Shift Your Relationship With Money and Abundance

We live in a fast-paced world that is continuously bombarding us with messages of lack, imperfection, disease, suffering, and fear, while at the same time we are expected to accomplish everything quickly; in turn, we have come to expect to get immediate results and instant gratification. We want a quick fix for our problems, our financial situation, and even our spiritual evolution. But as one of my beloved teachers used to say, “the road to enlightenment is not a highway.” I think that this also holds true for anything valuable in life.

We are fed by the mass media with hopes and wishes about our lifestyle, our health, our relationships, and our safety, while our behavior and emotional states get manipulated through the fear mongering and superficiality of the news and entertainment industries. This strategy does more than make us want to behave a certain way or buy stuff: it keeps us trapped in a moral dilemma between desire and fulfillment; between a sense of lack and the ability to create abundance and joy; between fear and love.

When you add to that the sense that if we don’t succeed immediately in the attainment of our goals it means that we’ve failed, we remain trapped in a limited and limiting perception of ourselves, our self-worth, and the value of what we have to offer as individuals. Not to mention how demanding, hard, and judgmental we become toward ourselves and others.

We may be conditioned to look for the quick fix and the magic pill, but personal transformation and success are aspects of our soul integration process that require awareness, patience, and perseverance for us to learn what we’re here to learn. Our human process and our soul journey may not always be in sync, especially if we let the ego-mind take control, so we need to align them for life to move more smoothly and in accordance to what we really want.

Are You Hiding Behind Your Sense of Lack?

The mind will always find excuses to prevent you from moving forward and growing. So if you want to change something in your life, your career, or your business, more often than not your ego-mind will resist and come up with an obstacle to convince you that it’s not possible, that you can’t do it, or maybe that you don’t deserve it, especially if you try and don’t get the results you expect right away. Money is a common excuse to avoid taking full responsibility in creating the life we desire.

I don’t know how many times I have heard people say that they can’t accomplish their projects or dreams because they don’t have enough money. So they don’t even try. They are convinced that money is both the obstacle and the solution and they don’t realize that they’re both giving all their power to the idea of money and viewing money as some kind of enemy. Talk about a self-defeating perception!

I have also heard business people say that they’re “not in it for the money,” as if money were some kind of evil energy that needs to be exorcised from our lives if we want to be “good” or “spiritual.” They reject wealth based on the belief that it makes people greedy (I’m sure you’ve heard that “money changes people”) and they’d rather be “humble,” which for some reason has acquired the meaning of being poor. Yet they often talk about wealthy people with so much resentment and envy disguised as disdain that you have to wonder where their humility went. Perhaps what prevents them from welcoming abundance is the fear of being harshly judged?

Be At Peace With the Energy of Money

Having money doesn’t make you less spiritual or more greedy. That depends on your choices, regardless of whether you have money or not. Some wealthy people do great things for the world while others simply use it to empower their negative side. One of our neighbors won the lottery and remained the same stingy person he was before winning millions; getting money didn’t turn him into a miser, it just made more obvious what he already was. Other lottery winners have given most of their winnings to charity. Money is not an enemy or evil energy; it’s just a means to an end, and both the problem (lacking money) and the solution (abundance) lie in your own perception.

It’s easier to hide behind an excuse than to take full responsibility in moving toward what you desire without apologies. Why? Because you have created a multi-layered self-image that is hard to break free from, even if it doesn’t really suit you anymore, or at least some of its layers don’t. If your perception of abundance is split between desire and aversion, it is hard to find a more balanced middle ground to heal the split. So, for example, having more money than the members of your family or your spouse may stir unconscious feelings of guilt about abundance and success.

This is a dysfunctional world where money has become the driving force behind absolutely everything, both positive and negative, and where money permeates all we can acquire and accomplish in the world. So much so that our attention is focused on money-either because we need it to survive, or because we want more of what we already have, or because we feel guilty about having more than others. If you don’t have enough money, you want more; and if you have enough money, you also want more to be able to spend it without running out.

