Thursday, September 14, 2006

Blessed are the rich?

TIME magazine's cover story, Does God Want You to Be Rich? (let me know if the link doesn't work and I'll send you a copy) delves into both sides of this apparently highly-charged, particularly Protestant question.

With Joel Osteen on one side and Rick Warren on the other, it's like clash of the Titans. True, Osteen claims he's not saying "mega-wealth for everyone," but it's right to be able to pay your bills. And Warren isn't saying "poverty is the most holy," but that it's more about what we give than we receive. And I find myself sort of agreeing with them both.

Sort of. Because for me, the real issue is the definition of wealth.

Like I talked about yesterday, I'm working from the premise (as found in Christian Science) that the only reality is Spirit. I try daily to come to a greater understanding of this truth, that matter itself is nothingness and Spirit is all that exists.

So when I read about anything good that is supposedly "coming," that we supposedly have to go out and get (like wealth or health or happiness), I'm correcting the scenario in my thought to, "It's already here." Goodness is spiritual, not material. And I believe that this material is a dream, not a cast-in-stone reality.

The truth is that each one of us is already infinitely wealthy beyond our most excessive imagination. Divine Spirit is the universal, infinite, inexhaustible source of all good, all the time.

Like Osteen, then, I believe we can open our thought to this constant wealth and expect to experience it in the here-and-now in ways that are meaningful to us. To some, it might be the mansion with twenty-five acres, to others it might be a special night out with a loved one. Experiencing abundance is a state of mind first, then an outcome. And the outcome can take any form.

Like Warren, then, I also believe when we have that firm grounding in abundance, we will be impelled to give back. We will want everyone else to feel this abundance, too. We may give money, we may give time, we may give prayer and love. But the impulse to give out of gratitude for gifts received is natural—and Christian.

The thing about this kind of abundance, the kind based in Spirit, is that it obviates any "keeping up with the Joneses." I know that my spiritual wealth is available to me at any time. I feel that I have it, I don't live with a sense of lack. This keeps me from feeling envious of those whose expression of abundance takes the form of more material goods. It also keeps me from thinking that those who have materially less than I do are somehow not as connected with Spirit.

In Spirit, we all have the same, and it's infinite. So yes, blessed are the rich—that's all of us.

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At 9/14/2006 02:01:00 PM, Blogger Seven Star Hand said...

Hello Laura and all,

It’s clear there are many things we can agree on. Much of what I reveal will be a bitter pill to most though, but it will be sweet as honey on your lips, after you digest it. Sound vaguely familiar? Be patient and be aware that what I say is intended to make people very uncomfortable with the status quo so we can forge a new path to the future. Your interpretations are close but not wholly accurate. Here’s the chance to truly understand the Creator’s mind and expectations.

RE: "Does God want you to be rich?"
How about, does the Creator want some people to suffer and starve while some wallow in luxury and ignore the plight of others? What about "serving mammon" (money and materialism) instead of truth, justice, and your fellow souls? How about the rich man and the eye of a needle? Talking about the blind leading the blind...

To take this a step further, what would the Creator say about forming organizations (corporations, religions, governments, political parties, etc.) that accumulate vast wealth and resources while living people and other lifeforms suffer as the direct result? What does this say about the complete hypocrisy of all religions?

Here's some pivotal knowledge (wisdom) so people can stop focusing on symptoms and obfuscatory details and home in like a laser on the root causes of and solutions to humanity's seemingly never-ending struggles.

Money is the lifeblood of the powerful and the chains and key to human enslavement

There is a radical and highly effective solution to all of our economic problems that will dramatically simplify, streamline, and revitalize human civilization. It will eliminate all poverty, debt, and the vast majority of crime, material inequality, deception, and injustice. It will also eliminate the underlying causes of most conflicts, while preventing evil scoundrels and their cabals from deceiving, deluding, and bedeviling humanity, ever again. It will likewise eliminate the primary barriers to solving global warming, pollution, and the many evils that result from corporate greed and their control of natural and societal resources. That solution is to simply eliminate money from the human equation, thereby replacing the current system of greed, exploitation, and institutionalized coercion with freewill cooperation, just laws based on verifiable wisdom, and societal goals targeted at benefiting all, not just a self-chosen and abominably greedy few.

We can now thank millennia of political, monetary, and religious leaders for proving, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that top-down, hierarchical governance is absolute folly and foolishness. Even representative democracy, that great promise of the past, was easily and readily subverted to enslave us all, thanks to money and those that secretly control and deceptively manipulate all currencies and economies. Is there any doubt anymore that entrusting politics and money to solve humanity's problems is delusion of the highest order? Is there any doubt that permitting political and corporate leaders to control the lives of billions has resulted in great evil?

Here's a real hot potato! Eat it up, digest it, and then feed it's bones to the hungry...

Most people have no idea that the common-denominator math of all the world's currencies forms an endless loop that generates debt faster than we can ever generate the value to pay for it. This obscured and purposeful math-logic trap at the center of all banking, currencies, and economies is the root cause of poverty. Those who rule this world through fear and deception strive constantly to hide this fact, while pretending to seek solutions to poverty and human struggle. Any who would scoff at this analysis have simply failed to do the math, even though it is based on a simple common-denominator ratio.

Here is Wisdom

Doctrine of Two Spirits...



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