Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them…he cried, “Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?”… And God said, “I did do something. I made you.”
~ Sufi Teaching
Yesterday, I talked about the shadow side of ownership. (And was a bit surprised no one had any comments?)
So plunging forward with this admittedly uncomfortable line of thinking, today I would ask you, what if, for just a little bit, we could consider that all of our institutions, as well as our entire history around money, security, “enough,” poverty, scarcity and plenty are based on lies?
And what if, really, they were simple and there were only three of them?
Imagine – three big falsehoods that cause all of the deception that keeps most of humanity in fear and struggle.
According to Lynne Twist in her revolutionary book, The Soul of Money, this is indeed the case. Here they are:
Toxic Myth #1:
There is not enough.
Toxic Myth #2:
More is better.
Toxic Myth #3:
That’s just the way it is.
Can you see how, connected together, they are a vicious circle that would close like a noose around us? The widespread assumption is that there is not enough to around, and we’d better grab the biggest piece of the pie as we can, because that’s just how it is and always will be.
If our governments, laws, and even religions are built on these premises, and entrench these beliefs, after centuries, we take it for granted that the human world does function this way.
So how can we even know these are lies? The first step, of course, is to consider and then examine them. And doing so, Lynne then thoroughly deconstructs each one in her book.
But for starters, let’s just consider this.. As you know from my past discussions about money, lack is not really how Nature operates, is it? Yes, there are feasts and famines in Nature. Ups and downs and unpredictable change, not just an orderly continuum of seasonal cycles. Death and cataclysm happen.
But if there is any one thing you can say about the non-human world, it is lush with abundance. There are over 350 species and subspecies of parrots. Parrots, people.
There are 370 species of Sea Bass. Not “fish,” not even “bass.” We’re talking sea bass!
Did Mother Earth quit after one or two hundred different kinds of oak trees? No. How about three? Four hundred? No.
There are over six hundred species of oak trees in the world.
Diversity, fertility, creation and more creation and yet even more. Over-the-top abundance is the name of the game in Mama Gaia’s world.
So where did humans get the idea of scarcity and lack? That’s a long story, isn’t it? In fact, to answer that, you could just recite all of human history.
But for right now, I invite you to consider that if Nature is the norm around here, and human intervention and tinkering is a recent and rather artificial construct, then is it possible that maybe, just maybe – there really is enough to go around for everyone? And (here’s the kicker) there always was?
Lynne declares, “Scarcity is a lie. Independent of any actual amount of resources, it is an unexamined and false system of assumptions, opinions and beliefs from which we view the world as a place where we are in constant danger of having our needs unmet.”
And then, both in her book, and in her later work, including her Soul of Money Institute, she backs this statement up with fact after stunning fact.
So here in the Second House, we are invited to take a long look at our attitudes towards owning, possessing, keeping and letting go of things in the material world.
How would your life look, how would it change, how would you feel, if you knew there could always be a balance of plentiful sufficiency?