Let me confess to you right now that this chapter was a sock in the stomach for me.
WHATEVER may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. No man can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money; for to unfold the soul and to develop talent he must have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with…
When I first read this book, I tried…. I REALLY tried not to be bothered by the first paragraph. Somehow I found that I could not be ok with someone flat out saying that it was not possible to live a successful or complete life without being rich. I looked for loopholes. I began desperately searching for historic references that disproved Wallace’s first sentence! Ummm… Excuse me. What about Jesus? Buddha? Gandhi? Mother Teresa? I was conflicted by my spiritual ideals. Somehow, I had come to believe that have money and being spiritual were in opposition of one other and allowing myself to want money was really hard for me to get over. After all isn’t money is the root of all evil?
I felt uncomfortable. I felt physically off. I could honestly feel the discomfort in the pit of my stomach. I’m a HUGE believer in our body’s ability to provide countless clues to what’s happening in the heart, mind, and spirit. In my research, I realized that the pit of the stomach (the solar plexus) is characterized by self-esteem, self-confidence, self-respect, strong will, and empowerment. When the solar plexus is off, it is characterized by a need for power, hatred, fear, being overly sensitive to criticism and indifference. An unbalanced solar plexus chakra makes you perceive others not as they are but how you perceive them to be. I realized that the first sentence in this book challenged me to examine and CHANGE some of my subconscious thoughts. I had to look at what I PERCEIVED money to be and decide if my beliefs were working for me. Here is a breakdown about some of my old beliefs about money:
- The root of all evil.
- Associated with greedy, unhappy people.
- Associated with selfishness.
These beliefs stopped me from attracting money because I didn’t want to be those things and I didn’t want OTHER people to think I was those things.
So let me tell you where the beginning of my transformation began.
I went to the Bible and read the scripture linking money with evil. “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith …”
I asked myself the question, WHAT IS MONEY? Modern day money is printed paper, backed by gold. It’s physically no different than if you printed out this page on some medium gage paper. Back in the day money was actually the precious metal but really, it was still just a thing. I began to process the idea of loving what I could do with money vs. loving the money itself. I clearly did not love the money but I DID love what I could do… Then I heard personal development coach Bob Proctor say we should love people and USE money and BAM! This concept resonated with me. It was in keeping with my desire to be spiritual. I could live with using money and loving people.
Next, I looked at craving. The definition of craving is an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing. You can now see why the book of wisdom would advise against craving money. Anything that becomes my master is not good for my spirit. To have fun making money and to do great things with the money I make, is good. But to lose sight of the reasons WHY I do what I do is not a good thing.
I hope you can also see why it’s important for you to go to the source of your own discomfort and rework your thinking to arrive at a new understanding. Sometimes one plus one does NOT equal two. As a separate note: When you dare to rework your thinking to arrive at a different place, people may not like it and that HAS to be ok for you to move forward in this process.
The new belief for me became this:
With MONEY, I provide a form of:
All for myself, my kids and the community I am able to serve.
To live fully in soul, man must have love; and love is denied expression by poverty. A man’s highest happiness is found in the bestowal of benefits on those he loves; love finds its most natural and spontaneous expression in giving. The man who has nothing to give cannot fill his place as a husband or father, as a citizen, or as a man. It is in the use of material things that a man finds full life for his body, develops his mind, and unfolds his soul. It is therefore of supreme importance to him that he should be rich. It is perfectly right that you should desire to be rich; if you are a normal man or woman you cannot help doing so. It is perfectly right that you should give your best attention to the Science of Getting Rich, for it is the noblest and most necessary of all studies. If you neglect this study, you are derelict in your duty to yourself, to God and humanity; for you can render to God and humanity no greater service than to make the most of yourself.
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