As long as your attention is on the external, material aspects of life, those who run the show by manipulating you are happy. However, money is just one aspect of abundance. I am not saying that it’s not important. On the contrary, it is very important, and this is why it is key to be completely at peace with the idea of money and of having money to create abundance. You have to start believing that money is a spiritual resource that you deserve, that having wealth does not take away from anyone else, and that it can be used, shared, and spread to uplift and empower others and transform the world.

Does thinking about money bring about fear, anger, resentment, anxiety, guilt, or shame? Does it also stir up your dreams, hopes, and desires? Do you feel that money robs you of the sense of control because it keeps you up at night, or feeds a sense of unfairness or failure because you cannot have what you desire? Do you despise and criticize wealthy people? Do you tend to hide the money you make or need to justify how you spend it? Do you feel that you’re a “good person” if you give and self-sacrifice, and “selfish” if you invest in yourself-in what makes you happy and promotes your self-growth?

Shift Your Perception to Increase Your Cash Flow

It is crucial to remove all the distorted beliefs about money to manifest abundance, not only because they’re not true, but also because they go against your true nature. We are not the physical body and senses, we are extensions of Divine Infinite Consciousness, which is abundant and ever-expanding. The more we grow, bringing in more life, more love, more truth, and more awareness, the further the Universe expands. There is really no right or wrong, as long as we continue the expansion, because it’s all a process of learning through experience and moving forward on our journey of spiritual evolution.

The Universe is abundant. It doesn’t end with a few planets; it goes on and on, creating new galaxies, new solar systems, new life forms. Likewise, on our plane, it manifests millions of flowers and colors and trees and species and physical and non-physical possibilities. Why is it that the Universe-which is essentially of the same nature as we are-is never-ending and expanding, and we humans continue to be trapped in the ideas of lack and poverty and suffering?

If you want to change your financial situation, you have to shift your awareness, bring light onto how you relate to abundance, and appreciate everything you are and everything you have.

  • Catch your judgments about wealth and wealthy people
  • Give yourself what you want the Universe to give you more of
  • Trust that you will get what you need when you need it
  • Expect to find money and new opportunities for abundance
  • Know your stopping points and blind spots about money and abundance
  • Live more in gratitude and less focused on lack and fear
  • Be generous with what you have to offer
  • Let go of all preconceived ideas and be open!

We all have internal mechanisms to keep us within the boundaries of our conditioning and dysfunctional upbringing. These mechanisms prevent us from growing emotionally and utilizing our full potential, because they are based on belief systems that create a false sense of self and maintain self-images that reinforce those mechanisms. It all works together very efficiently as the ego-mind. Every time we do something that goes against it, that is, that would set us free from our limiting beliefs and emotional habits, these internal mechanisms kick in and try to stop us.

Align With Your True Nature to Create an Abundant Life

A good analogy for one of these internal mechanisms is the cruise control that automatically controls the speed of a car. If you want to maintain a certain speed on the highway without pushing the gas pedal, you bring your speed up to a specific number and press the cruise control button to set it. Once you take your foot off the pedal, it makes your car move at that speed, no matter what. If you go uphill, the engine will push harder to prevent the car from slowing down, and if you’re going downhill, it will do the opposite to maintain the speed you set up.

You have a similar emotional cruise control that gets triggered when you want to change direction in life, or break free from the beliefs acquired during childhood-about money, abundance, love, relationships, success, joy, and most importantly, about yourself. What was the self-image (or identity) that made you feel closer to mom or dad, or part of the family? Or maybe you created and continue to cultivate a self-image that would maintain the illusion that those you love would love and accept you only if you behave a certain way? I’ve been there, and I know how hard it is to see those blind spots that act like a veil in our perception and prevent us from expanding and stretching beyond the same-old-same patterns.

