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Be Wise - Go for Total Wealth

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There are three kinds of wealth – the physical, the material 
and the spiritual. This article examines the different kinds 
of wealth and then introduces the concept of total wealth. It 
then proceeds to show that we can only get the most out of 
life by striving for total wealth.

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Be Wise - Go for Total Wealth
Copyright © 2006 Emmanuel Emezie
Spiritual Science

When we lack certain things, the joy of living is diminished. In 
some instances we may become severely distressed and even 
incapacitated by such lack. When we are sick, in other words, 
when we lack good health, it is usually not a happy circumstance 
and we do all we can to regain our health. When someone is poor, 
that is, when they lack money and material possessions, life is 
not very enjoyable. Such a person is not able to live the way 
they wish or do the things they want. Poverty oppresses and 
incapacitates. As individuals and as nations, we all are desirous 
to distance ourselves from poverty.

Likewise, life is not so full and joyful when we fail to find 
happiness and fulfillment in relationships and in our work. (By 
relationships, I mean relationship with God and relationship with 
our fellow human beings). The deep desires we have to commune 
with deity and to love and be loved by others are emotional needs 
we are born with. And so we find that human beings experience 
want in three identifiable areas. Life requires us to cope with 
physical, material and spiritual wants.

The saying, "health is wealth" implies that someone in good 
health can be said to have physical wealth. When a person has a 
lot of money and material possessions we describe him or her as 
being materially wealthy. In the same vein, when someone finds 
happiness and fulfillment in relationships and in their work, 
they can be said to possess spiritual wealth. And this brings us 
to the concept of total wealth. To have total wealth is to be 
completely free from any form of lack, be it physical, material 
or spiritual. This is the holistic model of success. A person is 
truly wealthy only when he or she has gained total wealth.

In general, people tend to be primarily concerned with their 
material wellbeing. Hence they focus on striving for material 
wealth. But thanks to Jane Fonda, the keep fit buff. In the last 
few decades, Americans and others around the globe have realized 
the need to actively pursue wealth of the physical kind. There is 
now an awareness of the health risks inherent in the sedentary 
life style engendered by technological advancement. These days, 
being healthy is not just about being free from sickness. One has 
to be physically fit. Lots of people are now adopting the 
proactive approach of exercising regularly to maintain good 
health and keep fit.

However, acquiring spiritual wealth is one goal most people 
cannot be said to be striving hard to attain. And to think that 
this ought to be our priority. When someone gains spiritual 
wealth, they are guaranteed to also gain material and physical 
wealth. If you have any reservations about this assertion, then 
listen to the wise counsel of one of the world's greatest 
spiritual luminaries, Jesus Christ of Nazareth:

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you 
will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not 
life more important than food, and the body more important than 
clothes? Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or 
store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are 
you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can 
add a single hour to his life?

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the 
field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not 
even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here 
today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more 
clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry saying, 'What 
shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 
For the pagans run after these things, and your heavenly Father 
knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his 
righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as 
(Taken from the Bible (NIV), Mathew 6:25-33).

But what is there to lose if someone chooses not to bother with 
the pursuit of spiritual wealth? The answer to this question can 
be found by taking a close look at the lives of some prominent 

When it comes to fame and fortune, very few people can match 
Michael Jackson. He rose so high as a star that the tag 
'superstar' was just not good enough for him and so he has been 
dubbed 'megastar'. The singer has undoubtedly raked in fabulous 
amounts as earnings from record sales worldwide. But in spite of 
his stupendous career success, he has not found happiness and 
fulfillment in close relationships. His marriage to Priscilla 
Presley did not prove to be blissful. He has been involved in 
other relationships that ended on a sour and acrimonious note 
with settlements taking place in and out of court. Michael 
Jackson may rank as one of the richest and most famous men in the 
world, but he certainly is not one of the happiest. Riches and 
popularity are simply not enough. We need spiritual wealth to 
guarantee happiness and fulfillment in life.

The late Princess Diana had everything going for her, it would 
seem. She became a member of one of the world's most loved and 
respected royal families by marriage. In terms of material wealth 
and social status, her union with British royalty catapulted her 
to the very top. However, the love of God and fellow man, which 
are pointers to spiritual wealth, were not particularly evident 
in her private life. In close relationships, happiness and 
fulfillment eluded her. She slid from the position of dream 
princess to the level of adulterous spouse and then chose to tag 
along as girlfriend to a wealthy businessman. We all know the 
tragic end to her story. She was killed in a car crash while on a 
trip with her lover.

As monarch of an oil producing Arab State, the late King Hussein 
of Jordan enjoyed the affluence and influence that come with his 
position. But while all was well materially, he was wanting in 
physical wealth.  Even the best doctors in the United States 
could not save him from the cancer that put an end to his reign 
while he was still in his sixties. Money cannot always secure 
good health much less procure longevity. Only the possession of 
spiritual wealth will enable us attain and maintain happiness, 
good health and success in life.

In "The Parable of the Rich Fool", Jesus confirms that there is a 
price to pay when we fail to make acquiring spiritual wealth our 
first priority, (Luke 12:13-21):

Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to 
divide the inheritance with me." Jesus replied, "Man, who 
appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" Then he said to 
them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a 
man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man 
produced a good crop. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I 
have no place to store my crops.' "Then he said, 'This is what 
I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and 
there I will store all my grains and my goods. And I will say to 
myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. 
Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."'

But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be 
demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for 
yourself?' This is how it will be with anyone who stores up 
things for himself but is not rich towards God."

If the reader is still not convinced of the wisdom of striving 
for spiritual wealth, the statement I am about to quote should 
settle the matter. It was made by someone who has chased after 
the material as well as the spiritual kind of wealth.

Sir John Templeton is one of America's most successful financial 
investors. He is reputed to have created some of the world's 
largest and most successful international investment funds. 
Later, he sold his various Templeton Funds to the Franklin Group 
for $440 million. Now in his nineties, he is a fulltime 
philanthropist. Through the John Templeton Foundation, which he 
established, he gives away about $40 million a year to funding 
work aimed at discovering and advancing scientific knowledge 
about the spiritual aspect of life. For his many accomplishments, 
he was knighted Sir John by Queen Elizabeth II in 1987.

Here is what this extraordinary individual has to say about what 
the pursuit of spiritual wealth has done to his life: "I focus on 
spiritual wealth now, and I am busier, more enthusiastic, and 
more joyful than I have ever been."
(Culled from

In terms of quality of life, we all want the best for ourselves 
and total wealth is the very best that life has to offer us. Be 
wise, go for it.

Emmanuel Emezie is a philosopher-scientist. A six-year-long 
scientific inquiry into the spiritual aspect of life led him 
to the discovery of intriguing and life-improving spiritual 
knowledge. For more information, visit:
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