|Two women browsing in our local New
Age bookstore a few weeks ago picked up Deepak Chopra's
new tape on abundance and talked about how disappointed
they were that such an important spiritual teacher was
now encouraging people to acquire affluence. Standing
down the aisle from them, listening, I could sense the
complete distaste they felt for the entire subject. Their
dialogue stayed with me, a reminder that for so many of
us involved in the "New Age," money is still
a dirty word.
Yet, if our main function as light workers on this
planet is to transform mass thinking from its current
vibration of fear and lack to the new vibration of love
and abundance, healing our personal attitudes about
money may be one of the most important contributions
we can make to our world and to the universe.
Why Us, Why Now?
It's time now for more of us to accelerate our healing
of personal and planetary attitudes about abundance.
This healing is part of our overall reclaiming of personal
power, assisted by the intensified light energies available
to us now. We're entering a time when we must learn
to channel these light energies through our bodies easily
and joyfully. We live on a planet of bountiful abundance.
If you have ever tried to count the number of leaves
on a maple tree in summertime or the blades of grass
in a field, you'll have some idea of the magnitude of
natural abundance that surrounds us and is available
to each of us all of the time.
Lately in my work I'm seeing increasing numbers of
people who want to start their own business - be it
a single-person massage practice or a group endeavor
delivering a new kind of product or service. And, as
more and more talented, educated people are laid off
by large corporations, they are looking at alternative
ways to make money in the so-called "recession."
To me, this recession that we fear so much is actually
a fundamental and much-needed restructuring of the world
economy, part of releasing the old idea that the corporation
or the lifelong job would take care of us. On a mass
consciousness level, we are letting that belief go as,
one by one, we learn to be our own source of security.
Even on Main Street in the middle-class North Shore
community where I live, the past year has seen the opening
of three new stores offering crystals, Native American
handicrafts, and Guatemalan imports. Person by person,
small business by small business, we're offering the
gifts of who we are to the marketplace.
At the same time, our negative beliefs about money,
success, and abundance run deep. As more of us risk
bringing our light into the world, we need to bring
our attitudes toward money into the light with us. In
doing so, we open up our ability to succeed, both in
our personal endeavors and in bringing in the New Age.
Money and Why We Fear It
Let's accept that we've had some compelling reasons
to be fearful about money. In this lifetime alone, we've
witnessed the severe damage to the ecology of our planet
through industrial pollution in the name of free enterprise.
We've also seen the worldwide effects of wars fought
by expensive and destructive military weapons built
with our tax dollars.
Many of us may also have a karmic or past-life history
of misusing money or power in general. Though most of
us would like to think that we have spent a majority
of our past lives being good, saintly or uplifting,
it may be more realistic to acknowledge that, in order
for many of us to have evolved to the point where we
are today, we've had just as many past lives as downright
creeps as we've had as seekers of light. And that's
It's all been part of the Piscean age (among others),
in which we underwent a collective learning about duality
that was necessary to get us to the point where we can
now witness our judgments--good and bad--bless them
all as the creators we are, and release them to the
light. To me, being a light worker means knowing enough
about darkness to recognize it and transform it. In
order to recognize darkness, you have to have experienced
Money, in and of itself, is neither good nor evil.
Money is simply the physical expression of an energy,
and the energy of money can be used positively or negatively.
Our unfamiliarity with thinking about money as energy
is what makes this concept mysterious at first. But
think of electricity, another completely mysterious
natural energy that we have over the past century become
comfortably familiar with.
Electricity can be used to generate beautiful, soothing
light, or it can be used to electrocute people. Yet,
relatively few of us carry around heavy judgments about
electricity. When we need some, we just plug into it.
We usually take electricity for granted. On an unconscious
level, I would say we have a collective belief that
we can trust in the abundant availability of electricity.
That kind of trust in abundance is one we can learn
to have about money as well--and then stand back and
watch it flow into our lives.
Transforming Fear into Love
Once you begin to open to changing your attitudes about
money, you'll probably find that even more fearful beliefs
come up. This is part of the cleansing process. As you
move through these fears, you will be permanently transforming
your relationship to money.
During the process, when you find yourself dwelling
on negative pictures about money, it can help to remind
yourself of some of the positive influences money creates.
Perhaps you have a spiritual master who has used money
to build a large meditation or yoga center where thousands
of people come to bathe in the light of spirit. Or maybe
you can think of a charitable organization you respect,
one that is putting hundreds of thousands of dollars
to work for the good of the world. I really enjoy my
long-distance telephone company, which in 1993 created
one million dollars to contribute to charities. Stuart
Wilde, in his book The Trick to Money is Having Some,
points out that whether we like to think of it this
way or not, Mother Theresa has established a multi-million
dollar business to perform the charitable work that
is her mission in life.
By putting a positive thought about wealth next to
a negative one, you can effortlessly begin to create
a new belief system in which money is accepted for the
good that it can do. There's no need to make yourself
wrong for having negative beliefs about money. There's
no need to feel frustrated because you haven't "gotten"
abundance yet. All you need to do is bring in a positive
thought when you notice you are being fearful or critical.
Remind yourself that you are in the process of change
and that your relationship to money is becoming more
positive all the time. Be gentle with yourself. You
are releasing a very old, very deeply embedded thought
form, and you are doing it for all of us. Thank yourself.
Reprinted from Spirit of Change,