When discussions arise about the world’s current state of financial affairs, I am often reminded of the words of the famous banker J. P. Morgan, who is noted as having said: “Millionaires don’t use astrology, billionaires do.” While some may not understand the workings of unseen astrological laws and their effect on financial matters, the world was able to witness, some unknowingly, the depth of influence that the planetary cycles have on the economy. Let’s look at one recent example.
The last time the planet Uranus, the planet of social change, visited Aries, the sign of business and individuality, was from 1928 to 1935. Uranus stays in a zodiac sign for approximately seven years while making its orbit around the Sun. During this time, The Stock Market Crash of 1929 and a worldwide Great Depression occurred. While most of the world felt the pain of economic upheaval, some people were greatly inspired and successfully invested their time making their own entrepreneurial ideas work for them.
Today, we face similar economic conditions. Ironically, in May of 2010, Uranus entered Aries for the first time in 84 years. Of course, the scenario is different, as all the celestial bodies would have to be in the same exact position for the exact same events to occur. However, we find that as Uranus travels through Aries a similar energy is invoked in the world of man. This energy will also inspire another transformation needed to improve our economy, as one economic model is replaced by a more efficient one for the times.
Astrology teaches us that there are certain unseen laws affecting seen phenomena. It was due to early man’s study of these hidden laws of nature that civilization was established and able to advance itself. Our ancestors, who established this knowledge in the hunter-gatherer era of human history, were able to create a society that could address the needs of massive amounts of people. While it is quite fascinating to see early man’s unique understanding of these hidden laws of nature, we know today that these laws are mechanical as well. In ancient Ninzuwu-Shinto thought, it is said that ‘a person who is rich in spirit could enjoy all the things that a man, who possessed material riches, enjoyed also.’ This means that in the same manner that the materially rich man would enjoy a life filled with travel, so it would be also with the man who was spiritually rich. All of the experiences that are available to the materially rich are more abundant in the lifestyle of the spiritually rich. In The Yi Jing Apocrypha of Genghis Khan, we read:
“The Fool that is rich can never be wealthy. Many are deceived by rich Fools. Wealth can only be acquired by virtue. Virtue suppresses evil. Surely, I have seen the misfortune that befalls a whole nation. There are many rich people living in poverty. Some are planning a revolt in an attempt to regain power. They are Fools! Heaven has decreed the proper fate for them.
The only way an impoverished people can become wealthy is through acts of virtue. It they have not devised a plan that will improve the world that they are living in, then they are not worthy to rule the world and will never find wealth. The wealthy man will not follow the footsteps of a rich man. The wealthy man seeks to fulfill the will of Heaven and Earth.
The rich man is evil, as he only seeks to enjoy the pleasures of the flesh. His evil is a result of his ignorance. The Fool does not know the meaning of life. When some sage or prophet advises him about the meaning of life, he will call it the work of evil spirits. The Fool is under the influence of demons. He will only use what he has gained to impress others and seek their admiration instead of turning their attention towards the way of Heaven and Earth. It is for this reason that the Fool, who is rich, will always be poor and a curse to his ancestors.”
Recently, in the past century or so, we find that the principles of spiritual abundance are no longer promoted in society as a means of obtaining success and happiness. The principles of spiritual abundance dictate that a person can enjoy some of the richest experiences that life has to offer, due to the quality of their spirit. If a person seeks the ways of Heaven and Earth, regardless of their occupation, a life of abundance is available to them. It is by means of their spiritual maturity and virtue that true wealth is made abundant.
Over the last 100 years, we have seen a rise in materialistic propaganda, promoting the idea that a “wealthy life” can only be had by those who have acquired a large sum of money. It is an idea that is easy to sell to those who are “poor in spirit,” as they are not aware of life’s true purpose. It is due to such ignorance that their lives are materially poor. Life is life. When a person is “poor in spirit” they cannot see the power of the spirit in themselves. It is for this reason that we find these very same people putting more faith in money than in their own spirit. Ignorantly, they attribute the responsibilities of the spirit to money. We see an example of this in communal living conditions.
The laws of Spiritual Abundance dictate that wealth cannot grow in an unclean environment, as no beneficent energy can inhabit a dirty place. Yet those who are “poor in spirit” feel it is not their responsibility to clean and support their own environment. Erroneously, they fantasize that a clean neighborhood is a luxury that only those who have obtained large sums of money can afford. If they only knew that in the act of cleaning the environment itself, one learns and receives epiphanies about how to become wealthy. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
Anyone can obtain money. Some people obtain money by criminal means, even in taking advantage of others. Having large sums of money doesn’t make a person wealthy. In the past century, however, those who have acquired large sums of money, but lack wealth, were pawn-fully used to create a belief-system among those who are “poor in spirit” that our salvation from life’s problems can be solved by obtaining money. Everyone has problems. Problems play an important function in life’s purpose, as they are cultivators of the spirit. This ideology that money is all there is to life, was promoted in the media with the stereotype depictions of the spiritually wealthy as weak and victims of fantasy. Other characters, whose aim was to only achieve large sums of money, were portrayed as heroes, even if their efforts resulted in an early death.
