Outer wealth is produced from inner wealth. This means that outer poverty, or ‘being poor’ is in fact caused by inner poverty, or the qualitative feeling of lack within self. When we start the real spiritual journey and begin to integrate within ourselves the experiential spiritual principles of contentment, stillness, honesty to self and freedom of expression, then we will find that we always have enough.
Money or wealth is nothing more than a flow of energy. That is why the word ‘currency’ actually comes from ‘current’, or ‘currens‘ in Latin. As individual beings we are constantly involved in energy exchanges with everything and everyone around us. Many of us go to work each day and expend a significant amount of physical and mental energy, and in return we are paid money. After, we go and buy food with that money to fuel the body to get up and do it all again. Essentially our whole life is just a continuous energy exchange. Somewhere we lose energy, and somewhere we in turn gain it back. But each of us differ in the way we manage or navigate that flow.
The way we navigate or manage the flow of energy determines whether we continuously find ourselves in a state of lack or a state of abundance. The state of being poor or in poverty comes from a misalignment in the flow of energy. Somewhere there is a blockage in the flow of energy. If the energy is not flowing out smoothly, then it cannot turn around and flow back.
If we think too much about earning money, or we constantly worry about money and try to gather and hoard it, then we are essentially withholding and stunting the natural flow of energy. Out of a general feeling of lack and a fear of loss we hold that currency, and therefore the natural flow of energy, to ourselves alone.
The mentality of lack is not just a mental attitude. It is experienced in the body through a tightness and constriction in the lower areas – the anus, pelvis and solar plexus. Even if one simulates the feeling of not being able to let go of money, then one can actually perceive the body tighten and draw itself inwards. The experience of financial tightness is actually skin deep.
Instead of creating and manifesting wealth, the constant fearful need to withhold and preserve wealth actually creates poverty. If the effect is not immediate on a material level, then it certainly is on an internal emotional/mental level. How can we expect to receive if we are unable to give? True wealth is born through giving and offering something of value.
Let’s say, we create something of intellectual value – a book. Within this book we offer a huge wealth of knowledge. The writer’s uninhibited flow of energy is palpable, both in gathering the necessary experience and information to write the book, and then in producing the book itself. On that intellectual level we push our wealth out into the world, and by doing that we create an opportunity for wealth to pour back in. When we offer the book to others we enter into an exchange of knowledge. In return, that energy may come back to us in different forms. We may sell the books and get paid. Or if we choose to offer it for free or submit it to some kind of academic or artistic journal, we may receive notes of comment, gratitude or criticism. We put ourselves out there and enter into an exchange with the world. In accordance with what we put out, we receive back.
The difference between those who are truly rich and those truly poor is that the rich constantly generate wealth freely in one form or another. The wealthy create portals of value through which money can flow back in. On the other hand, the poor do not focus on creating anything of value. They simply try and drag wealth in one of its most rudimentary forms, money or possessions, to themselves whilst giving back as little as possible.
If we want to be rich, or we want to bring ourselves out of poverty, then we should broaden our concept of what wealth is. If we don’t earn much money right now, then in our free time we should start earning intellectually or spiritually. We should focus on generating wealth in one form or another and then offer that wealth back out into the world with a pure attitude of selfless sharing. If we do this then we will never be poor.