I don’t remember ever hearing it outright, but somehow when I was young I learned that truly spiritual people did not need or want money. There are lots of clichés about money:
- Money is the root of all evil.
- It is better to give than to receive.
- Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
- Money doesn’t grow on trees.
- You can’t take it with you.
- Money isn’t everything.
- Money can’t buy happiness.
Some of these have truth in them, and some are, unfortunately, mis-quotes. For example, I have learned from a number of different sources that the first two quotes should really read, “The love of money is the root of all evil,” and, “It is better to be in a position to give than in a position where you need to receive.” Taken all together, the message I got was that money, or wealth, is bad.
It probably didn’t help that my family didn’t have a lot of money. My dad was always talking about this plan or that opportunity, but he never “made it” with any of them. Every once in a while, my father would tell me about how he could have made a lot of money with this or that, except for the thing that held him back. There is always an excuse.
Several years ago, I spent a lot of time attending courses and listening to audios and reading books about how to become successful or how to become wealthy. I learned a lot, but following in my father’s footsteps, I had a number of excuses and I did not apply what I have learned in my life. As easy as it might be to blame my parents, I don’t.
The courses I went to were great at motivating me while I was there in the room and surrounded by others who were just as hyped up as I was. Unfortunately, they didn’t offer an action plan to get me going or keep me motivated once I got home. They also did a very good job at appealing to my logic, but failed to engage my spirit. Once again, it sounds like I am blaming the courses for my lack of action, but please believe that I do not. I take full responsibility for my procrastination!
One course I went to at the end of October 2008 was different from the others. Instead of trying to teach methods of becoming wealthy, the point was to work on discovering the negative beliefs and conditioning we all have around money, and replace them with positive and supportive beliefs. I was amazed at the energy level of the room, and astounded at the depth of the work accomplished in a huge room of 450 people. The presenters managed to create and hold safe space for us to work in. I uncovered many of my own limiting beliefs and patterns.
Today, I understand and believe deep in my core that I am a child of the Divine. Since the Divine Spirit created everything in the Universe, and since I am a child of the Divine, everything in the Universe is my inheritance. It is my birthright, and yours! Each of us has come to this place and this time for a specific reason, and everything we need to accomplish our individual purposes has been provided for us. All we need to do is ask and be open to receiving.
In the Elements of Abundance class, we worked on changing our beliefs about money, our feelings about wealth, our actions to achieve our visions, and how we receive the abundance that is all around us. And even I have been amazed at the results the people in the class have been having!
I’ll be running another session in the late spring. Would you like to take part? I’m giving away a spot in my next Elements of Abundance course, and you could be the lucky winner! Just leave a comment below (on the blog, not on Facebook) letting me know why you would like to take the Elements of Abundance course. I’ll announce the lucky winner April 15th. Good luck!