I’m not here to convince you to be rich. I’m not here to convince you to want money. Okay, well, maybe I am just a little bit. But only because – get this – it’s so possible… and you’re so worthy.
In terms of spiritual pursuits, we so often prize soul growth, healing from the past, helping the world, putting forth good energy, expanding our consciousness, exercising gratitude, wanting to still our minds through mindfulness or meditation, prayer, being a good person, fulfilling our purpose and finding peace.
Worthy pursuits? Absolutely. They are highly valuable and I’ve dedicated much of my work and intention in this world to uplifting others to achieve those beautiful states.
So, why the question of wealth and making money?
A few reasons:
- Money is not inherently bad or evil. Money is simply a means of exchange. And like it or not, it’s how our society is set up to run. We use money in exchange for having things (house, car, food, hair cuts, clothes, vacations, school supplies, chocolate bars – you name it)
- Prosperity and abundance are your birth right. “It is my pleasure to give you the Kingdom” may mean a lot of things… but spiritual prosperity is naturally linked to thriving in other ways… money included
- You can. If you knew that you could have wealth with the wave of a magic wand, would you have it? My question is… why not? Your having more does not mean someone else has less. There is no finite amount of financial resources. We are all worthy.
Tonight, I had a fullness of heart when I did something. It’s a practice I committed to a long time ago that continues to fulfill and enrich my life. I donated money.
Now, each time I receive money in any form (payment, tax refund, gift, even a $20 bill I’d find on the street), I write it down. About once a week, I have the great pleasure of sitting down at my office desk to hand-write out a check to a worthy cause.
Once you start to look for charitable causes, it’s amazingly fulfilling to see what your money can go to support.
Recently, I discovered that a former student of mine (I was a teacher in a past life) had been severely injured in a car accident. My heart broke for this sweet kid. He’s no longer a kid, but I remember him from 2nd grade – even though he is now a young man. My instinct was to want to help. There were donations pouring in, as well as thoughtful gifts, mementos, flowers, photographs, cards, you name it.
I had the thought, wouldn’t it be amazing if I were in a financial position to be able to make a significant impact on their lives? What if I could anonymously just drop $10,000 in their lap? What would it mean to them? How would their lives be different? What new treatments could he receive? What hope would that instill?
People love giving and they love receiving. We see large sums of money as gifts as tremendous blessings. (Have you watched Ellen Degeneres? Have you seen the tears flowing from people’s eyes when she bestows them with surprise financial gifts in the thousands?) Money means something. It can mean care, security, enjoyment…
The best wealth formula can also be called a spiritual practice.
In the spirit of Zig Ziglar, who said, “Help enough people get what they want, and you can have anything you want,” and Tony Robbins who teaches similar philosophies, here’s the thing:
“The secret to wealth is simple. Find a way to do more for others than anyone else does. Become more valuable. Do more. Give more. Serve more. And you will have the opportunity to earn more.”
Jim Rohn makes the caveat that of course, a person can be valuable in a number of ways. A valuable member of the community, a valuable brother, son, husband, a valuable friend – but in terms of the marketplace, increase your value and you’ll increase your wealth.
If you believe in being able to manifest material items into the world, adding in a spiritual quality to money is the next step.
Rather than money NOT being spiritual, I believe it is a high form of spiritual practice. Because when you are truly aligned, you truly accept yourself with ultimate love, you automatically feel worthy, you automatically generate success, you automatically receive financial compensation to match that energy. (Unless of course you are blocking it for some reason. 🙂 )
If you believe that being spiritual means living in poverty, that is a belief that doesn’t serve you, or anyone else. Is your being broke helpful to others who are broke? I’ll tell you, I grew up being ‘poor’. (I hesitate to use the word poor here, because poor is so relative. We live in such a rich country. But yes, I definitely grew up in some version of “poor,” where there were lots of hardships, tears about money, in a tiny house near the proverbial wrong side of the tracks.) And I’ll tell you, being poor doesn’t serve anyone.
“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor, rich is better.” – Mae West
Flash back to my former student and wanting to donate a large sum to him… Well, I’m not (yet) in a position to write him a $10k check for medical care.
But, yes, I unabashedly admit that being a millionaire is a definite goal of mine. I’m well on my way to wealth creation because I have accepted a wealth consciousness. I am worthy of prosperity… We all are.
I did, however, contribute to this amazing kid’s Go Fund Me page. And I have to tell you, it’s amazing to have a feeling of “I have more than enough. It is easy for me to give with a full heart.”
I’m a big proponent of giving 10% and this book talks more about this principle:
The 4 Laws of Spiritual Prosperity by Edwene Gaines
I don’t believe God intended for us to struggle. I don’t believe that you having more means that I have less. I don’t believe money is bad.
