“Many people throughout the world, and particularly in Western society, remain intent upon accumulating as much money and stuff as they possibly can. This is not to suggest that there is anything wrong with spending money, for the act of spending itself can serve to demonstrate confidence in our abundance.
The problem that arises when accumulation itself is the goal is that not only do we become inordinately focused on collecting money and material goods, but we then also take it a step further by putting an enormous amount of energy into doing whatever is necessary to hold on to what we have. When you compare this typical ‘adult’ behavior to how we behaved as very young children, you can see that we have virtually lost the ability to truly enjoy something for its very essence — the experience or feeling it provides us.
As this excerpt from Stuart Wilde’s book Infinite Self emphasizes, as souls inhabiting bodies (and not the other way around), it is indeed essential that we come to the realization that the value in money derives from the ‘experiences’ it allows us to purchase:
“The whole function of money is not to have it; its function is to use it. The main reason for generating money is to buy experiences. You want to get to the end of your life with zilch in the bank, and look back and say, “My God, look at this huge pile of experiences,” because none of your memories are ever lost. Everything you’ve done is in your eternal memory somewhere.”
Once we adopt this attitude about money, what we effectively do is put ourselves in a position to add valuable experiential mileage to our souls.”
Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”
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