tadyatha om gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha
cintamani * mani * money
Acquiring the Money to Accomplish Authentic Goals
Strategic and Tactical Aspects of Spiritual Planning
Money is a type of "Permission to Create"
| God Says Yes To Me |
by Kaylin Haught
"I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don't paragraph
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I'm telling you is
Yes Yes Yes."
~~~ "God Says Yes To Me" by Kaylin Haught, from The Palm of Your Hand. © Tilbury House Publishers, 1995.
Acquiring cintamani * mani * money is like acquiring groceries at a supermarket. As you know from experience, if you go into the supermarket without a shopping list, you are likely to (a) buy a bunch of stuff you don't need and (b) forget a bunch of stuff that you do need.
The solution, as your mother has probably emphasized, is to always go shopping with a list. In other words, you need to have a plan.
Acquiring money to support and develop one's life goals is remarkably similar to acquiring foods for eating. Without a plan, one is likely to (a) spend what money one does have on a disconnected assortment of random things and experiences (b) exhaust the funds before one has bought the things and experiences that are truly needed and wanted. The solution, not surprisingly, is to have a plan.
A spiritual plan is necessary because of the nature of cintamani * mani * money . Money is not a fixed substance. Money is magnetic spiritual energy. This spiritual energy is attracted to positive spiritual goals. Like attracts like.
Money = energy which travels along the channels which interconnect one's spiritual goals.
A Spiritual Plan will serve to consciously establish a hierarchical network of spiritual goals, which feed and inform each other.
Similar to the way blood flows through the pathways of the physical body, cintamani * mani * money can be understood as a nutrient energy which flows between and among those positive goals.
Here is the spiritual blockage underlying most adult money problems in this outwardly healthy economy: most modern persons were socialized to interpret money as a part of the adult problem-set.
Thus, financial problem validate one's dignified adult status.
Typically, the model states that that kids have fun, but adults have responsibility. Adults are trained to associate money with social-class obligation, rather than with creative fun. Although artists, musicians, and other creative adults may re-educate themselves to think creatively with available assets, for the average adult that is childlike behavior. It is irresponsible. Fun is for kids. Adults use money as a way of validating their responsible sober lawful mature status - which is to say, we understand cintamani * mani * money as a type of problem.
Even the wealthiest adults think of themselves as carrying a burden of responsibility in regard to the socially proper use of money.
The nature of the proper use depends upon social class rank. Typically, the generalized expectations by class =
Since conventional financial planning is problem-oriented, it contains quite a bit of negative thought. Phrases such as protection against illness and death, or security in bad economy are common slogans of professional financial planners.
That is why people who are stuck in seeing money as a problem rarely benefit from conventional financial strategies until the subject of money loses its negative psychic associations, and their positive spiritual goals are clearly established.
Of course, a few people in each generation are born into exceptionally high-capital-entreasurement families. These persons are given superior educations which train them to perform high-level ministries of service. Due to the confidence embedded during their upbringing, their lives are essentially free of financial anxieties. They may have some personal emotional problems, but they are not blocked financially.
Everyone receives the same weight of learning burden = karmic taskload. The quality varies; the details vary; but the quantity is approximately the same for everyone. If Money is not their Shani-fear problem then some other situation is designed to enforce the repeating lessons which eventually transform ignorance into karma. Everyone is working on something in this life.
Unfortunately, you may have trouble finding a Certified Spiritual Planner . You will probably need to form your spiritual plan * alone in meditation * in consultation with the ishtadevata god of your heart. (Or with a capable Jyotishi!)
If you are interested in doing that, you may want to know some basic principles of money-energy management and the steps to generating all the money that you need:
Meditations on Being Rich, in which you Determine your ultimate life goals.
Another name for Money is "Permission."
Orient your plan to the goals. Marshall all of your resources behind a set of practical activities which lead directly to your highest spiritual goals.
Be on the spiritual Offensive - advancing toward your Goals!
Be very, very diligent about other people's energy blocking your progress toward your goals.
Be on the spiritual Defensive - warding off threats to your troops as they advance toward their goals!
14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso, |
Answers: Discussions with Western Buddhists
Question: How do things exist if they are empty of inherent existence?His Holiness:
"The doctrines of emptiness and selflessness do not imply the non-existence of things.
When we say that all phenomena are void of self-existence, it does not mean that we are advocating non-existence, that we are repudiating that things exist. Then what is it we are negating?
Hence, it is because things depend for their existence upon other causes and conditions that they are said to lack independent self-existence."
updated:25 December 2020
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