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Balancing Money and Spirituality By Cherokee Billie

balancing money
Money is on everybody’s mind these days, with the plummeting economy and the rate of unemployment, it is difficult not to be focusing on money.

It’s very easy to be spiritual when you have an abundance of money in your bank account and you don’t have to worry about buying the necessities. It is a lot harder to focus on spirituality when you are unemployed or working sixteen hours a day just to be able to buy groceries for the week, pay the mortgage, or buy your kids new shoes. Money becomes your priority at this point.

Nowadays it seems that most religions are teaching that you can have it all. God (the Source) wants you to have Abundance! And if you don’t have abundance then you’re not keeping your mind focused on positive wealthy thoughts. This modern approach to money and spirituality is a lot different then the teachings of the Great Masters.

I find this concept interesting because all of the Great Masters from Jesus to Buddha have seen that earthly wealth as a desire and attachment are detrimental to spiritual growth.

So who is right?

Modern teachings such as, “The Secret” varies greatly from the Great Masters. Within a strictly limited sense both are right. However the balance is extremely hard to maintain.

Given that the Universe and the Source that created it are abundant, it appears correct that you should have the right to expansion and wealth.

Whatever we focus our minds upon, for good or bad, always expands. This is one of the fundamental laws of life.

No matter what anyone tells you to the contrary, making money is hard. It does not come easy to most people. Moreover, making a LOT of money is VERY hard and takes a tremendous level of concentrated focus. It also requires a commitment that is primarily devoted to the outer material world.

Here lies the apparent conflict. The truth is that powerful spiritual development ALSO requires a tremendous level of focus and commitment. It is not a part-time activity either. Moreover, the focus is primarily INTERNAL. It is not that money is intrinsically evil: rather, the accumulation of it is a major distraction because of the level of focus it requires.

Whatever you focus upon expands. If you set your mind upon the external world, this will assume increasing importance in your life. Spiritual growth will increasingly become a hobby or something to be crammed into your spare time. If you vigorously dispute this, ask yourself the following questions.

Do you make sure you get three meals a day?

Do you also make sure that you meditate (or pray) three times a day for the same amount of time?

Do you see the point and the problem? Whatever is most important to you is what you spend most of your time doing and thinking about. This is why most spiritual traditions advise against the external focus, which the pursuit of material wealth requires, although this does not always apply. Notice there’s often a lot of contradictions with spirituality and money. Take for example Bill Gates and Warren Buffett billionaires who have given away most of their fortune to help others. They realized that having great wealth was theirs to share and not hoard. These are good examples of a true balance that we can strive for.

Happily, there can be a satisfactory resolution to this. The first principle is that if you make the spiritual path your primary focus, then you will eventually master laws of the universe that will ensure your abundance forever. If you can truly tune yourself to the ultimate Source of all abundance in the universe, then how can you remain poor in any sense?

The second principal is: Decide from the outset what your true life purpose and priority is. Then determine never to let that balance between spiritual commitment and external effort be undermined. When we work upon an external goal – particularly financial abundance – it is easy to allow that goal to consume an increasing amount of time and mental capacity.

It is possible to be financially abundant while following a spiritual path. However, it is difficult – much more so than most modern development gurus would have you believe. It is for this reason that the great Spiritual Masters strongly discouraged trying to do both.

Moreover, there is no right or wrong. What are one person’s thoughts are another’s illusions. What is right for one person does not fit for another. When we place value, we give it substance. For a monk who has spent all or most of his life as a recluse will have very little in the material sense. However, the value that he places on his meager possessions will give him a feeling of having great abundance. By contrast, the entrepreneur who has spent a lot of his or her life building an empire could very well feel a sense of lack living like a monk, simply because of the value he or she puts on the material aspects of his or her creation and possibly his or herself. It’s down to value and that can only come from you. No two people are alike.

The spiritual aspects of this are determined by how you perceive the world and apply yourself and the material things which are at your disposal. Your intellect (or ego) is the only barrier to achieving greater things and when you begin to understand that you are simply a part of everything, value plays little or no part in your life. This is when you can begin to realize who you are and what you are about. Now your sixth sense clicks into gear and before you know it, you are on the road to progress. Now that’s having abundance!

Are You A Light Worker?

Light worker
Do you ever get the feeling that what you have experienced spiritually in your past no longer serves you and don’t feel a “fit” with other religions or beliefs? Perhaps you are someone who feels that they must strike out on their own and “leave home” so to speak.

This is a time of great spiritual change as the worlds of the spirit and this material one are co-mingling. As you already “Feel” one is layered on top of the other. You are awakening to a very strong pull of the spirit that is calling to you. This pull is what some call God, source energy, and (I feel more aptly) The Light. It is a surge of spiritual power that is more solid than stone or the ground under your feet. There is no need to feel fearful. If you weren’t ready for this next step you wouldn’t have been called. It is just that simple. It is what led Buddha to renounce his life of luxury as a prince; called Christ into the wilderness and has reached out to many inspired teachers and people throughout history. It calls you to the oneness of all and to leave your old ways of fearful “Us vs Them” thinking behind you. You are being called to the remembering of who and what you are. You are being called into the Light. You are being called into a life of service to Life and Love.

