Jun 16, 2016
Do you believe that money falls from the sky? Most people don’t. I know I didn’t for most of my life.
What I believed was that I had to work really hard for money to come to me. That was my belief. I learned it. I believed I had to “do’ something in order to have dollars and coins in my hand to spend.
Our family didn’t have a lot of money growing up – we had a lot of love! – and my parents (who are awesome) had an allowance system, which many well-intentioned parents have to teach children about money and responsibility.
My sisters and I received a weekly allowance of 50¢ per week for making our beds every day, keeping our rooms clean and helping with the dishes every night. I was happy with this system, but very soon (of course) I wanted MORE than 50¢ a week. Especially when the new Andy Gibb album came out!! which I just had to have. This was September 1977 and I was 9 years old, and the album sold for about $5.
Our neighbor across the street had a newborn baby and needed a babysitter. With my mother’s approval and knowing she was right across the street, I got the job! It was 50¢ per hour, which was A FORTUNE to me back then. I went from 50¢ PER WEEK to 50¢ PER HOUR!
I remember going into the record store each week, picking up the album knowing that soon … it would be all mine! I saved my babysitting money and allowance money and bought that album! I can still remember the joy!
AND MY BELIEF SYSTEM WAS BEGINNING TO GEL IN PLACE !
When I work, I make money – WOOOOOO-HOOOOO!!! When I save, I can buy things! YEE-HA!
As the years went on, I didn’t like this system so well. I would look around at other people and see that money would come to them easily with no effort. I had friends who didn’t have to work and they always had money. I thought “oh well. This is just the way life is.”
Then I found A Course in Miracles and I suddenly didn’t care about money at all anymore. I didn’t care about working. I just wanted to spend every day reading A Course in Miracles, which made me tremendously happy.
So I gave most of my things away, left my expensive NYC apartment and dedicated my life to God and to living simply.
This went okay, except for the next 10 years I mostly didn’t have money – sometimes not even a few dollars to put gas in my car or to buy food. I noticed that “my needs were always taken care of” – like I never went hungry and I always had a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in but “I have no money” was a constant daily thought.
UNTIL …. THE GREAT DEFINING TURN-AROUND MOMENT.
When I realized that my world was picturing my beliefs.
All I had to do was change my beliefs, and truly believe them!!! This was the key.
THE NEW BELIEF I DECIDED TO EXPERIMENT WITH IS THIS:
MONEY COMES TO ME EASILY WITH NO EFFORT. Money comes to me while I am playing, cooking, sleeping, having fun, taking a bath, reading a book, driving the car, sitting at the ocean, doing nothing.
And guess what!! That’s exactly what began to happen. Money begin coming to me easily … without working!!
MONEY DOES GROW ON TREES.
Yesterday I was hanging out with my awesome beautiful amazing friend Diane Crosser (I have permission to use her name!) and she said a few things that showed me that she believed she had to work hard for money.
I used to have the same belief: I thought that the only way money would come to me is if I worked super hard for it.
So I stopped her and said: HEY, THAT’S A BELIEF. You don’t have to work hard for money. That’s just a thought. Let’s change that belief. From now on: Money comes to us while we are playing and having fun! Money comes to us while we are sleeping! Money comes to us while we are cooking! Money comes to us while we are reading books and relaxing! Money comes to us when we are watching movies! Money comes to us while we are driving the car! Money comes to us easily, with no effort.”
So I said all that and we had the best afternoon ever. She stayed for dinner, and it was the best fun ever. Then this morning I open my computer to find this message and photo from her – haha 🙂
Hey Lisa love! Yesterday while we were affirming how easily money comes to us, my girlfriend sent me a picture of this money she got for me by selling a few of my things on Craigslist! So literally money was easily coming to me, and I just wanted to share that testimony! She has all this money waiting for me to pick up! Money comes to me easy! I love you Lisa and thank you so much for the awesome afternoon. Money comes to me while I am having fun!!”
HA. I love it! When we change our beliefs, the world changes!
SO LET’S HAVE THE MONEY CONVERSATION!! I would love to hear from you. I used to avoid the money conversation like the plague (because it wasn’t spiritual lol) and then I realized the ego was keeping me from having the money conversation to keep me from looking at my limited beliefs that were blocking me and keeping me hostage, in hell, with no money. Meanwhile saying: but look how spiritual you are! Look how much you are giving!
The tricks of the ego are immense. The work of A Course in Miracles is to look at every thought/belief and raise it to awareness. I would like to know: Are there things you want to do in life that you are not doing because of the belief that you have no money? What are the things you want to do? What are the thoughts you have that stop you? Then what do you do? How do you move beyond the appearances of lack?