Outer wealth is produced from inner wealth. Therefore outer poverty, or being poor is caused by inner poverty or some kind qualitative feeling of lack within self. When we start the spiritual journey and begin to integrate experiential spiritual principles like contentment, neutrality, honesty to self and other into daily life, then we will find that we always have enough.
Money or wealth is nothing more than energy. A flow of energy; hence the word ‘currency’ from ‘current’. 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. In return we are paid money. Then we go and buy food with that money so that we fuel the body to get up a do it again. So essentially our whole lives are just a flow or stream of energy. However, it is also true that each of us differs in the way we manage or navigate that flow.
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 exchange; the energy is not flowing out properly, therefore it cannot turn around and flow back.
If we think too much about earning money, or we constantly worry about money and try and gather and hoard it so that it doesn’t slip away we are essentially withholding the natural flow of energy. Out of a general feeling of lack and fear of loss we hold the currency to ourselves. And this is not just a mental attitude. Try to simulate the feeling of not being able to spend or give anything in terms of money due a feeling of lack and fear of loss. Watch the body actually tighten and draw itself inwards as these feelings are simulated. Stinginess is skin deep.
So instead of creating wealth, this constant need to withhold and preserve wealth actually creates poverty. How can we expect to receive if we are unable to give? True wealth is born through giving, through 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. Within the pages of this book we feel the writer’s uninhibited flow of energy 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. By doing that we create an opportunity for wealth to pour back in. We put the book up for sale, we exchange our wealth of knowledge, and the money floods in.
The difference between rich and poor people is that rich people are constantly generating wealth freely in one form or another. The wealthy create portals of value through which physical 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 earn little 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.