Money can be such a contentious topic. It is something we all require but many of us grow up with so many conflicting ideas about what money is, how we should use it, and the moral and ethical ramifications attached to the subject of money. Hell, I’ve seen plenty of my clients struggle with simultaneously wanting money desperately and hating the idea of being someone who wants money. Today, I want to put a lot of this confusion and inner turmoil to rest and show you exactly how money can be a force for good and why you really do need to elevate your wealth consciousness ASAP.
How Do You Really Feel About Money?
Let’s start by taking a look at all of those pesky limiting beliefs I was just talking about. The biggest one that we need to address is the idea that there is something inherently wrong about wanting or having money. So many people feel so much guilt for their desire to have money! And if they’re not feeling guilt, then they’re feeling shame, desperation, futility, or something equally shitty. And all of this negative energy and emotion stems directly from the messages and beliefs that you have adopted into your worldview. Start by taking a look at your own financial situation. Are you happy with it? Do you feel safe, stable, and comfortable financially? If the answer isn’t a resounding yes, then you’ve probably got some sneaky beliefs hanging out and messing up your energy around money.
Now, I don’t want you to think that there’s something wrong with you for not having a perfect relationship with money. The reality is that money is one of the three great levers that the universe uses to propel us through life (the other two being relationships and health. I’ll be teaching about these levers in tomorrow’s issue of the premium newsletter so if you want to know more, you’ll want to join the premium newsletter today) Almost nobody gets to swan through life without tackling these three levers on some level. If you were to do nothing in your spiritual life but work on your money, your relationships, and your health, it would catapult you forward in life. That said, many of us end up with so much guilt, negative emotion, and avoidance around the subject of money that we won’t even approach this topic because it’s so uncomfortable. That’s certainly not the case for everyone, this is a spectrum as with all things. But, if you are not completely satisfied with your financial reality, you probably fall somewhere on this spectrum.
Take a look at this list of some of the most common limiting money beliefs and see if any of them jump out at you.
- Wanting money is greedy and bad
- I am not good with money therefore I should not have the money
- I don’t trust myself with money
- I’m not capable of making a lot of money
- Rich people are ruining our world
- Money is the root of all evil
- Wanting money isn’t spiritual
- I don’t know how to budget/invest/earn so I never will
- It’s not polite to talk about money
- Having debt is shameful
- Being poor is shameful
- The only thing that matters in life is money
- If I have money, people will only stick around because they want my wealth
- Wealthy people are unhappy
- Money can’t buy happiness
- Nobody will take care of me if I have money, I’ll be on my own
- My spouse wouldn’t like it if I made more money than them
- I won’t be able to find a partner if I’m too successful
- Making too much money will make me seem intimidating
- I don’t want to make my family or friends feel inferior by making more money than them
And I could keep going!
There are so many of these beliefs hiding in every relationship, every piece of media, every advertisement, and every conversation that we have been exposed to over the course of our entire lives. Many of these, we don’t even realize we have! Even I still struggle with finding sneaky, hidden limiting beliefs around money.
But just because we hold these beliefs doesn’t mean that these beliefs are ultimately true.
Is That The Ultimate Truth?
So what is the truth?
The fundamental truth about money that I want you to take away from this is that it is a form of leverage. I’ve already talked a little bit about how the universe uses money as leverage to create opportunities for you to grow and progress. These opportunities might not always feel great, but they are always meant as an opportunity to grow and move toward your highest good. But on a more practical level, here in physical reality money is one of the ways that we create leverage in our world.
The more money you have and the better you are at utilizing that money, the more leverage you have to create and change your reality to suit your desires and needs.
Notice that I didn’t simply say that more money equals more leverage. Financial education is as much a leverage point as money itself. You can have all the money in the world but if you don’t know what to do with it it will not improve your life in any substantial, lasting way. Just look at the many lottery winners who win millions of dollars and within a year or two, they’re completely broke again. You can also look at examples of people who have done the opposite. People who have started with very small amounts of money but through intelligent execution of financial moves, managed to make themselves very successful in life. So I don’t want you to think that if you don’t have a huge amount of money, you don’t have any leverage. You can always increase the amount of leverage you have even without making more money. You gain incredible leverage simply by knowing what to do with the money that you do have.
When we think about money in terms of leverage like this, it has a neutralizing effect on many of the more negative implications and beliefs attached to this topic. Leverage is neutral. Leverage is simply the ability to change things. You can change things in your favor. You can change things in the favor of other people. You can change things in favor of the collective whole of humanity if you have enough leverage.
The problem is not that having leverage is a bad thing.
The real problem arises when the wrong people gain access to too much leverage without good people to balance and negate the negative impact created by these people.
What Would You Do With More Leverage?
If we look at the world and think that the people who have all of the money are doing a poor job of improving the world for all of us, the answer is not to vilify people with money. The answer is to create more people in the world who have the money, leverage, and desire to make positive changes in the world. This is the thing that is missing in so many people’s mental matrices around money. Think about yourself. What problems and causes are dear to your heart? Maybe it’s a group of people, a specific topic, the environment, lessening violence in the world, improving our food quality and production, saving the bees, improving education, making sure your loved ones are safe and happy, whatever it is that you really care about. Think about how much more you could do to progress this thing that matters so much to you if you had real leverage in the world. If you have enough money to take care of all of your basic needs and a good portion of your desires, would you not set aside some of that wealth to help solve these problems that matter to you?
There are many wealthy people in the world already doing good with their money! They have recognized that the expansion of their personal wealth gives them the ability to directly contribute to shaping the world in the ways that they see fit. In the ways that matter most to them. They are solving the problems that they care about. And when I talk about having leverage and wealth, I’m not saying you need to be a billionaire! Just think about how much money it would take for you to comfortably meet your needs and desires. Come up with a number right now, in order to afford everything you need and those desires that are actually meaningful for you, how much would you really need? $100,000 a year? $200,000 a year?
Most people don’t need or want a life of obscene luxury. Most of us simply want a life that feels good. We want a life of ease, beauty, safety and security. Accomplishing that is probably much more attainable than you think. And if you can reach that point, everything beyond that becomes your leverage in changing the world around you. Perhaps you won’t save the planet all by yourself on $200,000 a year but you could certainly make a substantial contribution to your community and the well-being of the people who matter to you. You don’t even have to make this contribution using money! When you have the safety, security, and stability that money creates, it frees up so much of your time and mental and emotional resources to pour into the people and things that matter to you.
YOU Deserve More Money
All of this is to say if you think you’re not deserving of all of the freedom and security and leverage that money can give you, you are wrong.
You deserve money.
In fact, we all need you to have more money. Because you are the kind of person who will do good in the world with that money. Whether you are solving some global crisis or simply making the world a better place for the people that you love, we need people who will do good with the leverage that they have. Your wealth and your prosperity benefit the entire world. If you think that there is something wrong or shameful about you making more money or having the security and ease and freedom that money provides, you need to weed out those limiting beliefs right here and now.
The wealth of good people becomes the wealth of the entire collective of humanity. Leverage in the hands of people who will do good makes the entire planet better for all of us. It makes the world happier, freer, and safer for all of us. It’s okay if you don’t know exactly how to make more money right this second. And it’s okay if you feel like your financial knowledge is lacking. I’m not asking you to have all of the answers today. All I want is for you to realize that you not only deserve money, but that you getting that money is for the greatest good of your soul and all of the rest of us here on this planet today.
So do us all a favor and recognize that you are worthy, deserving, and capable of stepping into a reality of ease, security, and wealth for yourself.