I know some folks who believe that if they have too much money, it impedes their spirituality. Or they believe that money is evil, and it attracts unwanted people and circumstances.
Or they recall this familiar saying that most of us have heard (or said) from time to time: "Money is the root of all evil." Actually, that saying is a famously misquoted passage from the New Testament. The correct quote reads: "The love of money is the root of all evil." The speaker quoted is Jesus of Nazareth and the passage is from the Apostle Paul's First Epistle to Timothy.
Another misconception is that we have to renounce everything in order to be spiritual. Believe me, there are many saints and sages walking among us in this world, standing in line at the checkout counter, riding the subway to work, playing with their children at the playground, walking in the park with their dogs, etc., and all of them have money and, indeed, need it to be a functioning part of society. Does that make them less spiritual than those who sit in monasteries, ashrams or other secluded places without possessions? Absolutely not!
The ideal situation is to create a balance wherein we enjoy all that we have, including money, without being overshadowed by it. It is okay for us to be upset when we lose part of our retirement nest egg because of the stock market, if our new car is stolen or wrecked, if we lose our job, if we lose a loved one, if the Mets lose…again, etc. But we have our feelings, move through them and know that it's who we are, not what we are or what we have, that is what's really important. Because when we know and understand who we are, we'll know that all of this is just part of the experience/journey on our path home…which is our real destination.
Is money spiritual? No. Can we be spiritual if we have money, even lots of it? Yes! So have fun, enjoy life, make the most of it and remember who you really are: a child of God or Pure Spirit, witnessing all of this as spirit, or Part and Parcel of God. You're just passing through; this is not the destination.
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