Money & The Spiritual Journey

There’s a prevalent idea within the spiritual community that I have recently been contemplating. This idea is that in order to progress spiritually we must invest in ourselves, and typically, that investment means spending a lot of money (sometimes hundreds or thousands of dollars) on a particular spiritual tool, course, or healing session.

Having been involved in spirituality in its loosest form for the past decade, I think it’s finally time to shed some light on this topic.

For instance, what is “investing in yourself”? What does that look like? And, if I don’t have the money to make that investment, will I be denied my full enlightenment? These are all excellent questions that this article will attempt to address.

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Now, full disclosure: I am writing this amidst making serious changes in my financial life. Increasingly, I find that I want to budget more closely, which means that my b.s. meter has gone on high alert when it comes to the latest Ascension product or healing session that someone is trying to convince me to buy. (Of course, this is not just limited to the spiritual realm, though I am focusing on that here as this is a spiritually-focused blog.)

When it comes down to it, 100% of what is sold on the spiritual market be it activations, audios, courses, healing sessions, books, necklaces, crystals, or anything else are sold by marketers. That is, people sell these items to make a profit. I am not saying that this is wrong or bad. I believe that everyone deserves to be financially supported in this Universe and to get paid fairly for what they offer, especially if these tools are truly life-changing, as many spiritual tools are. However, when being a savvy spiritual shopper, it’s important to be conscious of the profit motive that is behind even the most tantalizing products. Yes, the item may help you. Yes, the person or group selling it may have a very real desire to help you create change in your life. However, they also want to make money and the way they make that money is through you.

Putting this into perspective, it behooves us to become aware that not everything on the spiritual market is as pure or high vibration as it is said to be. We all have the ability to ask our own heart, our own Spirit Team, and our Soul if the item is truly something we need for our Ascension before we pay for it… but this does take willingness, patience, and practice. Also, the spiritual journey is an individual one, and the very thing that your best friend swears changed her life may not be right for where you are right now on your path.

Again, I am in no way saying that energy healers, spiritual teachers, and other Lightworkers should always do work for free. Actually, I often choose to spend money in this area as I believe that sharing money with people who are truly working for the highest and best good of all will eventually heal our broken financial system. Imagine what our world would look like if we all consciously chose to spend money on products and experiences that were aligned with our Highest Self! This would totally shift the bulk of wealth away from people whose only motives for selling are greed and profit.

Originally, I believe this idea of investing in yourself through paying for spiritual products, came from an observation by healers and other teachers that most of us suffer from extreme lack of self-worth and low self-esteem. Unfortunately, we are often told that putting ourselves first is selfish and wrong, so it’s really no wonder that many of us have a hard time with self-love. When you’re running around caring for others, it’s easy to dismiss the voice of your own Soul inside that is begging to be heard.

“Go for a run,” it says. “Get some rest,” it says. “Skip the party and work on your novel.” Yet your reply is always the same. “I’ll do that later.” “My boss really needs me.” “If I don’t, I’ll disappoint them.” And on and on it goes.

Then, like a bolt of lightning, your spiritual teacher comes in and says, “Look at my awesome new program. It’s time you invested in yourself!” And you think, “Yeah! It is time, damn it! If not now, when?”

Now, if you’re like me and you’ve had a longstanding habit of not taking care of yourself and you truly feel that this course or book or crystal or whatever would truly benefit you, then yes, this may be a sign from your own Soul/Higher Self that it’s an opportunity for you to finally do that. It’s about being discerning and listening to our own guidance… which typically occurs well outside of the sales page.

As I mentioned, I am not new to the spiritual arena. I have been investing in myself (i.e. spending time and money) through courses, meditations, retreats, audios, healing sessions, books, and so much more for years. It’s only in the past months that I’ve realized that I am way more powerful than I’ve given myself credit for and that I don’t need to work with every single healer on the planet. These days, I am much more selective of where I choose to spend my energy — and that includes the energy of money.

If asked what investing in myself meant to me a couple years ago, my answer would have been very different. Today, this means making sure that my bills are paid, that I have food to eat, clothes I want to wear (not just the threadbare items that get me by), and the things that make my life and my household more pleasant. I, like so many others, am constantly unlearning the program that staying in poverty makes me a more spiritual person. It really has just dawned on me that continuing to make unnecessary purchases— even supposedly helpful spiritual purchases — when I have other financial responsibilities, is still continuing the lack cycle. Now when I see a healing tool or some other thing that truly resonates with me, I say, “Wow! I can’t wait to purchase this. I’m going to save up so I can do so responsibly.”

It may seem like I am being contradictory, but here’s the thing: For many of us, self-help and spirituality have become addictive. Instead of feeling like it’s something that we should do if it’s truly right, each purchase becomes a have-to, a must, or supposed to. It’s like consciously or subconsciously, those of us in the spiritual community are trying to buy our way into Heaven.

Unfortunately, being spiritual doesn’t exempt us from humanity’s mind games, particularly when it comes to money. At times I have noticed a sense of eliticism and the sadness of missing out when those with more money could easily buy the courses, personal sessions, or higher-end packages that I so wished I could afford. Feeling competitive, I would often settle for the audio or lower-priced option, and needless to say, these were often the things that I would use for a few days and then lose interest in. From this place, every purchase made wasn’t because it helped my Soul’s purpose, but because of the mistaken belief that I wouldn’t have access to my highest potential if I didn’t make a purchase.

TRUTH: My highest potential is already accessible if I would just stop and look.

TRUTH: Enlightenment is within me and IS me, so no one can take that away.

