Money is a valuable commodity for learning how to take care of ourselves and identifying our priorities. It is a great commodity for identifying our needs and our values. We actually create money as a medium of exchange for what is valuable and important to us. Money focuses us on asking what is really needed and what is really important. Eventually we all learn that we have more than enough. That is the reality of the commodity.
It is important to utilize money in ways that demonstrate we know there is plenty of money to go around, as those who have plenty are willing to spend it for what has value. It is very important to come to money as a means for what makes things better instead of choosing to have a consciousness of lack. Even though there is a limited amount of money in the world, there is more than enough to exchange what is truly valuable. There is a blessing in learning how to more effectively use a commodity like money when it is in limited supply.
It's rather easy to see the state of the world as out of control. I see many things where I just don't know what is going to happen. However, I see a lot of possibilities, both positive and negative. What I do know is the trust I have inside allows me to seek the greater good, regardless of the economics or whatever appears out of control in the world.
There is an even deeper trust within me that realizes the truth that none of us are long for this world. Ultimately, we are done no matter what conditions appear. The reality of life is that no one is bound by this world. So no matter what comes or goes, it doesn't need to be what determines whether or not anyone is happy and fulfilled. The trust within has an inner strength and conviction that it can withstand the worst things about this world. The power of good can withstand and overcome the negativity of this world. The best place for anyone's trust to go is toward whatever makes it better and better. When you have that trust in the infinite power of good, there is great peace, calm and a sense of blessing in life.
For some, the blessing of limited money is learning how to be the one who can be assisted by those who have plenty to spend. It's not so much that there are the "haves" and "have nots". Rather there are those who have more than they need and those who have less and in need. For those on the "have less" side, it is important to strive towards greater abundance and prosperity by focusing on creating and sharing greater value. For those on the "have more" side, it is important to continue to create more and have a willingness to share what we have with those who have less.
Consider that you are never given anything you cannot handle. But you can create things you cannot handle. People do this often. You can trust that you have what it takes to handle the things that your life assigns to you and presents to you as a challenge and a learning. There is much to learn from letting go of what is not yours to control. You can learn from any experience because every experience has knowledge to be gained that contributes to wisdom.
One of the signs of higher consciousness is contributing to things becoming better. It can be amazing how choosing to do something, anything to make things better, can lead to what is beyond your control becoming better. Being of service, helping others, can be one of the greatest solutions in life. Perhaps you are no longer living in the home you once owned or you're bankrupt and feeling as if you're desperate for money. In what may seem to be your lowest moment, you can still consider what could help. It might be an amazing point in your existence, when your world appears at its worst, to look for what can help rather than choosing to focus on "Poor me!" or "It's no use."
The best way we can serve is from our overflow. We can create enough as well as more than we need. We all can assist others and have more to spare. We can care for ourselves such that we can assist and lift others so they start moving up. So make sure your level of responsibility is in order so others don't have to come in and clean up after you. As we begin to help each other, it can become a mass action contributing to an ever-changing world becoming better and better. Imagine a world where we all would be asking and finding answers to the questions, "How can I serve you? How can I help you?" and being served and helped in return.
Whether we meet the needs and overcome the demands of this world is primarily a matter of choice and attitude that resolves to do just that, no matter what the conditions. The choices outside are basically beyond our control. The choices within that come by whether we choose to accept and cooperate with what is for the better are actually the crux of the matter.
Here is the greatest key to success I know --- Love it all. Love whatever it is. Love yourself wherever you are. Love whoever is involved. Love no matter what.
At any moment when we look upon the state of the world, we could find a lot of people, perhaps including ourself, as part of the cause of the problems that make for the worst. Instead of helping and being helped, some people are contracting in such responses as worry, fear and panic, and creating even more of a mess. Know that there is already enough of a mess. Focusing on the problems is not necessary and often contributes to the challenges to overcome. Focus on the good and the greater good yet to become.
There are more than enough resources here in the world to abundantly take care of everyone and everything. There are enough hours in the day, and then there is another day in which we can choose to do something for the greater good. Each day is an opportunity to make things better. Today is a day to choose what makes for the greater good.
You can find out more about John Morton at www.theblessings.org. Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The author of The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings, John is the Spiritual Director of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA).