Money is a international currency that people use in exchange for goods all over the world, however not to sound cliche, “The love of money is the root of all evil”. It has been reported that lottery winners, most of them after the win horrible things happen to them, such as the case with a gentleman in Florida who was killed and all that he had acquired after the win stolen from him. People have been known to kill their spouses because of money, and in the world of dark magic the most often request is money rituals, which is never a good thing to do. People, through their greed and their lust for money have created a demon, unleashed upon the world, terrible and uncontrollable. The main focus of the slave trade was not the hatred of a race, but rather for the acquisition of more money. Jewish and Muslim marriages, the incentive of the groom taking the bride is the Dowry, or the possibility of these two families coming together to secure wealth, thus making the marriage a financial contract, rather than a love match. Through out time wars have been started because of money, people lose their lives for it and families have betrayed each other for money, even the Christ was sold out for the same. Men have been convicted for money and innocent people jailed because of it. Money makes people stay into marriages they would rather have left long ago and children kill their siblings and parents, and rich old men are able to buy child brides and old cougars have their pick of the litter because of it. Children starve all over the world for lack of money and people die from not being able to be treated for an illness or afford medication for the same reasons.
Without money it is hard to live in this world. Everything requires some kind of currency, and so the whole world is caught up with the obsession of chasing the gold and unfortunately the world is full of rich men and women who are lost spiritually. Yet the obsession and the drive for more money is the main objective for these people. Even Mother Theresa has been exposed by Penn and Teller in their Holier than you You Tube Video for her mis-use of funds given to her for her mission, Mother Theresa? yes, Mother Theresa, watch this , Very funny I must say. The oldest profession in the world, prostitution, was based on the need for money and everyday people do unimaginable things for money even people being gay for pay, can you imagine! At age 76, Bernie Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years in prison for his Ponzi Scheme of robbing thousands of people of their life savings. There are people who are embarrassed to go to church because they cannot afford an offering. What to do when the dreaded collection plate is thrust in your face and you have nothing to put into it. Regardless if this is church, it still does not alleviate the shame you feel not being able to contribute to the church building fund or whatever the Pastor has thought up to beg for this week.
The world is set up so that no one can do anything without money, everything has a price tag, and it is also set up to keep the bulk of it among a certain class of people. What is Kim Kardashian’s claim to fame again? People are measured in life and respected because of their financial worth. Noses are turned up and human beings dismissed and cast aside, demeaned, degraded, humiliated. debased, shamed, discredited and devalued for the lack of money. Money is the medium by which one measures worldly success. This one thing, rules the world. It matters not where you go in the world, it is the same. Humanity walks in the shadow of money, fighting for who will hold its frocks helm as it travels the world, like servants waiting on its master, as Renfield to Count Dracula, hoping t be singled out and acknowledged. How sad. Religious houses preaches peace, love and unity, but titles and recognition are given out depending on the pocket or the contributions made.
I was once upon at a time in my life the Leadress of a Zion church. The Bishop of the church was a woman of whom I was quite fond of. She had a tin Milo can which she called “the Pan” and she would pull it out in the middle of church and shake it as she walked around shoving it in all our faces. I had a hair salon at the time, so I always contributed to the “Pan”, but there were other people who came to church every week faithfully, but most often did not have anything to put there. The Bishop and I were close at the time, and after church she would as we Jamaicans say “chat de people dem”, speak badly about the ones who could not afford to contribute to the church “Pan”. One day two strangers arrived, a man and a woman. They worshiped with us that Sunday and was welcomed by all. After service the gentleman met with the Bishop privately and gave some money toward the church, and by the next week he was in attendance again. I knew the man and the woman, although we were not friends, I had met them in another church before I began attending this one, so we would just say the customary “Hi” and kept it moving, but what I knew was that they were both married to other people and living with their spouses but also having an affair with each other. This I told to the Bishop, (when she asked me if I knew them) who did not seem to mind at all and soon both people became regulars in attendance to our church. They never contributed to the “Pan”, they made their contributions sealed in a pristine white envelope, and it was always handed to the Bishop in view of all, her receiving it with a wide toothy grin. After about three weeks of coming to the church the man and his lover were anointed Deacon and Deaconess, moving the from sitting in regular seats to their position on the Altar where the Bishop preached from every Sunday.
