Maggie H is a Global Explorer and Wellness Guru from Hong Kong. Among many spiritual endeavors, Maggie practices and leads Qigong meditation to help people around the world find their inner balance. Find out more about this and other Eastern Philosophy & Meditation practices every Monday on the ICBRKR blog.

The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann

“What is the difference between having hopes and dreams and being greedy?”

This used to be my burning question. I asked this question to many different teachers, practitioners and religious people, and they all tried their best to give me an answer but none of these answers was clear enough until I met my qigong master.

His answer was simple and clear, “If you want to get a pen that is worth $100 and are willing to pay $100 to get it, that is having hopes and dreams, but if you only want to pay $10, that's being greedy.”

It's natural as humans to desire something, like birds flying high and fish swimming in water, so as long as we understand that there is no free lunch, we can hope and dream about anything. That's how we can live our life to its fullest.

I once took a friend to hike the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong and asked him to choose between the shortest path and the regular one. He chose the shortest one, as most of us would, and off we went. But in the middle of the hike, he started complaining, while sweating and gasping, that this route was too hard. His sweat was the price he had to pay for saving time, which I believe was a fair exchange.

Most of the troubles we encounter in life take place when we ignore the fair part. It may seem like we get away with it at first, but at some point, we have to pay the difference one way or another. The thing is: the first time, we can choose how we wish to pay; but the second time, when the difference is due, the universe chooses the method for us and we may not like it very much.

Once we are clear about how the universal payment system works, we should ask ourselves if our hopes and dreams are against any moral virtues, for example, the five moral virtues of Confucianism—humanity, justice, courtesy, wisdom and fidelity—or the five moral precepts in Buddhism, or of any other belief system. Moral virtues protect us from incurring any bad consequences.

One last thing before we get to manifestation. A few years ago, I experimented manifesting $100 with someone sceptical about her own ability. She called me after a week and sounded a bit confused and said that the money came in through her friend unexpectedly but she still wasn't sure whether it was her own manifestation. She expected something more mystical like a fairy with a magic wand putting the money under her pillow.

When things are being manifested, they happen smoothly and effortlessly without fireworks or fanfare through the connections or channels we already have such as friends, family and work. The manifestation is led by our deep consciousness, so its process is like watching a plant grow. We know it's growing continuously but we can't possibly notice it by staring at it, unless we come back the next day to see its growth.

Maggie H is a Life Cartographer, Eastern philosopher, Qigong master, Buddhist and Taoist meditator, Feng Shui practitioner, and researcher of Buddhist scriptures. She lives in Hong Kong, and regularly travels to both India and South Korea to further her spiritual growth and development. Her lifelong motto is: "benefit to all humankind."


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