The Real Meaning of Rich

In the Western world, the word ‘rich’ is taken to mean having plenty of material possessions, be it property, cash, goods of other kinds; and words associated with this would be opulent, extravagant, wealthy, affluent, etc.

But I think real richness is much more than these things, which are a narrow definition, to say the least.

When you are rich, you are rich regardless of the amount of money you have.  Of course, if you don’t have enough money to provide you with the basic necessities such as food and water, shelter and warmth, then because these are matters of bodily survival, you won’t be interested in whether you are rich or not, because you will be cold and trying to get warm, or hungry and wanting to eat. Then, as in Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs, your focus will simply be on the bare bones needed to survive.

But mostly, people reading this newsletter will have enough for their survival, and therefore have the possibility of opening up to questions like what is the real meaning of rich?

Stimulated by a talk given last year at the Findhorn Foundation by Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence magazine, spiritual ecologist, and ex-monk, I began to think about what being rich really means.

Here’s a few of my definitions:

working less and being more
– understanding & implementing what ‘having enough’ means for you
– focusing on the essence rather than the form
– listening to the silence between the words
– developing a strong faith in the Divine
– being willing to stop and sip of the Divine before acting
– embracing stillness even in the midst of motion

While I was contemplating this subject, the following words came to me:

You think that what is real is what is seen before you – what you can reach out and touch, what appears to be solid, strong, eternal.  You do not realise that the only true reality of things is their essence, regardless of their form. Look always to this essence; look past the form, through to the essence where you will find the heart of that element or being. Then you will be permeating to a level which is of wonder and joy, and it is this that is the true reality.

Rich is the opening and blossoming of a red rose; the tiny movements of the smallest caterpillar; the gliding of a bird’s wings as it soars above the trees. Rich is the sparkling of the sun on the water, a jewel of gold in nature. Rich is the kernel of truth in the nut of challenge; rich is the needs behind the questions asked from within.  Rich is the essence not the form; the relationship not the appearance, the guidance not the direction.

The real meaning of rich is the quiet and unutterably still sense of Me within you, that in its own quiet way relentlessly requests you to move towards Me. Rich is the step you take nearer Me, the path on which you place that step, and the woods where the path is found.

Rich is the holding chalice, and the never-ending well from which to sip; the mouth that drinks and the body that thirsts. Richness is who I AM, pouring through you and all life, requesting only that you allow Me to flow, flow and flow again so that I can bring my tender Love to touch all you flowers doing My work in the world.

Be still and know that I AM, for that is where you shall find Me – in the exquisite rich silence of the connected point. Join with me and let the flow happen.”

I invite you to take a moment now to stop. Just notice your breath – going in, coming out. Consider what rich really means to you. Maybe even take more than a moment, and become very clear indeed what it means to you. You might be surprised! Please feel free to post below what the real meaning of rich is for you.

6 thoughts on “The Real Meaning of Rich

  1. Thank you very much for your article and audio talk. I really enjoyed both. Recently I have been inspired and feel an internal prompting to move my career into coaching, inspirational talks and mentoring for individuals, churches, groups and organisations.

    I would like some advise on how to get started and whether I would need to study a coaching course. At the moment I am a complimentary/holistic practitioner and counsellor.

    I would really welcome your advise on where and how to get started.

    Wishing you every blessing,

    Marjorie Marsh

  2. Being rich has several elements.

    One is perception – if we think we’re rich, then we don’t think of ourselves as poor, no matter how much we have in the bank. Part of this perception comes from the ability to give and recieve. Part comes from how we define wealth. There are other aspects, but recently I’ve focused on these two.

    Giving and recieving: I used to be quite ill, and no matter how well I ate, I couldn’t digest food well. I was malnourished in a wealthy nation. Likewise, if we fail to recieve the goodness around us, we impoverish ourselves. If we fail to acknowledge that someone else has graciously recieved a gift from us (including time and effort), we cheat ourselves. There is psychological wealth in giving, and having that gift recieved. Hence, it is for ourselves and others that we recieve with gratitude, and this not only enhances wellbeing, but also encourages others to give to you in the future. As my grandmother always said ‘trust in providence’.

    How do we define wealth? To have wealth you must first meet your physical needs, the surplus contributes to wealth. Wealth is both physical posessions and a state of mind. Money is a bit tight right now, so the kitchen is full of apples and seasonable vegetables, giving me the impression of abundance. Others may define wealth as happiness, family, a beautiful moment, whatever. Me, I’ve got loads and loads of apples and that’ll do for now.

  3. Dear Jane

    I have just spoken to you on the phone – I have heard what you are going through at this time in the hospital – and yet just a few days ago you were able to channel this amazing material. You are really gifted and special. Your words inspire and sustain us all. Delxx

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