June 2004
How Much Money Do We Need?

The need of security and existential safety is one of generally accepted human needs... and money obviously saturate this need but... how much money? How much money meets this need in some healthy way... and where does collecting money change into compensation of other needs (need of love, respect, self-expression etc.) where is the boundary of distortion of personality that would eventually lead to something like Molliere's Harpagon?

Obviously this question attracted some of the wise... and the Holy Bible gives some serious warning clues as the famous comparison of probability of a rich getting into kingdom of heaven with that of a camel getting through an eye of a needle... while my granny pestered me with "lazy youngsters - old beggars" proverbs.

I think a healthy relationship to money might be quite rare actually... and while working with comparatively rich business people and managers as clients I have noticed they specifically have been the ones with certain lack of clarity in this area... and willing to work so hard they easily develop very ugly managerial diseases and undermine their families just to avoid a compulsive frightening picture of ending up poor and homeless.

Actually I realized good business people should NOT have a healthy relationship to money if they want to be properly motivated for contemporary business world... and successful in it... and I got to a quantitative expression of it:

Successful business person has only 30% healthy/adequate relationship to money... which seems pretty unhealthy to me... as really healthy relationship would be rated 100%... but that would mean caring less for money than business success absolutely needs.

But... back from business criteria to non-business ones:

I wondered if a psychic can help and intuitively estimate healthy individual limits of "how much money one needs"... and I got a "yes" answer to it. And I think such an estimate of a psychic can help some people whose relationship to money is not quite adequate (or healthy) to avoid extremes of tightfistedness on one hand and overspending on the other hand and everything that stems from them: ascetism, abstinence or addictive spending, poverty... and generally insecurity and tension of both people who have rather a lot and those who seem to have too little... (I hope I don't have to induce again that inadequate relationship to money leads to insensitivity, egoism, "shortsightedness", harming oneself and others including one's own offsprings by harming the planet for example... just like other addictions.)

To cut it short - I think a psychic can give their clients valuable clues of how big a safe deposit or reserve of money they should keep or how long for in the future they should secure themselves financially based on their average spending/expense rate. I noticed it seems 1) to be individually very different and 2) to change with age for some people.

Estimating this safe reserve for/with a number of individuals lead me to believe that the natural healthy "secure time" one should provide for oneself may vary from as little as 2 days to as much as 10 years... which seems to tell me we still differ in being kind of "nomads" vs. those who tend to "settle in"... And I think the fact that the "safe reserve" may differ so widely by nature from one to another might raise some people's doubts whether their needs are "normal" - whether they are not either too lighthearted or too concerned about their safety/security. As usually there seems to be a strong cultural pressure towards average that may leave some people in a painful, disturbing and unnecessary inner conflict... unless they dare (are encouraged) to assert their independent personal norm.

A psychic can provide such intuitive encouragement to those who are far from average... their specific individual need of existential safety/security might be quite healthy for them personally..."no matter what people say"... and they should rather work with their guilt and inner conflict and inner enemy in order to stick with their own need... rather than violate themselves and accept a norm based on average that is not really theirs... if they want to keep really healthy and happy in their lives.

By the way, living in debt seems to have really negative influence on human psyche generally... it seems to raise the inner tension in an unhealthy way.

Not surprisingly, there seems to be a "safe reserve" that can be intuitively estimated also for a family unit,... and also for a business/firm and for a state... both of the last can tolerate debt much better than an individual or a family.

Prague, Czech Republic, June 2004

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