From gold, to paper notes, to plastic cards, to electric impulses that flow through fiber optics and radio waves — we have come full circle to the awareness that money is energy. Even the experts admit that the value of money comes from a projection of the collective imagination and belief. It comes from the energy we give it.
But what kind of energy? What is the nature of it? Examine your core beliefs about the nature of the Universe, and you will see a micro reflection of your beliefs about wealth, money, and, ultimately, whether and how you are supported as a worthy, living organism.
Are we here to simply serve the State, or to be good, obedient citizens and consumers? Are we living in a veil of tears, corrupt of flesh and soul ever since Eden, eternally damned unless we sign on as the Chosen Ones (and even then…). Are we really given absolute dominion over the Earth to use up as we wish, while waiting around for the big redemption? Or maybe nothing is sacred, and there is no Source beyond yourself and the eternal machinery.
Can you see how these myths, so intrinsic to our current culture, affect your life’s story about having money? Just like many of us are healing the painful wounds of the dominant culture’s messages about religion, gender, and the biosphere, we can heal the harmful old patterns and beliefs about our personal relationship with abundance and money.
Imagine instead that, as our ancestors once understood, the Earth is Divine Immanence. She is our great, living Mother, who is not only aware of us, but who loves us. She wants us to thrive, grow, celebrate and honor Her through the cycles of Her creation. Does this not, then, return us to the possibility that money is an energetic bridge connecting the human realms and the grace of the Divine One(s)?
Remove the premise that we are damned, inherently evil sinners, or that a stern, angry parent Deity is out to get us, and what have you got? If, instead, we suspect we might be the dear children of a Loving Universe, being offered a supportive energetic flow, doesn’t that change the picture? By discovering there is a Source that generously offers us what is good and life-giving, and that we can share it and exchange it with one another, our relationships with acquisition, giving, gratitude and gathering can shift radically.
If we know that wealth has a divine Source, step by step, each of us can change our relationship to money. And one by one, that changes how money actually flows for us. I believe that we can even, ultimately, change the global meaning and value of money.
Next week, I’ll have some suggestions about how to begin, specifically as we make our lives the creative expression of our hearts’ desires.