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ResurrEconomics: How to Judge Your Money Belief System

Posted on: Sep. 17, 2013  |  By: Ronnie Kahn  |  Category: Advice, General

A large man in a khaki security uniform came thudding toward us.  He not only sounded like a charging Rhino but he had a look on his face like he meant business.  I looked down and the little boy that I was speaking to had vanished into thin air and was simply just not there anymore.  I suddenly saw him out of the corner of my eye running as fast as he could obviously in the opposite direction from his determined adversary.  The storming security guard arrived where I was standing a few seconds after that.  He picked up a heavy rock and placed it in a leather sling.  He took the sling and circled it over his head a few times to build up momentum and then let the rock fly toward the boy.  My heart sank as it must have gone thirty yards.  Thank goodness that the rock missed the boy by a few yards.  It probably was a long shot, so to speak, that it would have hit him but if it had, it would have done far greater damage than the crime the security guard was protecting against.  For you see, the little boy had been haggling with me to buy an artifact that he claimed was authentic.  The artifact was supposedly from the Mesoamerican Toltec culture.  At the time the guard tried to rock the boy’s world, I was visiting the ruins in a part of Mexico called Tula, which had been the Toltec capital.

I was thinking the other day how this had all the crazy characteristics of what we all call money and the way it is used.  The little boy represented that the artifact was authentic.  Money is something that we all have to buy into or it has no symbolic worth.  I had to believe that the item represented something of worth too, although not a fiat for something else.   I had to buy into the illusion that I was getting an original Toltec artifact and could turn around and enjoy it for myself or sell it to someone else as such.  In other words, I had to want what my money would buy.  The security guard was the institution that was trying to protect that its form of money was real and not some other black market trade in things it did not sanction.  Everyone involved in money has to have a belief system and a way to judge those beliefs.

A number of years back, Don Miguel Ruiz www.miguelruiz.com/ wrote a book about the Toltec traditions that were handed down but are now put into more modern concepts called “The Four Agreements.”  While you can read the book in order to learn what each agreement is, the gist is that we lose our freedom by blaming, justifying and judging our beliefs as we act as victim and suffer by our resulting use of fear.  It asks us to break these old agreements or illusions into a New Dream by making different choices.

While this gets a little overboard on the new age side of things it still has some lessons to be learned about money.  Money starts out without a biased agenda in all of our lives but becomes an ingrained belief system that can take away from our freedom or help us to get at it.  While money has to be the suspended belief of illusion, we can choose to make it a collective dream or a nightmare, a Shangri-La as a promised land or an inferno of attention gone awry.

Your mind and your beliefs around money are a swirling marketplace where you can buy chaos and conflict or you can barter for a better dream.  If you take the latter alternative, you can be reincarnated and transformed with new beliefs or agreements around money.  If more and more of us do so, then it can result in money coming to be about justice, fairness, and common values and not only self-justification.

Most of us curse the traffic as if we are not part of the problem.  We judge our vacation as poor due to so many tourists.  The first place to start looking at our agreements that we settle on is with our model of what success means to us.  Most likely this involves strong learned judgments and beliefs and is more about what others think of us than what we think of ourselves.  Yet, while this comparison is the social bias that is worked into money, we can rework success into our being right with the world.  If you ask whether you are right with how you live your life and can answer that in the affirmative, you are not going to be far off base from your own well-being.  We need to trust in an illusion that we can believe in.

So pare down your mind back to your inner child where your unconditional joy is housed and work from there.  Beat the crap out of your crap.  Rebuilding money values and beliefs are a difficult task and need to be reworked from the bottom up into a new way of dealing within the world.  After all, as in all of life, you have to create an illusion that you know is an illusion but yet one you can get behind.  As the character Andy Dufresne says (and Red repeats) in the movie Shawshank Redemption, “Get busy living or get busy dying.”  You can be like the artifact that has enough worth that someone is willing to believe in it or you can keep on tempting fate and just wait around until you get stoned.

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