"I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive."
~ Joesph Campbell

The three elements composing a personal wealth metric
The three elements composing a personal wealth metric
Immediately, you may think of the valuables in your wallet or bank but authentic personal wealth transcends those items. This article examines your personal wealth with revised lenses.

The three elements composing a personal wealth metric include 1) financial wealth, 2) personal vitality, and 3) economic security.

Financial Wealth

A commonly discussed and accepted perception of money, bank accounts, and income streams. But as of this writing, cryptocurrency is rolling into the world view and is about to disrupt established “ideas about money” and “the value of money”.

Personal Vitality

A matrix of components that shape a lifestyle which is integrated into three main segments: mind, body, and emotions.

Economic Security

Two essential components comprising this element are your imagination and creativity. There are an assortment of degrees to each that nurture the previous two elements.

Let's step back and look at the big picture. Financial wealth is at the top of the pyramid. It relies on your personal vitality to flourish. The base of your pyramid is economic security since without imagination and creativity your life is a humdrum affair blown this way and that by every passing wind.


Knowing about those three elements gives you thinking fodder to contemplate your experiences. We are all unique so no two people are in the same place.

As for me, at this writing, August 2023, the world is topsy-turvy. in political and social realms. The economics of fiat money are collapsing which will usher in new standards and protocols of finances in business and personal situations.

As I apply the three elements to my life, one mechanism for how I deal with the chaos is in finding contentment - inner contentment. Yes, I live in a bubble that is self-induced. One tactic that works well for me is “letting go”. I admit that this skill of “letting go” is one which I have been working on for decades.

In my day-to-day world, it translates into creating time for me - just for me - away from the internet news and in an environment absent from the stimulation of people or events. Little to zero external stimulation. Letting go of the world around me gives me the energy and space to focus on DIRECT method I mentioned in another article.


One significant benefit from my discovery in the ongoing “letting go” is the ability to interpret energy. Briefly, we are energetic beings - our bodies are made of positive and negative ions which is nothing new, this is basic biology. There is a quickening of energy lately bubbling beneath the surface of the five senses. I am evolving my deciphering competence to ramp up the alluring spiritual dexterity that keeps tickling my extremities.

Confusing rang supreme in my awareness for decades but as I grew older and began to settle myself in different facets, I also began releasing an inherent propensity to remove perplexing sensations and feelings, as I begin instead to slow down, I consumed the simple impressions and let what flow - flow. As one of my mentors has said, “I began paddling downstream instead of trying to paddle upstream against the current.”

Hence today, decades later, I have arrived at making one of my priorities, the deepening of soothing contentment and then standing in that awareness to move forward with exploring my spiritual dexterity.

Believe me, I have been through the “crash and burn” experiences, over a few decades, in all segments of life. I am not endorsing that method but we all learn at our own pace. The good news for me is that I have identified awakening to the energetic segment of life and am now behind the steering wheel with glorified awareness which enriches my physical experience along with my spiritual experience.


Life is easy to recognize as a seesaw. I am on one end and my Spiritual being is on the other end. In another view, the me “now” is on one end and the me “everlasting” is on the opposite end. Life is a very different flavor when I shift into contentment mode versus shifting into instant gratification mode.

The quintessential key to a quality life is the ability to recognize. Recognizing the flow of life. Recognizing the choices available. Recognizing the veritable power of life is thinking which is intrinsic to creativity and imagination.

The Universal Law of Cause and Effect dictates that all results have a starting point. What I have now recognized is that thinking is the cause and the result(s) are the people, events, and relationships that appear in my life.


There is an organic spiritual dexterity naturally integrated into our perceptions. It's our birthright to be happy, healthy, and prosperous. Yet, wrong thinking can skew our energy and therefore present results to us that we are not really desiring. One example of this is looking at the amount of money or assets you own or control and thinking that its not enough or more is necessary.

One prevalent misconception, rampant in society, is trading time for money is the only way to earn a living. This has already drastically begun to shift as more people do gig work and fewer people work at a “regular” job. Cryptocurrency is also bringing people to see that money can be made in the art of trading, made safer by the self-custody aspect of digital wallets.

Another prevalent misconception is people have a difficult time distinguishing between thoughts and lifestyles encouraged by society and culture versus thoughts and lifestyles brought about by self-cultivating spiritual dexterity.

“We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds. Then shall man be no longer a name for pity, for doubt, and for sensual indulgence. The dread of man and the love of man shall be a wall of defense and a wreath of joy around all. A nation of men will for the first time exist because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance


Let's make sure honest with each other today on one topic, our society and culture has not, and does not, promote an unalloyed view of our divine rights as God’s children (whatever God you choose to believe). Instead, there is a method, usually organized religion or a set of “ethics and reforms” that one must adhere to before one can even start to walk the path to FIND our divine nature.

You are divine. We are all divine. God dwells within the heart of each sentient being.

Lets us move past needing to rectify the knowing of our own divinity. All sentient beings living in peace with harmony, and no harm taken upon any of God’s creatures.

My point is thus, living in the experience of personal wealth does not require manipulation or harm to other people. It does however require that one becomes self-cultivating using contemplation. This is a process of putting your hands on the dials and levers that adjust your predominant thinking habits. This is not about right or wrong answers, it's about a natural evolution to joyfulness.

Change your thoughts, change your life. Have you reminded your children of that one more than one occasion when they were in the midst of a tantrum or downward spiral?

When we understand the premise that spirituality is based on evolution, which is also known as personal development, it's logical to assemble the interpretation; If you want pivotal modifications in your life experience it’s necessary to identify the cognitive and/or behavioral attributes - using your intuitive recollection - that comprise are the framework needing adjustment.

That interpretation signifies personal ownership of your life. There is no other way to attain that ownership. It’s priceless and obtainable only from you examining yourself: self-awareness.


By exercising a contemplative approach to living, we understand that personal wealth is our divine nature, which is incumbent upon skill building in creativity and imagination, along with self-cultivating an awareness of our spirituality and intuitive wisdom with aplomb.

Steu Mann
August, 2023