Work is one of the four pillars of your life. You must build the foundation if you are to live a greater life. You must have the strength. Read about why work and money are integral to living a spiritual life.
“Live simply. Only own that which you need and perhaps a few little things for your personal enjoyment. Fundamentally, own only what you truly need and there will be no confusion, and you will not have to work too hard for money. Give money to support those things that inspire you. They require support, and you need to support them to experience your relationship with them.” — Living the Way of Knowledge
“Look at the wealthy who have no freedom. Oh, they have lots of money, and they can go anywhere they want. They do not even have to work, some of them. Are they free? Or are they slaves to their money and their situation and their privileges and their appetites and their fears?” — The Allies of Humanity
“Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?” — Proverbs 17:16
“Do not ask anything of the world save what few material things you need to fulfill your function. This is a small request in light of what you have come to give. And if your demands are not in excess of what you need, the world will gladly render them to you in exchange for a greater gift which you possess.” — Steps to Knowledge
“My wealth is who I know and what I know.” — Marshall Vian Summers
“Goaded by the fear of poverty and deprivation, people are driven to seek endless amounts of wealth and reassurance for themselves. This is pervasive in the world. This is the condition of the human family. This is the ‘state of the union’ for the human family. And all of the addictions, all of the depression, all of the poor mental and physical health you see around you is a product of this desperation and this disassociation that people have with themselves and with the greater purpose that has brought them into the world.” — The New Message on Freedom
“The power of force, the power of wealth, the attractions of beauty and charm ultimately cannot compete or compare with God’s Power and Presence.” — The Power of God in the World
“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” — Seneca
“But humanity has created a style of living that far exceeds the carrying capacity of your environment and which places you out of balance with the natural world, and even places you out of harmony with your own nature. Now you are driven to excess—excessive behavior, excessive busyness, excessive use of the world’s resources, excessive indulgences. Your relationship with time has changed. Your relationship with nature has changed. And your relationship with one another has changed. Now you are busy trying to sustain a lifestyle that deprives most of the human family—where the very rich are driving the engine of war, robbing nations and peoples of their own sustaining resources, driving headlong as if you did not have a future, as if you did not care, under a whole array of assumptions that somehow your technology and your cleverness and ingenuity will find a way to keep it all going. You have abandoned your relationship with nature. You have taken a mistress of technology, forcing a kind of adultery that has set you out of accord with yourself, with one another and with your environment. And God will not intervene to stop all of this.” — Nature and Natural Disasters
“Here it is all right to be wealthy as long as you are willing to give away most of your wealth, to become a benefactor. For beyond your basic needs, why have all this wealth? For prestige? To impress others? To use it as a social power? To overtake others? Money becomes a god and a demon when it ceases to merely be a useful tool. Therefore, all the wealthy people should be benefactors. That is their role and responsibility. That is what will redeem them and prevent them from thinking that their wealth is their real value.” — New Message from God
“Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.” — Gandhi
“Your real wealth is discovered through the reclamation of Spirit. It is not counted in how many assets, friends and pleasures you have acquired in life. All of these are constantly threatened and are easily lost. But the reclamation of Knowledge cannot be lost unless it is neglected or denied, and even then it will abide with you and go with you wherever you go.” — Wisdom from the Greater Community
“How many saints have arisen from the slums and the wretched conditions of humanity? Poverty is a better breeding ground for sainthood than wealth and affluence.” — What Happens After Death?
“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.” — Benjamin Franklin
“Remember, money is here to serve. You do not want to serve it. Money is a resource to be employed. It is here to serve. You do not want to become its servant. What does money serve for you? How do you use money? Do you preserve money and save it for future use? Do you live according to what you need or are you dominated by what you want? Perhaps you are working too hard in your work in the world because you are requiring more money than you really need. Perhaps you have to work harder in the world because you need more than you have. You must find what is correct for you. However, to be able to find what is correct, you must know what is correct, and you must have the necessary criteria.” — Living the Way of Knowledge
“Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.” — Khalil Gibran
“Understand, then, the meaning of impoverishment. Understand, then, the meaning of wealth. Do not think that those who possess more objects than you are in any way wealthier than you are, for without Spirit they are impoverished and will acquire things only to offset their misery and uncertainty. Thus, their impoverishment is compounded by their acquisition.” — Steps to Knowledge
“The wealthy are far more deluded than the poor. They are far more distracted. They are far more seduced. They have far greater attachments to things of little value than do the poor.” — What Happens After Death?
“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” — Henry Ford
“If you have a lot of money, become a benefactor. Give money to worthy people and worthy endeavors. The only value for having wealth is to be able to give it away.” — Living the Way of Knowledge
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You are meant to live a sacred life—a life of purpose, meaning and direction. People fill up their life with necessities, afraid if they do not do this, there will be nothing for them. Driven by the fear of not having, they seek to have as much as they can until their arms are full and they can carry no more. They are too encumbered now by their own desires and insecurities to be able to receive the sacred life… Read more about living a Sacred Life.