When it comes to money and our ways of making it, we need to challenge destructive belief patterns as we step out in to the world of working for ourselves, where money is observed as one expression of value between two people. Beliefs that prevent us making the money we need to sustain ourselves in the current set up of the world, beliefs that cause us to sabotage our great work. We will not challenge those belief systems if we continue to get our advice from those who are playing out the self same destructive patterns.
When I started becoming aware of my desire to make money in business I sought out the wisdom of those who ran business. And as I became aware of how they thought differently, I came up against opposing thoughts from those I had known the longest. They were simply mirroring back to me my old thought patterns, which is why I was feeling the angst. As long as I claimed it as "their" belief it would cause me angst, as soon as I owned it as my own subconscious belief I had the power to change it. And as I walked further down the path I found myself at odds even with original teachers, as I discovered money mentors who were coming from a place that resonated with me more at the core of my being as I evolved on my own path. Every belief has served us well at some point in our life, but there comes a time when it is worth challenging it.
There are thousands of beliefs that we can hold about money that hinder us on our path to making money in business. Here are some examples of ones that I have seen in those I have worked with over the years, and a challenge to them.
"It takes money to make money."
This belief is what has us searching for investors for our business, not taking action right where we are at, or working with the networks of people we already know. What it takes is a belief in the services you offer, getting out and talking to people to tell them how you can serve them or people they know, and a passion for what you do. You could find yourself with no money to your name, but as long as you subscribe to the above thoughts, you can make waves right where you are at. You will begin to make money that you can then invest back in to your business to make more money. It definitely helps your business when you have money, but it is not needed to begin the process of making it. You can create a website for free, set up a paypal account to receive money from people, post freed ads online, host free events for people where you share your services. The list is endless, but you will not know this unless you can believe for yourself that it takes creativity, passion, imagination, focus, determination, and other qualities intrinsic to who you are, to make money.
"Money is the root of all evil."
In the wrong hands money can be used to perform evil acts, there is no denying it. But it is equally a source of great support to many who are walking higher roads. I can think of many organisations who are using money to do great good in the world. Money itself is an inanimate object. It is not good or bad. It is the consciousness of the person who is in charge of the money that makes it good or evil. If this is a belief that is holding you back, then you really need to focus on who you are to become when you have money. Decide for yourself who you want to be. And when you seek out money and business mentors, seek out those who are already being that. You can be someone who is out to serve the world, to make it a better place, and recognise that money is a tool that will help support you in creating that reality.
"Money is not spiritual."
This one held me back for years. Many spiritual organisations have very strong dogma about money and the purity of the poor man, and yet many of them have lots of money themselves. Their hypocrisy can confuse followers, it definitely confused this author as a young man. When it becomes apparent that holding on to money and power can be a problem for these religions, it can cause us to question the mix of money and spirituality. The truth of it is that many spiritual organisations of high integrity are supported by money. It is how they obtain it that says more about who they are at the core. It is a reality of this world, at this time in history, that money supports us. We may see a time when money is not needed, and I know there are many groups seeking to create this. There are arguments proposed on all sides when it comes to attitudes towards, and the meaning of, wealth, and often backed by quotes from scriptures. I challenge you to seek the truth within yourself. If you are refusing money in your life, that would help you to enhance your spiritual mission, are you clinging on to a belief that does not work for you? At the same time, have you convinced yourself that money is so spiritual that you seek it above the greatness that resides within your heart space. If you see yourself as a steward of spirits money, you may take a whole new outlook on your relationship with it.
Money is the visible sign of a universal force, and this force in its manifestation on earth works on the vital and physical planes and is indispensible to the fullness of the outer life. In its origin and its true action it belongs to the Divine.”
"I don't have enough."
The belief of not having enough is at the centre of greed and poverty. There are people with millions of dollars in their bank who feel they don't have enough money, are always looking for more, and are consumed by greed. And there are also those with millions of dollars in their bank who know they have enough, and share it amongst the world. There are those who have very little in their bank account who believe they don't have enough, and make this a reality for themselves, constantly struggling. Then there are broke people who can walk around with a smile on their face, knowing that they always have enough of everything that they need, and are self sufficient, and magically seem to create whatever they need. So it has a bit to do with the actual circumstances that you find yourself in, but a lot to do with your perception of that reality. The belief that there is not enough is the root of the poverty in the world, and it is something that we are facing on a grand scale at this time. You can do your part by challenging thoughts of poverty within yourself. What if you spent more time and attention giving focus to what you do have, right here, right now, in gratitude? When more of us come from this place, and inspire the same attention from others, it can work wonders in the world.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
"It is hard for me to make money."
