Jesus said, “The devil will put you in prison.”
People have misinterpreted that saying and used it to mean that the early Christians would be put into jail for their belief in Jesus, but he was referring to the mental prison of the mind created by deception and wealth.
Gilded cage: The thought is that money will give you more freedom, and it does in one sense, but in another more important sense, it entraps you and takes away more freedom than it gives you. You have to do things, be places and deal with people all the time, and it takes up all your life doing it. You have to dress and act and live a certain way, and that is not freedom. You are like a bird in a gilded cage. The truth is, unneeded things own you more than you own them. It forces you to do many things just to live that life.
You have to get honest with yourself and be able to ask yourself if your lifestyle is really fulfilling you. If it is not, you have to admit it, and try another direction.
Do not play the game: Just do not play the get rich and successful game. Play the “let’s get to heaven” game instead. You cannot win one, and you cannot lose the other. Which is better?
Your money or your life? It is your choice.
The person that dies with the most toys loses.
If you do not have many toys and the money needed to support that lifestyle, you can know the truth and the life, which changes everything for the better.
Greed is not good unless it is greed for the truth and the life.
In the popular movie Wall Street, Gordon Gecko says that greed is good, and it was the slogan of the nineteen eighties. Where are those people now?
Greed may or may not work in the short term, but it will destroy you in the long run. Since we are immortal, the long run is going to come.
The American system is powered on greed and the need to show other people we are better than they are, showing up the Joneses. It has taken us to where we are now, so it is a good thing that it happened, but if it keeps happening, we are all dead. Our economy will grow much faster and bigger living in the truth.
Doom: It should start to become obvious to people that a system powered on greed and vanity is not good and will lead to our doom.
We need a system powered by the truth and life; it is that simple.
Money is the root of all evil for those that do not know the truth. It consumes your life; you try to get more and keep what you have.
There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. Henry David Thoreau
We dedicate most of our lives to keep and improve a lifestyle that requires ever-greater amounts of money and is less and less fulfilling. It puts you in a sleep state that makes waking up impossible.
Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
Henry David Thoreau
Chasing rainbows: First, people run towards the dream of getting rich, and then they have to run to stay rich. It is just like chasing rainbows or the horizon; it moves away from you as you move towards it, so you can never quite get there.
You spend your life running after something that is impossible to reach. You sacrifice your true life for a dream that can never come true.
You can live a never-ending dream or never-ending life, one or the other.
People spend all their time chasing things that are impossible to catch, and fighting battles when they are certain to lose. Could anything be less intelligent? This is why Jesus said that it is impossible for the rich to get to heaven.
There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment, and there is no greater disaster than greed. Lao Tzu
Re-program: We lived in a state of scarcity for millions of years. We did not have the necessities of life most of the time, so our minds have been programmed to get and hoard as much as we can.
We are no longer in a state of scarcity, and we have to re-program our minds to realize it and take advantage of this rare situation. If we do not, we will go back to scarcity. If we do re-program ourselves, we will never live in scarcity again.
Excess: It is like sugar, salt, and fat. We could never get enough of it in the past, so now that we can get all we need, we crave more and more, and it is ruining our health. It is a natural thing for the pendulum to swing from scarcity to excess.
It is the same with money; it stems from the time we did not have the basics to survive, so we had to have money just to survive. Now that it is comparatively easy to get the basics, people are overshooting. People just keep getting more and more, not realizing that having more than they need is harmful to them.
Money is like water; you need it to survive, but too much can drown you.
Dreaming in the past was essential to our survival. It created the world we now live in, so it was necessary, but now that it is not, we continue to dream, and it is causing us to miss true life. It will lead to our extinction on this planet.
Come to you: Instead of chasing rainbows, you just let life come to you.
We are at the crossroad, and if we do not wake up, we will miss the turnoff.
It is our life in the distant past, the millions of years our bodies and minds evolved that has programmed our minds to do what they do. It is in our genetic code.
Once we wake up to the truth, everything will begin to change. This is why the truth is the most important thing that there is. It is our most valuable asset, our only real asset. Our brains are not programmed for the present.
Even if money did fulfill you, you cannot take it with you when you die.
