Money and spirituality are uneasy bedfellows, and the truth is that many, if not most spiritual types have financial anxiety, worries and concern, and just can’t seem to get their lives together in that arena.
So why do spiritual people battle with money? The answers might surprise you.
Money makes the world go round
This is an inescapable fact – the world is designed in such a way that you have to participate in the societal structures of the geography you live in, even if you would prefer not to.
As an example, even if you live off grid, you’re still a legal citizen (and therefore worth money to the government), and you’re still subject to the laws of the country. You can’t even carve out a piece of land to live on without having the legal tender of the society to exchange it for.
You’re limited by passport and travel restrictions and forced to school your children in an education system dictated by the incumbent government. And all this is free – even if you hold no truck with politics at all. Clearly an Oprah world :)
We’ve equated money to survival
Money is so necessary for survival then, that we’ve begun to equate it with survival.
The truth is you don’t need money at all – you need air, water, food, a roof over your head and something to do. Money does NONE of that for you, but in the current world it can buy access to those resources.
Over time, that fact has been lost on us, and many of us have internally created a belief system that MONEY is the resource of survival, because it gives access to everything else we think we need.
Like any belief system, if you keep repeating the concept it becomes ingrained in you – and this is where it all falls apart for the spiritual types.
The Ego Journey
When you get down to the brass tacks of it, the spiritual journey is the ego journey.
In a nutshell, ego is your sense of separation and identity. It’s basically the thought that you exist and are an individual being, instead of a piece of a larger whole. In fact the whole of life on Earth is a lesson in separation – we think we are separate from everything.
The sense of identity, when combined with the survival impulse, leads to an anxiety around the concepts of do I matter and do my needs matter?
This then triggers an array of ego responses and reactions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, worry, doubt, vulnerability, shame, humiliation, resistance, jealousy, envy, competitiveness, possessiveness, attachment and so much more.
Usually, if you are living a secular life, these ego responses are a good thing – they give you a kick under the bum to get you going so that you find the money and settle the survival concerns.
In spiritual types however, this triggers the ego cycle.
I don’t matter – my needs don’t matter
This, along with special relationships, is ego’s big final push to keep you trapped in the physical experience.
Ego is literally fighting for it’s life here – ego is the thought that “I matter; my needs matter.” So ego is going to push hard with this lesson, trying to force you deeper and deeper into the anxiety and negativity of the ego responses, so that your survival needs are all you think about.
Again, if you were living a secular life, this would give you a much-needed push. But for spiritual types, this is where soul kicks in – because soul wants you to give up your identity, which means that the thought that your needs matter has to go.
In fact, realizing you don’t matter is one of the biggest and most crucial steps towards Ascension & Enlightenment.
If you hold onto the idea that your needs – including physical survival – matter, you have to accept that you exist. If you take away the ‘you’ in the situation, then it doesn’t matter whether your needs are met or not – you are only here as a vessel to serve.
The survival traps
At the same time, society has pulled a fast one on us, instilling basic survival rules like you have to have a roof over your head, or you have to eat three meals a day.
The truth is that none of this is true. If you don’t have a roof over your head, then you can sleep outside. What if it rains? You’ll get wet. What if it’s cold? You’ll shiver. What if someone attacks you or hurts you? That is not God’s doing – that’s the person’s own free will.
Will you die if you don’t have three meals a day? No. In fact, as a breatharian you can live without food entirely, and many more advanced souls can go for days or weeks in between meals.
The Kodak moment that really highlighted where our perceived level of survival is came when a lady and I were discussing the need for logistics vs. local economies. Her response? My BALANCED diet demands fish and I live inland. How am I supposed to meet my BASIC survival needs if I can’t get fish delivered to my supermarket?
The answer? If you want fish, go to the sea.
God gave you land and caves and trees and fruit and plants and animals. Everything you need to live can be taken from the land – and that’s the way that Spirit sees it.
We really messed up with this idea of a personal God, and books like The Secret exacerbated that because it reinforced this sense of individuated identity and that my worldly needs, right here, right now, matter.