And because of those beliefs, I can easily bless the success of my friends, colleagues and mentors.
I can look at my dream car passing me by on the road, with a full heart rather than envy or disdain for the driver. I can support causes and people that help make the world a better place. I can more than take care of my family.
And what fun can money bring to you? Oh boy, it’s really limitless.
I revel in the thought of our world-traveling days as a family. I love being able to afford good, healthy, organic, quality food. I love the feeling of being able to have what we need and want. It’s good.
Life is about feeling good. Life is about allowing ourselves to accept our true nature, which is to thrive. Life is about love. Money is a means for extending and receiving love. If you don’t believe that, buy someone a bouquet of flowers, buy yourself a massage, or buy your mother a new house. See if it feels good. See if you feel loving. See if the recipient feels love.
When you don’t have enough, you feel restricted.
Is money necessary in order to feel love? Of course not. Of course you can have a rich life in terms of your spirit, your soul, your volunteer contributions, your pro bono work, your inner peace. But why would you then choose to cut yourself off from what is available to you, if you only ask?
The questions for you are…
Do you believe having money is ‘bad’ in some way? Why do you believe that?
What do you think would happen if you suddenly had wealth?
What are your associations with people who are wealthy? And where did those associations come from? (Media, tv, movies, family?)
Do you believe it is more spiritually worthy to struggle, or have ‘just enough’? Why?
Can you believe for a moment that if you shared your unique gifts with the world in a BIG way (reaching more and more people for example) that you should be rewarded with wealth?
Do you think Oprah or Eckhart Tolle feel bad about having wealth? Do you think it is ‘right’ for them to be wealthy because of the value they bring to people’s lives? Would you respect them more if they lived lives of poverty?
Success means many things. Fulfillment, yes. Spiritual growth, yes. Self-love, forgiveness, non-judgment, acceptance, progress, healing, harmonious relationships, yes.
Why not wealth? Ok, so I started this article by saying I’m not here to convince you to want money. But… maybe I did. Because one day it suddenly dawned on me:
I can have, do and be anything I want.
I got out pen and paper and made my list. Though wealth had never been a priority in my life (evident by my bank account), I thought… Well… if I can truly have anything I want, then yes! Millionaire does have a nice ring to it. Sounds like a pretty amazing goal to me.
And as Jim Rohn says, “Set a goal to become a millionaire for what it will make of you to achieve it.”
The personal growth I’ve made is LEAPS and bounds since I made that commitment to wealth, than what I had achieved in much of my life. It nearly brings me to tears. The growth, the expansion of my life. The very fact that you’re reading this. Amazing what has transpired.
Growth is our natural state. And it should be effortless and fun. As they say, “The grass doesn’t strain to grow.” Everything grows in its natural state.
What I have learned in the pursuit of wealth is extraordinary.
In the last 4 years, I have learned:
- How to build websites
- How to publish e-books and publish on Kindle
- How to outsource work projects
- How to hire and work with a VA
- How to have uncomfortable conversations
- How to speak in public
- How to show people their own value
- How to run online businesses
- How to source private label retail products
- How to speak with confidence
- How to own my own voice and truth
- How to do Transcendental Meditation
- How to teach online
- How to visualize
- How to create a life vision
- How to blog
- How to lead
- How to help others see vision in their lives
- How to create and host a podcast
- How to market
- How to sell
- How to inspire
- How to listen
- How to truly see people’s inner beauty
- How to live with non-judgment
- How to ‘act as if’
- How to goal-set
- How to get back up when I fall
- How to do SEO, rank in Google and draw an online following
- How to use social media for business
- How to create a brand
- How to calculate profit margins
- How to manage business finances
- How to own and operate LLC’s
- How to create online courses and offerings
- How to record high quality videos and audios
- How to coach
- How to practice mindfulness
- How to be authentic
- How to give with a full heart
- How to see the good in most everything
- How to do affirmations
- How to extend self-love and love to others
- How to forgive
- How to embrace my abilities
- How to operate in my ‘zone of genius’
- How to empower others
- How to teach my children they can dream big and achieve
- How to relax into my natural state
- How to drop worry, anger and resentment
- How to love my life even more than I did before
- How to be better today than I was yesterday
Wow. Honestly, I think I could write 100 more things that I have learned in the past 4 years in my “pursuit of wealth”.
Was wealth creation my #1 goal when I sat down 4 years ago with pen and paper in hand? No, it was one of many goals. Many of those goals have come true. And over time, many of those goals have changed.
Wealth consciousness simply means accepting that wealth is yours for the asking. But you have to really believe it.
What do you believe about wealth? What does money mean to you?
I would l-o-v-e to hear from you on this. Simply reply in the comments. Sending you much love