In my previous post entitled “The End of Philippine Poverty,” I shared how we Filipinos became poor. I included the theory that poverty should have never happened to us due to the fact that our ancestors have once owned a 720,000 metric tons of gold. You can go back to that story by clicking the above link.
In this article, we will talk about our role on an individual level to be able to arrive with a right idea on how to end poverty in the Philippines now that we have a clean and honest government.
With all the solutions mentioned previously, it is not enough for the government to shoulder the problem. We have to do some kind of “healing” being in the mud of poverty for a long time. As said earlier, the root of the problem has migrated into our inner beings. Poverty consciousness has severely conquered our personality, which affects the way we think and act.
In fact, many of us Filipinos became comfortable in that condition and it feels like nothing seems to be wrong. Many of us lost our dreams and desires for a better life and achieving some amount of success somehow becomes “unnecessary” if not at all nonsense.
Our poverty experience brings fear into our mind. It becomes our “sponsoring thought” that keeps us see our limitations and weaknesses in almost everything we do. We avoid engaging into challenging activities that should help to discover our potentials. Instead, we seek for safe places and we always feel the need to find comfort.
Being in fear, we can never escape from our own inner poverty. It makes us become lazy and unproductive individuals in our society.
Fear has brought a lot of self-devastating ideas or thoughts into our consciousness. If left untreated, we will be forever doing things in a poor way and we can never change our life no matter how much change and progress the government has done to our country.
As a Filipino, it needs a kind of deep self-scrutiny to figure out how to completely eradicate Philippine poverty. We need to do some inner cleansing. We have to do the work from the inside and later manifest the result on the outside as our new individual life experiences.
The argument on how to end poverty in the Philippines is just a matter of knowledge and ignorance among Filipinos. If ignorance prevails, we mess up and we remain poor. If we embrace knowledge on how to deal with the problem from the inside, poverty might end.
What we need today is to delete that stain of poverty into our consciousness. To do that, we should embrace knowledge. A certain amount of understanding can change the way we think. If it happens, we may also change the way we act, and finally, change our result.
For that matter, we have to understand something. This is to sharpen our mind a little bit and become receptive to the required knowledge.
We have to understand the saying that says “consciousness is the one and only reality,” which means; our own knowing about our “self” and all the things that we believed to be true determine our life experiences and reality. Everything is only a matter of self-concept or our individual “I am.”
If we are poor, we know that we are really poor and we think and act like a poor. Thus, we will always have a poor result. If you say “I am poor” and that is your absolute knowing about yourself, you will be doing things like poor people do and you can never run away from it. No one can do things outside the realm of his own consciousness.
A rich person, on the other hand, knows perfectly that he is rich, maybe because he has a lot of money, a luxurious car, and all material possessions. In that knowing, he will never go to streets and beg for money. Not because he has a lot of money but because that is not the kind of person the way he knows himself. Self-concept creates every person’s reality and experiences.
Now that we all believed that we are poor as we have experienced it in our country, individually we may say “I am poor.” And that kind of self-concept will lead us to act and remain poor from the inside.
To end poverty, we should end our self-concept shaped by our poverty experiences. As said earlier, poverty has planted a seed of self-devastating mentality to every Filipino.
These negative mentalities are the root of our inner struggle, which keeps us seeing our limitations and the impossibility of our dreams. It makes us think negatively and developed a negative self-concept in whatever we do.
If we don’t change, we will be living in chaos forever. We continue to live in a state of survival, seeing the world as a difficult place to live instead of living in a state of exploration, manifesting things, recognizing the wonders of life and creation, and expressing gratitude to our creator – the right way of doing things.
Do’s to End Philippine Poverty
To end Philippine poverty, we should eliminate the following “poverty stains” from our consciousness, which affect how we think and act. These are also called, the mentality and acts or habits of the poor.
1. Scarcity Mentality
Scarcity mentality is one of the worst effects of poverty in someone’s mind. It is the knowing that we always don’t have enough. Even if we have much, we find it insufficient –we always see the lack. This is why we save money for the future out of worry and uncertainty. This is the thought behind the act of becoming thrifty and the reason why we sometimes hoard stuff.
With this mentality, we always want to take more by spending less; to become a taker and not a giver. Unknowingly, we live in a state of survival. With that, we become forever poor.
