I read this DailyOm article below today that I had lying around and I like her overall point, that “poverty” and spirituality do not have to go hand and hand. I occasionally have noticed people that seem to be proud of their lack of financial abundance like a badge or a necessary doorway needed for spiritual growth. I do not believe that any amount of financial abundance has anything to do with spirituality or its growth in a person. Those are separate issues. In my abundance work, I usually see a lack of financial abundance in general from issues we have grown up with and are still operating under today. These issues or patterns we are operating from are often unconscious, so and we are not aware of what we are doing.
There are many examples of patterns that people pick up in life that lead them to feel stuck in a financial place that there are now in and they don’t want to be there. If you grew up with and saw a parent use money in a negative way in some way. Say your dad stole money from someone. Money was used in a conditional way. If you do this, I’ll buy you that. Another common one is one parent focused more on money and the other more on love, often with the family breaking up over the difference. In this example, it’s common for us as children to unconsciously not understand this and say to ourselves, love is more important, so I will not have money in my lifetime, because if I have money I will be like my parent that appeared to choose money over love. This may sound silly, but I have found this to be quite common. It’s kinda like we literally reject money, because to us, it equals no love. I think this is common one for those that think living without money is more spiritual.
December 19, 2013
We Don’t Need to Suffer
Learn and Let Flow
by Madisyn Taylor
We do not need to suffer or live in poverty to be a spiritual person.
The idea that we have to suffer or live in poverty in order to be spiritual is an old one and can be found in the belief systems of many philosophies. Most of us carry this idea around subconsciously, and we may be holding ourselves back from financial or emotional well-being, believing that this is what we must do in order to be virtuous, spiritually awake, or feel less guilty for the suffering of others.
While it’s true that there can be a spiritual purpose to experiencing a lack of material well-being, it is rarely intended to be a permanent or lifelong experience. What we are meant to find when material or emotional resources are in short supply is that there is more to our lives than the physical realm. Intense relationships and material abundance can distract us from the subtler realm of the spirit, so a time of deficiency can be spiritually awakening. However, once we recognize the realm of spirit, and remember to hold it at the center of our lives, there is no reason to dwell in poverty or emotional isolation. In fact, once our connection to spirit is fully intact, we feel so compelled to share our abundance that lack becomes a thing of the past.
If you find that you are experiencing suffering in some area of your physical life, perhaps your spirit is asking you to look deeper in your search for what you want. For example, if you want money so that you can experience the feeling of security but money keeps eluding you, your spirit may be asking you to understand that security is not to be found through money. Security comes from an unshakable connection to your soul. Once you make that connection, money will probably flow more easily into your life. If relationships elude you, your spirit may be calling you to recognize that the love you seek is not to be found in another person. And yet, ironically, once you find the love, your true love may very well appear. If you feel stuck in suffering to live a spiritual life, try to spend some time writing about it. The root of the problem will appear and it may not be what you expected. Remember, the Universe wants you to be happy.