Money. Love it or hate it, it is at the apex of our physical existence. We receive a variety of messages surrounding money and very few of them are healthy or positive. We covet, chase, envy, hate, worship, deny, steal, earn, swindle, give, kill for, end relationship over, start relationships over, fantasize about, ignore, minimize, overestimate, save, think about and spend money in the hopes that eventually we'll feel at peace with it..
Whatever the case, it is one of the most powerful thought forms we have created in the human condition. In the Western world we've positioned it as the greatest source of power there is; if you have a lot of it, you've made, if you don't have it, you want it. It has toppled nations and incited wars. But why all the commotion?
Money is nothing more than a concept, a powerful concept, but an idea with tremendous clout. Depending on what messages we've internalized about it, it can wield great psychological influence over our lives, threaten our relationships and drive our decisions, but the underlying energetic pulse is fear. In fact, it's power comes from the vibration of fear; fear of loss and deprivation.
I'm not suggesting money isn't "real", but it isn't any more real than anything else we've symbolically positioned as "real". It appears as though we need it to survive, and on one level, we do. However if you take the intensity out of the concept what are you left with? Paper slips and metal discs. Hardly worth killing yourself, someone else, or ending a relationship over. Wonderful for purchasing what one needs or wants but nothing more. It is in essence energetic currency we've given tremendous significance and power.
We fear losing our money because due to the power it holds in our mental constructions, losing money means losing a piece of our selves. Money holds a permanent residence in the egoic structure of most people. Some, those with more of it, tend to do a larger portion of the ego attached to it, however those who have less may have an equally large chunk dedicated to being "the one without it". Regardless there is an ego-identification that develops as we begin to learn the collective power of money, and then we wonder why we protect it with our lives.
It would be virtually impossible to undo the collective associations surrounding money at this point in human history however you can conduct a thorough exploration of the concept of money, by asking yourself some simple questions.
How much power does it hold in your psyche? What part of your identity is tied to money (having it or not having it)? Do you believe you deserve money? Do you think its evil or dirty? Do you think it more important or satisfying than love or companionship? Do you recognize that what you have or don't have is directly related to your karmic relationships with others and what you are due to receive or give?
Many of us are still teenagers, or even younger, when it comes to money. Think back to when you first learned about the importance the rest of the world places on money. How old were you? Is there a part of you that goes back to that place when you encounter issues related to money? How did your parents or caretakers treat money? Was money discussed around you as a child? Did people argue, bicker or end relationships because of it? Collectively the answers to those questions will tell you how much power and importance you give it.
Unpacking your beliefs about money, and stripping them of their psychic power will, by universal law, allow it to move into your life with more ease, if that's what's meant to further your spiritual understanding. Conversely when it moves out you will be less attached to it as a gargantuan concept. You can then watch the ebb and flow of this energetic sustenance with greater peace.
Some people internalize particular roles in relationship to money, thereby creating an archetypal relationship to it that can be self fulfilling and difficult to deprogram. Indeed we all have social archetypes that we play out in the world, and some of those roles are more likely to accumulate wealth.
Think of those who play the king/CEO role in the world, they can be models and inspirations for material success and wield it with benevolence or become the tyrant or corporate embezzler who watches others suffer while they accumulate more. While others are more likely to be content with less and focus on giving more, such as those who occupy the server/helper role. However the server can begin to think of themselves as the slave or serf who is mistreated, undervalued and overworked and as such will develop problems with manifesting greater wealth.
Whatever the case these archetypal positions can solidify unhealthy ideas about money that can thwart ones ability to manifest more of it or encapsulate the inability to be generous. Repeated phrases like, "I'll probably never make more than X amount of dollars a year", or "I never have any money" tend to create those realities if repeated enough. The subconscious mind internalizes the message and positions the ego in situations that reinforce the message.
Conversely those who truly believe they will always have enough or more than enough tend to create that as well. Aside from the privilege and greater social/material opportunities afforded to those who are born into families with money they tend to end up earning more of it throughout their lives. In these cases the fear surrounding money is a little less prevalent which creates greater energetic flexibility in relationship to accumulating it. Such is the power of intention.
Finally we must recognize the karmic nature of our financial situations. It is quite often the case that those with a lot of money and power are living those lifetimes to balance lifetimes of great poverty and powerlessness. We must experience the full spectrum of the human condition through our incarnations in order to realize that we are more. What we receive is quite often a debt being paid from this, or a former incarnation and as such we can only have control over what we do with the situations we're given (or more accurately the situations we've set up in order to learn the lessons we decided we needed to learn).
Remember karma is not deterministic because we are always given free will and choice. The laws of karma allow us to negotiate some of our pre-determined circumstances through the light of understanding. In relationship to money this means integrating the lessons our financial situations are trying to teach us (which can either be to allow it to enter our lives or to exit our lives without attachment) otherwise we will continue to play out financial realities in varying degrees over this or coming lifetimes until we get it.
I once worked with someone who struggled a great deal with intermittent financial impoverishment who discovered a previous lifetime where they were immensely wealthy and intermittently generous and selfish with those under her power, unaware of the effects of her fickleness on those who depended on her for survival.
Uncovering snippets of that lifetime allowed her to recognize that her financial hardships in this life were meant to show her the other side of the coin (think Ebenezer Scrooge, what is that story if not the essence of karmic lesson in action). Shortly after this discovery she began receiving a steady stream of income. She integrated the lesson, and unlocked the energy flow back into her life as she no longer needed to experience the instability anymore.
The moral of the story: unpack your beliefs about money and notice how much (or how little) power you give it in your life. Discover what age your conception of money developed and ask yourself what age you're at now in your relationship to it. Finally, Be mindful what messages you repeat verbally or internally about money. What you speak has great power, but what you think is the generator.