A Spiritual Perspective on Money
Updated: Jul 28, 2022
Money, money, money... A touchy subject for many, yet inevitable nonetheless.
Many of us have fear, worry, and negative beliefs surrounding money. Some people even throw around statements like, "money is bad, money causes suffering," or "all rich people are greedy liars."
It's an easy narrative to believe given that it's one that's fed to us repeatedly. But is money really the root of all evil? Is being rich a bad thing?
Well, yes and no.
See, neither money nor poverty create joy nor melancholy. Ultimately, happiness comes from within, which is why there are plenty of happy and miserable people of all financial statuses.
Second of all, money is definitely not the root of all evil, although I understand why some might think so. Abolishing money would not make the world a better place as abolishing money would not equate to abolishing greed and deception. Stealing and trickery wouldn't cease to exist if we went back to trading butter for fur. So even though needing money can make people do some crappy things, that problem wouldn't be solved if we got rid of money all together.
Money is simply a tool that grants us the freedom to make more choices, and those choices can be good or bad.
Ergo, if someone wants to do good, money will allow that person to do more good, and if someone wants to do bad, money will allow them to do more bad.
Looking back it seems so silly, but I used to think I didn't want to be rich because I thought being rich was bad. I never cared for fancy cars or designer clothes, and I always associated wealth with spending money on things of the like. But then I realized that being rich doesn't mean I have to spend it on those things. I could actually use it to make the world a better place, be it through donations, creating meaningful projects, ethical businesses, or voting with my dollar.
I'm personally stoked to have the money to buy local groceries, fair-trade and fair-labour products, and shop from ethical clothing brands like Pangaia and Reformation. (If they're reading this and would like to sponsor me I would definitely accept😉)
Anyways, my point is, all the money in the world already exists, and it's better for it to be in the hands of someone who will do good things with it than vice versa. Many people believe that they're doing good by rejecting money, when those very people are the kind-hearted souls who could bring so much more light into the world by getting richer.
That being said, there is nothing wrong with wanting luxury items. Those desires also contribute to the ebb and flow of this universe. Here's what I mean by that:
We seem to have forgotten that spending money on ourselves always results in giving money to other people. You want a new dress? Now a designer can afford to let her creativity flow. You want to travel? Now the guy who dreamed of flying planes can feed his family by doing what he loves. You want to go to the spa? Now a passionate entrepreneur can start a new project, hiring other people who get to do what they love, and young people who need part time jobs to pay for school. If no one visited the spa, there would be no reason for the entrepreneur to create one, which would erase many jobs in turn.
I could write pages upon pages explaining how every desire we act on plays into the chain of events that endorses the desires and creative flow of others. Us pursuing our desires contributes to others pursuing theirs. It's a beautiful cycle.
As Abraham Hicks said in one of their seminars, “The feeling of abundance isn’t just about money flowing. It’s about ideas flowing, and people flowing, and it's so exhilarating to merge people and places and ideas and the feeling of accomplishment all together."
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Additionally, another important point to keep in mind is that in this abundant universe, there is an infinite amount of resources. Not a finite amount of resources being divided among us.
There is no shortage of what every one of us desires, so if you believe rich people are greedy simply because they're rich, you are mistakenly believing in lack.
As Abraham stated in a book I highly recommend, Money, and the Law of Attraction, "A belief in lack is the reason that more people are not allowing themselves the financial abundance they desire. When you believe that there is a finite pile of abundance and that there is not enough to go around-and so you feel injustice when someone has more than others, believing that because they have it, others are deprived of having it-you are holding yourself apart from abundance."
(If you aren't well acquainted with the law of attraction, I suggest reading my article, What is the Law of Attraction?, or purchasing The Law of Attraction.)
Plus, it's worth mentioning that many of the richest people are rich because they've created something everyone wants a piece of. Thus, they're really not doing anything wrong. For example, J.K Rowling made more than a billion dollars off of Harry Potter because millions of people love it. Justin Bieber made millions off of his music because millions of people love it. The list goes on and on.
So, before you go around hating rich people just because they're rich, I'd recommend fine-tuning your vibration to attract the abundance you are so jealous of. There is no need to be jealous because it is possible for you to have all the things you desire. You are the only one who can stop yourself from receiving your desires, no one else.
Now, you may be thinking, how is that possible if all the money on earth already exists?
You see, money is simply energy, just like everything else in this universe; It is ever-flowing, and ever-changing. Money is constantly flowing in and out of people's bank accounts, its value is consistently fluctuating, as is the cost of goods. On top of that, new people die and are born every second, so there are always new sources of abundance being left-behind, and new people that can accumulate it.
Moreover, another false premise we need to evaluate is the idea that money in the bank is the only way to experience abundance. The truth is that money in our bank accounts is just one of many avenues in which we can experience abundance and the fulfillment of our desires.
Do you understand that we live in a marvelous universe that will grant your every wish? There is no limit to what you can be, do, or have, and there are infinite possibilities as to how the universe can deliver what you want to you. (I'd suggest reading some of the manifestation success stories on my blog if you want some examples.)
Finally, I'd like to highlight that you don't need to engage with money if you don't want to. There are plenty of off-grid societies around the world, some of which even offer free-land for farming in return. Although I think most of us prefer experiencing the benefits of using money as a value system 😇
In conclusion, our experience with money only has the meaning we choose to assign to it, so it can cause both pain or joy. Rich people and poor people alike can do good or bad, and feel happy or sad. Money itself can offer a great deal of freedom, amazing experiences, and an avenue through which much creation can take place, and that is certainly not a bad thing. After all, we are here as creators. So it's about time we let go of the negative narratives and begin to bask in the joy and abundance that is our birthright.