As an entrepreneur who values focusing on my service to the world, I've always had a hard time reconciling the fact that I want to make oodles of money. And as I continue to work closely with other spiritually guided business owners, I've realized that this torment is more common than not. To the point that many of us stop paying attention to the money flow within our life's work for the sake of serving a higher purpose. When in reality, this non-practice can harm our spiritual growth.
Sometimes this is shown in our reluctance to raise our prices. Other times it's reflected in our practice, or non-practice, of monitoring how money comes into our business and how it goes out. When I realized that money is an exchange of energy reinforcing someone's gifts and talents, I decided it was time to start paying attention to how I chose to spend it and how much of it was coming back to me.
This isn't to say that when I didn't have oodles of money (I actually still don't have oodles) that this was somehow a reflection of my worth in the world. But I knew that if I wanted to grow my nest egg I needed to be mindful of how my bank account was holding up while being in service to others.
Because although no amount of paper can validate my spiritual journey, the comfort of knowing that the paper is there to love and support me along my path gives me the opportunity to fully develop my inner being and to support others along their way. If you struggle with reconciling money with spirituality, here are three things to consider.
1. It aids your ability to stay in the present. Not worrying about paying rent in the future is a blessing.
2. Tracking how you spend your money reaffirms where you want to place your energy and support.
3. Monitoring how much is flowing in gives you the opportunity to thank your guiding source (whatever or whomever that is to you) for loving and supporting your physical needs and desires.
So go ahead and take a deep inhale and exhale as you open up your bookkeeping program or bank account statement. And ask yourself two things.
Do my expenses show that I value my business? Is this how I want to feel about income next month?
Here's to your financial success and happiness!