To end scarcity mentality, simply look everything from an angle of abundance. Know that there is plenty of whatever you need out there. It only needs a few actions and creating wonderful experiences to manifest everything you need. So we need to do something instead of wasting time and getting rid of accomplishing things.
Simply do the opposite of what is right under the influence os scarcity mentality. If it makes you a self-centered person, start caring others by giving, and be grateful even in small things.
Recognize abundance by being happy with whatever you have. Be grateful for it and be ready to share it unto others, knowing that you always have enough. If it becomes a habit and part of you, the stain of poverty is gone. It is the only time when you see abundance in your life.
2. Crab Mentality
Another devastating effect of poverty that has been engraved into our consciousness is “crab mentality.” It is a thought of pulling someone down in times of rise due to envy.
Envy is a result of uncertainty and worry for self-survival being in a consciousness of poverty. When someone sees somebody in good fate –when something good happens, in which he is not part of, he gets hurt.
To ease that small amount of emotional pain, he may wish to do some destructive acts to get things even from where he is. If it happens, it makes his envious heart rejoice.
Crab mentality is a thought of selfishness, rivalry, disunity, survival, poverty, and fear.
All of those have emanated from the “consciousness of separation” or the awareness of being alone in this universe – away from God and from everything else. This awareness emanates from the acceptance of man that he is a sinner – someone away from GOD and unworthy for HIS blessings.
To end crab mentality, start caring others. Encourage the sense of cooperation and unity. Abundance and blessings occur when there is unity, in which love is the center of consciousness. The absence of love promotes poverty, where fear and ego prevail.
3. Survival Mentality
Survival mentality is the sum of crab mentality and scarcity mentality, poverty and fear. It is a world of darkness, where helplessness, worry, uncertainty and all sorts of struggles flourished.
As being said, life is not about survival. It is about exploration, manifesting things and creating wonderful experiences. But due to man’s ignorance, which resulted into a wrong way of doing things, poverty and lack came in, and we all live in survival.
To end this chaotic state of consciousness, know that everything in this life is just a matter of experience. So, embrace experience by accomplishing something worthwhile every day and celebrate the sense of accomplishment. Be grateful for life and learn to live between bad and good.
If you see only the bad, life is difficult –the beginning of survival. When you see only the good, life is wonderful. But since bad and good can’t be separated (law of polarity), it creates a chaos.
But when you both recognize the bad and the good beyond judgment, you will see the challenge. And life becomes an exciting journey of overcoming challenges, where there is growth, exploration and sense of fulfillment for every experience that has been made.
4. Self- Limiting Beliefs
Self-limiting beliefs are the roots of all our known limitations and weaknesses. These are the sponsoring thoughts behind the idea of knowing that someone can’t do something. It is a fear-oriented belief that holds someone back from stepping into bigger goals and from achieving great things in life.
Poor people remain poor because they have a lot of this kind of belief in their minds. This is always strengthened by the negative experiences in reality. If someone fails because of some reason that is similar to you, (whatever it might be) chances are, you also conclude that you too can’t do it.
Self-limiting beliefs may have emanated from many different factors in our lives that shaped our mind. These are the following:
- Mainstream Media
- Current reality
As said above “consciousness is the one and only reality,” which means, whatever we believed to be true about ourselves, affects our life experiences, whether poverty or riches. It is only a matter of knowing who we are. What is our individual “I am.”
Look at the following self-limiting beliefs that we created due to poverty experience.
- I am poor (life is difficult and I am broke)
- I am unable (I can’t)
- I am alone (No one will help me)
- I am afraid ( I may lose)
- I am unwell ( I am not feeling good about something)
- I am ignorant about something (I don’t know)
- I am nothing (I don’t have the talent and resources)
- I am just a human being (I am a sinner )
And so on…
There are hundreds of self- limiting beliefs in our mind waiting for an opportunity to be seen.
The above “I am” are common in people who lived in poverty. If you have any of those, you must be poor. Those beliefs hold us back from becoming a man of success.
Notice the last one. It is what religion taught about who we are as human beings. If you understand that “consciousness is the one and only reality,” you will see the deception of the church (religion as a whole).
To eliminate all self-limiting beliefs in your mind, you have to change your self-concept of yourself. You have to change the way you look at yourself.
