The Myth of Scarcity: More Is Better

Today, I am continuing on from the last post where I started this conversation on scarcity and shared Lynne Twist speaking as spoken in The Soul Money.

“Toxic Myth 2: More Is Better

The second toxic myth is that more is better. More of anything is better than what we have. It’s the logical response if you fear that there is not enough, but more is better drives a competitive culture of accumulation, acquisition and greed that only heightens fear and quickens the pace of the race……..

In truth, the rush for more distances us from experiencing the deeper value of what we acquire or already have.”

Let’s just consider food. When was the last time you and I actually were present with the food that we were eating? Did you an I really notice-appreciate the texture-taste of the food and the movement of the mouth and teeth? I have fasted for the last month. And I can say that during this month I appreciated ALL that I ate and drank. And that was so totally  different to my experience when I was eating and drinking whatever I wanted when I wanted it.

Let’s continue to listen to Lynne as she talks about the toxic myth of more is better:

“More is better distracts us from living more mindfully and richly with what we have.

More is better is a chase with no end and a race without winners…… no matter how far you go, or how fast, or how many other people you pass up, you can’t win. In the mindset of scarcity even too much is not enough……Some of the people with fortunes enough to last three lifetimes spend their days and nights worrying about losing money on the stock market, about being ripped off or conned or not having enough for their retirement.

The chase of more is better ……. saps our energy, erodes our opportunities for fulfilment. When we buy into the promise that more is better, we can never arrive. Wherever we are, it is never enough because more is always better. People who follow that credo…….which is all of us to some degree, are doomed to life that is never fulfilled.

More is better misguides us in a deeper way. It leads us to define ourselves by our financial success and external achievements. We judge others based on what they have and how much they have, and miss the immeasurable inner gifts they bring to life……….In the pursuit of more we overlook the fullness and completeness that are already within us waiting to be discovered. 

The belief that we need to possess, and possess more than the other person or company or nation, is the driving force for much of the violence and war, corruption and exploitation on Earth.

The unquestioned, unchecked drive for more fuels an unsustainable economy, culture, and way of being that has failed us by blocking access to the deeper, more meaningful aspects of our lives and ourselves.”

In the next post, I will share with you Lynne’s third and final toxic myth. She says that this third myth is the one with most grip and it occurs to me that she is correct. Until then be great.

The Myth of Scarcity: There’s Not Enough

Today, I share with you passages from The Soul of Money, a book from Lynne Twist. Why? Because in it she discloses and deals with three particularly important myths that live us. That constrains the possibilities we see and limit our expression, way of being.  I invite you to listen freshly and deeply. Let’s begin.

What I have found is that no matter where we are in the political, economic, or financial spectrum, the myths and mindset of scarcity create an underlying fear …..

The mindset of scarcity is not something that we intentionally created …….. It was here before us .……. perpetuated in the myths and language of our money culture.

Scarcity is a lie, but it has been passed down as truth with a powerful that insists on itself, demands compliance, discourages doubt or questioning.

When we unpack the myth of scarcity, we find three central myths …..

Toxic Myth 1: There’s Not Enough

The first prevailing myth is that there’s not enough. There’s not enough to go around. Everyone can’t make it. Somebody’s going to be left out……..There’s not enough food……..air….time…

There’s not enough becomes the reason we do the work that brings us down or the reason we do things to each other that we are not proud of. There’s not enough generates a fear that drives us to make sure that we’re not the person……who gets crushed, marginalised, or left out.

Once we define our world as deficient, the total of our life energy, everything we think, everything we say, and everything we do…….becomes an expression of an effort to overcome this sense of lack and the fear of losing to others and being left out……

If there’s not enough for everyone, then taking care of yourself and your own, even at others’ expense, seems unfortunate, but unavoidable and somehow valid…….

The deficiency and fear reflect in the way that we conduct our lives and the systems and institutions we create to control access to any resource we perceive as valuable or limited. ….

In our own communities, we respond to the fear that there’s not enough by creating systems that favour us or exclude others from access to basic resources such as clean water, good schools, adequate health care, or safe housing.

And in our own families, there’s not enough drives us to buy more than we need……of somethings, to value, favour, or curry favour with people on the basis of their value to us in relation to money, rather than qualities of character.

I ask you to take a moment and really connect with Lynne’s speaking. How is the myth of scarcity and in particular, there’s not enough, constraining who you are being, the stand that you take, what you do or do not do, what you have or do not have?

I ask you to consider if ‘stuff’ is scarce or is it that we make it scarce?  I ask you to consider why many people in the USA cannot get adequate healthcare, yet people in France get great healthcare. I ask you to consider why it is that we let millions thirst, starve and die. Is it because we lack the means? Or is it that we simply take it for granted that there’s not enough for everyone? So it is perfectly logical, and OK, to let millions suffer and die.

I will share with you the second toxic myth in a follow up post. Until then I invite you to invite abundance into your being. I invite you to show up from the context of abundance. How about starting out with an abundance of listening, validation and connection. Just listen, really listen to the people that you encounter every day. Listen consciously from a context of curiosity, of wonder, of connecting with the other person. And through your unconditional listening simply validate that person just as he is and is not. If you do that I guarantee that you generate connection and let happiness into your life. I invite you to take me up on my guarantee.

And finally, Gautam, I hear you.