There is no substitute for love.
Poverty is living without love in our hearts. No amount of money, fame, status, good looks or material possessions can lift us out of poverty if love is not flowing freely from within.
When our love is blocked by fears and rejected by other insane thoughts, we suffer greatly. We may then try to cover up the hole inside with distractions and addictions, but this only temporarily relieves the suffering while causing other problems and holding us back from our potential.
This is a story we know is true because it is so often repeated. The rich and famous show us plenty of examples—the addictions, the suicides, the personal failure and misery despite all the external success. Hard to believe, but these are impoverished souls who have forgotten about love. These are great teachers and we are finally learning the lesson of love.
While there is no substitute for love, there are countless words all describing it: presence, stillness, life energy, consciousness, salvation, spirit, faith, freedom, unconditional acceptance, joy, inspiration, God, truth, beauty—these words all describe the same thing (though it really isn’t a thing because it flows from a realm of spaciousness beyond form).
Love is what we are, but the world has conditioned our minds to block it. A daily spiritual practice undoes the damage and unblocks us—re-conditioning the mind to align with the thought system of love instead of fear. What we are doing here is nothing short of ending poverty from the inside out. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.