Just like every person has a light side and a dark side, life itself has a light side and a dark side. Poverty and prosperity, beauty and ugliness, cruelty and kindness. These aspects of life do not come with any inherent judgement. To life everything is neutral, it is the human mind that interprets based on its emotions.
Our essence is neither bad nor good. Our goal as people is to attain a state of balance and flow. This is the state of inner peace and joy. A state in which we do not suffer from needing, from illusions, from attachment to fleeting pleasures. We know and understand that we already have the whole universe inside of ourselves.
In this context I wanted to examine the gifts of beauty and wealth as well as their darker aspects.
Money is an entitlement to other people’s labor and the goods it produces. Money in this sense is power.
Somebody who possesses a lot of this power is not necessarily a person who is out of balance. Consider that an average middle class westerner today enjoys the quality of life that previously only kings could afford. We are a society of kings and queens. We as a people found a new balance. One that is more prosperous than the one we had before.
Yet within this balance: misuse, fear and excesses are possible.
A person who is very wealthy could decide to use a great part of that wealth to create work for other people. They could use it to empower others, to save the environment, to bring about all manner of positive changes. Such a person is not out of balance as they do not operate out of fear of losing their position, but out of love.
They understand that the only constant is change and that life has sent them an opportunity to act as a custodian of power. To direct the flow of money. Not to hoard it or suppress it. A balanced affluent person will instinctively gravitate towards generosity.
A person who attained great wealth without inner balance will operate out of fear. They will feel threatened by the constant of change and will embrace the egoistic mindset. They will hoard their wealth, use it in order to try and attain a sense of superiority over others and protect it at all cost.
This person is putting themselves in resistance to life. It is not a matter of if they will come to experience a re-balancing and realignment of values. It is a matter of when. Life is never in a hurry. But the longer a spirit is out of balance, the harder will be the swing to the other side.
Physical beauty in a person is also a form of power. The power to please, to inspire, to persuade and to attract attention.
Just because a person is beautiful does not mean that they are unbalanced and that they should be uglier. The lack of balance in this case arises if outer beauty is not accompanied by inner wisdom.
For a beautiful person it is much more tempting to embrace the egoistic mindset. To think that they are their body. To think that the beauty of their mask is the representation of who they truly are.
Such a person will find great sorrow when their beauty starts to fade and with it they lose their sense of identity. They may resist life. They may become fiercely envious of those who come to posses the gift that they themselves once had. They may even lose control over the lack of sensitivity and brashness that the world permitted them in their radiant youth.
For every beauty there will sooner or later be a greater beauty, and therein lays the test.
A beautiful person who is balanced, just like a wealthy person who is balanced, will not resist the constant of change. They will see themselves as guardians of their gift and try to use it for the greater good. They will know that a time will come when they will need to let go of their mask. They will feel confident that this will not leave them empty handed with nothing else to offer to the world. They will know that the people who matter will still love them.
So while life on earth strengthens through resistance and manifests in duality, it does not mean that everything is a constant. The balance found within this duality evolves and changes just like everything else. The trick is to understand this and to embrace the flow.