Friday, January 23, 2009Health Is Wealth
As my mother says, "Health is wealth." So here is a quote from John-Roger from his Living Love book. (Thanks to Marjorie for this.) I'll be using it in the PTS health class coming up in March.
This physical body is truly the temple of the Spirit, for the Spirit resides in each one of us. And you can build your body so that it doesn't become a heavy body, but a light body so Spirit can work more closely with you.
When you reach a harmony within you, you can take cells that have been out of balance and place a ring of Love around them and hold them in balance for five, ten, fifteen years.
Love and joy and happiness can change the frequency of the cell structure from the doom and gloom of a cell disintegrating to a lilting, joyful quality of a cell lifting into balance and harmony.
Good post by The Simple Dollar on financial success and sacrifice. Excerpt:
What I discovered is that giving up all of those things wasn’t a sacrifice - it was a trade. I gave up all of those bad spending habits, but in return I was able to knock down that scary pile of debt, start saving for my children’s college education, build up a big emergency fund, and buy a house.
In truth, the trade I actually made was swapping short-term gratification for long-term benefits and security. Buying books and video games and DVDs brought me a lot of short-term joy, but really didn’t contribute much at all to the quality of my life over the long term. On the other hand, not buying these things and instead paying down the bills is incredibly boring in the short term, but provides a lot of long-term happiness - I now live in a nice house and know that things are fairly secure financially.
Friday, August 1, 2008Divine Connection
In Status Anxiety, Alain de Botton writes:
In the Greek peninsula early in the fifth century BC, there emerged a group of individuals, many of them with beards, who were singularly free of the anxieties about status that tormented their contemporaries. These philosophers were untroubled by either the psychological or the material consequences of a humble position in society, they remained calm in the face of insult, disapproval, and penury (extreme poverty). When Socrates saw a pile of gold and jewellery being borne in procession through the streets of Athens, he exclaimed, “Look how many things there are which I don’t want.” When Alexander the Great passed through Corinth, he visited the philosopher Diogenes and found him sitting under a tree, dressed in rags, with no money to his name. Alexander, the most powerful man in the world, asked if he could do anything to help him. “Yes,” replied the philosopher, “if you could step out of the way. You are blocking the sun.”
This amusing and rather pointed quote helps direct us to what the main thrust of this blog is. We are divine beings, connected to the Source of all, thus we have overflowing abundance, prosperity, and riches built into our very nature. We lack for nothing therefore our baseline is fullness. From that full place we can expand into receiving more bounty for our highest good and in alignment with what we are here to learn. It is wonderful when we tithe and when we seed to start with that divine connection which denies us nothing we need, and loves us unconditionally.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008Beyond Circumstances
"If I could really get you to understand that you are the source individually of all things around you, you would have the knowledge necessary for your life to come abundantly to you. When you go out there in the world to 'get' things, you are operating from lack. You are saying, 'I don't have this within me, so I have to find someone to give it to me.' If you could know that you are the source, you would not operate from lack. You would be manifesting your natural abundance, and the presence of Spirit would be with you." Dr. John-Roger DSS
To me, wealth and beauty are interrelated. If one is finding beauty in something, there is a feeling of fullness and expansion. I find this even more so when the discovery of beauty has been found in the ordinary, unassuming, or hidden. For this reason I have been attracted to the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. It helped me find riches when, outwardly, I had little.
“Wabi-sabi means treading lightly on the planet and knowing how to appreciate whatever is encountered, no matter how trifling, whenever it is encountered. It’s about the delicate balance between the pleasure we get from things and the pleasure we get from freedom from things. Things wabi-sabi are understated and unassuming, yet not without presence or quiet authority. The simplicity of wabi-sabi is probably best described as the state of grace arrived at by a sober, modest, heartfelt intelligence. The main strategy of this intelligence is economy of means--pare down to the essence but don’t remove the poetry.” Leonard Koren Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
I have thought about this a lot, how beauty and wealth cannot possibly depend on the circumstances of life, even though it is easy to dismiss that thought and play the victim. Knowing that the hand we have has been dealt cannot possibly mean anything substantive--for example, where one was born, how much money we have or were born into, that wealth is not about how many things we have, etc.--I have struggled with a way to put it all together in a workable and meaningful way. This year a phrase came to me that reconciled all the opposing and conflicting thoughts I was having on this:
What determines a life are not its circumstances, but the consciousness in which it is lived.
That did it for me. And it has brought me peace, plus many wabi-sabi moments.
Monday, July 28, 2008Wealth and Beauty
"When one person becomes free of materiality, it’s like an infection going the other way. Instead of greed affecting honest people, honest people start affecting the greedy. You let go and give to God, joyfully and unconditionally. With people who say, 'I don’t have enough to tithe,' I say, 'Don’t tithe,' because their feelings of lack are telling them that they’re going to need it. And with that attitude, they won’t have enough anyway. Because they’re hanging on, God can’t supply them with more. They’re holding on to it, scared to death about letting go of it. However, if they let go, they can rise to new heights inside themselves and get freer." Dr. John-Roger DSS God Is Your Partner
I am fascinated by life’s paradoxes. How a plain looking person can be beautiful, and how a beautiful person can be plain. How a person with lots of money can be sad, and somebody with very little can be happy.
When it comes to beauty and attractiveness, I find the most compelling quality a person can have is to be comfortable with themselves. Although, I personally love to see a person’s bearing, their posture and the fluidity of their movement, that pales beside someone who is completely comfortable with themselves, putting themselves fully in the moment, even if they are limping along.
Two images move me just at the thought of them. One was on an MSIA visit to Tiananmen Square, in Beijing. It was a street beggar with no legs, just stumps, sitting on cardboard and moving himself by using his glove-covered fists. His presence and the calm acceptance of his condition was the highlight of the trip to me and far more memorable than the legendary Quelin Mountains on the Li River which we also visited. It was something I internalized and despite the pathos, it strengthened me. This man gave me a great gift. My regret was that I couldn’t let him know what he had given me as the moment was so fleeting. Yet since then its power has grown.
The second image is of the wizened old lady, she must be over 80 years-old, who pushes an old supermarket cart, eternally it seems, through the barrio in which we live, even in the hot sun. She is stunning in her inner beauty as she blesses, with a wave of her hand, those whom she passes. Shelley and I are always moved and uplifted, even by just seeing her unmistakable gait and silhouette in the distance.
There are similarities with beauty when it comes to wealth. There is a big difference to me between someone who is wealthy and someone who has lots of money. (Not that the two are mutually exclusive). What defines a wealthy person to me is the inner quality and attitude a person radiates. There is no lack with them. They represent the “fullness.” They have found a freedom within themselves.
It reminds me of this from Rumi:
Take someone who doesn't keep score,
who's not looking to be richer,
or afraid of losing,
who has not even the slightest interest
even in his own personality.
Which brings me to the point of this post. What are we looking for when we pursue abundance and prosperity? Everything I have ever pursued, when I got it down to its core, I had already within me. This week we’ll be exploring this theme further.