That's what Peter Koenig told me in the “Money Seminar” that I recently attended. This is an astonishing course and I recommend it to everybody. Peter has an original vision of money related problems. According to him, money itself is not a problem: it is only a tool to facilitate transactions. Our relationship to money is at the source of difficulties such as the financial crisis. For instance, many people are afraid of lacking money to sustain their own security. This is an illusion. Whatever amount of wealth they own, they will always feel they do not have enough to feel safe. They will spend their life accumulating endlessly. In reality, we all have inside of us the means to feel safe, with or without money.
Here are excerpts of an interview of Peter Koenig :
“ Crisis equals change and opportunities for growth, it is said. What could be the benefits of this crisis?
Peter Koenig : Generally speaking the main benefit of this crisis is that it brings us away from the fictional, abstract, self-delusional world we have been pretending is the truth and natural and call "normal" - a fiction mirrored by the financial system from inception in its design in 1692 - back to reality and closer to nature. A healthy remembering process.
The potential growth I see occurring is not on the material level. We already have enough material and as mentioned the crisis may act in the opposite direction as a brake. Although there are justifiable fears in this development I suspect we will also discover many blessings, for example already lower commodity and basic food prices, a reversal of the polarizing trend of purchasing power between rich and poor which was starting to cripple both.
The opportunity for growth I see in immaterial terms, in regard to a stimulus for growth of awareness, consciousness and intelligence. Personally I'd like to see more people seeking to understand deeper what money is, where it is, how it works mechanically and taking the responsibility for the system whatever it is, rather than seeking to shelve this responsibility and apportion blame on politicians and bankers. We have all been playing our part in the system in one way or another but most people don't realize how. With assumption of this responsibility, founded on proper information and education (no one learnt about money at school!) we shall together over time evolve more intelligent systems.
Concretely for now though I've a simple little proposal for those who'd like try it, appropriate to the present circumstances. That is to do a simple thought experiment. Imagine that the financial system would collapse tomorrow. Is there anything that you would choose to do that you don't do now, or that you would stop doing? My suggestion is that you do this or stop doing it immediately!”