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I hear people around me saying often: "I wish I had more money..", "If only I won the lottery..", "I want to be rich!".
I like to play the game of foolish questions even with matters that seem to have an obvious answer. I wonder, what do they really mean when they say that. Why would they need the money for? Some need them in order to go to reastaurants and have other people prepare their meal. Others will go for vacations, live in a luxurious hotel and make other people to clean their room and do the laundry. Many will go to buy various consumer products, which were manufactured by someone else. Someone else poorer and lower in the hierarchy..
You see it now? Almost every transaction that requires money is an act between a master and a servant. Asking for more money, is asking to be a master, asking to have servants under your command. "I want more money!", it sounds like "I want you to be my slave!". Those little pieces of paper really have no value by themselves. Their value lies in their ability to buy servants.

Oh, if only we were wishing to have directly what we want and not trying to obtain it through servants. Sounds impossible, right? Well, for the followers of the Royal Art it is not impossible, it is the long sought target. Self reliance through alchemy. Diminishing your needs and obtaining directly what you need from nature, the sun, the void. It is a difficult path, but every step towards this end, yields permanent results. The other path, that of money, may start easily but will require always a greater effort from you in order to maintain your status at the top of the hierarchy. It will draw you towards situations where you will become the servant and at the end it will expend your life force quickly, make it consumed by someone stronger than you, leading eventually to mortality.
If you ever experienced astral journeys, you may know the importancy of having a pure heart. Because "like will attract the like", an "evil" thought will take you to the corresponding realm. It is the same in the physical world, it only takes a little bit more time to manifest.

That is why almost every spiritual path stresses the importance of a pure heart, for it is the basic requirement that will keep the student safe and alive till the end.

I am glad when I find people with pure hearts around me, even in those times where materialism seems to have taken a lead.

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  1. Awani's Avatar
    Awani -
    It is a state of mind. I always say, if I need it, that "I need to get some money" or "I need to make some money"... with this attitude it is very easy to get hold of some money if it is needed.

    Wanting and wishing leads nowhere.

  2. crestind's Avatar
    crestind -
    Someone else poorer and lower in the hierarchy
    Money is a store of value and a medium of exchange, the key word being exchange. The idea that people are "enslaved" by money seems to be a more recent meme, spouted off eagerly by hipsters without much serious thought. Nobody is really enslaved by money, because the people working to make it see their time/efforts spent as an equivalent exchange, else they would not be doing it. In some cases, the products and services are cheaper because of some points along the manufacturing/sourcing process people are exploited or paid unfair wages, but this is not always the case and certainly does not amount to enslavement.

    If you buy a steak from directly from a farmer, is the farmer your slave? Your argument only looks at the worst case scenarios and is contrary to the original function of money. Very much a "guns kill people, so let's ban guns" argument.
    Updated 05-26-2014 at 01:50 AM by crestind
  3. Andro's Avatar
    Andro -
    People who make money usually provide some service in exchange. Does providing services make one a servant?

    I don't think that the problem is with the exchange of goods and services through a medium (such as 'money'), but more with the mentality of extreme greed and abuse. (hoarding/limiting available resources to increase prices, child labor, stock manipulation, irresponsible private and government spending, political interventionism and money printing, etc...)

    I can't do EVERYTHING myself. What I can't barter for, I have to pay for. I have no problem with that.

    As an example, the glassblower who makes my special custom items, is he my 'servant'?

    I can't make glassware. He can, and I sure think he deserves compensation for his work and time.

    Nothing is truly 'free'. If you/we get something 'for free', someone else paid for it. We even have to 'work' to get air! ("breathe in, breathe out").

    One might argue that 'love' is free. But when does it ever come 'cheap'...

    Everything has a price, but there are many ways to 'pay' it... For everything there is a compensation, a balancing out of the equation.

    Even some Hermetic Works (such as the Kybalion) clearly state that.
    Updated 05-28-2014 at 05:00 AM by Andro
  4. Awani's Avatar
    Awani -
    “So you think that money is the root of all evil? [...] Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?”

    ― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
    Unlike socialism which is full of moochers and capitalism which is full of thieves. In the quote above is, IMO, a very good definition of a truly free market. The free market has nothing to do with capitalism... the free market began 100 000 years ago when a half-ape half-man traded a rock for a banana.

  5. Awani's Avatar
    Awani -
    Also I think many people get confused with what money is... I look at it as toilet paper. Something you need, and when it runs out you get some more. And if for some reason there is no toilet paper you can always find other things that can be used in its place.

    I don't connect materialistic dreams with money. If you spend all the money you have on materialism you are a materialist, but you can also spend all your money on experiences; travel, great food, sex, drugs, music and any tool you need to create something... a tool is not materialistic I don't think.

  6. Eshai's Avatar
    Eshai -
    I view money as representative of energy. We are all each others' servants.

    Thanks for posting this. Very thought provoking.
  7. Oriah's Avatar
    Oriah -
    they say "another day, another dollar"
    I say "another slave, another collar"
  8. Andro's Avatar
    Andro -
    Atlas Shrugged - The Money Speech (complete):



    Alternatively, try living without trading/exchanging value for value.

    I heard of a documentary about a woman who 'lived' for a year without money. I started watching it and it turns out she survived on OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY...

    Trade/exchange of value is older than money.

    Even more alternatively, imagine a world TODAY where supply of all needs is free. How would it affect society, creativity, innovation, etc?

    And if this supply is not unlimited, who decides who needs what?

    Also, if 'money' (or any other means of value exchange) is in any way perceived as corrupted by this or that standard, I think it's people who 'corrupt' money and not the other way around. Just like guns, sort of... Guns don't kill people. People kill people.
    Updated 06-01-2014 at 05:18 AM by Andro