Uniting Spiritual and Material Values

I have never accepted that money was the root of all evil. Yet the way of peace has to face the current dominance of greed.

The basic problem with money seems obvious: it pulls the mind towards worldly things, it fills up oneís hours with business and commerce, it distorts the true values of spirit by replacing them with pleasure and possessions.

To me, this doesnít say that money is evil or nonspiritual. It says that money is a distraction, and sometimes so powerful a distraction that people fail to go beyond it. The failure here is to unite spiritual and material values, but I believe the way of peace shows us that this is not only desirable but totally necessary.

Using Saint Francis as an example, his struggle of one personís soul caught between a successful career and poverty wasnít based on the things we normally think about, such as pleasure, security, social position, and the ability to raise a family. The struggle was between worldly success and what pleased God, as taught by the Church fathers. In the end, Saint Francis tired to embody those values that pleased God.

The things we normally think about (money serving to bring pleasure, security, social position, and the ability to raise a family) are good values, and there is no reason to suppose that they displease a God who loves his creation. God is not either/or in my view. It isnít that you either live for him or you donít.

If you live as though money brings the only happiness, clearly something has gone wrong. You have neglected the entire world of spirit, with the implication that the surface of life is enough.

Adapted from: Peace Is the Way, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2005).

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Shirley E.
Shirley E.2 years ago

Money gives you more choices, more freedom and more opportunity to do good for others. I think we should all have more of it!

Uma Chernoff
Judith Shafer2 years ago

Beth and all I'm introducing the idea to play with the idea that the material world is the flower of the spiritual one . "as above so below" and natch. the other way around is an old maxim.Only, just, to momentarily suspend disbelief for the sake of the experament to playfully consider the possible ramifications.

Beth M.
Beth M.2 years ago

..in my world the spiritual and material cannot be united and dont really need to be..because they belong to too different realms..The spirit(ual)..is super natural..beyond the world of form and matter and materials...Spiritual laws r for the realm of the super natural...the personal unique inner journey. The laws of the inner planes. When one is fully/totally functioning in the realm of spirit..material laws dont apply, because they dont need to. A completing(ed) spiritual person is pretty much useless in the world (of matter/material.) Deal with ur money and ur matter in the material world as best u see fit. Pay what u think u owe..understand the trap of debt..and its opposite..the freedom of the spirit. x

Patricia H.
Patricia H.2 years ago


Uma Chernoff
Judith Shafer2 years ago

Thank you Dot.

Dot A.
Dot A.2 years ago

astrology isn't a well known subject for me, either, Uma, but from what little I've read, it seems we may be strong in certain aspects of human abilities, while weaker in others, according to the overall glimpse of meaning,...

following that theory, then, each of us may participate according to the natural energies that combine to make up the whole - so to speak,....

Your perspective is always so INTERESTING! and makes me want to see things more and more clearly,.... Always, Thanks, Uma!!!

Uma Chernoff
Judith Shafer2 years ago

Hmmmm...! Well i don't know about astrology. I'm so very glad my comment inspired thought.

Dot A.
Dot A.2 years ago

Definition of RECOMPENSE
1a : to give something to by way of compensation (as for a service rendered or damage incurred) b : to pay for
2: to return in kind : requite

where are you going with this, Patchur W.?

Patchur W.
Patchur W.2 years ago

what is this thing about solving a crime is worth a 'recompense'?

Dot A.
Dot A.2 years ago

holy cr@p

the juices are alive with this subject
and that means our spirits are moved!

Uma, Ron, Bonnie, [my computer only lets me see the last 10 comments] and Teresa W. - every word is filled with our 'common' hope for resolution, evolution, and new solutions!!!

love the energy

this is how change moves us ---
in (as Bonnie says) the direction of hope

and respectfully, as Uma so eloquently explains, allows for the differences to spark the engines

{astrology signs come to mind when reading your perspective, Uma,...}

so many ways~

and love is always leading us -> hopefully