Abundance does not come from people, but through people. It comes from the Infinite Consciousness within each of us. Infinite Consciousness manifests its infinite abundance through us and others, and it does not give exclusive rights to anyone in particular, because it is within the nature of all. Yet you can allow it into or reject it from your experience according to your beliefs and self-images-your mental and emotional habits and patterns. So it manifests only according to what you are able to perceive and receive.

If you want more, it’s not enough to desire more; you also have to open up to more, become more, live up to more, and expect more. You have to up level your perception and resonate with the vibration of abundance to create abundance. Remember, the Universe can only give you more of what you already give yourself because that’s what you are able to perceive and receive. Isn’t it time to stop giving yourself a sense of lack and anxiety about money and kindle the passion to go for what you truly desire?

If you are ready to break free from your limiting beliefs and discover the blind spots that prevent you from creating abundance doing what you love, as well as transform the emotional cruise control system that keeps bringing you back to the same place of lack (of money, love, support, relationships, success, and so on), contact me now to get started on a new journey toward a more conscious, creative, and abundant life!

If you are a conscious, creative and/or spiritual entrepreneur, visit my Conscious Business Coaching page to learn more about how I can help you overcome your stopping points and integrate all of who you are to create a unique and empowering business from within.

© 2013 Yol Swan. All rights reserved.

3 Business Abundance Lessons From Nature

I’ve been spending a lot of time outside lately, now that it’s nice out. This time, I’m not walking to get from point A to point B and back or to give my dog Gina exercise. I’ve been following the natural impulse I had to get outside. I’ve slowed down, I’ve been present as I walk or sit out in nature.

And today I noticed something powerful as I lay down on a bench to look at the sky. I saw big trees in the distance. And I felt a deep connection to nature in that moment. Along with a powerful realization:

Trees just are. There’s no trying to be better than, more than or different than who they are. A tree knows it’s a tree and doesn’t try to pretend it’s a bird.

In nature there is total acceptance of what is. No pretending, no striving.

Yet in nature there is nothing but endless abundance. Everywhere you look.

Maybe nature has some secrets we can learn from…

For years I’ve always believed that our purpose is to be who we are. And that any filter or mask that aims to please or gain approval is something the Universe will eventually guide you to drop. Because being you is what the world needs.

You have a unique purpose that is only carried out by being exactly who you are.

And just like a tree, its entire potential of who it could become was held within the seed it started out as. To resist allowing the full YOU to be expressed in your life and business is like trying to make a tree become a flower. It just doesn’t work.

The degree to which you compromise who you are to succeed is the degree to which you will feel unsatisfied with the success you create.

If you can even create it. It’s very tiring trying to be anything but who you are. The mask of approval is far too heavy.

I’ve seen 3 ways many people lose themselves in their business, stopping the abundance their true nature has for them:

1. They try to solve all of the problems of their clients

I’ve been seeing this over and over lately. If you have a unique purpose then doing anything for your clients that is not your purpose is simply going to leave you drained and exhausted.

Not to mention, since it’s not your purpose to be all things to all people, you’re forgetting something important:

You really aren’t good at what’s not your purpose

That means two things. One, the results your clients create from working with you aren’t as powerful as they could be. Two, it feels like you’re never quite “enough” no matter how much you give which just leads to feeling deflated.

If you stick with what you KNOW you’re here to do, creating the transformation you know you’re here to create in your clients’ lives, you are in accordance with your nature and you create profound results for your clients.

Know the piece you bring to your clients and let them know what it is. And if they need another piece you can let them know that too.

2. They catch “mentor-itis”

This infection is so sneaky and damaging that my friend Karen Evelyn and I gave it a name.

Mentor-itis.

Mentor-itis is what happens when you try to be something you’re not because a mentor tells you to. Or maybe you just try to “please” the mentor, to be a good student and willingly become “pleasing” instead of you.

I’ve repeatedly had mentor-itis in my business. And had to recover from it each time.

The truth is, only YOU know what you bring to the world. Only YOU know what feels right to you in your business. Only you can say things the way you’re meant to and your ideal clients need to hear.

