Inviting more money into your life…
Cameraman: “I like money”
Frito: “I can’t believe you like money too. We should hang out”
– Quote from the movie Ideocracy
This is a website and blog about health and fitness. So of course its natural to talk about money. No really it is. It’s an unavoidable part of life. Our wellbeing is caught up with our financial health. Money provides opportunity. Not having money brings stress and fewer opportunities that impacts our wellbeing. Having lots of money opens doors and choices to us.
Here are some brief thoughts about money.
Don’t try too hard
“I want to be rich. I want to be rich. Money, money, money come to me!.” – Repeat the mantra 100 times each day.
It just reeks of desperation. It’s like trying to force yourself to sleep at night if you have insomnia. The sleep just won’t come. But if you can relax eventually it will and you won’t even notice it. It’ll slowly creep up on you until you’re feeling drowsy and nod off.
The Inner Scrooge
On the other hand, perhaps there are some things we can learn from Scrooge. The image of Scrooge is someone who sits alone at night counting his money in a miserly way. However, apart from his general meanness and risk of eternal damnation, he was actually a very successful businessman. He was probably the equivalent of a millionaire. He lived and breathed money.
So perhaps Scrooge’s money balance was just too wrong. Perhaps he was too miserly, he had to go into the complete opposite direction (by becoming manically generous) in the end of the story in order to balance the forces.
So what was Scrooge’s secret to Money? I think he respected it as an entity. He worshipped it. Every penny was important. He hated to spend anything frivolously. Perhaps this is the same as worshipping the god of money. Except that he was too devout. Perhaps a kind of fundamentalist. We can learn from Scrooge, but we don’t need to go to that extreme.
Respect but don’t desire
Money is the same, it just won’t come if you desire it too hard. It’s a mindset. You have to encourage it to come but not force it. You have to open yourself to it in order to attract it. Here’s a simple tip: If you see a coin on the floor, pick it up. Put it in your wallet and spend it. But before you do, give thanks to the God of Money.
Thats right, imagine there is a god of money.
God of Money
Shintoism is a Japanese religion. The Japanese actually follow both Shintoism and Buddhism. They respect ceremonies from both religions as part of life. There is no – “well, I’m a Buddhist so I can’t go to that shinto shrine” – the same way a Christian won’t go to a mosque and vice versa. They’re dualistic and pragmatic. The Japanese will incorporate different things from other cultures if it improves their life. For example, they incorporated Western Scientific medicine alongside their traditional medicine. They incorporated Western military practices into their army, yet kept the spirit of bushido – the way of the warrior.
In Shinto, they respect many gods. Many of them are related to nature. This is a country that sits on the cusp of many tectonic plates. Mount Fuji is an active volcano. They are moments away from a mega tsunamis, or earthquakes that can bring complete annihilation. If your country’s people had lived like that for thousands of years, you too would see the spiritualism in nature.
There are gods of rivers, mountains, rocks, people, animals – all sorts. And there is a god of money. Let’s entice that god away from Japan and into your life. Worship the god of money. Give thanks to the money you have in your pocket, whatever the amount. When you receive any money, give thanks. Perhaps even create a mini shrine.
It’s like those cats in the windows of Chinese shops with the paw that goes up and down. They’re designed to encourage good fortune and business. Create your own shrine or ceremony. Perhaps have a lucky coin or a gold coin or large denomination note with you at all time, but never spend it. Or develop a mini prayer to say thanks to money when it comes. Even if money comes from welfare, always appreciate it. Give thanks to the god of money.
I dream of money
Dream of money. How can you dream of money? It’s simple: here’s an experiment. Before you go to bed at night, watch the most goriest gruesome violent movie you can. Perhaps watch all of the Saw movies. They’re horrendous and I guarantee your sleep will be full of violent disturbing dreams with gory imagery. On a side note, I think those movies are rubbish – simplistic, unimaginative and pointless. Don’t watch them.
There is no need for you to test this unless you really want to. But the lesson is that the last thing you have in your mind before you sleep – will pervade your dreams. So read about something related to money or wealth last thing at night. Perhaps the book: The Millionaire Next Door or a Dave Ramsey book if you like that kind of stuff. Perhaps think of the god of money or visualise your ideal life as you fall asleep. It will burrow its way into you conscious mind, gradually imprinting a new mindset, just like those space worms burrowed their way into the brains of Captain Kirk’s crew in ‘The Wrath of Khan’. Sorry, is this a bad metaphor?
Audit your spending
Make a record of your expenses in a small notebook for a couple of weeks.
This is not about budgeting. It is about recording your expenditure and taking note of the flow of money going into and out of your life. This also makes you look more critically at the value of goods. Once you have completed, this exercise, you never have to do again.
