Explore Our Relationship to Money
Once we’ve figured out where we are now with money, it is important to look at how we got there. In particular, our approach to money is linked to our personalities and habits. The Enneagram is very useful in exploring our personality. Understanding our personality helps to identify basic fears and motivations. This almost always links to attitudes about money.
The First Insight describes the sense of restlessness we all feel which comes from the awareness that something is missing. One common approach to this issue is to seek material success. Maybe if we pile up enough money we can sooth our discomfort. Or, perhaps we want to be impressive and think more money will help. Maybe money issues are stressful and a distraction from our goals and we just try to tune out the whole topic.
Understanding how our personality relates to our approach to money is key. Although we might be truly short on funds, until we feel what is more deeply lacking, it will be difficult to fulfill our personal mission.
Get Money Moving
One way to help clear money roadblocks from our path is to start giving. It is hard to picture giving money away when we’re worried about having enough ourselves. But, giving to others can be a source of happiness. In The 12th Insight book, we see how giving can bring synchronicities into our lives.
There are many causes and people that we’d like to help. Pick one and start contributing. Even small gifts can make a difference and the process can benefit both the giver and the recipient. Tithing helps bring consistency to giving and is a good way to get money flowing.
It’s Okay to Ask Money Questions
People are often leery of asking about money issues. To some extent, we should be careful with what we share about our personal finances. We need to be skilful to avoid negative outcomes. But, sharing all of our path, including money issues, can help bring us the answers we seek. It is particularly important to be transparent about money in relationships.
The internet is full of information, of varying quality, on personal finance and is a good place to start. There are also financial advisors and other experts that can help. But, ultimately it is our responsibility to take control of our financial future. The important thing is to start the work. Don’t let money hinder your spiritual path.
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