Money and work rank as the top stressors for 80% of Americans, according to a recent poll by the APA. Usually, money stress relates to constant worry about not having enough income to manage living expenses, having too much debt, or having some undesirable money habits such as not being able to save, or overconsuming.
Money is simply a form of energy—albeit one that we have attached great symbolic significance and power—and so the golden rule is to let it flow through you. Anything that blocks or constricts the flow of energy (in this instance, money) will outpicture in your reality. Manifesting anything, including money, is basically determined by your beliefs and the subconscious messages about it you received as a child, which you then took on as your own, or rebelled against. Replacing outdated beliefs, particularly those that lie below the surface of awareness, with something more positive that serves us better may be difficult, but it is possible. Just like tending a garden, we simply create the conditions for something better to grow and water regularly (even if we have to stop now and then to undo the kinks in the garden hose), and let the energy flow—and grow!
If manifesting money is relatively straightforward in theory, why is it then, that even though we may be on a committed spiritual path, and are doing the work that comes from looking within, so many of us still have lingering issues with manifesting money?
What we often forget is that it is the sum total of our energetic frequencies—our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions—that determines what we manifest. If you spend twenty minutes a day in some kind of mindful or meditative practice to change your beliefs, but spend the rest of your day moaning quietly to yourself or others (consciously or unconsciously) about some aspect of lacking money, at the very best these two signals will simply cancel each other out.
So by all means, take that weekend workshop, develop a strategy, firm up your resolve, and establish your spiritual practice for obtaining more money, but as you do, remember that context (in this case the sum total of your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions) is what gives rise to content. To measure the “spiritual competency” of what you’re doing, ask yourself this: “If I take my process toward “getting more money,” and apply it in another context, such as having more joy in my life, will the principles still apply?”
If you see that what comes out of content shows up in other places, then you can be fairly confident that its context is a spiritual, or universal, principle, and therefore a higher energetic vibration. If not, then try something else.
When we do our inner work from a framework of wholeness, within the realm of spiritual principles, we are engaging energy rather than matter, context rather than content—(in this instance, money). We are shaping consciousness, the universal dimension of being human. And this is the dimension of being human from which we can create lasting change.
Be sure to check out Conscious Money (September 25, 2012, Atria/Beyond Words) in which author Patricia Aburdene shows readers how to define their personal money values, close the gap between spiritual thinking and money, and listen to their intuition, while simultaneously acting with sound money management principles.