Is it wrong to love money? Or even desire money? Does loving money make you a less spiritual person?
I used to think so, until…
An evening in a New York auditorium changed my entire perspective on wealth and abundance forever
Here’s what I mean:
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I’ve been studying transformational principles of success since 1971, and early in my education, I traveled across the country to see a famous spiritual teacher speak in an auditorium.
He was highly successful, filling 3,000-seat Lincoln Hall every week in New York City, teaching people transformational principles on how to create lives they love.
On the Saturday morning of his speech, I arrived early to make sure I’d secure a seat right up front. But instead of being one of the first people there, I was shocked to find 1,000 people waiting outside the main doors!
When I finally got in and found a seat, I got my notepad out and I was ready to take notes. And then the teacher, a white-haired man in his early 80s, walked onto the stage to a standing ovation.
He was a handsome fellow, dressed in a double-breasted three-piece suit, and his face had the look of someone who was at peace with himself and with life.
What this man did at first absolutely shocked and offended me…
Moving toward the center of the stage, he took a few moments to look around the now silent audience. And then he did something I would never have expected.
He reached into his pocket, took out his wallet, and pulled out a large wad of bills that was inside.
He then slowly fanned the bills out, and held them up to the audience.
“This,” he said, looking around at the 3,000-person crowd, “is money. And I LOVE money. I just LOVE money!”
And then he brought the wad of money to his lips and kissed the bills over and over again, making loud puckering noises.
My stomach turned, my body tensed up, and I immediately felt repulsed.
I thought to myself, “I can’t believe I came all this way to listen to this man. He’s not even spiritual!”
I was shocked, disappointed and filled with judgment and criticism, and looking around the audience, it was very obvious to me that I wasn’t the only one.
Then he put the money back in his wallet, looked at the crowd, and said:
“I just want you to notice if you had some feelings of repulsion, criticism or judgment about what I just did. Maybe you even wondered if, in fact, I am not even a spiritual person because of what I just did.”
I may have even started nodding without realizing it. I absolutely felt that way!
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Then he continued:
“Let me suggest something to you. Imagine if, instead of doing what I just did, I walked out on the stage, holding the hand of a darling little five-year-old boy. Then I picked him up and held him out to you and said, ‘This, this is my grandson,’ and I brought him close and said, ‘I just LOVE my grandson!’ Then, imagine I began kissing him on the head…”
“I bet not one of you would have felt repulsed or revolted. Why? Because you’ve been highly trained that it’s okay to love a grandchild, but it’s not okay, or even spiritual, to love the symbol of your freedom.”
Hearing this, my mouth dropped open.
Then he said:
“Money is a symbol for you to be able to go where you want, do what you want, have what you want and give to the causes that matter to you.”
“So if you did feel some revulsion in what I just did with that wad of money in my wallet, I want to tell you something…Money heard you. Why would it ever come where it’s not loved?”
It’s okay to give gifts, but it’s wrong love money…right?
Many of us have been taught that it’s okay to give gifts, and it’s okay to give our time, but it’s not really okay to love the money – the symbol of our freedom to really create and live a life we truly love living.
We’ve asked, “Is it wrong to love money?” And the answer’s always been, YES.
But this couldn’t be further from the truth!
Money is what enables you to be comfortable enough, so you can be creative enough, to really give the gifts that are within you to the world.
Since experiencing this man’s speech decades ago, my relationship with money has never been the same.
Mary Morrissey on the TEDx stage.
I’ve since created several multi-million dollar businesses in order to make an even larger impact in the world, and I ongoingly give to causes that I feel passionate about – and I’ve continued to expand my awareness and deepen my spiritual practice each and every year.
The truth is, you absolutely can enjoy financial prosperity AND be a deeply spiritual person.
It all begins with your belief system, what you choose to believe about money, and whether you make it welcome in your life.
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— Mary Morrissey (@marymorrissey) April 20, 2018
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