The ENERGY of MONEY - Chase Carlton
Some years ago I attended a course, taught by a very smart Dutchman, about our relationships with money. It was fascinating to learn about the power of conditioning in producing our core beliefs and how limited our responses and choices are as a result.
He asked us to consider the hundreds of stories about celebrities, boxers, writers, musicians and lottery winners among others, that made large amounts of money fairly quickly but somehow lost it again before too long. He reminded us that these were not universally stupid people but they did have some key things in common.
They shared limiting or negative beliefs about the role of money in their lives.
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The ~125 participants were more open/aware than average because they had signed up for a 2 weekend course and spent hundreds of dollars to learn how to change their interactions with money. When asked, what were the things they had heard about money while growing up - the collective responses filled 3 large blackboards with negative statements, and 1 large one with positives.
The group was asked if they wanted to increase their annual income by at least 25% in the next 12 months, almost everyone said yes.
Next, anyone who wanted to play with having a minimum of a 25% increase in their annual income was asked to stand up, state what they had brought in the previous year, current expectations, and how much they wanted to increase their income by in the next 12 months.
About 18% of the group were willing to stand up and state what they had been earning and how much more they wanted. Of the 18%, only about half stated they wanted to increase their income by 100% or more.
Our instructor then described what had become painfully obvious. Our respective and fairly collective stories about what money means and how it lives for us, made us uncomfortable and fearful.
It is the thing that does not grow on trees, is the root of all evil, won’t buy happiness and we often have a story that we don’t have enough. In short – most people have a love hate relationship with the filthy green golden stuff.
As a result of ingrained stories we hold as a culture, money has become the measure of our worthiness, success and generally we’re rarely satisfied with this conditional relationship. Why? - Because typically it revolves around lack and conflict!
For the ~85% who did not want to play big, his next observation was eye-opening. Rather than risk failure, of achieving the 25% increase (or more), they would stick with a nominal predictable increase based on experience.
Put another way, people preferred to ‘succeed’ (Be Right) and stick with a safe increase (say 5%, which was expected) than play for 25% or greater and possibly ‘fail’ - by only achieving say a 20% increase. Go figure. . .or the power of the ego!
What stops us from thinking and playing big around money is the energy field we have created for ourselves. Having made the investment in something like the Iraqi dinar or the Vietnamese dong, you have chosen to play in a bigger way. Now, suppose your currency value has suddenly increased in a dramatic fashion. What really happens next?
If you are thinking about how and where to cash in, paying things off, investments etc. then you might have missed the point of this article, so far. Unless you know and have carefully examined what your background (unconscious?) beliefs and stories are. . . surrounding money – you will be trapped.
Learning about tax planning, good investments, the best bank packages, annuities and the like is useful and necessary to maximize and grow whatever profits you realize in this or any investment.
People who have a positive story around money realize it is another useful tool, when properly used. It is not the best or only tool worth having. The subtle but all important difference between those who have balanced and positive values connected with the role of money versus those that don’t = choices, actions and outcomes.
If you listen carefully, many of the questions asked on the informational programs hosted by dinar sites are repetitive or have ignored information just supplied. Why is that? According to many psychologists we have a tendency to block or deny information that is not in alignment with our core beliefs. The blocking often occurs on the subconscious levels.
Let’s return for a moment to the varied group of people that made lots of money only to rapidly lose it. If your inner belief system holds you as unworthy of abundance or feels that being rich is wrong in some fashion, then you will do whatever it takes to ultimately align with a core belief.
This applies to a variety of key elements in your life – joy, achieving your full potential, great relationships etc. The alignment process can take any number of forms or masks.
Consider the following scenarios: people get good legal or tax advice but fail to take timely action for a variety of reasons; they make poor investments or loans; they gamble or spend foolishly; or maybe just fail to choose great advisers.
All these are ways that we both self sabotage and we get to ‘be right’ or stay true to what we were taught (themes like - money is evil, won’t make us happy or we’re undeserving).
When getting good advice about how preparation, management, diversification, taxes, giving etc. consider your reactions. Do they run along the lines of: “I already know that stuff. Sounds too complicated to mess with. I’ll deal with all that later. That’s for people that have a bunch of dinar. I can’t afford that, etc.”?
Perhaps your listening makes it difficult to follow or comprehend financial information? Maybe you wish someone would simply tell you the ‘best thing to do’ because it all seems overly complicated?
If you identify with some of the above. . . it might be in your financial best interests to take a close look at your core beliefs about money, even though some part of you might object to that very idea.
In closing here is a final point to consider.
It will be no accident that your chosen investment goes up in value, and you would resent or object to anyone telling you that it was dumb luck or sheer accident. The same thing applies to all the people who lose their new wealth quite quickly. The loss was no accident either. There are causes and effects that apply in both directions.
Finally, if you think you know yourself and how your internal world holds money – try this exercise.
(Now at this point listen carefully to your inner voice and its comments. It likely started as soon as you read the previous sentence.
Listen to it as you read what’s next.) Take an amount of money that would make you somewhat uncomfortable to spend, whatever that amount is. Give that amount of money away to someone so that they have no idea who supplied it or why.
Do this within the next 24 hours. (To clarify: this is a gift to a total stranger- make it anonymous, offer no explanation and keep it that way.) Now watch and keep watching your reactions throughout the process. Have fun with it…if you can!
Chase writes about financial and freedom related issues.
Visit his blog @ http://www.dinardate.com/