The Money Lie

by Crystal on July 25, 2009

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Recommended

It’s ironic that having just bought another subliminal video – ss0.jpg8808dfe6-d146-4f02-b892-030b0d5b29c9Largeon the topic of money – I’m only now coming to realise that I’ve been taught to believe in and chase a lie.  The truth is, money ISN’T the only path to achieve my dreams.  In fact, it’s not actually money that I want.

I’ve probably read it a million times, that money doesn’t buy happiness, and that it’s the things money can buy that you’re really after, not the money itself.  But for some reason, while I knew it at a head level, it never quite clicked true to my heart.  I felt that I did want money, as well as the things it could bring.

Of course I did.  We’re trained to.

If you go back to the story I shared last week about the Mexican fisherman, and how blind the American businessman was to the fact that he was telling this guy to spend 15-20 years chasing a dream he already had, just because he hadn’t bought his way to it, then you’ll realise how deep the conditioning goes.

They’ve even done studies on it.  We associate money with survival, to the point that we go through stress and anxiety symptoms at even the thought of being deprived of it, EXACTLY the same symptoms a member of a tribal society will go through at the thought of being separated and alone.

But money isn’t survival.  It may be a means to it, but while the tax system would like us to believe that we have to maximise how much of it we have, the truth is humans survived without it before it came along, and even now there are probably millions of people who still do.

As for good times, well, the best moments of my life were ones money couldn’t buy.  Holding my newborn son in my arms and seeing him look up to me with such utter trust.  Cuddling my niece and nephew when they charge to the door every time I arrive.  The sense of satisfaction when I get comments or emails in response to something I post here, on twitter, or on someone else’s blog.  Paddling along a Gold Coast beach in the middle of winter on my holidays (admittedly, we spent out to get there, but it was the warmth and the relaxation of time off work that I was really savouring).  Being surprised and pampered with a foot massage when I get home exhausted and ready to just collapse.

Not one of my best moments revolves around receiving or having money.

Along with my realisation last week, that I was trading away the very leisure time I hoped to achieve, (spending it chasing money I believed I needed before I could have it), this feels like a major breakthrough.

It won’t take winning a $50 million jackpot to achieve my dreams.  I don’t even need to put dollar figures on them.  I’m allowed to dream of and aspire to things that aren’t money.

It feels like I’ve ripped off a veil and can touch my dreams directly.  That means they’ve just got closer.

What dreams do you have that you believe you can’t achieve until you have a certain dollar figure in your possession?  Do you truly need money to achieve them, and if you do, is it going to cost as much as you suspect or is there a way the universe could deliver it to you without needing to spend that amount?

There’s a freedom and honesty in detaching yourself from chasing money, and chasing directly the things that have meaning for you instead.

I highly recommend it!

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Susan Sanford August 23, 2009 at 6:28 am

Crystal – congratulations on your revelation. Money is just a vehicle to take on your journey. Similar to using a car/bike to get to your destination, you can have the car and still not get to where you want to go. More to the point, you must have the desire to get somewhere and a plan/map to get there. Only then can you actually reach your goal.


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