Procrastination is another act that keeps a person poor and mediocre. It is simply an act of wasting time. In someone’s reality, it may appear to have something to do with time management. But behind the scene, it is also a fear-based thought obscured behind time management issue. It is a fear of losing comfort.
Poor people remain poor because many of them choose not to do something but wait for what is next. They just lose everything that would empower them to take action and they become used to it and the worst, they become comfortable with it.
Although, procrastination only occurs when a person has to do something but chooses not to do it –knowing that there is enough time, unknowingly, it has rooted from the fear of losing the convenience (as said above) that he currently experience. If persisted, brings nothing but “lack” and unproductivity.
To end procrastination, simply don’t waste time. Recognize its value. Every minute that has been wasted also loses the opportunity and experience that it brings. Just embrace the experience. Be on purpose and exploration and stay in action.
Laziness is an act of being unwilling to take action and most of the time, it turns into procrastination. Eventually, it turns into accomplishing nothing, which promotes poverty.
But there is no such thing as a lazy person. What is there is the absence of inspiration to do action. If a person is empowered and extremely inspired, he must be doing things he or she wants. But due to the trap of comfort, people don’t grow in terms of experience and knowledge.
Laziness though becomes a habit, a lazy person simply loses the desire for a change. In which, in his mind, to have something to accomplish for becomes unnecessary. If not altered, it could result to boredom, emptiness, and inner struggle because that is not in accordance with our purpose – exploration and experience.
The opposite of being lazy is not “hard-working,” but “inspired.” The word “inspire” comes from the word “in spirit,” which means, the spirit is in action taking control of the body to move into action and exploration to create wonderful experiences.
To end laziness, be on purpose. Keep moving and embrace the experience without judgment.
Fear is the mother of all self-limiting beliefs and poverty based mentality. All of the above are fruits of fear in human mind. The problem with fear is that it has already permeated deeply into our consciousness.
Originally, fear is not part of us. But due to our acceptance that we are all sinners, we acknowledge the fear of hell and we begin to see the fear of death, fueled by the negativity in our reality, as well as our awareness of it brought by mainstream media and entertainment industry.
Action movies promote fear, where violence, survival, destruction and revenge are depicted over and over again. This is to remind us that those sceneries on screen are also possible in our real life experiences. The entertainment industry, in a most discreet way, is the source of our all negative emotions.
Fear and poverty always come together. It holds us back from becoming a man of success and greatness, where abundance could happen. It keeps us safe from a danger that in reality does not exist.
From a spiritual perspective, fear emanates from a consciousness of separation (mentioned above) – the knowing that we human beings are separate from our creator, also known as the ego. In that knowing, poverty, survival, scarcity and crab mentality (envy) reign as we try to live in our own way, seeing our limitations and unworthiness. Worry and uncertainty in all of our undertakings prevail and it keeps us stay on the lowest level of human existence.
In that knowing, poverty, survival, scarcity and crab mentality (envy) reign as we try to live in our own way, seeing our limitations and unworthiness. Worry and uncertainty in all of our undertakings prevail and it keeps us stay on the lowest ground.
To overcome fear, we should change our self-concept. We should recognize our “oneness” and connectedness to where we all emanated. We should realize that we have the power to change all circumstances in our lives based on our thoughts and emotion. Above all, we should realize our own divinity and delete in our mind that we are a sinner.
We should realize that we are “fragments” of our creator instead of believing that we are separate and completely different from him. This is something that humanity is not yet ready to accept.
One of the universal laws severely violated by humanity due to individualism, disunity, selfishness (ego) is the “Law of the Divine Oneness.” It says that “we are all connected as one” and there is no separation between us, our creator and everything that exist. We don’t know it because religion or the church tells us the opposite.
This oneness is only felt in the atmosphere of absolute LOVE, where there is no hatred, anger, and selfishness; only cooperation, compassion, and kindness among humanity. The opposite of fear is not courage; it is the sense of oneness and LOVE.
Let’s wrap things up
As a person (as a Filipino), what I have said above is just a piece of the big pie on how to end Philippine poverty. It is important to note that our poverty experience only has emanated from negative mentalities and self-limiting beliefs in our mind. If we can change our mind, our life experiences also change.
Everything is only based on how we think. To heal our thoughts, we need to embrace knowledge; we need to engage with some personal development effort and activities so we can change our mind. Dr. Wayne Dyer says “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”