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Balancing Money and Spirituality By Cherokee Billie

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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 Judge and the Jury? By Cherokee Billie

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How many times do you find yourself judging another person? For example you see someone extremely overweight and you judge that person as having no willpower. How do you know what that person has gone through and what extreme willpower they truly have? They may have obstacles in their life that you cannot even imagine and yet you are ready to condemn them. So not only have you become a judge you are also the jury sentencing this person as useless. Why do you think all of the great masters have taught not to be judgmental? Maybe they knew something that you do not.

Look at a teaching by Jesus in which he states, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Think about that for a moment. You are going to be judged equally for every judgment you dish out. This is a spiritual request and you can either follow it or ignore it. The choice is up to you. Just remember eventually all of your judgments will come back to you. This is another version of the law of Karma.

I have been judged many times in my life by others who do not know me, and yet they are ready to pass judgment on my person, thoughts, and spiritual beliefs. One of the lessons I have learned is that the good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.

The teaching of loving others including your enemies comes into play here. You need to change your way of thinking and start making a different set of rules for yourself. To change your Karma Pray for those you do not love or even like, and especially your enemies, because your prayers are going to bless you as well as them.

We are all different peoples, and we are not perfect. This is why we need help from the Divine Spirit because we are not perfect and we will make mistakes. The Divine Spirit loves us even in our most terrible actions. Now if we can just emulate that think of how much the world would change for the better. Let go of judgment and stop being a jury.

My Interesting Spiritual Week

I have had many spirits visit me this week. As a Psychic Medium I am used to seeing spirits frequently, but this was different, this was powerful direct communication.

It has been a while since I last saw Jesus, but he suddenly materialized in front of me the other day. I tell you it is a humbling experience and the sensation is so peaceful there are absolutely no words to describe this experience. I spoke with him and he spoke back offering words of comfort and support. Then he was gone. I began to pray because I knew that his appearance was signaling something major was about to happen. I felt so renewed afterwards. It was just a question of time to find out what he was bringing to me.

The other night I could feel that I had a direct connection to Spirit and could channel anyone at that moment. I was on the phone with a dear friend, who had lost a son as a murder victim, and I asked if she wanted to hear from him. Of course she did, and the words were just flowing out of me nonstop, from her son. When the messages stopped from him I told her that that was the most direct connection I had never experienced with him before. I have channeled him many times and it’s always been good communication between us.

I said to my friend, “Well, since I am on such a role I wonder if I can hear from my father.” I never think of channeling for myself. I always figure that if my father has anything to say to me he will speak. The minute I closed my eyes I could hear him talking quickly and clearly to me. I told my friend I had to go because I wanted to hear everything he had to say. My father spoke to me for about five minutes. The tears could not stop as I tried my best to soak in every word that he was saying. He left me feeling so encouraged and to hear him again was the greatest gift I could ever have. It is quite obvious that Jesus visit was a way for me to start personally connecting to the person that I love most in Spirit.

I have felt so much more peaceful after these wonderful experiences. I just thought I would share a little bit about what is going on for me personally in my spiritual life.

I always find that channeling for others leaves me feeling happy. I know that I have brought to them closure and peace of mind. Out of all my Psychic Abilities this is the one that brings the most joy to my life.

It is so interesting to see what happens when yield yourself completely to Spirit. So what is going on in your spiritual life?

A Messiah Complex

Guest author Reverend Harold Boulette.

One of the dangers of spiritual development is called a “Messiah Complex”. This is when the student is so impressed with his own spiritual or psychic development that he thinks he has become a living saint, an avatar, a messiah. The funny thing is, this often happens to those who have the least claim to such lofty titles, but their ego tells them different.

When a student develops a messiah complex, he will often decide, after only a limited amount of instruction, that he somehow mysteriously passed the teachers and masters and now knows more than they do. They will usually leave the school thinking it has nothing more to teach them, and start one of their own or start writing books on a subject for which there knowledge is very much the tip of the iceberg. A good example of this is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who became famous as the spiritual guru of the Beatles. He became world famous with his teaching Transcendental Meditation, a simple meditation technique taught to beginning students that, while it has some benefits, is not, by itself, a path to enlightenment.

This may be even truer of students of psychic classes. They may think that because they can guess cards better than the instructor, or move objects with their mind better, that they are better suited to be the teacher. This isn’t anymore true than the examples of the spiritual student.

So how does one avoid the trap of the Messiah Complex? It’s usually not that difficult. First, learn to control your ego and not the other way around. Second, listen to your teacher. If the teacher is a good one, she will know when you have a state of enlightenment greater than her own and will either recommend a more advanced teacher for you, or send you off to start your own school. If the teacher doesn’t seem to think you have exceeded the schools ability to teach you, the teacher is nearly always right, so listen to the teacher, not your ego. Jesus spent something like seventeen years studying under the spiritual masters in Judaea, Egypt, and possibly other places, before He was ready to go out and teach on his own, so don’t let your ego convince you that you can do it after only a year or two of studying the basics.

Are You a Judge and the Jury?


How many times do you find yourself judging another person? For example you see someone extremely overweight and you judge that person as having no willpower. How do you know what that person has gone through and what extreme willpower they truly have? They may have obstacles in their life that you cannot even imagine and yet you are ready to condemn them. So not only have you become a judge you are also the jury sentencing this person as useless. Why do you think all of the great masters have taught not to be judgmental? Maybe they knew something that you do not.

Look at a teaching by Jesus in which he states, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Think about that for a moment. You are going to be judged equally for every judgment you dish out. This is a spiritual request and you can either follow it or ignore it. The choice is up to you. Just remember eventually all of your judgments will come back to you. This is another version of the law of Karma.

I have been judged many times in my life by others who do not know me, and yet they are ready to pass judgment on my person, thoughts, and spiritual beliefs. One of the lessons I have learned is that the good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.

The teaching of loving others including your enemies comes into play here. You need to change your way of thinking and start making a different set of rules for yourself. To change your Karma Pray for those you do not love or even like, and especially your enemies, because your prayers are going to bless you as well as them.

We are all different peoples, and we are not perfect. This is why we need help from the Divine Spirit because we are not perfect and we will make mistakes. The Divine Spirit loves us even in our most terrible actions. Now if we can just emulate that think of how much the world would change for the better. Let go of judgment and stop being a jury.

Balancing Money and Spiritually

spirituality and money

spirituality and money

Balancing Money and Spiritually By Cherokee Billie

 

I was listening to the song “Money” by Pink Floyd the other day, when I got to thinking about money and spirituality. Money is on everybody’s mind these days, with the plummeting economy and the rate of unemployment, it’s 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’s a lot harder to focus on spirituality when you are 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” or the Great Masters vary greatly. 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. This is the 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, 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

 

 

Money by Pink Floyd – From the album “Dark Side Of The Moon”

Money, get away
Get a good job with more pay and your O.K.
Money it’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I’ll buy me a football team
Money get back
I’m all right Jack keep your hands off my stack.
Money it’s a hit
Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit
I’m in the hi-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet
Money it’s a crime
Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie
Money so they say
Is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for a rise it’s no surprise that they’re
giving none away

 

 

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