By Cathy Eck
Is Money the Root of All Evil?
One of the biggest stumbling blocks for people walking the path of initiation is how to make money and pay their bills while continuing to clear their mind. Money is a big source of level confusion because the rules for abundance (our natural state of being) are 180 degrees from the rules for making money in the illusion.
If we apply the triangle process, we easily see that abundance is the truth. Rich and poor are both at the bottom of the triangle — so both are false. Jesus said the rich have a hard time getting into heaven. He was saying that it’s easier to give up a poverty mentality since you have nothing to lose than a rich mentality where you think you have everything to lose. But in truth, both rich and poor mindsets keep us from Heaven on Earth.
Religion made poverty virtuous by emphasizing that money is evil and the rich can’t get to heaven while downplaying the fact that poverty doesn’t get one to heaven either. You get to heaven by being your abundant True Self.
As we make our way out of the illusion, we need a bridge career. Any job can be a bridge career. It’s the perspective we hold — not what we do. I work as a bridge mentor or coach. I don’t give people action steps to success or have them set goals to achieve. I don’t motivate them. I support them in letting go of the beliefs that stand in their way.
If I were a healer or doctor, I’d stop medicating people and chopping them up without first helping them look into their minds and let go. If I were a lawyer, I’d mediate issues and help people see the truth of their situation. If I was a barista, I’d let go of every judgment I felt for customers, bosses, or fellow employees. If I were a laborer, I’d challenge my arising thoughts while I worked. Entertainment, the arts, or feel-good services like massage make great bridge careers.
How To Charge Others?
Charging for services varies by individuals and changes as we let go, but there are certain beneficial guidelines. In the illusion, people try to get more than they give. In initiation, we reverse that. In the illusion, people speak in level confusion. They tell someone they’re healing them when they’re merely removing their latest symptoms. We must be honest about what we’re providing. In the illusion, we market; in initiation, we express our True Selves and allow people to choose what we offer.
We must stop charging to fix effects in people and start letting go of causes. (Obviously, plumbers can’t ask the toilet to let go). It’s very fair to charge for our services as we assist others to freedom. After all, those who keep them stuck are charging mega-bucks.
The original notion of tithing made sense. People gave money to the truly wise ones because they wanted to be like them. Money was like casting a vote — it set your direction in life. You certainly didn’t tithe to someone selling beliefs.
People still vote with their money. However, few people realize that there’s another option beyond the illusion. So they continue to feed the illusion with their spending choices. As people stop funding the false institutions, they’ll come down quickly. Money will go to those who live from the truth making the truth more valuable than beliefs.
Initiates don’t usually need much money. Most initiates live elegantly (because they appreciate beauty and fine workmanship) and comfortably (because they aren’t martyrs), but simply (because they don’t have false desires).
Charity doesn’t exist outside the illusion. It’s an insult to give to someone out of lack; you give only out of love or appreciation. The best gift we can give to another is to let go of the belief in our mind that they need charity. Let go of the belief that another can suffer or can’t find their way. Help them to see their beliefs and let go if they ask for help, but don’t feed their addictions to entitlement, false thinking, or poverty. We want to help them fish for a lifetime, not feed them for a day.
When people can no longer solve their problems with money, they start letting go. They have incentive to change their minds.
Abundance is our natural state. Many new thought teachers have preached about abundance creating a new breed of rich people suffering from extreme level confusion. Abundance became ice cream piled high on a dish of smelly manure. People talked about abundance while hiding or ignoring their beliefs in lack. When we hide beliefs, we project them.
Rich people perpetuate poverty while looking philanthropic. They give money to fix the effects of their own projections. The sleaziest ones ask for donations so we’ll pay to fix their projections. If they took responsibility for their projections and let go, poverty would end.
People who live in true abundance don’t wish for it, don’t affirm it into being, and don’t market it. They just live it and enjoy it.
Money Isn’t the Root of All Evil
The root of all evil is the belief in good and evil. The root of all evil is thinking or behaving in a way that supports good-evil, win-lose, rich-poor, dominance-submission, or right-wrong. Blaming money takes our eyes off our beliefs and puts them on something that we currently use and need in our society.
In my vision of Heaven on Earth, I see a world of creative expression, where everyone is freely giving and receiving. People give their gifts and talents and get what they need from others who are also freely giving their gifts and talents. That’s perfection. But until we get there, money (as a medium of exchange) will do just fine.