You’re on the road to riches if you have ever considered what your meaning in life may be.
If you have the good fortune to have a roof over your head, plenty of food to eat, a variety of clothes to wear and little worry about war in your country, then you’re rich.
When you have the basic necessities of life, then you can focus on higher order needs such as fulfillment, self-actualization and purpose, as outlined in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs:
The bottom of the pyramid are the basic needs and the top of the pyramid are the ones rarely achieved by people.
It is truly tragic that a majority of the world’s population will never get to reach the top of Maslow’s pyramid and fully express their greater calling in life.
Even if the basic necessities of life are taken care of, as they are for most in the Western World, that still doesn’t mean you’re rich enough to think of a life meaning for oneself.
Many people in the West are debt slaves, or wage slaves, or slaves to culture and consumption. They may not live in physical poverty, but they are impoverished spiritually. Even if people have everything they need, they are often still poor on the inside.
How to Know You’re Rich Spiritually
At the end of his life, Maslow ultimately concluded that a person can only find self-actualization by giving oneself to some higher goal outside oneself, in altruism and spirituality.
It is through giving, not by providing for oneself or by consuming, that we can attain happiness.
Even if you’re not rich in terms of money, one can still give. God’s New Message says that most of the great contributors in world history came from poverty:
The great saints amongst you will come from the poor even more than the rich. The great inventors, the great physicians, the great engineers, the great craftsmen, the great politicians, the great leaders of humanity will so often come from the lowest ranks of society. History has proven this. – The New Message for the Impoverished and Oppressed
If you’re relatively poor, it may be a great blessing because you will have fewer distractions and fewer opportunities to lose yourself in the pleasures of life. But regardless of your circumstances, God has placed Knowledge – Divine intelligence of your life’s purpose and meaning – within everyone. This is the pathway to a rich spiritual life:
Everything that is beneficial that humanity has created and produced in all fields of endeavor have come from Knowledge, have come from God, working through individuals, working through committed relationships, working through great marriages, great friendships, great associations and work, working through charity and working even through government agencies. Even they can be inspired. – The New Message for the Impoverished and Oppressed
This pathway to Knowledge and a life of purpose and meaning is available to everyone, rich and poor. It starts with silence and stillness every day:
You will be amazed at what taking ten or fifteen minutes a day in silence and inner listening will do for your life, relieving you of stress, allowing your insights to catch up with you, responding to deeper things within yourself. – The New Message for the Impoverished and Oppressed
How to know you’re rich is when you’re at the end of your life and you reflect back on how you spent your time. Was it filled with meaningless pursuits of wealth, power or fame? Or did you spend your life discovering your reason for being in the world and expressing that through service and contributions during your brief life?