Excerpted from my upcoming book,
You're Already Hypnotized: A Guide to Waking Up.
We’re confused about money because we’ve been wrongly programmed. We were fed conflicting ideas from authority figures. On one hand, religion has indoctrinated us with the idea that money is a hindrance to God. The Bible says it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I don’t want to put words in Jesus’ mouth, lord knows that's been done, but, if he even said that, I think he meant it’s more difficult to find peace while invested in worldly things. Nevertheless we turn on Sunday morning television and see ministers pleading with anyone in the tri-state viewing audience to donate their life savings. Yet if money is a barrier to God, why do they want so much of it?
On the other hand, society teaches that money is good; the more we have, the smarter and more valuable we are. Some people have tried to escape these mentalities by adhering to different new age philosophies only to discover the same old ideas concealed in a different phraseology. Contrary to traditional religion, which equates a lack of money with godliness, segments of the new age movement promote the thought that a lack of money equals ungodliness. In the least, these days a shortage of cash is shamefully very un-power-of-attraction-like.
Growing up, I would go to some new age or metaphysical lecture on something or other and hear things like, “Money is a gift from God,” or “Money comes when you’re aligned with the universe” then look at my bank account and think, “Wow, I’m bad and unaligned.” I would shake off any lingering self-loathing by remembering that the last thing that could be said of someone like Nisargadatta Maharaj, the Indian spiritual teacher who by our standards lived in poverty, is that he was out of alignment with God.
Both of these thought systems are built on guilt. Guilt that we have money while the rest of the world suffers. Guilt that we are not disciplined enough or psychically powerful enough to bring prosperity into our lives. Guilt that we’re not thinking with God. The only difference between traditional religious doctrine and new age philosophy is that the combination of God and money as “bad” has changed to God and money is “good.” But both make the same mistake: they drag God into our financial nightmare.
We make the same mistake over and over again in different forms: we bring truth to the illusion instead of bringing our illusory thoughts to truth. We attempt to bring God into the world and ask Him to fix our finances. But that’s kindergarten stuff. All that does is sustain a deep sleep, recreating the same problem again and again. We are asking God to heal what God cannot heal. God is not in the world. God is in your mind. God does not manipulate a dream. He doesn’t put checks in your mailbox. Instead we must bring our thoughts about money to God. We must ask that our thinking be replaced with His.
It is the decision to forgo the ego that brings true prosperity. Following the ego’s advice about what we need has only left us destitute. The ego doesn’t know abundance. It lives by what
A Course in Miracles
calls the “scarcity principle,” which essentially says, “You are empty. And there’s not enough to go around, so you better take what you can get.” The world is founded on this deep-seated scarcity principle.
By placing value on money, we make the mistake of making the ego’s world holy instead of God’s. And that will always have unprosperous consequences. Get rich seminars, lectures, workshops, and books abound not because we don’t have enough money, but because we are living in an impoverished state of mind—we have excluded our only source of real abundance.....