4) The sharing of resources
Because of the experience of unity with
others, the idea of holding onto what is 'mine' no longer makes sense.
There is a self-identity but it is part of a greater whole and this
whole is also part of one's self-identity. For this reason, having more
than others does not contribute to a sense of well-being in the way that
it did in the past, for the 'others' are oneself as well. This
experience gives rise to a new economic life with a new foundation - one
which ends division among the wealthy who 'have' and the poor who 'have
Emotional factors limiting willingness to participate in the sharing of
- Separation from the reality of God
This is the primary source of an unwillingness to participate in the
sharing of resources. Such separation creates fear and the belief that
the only one looking after oneself is oneself, that, therefore, the
self must hold onto what it has as a shield against future uncertainty
and also as a form of protection in a world that is not entirely safe.
This motivation for accumulation applies to individuals, groups,
cultures, and nations.
- Separation from the heart
This causes a narrowness of vision in which others who are suffering
or who have to do without are perceived as less real than oneself.
- Lack of trust in the future, that needs will be met.
Lack of trust in life.
- Wealth as the basis for identity and a substitute for
Greed is a motivational pattern fueled by a variety of emotions. It is
an expression of spiritual darkness in which the true value of things
is covered over by false goals and false values which take their
place. This relates to Principle 1), the perceived separation from the
reality of God.
within the experience of trust:
A deepening experience of God's reality which comes to the awakening
soul, permits the understanding that one is never alone but always held
within the embrace of love and spiritual purpose. Therefore, though
things can happen in life that are upsetting and difficult, there is the
continuing sense that these things are purposeful, and that in some
unknown way there is goodness, mercy, and love behind or around them.
Realizing that mercy exists and being aware of God's continual
benevolent presence, allows us to relax our grip on control. For being
in control of life in the first place is not real, and in the second
place is not needed. The experience of God's love as a direct, embodied
experience conveys a sense of peace and wellbeing that lets the self
know that everything is alright and that things do not have to be held
onto with a fierceness that comes from fear.