Talk to us about spending? You have often stressed that we should never spend what we don't have — yet it is also so that generosity creates a flow of abundance to the giver. And you've said that too rigorous a budget closes the door to spontaneous abundance. I'm confused?
There are different types of spending and, yes, it's an intricate and complicated answer. I'll do my best to explain.
The different types of spending:
1. Extravagant Spending
A person seeking to buy a candlestick, bypasses the cheaper ones, the soulless plastic ones, the uninspiring ones, but buys instead one that's extraordinary and beautiful; one that will amaze and delight every time it's used. It is an expensive purchase, a rare extravagance that can barely be afforded. However, if another item on the budget can be foregone, it can be done.
The universe interprets this persons' actions as indications that this living space and life deserves the best, and so provides an abundance of what's best.
2. Opulent Spending
This person's needs are esthetically driven. Although the candlestick may never be used, two will create a more pleasing decoration than one. The need is established for two beautiful candlesticks — not just one.
A rich, abundant environment is created, even if it has to be done a little affordable bit at a time. The universe provides affordable richness, because this person will not settle for less.
3. Wasteful Spending
This person buys the cheapest candlesticks that are functional only. It is easily affordable and easily replaceable. Soon something else replaces them and they are discarded. This is often the case with appliances: a better model is always arriving to make the previous one obsolete.
This frivolous spending creates flow to some measure, but is not conducive to creating savings, or to harness the flow. When the unforeseen needs arise, the savings aren't there to supply these needs.
4. Immoral Spending
Spending money on creating appearances to impress or beguile, is to live the hollow life of unauthenticity. Spending that erodes character for the sake of appearances, is not supportive of spiritual growth.
The source of the abundance becomes untrustworthy, because the universe does not support that which hinders growth.