Money & Spirituality
Here is a topic I've become passionate about but don't talk about enough. Because as soon as we talk about money, people's claws can come out (not yours, of course) and we're instantly looking for the exit.
Even in writing this I'm instantly aware how much charge a post about money can have, but I want to help you untangle that because receiving not just money but WEALTH for your gifts doesn't make you less spiritual. And separating money from your gifts doesn't make you more spiritual.
Energy, spirit, God, whatever your name for source might be, isn't in anything -- it IS everything. Including money.
"If I have money, someone has less."
"If I like money it makes me greedy."
"I wish we could just give our gifts for the love of it."
"I'm not in this for the money."
I've heard it all because I used to believe this, too. When we tie in things like fear, scarcity, lack, not enough, value, power, and significance with money it also doesn't make you more or less spiritual, it simply means this is how you're choosing to experience money.
For me, spirituality is a practice of being aware of and inspired or inspirited by everything. Money is a resource, and on Earth we've also made it a tool for opportunity. When I'm inspirited by opportunity or money, it's one more part of my spiritual practice but -- and this is KEY -- I'm not attached to that experience of money.
So what is the balance? How can these two seemingly separate things go together? How could they be made for one another? What could you do with wealth? What could you do?
Would you move to a beach? Would you buy the beach? Perhaps you’d donate a large sum or create a foundation. Now, this may be extremely biased, and it assumes there is a "better" option to how you utilize money, but here’s the thing: I actually want you to be wealthy – really wealthy.
In wealth, I see a blessing, and I see how powerfully it could change the world. How you could change the world.
But first, you have to love money.
Did that cause some knots in your gut? It’s okay. It’s taken me years of work to accept financial worth for my work. Or to receive abundance for what feels like a natural gift. And it’s a daily practice of open receiving.
However, money is neutral energy. It is at the whim of you and your intentions. It bears the weight of your feelings toward it and is, like all energy, malleable to your choices and beliefs.
And it isn’t real. Yet it is the realest thing we vie for every day.
Now I can’t say “we” and assume 100% of the people on the planet today ask these questions. There are still societies that don’t use or have a word for money. There are people who have renounced all worldly possessions, money being one of them. There are people who have tons of money and are happily giving it all away.
There are people who have spent their life’s savings in search of joy. There are people who are in insurmountable debt. There are people who have to choose between feeding their children and paying rent.
So we can’t sit back and say money has no bearing on life on Earth. I assure you, it does.
And we can’t sit back and say it will end hunger and heal the sick because it isn’t. In a passionate discussion with my father last year about the fate of the world, he asked, “How come if we can feed all the people on the planet today, we don’t?”
I replied, “Because we don’t have a resource problem or a technology problem. We have a heart problem.”
There is more money on the planet today than any time in the history of the world. Trillions, actually.
But there are people starving.
There are people killing people.
There are forests being cut down.
There are animals becoming extinct.
Why? Because money isn’t real. Money can’t do anything without intention.
You + Money + Intentional Service + Detachment = Change.
Even the Dalai Lama receives millions every year through donation and contribution, funding his ability to travel and teach with ease around the world.
Why can’t we just trade on energy, joy, and love? Because we live in a physical dimension. Otherwise, we’d all just be non-local consciousness. We wouldn’t even be floating around because “floating around” would assume we were inside of something, which assumes space and time exist. We would just be impressions of energy without form.
But we do live in a physical dimension.
You can think thoughts.
You can smell flowers.
You can feel water.
You can eat chocolate.
You can feel joy and pain.
You have bones that can break and tears that you cry.
And you can receive and give money.
My point is this – money is part of our tangible place. And it is exactly what you make of it.
What if you allowed money in? See a penny on the ground? Free money!
What if you gave money with joy?
What if you spent money with joy?
What if you owned the power that can come from this resource?
What if you let it be good?
Here is my spiritual approach to money. It is a bit unorthodox. And it won’t work for everyone because it is incredibly difficult to practice.
Believe money can come to you easily and freely. (Remember, thoughts are things)
Believe you deserve it. (Again, remember thoughts are things)
Wish with total love that ALL people deserve wealth.
Let go of any feeling of resistance to money in all forms. (See note about resistance below)
About resistance: resistance is a feeling of being stuck in your being and your body. I want you to think about money. All the times you were broke, all the times you felt okay and had plenty, and everything in between. Feel those sensations arise? This is resistance. Now think about something you are 100% neutral on like a blade of green grass. See the vibrancy of the grass and how it sways in the wind. No resistance, right? Be in this state while thinking about money.