In The Black

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Thrifty is the new Black

Getting off the spiritual path slightly, how about the idea of being “in the black”? Financially, it’s the opposite of being “in the red”; it’s bringing in more money than you’re sending out, making a profit. This is one of the few instances (in Western culture) where “black” is used as a wholly positive term. Black ink upon the ledger is a sign of prosperity and goodness. So what greater Truths lie in wait for us in the black?

With the national debt soaring, inflation, as always, inflating, and prices of gas and groceries getting jacked up, it seems money isn’t worth anything any more.

But the fact is we’ve forgotten something, and now is the time to remember: money wasn’t worth anything to start with. It is merely a device designed to make bartering simpler. Any given item or service is only worth what you’re willing to spend on it. And if Darkness is about anything, it’s about reminding ourselves that there’s more options out there, that there is more going on than just what we are letting ourselves see on the surface, and the solutions to our problems are very often just a matter of changing where we’re focusing the beam of our little flashlight.

Managing money, especially with a risk, is about confidence, layered over (and under, subconsciously) wisdom. Riding the Darkness, too, is a matter of confidence: having self-confidence that you won’t fall or hurt yourself. Confidence will sell your product, whatever it may be. So will skill and excellence of the product. While things aren’t going well financially, it’s time to make sure that skill and excellence are at their best.

Attracting money to yourself is about having confidence even when you don’t have quite enough money (or only percieve you don’t: same thing). Keeping your head and keeping a positive attitude will give you the ability to move forward through hard times and come out successful. It’s not about sitting at your desk thinking happy thoughts, but about not letting worry and doubt stop you from getting things done. You can’t keep your head above water if you don’t keep looking up.

There are times to cut your losses, but there are also times when loss is inevitable and you simply have to arrange things as best you can. And the main idea is to carry on with business professionally and with integrity, behaving like you are successful.

You look into the darkness of the unknown, and you are calm, because you know what you’re seeing is black. You remind yourself you are surrounded by that black ink of prosperity, if you only release resistance and allow it in. You are in the black within yourself.

Your internal book is balanced. Whatever personal debts to others that you owe, not in monitary value but in empathy and respect, you pay on time and pay it forward when you can. And what you owe to yourself, honoring your intentions, your great goals in life, the enjoyment of the experience of living: this you pay to yourself and spare no expense. These things are what make life truly rich.

I am a writer/illustrator of various types of speculative fiction but mostly modern fantasy. I have loved magic, and the people and creatures who live with it and use it, all my life, and writing and drawing these people in modern environments makes it all the more real to me. I also like to add an element of Darkness and horror, as well as science fiction, for “flavor”. I am fascinated with everything from unicorns and dragons to vampires and demons.

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