The Goddess Tyche
Money is the most important subject intellectual persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it is widely understood and its defects remedied very soon.
— Robert H. Hemphill, former credit manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
With today’s Full Moon, our focus on money draws to a close. When you use money in a sacred way, clearing whatever negativity may be attached to it, and charging it instead with blessings, your spending habits can become more mindful. Compulsive buying is less attractive, and we can avoid making unconscious or poor decisions.
This is an important step forward on the road to personal abundance.
But what if you don’t have the luxury of saying “no” to certain purchases? For instance, we have to pay taxes. But there are many of us who have deep regrets about how that tax money is fueling a war and other policies that are in direct opposition to our values.
In addition, despite all our hopes and even a change of heart about the meaning of money, the fact is that staggering numbers of Americans are deeply enmeshed in debt, and even on the brink of financial collapse.
The harsh truth is that the rate of short-term debt—unpaid credit card balances, student loans, and medical or legal bills—has dramatically increased. And the effects of the mortgage and lending meltdown are still only in the early stages. How they will impact the economy in general, as well as the thousands who lose their savings and their homes is still unknown.
The answer of course, is one step at a time. Don’t delay – start now. Do what you can, beginning with the small steps of blessing your current circumstances, whatever they may be.
But we must remember that money is a magical tool of Earth. It is not empowered by wishful thinking or acting “as if.” As we’ve seen, in some kinds of magic, behaving as if your intention has already happened can be empowering, but money magic doesn’t work that way. Acting as if you already have the money to pay for the things that you want, if you don’t, is an invitation to trouble.
As you bless your money, and heal your relationship with it, I recommend that you shift your goal from financial security to financial serenity. For the Goddess knows, security is rarely achievable (or even desirable) in a world whose basic nature is change. But serenity is possible. Serenity is being prepared for the inevitable things that you cannot control, and being wise about what you can.
By coming to a clear, honest awareness of your present financial standing and taking the necessary steps to create balance; by learning to trust the hand of the Giver of Good and by exercising your ability to wait patiently until you can actually pay for what you want; by ceasing to gamble on credit and instead living in deep gratitude and awareness for what you do have – you will find you are creating a strong foundation of financial serenity.
Serenity is dependent on honesty, facing our truths, and putting a stop to the games of denial, blame and guilt. Instead of visualizing all the stuff you want to have, visualize instead sitting peacefully at your desk every month, and gladly paying the bills. If you don’t like where your tax dollars are going, work for change. If you don’t like where your money is being spent, change your habits.
Let your goal be that you can sign at least most of your checks with genuine joy. Regularly cleanse and charge your cash with love.
Most of all, spend less than you earn, get rid of your debt. It sounds simple, yet the norm in our society is to become enslaved to debt. To our parents and grandparents, being in debt was a stigma. To us, it is rewarded and often seems a necessity.
But as we approach the Samhain holiday, with the next step ahead being the Yule season, the pressure to spend more than we have reaches its annual frenzy. I hope that the past weeks’ discussions will help you to change your relationship with money, abundance, and wealth to one based on honesty, confidence and gratitude.
May you be blessed.
Oil Painting Gratitude © Gail Rein