This is a big question for visionary entrepreneurs, for healers, spiritual teachers, and people who work with families, with birth, on relationships and with health. Poverty consciousness – underlying beliefs that one should give away ones services because they are just that, a service – undermine the financial stability and well being of many very talented and skilled practitioners.
Even more, is it spiritually correct to make a lot of money? You may not realize how big a question it really is. But if you look at the results many people get, you can trace back from their results to the beliefs that are re-creating them.
Take a moment and think about your results. Are you creating your business from your passion? If you are, are you making the kind of income that would provide you with the lifestyle you truly want and deserve, and that would enable you to make the kind of contribution you really could make if you had more money? If you aren’t, are you not pursuing your passion because you don’t believe you can make money at it? Or maybe you are not sure it’s really in alignment to make money doing what you really love—that what you truly love to do is something you want to give away?
There’s really a lot imbedded in here. Deep in your subconscious are belief patterns that are orchestrating your experience, attracting some things to you, repelling others. You are that powerful. Yes, this has been written about and taught for a long, and now it’s being confirmed by the new biology by such visionary scientists as Bruce Lipton. We are fortunate to be living in such a time that this truth is now better known. Even so it can still be difficult to understand and to know how to work with it effectively.
Each one of us operates within a paradigm of belief that literally makes some things possible and visible, and other things obscure and out of reach. Many of your beliefs were created in early life, in the environment of your family of origin. Some of them you brought with you from other lives, what I call the Soul’s Journey. Others you downloaded from the collective unconscious, sensitive being that you are. Whatever the origin, these beliefs operate from under the surface of our awareness. They appear to be “just the way things are.”
And for many people, perhaps for you, your underlying beliefs about money, spirituality and business are in conflict with each other. You can tell by looking at your results, as I said above, and by examining how you feel when you begin to look. So just notice the energy in your body as you are reading this, and the thoughts that arise. These can be important keys for you to understand what’s going on inside you.
For example, I’ve heard many healers, teachers, and other service professionals say, for example, that they would like to just give away what they do, but they live in world where they need money, so they have to ask for it. As if receiving money as an exchange for the service they provide is somehow an undesirable reality that they have to deal with. As if money were a dirty commodity that they have to have, but wish they didn’t have to have.
I also often hear phrases like this:
- I don’t want to push myself on people.
- I don’t want to seem arrogant/full of myself.
- I don’t want people to think I’m doing this just for the money.
- I love what I do but I hate the business part of it, it doesn’t seem aligned with what I do.
I think this is old religious programming that is not even of this time.
Historically, in Europe especially, people were trained to give away their worldly assets to the Church as a way to secure a place in heaven. This world was deemed unworthy, and attention was directed toward the hereafter. Unfortunately the Church was often corrupt and a perpetrator of great violence, especially against women, and especially against women who were healers, teachers, and leaders. This violence and confusion around spirituality, purpose, healing, and power runs deep in the collective unconscious—especially regarding women and women who are healers, teachers and leaders. You may not even realize how residue from this history is affecting your belief system from deep within your subconscious.
So take a look at your results. Notice what kind of thoughts you habitually have about your healing practice or service-oriented business, especially in relation to money, visibility, and recognition.
Do you long for prosperity and recognition, yet fear or resist either actually receiving them or doing what you would need to do to create them? Do you feel stuck as if you have one foot on the gas and one on the brake? Do you realize that the discomfort you feel at times does not seem reasonable given your current circumstances, yet you feel powerless to change it? If you answered yes to any of these, most likely you have underlying beliefs that are deeply imbedded.
The good news is that it really is possible to change these beliefs—once you become aware, and you give your attention to understanding and releasing them.