This sudden elevation in tittle to these new comers, sparked a feud between some of the members who had been loyal members of the church and have never been acknowledged, much less given any position for them to be afforded the pleasure of sitting on the holy Altar, which the Bishop only allowed me and Pastor Smith to enter. Me, because I was the Leadress of the church, and as such I spiritually watched over the church and guarded it from any negative spiritual attacks (Obeah), and assisted those who may become possessed come back to themselves without harm. I held the message of the church, so my position was a well respected one. When their displeasure was brought to the Bishop ears, she stood her ground and spoke to them in harsh terms that her new Deacons assisted the church financially and if they wanted recognition they had to start doing better, leave or leave her alone. I was not apart of the meeting, I was already disappointed in her and the way she treated her members, and also Africa was calling me, so I was on my way out, not only her church but away from Christianity period! Her members stayed with her for a while, but after I had heeded to the call of Africa and Orisha, I heard that the church had lost all its members and she was left all by herself.
Although we know what money is and how it is needed to survive, we must try not to loose our way because of it. There is nothing wrong when you pray, to pray for prosperity or even to ask the Divine for money to assist you, but what you must try, try to do, is to keep your dignity, and to honor others regardless of their financial position. When money comes to your life, think about others, learn to share. Do not allow it to consume your whole being or change you in any way. What I know for sure, is that the more you honor another persons spirit based upon who they are, regardless of position, titles, power, wealth, education, race, color, creed, you honor not only yourself but also your ancestors. Meditation is needed so that you can center yourself to accept your monetary wealth, if in life you are one of those who will be or have been blessed to have more than the other. This is hard to accept for those who have suffered or is suffering in life but what I am bout to tell you is true. Last night I was having a conversation with my youngest daughter, we were talking about life in general, somehow the conversation went to us discussing God and his interaction with us, or something like that, I don’t quite remember, however she told me that she was watching Oprah Winfrey’s Legend Ball, and how these black women singers were just passing the mic and singing church songs and she said it so touching and spiritual.
She said that our people seem to be so powerfully spiritual, so deeply connected to God it was amazing to watch and hear them sing, the energy was so powerful. I told her that when I think about it, I believe that God allowed our race to go through the slave holocaust, regardless of our suffering so that he could keep us close. This was done, allowed to happen to a whole race of people under His watch, and even though it has been abolished, we are still looked down upon, jailed, kept in poverty, scorned, discriminated against by everyone, devalued, segregated, dehumanized, yet still we stand tall in the face of all our oppressors holding onto our faith, strong . We have kept close to God and we have the innate ability in song and reverence to charge the air and raise the energy when we cry out to him, pulling from deep within language unknown to the human ears, allowing us to communicate to our Lord in a very deep spiritual way. Regardless of what we have been through we have not lost our way.
The hatred the other races have against us, we do not have it for them. I am in no way saying that the Slave holocaust was a good thing, but as with everything there is a great Spiritual meaning behind it. Even while enslaved, singing and honoring God kept us through. I told her that there are people who God gives just enough to survive, nothing more, just enough to pay the bills and feed the children and survive, these are those who God has found worthy and know that if they are given wealth in the most lavish way or more that what they are given now, they would stray, be lost in the material world, not remembering God. Often times our situation dictates us remembering God. There are those who grew up poor and so when they find wealth, they are able to appreciate it and assist others, they have been through rough times in life so their new found wealth only enhances their resolve in helping their fellow human beings. Love is even more powerful than money.
Ml l lr nwj in.
A cow may not boast in the presence of a horse….Yoruba Proverb!
(One should acknowledge and defer to those better able than oneself.)
Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.
Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.
A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.
Obara Meji is a spiritualist, Ifa-Orisa practitioner, and teacher of metaphysics. Since 2011 she has used her online platform to share her personal experiences to those seeking answers about spirituality. Her teachings will expand into short stories, novels, and public speaking to continue her mission of bringing enlightenment to the world.