Can you want to earn money while living a moral and spiritual life? Is Money Really the Root of All Evil? Wanting more makes you greedy?
This is an interesting question. However, there is really nothing spiritual about lack. If wealth building becomes an obsession without a meaningful goal, it can challenge your life course and your spirituality, but if you don’t have enough money to make ends meet, how can you use it to help others?
It is sometimes surprising to think that wealth can actually improve your well-being and your spirituality. If we learn to build wealth in order to benefit from it and not be consumed by it, it can actually lead us to a lot of great things.
Spirituality and Wealth really go hand in hand. The Dalai Lama said: “With the realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s own abilities, one can build a better world.” It is in your own self-interest and in the best interest of the world that you develop your talents to the fullest and with this dedication you will achieve results that allow you to help others.
Wanting to earn more money, live a carefree life, enjoy suffering is not against any spiritual rule. The only problem that really arises is when the motives for prosperity are not in fact those that could be considered moral or spiritual.
From the Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace, he writes:
“Even if you had the world at your feet, it still wouldn’t be enough. Desire is insatiable. And on top of that, how many disappointments and hardships, and how much pain! Excessive desire is not just impossible. To be satisfied is also the source of torment. Suppose you are extraordinarily rich and have a huge stock of food. But you only have one mouth and one stomach, so you cannot swallow more than an ordinary person. If you ate enough for two, you would die. You better set limits early on and feel satisfied within those limits. “
So in essence, as long as we understand our motives for wanting prosperity, it is not a concept that conflicts with our path or our spiritual pursuit. Money is neither good nor bad, but is still relatively neural. Its value is determined by the use we give it.
A lot of people who consider themselves spiritual have serious money problems and this is simply because many of them are trying to live apart in a higher world and believe that money belongs to a more mundane life. However, financial abundance might actually give them the opportunity to devote more of their lives to learning and teaching along their way for themselves and for others. It’s not the money itself, it’s what you do with it.
For many past experiences with lack, or with greed have influenced their outlook. Some energy practitioners believe that many people with lower chakra imbalances and blockages experience this comfort with a lack of abundance.
The key to keep in mind is that so generally we all need to attract money in order to continue to be able to do our spiritual work and to be able to provide for others. Money and prosperity in general can be a great spiritual asset!