No, this is not a trick question and I haven’t completely lost my marbles! Stay with me here…
So let me ask you that question again: Do you think money is bad?
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Of course I don’t think money is bad. I’m trying to get more of it!”
However, if you don’t have all the money you want, then it’s highly possible that on some level you have an aversion to money and limiting beliefs about money being bad. Notice I said on some level, because these beliefs are hidden deep below the surface in your subconscious mind.
First things first, money is not good OR bad. Money is energy, and a tool that is currently being used as a means of exchange. Money itself is not bad. It’s our thoughts, feelings, and actions around money that make it seem good or bad.
For example, say I have a ten dollar bill. If I were to give that ten dollar bill to a homeless man, he would probably jump and down and think he’d won the lottery. However, if I give that same ten dollar bill to a billionaire, she may not even notice. Same ten dollar bill and money, completely different reactions.
Furthermore, if that homeless person used the ten dollar bill to buy alcohol, you may have a completely different interpretation of that money than if he were to spend it on something more worthwhile, like a decent meal or an article of badly-needed clothing. Same money, different action, different interpretation.
Many people, especially those on a spiritual path, have deeply ingrained beliefs inherited from society that say money is bad. We learn that “money is the root of all evil,” and that if we want to help others in the world we should not be concerned with money. However, in the Bible it actually says, “the LOVE of money is the root of all evil,” meaning that greed, or putting money before everything else, is bad. Money itself is not bad (or good).
Actually, the more money you have the more good you can do in the world!
You can donate to charities, help out friends and families, give to causes you really care about, not to mention that when you have more money you will typically be spending in places like restaurants, hotels, stores, car dealerships, airlines, etc., and all of that contributes to other people’s bank accounts.
Having more money tends to simply magnify or multiply what you already are as a person. If you’re already a good-hearted person doing good in the world, chances are that more money will simply allow you to do even MORE good in the world. You probably won’t just turn into Scrooge overnight if you win the lottery or start making a lot more money!
“Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” ~Will Smith
Thinking that money (or having a lot of it) is somehow bad is a limiting belief that frequently shows up among spiritual women and entrepreneurs. The quickest way to tell if you have any hint of it is to think of someone you don’t personally know who has a lot of money, like a neighbor, a celebrity, someone you’ve seen around town or online, etc. Then, notice the first thoughts about that person that come to mind. If they are negative, something like, “Well what did they do to get all that money?” or “What a waste of money that big house is!”, then you may have some digging to do. After all, you don’t even know this person so how can you come to these conclusions? ;)
Or simply look at the picture at the top of this post and write down what thoughts come to you. What did you come up with? (That picture used to trigger me big-time!)
Don’t worry, I’m here to help! If you think you may have some limiting beliefs and would like to start healing your relationship with money, don’t forget to sign up for your complimentary Money Makeover Session here. I can help you quickly pinpoint which beliefs you have that are pushing money away, and show you how to reverse them so you actually pull money in! That’s where all the fun is!
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