In yesterday’s post, I asked if money makes you rich? Naturally there was some spirited debate. A couple of things came up that are worth a closer look…
Brian asks if prosperity a state of being and when we’re truly prosperous, won’t health, happiness and wealth will be the natural outcome. I believe this is true.
Poverty is not an absence of money and things, it is created in your mind. Prosperity is not a supply of money and things; it is a state of mind as well. But here’s where it can get tricky…
You don’t want to dispel or disparage money or material things, as they are part of the equation. That’s why I cautioned Peter not to say that money is “just” a tool. Like all things, at its core essence money is energy, and energy can be repelled or attracted.
I think we approach the really dangerous ground with something Joann alluded to, when she said money was only important when you can’t buy the basics. That kind of plays into the common mind viruses you hear bandied about like, “How much is enough, anyway?” or “How many shirts can you wear in a day?”
Personally I have never accepted the conventional wisdom that prosperity is simply getting your needs met. I’m been at a place where my needs we being met and didn’t feel very prosperous. I believe that seeking more is part of the growth and development process. And manifesting more is the demonstration of prosperity.
More just to get more? No. More just to have more than the neighbors? No. More because it brings more joy into your life.
I certainly don’t “need” 40 suits. But it’s prosperity to be able to walk into my closet and decide which one to wear to a particular event.
I don’t need five sports cars, but they bring much joy to me. And I can see the day when I may find a house with a 15-car garage and fill it up.
Now maybe you’re not into fashion or cars, but there are certain areas of your life that bring you great joy. And just having enough of whatever that is to get your needs met wouldn’t qualify as prosperity to me.
Remember to get more, you have to become more. So I could argue that the more money and material things you manifest, the more value you are creating for the universe.
Of course all this is conditional on you having the balance of other elements of prosperity, such as love, relationships, spiritual connection, etc. Some of you were suggesting in the earlier posts that I would consider Charles Ponzi or Al Capone prosperous and that you can game the system. I definitely would not consider that prosperity and the way they ended up would support that.
To create true prosperity and abundance, you have to redefine yourself from a recipient into a co-creator with God, the universe, energy, or whatever word you would use to describe the universal power we are tapping into. And that means you are creating real value.
Emile Cady suggested that God never gives you a desire without the means to manifest that desire. And that wanting something was just God tapping on the door to your mind, encouraging you to become more.
So what do you think of all that? Do you believe that wanting more is healthy and a part of the development process? Please share your thoughts below.