Here is a short questionnaire that should help you find out if this is something that is calling out to you in your life.

AM I A LIGHT WORKER?

Answer the Questions Below
1) Do you feel a sense of time urgency within you?
2) Do you feel drawn to help humanity?
3) Do you feel drawn to spirituality?
4) Do you get a persistent ringing sound in your ear?
5) Have you been told by others that you are too sensitive?
6) Do you feel different from others?
7) Do you believe that spiritual methods can heal any situation?
8. Do you know that you are here for a higher purpose?

If you answered yes to these questions and resonate with the definitions of a Light Worker given, the chance is that you are a light worker, however, only you can truly answer this question for yourself. You may also have tried to follow your families’ religion devoutly, but feel that you have not felt like you are getting the right answers or maybe you have just “outgrown” it and feel the need to search on your own. If you feel this need and you receive the prompts, you are on your new path. You have reached a point on your journey where you are ready for a spiritual upgrade. This is why you are here and why you are reading what I have to say. I have been where you are and I know the feeling of hollowness and spiritual hunger. You need renewal.

Know that what you are experiencing is real. Do not worry about what anyone else thinks about regarding your experience. All you have to remember is that to those of us who receive this feeling no explanation is necessary. To the others who don’t know no explanation will suffice. You are embarking on a journey that will lead you to many new and wonderful experiences.

If you need help in finding what you are looking for and understanding your path contact me, Cherokee Billie by Clicking Here.

Are You A Light Worker?

Light Worker
Do you ever get the feeling that what you have experienced spiritually in your past no longer serves you and don’t feel a “fit” with other religions or beliefs? Perhaps you are someone who feels that they must strike out on their own and “leave home” so to speak.

This is a time of great spiritual change as the worlds of the spirit and this material one are co-mingling. As you already “Feel” one is layered on top of the other. You are awakening to a very strong pull of the spirit that is calling to you. This pull is what some call God, source energy, and (I feel more aptly) The Light. It is a surge of spiritual power that is more solid than stone or the ground under your feet. There is no need to feel fearful. If you weren’t ready for this next step you wouldn’t have been called. It is just that simple. It is what led Buddha to renounce his life of luxury as a prince; called Christ into the wilderness and has reached out to many inspired teachers and people throughout history. It calls you to the oneness of all and to leave your old ways of fearful Us vs Them thinking behind you. You are being called to the remembering of who and what you are. You are being called into the Light. You are being called into a life of service to Life and Love.

Here is a short questionnaire that should help you find out if this is something that is calling out to you in your life.

AM I A LIGHT WORKER?

Answer the Questions Below
1) Do you feel a sense of time urgency within you?
2) Do you feel draw to help humanity?
3) Do you feel draw to spirituality?
4) Do you get a persistent ringing sound in your ear?
5) Have you been told by others that you are too sensitive?
6) Do you feel different from others?
7) Do you believe that spiritual methods can heal any situation?
8. Do you know that you are here for a higher purpose?

If you answered yes to these questions and resonate with the definitions of a Light Worker given, the chance is that you are a light worker, however, only you can truly answer this question for yourself. You may also have tried to follow your families’ religion devoutly, but feel that you have not felt like you are getting the right answers or maybe you have just “outgrown” it and feel the need to search on your own. If you feel this need and you receive the prompts, you are on your new path. You have reached a point on your journey where you are ready for a spiritual upgrade. This is why you are here and why we are talking to each other. I have been where you are and I know the feeling of hollowness and spiritual hunger. You need renewal. In this community and similar ones you will find what you are looking for.

Know that what you are experiencing is real. Do not worry about what anyone else thinks about regarding your experience. All you have to remember is that to those of us who receive this feeling no explanation is necessary. To the others who don’t know no explanation will suffice. You are embarking on a journey that will lead you to many new and wonderful experiences.

Do You Yell To Be Heard?


A Zenbuddhamaster asked his student if he knew why two people were yelling at each other. The student said, “Because they cannot agree on something.” The Zenbuddhamaster said, “They are yelling, because they have distanced their hearts from each other. And each thinks the other cannot hear him.”

Take time to listen to the hearts and souls of those around you. Learn to listen from your heart.

Who or What is Christ?


by Reverend Harold Boulette.

“The Christ, He who was in the ancient of days, is the flame of God that dwells in the spirit of man. He is the breath of life that visits us, and takes unto Himself a body like our bodies.

He is the will of the Lord.

He is the first Word, which would speak with our voice and live in our ear that we may heed and understand.

And the word of the Lord our God builded a house of flesh and bones, and was man like unto you and myself.

For we could not hear the song of the bodiless wind nor see our greater self walking in the mist.

Many times the Christ has come to the world, and He has walked many lands. And always he has been deemed a stranger and a madman.” ~Kahlil Gibran in Jesus The Son of Man

Gibran is correct in saying that Christ has been here many times in different places and different bodies. Yet, in almost all cases, those who acknowledge that individual as Christ, whether it be Jesus, or Buddha, or Zoroaster, or any of the others, always seem to think that the individual is the only Christ. Further, they usually believe that when Christ returns it will be as the same individual. This is because people can’t seem to understand that Christ is a spirit and the first creation of God, therefore Christ wasn’t born two thousand years ago, Jesus was and the Christ spirit was in Him. Christ has existed since before the creation of the material universe.

