The relationship between money and our health
A lack of money is sadly a daily reality for an increasing number of people in the United Kingdom as well all over the world. Scarcity of money brings fear into lives and affects our health negatively.
The late writer and teacher Wayne Dyer had a very perceptive view on money (see quote). Like many other wise and trusted spiritual teachers, he often spoke and wrote about money from a metaphysical point of view. He entreats us to see money as an energy available to everyone in even measure; he encourages us to change our own belief of worthiness and our ability to receive and give. He shows how we can learn how to create stability and sufficiency, and when done, we will find a balanced flow of monetary energy through our life.
Money is invariably a subject which we often do not like to speak about. Money is a private matter particularly among “the haves”, whereas “the have nots” will openly complain and worry about a lack of money.
Another highly admired teacher of mine, Deepak Chopra, talks about money in his easy-to-read book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Law 2: The Law of Giving explains that “The universe operates through dynamic exchange. Giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe and in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe in our lives”. It is essential that we do not stop the circulation of money-energy. We need the energy circulating and the river flowing, as “In every seed is the promise of thousands of forests” – so do not hoard money!
Like any other complimentary therapist, I believe that wellbeing is not just – or even primarily – about physical health. Rather, wellbeing is about finding balance in body, mind and spirit. At the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing, their wellbeing model contains six dimensions: health, relationship, security, purpose, community and environment. They conclude that we flourish when our relationship with our friends, families and communities, as well as the personal and global environment we live in, harmonise with security and purpose in our lives. Naturally, money has a large part to play with regard to security, but it is not everything!
My huge respect for The Dalai Lama never falters. I love his reply when asked what surprises him most about humanity:
“Man. Because he scarifies his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die,
and then dies having never really lived.”
Sadly, many of us seem to be obsessed with chasing what we do not have or perceive as not having. Hopefully, the day will come when we learn to look at our life from a new and different perspective, and we will see that everything we need will be available to us. We will come to this place of peace through wisdom, so let’s continue to grow wiser.
Napoleon Hill, a hugely successful American business consultant, wrote the best seller Think and Grow Rich back in 1937. His life philosophy was based on what I see as equal to The Universal Laws. Hill offered a self-confidence formula he called “auto-suggestion”. The nearest thing we have to this today is probably self-hypnosis. He illustrated that our brains become magnetised with the dominating thoughts we hold in them, which is simply The Law of Attraction.
This concept is also taught brilliantly by Eckhart Tolle, who travels the world teaching. Money has a huge impact on our health, as it weaves itself into the human psyche as a substitute for the life force. Lack of or fear of lack of money can activate several health crises, often seen in the sexual organs in the second chakra, as Caroline Myss describes in Anatomy of the Spirit – a book I have used as my guide book for the last twenty years.