Financial freedom, has become a rage of sorts today. People are enamoured by the word and this seems to be the goal of a good chunk of the population – a goal which is replacing the “Get rich” goal in the 90s.
So, when people want financial freedom what are their true intentions or the causes for yearning for this? As is usually the case, the intentions could be very different for different people, even if their actions on the surface seem similar.
Let’s take a few cases which possibly covers a majority of the people.
Case – 1 – Financial freedom or I don’t have to ever work again. A lot of people think of financial freedom as freedom from work. This comes from an intention of running away from work. What they really care about is not the money, but what they think will be absolute freedom from nagging bosses, or dragging themselves to do something just to earn a living. As we know, everything stems from only fear or love. And this intention clearly stems from fear of having to work. It is not “love for money” but rather an idea that the money will make them not have to work again. Even if these people succeed to be free for a bit of time, this love quickly turns into attachment and fear of losing money, making them live the same mundane lives that they were trying to escape. For example, few people could make money so that they do not need to work for a year or so, so they become obsessed with their spending and start penny pinching. Few others could just blow away all their savings in a few months and are back to looking for a steady income or a supplementary income. Yet others could have created a hustle which needs constant work, work that they do not like (just like their initial job) but are forced to do it now that they have increased their lifestyle and have no other option. All these scenarios play out based on the intensity of the fear – I.e intensity with which you really hate doing what you are doing.
Case 2 – Financial freedom for following their passion. Some people could be really passionate about a particular hobby or art or cause that they would love to pursue. But their current lifestyle and expenses do not allow them to follow this. This could lead to a bitter person who craves for financial freedom to do what they love – but coming from fear. Or it could lead to a joyful person who loves what they can do, which will eventually lead them to the freedom they seek. Same person, same goal, similar intent, but different reactions – could lead to very different life paths.
Case 3 – Financial freedom for “enjoying life”. Quite a few people have the notion that life is short and therefore pleasure seeking is the only activity worth pursuing. They look at money as a tool to buy time and pleasure. Their entire intent and philosophy of life stems from the fear of losing life – fear of missing out – fear of not enjoying it enough etc. It is fear, fear, fear at the core. They idolise people who seem to have it all – Richard Branson, Hugh Hefner people who have money and seem to be having all the pleasure that they can get. What they do not see is that even the ones who they idolised go through the same emotions that they are going through. As your taste in pleasures increases and the more you have, the less the number of things that actually bring you pleasure. So the guys who seem to have it all, on the covers of magazines, may not even feel the same pleasure as you would when you get a new car. For them everything seems bland and it is just another car, just another girl, just another party and so on. If the intent for financial freedom is pleasure seeking, it may make sense to delve deeper to understanding yourself.
Case 4 – Financial freedom or get me out of this mess. There are people who are stuck in a cycle of having to live below their means. Or have tremendous debt on their shoulders. They are looking for financial freedom as a exit ticket from this cycle or mess that they have created. Again the intent here is “I don’t like where I am. I deserve better. I should not be in this situation.” and so on. This stems from rejection of the current state of things. Rejection stems from fear. You could really deeply wish for it to change and will it away, but unless the energy and the intent changes the outside world may not change permanently.
Case 5 – The real financial freedom – Finance and money are a tool. A tool that you are thankful for, grateful for and something that enables you to do something bigger than you. As you start doing something bigger than you, you are working out of love. Love is nothing but the oneness and connectedness of everything in the Universe. So if your intention and energy is to move towards something much larger than you, while you are thankful and grateful for money to help you achieve this, it will lead to real financial freedom. In some cases, this could for following your passion (a segment of Case -2) in others it could be to create a community, a society or an organisation which stands for something much larger than yourself. When you achieve true financial freedom, you actually become much more occupied/busy than you were before. But you are doing something fun/something you love / following your purpose so it doesn’t seem like work. It is just you being you.
Wishes and energy for everyone here to be able to experience being the state of true financial freedom.
Onwards towards eternal peace.