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I have understood the essence of this quote a way similar to something Abraham-Hicks said once, which I am paraphrasing here: often it’s enough to remove the resistance that many of us have built up in our lives, resistance that we picked up along the way from our parents, from our environment, from “wrong” reading of the clues around us, to see a dramatic change in our lives wherever that resistance was strongest before it was relinquished.

One common example is building up strong resistance about the idea of receiving material abundance in connection with any kind of work that could be considered “spiritual.” This is a hangup that many people appear to have, and it’s understandable that this should be the case: we have been indoctrinated this way. The expression “filthy rich” is often more than just a figure of speech; we devalue monetarily that which we value intrinsically, morally, like charity or actual spiritual work. Instead, we overvalue trivial or superficial things. As Conversations with God says, we give athletes and entertainers a fortune and we pay teachers and counsellors a pittance… there is no ultimate morality system outside of ourselves that we are failing to live up to, like the “Ten Commandments” of Judeo-Christian tradition; it’s just that our actions already reveal so much about our underlying values… the conflict is, we seem to think that if something has high intrinsic value, like helping others selflessly or sharing our spiritual gifts with the world, we may need to be paid little for it. The idea behind this is that somehow, money “corrupts” things, especially that which is already sort of untainted and noble to begin with, so we should try to keep it out of the equation as much as possible in those cases…

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And yet this doesn’t need to be the case. Personally, one thing I care about above many others is how we go about things, not so much the “what” but the “how”… it is this way that we rejoin with the fractured parts of ourselves, the aspects that have become isolated and twisted. Again, resistance is a major factor in cutting us off from ourselves… all we can really ever do is deny the connection that is already there, underlying it all: any distinctions that we imagine aren’t quite so clearly extant “out there,” in the so-called real world… the human egoic mind can be very reactionary and dualistic; it often thinks in mutually-exclusive terms. In the analogy of a resistant attitude towards money and spiritual or selfless work, the assumption is that money and this kind of work cannot both exist abundantly and purely at the same time. If there is a lot of money coming in, surely something essential and important has been sacrificed; on the other hand, to retain the purity of a high calling one must reject and resist the temptation to take abundant remuneration from it.

Many are finding new and creative ways to disprove these ideas, however. I recently heard a very conservative person express their fears for a third part, an acquaintance who is not treading down the “proven” path in life, something very similar to a nine-to-five job with a stable paycheck and security… it was useless for another to try and explain that there is no ultimate security, only the appearance of it, but that if one trusts in the inherent goodness of life, one can already rest assured that he or she is safe and supported… thus, a person can think themselves secure because they have a “normal” job—only to find out that their company is going belly-up and they are being laid off one day. The way people deal with these situations is indicative of where they are at in their personal path of evolution: some seize the opportunity to reinvent themselves in those cases, perhaps not fully willingly but they do it nonetheless… others can sink into a deep depression or even commit suicide because the thing they had identified with externally, that job that gave them “security” and a sense of self, was taken away.

I could in a way “complete” Marianne’s quote by stating it thusly: “The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, the thing you recover from is a fractured sense of self—and everything you see around you is self,” in order to put the quote into the largest possible context that still makes some sense. This does not mean that you must condone and accept that which you do not resonate with: it simply means that, as your awareness grows and you seek to move away from that which you no longer resonate with, you release it lovingly, with appreciation for the gift it has brought you. This is something that eventually is understood, intuitively, because healing includes at least some relinquishing of judgment, of that dualistic thinking that prevents us from fully loving. Sometimes, loving those other external, illusory “other” parts of ourselves (in truth, there are no “others”) means loving them from afar, with little or no direct interaction. Sometimes we get to hold those other parts close, sometimes with love, sometimes with resistance. The pull of spirit will always be towards healing the split or bridging the gap, if not physically, then at least emotionally.

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