Can you be spiritual and still want to make an incredibly income for yourself? The short answer: ABSO-FREAKING-LOUTELY! In fact, I’ll go one step further and say that you MUST love money in order to be spiritual. Okay, okay, before you burn me at the stake, hear me out:
Why Money = Love
- Someone who is spiritually healthy both loves and respects herself and others.
- Because a spiritually healthy person is loving, she believes in abundance .
- Because a spiritually healthy person believes in abundance, a spiritually healthy person is generous.
- Because a spiritually healthy person believes in generosity, a spiritually healthy person is also open to receiving gifts.
- Gifts are given of free will.
- Money is a gift that we receive from others, whether because of a value we provide them or just because they want to!
- Our ability to receive money reflects our self-love, belief in abundance and generosity, and allows us to be generous in turn.
Okay, let’s examine these points further.
The Starving Artist is a Bullshit Artist
So many people working in heart-centered professions such as life coaches, writers and artists believe in the starving-artist syndrome–that is, to be a true, giving, artistic person, one must be “okay” with extreme selflessness. For many, this means giving up everything. In fact, many take pride in the fact that they are materialistically starving because they assume it gives them some sort of martyr status.
Here’s the problem.
Money is the physical manifestation of spiritual energy.
We have free will to give away our money as we choose. We make spiritual choices every day with the things we buy. Buying products and purchasing certain brands reflects our support of them.
When people give you money for the services you render the world, for the beautiful craft you’ve ardently worked at, they are supporting your life’s contribution. They are supporting what you represent, what you value and the gifts you’ve given them in return.
When you accept payment for your services, you are accepting not only their gift, but you also accept yourself as a contributing member of society.
Your relationship to money sends a big message to others.
When you tell the world through your actions that you value who you are, what you contribute and what you do, you are sending a healthy message to others. You make money to take care of yourself: provide shelter, food and other necessary basics for yourself and for your family, as well as providing for your happiness. And it doesn’t matter if a Ferrari makes you happy! Your decision to spend your money the way you see fit is a declaration of your free will. Whether you choose to buy a Ferrari, donate your money to charity or add a new level to your home is completely your prerogative, babe. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.
Another way to think about it is the more money you make from your services, the more people you are sharing your gifts with. The more value and happiness you bring to the world. Financial abundance is connected to spiritual abundance because the more you give to others, the more others will give you. The more others give to you, the more you give to others.
The Law of Attraction tells us that our realities are first created in our minds.
Everything you have and who you are today are directly connected to how you think. If you have a generous, happy spirit, it will be reflected in your physical reality. If you have a sad and angry spirit, that too is reflected in your current reality. A bit harsh? Maybe. True? Yes.
Now, here’s the crux. There is no determinate financial number that decides true spiritual happiness. Mother Teresa was very financially poor herself, yet she was one of the happiest and at-peace people to have ever lived. Same with Gandhi.
Mother Teresa and Gandhi both loved money.
They loved money because they knew how to use it to better the world.
Without financial abundance, Mother Teresa would never have been able to create her charity “Missionaries of Charity” and help millions of starving, sick and poor in Calcutta.
Gandhi went through a grueling, painful fast for money. That is, he fasted in order to force the Indian government to help relieve the newborn state of Pakistan of it’s debts and help feed and shelter millions of Pakistanis.
Interestingly enough, Gandhi also said:
“As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, you should keep it.
If you were to give it up in a mood of self-sacrifice or out of a stern sense of duty, you would continue to want it back, and that unsatisfied want would make trouble for you.
Only give up a thing when you want some other condition so much that the thing no longer has any attraction for you, or when it seems to interfere with that which is more greatly desired.”
This just blows me away.
Give enough to others but to a level that it does not affect your own personal happiness.
Taking care of yourself/family + Giving to others = True spiritual abundance.
So what about the downside of money? Because yes, as with everything in life, there is a good side and there is a bad side.
- If you love money just to gain personal power.
- If you love money just for the sake of its being money and not doing anything with it.
- If you love money because you feel the more you have, the better you are as a human being.
- If you love money in order to do ill in the world.
How to Develop a Healthy Spiritual Relationship with Money:
1. Figure out what your priorities and values are. What do you stand for? What do you work for? What drives you to create everyday?
2. Figure out what you would love to have and accomplish during your lifetime.
3. Understand what legacy you’d like to leave in this world.
4. Understand that you make an impact on this world everyday with the decisions you make regarding your money: what you purchase, the brands you purchase, the charities you support, the happiness that money personally brings you.
5. Believe that the happier you are, the better impact you make on others. The more happiness you can impart to the world, the better off we’ll all be.
What are your thoughts on money, spirituality and being a good person?