Let’s face it, spiritual people can get pretty off center when it comes to money. Many traditions have strong teachings about the dangers of money. Even those of us who don’t follow a particular path are influenced by powerful archetypes like the begging monk and the rich person who lost her soul (remember Scrooge?).
An example of this tension in the Judeo-Christian tradition is this line from the Book of Mathew in the Bible:
And again I say to you: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
These kinds of sentiments exist in most spiritual traditions. When spiritual people begin to look at increasing the success and abundance in their lives, there are almost always limiting beliefs like these to clear. The question is – how?
Tailenders and your success dreams
Those of you who have been following me for awhile know that I’m a big fan of the energy psychology tool called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). If you don’t know EFT, you can learn more about it at the post called EFT Tapping Points or by going to the main EFT website, www.emofree.com.
In EFT, there is a energetic dynamic called the “tailender”. Tailenders are self-sabotage messages that usually live below conscious awareness. You can also think of them as the hidden, “Yeah, but ..” part of affirmation statements. Because they have been operating for a long time and often get passed down through the generations, they are usually often more powerful than consciously chosen positive thoughts.
How EFT can heal the divide
The problem for spiritual people is that we often have tailenders that limit our ability to allow financial abundance into our life. Here’s a tapping sequence for clearing this:
Karate Chop: Even though I have this message that spiritual people can’t be wealthy, I’m willing to be a little kinder and more gentle with myself anyway.
Karate Chop: Even though my spirituality is very important to me and I don’t know how to be both spiritual and have abundance, I love and accept myself anyway.
Karate Chop: Even though I don’t know how to have both a deep spiritual life and plenty of money, I’m open to the possibility that there is way I could have both.
Eyebrow: This divide between money and spirituality.
Side of the eye: I don’t know how to have both.
Under the eye: I learned that it’s difficult to have both money and spirituality.
Under the nose: No wonder this has been a source of struggle for me.
Chin: I haven’t known how to have plenty of money and still be spiritual.
Collarbone: I’m choosing to forgive myself for my past struggles about this.
Under the arm: I’m curious if there is a way I could have an easier relationship between and money and spirituality in my life.
Once you’ve tapped on limiting beliefs that create the tension between money and spirituality, you’re ready to tap on opening up to a different kind of relationship between them.
The Solution Sequence
Eyebrow: I’m starting to open up to a new relationship between money and spirituality in my life.
Side of the eye: What if there is a way that I can have plenty of both in my life?
Under the eye: It would be nice to have more ease around money.
Under the nose: I’m curious if there was more ease between money and my spirituality, what would happen in my finances?
Chin: I wonder if I could find more ease between money and spirituality?
Collarbone: I’m choosing to explore a more harmonious relationship between money and spirituality in my life.
Under the arm: It feels good to know that I can have both more money and a deep spiritual awareness in my life.
One of the more exciting spiritual developments recently is that there are a growing number of teachers that feel that a harmonious relationship between money and spirituality is allowable. Some even teach that it’s fun. Two books – from very different traditons – that explore this are Geshe Michael Roach’s book The Diamond Cutter and Ester and Jerry Hick’s book, Money and the Law of Attraction. If you have found other resources that have helped you heal the money and spirituality divide, I’d really appreciate it if you’d mention them in a comment.