Do Not Be a Slave to Money

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 2nd Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1.l5wf64/
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Everyone has a different view of money and wealth. Some people are tied down because of their views of money. This article is about changing how you think about money so you are not a slave to your needs for money.

Are you a Slave to Money?

Money can become a barrier to some people achieving happiness in their life. Some people view money as evil while others love it in unhealthy ways. Some people think that money is what they need to make them happy while others constantly bemoan to others that money does not buy happiness. Both attitudes are unhealthy and counterproductive to acquiring either money or happiness.

People have become slaves to money over the centuries and like any slave they grow to hate and become dependent on their master. Some would suggest that to gain happiness we should transcend the need or desire for money altogether. Such a quest leaves those on it still in servitude to money, because when you fight against something it has a hold on you.

How can a person free themselves of mental and physical slavery to money? There is a way to break the bonds that money has on you; View money as a tool and your mind is freed from slavery to it. Take away all of the mire and muck that has been placed in your mind about money by other people over the course of you life and just view it as a tool.

Money is a Tool

You are always going to need money because it is a part of this material world that you are living in. Because money is a part of this material experience you are having you must make peace with the idea of money. Money really is only an idea and can mean many varied material things or symbols of material things, from stocks, commodities, real estate, to actual coin and currency. All of these things however are only tools. Once you gain this viewpoint your physical slavery to money will decease or be held in a healthy acceptance.

When you start treating money as a tool then you can take the next step away from servitude to money which is the separate your view of money from your view of the actions of people who, in your opinion, have a lot of money.

Both rich people and poor people do good things and bad things. Typically when a wealthy person does something that people consider bad or evil - money is blamed for their actions, even if those actions are the same as that actions a poor person across the tracks.

People are going to be who they are on the inside if they have money or not. Holding negative emotions about money because of the actions of someone who you know has money just blocks your flow of happiness and also to, if you wish to acquire it, money.

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Once you have begun to think of money as a tool, and stopped casting judgment on money because of the actions of those you perceive to be wealthy, you can take the next step.

Since money is merely a tool you can begin to feel inside of yourself that it is okay for you to have that tool if you so choose. While you begin to allow yourself to have this tool you can have the realization that this tool does not bring happiness in and of itself. You can realize that happiness is something that comes from within and move on to gratitude when you acquire any tools that help you to enhance this material experience you are having, including the tool of money.

This is not an excuse for greed or selfishness, indeed those a created when we do not see money as a tool, but when we see it as a status symbol and are enslaved to its powers.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
2nd Sep 2011 (#)

So many worship at the feet of the Great God Dollar ... It is what put us into the mess we are in!

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author avatar Buzz
2nd Sep 2011 (#)

Is that easier said than done, Mark, to most people?

No problem with their gurus.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Sep 2011 (#)

Great advice Mark. Thank you.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
2nd Sep 2011 (#)

I am sure it is easier said than done for most people due to years of conditioning the other way. People are slaves not only to money, but to their desire to have money.

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author avatar Buzz
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

I agree, Mark. You've helped dispel the conventional wisdom that money is everything.

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author avatar richardpeeej
2nd Sep 2011 (#)

I like this view on money, as a tool. If you have any then have a good time and spend some of it as this helps others too..Remember you don't want to be the richest person in the cemetery!! Thanks for sharing Mark.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
2nd Sep 2011 (#)

Great stuff. Me - when I've got it, I spend it. When there's nothing left - uh-oh! - my overdraft is getting bigger and bigger!! Only joking -No I'm not!!!

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author avatar Jack Wellman
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Mark, this is an excellent article on money and very intelligently written my friend. You are so right...it is not the root of all evil nor can it bring happiness. My family does a nice job of that.

PS, thank you so much for your warm welcome. Great site here at wikinut.

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author avatar Valerie L Mckay
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

So true...thanks for sharing...

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author avatar rama devi nina
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Excellent article. Very relevant theme and important message(s) for the world to hear and ponder.
:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Well said Mark, a very informative article, thank you:0)

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author avatar James R. Coffey
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

I don't believe in the concept of "evil," but if I did, it would be synonymous with money.

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author avatar chrysolite
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Yes, I never thought about it this way, but I do think of money as something like a tool and I don't think I ever attached any label like "good" or "bad" to it.

Having said that, if we look at money like a tool, then we can use it if we have it, like with any other tool.

I think that it is "money debt" that gets us into slavery the minute we accept it. So looking at money being a tool, it's hardly possible to acquire debt since one can't use what one hasn't got!

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author avatar Val Mills
4th Sep 2011 (#)

I am discovering that the less money you have, the less you desire it, resulting in needing less of it.

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author avatar Carol
4th Sep 2011 (#)

What very wise words Mark, money or lack of it can cause so many problems.

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
5th Sep 2011 (#)

Yes indeed, money IS just a tool. I couldn't agree with you more...

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author avatar BeiYin
11th Sep 2011 (#)

If one believes one need a weapon, then this tells that one has a certain attitude and position, that one must defend. Right? Since beginning of humankind weapons were used. These were 'good' in the view of those who used them and 'bad' in the view of those the weapon were used against. During history the weapons were develloped to the most sophisticated and now it is only needed to push a button...
There might have shown up some people who said: Don't be slaves of your weapons! Get out of your dependency! You can use your weapon, because they give you security and a good feeling, but change your view. See your weapons just as 'tools', then these are not good or bad...
Oh boy!
So this sis your argument to continue with the dependency on money? You just make a kind of split. Obviously that tendency is speading out all over. Now we have the most sophisticated spiritual concepts making splits and satisfying people so that they can continue and now this survival technic goes also into our profan daily life...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
16th Sep 2011 (#)

I fully agree Mark your article is very intense and covers a serious subject, one we all need to deal with at some point. A healthy respect for money as a necessarily tool is what we all should have no more. Thank you .

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author avatar Songbird B
3rd Oct 2011 (#)

Great Star Page, Mark, and insightful and topical too.. You raise such valid points with this article my friend..

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
11th Oct 2011 (#)

Excellent. :-) All I want is what I need. Which is not much. I am so blessed.

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author avatar Waokan xuang
14th Feb 2014 (#)

i think money is dirt of hand &it is a also a tool

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