Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about money.
There are a lot of reasons for me to be thinking about it: selling one home; buying another; spending two days with my coach focused on growing my business; deciding whether to commit to another year of working with her. It’s been fascinating to observe how money flows into my life – or doesn’t. And despite the reflex to contract (energetically but also physically) when observing the “doesn’t” part, I do find value in the opportunity to understand what’s going on when money doesn’t appear to flow.
Much of my most recent experience with money has brought me around again to limiting beliefs that I thought I’d conquered in the past. (Yes, I too get tripped up sometimes by the belief that I can conquer an issue completely, once and for all, and never be stopped by it again in my life.) I’ve been able to use these opportunities to gather what I know about money and the limiting beliefs we have about it.
The Law of Attraction applies to money just like anything else; in order for money to come to you, you need to put positive attention on it and align your inner energy with the intention of having it. These beliefs, however, keep you from doing that; they either cause you to ignore money or, more likely, trigger negative attention.
See if you recognize yourself in any of these.
1) “Money is important.”
Does that one kinda hit you in the gut? In our society it’s easy to forget that this statement is false. Money seems to be a part of every conversation. Some people revere it – “the Almighty Dollar’ – but ultimately money is just a means to an end. It’s a currency that we’ve all agreed on so that we don’t have to barter our skills or belongings for each thing we wish to acquire. Money is just inanimate stuff, bearing no empirical significance.
2) “Good people don’t care about money.”
There are variations of this, such as “Only greedy people care about money” and “Money is the root of all evil.” This belief is really the other extreme of #1: That end of the spectrum is caring too much about money, while this end is caring too little. Since money is the currency by which people typically acquire the means to survive and thrive, there is no sin in giving it enough attention to make sure that what you need flows to you easily.
3) “Money is my reward for being a good person.”
Any triggery feelings with this one? It affects a lot of healers: “If I say that I work in service to others, then I simply need to sit in my office and clients (and their money) will roll in.” Deeper down, we want to believe that good things happen to good people, and having lots of money is a good thing, right? (That is, of course, unless you also believe #2.)
BTW, it’s absolutely possible – common, in fact – to hold multiple, conflicting beliefs in your consciousness. Have you picked up on that yet?
4) “God hates money.”
First of all, God doesn’t hate anything; hate is the one thing that God can’t do (or at least won’t), and truthfully God has no opinion at all about money or much else. (Want more thoughts on this? Neale Donald Walsch explored the idea deeply in Conversations with God.)
What commonly underlies this belief for healers and other lightworkers is the karma of our past-life experiences with money. You most likely had a lifetime (or several) when you chose money, wealth, and power over God, Love, and Light. Now you need to convince yourself that money is bad so that you won’t let it get in the way of your very important work for this lifetime. What’s a more convincing argument than “God hates X” to someone who’s here on a soul mission from God?
5) “Having money requires hard work.”
That’s the Protestant Work Ethic sneaking up on us: Work hard, keep your nose the grindstone, and rich rewards will be yours. But as I said before, the Law of Attraction applies to money just like everything else. Bringing more into your life requires aligning your energy with wealth and abundance and then letting yourself be guided toward the right actions for manifesting it. Just the other day, someone said in a teleseminar that one hour of inner work is equal to seven hours of outer work; therefore, if you do the inner work to align yourself with money, you don’t have to work nearly as hard to manifest money. The actions you do take will be effortlessly discerned and executed.
Note that part of aligning your inner self would include eliminating this limiting belief from your consciousness, whether it’s by repeated, brute-force correction of your conscious thoughts or energy work to release the limitation effortlessly. That’s true not only for belief #5 but for all of these beliefs.
6) “Money can appear out of thin air.”
You know what? Sometimes it does. That’s why people play the lottery. And while studying the Law of Attraction you’re bound to hear about people who meditated on money and received a huge check in the mail the next week.
But mostly, getting money requires action of some sort – especially if you also hold belief #5. In fact, I believe that this is a common reason why lightworkers have trouble making money: After learning about the Law of Attraction they focus all of their conscious thoughts on having money magically appear, except that they haven’t addressing their subconscious limiting belief and obligation to work hard for it.
How’s your relationship with money? Did any of these beliefs resonate with you?
What other limiting beliefs about money has your experience revealed?