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The Distraction of Money

by Jason Nemrow last modified 2018-03-29 15:42

If your purpose in life is just to get financially wealthy and enjoy all the trinkets that money and fame can buy, you don't need the Psychic Proximity Principle. There are many "cheaper" routes to such wealth and they all work to varying degrees as long as you are willing to put out the required effort.

Please remember that the acquisition of wealth for its own sake is a soul-killing activity. If you allow financial success to get ahead of following your heart in your list of priorities, you are among the countless others who lead essentially empty and frustrated lives regardless of how much money they make. The Psychic Proximity Principle teaches that as you see to your soul, things like income rise by nature and soon surpass your financial needs to the point that you can use the excess to follow your heart and serve others more purposefully and to greater effect - it is part of the multiplication.

Plenty of people have told themselves and others that, once they have the money or the things money can buy, they will start a family, give charitable service, or turn philanthropic and use it for good. For the most part, people will either never feel like they have enough money or they will habituate the ignoring of their soul-hunger to amass cheap substitutes like wealth exclusively. Either way, the heart is set aside and the "good" cause is essentially lost. I know you say that you will be the exception and not lose yourself. These are the famous words of a universe of unrepentant misers on their death-beds!

You must remember that a person who follows their heart will always have sufficient resources and those resources will always increase as you focus your effort on the pursuit of your heartfelt potential. The follower of the Psychic Proximity Principle will often end up quite wealthy (like Steve Jobs) just as a by-product of approaching their full richness of soul.

We all need money. We trade it for the things we need and want but don't make ourselves. You may be good at electronics while your neighbor is good at cabinetry. Each of you trades your abilities for money and you can then buy the cabinets you need and your neighbor can get needed electronics. Money creates the marketplace of the goods and services we need and desire, letting us concentrate energy on our individual skills and talents. In the end, money is a very good thing!

Although you need money, its acquisition will never be a proper substitute for reaching your potential. People and their souls are priceless and that is not a cliche - no amount of money can compensate for the loss of the person you could have become and the role you could have ultimately filled. Most people would gladly give up all they have in wealth to bring a beloved spouse or an unrealized child back from an untimely death, but it can't be done with riches. Money is good, but it is not required for nor essential to happiness.

It seems incredible, but not all people want the highest-paying jobs! That isn't just "lazy" talk. There is a certain trade-off required in any pursuit and many people seem to value other things (hopefully happiness) more highly than mere money. Good for them! Money should never become the central motivator in your life, even if you are just scraping by and every penny counts. Steve Jobs spoke about this:

"It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned Coke bottles for the 5ยข deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it."

You know you are not driven by money when you love something enough to suffer financial deprevation to get it! That is truly following your heart and will inevitably lead you to personal development and to greater things! When someone comes to a fork in their personal road and they choose a less lucrative path, I wager that the heart is involved somehow, even if it is not readily recognized.

We all need nourishment. Most of the time, we equate that to food. Our society has a fixation on health, so most folks know what constitutes good nutrition and nourishment for the body, though we may fail in bringing that knowledge to execution. In addition to our physical health, other aspects of ourselves also need nourishment - namely, the soul.

One big element of the Psychic Proximity Principle is the feeding of our souls. That weak magnetism is akin to physical hunger, though not as compelling. It is much easier to ignore nourishment to the soul, at least in the short-term, than it is to ignore hunger as the tummy growls and candy bars beckon from every check-out stand! What a candy bar is to our overall nutrition, money ends up being to the well-being of our souls - not bad on occasion, but terrible as our regular diet!

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