Programmed to be Poor
Money, Money, Money… everybody says they want more of it, but do they really? Deep down, below your conscience, do you really think money is bad? Are you ashamed to have it?
I’m sure you’re thinking I’m nuts at this point! But stick with me.
Joe Vitale talks a lot about beliefs that limit and how to remove them. But most people just blow that off as New Age crap. As I’ve posted here before, it’s not new; you can find passages in the Bible that attest to the same thing: Thermodynamics, Proverbs, and the Law of Attraction!
Cash in Hand
Have you ever held a large amount of cash in your hand? For example, let’s say you just sold your car or boat and the buyer paid you with cash. So you have, oh, $15,000 cash in your hand. How do you feel? I’ll bet you feel a little in danger. You probably like the feel of the heft of the cash, but are nervous that someone will see it. Nervous that they’ll either steal it from you, or, think you are rich and you don’t like that feeling.
I’ll say it again: they’ll think that you are rich and you don’t like that feeling.
That is the subconscious feeling you have about money.
Feelings, Nothing More than Feelings…Like I was explaining to my daughter you have to listen to your feelings. When you meet someone you should pay attention to what you feel in the first few nanoseconds. The feelings or reaction you have about someone when you meet them, in those first few nanoseconds, is your subconscious talking to you. Your subconscious is much more connected to the world around you than your conscious brain. You have to train yourself to listen to it.
Likewise with money. Go buy a pack of gum at the local convenience store and give the clerk a large bill, like $100. Some stores will not even accept large bills anymore. But find one that does. Make sure the store is crowded. Notice how you feel when the clerk counts out your change. That’s how you feel about money.
I’ll say it again: you’re scared they’ll think that you are rich and you don’t like that feeling. I’m not saying you should be a showoff and braggart. I’m saying you should not be ashamed of what you have.
Maybe you want money, but at the same time you don’t want certain people to know you have money. I’m pretty sure the second feeling trumps the first one.
Why Do We Feel the Way We Do – Government Conspiracy?
I think cash brings out these feelings much better than checks, debit cards, or credit cards, because cash is real. But fewer and fewer transactions are conducted with cash. Some of that is for safety because if you carry cash you can get robbed, beaten, or killed, if the wrong people find out about it. But the larger picture is that we’ve been programmed by the government and credit card companies to think cash is bad. The government wants as many transactions conducted by check and credit card as possible so that they can keep track of every little thing we do. They can’t track cash. If I pay my neighbor $5000 cash for his grandfather’s vintage shotgun, the government never knows. But if I write a check they do.
Again, you may think I’m nuts but I really believe that the government and credit card companies have worked for decades to instill a subtle fear of having large amounts of cash on hand as well as for paying for anything substantial with cash.
Thinking cash is bad is the same as thinking money is bad: your subconscious can’t tell the difference.
There are deep held religious beliefs about money. Terry Dean covers this nicely in his book “Financial Freedom A Step-By-Step Practical Guide for Walking in God’s Blessings”. Search for it on Amazon. He tackles all the common myths and misunderstandings people have about money that are based on scripture. I learned a great deal from his book and I find myself recommending it all the time. I’ve given away several copies too.
How do we change these limiting beliefs that are robbing us of our potential? The first step is to understand that limiting beliefs actually exist and learning to tune in and recognize them. I’m no master at this by any means. A lot of problems will disappear once you shine some light on them. Other problems take a lot of work to solve. Start paying close attention to your feelings – they’re incredibly important and often overlooked. Read Terry’s book and some of Joe’s books – they actually do mesh together nicely. Take it one step at a time – that’s what I’m doing!
Until next time,