16 Aug How do I pay for my life? Money…
Often I get the question how I provide for myself. (Followed by questions on whether if I am a vegetarian and non-drinker. For the record, I am not. It is strange what picture we have of spiritual seekers in the west… My guru is just shaking his head. “You do yoga and eat vegetables, and you call that being Spiritual?! That is called Health!”, he establishes firmly but with a smile.)
But I can understand that people wonder about the money-question. Yoga, followed by meditation, followed by tantric sex, followed my sexual celibacy couldn’t make you rich, could it? Money is an interesting subject, so I thought why not write a little post about it.
First of all, here is my financial situation:
- 1 car
- 4 boats
- 2 houses
- XX million SEK
- Ok I am kidding
But I also don’t think discussing money is more sensitive than discussing the whether. Why should it be? If you have read About me, you know that I was one of the founders of a Real Estate company. I was working as a CEO there until two years ago, when I left to dive totally into the spiritual journey. However I kept my shares and fortunately my former colleagues are doing a good job and the company is growing. So I have actually been making more money since I stopped working, compared to when I was working
This makes me think about Eckhart Tolle and his book “The Power of Now”, which was the first spiritual book I ever read. He wrote that we struggle so much to get things in life, but if we stop fighting for it things seem to come to us by themselves. I always wanted to be rich, I must admit it was my number one goal during my education and also during my first five years while working. It was So Important to me. When I finally prioritized something else, something deeper, I actually got more money. I also started getting more money when I became more generous towards others. So what Tolle talked about actually worked for me.
Of course I understand that the money I have now is a result of many years of education and work. I am not saying getting wealthy is just a matter of not working and being generous. That would probably not work for most people. So here comes a bold statement: I believe there is a reason why some people have money and others don’t. My old tantric teacher Alex used to say that; if you don’t have money that is simply a sign you have not mastered that dimension of living in the world. If someone doesn’t have any friends it is a sign he or she has not learned to be friendly. No reason to blame anyone else.
So am I just a spoiled, ungrateful Brat? Perhaps spoiled, but definitely not ungrateful. I know I have a talent for making money, but I also know that countless people have helped me to get where I am today. Parents, teachers, co-workers and many others I don’t even know the name of. Sometimes we forget how dependent we are of each other. Even if I start a business and make millions I am still dependent of suppliers and customers, I am just a small piece in the big puzzle. I have heard that in Japan they have a prayer before eating where they recognize everyone who has contributed to putting the food on the table.The fruit I am eating to breakfast have been grown by people, picked by somebody and transported by many more to get to my table. A beautiful thing and I try to remember this as often as I can. I know some people are borne under more difficult circumstances and helping them is a noble thing.
I think money is great. Money is energy. It comes out of energy and it represents energy to influence. I don’t expect to make any big money out of my spiritual journey and I am happy (and grateful) to be able to study this without being stressed out by money issues. I try my best to give back to the world. One way is by sharing on this non-profit and add-free blog, and perhaps I’ll be able to contribute in many other ways in the future.