There are a lot of people who have a lot of money and know nothing more about the world and their purpose in life than a man who is working a minimum-wage job. They both have the same problems. They are both part of the same economic class as they painfully witness the same experiences. Spiritually wealthy people have problems too, but they also know peace. A person who has peace of spirit cannot die, even when they pass from the physical world. If you do not know why you are here and nothing about the unseen cause, you will sacrifice your happiness, your wealth, for the sake of money.
Every normal person desires to improve their lot in life. They want to acquire more material possessions than what they started with at birth. This is a wise course. Money is NOT the root of all evil, as some Christians often misquote the Biblical passage that implies other. It is the love of money and the desire to impress others that leads to a life of affliction. The love of money is the religion of those who are “poor in spirit,” and what a big religion it is.
There are many people in the world who falsely imagine themselves to be part of some religion, or a follower of a long-deceased prophet. Yet this religion exists only in their imagination, for they are in pursuit of the very same things that people in other so-called religions are in pursuit of, money.
Basically, there are two economic groups of people in the world. First, in the largest category, are those who are “poor in spirit.” Despite their imaginary religions and the group of adjectives that they so passionately use to describe themselves, this group’s only race and religion is the love of money. It is by their actions that they reveal their infatuation for this form of worship. They are “poor in spirit” and seek only to gain large sums of money in order to impress others. “I made it!” The energy that could be used to develop their community, their spirit, the world, is often wasted on fantasies about money, and all the acts of self-pleasure one can engage in once they have it.
Our second group, described in the beginning of this article are those who are in the life work of cultivating their intuitive power with wealth as the result. The consciousness of this group is outside of “world thought,” for they are rich in spirit and use life’s challenges as means of strengthening the spirit. While it is true that many of these esoteric entrepreneurs have not accumulated masses amount of money, they are still able to live a life void of poverty. The question then arises as to whether it is possible to build a successful economic model patterned after the spiritual laws of abundance? You may find the answer quite surprising.
The Art of Ninzuwu’s Economic Model of Spiritual Abundance1. Do Not Invest in Fear-Based Propaganda. There are millions of stories in every city. It is known that what we feed our minds can affect our emotional state, and our emotional state creates our reality. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, fear is a known cause for aging and other various diseases. Famous author and mystic, Florence Scovel Shinn, once said:
“Fear is man’s worst enemy for you attract what you fear. It is faith turned upside down. It is really faith in evil instead of good.”
Economically, fear slows down currency. People do not invest in what can advance them materially while living in a state of fear. Over the past few decades, it was popular thought among those who are “poor in spirit” that people spend money on “drama,” sex, and violence. The entertainment industry became entrenched in such ideology during the 1980’s until the present. The result was a collapse in the music industry. Yes, a few people made some money, but the people themselves received nothing for it. In many ways, this was the same philosophy of African slave-owners who sold their own people into slavery. It is the same philosophy, but in this case the youth are being sold a lifestyle that forever keeps them in the bondage to poverty. Those who are “poor in spirit” were the greatest victims as families across the world experienced some of the greatest hardships. What the “poor in spirit” fail to realize is that when a person adopts such an ideology, they spend money on survival and not the enjoyment of life. There is a big difference.
This ideology was promoted first in the news media, then in the world of entertainment. It is interesting to note that while there is more good news than bad occurring in the world, you would never think of such if you were to watch network news every day. Meanwhile, journalists from these same fear-based news stations will question the validity of an entertainer’s work, if it includes violent content, when in fact, it is the newscaster who is involved with and working for a media resource that promotes fear. Fortunately, there are a few online news resources that also realize this problem and have dedicated online magazine that cover only “good news.” Thank god Oprah is still alive.
While many, who were “poor in spirit” made lots of money from fear-based enterprises, fear in itself, brought the greatest damage to our global economy. Ryan T. Howell, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University. He recently authored an article appearing in Psychology Today, entitled, The Psychology of Money: How Our Emotions Affect What We Buy. The article reveals how our emotional state determines how we spend our money. Howell writes:
“Latent emotional messages are certainly important in advertisements and go hand in hand with another important aspect of marketing: brand icons and the branded name. The inherent iconicity of advertising images means that they are soaked with meaning and are necessarily coded. The source? The variety of emotions to which we are already attuned via our interactions with our social and natural environments. That is, we already have opinions and emotions on any number of things in our everyday life, most that we are not even aware of. Furthermore, pictures and icons, as opposed to verbal reports, tend to elicit a more vivid and holistic emotional response that has a powerful effect on attitudes and behavior.”
A healthy economy is one void of fear. For more information about the damaging effect of fear, please review our article Fear: The Antagonist of Self-Awareness & Medically Proven To Cause Aging and Disease.
Our first step in healing today’s global economy begins with the acknowledgement that the majority of our society is sick. During the past hundred years, humanity has witnessed two world wars, political turmoil, assassinations of many public figures, and the rebellious acceptance of a moral code that our ancestors held in disdain. The world is still healing from its first World War. All of these events have facilitated the growth of fear. People do not spend money while living in a state of fear. it slows down the action of currency. Once humanity acknowledges its sickness, then it can heal itself.
