Poverty is a Sin!

Someone you know is a professional victim.  (Hopefully it’s not you.)  Maybe you know a few.  Professional victims have drama and trauma “happen” to them constantly.  The hurricane blows their roof off, the company they work for goes bust, they get a bad medical diagnosis, their lover cheats on them, their dog dies, and a meteorite lands on their pool deck.  Then, next week, the dynamic repeats all over again. (I know all this because I was a professional victim for the first 30 years of my life.)  Professional victims talk a lot about fate and luck, and very little about personal responsibility. 

Believe it or not, the main cause of all these catastrophes is the philosophy they live by in the spirituality arena.  Because while there are random acts, there are no random lives. You will manifest prosperity or poverty to the degree you believe you’re worthy of it. All of which leads us into part five of our series on the key philosophies that determine your worldview…

And the results that worldview produces for you.  In this case, we’re exploring the philosophy you develop about god, religion, and your spiritual nature.  In case you’re just jumping in, here’s the premise we’re operating on:

There are seven major, life-defining philosophies you develop about prosperity – these seven philosophies determine your worldview – and this resulting worldview regulates the level of prosperity you will experience.   

Every day you’re making decisions that affect your prosperity.  Unfortunately, you’re not making most of these decisions mindfully.  Because what you decide on these situational decisions has already been predetermined by the philosophies you developed for living, in the seven core areas. 

For those of you keeping score at home, the seven areas of life-determining philosophies are:

  1. Health (Part 1)
  2. Relationships (Part 2)
  3. Environment (Part 3)
  4. Leverage (Part 4)
  5. Spirituality
  6. Financial
  7. Purpose

If you’re wondering why I equate the victimhood behavior described above with someone’s belief system about spirituality, here’s why: People in victimhood blame their situation in life on fate or destiny, the same way many religious people believe their fate is determined or predetermined by an omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent force. 

I get asked frequently why I’m so hard on organized religion.  Most who ask the question believe I’m on a crusade to convert the world to atheism.  In actuality, that’s the last thing I want to do.  There are many people whose faith nourishes their lives and souls in wondrous ways, and that’s a beautiful thing to behold. If you believe in an all-powerful force and your faith offers principles and guidelines for living that you find helpful, consider yourself blessed. 

But if you need a holy book, doctrines, or dogma to know right from wrong and good from evil, then I posit that you’ve given away your aspirational power for self-determination.  By doing so, you also give away your power to manifest a prosperous life.  This is the intersection where the philosophy you have about spirituality factors into your daily decisions and determines the level of prosperity you will experience.  More specifically, the level of prosperity you will allow yourself to experience.

There are two beliefs organized religion propagates that I consider to be destructive and dangerous to you.  If you have allowed yourself to be programmed by them, you’ve pretty much assured yourself a life of lack and limitation.  The two beliefs are:

  1. You are not worthy to be healthy, happy, and prosperous.
  2. Your real life hasn’t begun yet, and if you patiently slog your way through the warm-up, you’ll be rewarded with happiness in your afterlife. 

There are millions of people unconsciously rushing through what they believe is a prologue to their life but is actually a prologue to their death.

And that is a sin. 

You don’t necessarily need to renounce your faith or become an atheist to manifest a prosperous life.  (Although you might.)  But you do need to renounce any beliefs such as:

Whether or not you believe in a supernatural entity isn't really the point.  The real factor is whether you believe life happens to you, or you believe you are a co-creator in what happens in and around you.  Co-creators have pride of ownership in their lives and they take personal responsibility for them.  And only then can you manifest true prosperity.  Next post, we’ll explore the sixth area: your financial philosophy.  Until then, would love to see your comments below.

Peace,

- RG

Dogmas, Doctrines, and Doom

Prosperity is your natural state.  You are the results of millions of years’ worth of evolution and you’ve been engineered to live a life of health, happiness, and prosperity.  A prosperous world is simply the next, natural step of our evolution as a species. 

One of great tragedies of our time is the number of people desperately seeking prosperity through organized religion.  That’s like asking Harvey Weinstein to babysit your teenage daughter.   Not only would you be exposing your daughter to danger, but frankly, Harvey doesn’t have the character and skills to be a babysitter.  In the same way religions have priorities often conflicting with yours, and the core philosophies they’re founded on are usually destructive toward individual happiness and prosperity.  Any teachings suggesting you are not worthy, must be redeemed, or will receive your rewards in an afterlife are anti-humanity and thus anti-prosperity.

Most organized religions operate by decrees, dogma, and doctrines.  But the laws which govern prosperity do not operate by decrees, dogma, and doctrines – nor are they influenced by them.   Prosperity has nothing to do with doom, it’s all about destiny.  

We can make a great argument that prosperity is inherently spiritual.  But not religious.

 Peace,

- RG

P.S.  A recent podcast in a similar view: Why You Were Meant to Be Rich

Tithing, Karma, and Payback

One of the fascinating beliefs of religion is the notion of how the actions you take (or don’t) influence the response you receive from the world around you.  In the Bible there are unforgiving examples such as “an eye for an eye,” and beautiful ones such as the concept of tithing.  Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Taoism, and Sikhism all speak of karma.  (more…)

Are You a God-Fearing Person? 

It’s fascinating how different people can look at the same concept and see two wildly different things.  Take the concept of fearing god.  You don’t hear it as much today (thankfully), but when I was growing up people would vouch for someone’s character by saying things like “He’s a God-fearing man.”  (more…)

Obeying God

Last week I did a series of five posts about our need for deep questions, and things that challenge us.  One of them was about how religion can cloud your future.  It ignited a fascinating discussion.  But one question that arose really intrigued me… (more…)