There are some deeply held beliefs in our overall culture regarding money, people who have money, and people who don’t. If we have incongruent beliefs about the energy that is representative of money, how can we be a welcoming destination for that energy? We can’t.
As far as each individual person’s beliefs about affluence and the flow of resources, that is a very unique process of discovery and transformation for everyone. Here are a few examples of widely accepted cultural myths about money to get you thinking and, if these are myths you have believed yourself, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at those beliefs.
Myth #1- The Starving Artist
Where did the myth of the starving artist come from? It didn’t probably come from very ancient times when the arts were much more highly valued and acknowledged for how important they are. Perhaps this myth that artists must also be poor comes from industrialization and consumerism which has sought to peg the general population into pigeonholes and 9-5 boxes. Because of economy the focus is productivity over creativity and conformity over genuine expression.
Perhaps it is this myth that stops many artists from investing 100% of their energy into their creative genius because they associate being an artist with being poor. This belief, however, is not fundamentally true. No belief is fundamentally true, BUT beliefs are self-reinforcing. For instance, if you believe the idea of the starving artist, your belief will be reflected back to you in the form of artists who are starving and when you see this, it will further reinforce the belief. Then you will say, “see? I don’t want to believe this is true- but look at the evidence right there!” But we know this is not how reality actually works and all it could take is to step aside and observe our own perceptions and reactions to those perceptions to de-activate this belief.
You can be an artist and be incredibly abundant. Money can come to you through your art but it can also come to you any number of other ways too and likewise the resources you need to flow smoothly through your life may present themselves in an exciting variety of forms.
Myth #2- Rich People are Sell Outs
One of the major negative associations many people have with money is the belief that rich people are usually bad people; that large amounts of money could only be in a person’s possession if they acquired it by stepping on or taking advantage of others in some way. Furthermore it is very often believed that coming into a lot of money can spoil a person’s character and cause them to become unethical in general. Part of this belief is also reflective of the idea that if someone has a lot of money, they are preventing others from having a lot of money also, which is not fundamentally accurate.
Nor is it accurate to assume that all people with money are unethical people or that acquiring money must happen in a way that is disrespectful or abusive to others. If these are the beliefs we are carrying about the individual experience of affluence, then how can we wholeheartedly be open to becoming affluent ourselves? If this is what we strongly believe, then we probably fear we will also become a ‘bad person’ or sell out.
You can be comfortable, wealthy, or downright rich and still maintain your personal integrity, acquire and maintain your money within the boundaries of your personal ethics, and not will your wealth not prevent anyone else from being wealthy, it can inspire other people to be wealthy.
Myth #3- Money is Stressful
Have you ever actually had an honest moment with yourself where you could honestly say that you are willing to have a lot of money, period. Right now? I had that moment with myself. I put myself in the actual mental position of if I were to win the lottery and do you know what I found when I was completely honest with myself? I discovered that deep down, winning the lottery actually did not excite me completely because I saw it as a sort of anti-climax in the adventure of my life. I discovered that my reasoning for not wanting to win the lottery was that if I had all of that money I would miss out on the excitement I wish to experience from creating wealth from my own creations and ingenuity- quite a discovery!
Sure, we all say we want money; but does 100% of you want money? Do you WANT money more than you FEAR money? You are like a radio tower putting out a signal. If your station is incoherent and indecipherable, how will you receive the response you want. We have to be really REALLY honest with ourselves and see if we are actually afraid of or hesitant to have money because we are believing some of these unnecessary myths and decide whether they are serving us.
Money does not have to be stressful, managing money does not have to be stressful. Maintaining money can feel good, spending money can feel good, accepting money can feel good, saving money can feel good. Money is simply an energy. Get in touch with it.