There is a school of thought that charging for psychic services causes us to lose them.
I’ve heard this repeatedly ever since I was young, however my observations on this do not match this.
When it comes down to it, even though it’s claimed that ancient wisdom is full of such sayings they may not actually be true.
For instance is it said that being poor, suffering and a path of self-denial is godly and spiritual.
I don’t know what the thinking is behind those thoughts (except to keep people who are poor and who go without pacified) but it simply does not follow being poor has anything to do with your spiritual growth.
It may be part of your path, yes, however it would be more about what you gained from the experience rather than the fact that you must be poor to be spiritual.
In fact, basic needs need to be met before you can really start to focus on such things and make progress.
Money is just another form of energy. It’s our attitude to it that produces the problems.
For some reason, we seem to think that if we have a lot of it, then this makes us somehow bad.
Rich people seem to be automatically despised or judged by many. The richer they are, the more criticism they get, it seems.
People seem to actually resent people doing better than they are.
Ever notice, for instance, that when someone has a big lottery win, the general attitude is resentment and even ager rather than joy and happiness that someone else has had their dream come true?
This is from the same people who might have put in a ticket themselves, with the exact same intentions of winning.
The rich are resented and demonized and the poor are raised to sainthood, even though the reality may be absolutely nothing like that.
It’s not money that makes people positive or negative; it’s who they are being.
While it is true that a person might be rich because they have scammed, fleeced or deceived their way to riches, it does not follow that they are like that because of the money. The fortune may just be a by-product of their actions.
If we believe that money is evil and we shouldn’t have it, then our belief system dictates that we shouldn’t hold on to or even receive money and this creates a life where we constantly struggle from month to month, worrying about how we are going to make ends meet.
I once read in Conversations with God by Neale Donald Waslch a passage that stuck in my mind.
…your teachers make a pittance and your strip-teasers, a fortune. Your leaders make so little compared to sports figures that they feel they have to steal to make up the difference. Your priests and your rabbis live on bread and water while you throw coins at entertainers.
Think about it. Everything on which you place a high intrinsic value, you insist must come cheaply. The lonely research scientist seeking a cure for AIDS goes begging for money, while the woman who writes a book on a hundred new ways to have sex and creates tapes and weekend seminars to go with it… makes a fortune.
This having-it-all-backwards is a propensity with you, and it stems from wrong thought.
– CWG book 1.
I think this sums it up in a nutshell. Believing money is bad makes us bad for wanting and receiving it.
But it’s okay to have a job which you get paid for, as long as you hate it.
Really, though, this type of thinking is insane!
It goes hand in hand with that we must suffer and any enjoyment from life should be denied.
This is as ungodlike as you can be, though, especially if you believe that God is love, joy and acceptance. (Assuming you believe in a God in the first place, of course.)
Paying money is simply an exchange of energy.
By that I mean, we attach a value to it, and when we exchange it for goods or services, we are paying what we believe those things to be worth.
For the same token, it could be food, services or information.
It doesn’t really matter which, though. The point is that some type of exchange has taken place, and that’s what is really important.
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