The problem with paying for everything on card is that you lose that connection with money. You don’t notice what you are spending. So get used to carrying cash and spending it again.
There’s an interesting scene from ‘Big Money’, the Japanese TV drama about stock trading. The lead character – a recent college graduate, who can’t get a job despite going for many interviews is very intelligent and has a good head for numbers. In one scene he carries a small notebook with him and records all his expenditure. When he’s walking through the supermarket with his girlfriend, he mentally calculates the cost of everything they put in their basket and could repeat it. This is a way of respecting the god of money.
Cheap is a false economy
Avoid cheap anything. It is bad value. Cheap things break quicker. They wear out. Whether it is electronics or clothes, it does not last. Cheap stuff also carries with it cheap energy.
If you don’t have money to buy high quality brand goods, you can still buy some good quality items second-hand. Ebay or Oxfam online sells good quality brand clothes and products cheaply. Look carefully and find the right things. However, sometimes these can be poor value. They may break sooner and they won’t have a guarantee. They may carry the energy of the previous owner. If it is possible aim to buy a few good quality items brand new and look after them well. They can last many years longer than ‘cheap’ items.
For example, We bought a cheap pushchair through eBay second-hand. It was one of the really expensive brands – Bugaboo. We thought we were getting a great deal buying such a good pushchair for a low price. And seriously, some of these pushchairs cost more than my car! It ended up being a waste of money as it didn’t last long. I couldn’t alter the seat settings easily and I couldn’t even sell it on. I ended up buying a new pushchair from a shop. So much for cheap.
Also forget the budget. Only poor people care about budgets. Budgets are about accepting that you only have a limited amount of money and learning to live within your means. It trains you to accept being poor. And don’t cut coupons. It is a false economy. Work on increasing your income instead or not spending on things you don’t really need (but you have been manipulated into thinking you do).
Avoid processed or frozen foods just because they are cheap. Eat the best food you can. This doesn’t mean going to restaurants all the time. This is false economy. Go to small ethnic shops. Buy vegetables, fruits, herbs. Splash out on good cuts of meat and fish. Cook, boil, and make highly nutritious yet inexpensive meals, full of health maintaining vitamins and minerals. Stews are an easy way of doing this.
Eat more healthily because, far more important than money, is your health. So eat fresh whole foods. Avoid the junk. Junk food is expensive. It makes you unhealthy. It makes you foggy. You can’t think clearly. You miss opportunities to make money. An athlete fuels themselves with quality nutrition so they can function at their optimum. They don’t fill themselves with junk. You want to be healthy to enjoy the money that is coming to you. Rich people care about their health. All the most famous people are in good health, except for those that give in to their desires.
Temper your desires. Temper your addictions. Even if you have an insanely high income – if you have excessive desire or addiction, you will become poor.
A good example is Micheal Jackson. He was the richest, most famous person on the planet. The god of money favoured him for a long time. Unfortunately, he was a shopaholic. Watch the documentary with Martin Bashir. One scene shows him shopping in an expensive store. It was full of gaudy objects of “art” at obscene prices. He bought half the shop. It was all trash. None of it would bring him happiness. I heard he died with about $400 million in debt.
But isn’t that what many of us do. Go shopping to make us feel better. To escape problems? Clearly, he had a spending problem. It was probably a way to escape deeper problems in his life.
That is what addiction is. A way of escaping. The problem is that addictions are nearly always expensive and a waste of money. Gambling, alcohol and sex – all costs.
Even addiction to money sucks your soul and life energy away. Look at most finance workers. They have insane amounts of money. They can buy the best cocaine, the best hookers. But does that make them happy? Wait… maybe it does…
No, the point… I’m making is that addiction sucks away your precious energy. It takes over you. Possesses you like a bad spirit.
Temper your addictions. At the heart of addiction is desire. Addictions are just mis-directed desires. You desire something – but you can’t get it. So you escape by misdirecting your attention.
The answer: Temper your mind. How do you do that..?
You temper your desires by meditating on your heart. Not the heart organ. The heart chakra – the energy centre. Many successful people make meditation a part of the daily life. Meditate on your heart chakra for 20 minutes every day. Temper your mind. Temper your desires. Stop wasting money on addiction.
Sit quietly and close your eyes. Take some breaths and watch your body. As you relax you’ll notice the thoughts passing through your mind. Send them to your heart centre. Let them get swallowed up. Your Heart is the Emperor of the body. If you empower the Emperor, it will calm the whole body.
All of these steps will change your relation to money. It will take away the desperation for money also, which will help attract more of it to you. And perhaps the god of money will pay you a visit. And here is part 2 of this article: worship the goddess of money.
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