For the Highest Good…Amen!
Ah…the glories of Life!
The drama of stuff!
Maya and Moha…Illusion and Delusion…
What to do, what to do?
More, more, more!
But what for?
More for more!
But after that –
and then what?
Once it is all within your reach –
What do we have at our disposal?
In the form of attention, time, money, etc.
Those are our resources!
So how we use those resources demonstrates what we value.
For a while –
I’ve been holding various cryptocurrency –
and even after doing an abundance of research on the topic
it still is not abundantly clear to me how such technology
will benefit the world.
Or…at least to say…it is not as clear to me as it is
how the services of companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon,
benefit the world.
I’ve been keeping money in cryptocurrency with the sole notion of it increasing in value — basically with the notion that it offers a high return on value.
I put the money there not because I necessarily support anything it stands for (although I do to some degree) but largely because it seemed like a good opportunity to invest in something that would return more money years later.
I still think it is the case that the cryptocurrency market will continue to boom — and really the whole industry is in the beta phase if not before that —
and once it becomes more mainstream it will probably be more evident how it benefits humanity — but for now the benefits are not clear, and it remains a speculative asset. So the value in it is that it might increase …and perhaps a few years from now its utility will become more evident.
Alas, to see in my daily life how a company like Apple increases the quality of my own life – that’s an awesome thing. I use my phone to stay connected and to communicate, and facebook also helps me do that, and Microsoft, and google…so all these companies working together to increase the quality of my life on a daily basis. What great causes to give money to!
point being —
when we give our energy to what we understand as valuable
then we are aligning our lives with our values
and experience peace and ease.
If we give our energy to things we don’t understand
then we aren’t living in congruence with our values.
How could we value something we don’t understand?
Speculating is not a path to peace…
Just like money for the sake of money guarantees nothing…
but money utilized toward a worthy cause – what a great use indeed!
To give the time, the money, the energy and effort toward that which we understand and value, that’s living aligned, and that will be a peaceful life.
If we give our resources toward that which we do not understand out of fear/greed, then how could that bring us peace?
And then…thinking about purchasing precious metals —
well what do I do then – stockpile them in my closet?
No…usefulness is a virtue!
Let the people and companies who find real usefulness in such metals
to utilize them appropriately.
If I have a shiny gold coin that I look at every day
then maybe that does bring some utility to me,
but otherwise if I just have it to stash away for a lifetime –
what’s the point of that? wouldn’t it be better for such items to be in a place where they are given attention and admired?
And then, of course, the charitable causes…
Nothing like giving to a worthy cause!
Yet, charitable organizations don’t necessarily have as the top priority
a high return on investment.
So, if you have capacity to invest an earn, then give a percentage each month to the worthy organizations, everybody wins.
I could give everything I have right now to the Red Cross,
but then I wouldn’t have anything more to give – at least monetarily – …
well okay i’ll stop right there in attempting to justify a lack of total abundant giving to worthy causes vs. investing in service-oriented & growth-oriented companies.
The key thing is…
What can we do with our resources so that we experience peace?
It will vary for each of us, given our life experience, understanding, etc.
So for me, for a while, to feel peaceful I needed to have money in bitcoin,
because I understood it as ‘the investment of a lifetime,’ and by many standards it still might be. Yet, in this current moment, to align more with my present values, it seems more appropriate to invest money in companies that are already actively providing services that i greatly value and benefit from and that others do too – thereby supporting and affirming those services in my own ‘small’ way — like casting a vote!
So thinking —
what could I do financially so that I’d feel at peace with the monetary positions I’m in if I were to die in the next week?
*Well…having money in cryptocurrency could look like, “the guy was going for easy way to riches,” — perhaps not that inspiring. Although, at the same time being all-in on crypto could look inspiring — because it could look like a demonstration of fearlessness, having very high risk tolerance — which is kind of awesome in its own way (uh oh, just writing it might move back in it 😉 )
*Having 0 funds and having given it all away would be a pretty cool way to go out — of course the will could also serve that purpose…to distribute the funds…
* having funds in stocks like microsoft, apple, google, facebook, would be affirming my value of those technologies and the service they offer, connecting us, helping us all to communicate, and enjoy the database of human creativity and knowledge. So…that currently seems pretty good to me! and of course amazon, the embodiment of convenience, saving time so that we can utilize it to do other things!
In all aspects of our life –
how we can align with our values?
How can we align more in what we eat? In what we wear? In what we read and think about? In what we invest in? In what we purchase? In what we do with our time?
Recently, I have been spending time (as you can see) writing more on here,
which I do enjoy and value for many reasons. For one, it feels like a service opportunity – a way of giving something to those who might pass by this website. It is also somewhat healing for my consciousness/being, as it helps to process information and events. And it is fun! Probably healthy in a variety of ways.
It also ensures that I’m not going to die tonight with regrets…
or at least if there was something I felt I desperately needed to communicate…
at least I could write it on here and maybe someone could find it.
This must be inspiring, right? All these references about preparing to die. Haha…well we never know when it might happen! Right? So might as well prepare. Imagine — pretty soon I might be all prepared — and then still have 50 more years to go…and the whole time i could be prepared and just be wholeheartedly serving and giving and enjoying every moment. Of course…even preparing to die is serving and benefiting humanity in its own way — if only a bit less tangible than serving food in a soup kitchen. Alas…it all counts…
And when we get down to it — what matters perhaps above all else is —
am i experiencing peace in this moment, or some positive emotion?
If not, how can i shift into a positive space?
The more positivity, the more we subtly benefit all.
If we are negative, how we can really be contributing?
So to always be contributing by remaining happy, grateful, cheerful – whatever positive emotion it is. And sometimes that means taking action if we catch our energy poorly aligned with our values.
Align, align, align!
When in doubt, give more. Volunteer more. Simplify more.
Beware of the illusion and delusion…
don’t get tricked to think that happiness is outside!
And don’t get tricked to thinking that something matters more than your own peace.
Your own peace is the foundation for all goodness that can come from you.
With Peace, how greatly we can serve.
Without it, how greatly we need to be served!
So…have peace to give peace, and that is the great gift we can give.
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!