Spiritual Relationship with Money
by Reverend Jennifer Baltz
Seek ye first that which gives you everything and everything
shall be given to you.
--The Bhagavad Gita
Stop a moment and read that quote again. Just about every spiritual
tradition has a version of it. I was reminded of it again not that long ago
by one of my spiritual teachers. He noted that when spiritual masters say
to do something first, he sits up and pays attention! So do I.
When we think of money, we usually don’t think about it as a spiritual
issue. But money is really just a marker for the transfer of life energy.
If you think about it, money isn’t really a tangible thing…it has no value
in and of itself, only the value we assign to it.
And yet we spend a lot of time worrying about our money, bemoaning the
of it, trying to acquire more. We sacrifice our health and time working in
jobs we hate for it, lose people we love over it, go into tremendous fear
about it, feel constrained by it, and sometimes even kill each other for it.
All for an intangible that we think will make us happy, but seems to have
the opposite effect many times. As a clairvoyant, I have read many people
from all walks of life…and you’d be surprised how many wealthy people are
still stuck in thinking that they don’t have enough.
Money itself is neutral…. but we put tremendous emotional charge on it.
Take a moment and breathe and think about your money situation right now.
How do you feel about it? Notice what you feel in your body when you think
about it. If you’re like many people, you might notice that you are not
fully comfortable thinking or talking about your money space. Notice if you
have ever experienced fear or survival when thinking about your money. Or
if you just don’t want to think about it at all.
Part of the emotional charge is because most folks see money as a tangible
thing, coming from outside, rather than a flow of energy that comes from
within. Our money comes from a job, a boss, a client, our family, from the
bank. Because money seems like a thing that originates outside, with
someone else, we give up our seniority to it…we let it be bigger than us.
And then we come from a place of fear or contractedness rather than love
But what if you were to relate to your money from a space of love and joy
rather than from fear or survival? Your nature as a spirit is love. But it
is easy to get stuck in the darker places if you don’t start by remembering
“Seek ye first that which gives you everything…and everything shall be given
Where might one find “that which gives you everything?” Jesus gave us a
great clue when he said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven within.” All
life is made of the same energy. Call it God, call it the Universe, call it
All Life…we are all part of the same living, connected energy flow. It
flows within you as much as it does anywhere else. By saying hello to the
energy of God that flows through you, it’s easier to see that the creative
flow within you is every bit as “good” as it is anywhere else.
We live in an amazing world where it is possible to create almost anything.
Each person has a different path, with a myriad of creations waiting to be
born. It’s easy to look at what other people are creating, think it better
somehow than what we are doing, and go into competition with them.
If you go through life trying to create someone else’s dreams rather than
your own, you are not starting with Source. When you start everything by
saying hello to God within you first, and keep doing it no matter what, your
persistence will begin to clear out all of the other “stuff” that is
competing for your attention. This doesn’t mean to just say hello to Source
and do nothing. It means to FIRST say hello to Source, and work with the
energy that flows from there. If you find yourself getting stuck, go within
again and say hello to your Source, and notice how quickly that brings you
back to yourself. This is a terrific thing to do when you are working with
your money, considering a new job, creating something new, or communicating
with someone you love. Think of it as a way to reset your energy in harmony
with the Divine—not a quick fix, but a starting point for your creations.
Copyright © 2002 Reverend Jennifer Baltz. All Rights
Reverend Jennifer Baltz
is an interfaith minister, spiritual counselor and
teacher. She offers clairvoyant counseling and distance learning classes on
spiritual growth and well-being. Classes are held via telephone conference
call and soon, online, so everyone can participate. For more, visit
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