Seeds XII, 18
These next several weeks of Seeds are based on a mystical interpretation of the seven deadly sins of Catholic fame. Let us consider them upgraded …
Avarice—another old-fashioned word. The traditional meaning of avarice is the vice of excessive greed. Greed, as seen by the church, is applied to a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of wealth, status, and power. The etymology of the word is from Latin roots meaning cupidity, or eagerly desiring.
Because there are seven of these spiritual warnings, I couldn’t help but think of the seven chakras. I think avarice corresponds to the seventh chakra, that of issues around connection to the Divine. This energy center deals with your Divine Spark, the perfect self of you.
What really causes excessive greed? Once again, fear, fear that we will never be content. The feeling of contentment seems elusive often. What does it take really to feel content? Acceptance of what is.
Many years ago, I had a Yentl opportunity to ask a magical rabbi one question. I decided in the elevator on the way up to see the man what to ask. “What, Rabbi, does manna mean?” His eyes twinkled at me from behind his bifocals. “A good question, Yentl,” he said. “Manna? Manna means what is.” Contentment arises from accepting what is all the while knowing that what is can change as we change ourselves.
Let us upgrade avarice to contentment with what is in life, fuller experience, greater fulfillment, more Spirit.
Contentment in life is a virtue.
Dr. Susan Corso
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