Yes, I am a huge fan of having a mentor, one that resonates with you. They save you time and help you succeed faster. I believe they are necessary and have had many in the past.

Yet you can’t throw away the YOU in your business because a mentor says you should. You also don’t want to be more than you are or do work for your clients that’s not you because a mentor says it’s a good idea. You will lose motivation and it will be WAY more effort. Success becomes hard because you don’t even really want to do the work.

3. They don’t realize the deeper blocks to allowing their true nature

If just being who you are was easy, I think most people would just do it. They wouldn’t struggle with it.

I am an intuitive, I am a healer. I do some different work in the world. Very different work in the world of business.

Yet where did I start out? As a Mechanical Engineer.

If being me was so easy, I would have just delved into the world of the intuitive right off the bat. But I didn’t. I hid who I really was with all I could. I hid it so well I didn’t even know who I really was inside.

And even when I started to pursue my intuitive gifts and share them through a business I still was trying to hide, playing small and not feeling safe enough to share my gifts in a bigger way.

When I finally began to pinpoint the deeper energetic blocks in my way and healing them using the Intuitive Healing Process, I finally felt safe being me in my business.

I could breathe easier, I could be myself more and my work became more enjoyable. Not only that, I was being me more fully and my sales more than tripled in 5 months.

You are meant to live according to your nature. Your nature is your gift. And uncovering your true nature and operating your business according to your true nature is the most prosperous gift you can give yourself and the world.

Direct Sales – Pursuit of Abundance

Network Marketing Is Crazy With The Pursuit of Abundance

The direct sales marketing industry is swamped with get-rich-quick schemes, network marketing telemarketers and a general overrun of business opportunity offers. The industry is crazy about the pursuit of abundance and wealth to the point of becoming spammy. We have all heard of the book and DVD The Secret, and many of us pursue the abundance it speaks of, but what is really meant by abundance? When the book was published in 2006, it received rave reviews and acclaim in the home base business industry as sales teams connected with the message and dream of creating an abundant life from home.

The Secret To Abundance

As shared in The Secret, abundance is more about your attitude than your money! The dictionary says that abundance is having more than necessary to be happy, and enough to share with others in their pursuit of abundance as well. If it were only money, every rich man and woman would be happy. Wealth is the ability to experience all the good in life. Those who are living an abundant life in every way enjoy the simplicity of life experiences as well as the joy of challenges, relationships and the ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

Direct Sales Opportunity

One of the advantages of working in the network marketing industry is the opportunity to design your life. You can affiliate yourself with a company whose mission and passions align with your own, and create a future that will impact the lives of others, plus give you the abundance you deserve. Sharing the strengths of all involved within one company will produce massive results on an individual level. You can make a meaningful difference in your own life and the lives of those around you, as well as people you have not yet met, by taking an active part in a successful network marketing organization. The party plan culture provides the support, research, and branding of a major corporation, yet allows you to work from home and create your home business to match your definition of abundance.

The Book The Secret – Choosing Your Abundance

What the book does not say is that riches are not always in the form of money. Sometimes it is just choosing to enjoy life on a simple level. They say that you are who you are today because of who you were yesterday. You will be who you are tomorrow based on who you are today. That being said, start to change your attitude today, and you will become a better person tomorrow. Choose to be happy and share your happiness: that is really what abundance is all about. You can make a meaningful difference in the world for yourself, your family and your customers when you stay focused on the positive things in your life, keep your dreams and goals within sight, and choose to make an impact on the lives of others on a daily basis.

Best Home Based Business Business Opportunity

The best home based business business opportunity for you is one that you can be passionate about. Don’t get caught up in the hype going on in network marketing and buy into a program that guarantees you make millions with no effort. Everything good involves effort and your home business is no exception. When you find the business that you love and focus on all the good in your live you will achieve success and find an abundant life through direct sales business. The key to success in business is to study your chosen trade and pick a home business that you are passionate about.