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Cleaning up your ‘money is dirty’ mind
I adore artsy, unconventional people. Artists, hippies, anarchists, musicians, tarot readers, and rabble-rousers of all stripes – I LOVE ‘em.
Back in the day, when I had a lot more free time on my tarot-flipping hands, I spent most of that time hanging with my fellow free spirits. It was a whole lotta protesting, rock ‘n roll and “fighting the man”, man.
Except, I was hiding a dirty little secret that often left me feeling like an imposter: I love money.
I like making it, counting it, saving it, and managing it. I don’t even mind paying taxes (paying taxes says: you’re making a profit, babe). Quelle horreur!
I never said this out loud because I was afraid of being called a “sell out” or the dreaded “c” word: “capitalist”.
So I lead a double life: working hard and attending protests by day, and sneaking off to fancy French restaurants to snarf down expensive fare on the side. (Plus secretly lusting after Gucci purses and splurging on high-end makeup.)
On the rare occasion where I’ve been open about my money-loving ways, I was promptly shut down with sideways glances or the old “money is dirty” talk. Which didn’t sit too well with me. Because I never believed that.
Money is simply an exchange of energy, period. It can be used for evil but on it’s own, it’s energy, nothing more.
The people who think money is dirty come from a “poverty consciousness mindset”: a state of mind where they view money as the “root of all evil” or where they never feel as if they have enough. Even when they do have money, the fear of losing it keeps them awake at night or leads to behavior that keeps them poor.
Behaviors such as: refusing to charge enough for their services, constant discounting, giving away their work for free, or bartering for crap they don’t need or want. In some cases they proclaim that their talents are “gifts” and they shouldn’t charge for it – and then live with the constant anxiety comes when they can’t pay their bills.
And then there are the pious types, who look down their noses at peers who are successful and condemn them as materialists or “unspiritual” (but in some cases secretly envying that success).
Unless you are a Buddhist monk who lives on alms, there is no reason to live like that.
Because your services are valuable. And money is not dirty.
If you are constantly telling yourself that being broke is noble and that you cannot charge for your “gifts”, then you will guarantee a poorer future than the one you could have.
Does that sound good to you? If you look into your heart, probably not.
Because money can be used for good. If you are making more than enough money, you can take better care of the people who depend on you. You can give back to the world and serve more people. You can be a source of help to your community. And living without anxiety about money means a peaceful life, which feels pretty damn good.
Look, you don’t have to be rich to live a rich life. But you do have to clear away negative money beliefs if you want to have an abundant future.
A few simple ways to begin doing that:
Examine where these beliefs came from. Did you grow up poor? Were your parents constantly fighting over money? Was money discussed in your home in a negative way? Did someone ever make you feel like you were less-than? Did you have a financial disaster in your past that still brings bad feelings? Look at where these thoughts came from and then work to heal them. Make peace with the past so that you can create space for new, better thoughts.
Give yourself a positive money affirmation that you can say every time you feel that negative money talk creeping into your consciousness. My favorite: “I’ve taken a vow of prosperity.” Post that affirmation where you can see it often. Let that be your new mantra. The more you repeat this, the more you’ll believe it.
The more you believe it, the more you’ll align your habits and work to support that belief. When you do that, money magic can happen. Belief is powerful stuff, yo. And that’s rich.
Pick a money-positive song and let that be on constant rotation, especially when you are feeling extra-fearful or broke. May I suggest: About the Money by TI ft Young Thug.
Give thanks. A grateful pocket attracts more riches. I keep a gratitude journal where I write down the things all the things that I am grateful for. Nothing is too small or insignificant to give thanks for.
Affirmations and gratitude aren’t enough. Take actions to show the Universe that you mean business. Balance your checkbook. Pay your bills on time. Make saving a habit. Seek a better paying job. Ask for that raise. If you are self-employed charge a living wage. When you take strong money actions, this will elevate your vibration. (Plus responsibility is hot!)
Lastly, let go of the low-vibe people who bum your money-loving trip out. If your friends and family continue to drop their poverty consciousness on you, either set some boundaries or spend less time with them. Misery-loves-company begone!
Remember this: money is not good or bad. It is energy that amplifies who you already are. And you are abundant, wise, kind, and generous.
Theresa Reed (aka The Tarot Lady) is an intuitive Tarot reader, teacher, mentor and yogi on a mission to take Tarot from hippie to hip.
When she’s not reading tarot, she’s busy helping broke-ass mystics learn how to create sustainable + profitable businesses. If you are ready for straight talkin’ tarot and a side of biz whizz, get to her online hood: The Tarot Lady, or follow her on Twitter @thetarotlady