It is a common belief for many people that if you are rich, you are more worthy or if you have money you are worthy. There are also beliefs about money which make it ‘bad’ in the perception of many people who have these beliefs. So, people can crave to be rich due to believing it brings self-worth and/or people can avoid money or riches believing them to be somehow wrong or bad. These are just two simplified examples. There can be many more variations/combinations/complex situations.
When a person who believes self-worth comes from money gets some money, they will feel a temporary and limited sense of happiness, a temporary sense of self-worth. But the programming of the person does not actually change with the action of receiving more money. They will only experience having more money with the same programming. So, their default/experienced capacity of creating happiness will not change. So, sooner or later, the total amount of happiness they are creating will return to their default level. See, the degree that you have cultivated your capacity of happiness, you shall experience that level. So, they will feel happy about having more money, but then when they spend the money, they will feel even less happy (or worthy) because of having less money. Or when they can’t spend the money, they will feel frustrated about not being able to spend it. It is just their own energy is being shaped by their programming to create a matching experience, a matching happiness level or mood.
Likewise, a person who believes money is wrong or bad, will avoid earning money and when they earn some, or above a threshold, they may feel guilty about it and try to get rid of it one way or another. They will feel less unworthy when they have little money/below their threshold amount of money. So, even though they receive some greater amount of money, they will again manage to get rid of it and return to their default level of happiness that they are able to create.
These are examples of conditional experiences influenced by the mental programming of the persons.
There is also an unconditional sense of self worth available to all, independent of how much money they possess. This sense of self worth is coming from their existence, it is the experience of their existence, deeper than the conditioned perception that their mind is creating. By genuine spiritual growth, by learning to look inward, deeper than the conditioned structures of the mind, we can experience this innate unconditional self worth. The more we develop our awareness of this innate self worth, the greater our capacity of happiness becomes. This is the real growth of our capacity of happiness. This sense of self worth, money cannot increase or decrease. Only our awareness of this and our evolution of perception along with our increasing awareness of this results in this growth. One can call this, the process of awakening to our genuine perfection, to our perfect self worth that is eternally available within ourselves, as ourselves. The greater the degree a person has found this within themselves and are living this reality, the lesser they will be affected by their material situation in terms of their inner peace/happiness/experienced self worth.
The first two examples are a state of dependency on money to feel worthy. And it can only result in a pseudo, limited, false sense of happiness that is paid by our own energy without putting in any new energy. So, it is not sustainable or when sustained, it hurts us/other beings and sooner or later will come back to us and we will experience the consequences.
The last situation is learning to be happy with freedom, without creating any new dependencies and becoming free from already existing ones similar to the first two examples.