I have a big family and I have trouble getting them all Christmas presents. I am a student in college and work part time, and money is really tight right now. But my family expects me to come up with gifts for everyone. Do you have any ideas? They won’t do the gift exchange. — Jesse
If there’s anything that we’ve learned from the economic downturns and natural disasters that so many Americans are rebuilding from, is that overspending—especially on credit cards—just doesn’t make sense.
It’s important to understand that this concept overspending, going into debt and excess consumerism is something we’re working through as a culture.
Centuries from now, sociologists might call this period of time something along the lines of “The Great Excess”—the era in which we spent money we didn’t have, to buy things we didn’t need.
As a society, we aren’t living consciously. We’re out of balance. Our desire to spend as a society has become an addiction; consumerism has become an illness; materialism creates desire that can never be satisfied.
As human beings living in this time, we’re just starting to wake up to this imbalance. We’re slowly learning how to grow beyond the desire for material things.
Regardless of what your family expects, you are in charge of your own decisions about spending, buying and gifting. I advise you to simply make a conscious choice: tune into your Divine self, and ask your soul, your true being, what your family really needs: expensive gifts that cause you pain and hardship, or the lasting gifts of your time and energy that will enrich both you and them.
The Shift of 2012 is bringing great change. We are no longer doing things in the same way. At this time, when you have a question, about anything, not just finances—simply inhabit your Divine self. The way is always clear when you work from soul perspective.