What Prosperity Really Is
Prosperity is the ability to be abundant in all areas of life including health, relationships and finances.
Traditionally, Kabbalah was only taught to men over the age of 40 who had already had a family. This was so that, by the time such people came into the Work, they would already have demonstrated their maturity in being able to cope with the everyday pressures of life such as paying the rent and coping with both financial and relationship issues.
However, as a living tradition, Kabbalah can be a useful tool to help us to solve any financial or relationship problems that we may have. It is a discipline that is meant to work at every level, so it’s just as appropriate to use Kabbalistic principles on your finances or your love life as it is in spiritual self-development.
After all, if you are constantly worried about money or in destructive relationships, much valuable time and energy will be used on those situations, leaving very little for spiritual work.
Kabbalah teaches that if you, yourself, are in alignment, then the Universe will work for you. Kabbalistic prosperity is about working out where our thoughts and attitudes towards money are preventing us from being able to receive the natural abundance of the Universe.
The first thing that the Kabbalist needs to understand about money is that it is a neutral energy form and nothing else. It is an energetic symbol which mankind adopted in order to barter and create trade.
As a form of energy, the laws of physics demonstrate that it cannot be created or destroyed; only changed and moved. Therefore, to burn a banknote is only to destroy a symbol of money, it does nothing to the source of the energy itself.
Money obeys the law of cause and effect just as everything else in Earth. What you put out, you get back. So, if your consistent thoughts about money are that you have to work hard to get it and that there is never enough to go round, that is the picture which will be reflected back to you. Fortunately, with a little will-power, this can be changed.
Prosperity is not just about money. However, our attitudes towards abundance and lack – as represented by money – will affect every other aspect of our life. Wealth is represented by the right-hand column of the Tree of Life and Lack by the left-hand column. The right-hand column can over-balance in greed and possessiveness and the left-hand one can revel in the ‘pureness of poverty’ or punish you for not being ‘good enough.’
However, by positive use of the left-hand pillar, you can clear space for prosperity and by positive use of the right-hand pillar you can initiate actions to create prosperity. The central column of consciousness is about drawing the prosperity down from God into the physical world. Held in balance on the central column of consciousness, you can always have quite enough to enjoy life as a prosperous and free spirit.
The Tree of Life is also the Tree of Abundance.
Common Mistakes People Make Over Prosperity
There are basic ten Kabbalistic reasons why people usually have money issues. The word for ‘sin’ in New Testament Greek is hamartia which means ‘to miss the mark’ or ‘to wander from the Law of God.’ The word ‘sin’ is also said to be a medieval English archery term also meaning ‘to miss the mark.’ So when we ‘sin’ we are putting ourselves out of alignment with our Divine Good. The most common errors we make with regard to prosperity are easily aligned with the ten Sefirot of The Tree of Life.
- Keter: Emotional or mental issues with religion, faith or the idea of God which are projected onto money. Also the fear of being thought ‘unspiritual’ if you are prosperous.
- Hokhmah: Inability to think laterally or be innovative in financial affairs.
- Binah: Lack of understanding of Universal Law with regard to the way money works.
- Hesed: Lack of generosity to self and others.
- Gevurah: Living a cluttered life – leaving no space for the new.
- Tiferet: Forgetting to be happy with the abundance already around and within us.
- Nezach: Lack of spiritual, emotional and mental action to create prosperity.
- Hod: Avoidance of monitoring our financial situation.
- Yesod: Fear of envy by others – or being seen as ‘above ourselves.’
- Malkhut: The belief that ‘there’s never enough to go around.’