So we have people praying for and manifesting an INCREASE in income, or a bigger house. God gave you caves – do you really think He cares about your designer bathroom or the fact that you want to keep up with the Joneses?
Manifestation feels foreign
That’s not to say that manifestation doesn’t work – it does, because it’s you putting your intention out into the morphic field and attracting the results towards you.
But, because of this often-unconscious internal struggle that’s going on inside spiritual people where they are trying to reach the realization that their needs don’t matter, manifesting money feels foreign and uncomfortable and wrong.
So we don’t do it. Or we do it half-heartedly, or we lose momentum quickly.
You don’t want the money
In a nutshell, what it boils down to is that you do NOT actually want the money. Why?
- You’re trying to realise your needs don’t matter
- You sense the ego trap
- The levels of survival don’t feel right
- It conflicts with internal programming your soul carries
- It doesn’t feel like it should be important
And here’s the big kicker… if you stopped doing what you’re doing to make money, you’d probably stop creating the amazing resources that Source sent you here to build in the first place.
So Source reinforces the lesson to ensure that you keep going on your soul journey and that you break through layers of ego, and ego uses the mechanism to keep you trapped inside the physical experience so that the emotions can overwhelm you and prevent you from reaching Source.
If ego wins, you become more and more removed from Source because you’re stuck in the rat race of making money, without time to consider anything else. The love of money IS the root of all evil – because it distracts you from focusing on God.
Other themes that come up regularly include:
- You don’t want the added responsibility – yes the new goodies are nice, but the expense of paying for them every month adds unbelievable pressure that leads to you feeling depressed and even suicidal long term
- Keeping up with the Joneses and worrying about what people think of your circumstances leads to shame and vulnerability which brings up the spiritual lessons of external validation and creating false idols
- The rules and restriction of doing all this sparks your rebel programming which is driven by the theme “I am under no laws but God’s.” The more you give people power over you and your life, the more you will resent them, and monthly payments falls into that category of restriction
Dark Nights of the Soul
One last theme worth mentioning is your Dark Night of the Soul. This will attack on the money front and relationships.
The reason for this is again society and survival – the easiest ego traps to set for humans are money and special relationships.
When your Dark Night happens, you are stripped bare of everything and you are isolated. Source will utilise the areas that impact you the most to ensure that you can learn a lot in a briefer timeline. The really sucky thing about Dark Nights is that they are usually time-based so that you can learn patience and faith, so you just have to sit them out.
How to fight the money anxiety
There are a number of mechanisms you can use to relieve money anxiety:
- Learn more about your base chakra at http://lifecoachestoolbox.com/index.php/base-chakra and use the base chakra healing tool at http://lifecoachestoolbox.com/index.php/base-chakra-healing-tool
- Use forgiveness tools to forgive yourself, other people, the government, society, and even money itself at http://lifecoachestoolbox.com/newmirrors/forgive.html
- Use Mirrors of Relationship to unpack all the levels of your money stuff at http://lifecoachestoolbox.com/index.php/find-the-answers-to-lifes-questions
- Use these daily basics to help you manage your stress and anxiety: http://lifecoachestoolbox.com/index.php/energy-healing-shifting-basics-free-resources
- You can also unpack your current money lessons at http://lifecoachestoolbox.com/index.php/what-money-lesson-are-you-currently-learning
Money, money, money
It must be sad in a rich man’s world. They’re so poor that all that most of them have is money.
We are souls who believe in balance and equality, and what we’re here to do is restore that balance and equality.
The way the world works now is not cool and it isn’t right – and deep down you know that. It’s what makes it so hard to participate in society.
Stop fighting the urges that are arising inside you during this Golden Age of Aquarius – those are the thoughts and urges that will change the world.
Yes, it’s scary to not have the financial security, but if you’re honest, enough money has always come in for you to be taken care of. Source won’t stop that flow.
Trust the process, trust who you are and trust what is arising inside you. This is how we are going to change the world.