14 Jun Material Mastery #1
Material Mastery #1
There are many different ways to interpret the statement “Material Mastery.” Some will think that being “rich” is the answer to living life and being a master of the material plane. On some levels, it is. The question is, what do you consider as being “rich”?
I have found, maybe you have too, that wealthy people are often afraid that others want their money, in some way shape or form. They guard their wealth believing that it is the answer to everything. There is a Universal Teaching addressing this concept. “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:25)
The essence of this Teaching implies that man loses his way when he is overly concerned with material wealth. On a spiritual level, it is a great distraction. A Universal Teaching that helps keep it in perspective is “everything in moderation.”
For me, material mastery, on one level, means living below your income. In that way, you are not struggling to meet your financial obligations. One of the great masters, Socrates, taught: “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”
The path to mastery, on any level, is going within and understanding why you feel/think you need more and more to feel good about self. For some, money will represent security. For others, it will mean power. There are others who will flaunt their wealth as a way of saying, “See me, I am great because I have money.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Another approach to material mastery is creating a revenue stream that will support you with minimum work or effort. This allows you the time and space to go within and discover the riches that reside within you. And there are many. Twelve to be exact. These are your spiritual gifts.
They are: Understanding, Knowledge, Expression, Imagination, Will Power, Perseverance, Faith, Strength, Objectivity, Honesty, Healing, Love.
Through the process of deep understanding of these attributes and their applications, one will be well on the way to material mastery.
In following blogs, we will examine each gift and its application to daily living.