Soul currency: Building spiritual capital
Counterfeit currency is all around us, from the people we meet daily in our places of work, on the streets, in our homes and within us. It is so deeply ingrained especially with the hardship and sadness that abound that as a Christian, I often wonder how many people will make it into the kingdom of God even as many profess they are Christians, church goers and born again yet exude counterfeit currency in their actions and tag this along wherever they go as an endemic disease.
Life would be most meaningful if we use our inner wealth for the soul purpose of fulfillment and abundance rather than chase money. Unfortunately most of us have become so negatively aggressive in chasing the good things of life that we fail to realise that the counterfeit currency is what they amass and exhibit. We have become self-cherishing and consumed by the importance of money as a symbol of our intrinsic worth.
Ernest D. Chu a former, Wall Street Investment banker, an accomplished entrepreneur and an ordained spiritual pastor and teacher, in his book Soul Currency: Investing your Inner Wealth for Fulfillment and Abundance; holds in summary that…beliefs, mind-sets, and behavior based on fear are counterfeit currency. Soul currency is rooted in love and is the opposite of counterfeit currency. Counterfeit currency cannot build spiritual capital for you but carries the energy of pain and constriction rather than of celebration and growth. Fear pulls you into a contraction, saps your energy, makes you feel unsafe, manifesting as a chronically ingrained negative mind-set that always look at what is likely to go wrong and all the reasons why good results are not going to happen. Unfortunately, if fear is your focus, you will make enough things go wrong and create enough disappointments that you will be convinced you’re right.
The frightened parts of the personality show up as feelings of inferiority or superiority, as judgmental, and as the feeling of being unloved and alone. They consist of false spiritual assets that you pass off as real which will only yield you diluted, ephemeral and even negative returns. You may fool yourself into believing you are investing authentic capital, but your body will undoubtedly experience stress which can result in ill health.
Most of us have been brought up to be self-cherishing and consumed by the importance of money as a symbol of our intrinsic worth. We all wrestle to some extent with negative intentions such as masking our feelings and controlling others, because we believe it is safer to do so. But as we become aware of our counterfeit currency, we can let it dissolve and strengthen our loving, healthy intentions such as living with integrity and compassion and communicating genuinely.
Giving may be a spiritual way of opening up a clear path for good to flow back to you but if you have receiving issues, then you circulate counterfeit currency in the form of lack and limitation and as a result develop self-cherishing consciousness and are caught up in what is known as “Scare City” syndrome whereby you allow yourself to receive only when you get desperate enough to pray or when the right conditions are met. This will end up limiting you in ways you would never have imagined; meanwhile you justify your generosity as a giver and probably even compensate your flaws by over giving and quoting “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Remember the golden standard remains “Being open to receive.” Giving and receiving are two sides of the same spinning coin and when one side is pressed flat on a table, circulation is interrupted.
You can convert counterfeit currency into spiritual capital through changing your thinking pattern despite the fact that negativity would have become ingrained.
Begin each day by resolving to be an advocate for your strength and dreams. Every time your subconscious wants to lapse into lack and limitation, write down what you have to be thankful for. If you are fantasising about a negative outcome, immediately stop and change the thought by giving it a positive outcome. Shift your view of the world from what happened to me to what I am creating. Transform your belief in the adage “Hope for the best, expect the worst, and take what comes,” into a new, brighter guiding principle: “Envision love as an unstoppable force that creates great outcomes, be unattached to how your results look, and see only good.”
• Retire your unworthiness which is not very easy to let go of, for it is like addictions and illnesses with roots deep in our psyche. Invest the loving and healthy parts of your personality in what you choose to do. This creates truly authentic power and opens up a synchronistic flow of energy that supports your efforts, guides your life and brings you to a point of fulfillment.
• Ezeanya wrote from Lagos.
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