Clear Thinking Our Only Guide

For many people today, money is a thing to be made and possessed, saved and spent. They give little thought to its deeper role in history or how, indeed, money can be the means for changing the world. For the most part, they see money as belonging to an obscure world, which, along with the language spoken in it, is difficult to understand. A world, indeed, in which money can become a matter of wizardry, and not very refined wizardry at that.

In their deeper nature, matters monetary always bring human beings to the limits of their normal understanding of life. But there is little that is ordinary when it comes to money. If our experience is otherwise, we need to ask if it is really money we are talking about. Indeed, if we are not humble in the presence of money, we need to ask ourselves if it is in fact money that we are in the presence of.

It is not easy to think monetarily. As the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz once confided, but only to himself: “There are wonderful thoughts in our heads, but we dare not say what they are because no one else will be able to understand them.” Monetary matters either conceal or reveal, calling on us to foreswear concealment in favour of transparency.

Whatsoever we think in the realm of money, we will fashion the world accordingly. This is why a world based on humbug, whether that of a wizard or a scarecrow or anyone else, cannot survive. It becomes humbug-dependent and when the source of the humbug gets discovered, when the veil of mystery becomes torn, then it will not be long before a world thus predicated begins to falter and in the end tumble.

Then it is that we need to visit Rare Albion, a place born of a new consciousness. There the world changes before one’s eyes because one sees things in a new light. A special kind of osmosis occurs, whereby whatsoever one thinks one also enacts, while what takes place in the world becomes the contents of one’s thoughts, so that one cannot easily tell which comes first, one’s ideas or the reality of the world.

Yet this does not really matter. What matters is synchronicity. The fact that one has to learn to think in accordance with reality. The cause of things becomes less a concern than their timing, their coincidence. The closest causation comes to this is what the French call ‘reflexivity’, whereby everything causes and is caused by everything else. Time, as it were, gives way to space.

Thus one begins to see that the ways of the monetary world begin in one’s mind. The paths one treads are not ‘out there’: they begin and culminate in thought. Clear thinking becomes our only guide. Moreover, this is not only true of the paths; the entire landscape in the monetary world is seen to be born of thought. Things there are as we think them. All the more reason to think carefully, therefore.

It is not a simple matter to think afresh in the realm of money. Old ideas get in the way and have to be dispersed because they occlude the new world. Moreover, in such a world how does one get one’s bearings? When thoughts and things merge into one another, such questions are not easily answered.