PL teaching day 18 – The Value of Money and Things Depends on How you Choose to Use Them -Money and things are materials for your self -expression. Use them to their fullest for the sake of others and society.
I had to meditate on this one for a long time .. I was trying to decide how best to try to give you my association or thoughts on money. It has always been my belief that money is a necessary evil in life. One needs money to acquire “things” in life. In today’s society/culture, we often think we “need” a lot more than we actually do. Permit me to tell you of one of my excursions many years ago with a friend. We loved to scour garage sales,flea markets, and of course thrift shops. Not because we couldn’t afford to purchase retail, we both had careers, but my friend like to buy and resell, it was her “hobby” and I was and am a recycle or transforming artist. I like to find a cast off or unwanted item that “speaks” to me and give it a new life.
We were in a little town that is known for its charm, outdoor cafes, and a couple of great discount shops. One in particular was a place that sold discounted silver wear and household accessories. I found a delightful fork there and decided to purchase it. It wasn’t very expensive, but it was not on sale, it was not silver, but sterling silver, so practical, I enjoyed the lovely design and feel to it. “Oh you can’t purchase that fork” exclaimed the sales lady,” we only have one left, and besides it is a dessert fork”. My friend agreed with the lady that since it was a dessert fork, how much use would it be to me. Their reaction to my intent of acquiring this delightful fork surprised me,, I had thought of neither of their concerns, I liked the fork, I could afford the fork, therefor, I was going to purchase the fork. My reply to both of them was that it was a fork and it would get the food to my mouth, that was all it needed to do, it didn’t have to be part of a set, it didn’t have to match anything else I had, It was a fork, it was functional & one I liked and wanted.
So often we pass on something because of someone else’s view, or thoughts, and then we spend an enormous amount of time trying to find something like it because we didn’t act on our first impulse. Usually our impulses come from our inner “voice”. these moments are often little nudges from above. In PL we learn to #1 hear our inner voice, and #2 listen and think on what it is we are hearing….. it is part of the lesson in believing in one’s Self. Knowing what we want, and acting on it.
Everything originates in God, God/TAO/Universe embraces everything. We cannot live apart from God regardless of whether we recognize God’s existence or not. The Maharishi once said, put a tub full of water in the middle of a room, whether or not a person believes it is full or not, when they step into it, they will get wet. (TM – Transcendental Meditation)
Potential new members should know that PL is non sectarian and does not expect that members give up the faith they already have. PL teachings can help new members better understand their traditional faiths .. PL believes that all religions should work together for world peace.
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