In the ancient mythologies of remote antiquity, existed a place called the Underworld. The Underworld was a place where nothing grows. Things of the Underworld are not “fruitful.” Fear and depression are qualities that originate with the underworld. When a great majority of humanity aligns itself with energies of this nature, death and poverty soon follow. None of these things are building blocks for a healthy economy. The world has to abandon its addiction to fear, if the market is going to revive itself.
One way to curb the influence of fear is by marketing images of happiness on product labels. In the past century, “ethnic marketing” held a prominent position in the business world. Ethnic Marketing is when an advertising agency promotes its products by using “ethnic models,” in order to sell its products to a certain community base. In this case we may see a happy Asian family using a particular product in one advertisement. Then, in another advertisement, we may see Black American family using the same product. Why not just have people of various so-called ethnicities discussing and enjoying the product?
These same advertisers would enjoy much more success if they vested their time into developing “happy marketing.” Happy Marketing, though not known by this term at the time, was very successful in the 1980’s and early-1990’s. It is the ability to make people laugh when they are observing an advertisement. It is used heavily in Japan, which has a wide middle class and very few poor people. American audiences have witnessed the success of such marketing in the infamous “Where’s the Beef?” slogan used in one commercial.
2. Promote Family Values Over Me-ism. In recent years, we’ve heard a lot American elected officials talk about a certain “welfare mentality” among some populations living in their country. What is interesting about all of this, is that no appropriate cure for such a mentality has been made public.
This “welfare mentality” is a result of the “me-ism” philosophy that has taken root amongst those who are “poor in spirit” since its inception during the late-1970’s. The “me-ism philosophy” dictates that it’s all about “me.” People who follow this philosophy feel that they have to get what they can for themselves without care for their fellow-man. Ultimately, me-ism philosophy is the emotional state of selfishness.
Nowadays, it’s common to hear people say; “You got to learn how to love yourself!” How could those who are “poor in spirit” learn how to love themselves, when they face the highest risk of getting into a dysfunctional relationship with who they really are? Those who are rich in spirit know that true individuality is living in the world of intuition. Society is based on the family unit. When economic models are introduced into society that seek to replace the buying power of the family unit with that of the individual, the power of government is being broken down. Families invest in government over commercialism. Individuals invest in commercialism over government. The more individualist a society becomes, the less money is distributed among the masses. Those who have money become fewer, and the fewer are able to increase in wealth over the masses. The masses become easier to control as they become more divided by their acceptance of the “me-ism philosophy.” Meanwhile, the power investors are united in their efforts of seeking more capital. Those who are “poor in spirit” are sold an illusion once again. They sit in front of their altars, watching television, thinking that “it’s all about me,” while the richness of their life experience and bank account dictate otherwise.
It is not a coincidence that with the rise of the “me-ism philosophy” came an increase in broken homes. There is a great lesson that can be learned for those who are “poor in spirit,” if they look at what occurs in broken-home families.
Marriages break-up for various. It is very unfortunate experience indeed. In most cases, the woman of the household has to take care of the children and find employment, or continue her means thereof, with additional financial burdens. But, her primary focus is the care of her children. It is due to such an emotional state of being that women living in these conditions encounter several “miracles” that allow them to provide for her family. This is a lesson that illustrates how people who express faith in the family principles instead of the “me-ism philosophy” are always provided for by an unseen universal law.
3. Avoid The Honor of Crime. Those who are poor in spirit believe that money obtained by any means is good. If you look at a dollar bill of any country, you’ll find certain esoteric symbols printed on the dollar. Money is a magical sigil that can be used for means that are either beneficial or malevolent. This all depends, however, on how the money is obtained also. Let’s look at one example.
Among various religious groups there is this belief that certain items are able to hold “negative” energies. This is especially true with certain Christian groups. Such items are said to be possessions of the “devil,” or labeled as “demonic material.” In like manner, money that is obtained criminal means attracts to itself more facets of crime. It’s a very sad experience indeed.
4. Replace Gamification With Love For Fellow Human Beings. “Gamification is the integration of game mechanics and principles into day-to-day activities in order to achieve a desired goal, which could be commercial, cultural, educational, political, and even psychological.”
We see gamification in everything from politics to cashiers at Duane Reade’s asking us to present our “rewards card” during a purchase. However, there are more powerful economic tools than gamification and it actually consists of love for our fellow human beings.
Corporation would not only increase their profits, but could in fact heal our global economic crisis by empowering their consumer base. Over the past few years, economists have supported gamification principles in various aspects of the economic world.
If entrepreneurs were to implement compassion instead of gamification the business world would experience a phenomenal leap in today’s economy. It is very simple. Replace cliché advertisement terms with affirmations and spiritual principles. Such can be printed or inscribed on a rewards card. This would strengthen the relationship between business and the consumer. Can you imagine visiting a CVS department store and seeing a wise saying by Buddha on your receipt? Imagine what effect that would have on the consumer. It would also work to create a peaceful and thriving environment, one without fear. It is a very simple tactic that could be applied to any economic model. The use of non-denominational spiritual principles in advertisement and promotion the way to economic recovery.