We’ve had some fascinating discussions on money and its role in prosperity. More than a few of the comments have been treading into some dangerous territory…
Let’s look at them, and I’ll offer what I think they really mean in your subconscious mind:
“If money were the measuring stick for prosperity.... why do I believe there are so many people ‘with money’ that really ‘have nothing’ or I should say they really have nothing that I would want?”
Now this is a dangerous one. Here’s how I translate that question: Rich people really aren’t happy, and lead shallow lives. If I seek money I would be unhappy.
“And if money were the measuring stick for Prosperity, how would I measure my hopes and dreams, my open-mindedness, my willingness to grow and learn, my willingness to serve and support others, and my willingness to let God work in my life? Aren’t these part of the prosperity picture?”
Interesting twist here. My translation: I don’t believe the universe rewards value for value. If I wanted to be rich, I would be edging God out from my life and become a miserable sinner. I would be a bad person who didn’t serve or support others.
“I believe money, or better yet, financial prosperity will come and come in abundance, not because money is my goal, nor is it the measuring stick I use, it is simply the ‘by-product’ of living the right life, saying the right things and doing the right things.”
My interpretation of this belief: I don’t believe in goal setting, holding myself accountable, or having a vision for financial success. If I eat enough tofu burgers, sing Kum Bay Ya, and immerse myself in the joyous state of divine bliss in the eternal nothingness, money will come to me. If that doesn’t work, I’ll just get on the sofa with a bag of potato chips and watch “The Secret” 15 times.
Obviously I feel these kinds of beliefs are very dangerous to your success and prosperity. They employ the concept of guilt by association (rich people are unhappy, shallow people), and right by association (poor people are Godly, willing to grow, open-minded, and willing to serve other).
Nice try. But that’s not the way it really is. Give that some thought, and please share your insights below.
BTW, mad love to all of you that have been sharing the Avatar video from yesterday. It’s important to get the word out on that. Thank you.