Ultimate success: You have to keep in mind how short life is and how important what you do in this short period is to achieve the ultimate success in life. It is the only real success there is. You cannot lose sight of this truth.
There is no success and failure; there are just those that know the truth, and those that do not. The concept of success and failure is a deception of the mind.
Smart: We have lived as animals for over seven-hundred million years. We just have to live like something better than an animal for a few years to leave the animal realm forever and go to a heaven. What would be the smart thing to do?
Jesus said, "The glories of this realm last only a moment; the glories of the heavenly realm abide forever."
Skip the “things”: Why not just skip the “things” and go right to happiness, right to true life? Why not cut out the expensive and unnecessary middleman that gives you nothing but false expectations?
Jesus said, “The kingdom of God will not come by expectation. It is spread upon the earth and men do not see it.”
Happiness or fulfillment is just a state of mind, or more accurately, a state of no-mind, which you can have anytime you want. True life gives you free happiness, and it is always in the present (see the drawing). You just have to wake up.
Life is filled with free things, and all things are the same if you can see them without the judgment of the mind. The mind tells you which things have value and which things do not. If you look at things without the judgment of the mind, they are all valuable in one way or another. Since what goes around comes around, you have to find a way to love it all, or you can never be fulfilled all the time.
A ten-dollar lamp will make a spiritual being happier than one covered with diamonds will make a mortal happy.
Things always look better than they are; you just have to have them. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but when you get there, you realize it is just a mirage, an illusion. The grass is just as green where you are.
The more you acquire, the more you desire.
Even if the grass is greener, it is relative, and the mind does not let you enjoy anything for very long. “Things” are always a letdown eventually. Things are not worth what they cost. You do not just pay with money, the true price is true life.
The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life, which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. Henry David Thoreau
People are sacrificing their life chasing a dream that does not really exist.
Even if it did exist, it is a dream. That by definition means you have to be asleep to have it. People are chasing illusions and missing what they really want and need in the process. We can now see through the illusion and begin to wake up.
Dreams and things: Spiritual beings do not need “things” to be happy. The mind is very needy and never lets you be very happy, because there is always something missing, always something the mind wants, that it has dreamed about, and you do not have it.
Someone always has a bigger more expensive house than you do, and that bothers people that care about “things.”
I know it bothered me. I would look across the bay through my telescope at the houses on the other side and think, “I need one of those.” The people over there were looking at my house through their telescopes and thinking the same thing.
Big fish: The big fish can and do eat the little fish. If human beings behave like fish in this life, they will go to a place after they die where they can do it for millions of years. I do not think anyone likes it that much.
The root of all evil: A lot of money creates the illusion, the deceptions. It is one of the devil/mind’s greatest tools. People say it is not the tool of the devil because it can be used for good as well as for bad things, but they are missing the truth.
“Evil” is “live” spelled backwards for a reason. It is a sign that tells us the way. The way is to live true life, because it is the opposite of evil.
The hidden evil: It is what money does to the people that think they need it, not what it does to others. It makes true life impossible. Money makes spiritual evolution impossible for the people that need it for power, self-worth, and luxuries. The Bible says, the love of money is the root of all evil.
Money is the worst evil, because the illusion created is the most powerful.
There is a way out: If you want to evolve spiritually, you just have to give the money you do not need to other people that do need it. There is no other way.
Ignorance, the beast within, and the illusion of power is the root of all evil.
The uncontrolled mind is the root of all evil, but money is what gives the uncontrolled mind power. The devil/mind, in combination with money, will send more people to hell (the bottom of the evolutionary cycle) than anything else.
We have to change from “I, me, mine” to “we, us, ours” or we are dead.
Throughout history, people have been killing themselves and others to get rich and powerful, and the sad thing is, when they get it, it is the worst thing that can happen to them.
There are only two tragedies in life; one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. Oscar Wilde
People lie, cheat, rob, steal, betray friends and family, risk their lives and the lives of others for the money that will hurt them more than it will help them. The devil/mind is making fools out of just about everyone. The mind has people trading their lives and the lives of others for death.
Be careful what you wish for, because you may just get it.
