The gloomy financial news, famine and global violence ontelevision seems to contrast particularly strongly at the moment with commercialbreaks depicting happy families enjoying vast amounts of food, toysand the latest expensive high-tech gadgets.Yet the more we seek happiness in thepursuit of money, goods and power the more unhappy and unbalancedwe make our world. Not that there's anything wrong with money, goodsor power - used well they can be fabulous resources - but when wemake them a goal in themselves, instead of using them in service to a true vision we risk ourintegrity.
The Emperor's New Clothes
The essence which depicts this truth best is Pyrite, also known as Fool's Gold, so called because itoften tricked the unwary miner with an illusion of instant wealth, Pyrite essence asks us to step outof mass delusion where we're frightened to be the only one to point out that the only suit theEmperor is wearing is the one he was born in. Pyrite essence asks us to resist external pressuresand live our life according to our highest personal truth.
The Golden Lining
This, to me, is the upside of the economic downturn. We're having to take personal responsibilityfor our livelihood, our own happiness and the social and planetary consequences of our actions. Ifyou're reading this then you'll be familiar with the concept that we create our reality ourselves, yetsome aspects of the media have turned this idea of using the Law of Attraction into the pursuit of havingmore, when in fact the journey is always about being more - more of who we truly are. I recentlysaw this excerpt in a friend's newsletter which expresses this very eloquently - over to Mark Silverfrom 'Heart of Business'
Heart or Ego?
'There's a popular idea floating around that says: God/Divine/Source wants you to have it easy.Just stay happy, stay focused on your dreams, and everything you need will come to you. This is amisunderstanding of a profound spiritual teaching. The Sufis talk about it like this: You have beenpromised ease around your sustenance.The problem? This is a teaching of the heart, not the ego. For the ego, "ease" means easy, nowork, lying around on the beach while the cash flows in. For the heart, however, "ease" meanssomething entirely different. What brings ease to the heart is when your work (1) benefits othersand has meaning, (2) hurts no one and doesn't accumulate what is referred to as "sin" or "karma," and (3) is honest. If you earn a living while accomplishing those three, even if there is some hardwork involved, your heart will be at ease.' Business Heart article (c)2008 Mark Silver, all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
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