Spiritual people (including myself) really have a tight grip on how money should be used.
Somehow, we have all gotten it in our heads that money is a bad thing and you had to do bad things to get it. And given some of the evidence of the wealthy people we have here in America at least, it is not that big of a leap even if it is dramatic. Like Jane Sincero says in You Are a Money Making Badass, we treat money like a sexual taboo. “Both money and sex can provide unthinkable pleasures, birth new life, and inspire violence and divorce. We’re ashamed if we don’t have it, we’re even more ashamed to admit we want it, we will do things/people we’re not nuts about in order to get it."
Well, I am here to talk about it. We are all for sex education. I am here to drop some wealth education on ya. I am here to talk about it specifically with spiritual and conscious entrepreneurs.
Spirituality, conciseness, and wealth are not mutually exclusive things. Let's break it down:
1 | Money has power because we believe in it.
If this isn't a testament to faith and belief, I don't know what is. The economy literally works because we all decided to believe in it. Isn't that crazy?? We all agreed to see numbers on a screen as currency. We all agreed that they represent pieces of paper that we also agreed have value. And that is what money is: it is the shadow of value. It is the physical representation of what we deem valuable to us. That's it. It is all made up! To me, it almost doesn't seem real. It is all made up and we let it dictate so much of how we live our lives.
2 | Wealth is relative.
Value is relative and so is wealth. While one person may view wealth as traveling the world or owning a penthouse, another may view it as simply paying off a house for their family. We all have different value systems and wealth looks different to all of us. What you choose to spend your money on may not be the same as what your friends would spend theirs on because we all have different things that we perceive as valuable. Here's an example: I would never go to Starbucks every day for coffee. But, I know that there are people that go almost every day because it is more valuable to them to get their coffee made to-go. See? They will allocate money for that because it brings them some kind of value. I will allocate money for other things because that is not valuable to me.
3 | Wealth does not equal bad.
If you have wealth, it doesn't mean you are corrupt. If you have wealth, it doesn't mean you are a bad person. If you have wealth, it doesn't mean you took advantage of people to get it. Example, would you say that your local family-owned breakfast joint that does extremely well every weekend is corrupt? No. You wouldn't. I am challenging you here: Look for more evidence of wealth than just corrupt politicians and multi-million dollar oil executives. Look for evidence of those out there using their wealth for building communities, creating non-profits, or starting spiritual centers. There is so much more out there, and we are focusing on what we don't like.
4 | Take wealth off the pedestal.
So here's your one and only action item for this post. If you want to attain or start generating more wealth, start by mentally taking money off the lofty pedestal. It is not the end-all-be-all of the world. It won't solve all of your problems. It is not just for other people. It is for you too. If you are pushing it up and away from you, then you are also putting yourself down and below it. You are mentally putting yourself in a place where you can't even act. And if you are focusing too hard on obligations, you are probably definitely feeling stuck. The more you practice understanding it is for you and it can be for you NOW, the more you will find yourself getting ideas and wanting to act on it. Because you haven't pushed it into the unattainable area, you will start to feel more and more comfortable taking action and welcoming it into your life.
The faster that we believe that we, the spiritually conscious entrepreneurs, deserve wealth too, the faster money can shift so we can create better lives for ourselves and those around us.
It is time to let go of the belief that poverty and struggle are a cloak all spiritual people should wear. You aren't bad for wanting money. Money is just the thing that communicates value. You know what you value for your life. You want money because you know you could bless your life and bless those around you. You know how you would use the wealth to create a better world and community around you.
It's time to change the game.