Why: Elvis may have been the most successful individual in history. He had it all, fame, fortune, great looks, personality, etc. Why did he like to stay in bed in a dark room better than doing anything else? He died on the toilet; the king died on a throne, so to speak.
Howard Hughes was the richest man in the world. He dated the most beautiful starlets, and he chose to do the same thing. Kurt Cobain became a rock star almost overnight, the dream of millions of people, and found he did not like it so much, and he killed himself.
The dream came true for these people. They had it all and did not want it after awhile. They chose to live the life that any poor drug addict can live, so why do people try so hard to get what they had?
If people who can do anything choose to do no more than a poor person can do, it should tell us something. We should learn from them, and stop wasting our time and life trying to do what they already did if they did it and came up empty.
Rehab: Why do a higher percentage of the rich and famous have drug and emotional problems? They are always bouncing in and out of expensive rehab centers. What does this teach us?
Those people that have their dreams come true are very rare, but the dream often turns into a nightmare in their current lifespan. If it does not, it will turn into a nightmare in their next lifespan. It is the ultimate deception.
The truth is, most people that become rich end up using their money to just isolate themselves from the real world. They do the opposite of what they need to do to be fulfilled and get to heaven.
Money dimensions: Having money and not having money at different times in my life showed me some strange and unexpected things. One of the things was how money, or the lack of it, puts you in a different world or dimension, even though you live in the same neighborhood.
I remember living in Huntington Beach, California as a poor surfer/stoner. I had a nice apartment close to the pier. The neighborhood was a mix of new multi-million dollar houses and old, classic, inexpensive houses. I liked the cheap houses better, because they had personality.
What was strange is how I almost never saw the people that lived in the new, million dollar houses, even though there were many of them on my block. It was as if we lived in two different dimensions. My group of surfer/stoners and I felt like we owned the neighborhood. The rich people must have felt the same thing.
We were out in the street at all hours of the day and night playing like kids. I had no idea what the rich people were doing, because I never saw them. It was not as if it was age that made the difference, because we had all ages in our group, and many of the people in the expensive houses were younger than we were.
When I was one of those people in the expensive houses up the coast in Long Beach, I realized the opposite was happening.
It was not just in that neighborhood; the separation was everywhere. You worked in different places, shopped and ate in different places, etc. When I had money, I never saw or noticed poor people. It was like there were no poor people in the whole world, even though they were living all around me. It was as if everyone had money, lived in a great house, and drove an expensive car.
When I was poor, the opposite was true. I never saw the rich people around me; it was as if everyone in the world was poor. Money separates people, isolates people from each other and reality. It puts large groups of people in literally different dimensions and worlds. This is why we must all strive to be middle class; it is the only hope for the truth to live.
Degrees of separation: Many things separate people: age, gender, looks, religion, language, race, education, etc. We can overcome them mentally by just knowing the truth, but money takes special attention.
If you can share the wealth with the less fortunate, the rest of the illusions that separate people are easy to overcome.
The Wealth has a life of its own; it moves around like a snake.
Every time it moves (a deal is made), it makes some people very happy and some people very unhappy. The people that get the deal are happy, the ones that do not get the deal are unhappy. This happens every time you sell or buy anything; someone wins and someone loses. It is a mini-drama every time, and the more money you have, the more it moves, and the more drama you have.
The unhappy people add up, and the happy people forget. This weighs on your life, makes you less secure. You get bodyguards, assistants and lawyers to help you feel more secure, but these inside people are the most dangerous to you.
It is total madness, yet it is what most people spend their very short lives working for and dreaming about, which makes it an even greater tragedy.
Don’t get me wrong; there are some great moments that you will remember forever, but there are equal amounts of truly horrible moments that you will not remember long. Therefore, you will keep doing it, even after you have been through the mill more than once. Only the ultimate truth will stop the insanity.
Insanity is doing what does not make you happy, over and over again.
Intellectuals: Intellectuals do the same thing rich people do, only they chase useless knowledge and use it to hide from the truth and the life.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
Useless knowledge: Not all knowledge is beneficial. It is the nature of the mind to want to learn. This was a good thing in the past, but it is not now. If knowledge does not help you learn the truth and the life or help you get the necessities of life and stay alive, it is useless knowledge. If it distracts you from the truth and the life, it is worse than useless; it is our worst enemy.
