Wealth is something that is discussed ad nauseum in modern culture. This notion acts as the very groundwork of society, our essential ultimatum. That being said, it is quite rare that we actually inquire into the nature of wealth and attempt to understand its true significance. Perhaps this would be a good time to do so.
Of course, when people speak of wealth they are most often referring to material wealth, but surely this does not capture the essence of what it means to be truly wealthy. Material wealth cannot possibly encompass the state of internal wealth that is experienced when we come to know who we are beyond name and form, beyond the workings of the ego. Our true nature cannot be contained by such boundaries.
Money cannot buy happiness, as anyone with any sense already knows. The pathological pursuit of money is merely a form of escapism, a method of avoiding the facing of one’s true self.
Wealth, an abiding sense of inner richness and abundance, is only brought about when we abandon the ego. This is to say that it is only once we have alleviated our consciousness of the need to identify with this or that, the proclivity to be totally associated with the world of form, that we may truly feel wealthy.
Feeling wealthy is more important than having money.
When we let go of personal identity, self-image, we elicit this overarching feeling of wealth, this quality of abundance.
The abundant mind is then free of the ego, removed from any sense of being identified with form. As counter-intuitive as it seems, it is only when we are no longer attached to personal identity, the story of “me”, that we may come to live with inward abundance.
Inner wealth takes precedent over outer wealth, even though they very often move hand in hand together. This is to say that as long as we remain bound by the ego, this thought-identified sense of self, it is irrelevant how much money we have because we always feel poor, always move from a sense of scarcity.
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Samuel Kronen is a young writer, spiritual entrepreneur, and soulful warrior whose life work is that of healing others and bringing about love.