307340926_742e0e084a_m.jpgSome of the best financial advice and investment strategies come from the spiritual teachers and mystics.

They are the only ones who can tell you how to have it all without having to pay for it.

Do you want to feel stress free and less anxious? No problem!

Do you want to feel like you’ve got enough? Sure, can do that!

Do you want to feel prepared for whatever comes your way? Yes, that’s possible!

No matter how much you have or don’t have, you can get all the emotional and spiritual benefits of having even more without having to write a check or pull out your plastic.

As Eckhart Tolle explains in A New Earth, unhappiness, stress, and grief are created by identifying with the material things, or even the people, in our lives.

It begins when we invest ourselves in the house we bought, the car we drive, or that wonderful person in our relationship. As soon as the ego labels things, people, and even opinions as “mine,” that’s when suffering begins.

Ego thinks that we can’t be whole if something happens to any of our “stuff” because it falsely believes we are our stuff. And since ego grows stronger every time we add more goodies to our stash, ego is incessantly prodding us to buy more, get new things, keep up with the trends.

Of course this is all happening on a subconscious level.

So if we want to be stress free, content and secure, we’ve got to consciously step back from all we own and get into a different mindset. To do this:

• Become the one who observes what your mind is thinking. Realize that your mind is thinking, not you. You are the one observing the chatter in your head. You are the one observing that non-stop voice pushing you around.

• Become the one who sees the tree and doesn’t label it – simply appreciates it and feels one with the life force inside of it.

• Become one with all that is – from pebbles to mountains, from leaves to trees, from raindrops to oceans. Know that in awareness, you don’t have to own any of this to enjoy it and to be renewed by its life force touching yours.

• Imagine all the greatest art ever created, all the most magnificent music ever played, all the most brilliant science ever given to this planet! With awareness and reflection, you can tap into all the energy and momentum of all that has ever been created without having to buy it at a gallery or get the best seats at the concert.

• Imagine the faces of humanity around the world – all are one in the same life force with you. Every one of them coming from and returning to the same divine Source as you are. Every one of them a friend-yet-to-meet and a companion on some part of your journey. And you don’t need a plane ticket or a cruise around the world to feel part of the whole human family. By awareness, you’re already there.

When you make a conscious attempt at any of these practices, “it becomes a window for you into the formless. There is an inner opening, however slight, into the realm of spirit…. This is the spiritual awakening.” (Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.)

For those who are spiritually awake, there is no stress or anxiety. They are aware that in this moment, they have all they need. They are not in conflict with what is right now, for they realize they would not be having this experience if there wasn’t something for them to learn. And yes, they will always be taken care of by the same life force that regenerates the forest after a fire or restores the farmland after the flood.

Janice M. Puta
Author of Pathways: Tales for the Spiritual Seeker
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