Is Money Necessary?
The concept of money does not make much sense to me.
I don’t think anything bad about money. I don’t think it is the root of all evil. :-) I don’t believe money changes people’s character. If there is a problem, it lies in our mentalities, not in the use of money itself.
To me, money is just one form of energy exchange at the physical level. I see nothing wrong in wanting money or being rich or charging money for whatever products or services we are offering. I don’t think being poor is more virtuous.
However, I’m totally broke. Even more so now that I’m not fit enough to do sessions. But even before that, I was already broke.
At some point I tried really hard to make money. It was a nice growth experience, I learned a lot. But I realized I just can’t get myself to be really excited when thinking about money. When I think about something like “I’ll travel to India!” I feel very happy and excited. Then I think “I’ll make lots of money!” and feel nothing but a flaccid “Yeah, why not…”.
Maybe there is some block or limiting belief in me that prevents me from wanting to make money. It’s possible. It’s difficult for me to read for myself accurately, as I lack the emotional distance. I think it is something else, though.
Money just doesn’t make much sense to me. Why can we not all just give our services or products to everybody for free? In a world of true abundance, that’s what we would do. And since we would be doing what we really love, we wouldn’t resent it. We would also receive everything we need just as freely. Can you imagine such a world? I can. Who would need money in such a world?
The concept of “deserving” money does not make any sense to me. I don’t believe that I don’t deserve money. I don’t believe that I deserve money either, nor that anybody deserves money more than anybody else. What does one have to do with the other?
I don’t understand “fair exchange” either. If I feel happy and do what I love all day, and I also generously receive everything I need and want, who cares whether I work a bit less or a bit more than my neighbor, or whether the person I give something to gives me exactly the equivalent back? Maybe I’ll give something to person A, who will give something to person B and C, and C gives something to D and D gives something to me. Who cares?
It’s not like I have anything against money. I just think it’s not necessary.
I used to think that making money was one of the basic challenges in life, something everybody but me manages to do easily. I also used to think I cannot be a truly evolved person as long as I haven’t figured out how to be financially successful. Like, first you make money, then you do more important things. Now these thoughts make me smile.
If there’s one thing I have learned about myself in those past years, it’s that I cannot go against my soul. When I try to fit in in spite of what I believe in, it never works. Social conditioning might say “You need to make money blah blah blah!!!” but what if it’s just not who I am?
When I imagine my future, super-successful life, where I have reached all of my goals, I don’t see myself as a rich person. Not even as a person making a decent living. Actually, I see myself as having no money at all.
Whenever I think about the whole money thing, I cannot help but find it absurd and think “Why on Earth should I make money? We don’t need money to live!”. And it’s true, we don’t. We might think we need money to buy food and pay the bills and build a home and so on – but none of this actually requires money. We can still build homes, produce food, go to school, run hospitals, make movies, and everything else, without money. We can organize ourselves in businesses, work groups, teams and big companies, too. None of this requires money to work.
Imagine teachers teaching purely out of love. You need a house, people who love to build houses come and build your house. When you have an accident, people who love to take care of injured people bring you to the hospital, and a surgeon who loves to save lives performs an operation on you. When you go shop you put stuff in your basket and just take it home. Then you do your own work that you love wherever it is needed. And that’s it.
I believe a world without money is possible. I sometimes hear that if we took money out of the equation, nobody would work anymore. I don’t share this belief. It is based on the assumption that humans are fundamentally lazy and won’t do anything if not forced. Maybe even that humans are stingy and greedy and won’t do anything if not motivated by strong personal interest. But I believe that humans have an intrinsic, genuine drive to do fulfilling work and are naturally generous. We are creative and expansive. We enjoy leading meaningful lives. I bet we would not spend all our days drinking cocktails on the beach.
They say “How about the unpleasant tasks like cleaning the toilets or collecting garbage? Nobody would do this if they weren’t forced to in order to get money to survive”. This reminds me of the rabbits. I love animals. I especially love the rabbits here on the farm. I happily clean their cages. Touch their poop, have dirt all over me. I don’t mind. I like it, I find it beautiful, because I love the rabbits so much.
When we really love, when we have deep respect, then every task becomes sacred and beautiful, even the most mundane one. If we could shift our attitude we wouldn’t need money to force us, because unpleasant tasks wouldn’t exist anymore. If we had the same abiding love and respect I feel for the rabbits for all of our fellow humans, plants and animals, for our work, our planet, our home and everything we do, we wouldn’t mind cleaning up toilets or collecting garbage. It would be just as sacred and beautiful as any other task. (And if we had more love and respect, maybe we wouldn’t make a disgusting mess for others to clean up, either.)
One of the reasons why I charge money for my sessions is that I have noticed that people tend to value what they get way more if they have to pay for it. Those clients who invest a considerable amount of money for a session tend to value and respect my work more. They do their homework more seriously. They are more motivated, more open to allowing healing to happen. Down the road they usually get better results than those who were just out to get something for free.
Why is it we think something must be worthless if it’s free? Why do we let a price tag tell us what something is worth? Why do we respect only what we have to pay for?
Humanity has no respect. We pollute and destroy Nature. We torture and abuse animals. We are disrespectful and arrogant. So much that we need painful sacrifices to value what we get in return for them. At some point we’ll have to start charging for the rain, the sun, the air we breathe and every flower in the fields for us to realize how valuable they are.
When we really tune into respect and start valuing everything and everyone, we’ll be ready for a world without money. We’ll value what we get even if we don’t pay for it. We’ll work simply because our work makes us happy and fulfilled, whether we get something for it or not. At that point it won’t matter anymore whether we use money or not. It’ll be irrelevant. We just won’t need it anymore.
We all know about unconditional love. How about unconditional work?