If our ultimate desire is to be happy or have peace, and we know that true happiness and peace comes from within and not from material wealth, then why do we spend so much time and effort pursuing material wealth? Isn't this quite like the dog chasing his own tail? So what is the point of seeking material wealth if it is not the source of true happiness or peace?
Obviously we need certain things to survive, but beyond survival, why can't people just be happy without seeking material wealth.
In a nutshell, it gives you an excuse to focus - that's why these systems of limitation (like money) were "thought" into existence from our higher perspectives.
Happiness doesn't come about from reaching some static unchanging life situation, like having lots of money or material wealth and then doing nothing else with your physical existence.
...Boredom stems from that :)
Consider why many of the world's wealthiest people (the ones who are really inwardly happy, I mean) are still extremely active and engaged with many projects in their lives.
This idea was brought home vividly to me when I was younger when, for many years, I figured a certain life situation would be "perfection" for me. I figured that if I ever attained it, my life would be complete.
Well, I attained it...and thoroughly enjoyed it...for a few weeks...and then I was bored out of my mind :) It was a shocking realization to me that when you get everything you think you want, it's still not enough.
If you've ever been fortunate enough to have been in a similar situation, you'll know exactly what I mean. If you're not there yet, don't worry, you'll find out soon enough what I'm talking about :)
It was eventually when I came across non-physical teachers like Abraham that it started to all make sense...there is no end to desire, ever. Trying to reach a place where you eliminate your desires is the same as trying to eliminate your life.
True happiness comes about from launching new desires and then aligning with those desires. It's about the process, not the end result. The end result is just an excuse to apply the process.
The simple answer is when you have bill collectors after you, and you need money for gas but you only have enough to chose gas or food, and your landlord is threatening eviction, would it be easier and make you happier if you had wealth to cover it?
Having money is an assurance that everything will be alright that no matter what happens in life you have the cash to cover it. You can get it fixed or pay someone that can, you can get medical care if you need it because you can afford to have insurance.
In this world money is needed always and it seems that everyone is always trying to take away your money for one thing or another. That can be pretty depressing, so would I be happier with wealth? I wouldn't have any money worries which account for most of the worries of earth existence.
answered 29 May '12, 18:20
Why not seek material wealth? It just depends on how your looking at it. My personal opinion, life is just an experience. So you can seek to live comfortably or very comfortably. You can seek a life full of love or one full of fame, or one full of both or one full of simple things.
Monks live very simple lives. They meditate frequently and have nothing. They are happy with that.
Then there's people like me... I want more exciting things. I love excitement. I like doing many things. I'm content with how things are.
Wealth won't give you happiness, you're right, but neither will anything else. Happiness does only come from you- and you can choose to settle with that and chase nothing, or you can find things you want to experience. It's not that it's important- it's just fun. It's like a video game- you want to win but you're having fun getting there. Then once the game's over, you're sad it didn't last longer. But what was the point of it all? It didn't have one, it was just fun.
answered 30 May '12, 23:41
Hi Fairy Princess, People seem to forget that money too is spiritual and not only certain things. It is nothing more than the energy of exchange.
Persuing happiness is easy when you don't have to worry about the bills or where your next meal is coming from. Try persuing happiness when you are hungry and homeless and it is almost impossible.
Here on earth a humans first obligation is survival and all else comes second and unfortunately for survival in todays world you need money.
answered 30 May '12, 00:32
Yes, there is always the talk of the wealthy who have everything but are still unhappy. And people who don't have material wealth and can't see themselves having it like to point that out. That is nothing but a focus problem. When people focus on the material "too much", they can lose sight of the heart and spirit of life and end up unhappy. That's their choice at that time in their life. Granted. But don't forget that they can change their mind at any time for any reason. And the rest of us can have compassion for them.
It should be clear to one who values the heart and spirit of life and loves God first that God loves material wealth for He did not stop with one planet... Earth. Nor did He stop with one solar system or one galaxy. Do you think God over did it when he created so much more than was necessary for us to live here? Abundance and never ending supply is in fact Gods nature. What's more, God knows that it's the spirit AND the material combined that give God a fullness of expression. God cannot stop at one or one hundred expressions of Himself. ALL of creation is the perfect expression of God... even when they screw up and grow crooked... by our limited definition.
So a question one might ask oneself is, "Who am I to question Gods wisdom?" Another good question might be, "Who am I to limit Gods expression?" After all, you must be aware that you are a very personal expression of the very God you love. God never said you can't have "more". God created the material so that we might live life abundantly, but only according to our choice. So if you are satisfied with what you have, be happy and let others pursue their happiness in their own way without judgement. You have no idea what's in store for them on their path.
We have all been given gifts and they are not all the same. So when an expression of God decides to express their inner most presence and/or hearts desire by living an opulent lifestyle, who are we to question that expression? We don't know their story or their path. I say give space to others to be who they are, and to not be who they are not in this moment of Gods time and eternity. True growth comes from experience. Some just choose to experience it all and have the gifts to do so. God bless the wealthy. God bless those who haven't figures it out yet. And God bless those who choose not to be. ;-)
answered 30 May '12, 15:20
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