I worked with a new author who was struggling to sell even one copy of her book. After a short while discussing it with her I realised that she had the belief, passed down generation after generation, that it was difficult for her to make money. We did some EFT on this belief and began to challenge it with a new thinking. The next day she sold two books. It can be fun and easy to make money, but we have to be willing to allow ourselves to have this experience. It is one that I have struggled with in my past, and every so often I have to be aware of what I am acting on. The other thing about this is that we create a belief that we don't deserve the money if we didn't work hard for it, because we haven't earned it with blood, sweat and tears. This prevents people doing things like affiliate promotions on their sites, which can help them make money while they sleep. I love when I receive checks for things that were simply a referral fee, as a result of someone placing an order on someone's website because of an email I sent that shared something of value. When we believe it is hard to make money, we are not even aware that these exist as an option. At the same time, when you love what you do, you will be willing to do the hard work to get there. But there is difference between hard work because you love something so much, and hard work that adds to your suffering. And it is also advisable to be aware when you are even making the work you love, harder than it needs to be.
"Money is worthless."
There is no shortage of information on the internet about the fabrication of money out of nothing, leading many to see only worthlessness in it. It can be given way too much worth by some, and not given enough worth by others. This is why it continues to remain a testy area for so many in life. What I have seen is that when people believe that money is worthless though, that they do not value it in their life, end up getting rid of it quickly, and are soon back to struggling. I know many who are successfully living off the grid, who are self sufficient, and have no need for money. But we are not all at that point, and may not be for a while. So while we make the choice to live on the grid, to use electricity, to pay bills, to pay for education, then it has worth in our lives. Resolving the conflict between thinking it is worthless, but knowing that it pays the bills, will help you to find the clear path for you in your relationship with money. Money does not define your worth, and at this time it is a needed expression of value for many of us. Decide where you lie in this spectrum and decide whether you want to make money worthwhile or not. Let people live the way they want to live, and experience their own lessons, and focus on who you are being called to become. Believe it is worthless and you will treat it as such. Believe it is worthwhile and you may go on to help create a money system or greater worth in the world.
"You have to be pushy to sell stuff."
The fear of being pushy stops many gifted talents from stepping out the door. It is true, if you look out in to the world at large you will see many people pushing to get something in to your hands, you can tell they just want the money. Heck, I have been that person and I hated myself for it. But, who are the people that you buy from? Chances are they are not that pushy person. Chances are they offered you value, a service you believed in, and gave you good vibes. These are the people to learn from, these are the ones who are coming from a place of service, and making money doing what they love. The pushy ones may be focused on the money as the primary objective, and don't care what you think about them. Those who are selling you something because they care enough to see you have something you love, don't have to be pushy to make a sale. In order to sell you have to offer value, you need to trust yourself so that you make the right choices for the people you serve, you have to believe in yourself in the face of rejection, and you have to be willing to ask people for money. It is behind asking for money that you will also uncover a whole whack of other subconscious money beliefs but that is to be left for another day.
Becoming aware of our destructive belief patterns is one thing, but releasing them is another. If we were to address every destructive belief that we have about money we would spend our whole lifetime doing it, and that would take up a lot of time. Thankfully, I believe that when we allow it, we get support from a higher power in releasing them. But, for those that we do become aware of, we have the power to be able to change them, through methods such as self-hypnosis, the Emotional Freedom Technique, Psych-K, and others which help bring about the cellular shift. The old beliefs have been conditioned in to us over a lifetime, but thankfully it won't take a lifetime to adopt a new belief. However, because it may have taken 1000 repetitions of the thought to embody it in our subconscious, it will often take more than the awareness alone to make the change.
Rather than telling you what to believe, I would advise you to meditate on the words above, discern your own truth, and see what you come up with for a constructive belief pattern to replace the old ones. I would love to hear what you come up with!
I have been in places in my life where I have put too much value on money, and others when I have put too little value on it. I struggled unnecessarily with it. I went to wealth courses where I was simply focused on making more money which left me still feeling as though I was missing something. I went to others that helped me to feel more complete. I believe that we need to challenge the money beliefs that are preventing us from sharing our work with the world, and at the same time to listen to our heartspace. As much as we can do ourselves harm from listening only to ourselves, many have hurt themselves more listening to those who valued money and power over all else. This is your life, you need to trust yourself enough to trust what others are telling you, and to know when they are shoving ideas down your throat that are incongruent with who you are at the core of your being.
What I have covered is really only the tip of the iceberg of a highly charged topic. Please feel free to add your comments and insights below. If these are something that you are willing and ready to challenge, then I suggest setting up a complimentary coaching session where we can determine what may be holding you back from finding peace with the subject of money.
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