Monday, November 13, 2017

A Change in How We Think about Money

One of the most important fallouts of the new economics is that it is forcing us to think of money in a new way.  How do you think of money? You may be surprised.  Do an experiment. Think of something that makes you feel good and expansive.  You can easily feel this expansion in the region of your heart, the heart chakra in the new psychological parlance.  In the new science, we say that your vital energy has risen from your navel chakra (the seat of your body ego) to the heart chakra (the doorway to an expanded consciousness).  After you are comfortably situated in the warmth of your heart chakra, think of money, say how much more money that your friend Stella makes than you.  Instantly, the vital energy will drain from your heart chakra back to where it was – the navel.

The truth is, for many of us, even today, the perceived energy of money is distinctly negative.  “Why?” you ask.  Because many of us today still alive and thriving have grown up in a worldview where the material world (the domain of science) and spirituality (the domain of religion) are seen as oppositional.  Money is widely perceived as worldly, and people who are inclined toward personal growth feel it as grubby and negative.
We constantly perpetuate this myth about money – that it has inherent worldly energy – by such adages as, “money cannot buy love”, or “money cannot buy happiness”. The truth is, we don’t allow money to buy love, and we don’t allow money to buy happiness from somebody else who seems to have it aplenty.  We never try because we are confused about what it means to embody love or happiness in this materialist age.

Some economists who are looking for an alternative to materialist models of economics, take the negative perception of money in our society so seriously that they see in the recent great recession an opportunity to change altogether the role money plays in our economy. Some would even go back to a barter system of the olden days before money became fashionable.

Suppose you and I both have certain material products of value to sell, and we also have our needs.  In the barter system, we would have to find each other in search of a match between gift and need, and that is not always convenient.  Thus, money is a neutral way to create an exchange currency, an intermediary between production and consumption.  It is a representation of what we value, traditionally only material value.

Think about it this way and see that money has no inherent energy except for what we emotionally attribute to it through our confused upbringing in a worldview split between materiality and spirituality.

In the new economics, there is economic value for not only material goods but also subtle goods, even happiness; therefore, money will represent both material and subtle values that include the spiritual.  Can money buy happiness? You bet. 

Several years ago, my wife and I were walking by the Ganges in a place called Rishikesh in India.  Suddenly a door opened, a man came out and asked, “Laughing Baba is giving a discourse. Would you like to join us?”

It sounded good, so we went in and were seated.  The Baba (a Hindi word meaning farther; highly spiritually advanced teachers are often called Baba) was giving a discourse on the Bhagavad Gita, a famous Hindu treatise that I had read. But the lecture was in Hindi, which I do not follow very well. My mind wandered.  I started looking around and soon found something quite strange.  Everybody seemed to have a smile on their face.  And this was no faked smile.  Their eyes were smiling like they were feeling happy. I examined myself; yes, I was doing the same thing and feeling happy.  Suddenly, I understood.  This is why this man is called Laughing Baba.  In his presence people feel so happy that quite automatically, they break out in happy laughter.

Now suppose some entrepreneur picks up on this phenomenon, reads my book on Quantum Creativity, and realizes that such people can be grown using the creative process.  He sets up such a person in an office with a sign on the door: “Happiness for sale, $200 an hour”. Wouldn’t you be tempted?

This is not as far-fetched as it may seem at first.  We really have the science, the know-how for the production of subtle quantities, even happiness, even of such exalted kind in a demonstrable way.

If money is allowed to buy happiness, what happens to the energy of money? It changes.  What happens is that money then becomes consecrated.  There is a saying in Islam, “If Mohammad does not come to the maountain, the mountain will come to Mohammad”.

(Source: Amit Goswami, PhD, “Quantum Economics”)

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