Yep, I know. A lot of people are pretty freaked out right now. Patterns are showing up to suggest a deflationary spiral in the United States like what Japan experienced. Jobless claims are high. Foreclosures are high. The market is volatile. We got “downgraded.” It’s “crazy” out there.

And while I have helped a lot of people with financial issues, I am not a financial adviser. Each person is ultimately responsible for all of his or her choices. That said … there are some clear spiritual issues in all this that may be helpful to address here, because many of you are focused on the wrong issues. One thing I can tell you for sure:

“The old ways don’t work anymore.” – Erika Awakening

To thrive now requires a FUNDAMENTAL change of mind about what the purpose of the world is. And most of you haven’t made that change. So let’s lay out some fundamental spiritual principles here with the intention of calming this chaos.

My word of advice is “don’t try to hold on to the past or what you think should happen.” Heed Lesson 128 from A Course in Miracles:

The world you see holds nothing that you need to offer you; nothing that you can use in any way, nor anything at all that serves to give you joy. Believe this thought, and you are saved from years of misery, from countless disappointments, and from hopes that turn to bitter ashes of despair. No one but must accept this thought as true, if he would leave the world behind and soar beyond its petty scope and little ways.

Each thing you value here is but a chain that binds you to the world, and it will serve no other end but this. For everything must serve the purpose you have given it, until you see a different purpose there. The only purpose worthy of your mind this world contains is that you pass it by, without delaying to perceive some hope where there is none. Be you deceived no more. The world you see holds nothing that you want.

Please trust that all this change is good, because I promise you it is. We cannot welcome the new without letting go of the old, and remember nothing that you truly value will be taken from you during this process.

(Btw, some of you are going to think what I am saying is “crazy,” and hey that’s okay. One thing I’ve learned over the past few years is that when I am speaking the truth, other people’s opinions don’t really matter much. The truth of what I’m saying will be borne out in facts, and then nobody will argue with it.)

1. The world has only one purpose now: forgiveness.

“The real world is the state of mind in which the only purpose of the world is seen to be forgiveness.” – A Course in Miracles

This means that all forms of injustice MUST be corrected, and any current structure that perpetuates injustice is going to be systematically dismantled during this transition we are going through …

And I’ll tell you this change is going to be RADICAL, so be prepared. Here are some of the changes you can expect:

2. Every system of punishment and imprisonment will be dismantled.

“Who punishes the body is insane.” – A Course in Miracles

“Those who choose freedom will experience only its results. Their power is of God, and they will give it only to what God has given, to share with them. Nothing but this can touch them, for they see only this, sharing their power according to the Will of God. And thus their freedom is established and maintained. It is upheld through all temptation to imprison and to be imprisoned. It is of them who learned of freedom that you should ask what freedom is. Ask not the sparrow how the eagle soars, for those with little wings have not accepted for themselves the power to share with you.” – A Course in Miracles

3. Hierarchy and bureaucracy will be phased out.

The world will no longer be able to tolerate unnecessary complexity or structures where our power is given away to an employer. This has obvious implications for the job market. Instead of focusing on unemployment and “trying to find a job,” I suggest that you begin exploring self-employment. I’m not sure what this will mean for the stock market, but as most companies in the market are hierarchies and bureaucracies, I don’t think this bodes well for the market as it currently exists. Expect fundamental changes.

4. Most traditional Western medicine will be phased out in favor of holistic healing approaches.

“In this world, you believe you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, ‘protective’ clothing, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the ‘right’ people, and an endless list of forms of nothingness that you endow with magical powers.

All these things are your replacements for the Love of God. All these things are cherished to ensure a body identification. They are songs of praise to the ego. Do not put your faith in the worthless. It will not sustain you.

Only the Love of God will protect you in all circumstances. It will lift you out of every trial, and raise you high above all the perceived dangers of this world into a climate of perfect peace and safety. It will transport you into a state of mind that nothing can threaten, nothing can disturb, and where nothing can intrude upon the eternal calm of the Son of God.”

– A Course in Miracles

5. Sickness, pain, suffering, aging, and death will be phased out as our healing powers get stronger.

“Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself.” – A Course in Miracles

6. Retirement as currently conceived will no longer exist as a concept.

Retirement is based on the idea of time, aging, and preparation for death. Because aging and death are going to be phased out, along with the notion of “hard work,” retirement will at the very least need to be re-conceptualized.

7. Life will get much simpler. Complexity will be phased out.

“Complexity is of the ego.” – A Course in Miracles

8. Individual living will be phased out.

Think of what the word “apartment” really means — separation. Expect more group arrangements and sharing.

9. Monogamy will be phased out.

All forms of exclusivity must go. It is impossible to value monogamy unless you are identified with the body, and identification with the body is being phased out. I’ve written extensively about this topic and will not belabor it here. Yes, I know many of you resist this idea – it doesn’t matter if you resist it. Monogamy will not survive this re-organization of the planet, so you can let it go sooner or later, but you will let it go.

10. Healers will need to get over their financial hang-ups if they are going to have the resources to get their message and methods to larger groups of people.

Financial abundance will be recognized as everyone’s birthright, not the domain of a “special” few.

“Those who witness for me are expressing, through their miracles, that they have abandoned the belief in deprivation in favor of the abundance they have learned belongs to them.” – Jesus Christ, A Course in Miracles

11. It will be recognized that everyone truly is equal. Handicaps and disabilities of all kinds will be phased out.

12. All resources will be perpetually renewable, and many of the things that we “need” now we won’t need anymore.

13. Everyone is going to look soooooo beautiful. We will be able to see the light in each other, in everyone.

14. “A happy outcome to all things is sure. God’s promises make no exceptions.”