How does meditation affect your wealth and abundance? Does ‘being spiritual’ mean you have to be poor?
When teachers encourage people to meditate, we usually list the following benefits: ‘less stress’, ‘easier problem solving’, ‘increased joy’, ‘better relationships’, etc. But what if I told you that meditation can help you create a more substantial flow of money in your life?
King Croesus (pronounced like ‘creases’) was a real Greek monarch who lived around 6oo years before the common era (BCE). His name has become a by-word for being extremely wealthy – ‘as rich as Croesus’, the saying goes. Croesus discovered that his riches could not make him happy when his son died in an accident, and his wife committed suicide.
The god Dionysius offered another legendary king, Midas, the chance to receive a magic gift. Midas asked that everything he laid a hand on would turn to gold. Midas rejoiced in his new power, which he hastened to put to the test. He touched an oak twig and a stone; both turned to gold. He was overjoyed and, as soon as he arrived home, he touched every rose in the rose garden and all became gold. But Midas very quickly discovered the downside of this gift. He ordered the servants to set a feast on the table but, when he tried to eat, all his food and drink turned to gold. Eventually, he begged Dionysius to reverse the magic.
Our Western mythology is full of negative stories about wealth and the desire for it. These myths lead many people to get stuck with a mindset that dismisses the importance of money and possessions, leading them to shrug their shoulders and say, “Too much money leads to selfishness” or, “Money can’t buy you love” or, “Wealth doesn’t bring happiness”. At the same time, people can be fixated on how to get more money, or more possessions. A recent newspaper article, by the novelist Joanna Trollope, suggested that J.K.Rowling is imprisoned by ‘too much wealth’, as much as she was once boxed in by lack of resources when she was struggling as a single mother. But this fixation – that excess money is spiritually and psychologically dangerous – does not bring happiness either!
So, where does meditation fit into the abundance and wealth story? First of all, take a moment to define what you mean by wealth…
- Property ownership – just big enough to accommodate your family?
- Property ownership – spare houses that can bring an income, or can be used for holidays?
- A certain amount of cash in the bank? How much? A million? More?
- A certain amount of cash flowing through your current account each month? How much?
- Owning a luxurious car?
- Owning a yacht?
- Owning an island?
- Owning a private aeroplane?
Take a moment with a calculator and work out what amount of money would make you feel truly ‘wealthy’.
When we consider what wealth means for us as individuals, we may not easily be able to identify the actual maths. It’s more likely that you will think in general terms, imagining a life-style that feels easy and comfortable. You might list the price of all the things you would like to buy when your wealth arrives. You might add up what you could spend on a yearly basis. But the calculator doesn’t tell you anything about personal satisfaction and joy. All it can tell you is the difference (in the current economy) between the cost of basic survival and having a great life that includes more than necessities, bringing you and your family delight every day.
Meditation takes you back to Divine Source. This is where true delight rests. This is the well-spring of all that is truly valuable. But, when we emerge from our heavenly home, we have to engage with worldly activities and these include finding the wherewithal to pay the rent, buy clothes, make dinner, and so forth. Meditators have an advantage in the material world: your practice will help you relax and stay calm. You will find it easier to deal with the stress-laden workplace that is a common lifestyle issue for many people. So, earning money can be less of a challenge for meditators. But there is an even bigger benefit…
Regular contact with Divine Source helps you discover your real identity – your true purpose and the real reason you are in this world in the first place. With this knowledge you will be able to identify what ‘wealth’ actually means for you. You understand that the flow of money is directly related to your Soul’s desire to reach its potential. During meditation sessions we can easily get a powerful sense of our own capacity and our innate desires. Each of us has an inner ‘seed’, or what we could call our ‘Soul’s code’. That seed of our being wants to grow, just like an acorn wants to grow into an oak.
Everything we need for growth and development is within us and money is only an outward symbol of our divinely inspired activities in the world. If you believe that worldly goods are ‘out there’, waiting to be ‘attracted’, or ‘acquired’, then you will always feel in need. When you understand that your wealth is embedded in who you are, then everything you need and require will come easily to you. Your desires will be in harmony with your Soul’s purpose and you won’t be longing for things that are not appropriate for your unique destiny. Divine Source provides abundance for everyone – there is no shortage. When we work creatively with the Divine, we will receive in plenty; when we think of life as a competition and there’s only so much to go round, that’s when the problems begin and we feel lack.
Meditation feeds your roots. Then you grow into the most beautiful plant you were meant to be; then you blossom; then your fruits appear for easy picking. After a season the cycle begins again, but there will always be fruit, because that is Nature’s way. Zera Meditators get their wishes fulfilled more easily than the average Joe, because they check in with Divine Source on a daily basis and their wishes get planted in good spiritual ‘compost’.