By Natalie Amsden
In the United States, everyone grows up hearing “money is the root of all evil,” and at an unconscious level most people actually believe it. This is evident based on the general consensus that any heart-centered field (education, social services, personal growth, etc.) should be “low paying.” After all, these people should be offering their services out of the kindness of their heart, right?
What a totally bogus notion. I say light workers and helpers of all kinds should be paid ABUNDANTLY! This unfounded belief causes many people to develop a negative association with money. Moreover, most don’t even realize they have resistance to money because it is so “normal” in our society.
If you want abundance in your life you need to make sure you don’t find yourself going around expecting that those who help you or others should be doing it for free or a pithy wage. Be honest with yourself: Do you have limiting money beliefs? Do you believe “money is the root of all evil?”
Well, I say, “Money is the root of all awesomeness!”
Try THAT belief on for size! Then, consider whether you have any of these three common limiting money beliefs lurking in the deep recesses of your mind, blocking your financial flow:
BLOCK #1: Poverty Consciousness
Even though we live in the wealthiest country in the world, most of us don’t recognize how abundant we truly are. Even people who are truly “wealthy” in financial terms usually still feel that there is “not enough.” One sign indicating that you have a poverty consciousness is feeling a sense of competition. Ask yourself if you believe there is a Money Pie and when YOU receive money (or resources or opportunity) that it takes AWAY from someone else.
Often, feelings like this stem from childhood experiences where either you experienced true lack of necessities or were in an environment with adults who FELT lack. When we hear “money doesn’t grow on trees,” it may inspire us to become “smart” with our spending, but usually it just makes us feel a sense of lack. These emotions related to money create a powerful money blueprint at an unconscious level, but these beliefs can be changed. How? Evidence.
1) Look for evidence that you do, in fact, HAVE money by looking at those who have less
2) Look for evidence that money is easy to GET by remembering times in your life where it just appeared when you needed it
3) Look for evidence that there is more than ENOUGH in the world by looking how many millionaires and billionaires there are in the world
4) Look for evidence that there is, in fact, no competition because each person’s “right clients” will find him or her
BLOCK #2: Money Guilt
Money guilt is a feeling passed between humans, often adult to child. Phrases like “eat everything on your plate because there are starving children in the world” is a good example of how this mind virus is transferred. How do you feel when you grow up knowing you HAVE while others DON’T? Guilty. And so what does this cause? Guilt over having MONEY. And how are you supposed to create money if it makes you feel guilty?
To overcome money guilt, you’ll need to reprogram your association with money to a feeling of worthiness. Why are you worthy to have it? Because you have a WORTHY reason for wanting it. Think about it… if someone handed you millions of dollars tomorrow, wouldn’t you do powerful, positive, helpful things with it? You see, money is not “evil,” it’s AWESOME! Picture yourself using your money to improve the lives of others and that feeling of guilt will subside.
BLOCK #3: Fear of Money
If you are one of those people who has negative feelings about wealthy people—they are selfish, crooks, evil or lucky—then you have a fear of money. Why? Because you fear that if you GET too much money it will turn you BAD. But wait, you already agreed if you had a BUNCH of money you’d do something positive with it.
Money doesn’t change people; it just magnifies who they are.
For example, I met Bert Jacobs, the founder of the T-Shirt company Life is Good. His company brought in 100 million dollars last year. He was very humble and definitely heart-centered. More importantly, he understood that the more wealth he created the more he could contribute to the things that he is passionate about. His foundation has helped millions of people around the world.
Now, to root out any fears related to money, ask yourself: How would your life change if you were to experience financial success? Would it create drastic changes in your life? Do you see any possible negative effects from it? Be really honest with yourself to find out if you have any unconscious beliefs that “negative” outcomes would happen if you were to become financially successful.
Unconscious beliefs can only block your abundance if they remain unconscious.
Money can only be evil in the hands of those who make it so. Abundance can only be cultivated in the hands of those who recognize their own awesomeness!
Natalie, Publisher of Transformation Magazine, has worked with thousands of people seeking to live a life of purpose and genuine relationship with their true selves, others, and their world. She is the former Director of a counseling center for teenagers and their parents. She is also a public speaker and leads workshops and retreats on Practical Spirituality, Finding Joy, Discovering Your Purpose, and Enlightened Relationships. www.transformationservices.org