Adapting to the Changing Fortunes of Time
The key to most of the world’s problems can be resolved through overcoming ‘poverty/scarcity consciousness’ or greed. This needs to be addressed across all classes of people, and especially the very wealthy who often perpetuate ‘global atrocities’ by being greedy(wanting the lion’s share) and by being ‘power-hungry’. True power is being in control of oneself, it has nothing to do about controlling others or resources!
We need to address what is truly valuable, reorient our way of doing things and being, by embracing the attitude that there is enough for all, and by caring for ourselves and others. Then, we will want to share and care for the planet and greed will no longer bind us.
This can only happen through changing ourselves, by embracing our ‘hearts’, not being dictated by our egos ‘heads’, and by being free of fear! But, how do we do this?
Change must come from within. Only when we work on our ‘inner selves’ do we feel the effects of change.
The fallacy that money is standard for character, and that lasting happiness will result from wealth and position, must be dispelled. There is no amount of money in the world that will give a person true self-esteem. This can only be achieved by living in harmony, in balance with life.
True peace of mind can’t be bought. It can be earned by creating good in all areas of our lives. This of course has nothing to do with money.
Life is full of change and to expect things to stay the same is ludicrous. We must learn to flow with the changing fortunes of time. Why become hysterical, angry or depressed about the things that we cannot control?
People often resist change and often do not know how to change gracefully, for we are not educated to know. Many instead become locked into the familiar, controlled like puppets by the media, government, education, religion and familial programs; forever looking outside of themselves for answers. Anything out of the ordinary seems intimidating and many react negatively to anything that does not fit the ‘status quo’ or societal and familial programs that run without question. Learn from experiences and question things, for how else can we truly know something?
Money is freedom if a person has developed the wisdom to be detached from it. Money is merely an exchange of energy, it is nothing more! A secure person can live with or without it, and that is true freedom.
The key is to be grateful for what we have! 🙂 Also, to trust that our needs will be provided, even if this means that sometimes we have to go without. This however, should be accepted without any drama, as part of the ebb and flow of life.
Adaptability, depends on having a strong sense that the circumstances of life are presented for our growth. If a person attracts a situation, it is because they need to learn something. No matter how bad things appear to be, it will pass and time heals.
This simple exercise below is designed to help you if you are overwhelmed by financial worries. I have taken this from Mary T. Browne’s book, The power of Karma, pg 186 .
1. Ask yourself, “ how many hours a day do I spend thinking about money, and how many do I spend thinking about my spiritual development.?” Write down the answer. Ask ourself this question and record your answers, for the next seven days.
If at the end of a week you realise that your finances dominate your thinking, consume most of your time and energy and leave you exhausted, it’s time to adapt your focus. Obviously you are not spending enough time on things of the spirit. You may be wondering how this adaptation is achieved.
2. Adjust your thinking. Simply raise your consciousness to think about things that
promote balance. A few examples are friendship, love, nature, music and most important serving others.
3. Take a few minutes as many times during the day as you can to focus the mind on elements of spiritual beauty.
4. At the end of each day jot down a few words to let yourself know how you are
If your intentions are true, in time you will be amazed to find that worry has been replaced by greater harmony. These treasures are not physical but spiritual. They can’t be affected by the fluctuations in financial markets. They are available to everyone at all times! Once this adjustment has taken place, you will fell a significant change in your disposition. Worry and ‘scarcity consciousness’ will have been replaced by a greater peace of mind, the gift of sharing and happiness 🙂 .
© 2015 Bridget Cameron.