Money as a Reflection
Shakti Gawain


Everything in our lives reflects our consciousness.  Our beliefs, attitudes, expectations, feelings, and emotional patterns are all mirrored in the circumstances and events of our lives.  For example, if I am very critical of myself, I'm likely to attract and be attracted to people who mirror that internal process by being critical of me as well.  The more I love and support myself emotionally, the more likely I am to attract loving, supportive behavior from others.  If I feel that life offers me few opportunities, I'm likely to find that to be true in reality.  If I have confidence in my abilities, on the other hand, I will probably discover many opportunities to use them.

Money can represent many things to us:


Our financial circumstances will reflect how we feel about the qualities we consciously or unconsciously associate with money.

If on a deep level we feel unworthy of success or happiness, we may unconsciously prevent ourselves from having much money.

Or, if we are deeply insecure, and money represents power and status, we may be compulsively driven to accumulate wealth in the hope that it will bring us the security and validation we yearn for.  Yet, at some point, we may lose it all.  Seemingly a disaster, this may in fact be our soul's way of setting up an opportunity to become conscious of our deep feelings of inadequacy so we can heal them.  Money, or the loss of it, can be a powerful catalyst for our growth and healing.

How does this differ from the popular New Age idea that if we become aware of our negative thoughts and beliefs about money and change them, our financial circumstances will shift to reflect our changed consciousness and we will become wealthy?

First, I am not talking about simply "changing our thoughts."  For a real shift to take place in our lives, we must become aware of our core beliefs and our deep emotions--especially the ones that have been unconscious.  We must be willing and able to heal ourselves, not just on the mental level, but on the spiritual, emotional, and physical levels as well.

Healing ourselves on the spiritual level involves developing a strong connection with our soul.  We heal ourselves on the mental level as we become aware of our core beliefs, release those that limit us, and open to more supportive ideas and greater understanding.  Emotional healing takes place as we learn to accept and experience the full range of our feelings.  And we heal ourselves on the physical level when we learn to honor and care for our bodies, and for the physical world around us.

Most of the limiting patterns in our lives are rooted in deep emotional wounds that require a certain amount of time and attention to heal.  Even more profound is the spiritual emptiness many of us feel when we experience disconnection from our soul.  We can only heal this emptiness by finding a way to reconnect with our spiritual essence.

We are unlikely to achieve real prosperity, financial or otherwise, until we are able to feel comfortable in our physical bodies and know how to operate in the material world, as well.

So there are many aspects to the healing process.  This kind of transformation is no simple matter.  In fact, it is a gradually unfolding process that lasts our entire lifetime.  For most people, it is not enough just to say positive affirmations about prosperity, although that may be one very good step.

I have a problem with the idea that if we only believe it possible, we can all have unlimited wealth.  Perhaps this is true in some ideal, theoretical way.  I believe, however, that our souls choose to come into physical life in order to learn and develop in certain ways, and that each of us has a unique journey.  Some of us may have chosen to experience extreme physical limitation in this life through an illness or disability, in order to deepen a certain aspect of our strength and wisdom.  Similarly, some of us may choose to experience financial limitation at times in our life, or for an entire lifetime, in order to develop certain other aspects of our character.

Often these choices are made on a soul level and we are completely unaware of them.  On the level of personality, we might feel quite frustrated and unhappy about the circumstances of our lives until we've done enough healing and consciousness work to begin to understand how our soul's choice is serving us.  Remember that no matter what our level of income, we have the opportunity to develop an experience of true prosperity.  Generally, both our relationship with money and our experience of prosperity will develop as a reflection of our healing and growth on all levels.

Personal-growth pioneer Shakti Gawain presents her definition of prosperity:  not bankrolls and material possessions, but rather a fulfilled heart and soul.  She challenges the Western tendency to equate money with happiness, encouraging readers to examine their longings honestly, follow them to their roots, and separate them from false desires or addictions.  Gawain shows readers how to create true prosperity in satisfying relationships and the kind of happiness not dependent on possessions or circumstances.


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