Guest Post: A Spiritual Approach to Money

by James Hendrickson on July 16, 2013 · 0 comments

spiritual_wealthThis blog post is for those people that are unhappy with their current financial situation and are curious to see how they might be contributing to the problem. I explore the spiritual approach to attaining money and how you can use Universal laws to help you get where you need to be.

As a spiritual person I’ve often resented money. I’ve always felt that if I embraced the concept of money and had lots of it, I wouldn’t be as enlightened. I thought connecting myself to the material world would somehow hinder my spiritual growth and prevent me from reaching a level of detachment to this world. A practice the Buddhists, Hindus, and Christian religions explain as a necessary step towards a heightened awareness. Honestly, the thought crossed my mind to abandon everything I had, and move to an ashram somewhere in Tibet. I felt completely overwhelmed by what I was feeling. I felt that if I embraced the concept of money, I would be engaging with the man-made ideologies that kept people in bondage, in guilt or in power they didn’t deserve to have. And I didn’t want to do anything with it, at one point I declared that I hated money.

I found myself hating everything that money represented. I was stuck and I couldn’t understand how a spiritual person like me whose biggest mission in this world was to help people could embrace a disgusting thing like money. Money was dirty, it was a form of control. I remember reaching out to my friend once, and I was sobbing and when she asked me why I was so upset, I told her it was because of money. Not that I didn’t have enough of it, but everything that it represented to me. After my friend chuckled, and tried to understand why something so mundane and broad was making me so sad, I realized I had a very negative perception of money, and I was holding some sort of subconscious belief around it that was still influencing my life.

After I started digging deeper into my disgust with money, I began to uncover stories and past experiences that shaped my view. When I thought of money, I envisioned sad workers carrying their briefcases to some dingy factory or cold office where they would spend all their precious days on earth withering away and compromising their well being. And all that for what? To achieve mediocrity or some far-fetched illusion of what a happy life should be by the western world? As I delved deeper into my beliefs around money and where they came from, I realized I also resented money because it was the sole reason my father was always absent in my life. I viewed money as the enemy, the culprit, the mistress my father would turn to instead of spending time with me. I developed such a strong animosity towards money that it would take me many more years to uncover and excavate all the crevices of my beliefs lingering deep within my subconscious. My relationship with money was not only associated with past negative events but also how I internalized those events and allowed them to impact my self-esteem. In order to come to terms with money, I had to change my relationship with it and remove all barriers that prevented me from attaining that which I desired.

So what does all this have to do with money? Like everything else, money is a form of energy. It holds a collective energy, and an individualized one, which you give it. Money is the physical manifestation of energy; it is where your inner values meet the material world. But if there is an imbalance of energy around that value or if how you truly feel about money isn’t positive, then we start to attract problems into our lives. On a collective scale, we’re all being asked to look deep within and ask ourselves, what do we value? The current economic situation America, and other parts of the world are facing is, I believe, an indication of a deeper struggle or a request from Spirit to realign our values, reassess what is really going on. Where does your focus lie, and what changes need to be made in order to live in alignment with what your Spirit wants.  The Universe is abundant, and it will go to work for us, if we just get clear in our vibration we’re sending out. Easy breeze right?  Well maybe. Maybe not.

So here’s a quick to-do list for those who want results fast.

Assessment guide

How you know if your relationship with money is not aligned with your highest good:

1. You fear not having enough money

2. You worry about bills, debt and staying afloat most of your waking time

3. You are paralyzed at the thought of having to make a big purchase. (car breaking down, attending a best friend’s destination wedding, family member gets sick)

4. You don’t attend fun events with friends because you’re afraid you’ll go over your budget

5. Birthdays, weddings, holidays (gift giving events) bring about extreme anxiety as to how much you can spend

6. You’re terrified of being homeless/or of the homeless population

7. Feeling like you’re trapped in your life, like you can’t even take a breath without spending money

8. Feeling everything will one day come undone and you’ll go bankrupt

9. You’re convinced your bank account has a hole in it, and money is draining out into the abyss

10. Just touching your wallet when you’re about to pay for something gives you the hibbie jibbies, or the feeling that someone just punched you in the stomach

I am sure we’ve all felt these things to some degree. Now, if you’ve answered to yes, to even one of these scenarios, chances are you need to adjust your relationship with money. Here’s how:

1. Take a moment, go to a place in your house where you won’t be interrupted, you feel safe

2. Get comfortable, and start to relax into your space, body

3. Have the intention to connect with your Spirit, or something greater than yourself

4. Breathe into that connection, focus on it and begin asking (silent or out loud) what your relationship with money is

5. When images pop up, either of people in your life, or events that occurred, notice how you’re feeling. Take note of them of write them down.

6. Talk to the images, why are you here? What does this mean? What can I do to help myself?

7. Once again, you’ll get images, or intuitive “knowings”, sense of doing something, or a word might jump out at you. (write these things down)

8. Give yourself as long as you need, once you feel you’ve connected enough, or received enough information to move forward then stop

9. Keep doing this exercise as many times you need

10. Look through your notes, what dots are you connecting?

11. What changes do you need to make in order to find peace with yourself, with your current financial situation? Who do you need to forgive in order to move forward? Who do you need to be in order to achieve financial success?

Trust me, even if you do this once for five minutes, you’ll get something out of it! Please send me your comments and let me know what you found out. I am training to be a Life Coach, so I am very happy to hear about your process and how I can help you get to where you want to be!

Happy creating everyone!


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