It’s time to call foul on marketers who claim that we can’t Ascend if we don’t buy their spiritual products. Simply put, this is a lie. Their product may make my spiritual journey easier or more accelerated, but in the end, it should be my Soul that guides rather than testimonials on a sales page.

As always, my message is to not give your power away to anyone or anything outside of you, regardless of whether it carries the label of spiritual or not. When it’s time to go to the next level to take that course, to get that spiritual tool, or whatever it is — we know inside our hearts, and more often than not, the money comes in to support that.

Love yourself. Trust yourself. And know that even the best spiritual tool is nothing compared to the amazing power that already lies within.

Until next time … May you be blessed with Pure Love & Light beyond your wildest dreams! Contemplate it. Activate it. From inside of you. You already have all that you need.

Introducing Something Fab!

This is a special invitation for you to join me at 9 am EST on Monday, July 20th for a FREE Money Reiki session from Lily Jensen. If you’d like to skip the chit-chat and just sign up, click here: Free Money Reiki Session dollar-1362244_640

For those of you who don’t know, Reiki (pronounced “ray-kee”) is pure, Universal Life Force Energy. What started as a simple healing practice in late 1860’s Japan, has grown into many forms of Reiki, each with a unique view and concentration. It is said that during a healing session, the Reiki goes where it needs to, according to the areas that are most in need of healing. Reiki is usually done while you are in the same room as the practitioner, but since Reiki is energy, the healing can also be done at a distance. All that is required is for permission to be granted and for an intention to be set.

One of Reiki’s primary intentions is that the healing be done for the highest good of all, which naturally rules out any pain or suffering. All individuals experience Reiki differently, but in my experience, the results have always been positive. Many times, if I was having a bad day or feeling stressed before the session, my energy felt lighter and happier afterwards. I could go on with studies and instances of Reiki soothing the critically ill, healing depression, relieving anxiety… but I won’t. Just trust me that this works. And if you don’t believe me, I hope you’ll at least be willing to give it a try.

Now, as the name suggests, Money Reiki is Reiki with a focus on money. So many of us have stories and blockages around wealth – most of which live on the subconscious level. These are beliefs we aren’t aware of that are energetically blocking us from having, receiving, and keeping money, despite our best intentions. According to Lily, the basis of Money Reiki is to “help you receive, spend, and manage money more consciously and efficiently for the highest good of all.”

The best part is, you don’t have to be consciously focused on the healing session for the Reiki to work. While it helps if you can be in a quiet, relaxed setting, if you have to work, drive to an appointment, or if you simply forget, the Money Reiki will do its’ work anyway.

One day I will have to take this disclaimer off of my blog posts, but for now, I am not making a commission or any sort of affiliate fee from promoting Lily’s work. I just thought this was cool and so generous of Lily and I wanted to share the wealth! As with all energy work, as more of us participate in raising our money energy, we positively shift the energy and abundance in the world.

If you’d like to take part, sign up to join me (and Lily) in an amazing, FREE Money Reiki healing session. Just click the link: I’m Ready For Free Money Reiki

And, if you’d like to read more about Money Reiki, you can visit Lily’s site: http://www.mymoneyhealing.com

Love and Blessings,

Nicole at AwakeFire.com

The Showdown: Money vs Abundance

While most people claim to want more wealth, the truth is, most of us are nowhere near achieving the lifestyle or financial bliss we want. In this article, I take abundance head on and discuss exactly why abundance is so sneaky and deceptive.

What do you think of when I say the word, “abundance”? For many, this is an enlightened synonym for money, cash, or wealth. In other words, abundance is directly related to our finances. Full disclosure: I love money.

Now, before you put my head on a stake or accuse me of being the next Bernie Madoff, let me explain. I once heard a wise woman say,

Money isn’t everything, but it touches everything that is. – Suzanne Evans

Trust me. I’ve been there. When you’re in poverty – either real or imagined – it seems like nothing in your life works. You can’t do the activities you want, opportunities seem rare, and even having the basics can be a struggle. Thus, it makes sense to want to be friends with money because it’s a powerful tool that can help you live the life you want. Going further, the way money does or doesn’t show up for you can be an indicator of other issues in your life, from being too generous and always giving too much (undercharging), to being blissfully unaware (indifference), or being chronically unfulfilled (overspending).

Still, as much as I adore money, I have a real problem with the term “abundance.” First of all, abundance is often a way out for people who aren’t comfortable with money at all. Abundance feels safe, less selfish, and carries less emotional baggage than cash. Unfortunately, that kind of energy just isn’t attractive to cash flow. What’s more, the term abundance is just too brief. It’s too close-minded.

True abundance does include financial well-being, but it’s so much more.

As unlimited beings, we deserve more. As human beings, creation and increase is in our DNA. So what about the other facets of abundance? Time, healthy bodies, loving relationships, connection to a power that’s greater than ourselves, and appreciation of nature. How often do you stop to feel  blessed for the simple ability to watch a sunset? Do you appreciate the miracle that you’re alive, healthy, and that the millions of functions that happen in your body are all working smoothly and effortlessly? How often do you appreciate a hug from a loved one or the roof over your head, however humble?

You see, it’s in all of these moments that abundance lives. Money is grand (and necessary), but let’s not forget the rest of our wealth. We live in a magnificent Universe and the more we appreciate that, the more of the good things – yes, even money – will appear. After all, we bring about what we think about.

My wish for you today is that you can take a moment and appreciate the true abundance in your life. Here’s to your abundance – in whatever ways it may show up for you.