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The Dark Side Of Money

I’d like to be unashamedly self-indulgent here and write a post for the sole sake of getting my thoughts out and hopefully transforming them a little. If they turn out to be useful for other people I’ll post them.

I’ve already written a post about this subject before: Money. In it, I put out my own perspective on the self-development concepts that are supposed to help us get more of it. I decided at one point that I wanted to get money in my life, so I studied those concepts and found my own spin on them. All well and good.

Today though, I want to talk about the dark side of money. It’s so well known that money has a dark side that some people don’t even question if it has a light side. On the other hand, some people get so lost in their personal development ideas that they forget why money was hard for them to handle in the first place. Money has a dark side; at best it’s a useful tool, at worst it’s a vicious illusion.

By the way, at this time I focus quite a lot on the dark in my writing. I ran away from that for a time, but at the insistence of my inner compass, I’ve decided to dive deep into it, accept all of these tendencies of mine to see the darkness. Let it flow and get the best lessons out of it.

I think I’m making a pretty good example here, though there’ll always be one or two people who have a problem with me not being enlightened. I guess these are the people who can’t accept themselves not being enlightened.

Moving on. The dark side of money. What is it?

Well I think that, fundamentally, the existence of money is rooted in darkness. In a world of light, there would be none. People would give to each other freely, and that would be it. All of the myriad problems of capitalism, from planned obsolescence to poverty to needing to “protect” a “job”, would disappear in face of a single solution: love.

Or caring. Mutual responsibility. Different words, same meaning in this case.

Now here’s the thing: the existence of money is rooted in darkness, but money itself is not necessarily dark. As our personal development gurus are so fond of saying, money is as it is. It’s neither good nor bad, though it can be used for either good or bad.

In the world, we’re obligated to use money. Those who feel in their souls the urge to live in a world of light will often throw off the obligation as best they can. But that path doesn’t really go anywhere.

I took that path for a while. I think it’s worth taking if you feel the need, just to see where it goes. Then you try to take the middle path.

Neither rejecting money. Nor, fully diving into the selfish culture of money, which means you only give in order to recieve, which means you don’t care about your neighbour if your neighbour has nothing to give you.

Using money. But not believing in it.

Not believing in value for value. Believing in love. Believing in giving when someone needs what you have.

But performing the ritual of exchange in society, because that’s how other people know how to give to you. Pretending to do a business.

Pretending that you’re doing an exchange. Really, you’re giving for free. Due to a funny social ritual, your friend is giving to you for free at the same time. They just don’t know it (unless they do…). If they asked you for something without being able to give back to complete the ritual, you’d give, still. If you could, anyway. In any case, you’d want to. With an open heart, you see in all people the deservingness to receive.

I’ve found it easy in the past to fall into anger for being forced to play this game. I desperately wanted to live life as I am inside and not have to play along with those crazy humans in their silly games. It’s kind of surprising how uplifting writing this article was. I was expecting to sort out all the sticky anger and dark emotions, but it just all turned into high vibes when it came out. Now let’s see me taking this positive vibe into my own business. ๐Ÿ™‚

Love to you.


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  1. Brad Voyce says:

    “I desperately wanted to live life as I am inside and not have to play along with those crazy humans in their silly games.”

    I can relate! I find money is one of the more confusing issues for anyone raised in modern culture. We’re bombarded with athletes, celebrities, and even more intelligent people like authors becoming millionaires. It’s easy to associate money with worth, but crazy! Not to mention the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. It’s a mixed-up world, with a very bizarre solution to equality… work for a big corporation and get your health insurance and 401k. (It doesn’t matter that your soul would in some sense have to move backwards as you repress all your values and personal creativity.) All I find I can do is compromise a little with the need to make money, but it’s always a concern to make sure the compromise isn’t too one-sided and I don’t get co-opted over by the economic machine.

  2. Me says:

    In the world of money, make people feel good about parting with their money.

  3. Gregory C. says:

    “Now hereโ€™s the thing: the existence of money is rooted in darkness, but money itself is not necessarily dark.”

