Money tends to be a hot topic. An emotional topic. So I encourage you to take a deep breath. Open yourself up to a new perspective on money while reading this, and be ok if something triggers you. It’s okay and totally normal.
Have you noticed that many people really don’t like to talk about money? It tends to be a forbidden subject and can bring up yucky feelings for a lot of people. Money often has some pretty heavy belief systems attached to it as well. Here are some examples of beliefs around money:
- You have to work hard for money.
- Money is hard to come by.
- Rich people are evil. (or replace any number of undesirable words for evil)
- Money doesn’t grow on trees.
- Money isn’t spiritual.
- There’s only so much money to go around.
- Only the elite and educated can be rich.
Often times our money is tied to our self-worth. We judge ourselves and based on how much money we have or don’t have. And the reality is that money is only a stand in for an exchange of value. It’s not good and it’s not bad. It’s just energy. A neutral energy. And it only starts to mean something else – negative or positive – when we give it that meaning.
The desire for money can come from a spiritual or loving place, or from the ego. I believe that money doesn’t make us happy in and of itself. And, the people who tend to think it does are the ones going after money from a place of greed and ego. It also tends to be the people that are never really happy. They’re living from the place of “I’ll be happy when…”, some far off time in the future that they’re trying to reach, but never do.
But, when we live from the desire to be happy and fulfilled, money then becomes a system to support our happiness. Here’s what I mean. For me, money is a way to sustain how desire to show up in this world. My purpose is to aide and guide people in transformation. Transformation of health through my acupuncture practice and transformation of mind, perception and self through my coaching practice. And in order for me to be fully present for my clients, I need to be filled up and happy. This means taking time for self-care and continued growth through learning. Both of which take money.
I also have a strong desire to give back, and I mean on a large scale, not just little donations here and there. I want to be able to contribute to causes I am passionate about. And in order for me to give in the way that I desire, I need to have financial stability and freedom.
The bottom line is that money is what you make it out to be. If you have negative beliefs about money, you’re going to struggle with it – making it and keeping it. But, if you choose to see money as neutral and a way of supporting your highest good and your happiness and service to this world, then it will flow into your life with ease.