> Coming from a Native American background I totally understand where your coming from with this. It is a part of the Collective consciousness
> of the people not to take money for healing.
How totally appropriate you allude to collectivism!
The New Age Myth that "native" people didn't charge anything for their services is leading many astray.
... but THAT was probably why the Christian Missionaries imposed the "do not charge" concept on the "natives" they sought to convert.
And ... simply put, the extent to which they accepted this new idea and added the "do not charge" rule to their revised traditions is the extent to which these Native Spiritual Traditions have been wasting away.
This belief ... so unjustly imposed and almost universally reinforced in societies ... does have its roots in collectivism.
It's supposed to make you sound "more spiritual" ...
... but again, it's only "spiritual" in the Evangelical Christian plan.
The reason you never found people condemning money in any spiritual tradition until after the culture gets polluted is because healing is all about exchanging energy.
If there's no exchange, then you stop the flow.
... healing requires flowing naturally!
We know that everything is energy, so there's no way to "damn" money and bless everything else ...
... not without hypocrisy.
As the Bible says, "The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you pronounce upon your life. If the source is corrupt, you have damned your own existence."
Think about it ...
... the universe is completely based on energy in its various forms being exchanged in various ways.
It's the natural flow of things.
Money and gifts are just forms of energy!
In fact, money is the root of all good.
Money is your means of survival.
... if you haven't figured that out yet, then offer your Electric Company "sincere appreciation."
See how long the lights stay on that way!
A great and wise man once said, "The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it."
Go and read Ewald's post on this topic and then meditate upon some other great quotes from Francisco d'Anconia ...
"Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return. Money permits you to obtain for your goods and your labor that which they are worth to the men who buy them, but no more. Money permits no deals except those to mutual benefit by the unforced judgment of the traders."
... and ...
"Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value."
So getting back to the original, pre-Christian concept of insisting upon fair exchange for the expertise of the Kahuna, we respect our heritage.
... and refuse the impoverishing ideals the haoles imposed to control populations and secure their rule.
Do the right thing!
... and keep studying!
© 2009 Rev. James Vinson Wingo, DD
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