Spiritual Prosperity in Hard Economic Times
By Beth Green



The New Age movement has been wedded to the belief that we “create our own reality.” While there is power in this perspective, there is also a downside. When we do not prosper materially, we believe this to be a reflection of our spiritual failure. This in turn leads to shame, which causes us needless pain.

Not restricted to money, this same belief has permeated our views about health, success, snaring a life partner, and many other external symbols that have come to be identified with our inner selves.
We are currently in a substantial economic downturn, and many of us are facing the stress of financial insecurity and the pain of material loss. If we believe that we create reality, does this mean we are to blame? Of course, we must be honest with ourselves and take all necessary accountability. But let’s not create needless pain by clinging to simplistic notions.

In this article, let me offer an alternative perspective, a perspective that allows us to comprehend the universe in the context of oneness and embrace our accountability in the light of evolution.

The Law of Co-Creation
We co-create with the universe in a subtle dance of intention and allowance. We intend, but our intention is only part of the bigger picture. For example, suppose I strongly intend to get a particular job. What if an equally-motivated and qualified person is also applying, one who reminds the employer of his mother? Which one gets the job will not depend on the strength of my intention, but on the nature of the employer’s feelings toward his mother. It is co-creation.

Other examples: Suppose my intention is strong, but my resume is weak. The outcome will depend on the boss’ intention and his willingness to take a chance on a newcomer in a wobbly economy. Or suppose my intention is strong and so is my resume, but the guy hiring has already slotted the job for his girlfriend. Whether I get hired depends on how strongly the girlfriend intends to get it. Or suppose the employer loses more business, and he can’t hire anyone.

It is not just about me. Everyone involved in an event has an intention. What occurs on any given day is the result of the co-creation of the collective universal intention, and that can include the weather, the car battery and all the other factors we cannot control.

Yes, our intention is critical, but it does not exist in a vacuum. To mature spiritually, we need to understand the collective nature of reality, and we need to learn also to allow. I am part of the universe, and I have to dance with it.

What does co-creation have to do with finances?

Everything. Take the housing crisis. The housing crisis is the co-creation of our collective intentions, including our collective attachment to short-term goals. For example, suppose two years ago my family and I wanted the nicest house possible, and we collectively picked a lovely home. Prices were skyrocketing because every other buyer had the same intention and sellers wanted to make a killing. I knew the rising prices were unsustainable and pushed poor people out of the market, but I couldn’t change reality.

Let us say the price was so high, I needed 100% financing to buy it. Because of their focus on short-term gain, lenders were grabbing every loan, risky or not. No one wanted to consider that prices might fall. So based on the intentions of my family, the seller and the lender, we co-created a sale with 100% financing on an overpriced house.

Now comes the economic downturn. I have a 100% mortgage on a house worth only 90% of its former value. The lender and I are in trouble, foreclosures are creating blight in our communities, and the economic fallout is spreading throughout the economy.

When my family got the house, we felt elated. I congratulated myself for my manifestation. In fact this was a co-creation of my family, the seller, the lender and the real estate industry, and what we co-created is our economic nightmare.

Why do we cling to the belief that we create reality?

Life is scary, and we desire control, so we want to believe that our intention can control it. Can we impact what happens to us? Absolutely. Has this realization been useful? Yes, because it motivates us to step beyond fear; because it provides an antidote to our tendency to give up, self-limit and throw in the towel. But is this belief the whole truth? No. As the saying goes, I can’t win the lottery if I don’t buy a ticket, but buying the ticket won’t guarantee I will win.

Our intention does not control reality, and neither does our vibrational energy. It is only one factor. Walk around in a grumpy mood, and everyone will recoil. But smiling won’t save the Jewish baby from the gas chamber; nor will it stop the drunken parent from throwing it against the wall.

Why allowance is for our highest good

If we could create reality, would that be for the highest good? Who is the “I” that is intending? Is it always my higher self, or is it my ego in disguise? Because we don’t always know, once we focus our intention, we need to allow and even embrace what occurs. First, allowance is more relaxing than fighting reality. And second, the ego can want something contrary to the soul’s intention both individually and collectively.

If we intend but don’t allow, we are attempting to wield the power of the universe in service to the ego, and that is not spirituality. Let’s look back at our former job example. I intend to be hired, but it’s not for my highest good. I need the challenge of opening a store and won’t make that leap if I have a safer alternative.

Or I need to be poor, because it’s time to face my fears and release my focus on things. If I am in allowance, I will embrace the frustration of my intentions, follow the directional signal and evolve spiritually. If not, I will become angry and contract.

The same phenomenon occurs on the collective level. We want gas prices low, because cheap energy supports our lifestyle. But have low gas prices supported our highest good?

No. They have allowed us to co-create an unsustainable auto industry, compelling foreign policies based on control of oil; discouraged investment in mass transit; and allowed manufacturers to pursue short-term profits while ignoring the imperative to develop fuel-efficient vehicles.

Yes, cheap fuel has funded our collective intention to pursue our passion for cars, trucks and SUVs even in the face of ecological devastation. We have ignored that devastation, because we have wanted the most luxurious car at the cheapest price.

We can’t solve global warming individually, and we have been unable to collectively shift from short-term goals. Our collective soul knows that more expensive fuel will force the changes we have been unable to make voluntarily. Can we allow higher prices and embrace the wisdom?

How can we shift our perspective & prosper?

Today, collective pain on many levels is motivating evolution. Addiction and unhappiness have been forcing self-examination, and now we face economic stress as well. All this pain is due to one cause: separation from the oneness. We can use hard economic times to overcome our separation and achieve spiritual prosperity by:

1. Realizing that our personal problems are not personal; they are co-creations.

2. Acknowledging there is nothing wrong; we are part of the collective consciousness in the process of learning lessons long overdue.

3. Relaxing and allowing, so we can access the universal spiritual energies that support us through difficult and painful times.

4. Having compassion for ourselves and others for our past errors and current suffering.

5. Aligning ourselves with what is and looking for guidance in what happens. For example: If we lose a job, we refocus our energy; lose income, become more conscious of our spending; lose medical insurance, join with others to change the collective values of society.

6. Admitting that our past “prosperity” sometimes hurt others, the earth and our deepest selves.

7. Recognizing that none of us thrives unless all of us thrive, and focusing our intention on co-creating real prosperity: the highest good of all

8. Joining together for mutual support, knowing we need one another to fulfill our potential individually and collectively.

Let us not waste our pain and our challenges; instead, let us awaken to the reality that we are part of the evolution of the universe. As we embrace that reality, we are blessed with spiritual prosperity, the feeling of abundance, strength and relaxation that come from connecting to The Source. Destiny is calling us. We can answer reluctantly, shamefully, angrily and fearfully, or we can do it with grace. We can gain wisdom, or we can contract and regress. We can become a blessing to ourselves, or we can feed the negativity on the planet. Which will it be?

Beth Green is an intuitive counselor, spiritual teacher, composer, author and spiritual director of The Stream. She will be presenting a workshop on Spiritual Prosperity on Saturday, September 27, 10 am-6 pm at The Stream’s center in North County San Diego. The Stream offers many programs that support people to move into higher consciousness and relax into the process of living.  To learn more about the Spiritual Prosperity workshop, co-creation and their many teachings, tools and programs, visit: www.thestream.org or call Helen Hillix-DiSanto, (760) 941-8215

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