Let’s talk about money.
Why do some people have it while others don’t? Why are some people able to make more and more and more of it while other people seem to struggle with holding on to it long enough to ensure their basic survival? Money seems pretty complicated, but here’s the secret:
Money is like love: when you don’t have it, it’s all you can think about.
Love and money are linked. They are two sides of the same coin, and that is the coin of self-worth. When you begin to really know your worth, you will understand that love and money come to you when you feel you deserve them! As long as you are feeling small, you will be holding up a small tin cup under the golden tap of Life. When you start remembering who you really are, and who made you, your container grows proportionately. Having money is not about doing more, it is about knowing how to receive all that Life is trying to give you.
Let’s back up here a moment. Some of us have had real struggles with poverty. Some of us know the gnawing pangs of hunger, the hopeless frustration of low-income housing, the vicious cycle of minimum wage jobs. Some of us have watched our parents and siblings literally go without food so our bellies could be filled. And those were hard times. But if you are reading this on a computer right now, chances are somehow you have moved to the next level. Somehow, you held onto that firm thread of hope that only extreme poverty breeds, and decided you will make it. You will relate to some version of this story if your parents immigrated with few resources to a new country. You will relate to this story if you have families or friends who have had to be helped by government programs so they could make ends meet.
Poverty is not a small thing. I get that. I have lived that.
But things are changing. Our parents, our teachers, our friends kept us on track so we would “become something one day”. And here we are! Accountants, entrepreneurs, artists, care-providers, teachers, mothers, mentors, and the list goes on. But if we don’t actually face and heal those old beliefs about money, we can be bringing in six figures and still feel broke. No matter how much we have, how nice our homes, our cars, our children’s schools are, we will not be fulfilled. Worse, we will feel like it could all come crashing down at any moment.
And it has! In the last five years, we have seen how missing two or three payments means the bank takes back your home. We have seen people struggle as the debt starts to catch up, and felt the drowning overwhelm of never enough, never enough.
It’s time for a mind-shift! We have to change the way we see money, especially those of us that come from poverty. Money is nothing but a symbol. How do I know this? Because when I went to Australia, China, England, Pakistan, and tried to pay for food with my Canadian dollar bill, it had no value! Our money only has value because we say it does. The numbers in your bank account are only that: numbers! So why not add a couple zeros? Here are four tips to help you reframe your thinking about money and attract more abundance:
I do believe there is such a thing as a free lunch. I also believe in karma.
If you treat people well, if you are generous, if you give of yourself whole heartedly, life will respond to that. If you look for motives, keep tabs, and count every penny, life will also respond to that. You are creating your bank account by the way you see the world, the way you see people, and the way you see your Creator. Why would He/She that created us hold anything back? That would be grounds for termination! No God(ess) of mine is stingy or uncaring. So then it must be the choices WE have made that put us in this bind. Time to find a way out.
Take the plunge of a new way of thinking about money today, and watch as the miracles unfold!