Editor’s note: This is an enlightening article on money by Margot Krikhaar whose book, The Great Liberation, has been translated to English by Rogier F. van Vlissingen and now available on Amazon Kindle.
Many years ago, I worked for the workers council of a large healthcare facility, the function of which was to advise the board about budgets and financial management. I learned an important lesson at that time: discussions about money are never about money; they are in fact about the attitudes and goals that are behind it. In our ego-dominated world, you can attack others and imprison them, as well as crown your own specialness, and that is exactly what money is used for most often. But money can also serve another goal. “Money is not evil. It is nothing.” (P-3.III.1:5-6), says Jesus in the Psychotherapy pamphlet, one of the supplements to the Course.
Within our dream, we have made money out to be very important. In fact, all worldly issues revolve around money in one way or another. Money is the reason why things at times cannot be done. And it is the necessary condition for some things to be realized. Money seems to be an autonomous power, and either you have it or you don’t. In your earthly functioning, you cannot escape dedicating fair amounts of time and energy to money matters. The theme of this issue of the MIC Magazine, “the Course and money,” might help to clarify several misunderstandings (from a spiritual point of view) that have a way of tripping us up in the money department. In my view, one important misunderstanding is the idea that, when you have a spiritual orientation, Divine abundance will manifest itself automatically as financial affluence. Kenneth Wapnick regularly compares our dream of time and space, which we so much like to make real for ourselves, to children playing in a sandbox. For those children, everything that happens in the sandbox is very real. They want to remain oblivious to the fact that, outside their exceptionally small sandbox, there is a great big world out there, which is totally indifferent to the games being played in the sandbox. Otherwise, everything would be ruined! We often react just like those children in the sandbox, taking our worldly dream only too seriously. So seriously, in fact, that we want to drag God or the Holy Spirit into our sandbox. For example, we think that He will see to it that our play money is multiplied so that we can buy more sand goodies. The Holy Spirit, however, does not fall for that. If we think that “being spiritual” somehow has to do with material or financial affluence, we make the sandbox much too important. In other words, we make the dream real.
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