An Instrument Of Change.

dhanyalakshmiWhen my daughter was 10yrs old, she read “Rich Dad Poor Dad” I was amused wondering what a 10yr.old would understand. But she told me something very profound.
“Amma, wealth is neutral and only an instrument of change.” I was a little confused, she was very clear, “Amma, money is neither good nor bad, it is just a form of potential energy that allows to generate change.” Then I was both amused and impressed, but in retrospect her understanding was quite right.
Basically money is a tool that enables us to meet our individual needs. As a form of potential energy that empowers us to generate change. But we do have emotional issues with concerning finances, unconsciously we are condemning currency or the manner in which money is spent and people who live in financial abundance.
People who are rich in intelligence or artistic skills are acknowledged and revered, but when someone who has acquired material wealth or aspires to acquire material wealth is judged harshly on one hand. One the other we pursue acts that allow us to amass that very material wealth.
From an early age, we learn to court wealth and at the same time associate it with greed, selfishness, and unethical behaviour. This idea becomes entrenched in the hearts as envy. Maybe if we had fairer perspective of wealth we would recognize that an outward manifestation of wealth tells us very little about the individual enjoying that particular blessing. When we do away with unflattering conclusions with the unflattering conclusions we have drawn about people with more financial security than us, we might see elements that we did not see before like their long taxing labour. Their generosity in donating resources or their bounty could just be an incidental fall up of doing what they love with passion and dedication.
Quite a few time, I consider my own feeling regarding money, and what my patients tell me about their feeling about money I discover that there is equating financial prosperity with happiness, power, security, independence, or even self indulgence.
When we think about it, wealth is not trait upon which judgement can be legitimately passed, for it tells us nothing about how a person lives, what are their beliefs, their concerns or what they value in their space. We could develop a healthier view of wealth by simply accepting that while some possess great wealth and others do not, we all have the potential to create lives of beauty, substance and wisdom using the resources we have been granted.

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