    So true, it is just a tool like so many other things, and only becomes labeled as good or evil due to the actions of the people using it.

  4. Anne says:

    Before I became a spiritual person I always dreamed of a world without money. It seemed like such a more enlightened way to live. It doesn’t escape me that there is no money in heaven. I do agree with you that money can be used as an expression of love. Lord knows there is an abundance of negativity and darkness around money but that can be transcended. I guess my point in commenting was to say that I get it.

  5. Jude says:

    “Not believing in value for value. Believing in love. Believing in giving when someone needs what you have.”

    I feel this. Money is not important for itself, but for what you can do with it to better life ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jack Christopher says:

    I think people overgeneralized “lightworker syndrome”. It suddenly meant, if you’re poor it’s because you’re not contributing, you’re disempowered. That can be true but not necessarily. It was an over reaction to hippy anti-money stuff.

    But people then became to see money/our economics system uncritically. I think that was mostly unconscious. A year ago I couldn’t get one person to listen on the topic. Everyone was into abundance or properity programming. There’s value is embracing the energy of judgement and criticism.

    Anyway, after over a year of thought and experience, I can see an empowering path developing. It’s not bumming off friends moneylessness. It’s building a counter-economy.

    • Andrew Gubb says:

      I was hoping to see another one of your comments Jack, you’re a valued reader ๐Ÿ™‚

      I agree that judgement and criticism can be valuable. Maybe not go overboard with it, but all things in moderation as they say. If there’s a more enlightened thing that serves its purpose we can use it when we find it.. Till then I like myself much more when I’m unafraid to swear and call a scam a scam and a lie a lie, and I don’t get so blind I keep on bumping into lampposts on the street.

      I’d be very interested in hearing your thoughts on the counter-economy and how to build it… For me my current path is something to do with working out how to plug into an unenlightened system in the most enlightened way possible. I’m not sure if building the perfect system is possible at this point; we need to work on bringing together the critical mass of people and tip the balance. So I think this stage of the work is in waking people up and healing people. Maybe seeking out some choice political victories to clear the way too.

  7. Jack Christopher says:

    I appreciate that. Been low lying. Not sure if that’ll end.

    Agreed. Good critiques flip your perspective. “Criticism is projection” can kill that too. And it’s often hypocritical.

    Hmm, counterecon. There’s no written guide or traveled path. So we’ll pioneer it. But I’ll write something soon. And link stuff:


    That’s messy. I’ll intro what each link is later.

  8. Andrew Gubb says:

    Oh, I checked shareable and that looks really exciting. It’s exactly the sort of philosophy I resonate with.

    It’s a lot to read but I’ll get into it as time permits! And I’d be very interested to read what you have to say.

    Thanks Jack.


  9. Jack Christopher says:

    I’ll mail a draft article soon.

    Yeah, Shareable is the most practical stuff on sharing.

    Transition Towns is a eco-movement about relocalizing economies. That description doesn’t do it justice. It’s more than that. But their handbook is pretty practical. It’s like, instead of leaving to an ecovillage, basically create one where you arw.

    P2P Foundation (Wiki) is a organization to further p2p relations in society. Heh, that makes no sense. Read the site though. They cover everthing frome a p2p perspective. For example, click “P2P Money” on the main page. It’ll list p2p ideas to implement now, on how to make the money system work better for us. The site is often technical.

    Charles Eisenstein. He just wrote “Sacred Economic” which is serialized at the link. It’s about our current system and how to transition into a new one based of gifting and sharing. He’s from a conscious living/spiritual background. “Ascent of Humanity” also free online, details our current predicament as a civilization, even from a spiritual angle.

    Kevin Carson, he writes on counter-economics, counter-institutions and pre-figurative politics, a.k.a. building a new society within the old. But he often writes technically, in political economy language. “Homebrew Industrial Revolution” organizes all thoughts on our predicament, and how we should build our way out. Him and the p2p people prove this crowd isn’t just new agey dreamers. He gets into hard economic fact to back beliefs.

  10. FRANCISCO says:

    Oir musica y sonido

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