A whole industry has grown up in Self Help . We are enticed by the promises which claim to be able to make us rich, slim or find that perfect relationship or job . Many people, who run these programmes are well intentioned and come from a good place but they all originate with one idea and that is there is something wrong with you or your life experience and you need to change .
From the blurb of a book by Paul McKenna : “I CAN MAKE YOU RICH “
ARE YOU READY TO BECOME RICH ?
If you’ve ever wondered why it is that some people find it easy to make money while others struggle, it’s not because they are more intelligent, work harder or have better luck – it’s simply because they think and act differently .
Do you want to make more money ?
Do you want to improve the quality of your life ?
Do you believe you can be rich ?
What if it was easier than you think ?
To be fair to Paul McKenna, his book concentrates on changing one’s mind about money, rather than your external world but I would go one stage further than this . There is nothing in the physical world which will make you happy . This is easy to say and I sympathise with the person who said :
All I ask is the chance to prove that money won’t make me happy .
But the implication is that having more money will solve your problems . From looking at the antics of businessmen, rock stars etc this belief is plainly wrong . We are led to believe it is our external world which needs to be changed and that making more money will satisfy us .
There is nothing in the external world which will make you happy ! You may feel happy for a short time once your dreams are achieved but this satisfaction never lasts for long, as it is only the needs of our Ego which are being met . The Ego is a term for the part of us which wishes to continue the separation from our spiritual Self . It believes the physical world can protect us from this Self and that money, relationships, work etc will defend us from the Self .
It is only by joining with our Self can true peace be found and in order to achieve this, we have to give up the physical world mentally and realise that it offers us nothing, for the physical world is nothing and doesn’t exist apart from in the Mind .
There is only one answer to problems and that is ending the separation with the Universe/God/Life – whatever your term is for the divine . There are two options but only one which will lead to happiness and joy . It is a decision made in the Mind not in the world, for we use the world deliberately to keep us in fear, guilt and pain . What do you choose ?