Learn more at Money System. These are possible to deploy today in the modern world. In my view, they are essential...
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Finally, consider simplicity. Both at a personal level:-
  • Even if you were offered all the treasures in the world, in order to really benefit from them you must know how to use them; otherwise you would remain inwardly as poor as if you had nothing. Imagine you are presented with a table laden with the most delicious dishes: even then, you have at the very least to make the effort to stretch out your hand, to take the food, bring it to your mouth and chew it. Whatever you are given, it is always up to you to make the physical, emotional and intellectual effort that will really make it yours. Who wouldn’t like to find a method that gives extraordinary results in no time! Well no, it is the opposite: in the spiritual life you need only very simple methods and a lot of time. You’re obviously disappointed... But that is how it is. To acquire light, peace, love and strength, make a few gestures, take a few deep breaths or say a formula or a prayer and you will gradually feel yourself entering the rhythm of cosmic harmony. And then, nature will say to you, ‘I recognize these words, these gestures: they vibrate in unison with what is most beautiful and harmonious in me. Here, I give you my blessings.’ (O.M. Aïvanhov) [So, making enough money to survive can be sufficient to drive your spirituality.]
  • If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. (Lao-tzu, Tao Te Ching)
But also at a collective level. The way the Rich World lives is unsustainable and is destroying Mother Earth. Do you want future generations to even live??
  • The economy has become the great preoccupation of people today; and in the interest of the economy, they feel obliged to hurry everywhere, to strain and exhaust themselves because they have to produce more and more, in order to sell more and more, so they can buy more and more, and so on. And all those we do not find sufficiently ‘profitable’, are eliminated.
    But what is this economy in which we find it acceptable to sacrifice human beings? It may certainly be flourishing more and more, while humans destroy not only their nervous systems; their hearts, their stomachs, and their lungs suffer as well. Because all this activity, all this production and accelerated consumption bring with it pollution which poisons the atmosphere, water, earth, food, and so on. Where is the intelligence in this? What has happened to reason? An ‘economy’ which spoils, destroys, pollutes, and squanders, is this really a true economy? (O.M. Aïvanhov)
  • If everybody lives like the rich people, we need two other planets. Live on this planet with seven billion people in a way that we can all live. (Ervin Laszlo, 2006)
  • A poor man shames us all. (Tribal saying) 
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