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Oscar Wilde
The Bible says in Revelations, people will run back and forth and knowledge will increase. This is what is happening, and it will destroy us, because knowledge is not wisdom, and running back and forth destroys the environment.
It is a real insight and one of the few prophecies in the Bible that has proven true. We are not running around like chickens with their heads cut off. We are doing the opposite and living just as heads (minds) with everything else cut off.
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? T.S. Eliot
There are a lot of walking encyclopedias out there. They know a million things, but they do not know the truth and the life, the only thing that matters. There are people that have memorized the whole Bible, but do not understand what it is saying. This kind of knowledge hurts people much more than it helps them.
Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.
Chase life: If people chased the truth and the life like they are now chasing money and useless knowledge, they would get what they really want.
The person that dies with the most life wins.
It is not how much money or knowledge you have; it is how much life you have.
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
Henry David Thoreau
Mankind is actually very poor and destitute, especially the rich.
In the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
You can have everything and not be able to experience anything. A spiritual being can have nothing and be able to experience everything. Which is better?
The truth is, a person that knows the truth and the life will feel better sitting on their porch than on the deck of a mega yacht. People who need big, expensive things to feel good are pathetic and weak, the opposite of what people think.
That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.
Henry David Thoreau
From a spiritual being’s perspective and level of awareness, every moment of life is the same. It is perfect and fulfilling. It is all life, all God.
Spiritual beings do not have to do anything to have everything.
Paradise: From minute to minute, everyone is the same, no matter how much money they have. We all have to put our pants on one leg at a time, as the saying goes. The most successful person is the one that is receiving the most life, the most fulfillment, while putting their pants on or doing anything.
The one that feels the ground when they walk, the one that feels the breeze on their cheek, the sun on their back, the one that hears, smells, and sees the most is the most successful. Wealth makes it impossible to open up completely.
It is not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
All we have is life, so the one that gets the most of it wins. If the mind would just let people see this truth, the world would become a paradise for everyone.
Material success and great wealth does not change the human condition enough to sacrifice your immortal soul for it. True or false?
Climb a mountain: You do not have to get a lot of money or knowledge or climb a mountain, cross an ocean, be a hero, win a gold medal, be beautiful or do anything other than live life completely to get to heaven. You do not need anything you do not always have. Anyone can have it all, at any age, at any time.
The mind tells you that you need; the spirit tells you that you have.
The mind tells you that you have to do this or that, be this or that. The truth is you do not have to do anything or be anything. All you have to do is truly live your life as it is being given to you, and all you need is the absolute truth to do it.
The good life is living true life, and that is the simple and absolute truth.
You just have to be yourself, where you are, with what you have to succeed. It is not hard; it is easy. It is not complicated; it is simple. People just have to wake up to the truth, and they will get it all and be saved from the animal realm.
Once high profile rich people, movie stars, and other celebrities see the light, things will begin to change much faster.
As Jesus said, “That which is hidden from the wise and educated has been revealed unto babes” (the open minded).
Money is not everything, the truth and the life is everything. You choose.
When you start giving and living a spiritual life, you really do not give up anything. You gain much more happiness than the things you gave up, gave you. The opposite of what you expect to happen, happens. You do it for selfish reasons.
Money is not worth the price; the price is your immortal life.
The bottom line: If you do not know the truth, getting rich makes you feel a little better for a few short years, but it is not worth true life now and forever. If you know the truth, you feel better than money can make you feel, not for just a few years, but forever. Which way to live makes more sense?
Jesus said, those that give shall receive and will get a hundred fold back.
He is not saying you will receive other “things” back, like most people think; he means you receive true life back. You get what you really want and need directly.
Why not just skip needing “things” and go directly to having happiness?
If you are rich and do not want to give it up, you do not have to, but you will be what you do not want to be now in your next life. That is fair, isn’t it?
Wake up: When people wake up, they will no longer be motivated by money, power, fame, or the fear of failure or weakness. These mental problems have powered all material progress up until now. When the truth is seen, this world will turn into a heaven almost by itself. Everyone will be forgiven for what they did in the past, because it was necessary to get here. It will all be worth it if we wake up.