John.1
[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
[2] The same was in the beginning with God.
[3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
[4] In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

The worst people for this confused concept of Christ as a human being are the Christians. Most Christians believe that Jesus was Christ, is Christ and always was and always will be Christ. They expect that when Christ returns, it will be as Jesus. Further, most have adopted the idea of the Pharisees and Sadducees that Jesus laughed at that Christ would come as a great warrior king to fight off their enemies, and in the Body of Jesus again. As a result, the Pharisees and Sadducees didn’t accept Jesus as Messiah and the same has happened with modern Christians who, for the most part, failed to recognize the return of Christ that was promised by Jesus to occur in the End Times.

Are you looking to find God in your life?


by Cherokee Billie.

Are you looking to find God in your life? Do you want answers from God? Guess what? You can receive answers if you let your mind visit the space between your thoughts.

You may be going, “Huh. What is she talking about?” I am talking about the endless Chatter that is constantly going on in our minds. How can you expect to hear from the gentle spirit of God when your mind is cluttered with constant self talk and oftentimes confusion?

Buddha taught “It is not the words that are spoken; it is the silence between the words.” Silence is the key that opens the connection to the Divine Spirit/God. Of course it is easier said than done. Silencing the mind is one of the most difficult things to do. Many people meditate to get their mind quieter, but still find it extremely difficult. Some people go into retreats for years so that they can learn to quiet their mind. It is absolutely that hard to still the mind of mindless chatter.

Your Exercise

Try pausing between each thought and analyze that last thought you had and see if it was really important, of value, or needful in your life. When you do this you are visiting the space between your thoughts. When you can pay attention to your thoughts you will start noticing how much time you are wasting thinking about the past, present, and future. All you really need to do is be quiet and still for as many moments as you possibly can throughout the day and you will start noticing that many things that were important to you really have very little meaning. Amazing how unimportant most of our thoughts are.

After having paused between thoughts you will become aware of how many of your thoughts were quite ridiculous. The things you were worried about a few minutes ago you start to see as not so important. Maybe you were worried about getting dinner prepared on time and if you would have enough for everyone. When you paused and look at your thoughts you realize dinner will get done and it will be enough for everyone. We worry sometimes over things that are really needless and this is the point of getting silent and learning to quiet your mind.

You will find your prayers to the Divine Spirit/God will have a more profound meaning because of your silence, which will produce a true devotion and dedication to this miraculous Supreme Being. Still your mind right now!

Are You A Light Worker?

Do you ever get the feeling that what you have experienced spiritually in your past no longer serves you and don’t feel a “fit” with other religions or beliefs? Perhaps you are someone who feels that they must strike out on their own and “leave home” so to speak. This is a time of great spiritual change as the worlds of the spirit and this material one are co-mingling. As you already “Feel” one is layered on top of the other. You are awakening to a very strong pull of the spirit that is calling to you. This pull is what some call God, source energy, and (I feel more aptly) The Light. It is a surge of spiritual power that is more solid than stone or the ground under your feet. There is no need to feel fearful. If you weren’t ready for this next step you wouldn’t have been called. It is just that simple. It is what led Buddha to renounce his life of luxury as a prince; called Christ into the wilderness and has reached out to many inspired teachers and people throughout history. It calls you to the oneness of all and to leave your old ways of fearful Us vs Them thinking behind you. You are being called to the remembering of who and what you are. You are being called into the Light. You are being called into a life of service to Life and Love.

Here is a short questionnaire that should help you find out if this is something that is calling out to you in your life.

AM I A LIGHT WORKER?

Answer the Questions Below

1) Do you feel a sense of time urgency within you?

2) Do you feel draw to help humanity?

3) Do you feel draw to spirituality?

4) Do you get a persistent ringing sound in your ear?

5) Have you been told by others that you are too sensitive?

6) Do you feel different from others?

7) Do you believe that spiritual methods can heal any situation?

8. Do you know that you are here for a higher purpose?

If you answered yes to these questions and resonate with the definitions of a Light Worker given, the chance is that you are a light worker, however, only you can truly answer this question for yourself. You may also have tried to follow your families’ religion devoutly, but feel that you have not felt like you are getting the right answers or maybe you have just “outgrown” it and feel the need to search on your own. If you feel this need and you receive the prompts, you are on your new path. You have reached a point on your journey where you are ready for a spiritual upgrade. This is why you are here and why we are talking to each other. I have been where you are and I know the feeling of hollowness and spiritual hunger. You need renewal. In this community and similar ones you will find what you are looking for.

Know that what you are experiencing is real. Do not worry about what anyone else thinks about regarding your experience. All you have to remember is that to those of us who receive this feeling no explanation is necessary. To the others who don’t know no explanation will suffice. You are embarking on a journey that will lead you to many new and wonderful experiences.

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