I realized as I started to write this post, that I had never written about money in such a direct way before, even though it is a “subject” that I think about every day. Being able to do (and have) what we desire in this life is wonderful, and yet admitting that we would like to be wealthy or well-off financially, is socially unacceptable. When I am talking with a person who would like more money, almost always they will say something like,”I’d like to stop living month-to-month, but I don’t mean that I want to be a millionaire or anything like that!” As if being a millionaire was somehow taking a step down as a spiritual human being. Why would we limit ourselves with this kind of thinking?
I bought the book, that I quoted below, a number of years ago because I was really struggling with the idea of wealth and spirituality. When I read the line about enthusiasm, I thought, “How enthusiastic have I been around money?” …not very. The dominant energy that I held about money was; disappointed, discouraged, powerless, sometimes angry, confused longing, frustrated….a long way from enthusiastic expectation!
When I went through my, “Give it all away and serve those less fortunate” phase, on top of finding out that the less I had, the less I could do, I also saw the hypocrisy in myself. I have absolutely no issue with how anyone chooses to live, but if I feel deep down, that I cannot earn (or attract) a significant amount of money or financial abundance, and so I renounce money, I am not really making a choice. Only once I know that I can have something, am I free to give it up, free to make a choice.
A fun thing to do this weekend might be to start thinking more enthusiastically about money and abundance. Try saying a blessing over your wallet or purse. If you see a coin, say thank you. Smile at your money. Have fun. Make it a game. Start sending out a new signal and watch what happens!
“Money is energy. Your life is energy….Throughout history, philosophers and the great religious leaders have taught that there is divine abundance… We are loved and provided for. Money is just a symbol of the infinite goodness, the compassion that gave us life….money is energy and generating energy requires nothing except enthusiasm.” Stuart Wilde, The Little Money Bible