The second article of a series of articles.
In the movie The Secret, chiropractor and renowned speaker Dr. John Demartini said: “Your psychology will determine 80 percent of your wealth.” As a doctorate student of psychology learning about the power of the mind, I have come to agree with his wise words. In the following article and others to come, I will demonstrate THE POWER OF THE MIND with respect to finances.
For those readers who didn’t read my introductory article, I will recap it here (so that I can flow into the following article knowing that we are all on the same page). Here it is:
There are many internal conflicts within the human psyche that people are motivated to resolve in order to flourish in life. One of those conflicts is the resolution of poverty consciousness versus wealth consciousness. (Consciousness means mindset.) Humans are innately motivated to resolve this conflict and seek prosperity. One path to building an abundant mindset involves executing the following tasks:
1. Unlocking the subconscious door to wealth;
2. Applying affirmations and values to govern money handling;
3. Managing and balancing financial energy centers; and,
4. Setting up multiple streams of coins.
Over the next four weeks or so I will address these four tasks, starting with task one: unlocking the subconscious door to wealth. This article and the articles to follow are adapted excerpts from my book called “Bless Yourself With Good Health,” which you can download for FREE on my website: www.drlana.com (ISBN: 978-0-9781283-6-4). The articles build upon each other so it’s important to read them in order. Let’s now move on to task one.
Unlocking the Subconscious Door to Wealth:
What does it mean to truly be abundant from a psychologically stance? The answer: True abundance is when a person connects with his or her inner abundance AND when the outer environment mirrors that inner wealth. This inner-outer alignment experience of wealth is rarely measured. By contrast, statistics have showed how rich people are via objectively measuring their statements/portfolios of wealth.
For example, in the year 2005, about 2.5 million Americans, or almost 1 percent of the population over the age of 15, were reported to have more than $1 million dollars in financial assets, such as, stocks, bonds and bank accounts, according to a study published by Capgemini and Merrill Lynch & Company. Worldwide, 8.3 million people were millionaires in 2004, up from 7.7 million in 2003. Their combined wealth rose 8.2 percent to $30.8 trillion. In the year 2006, Forbes reported a record of 793 billionaires and they were worth a combined $2.6 trillion dollars.
On the opposite end of the wealth spectrum, the World Bank’s World Development Report 2000/2001: Attacking Poverty shows that the number of people living on less than $1 dollar a day grew from 1.18 billion in 1987 to 1.20 billion in 1998—an increase of 20 million people.
Generally speaking, looking at the world’s population, the rich and the poor, why is it off balance when it comes to money? What is the cause of this extreme financial behavior: too poor and too rich? From the perspective of psychology and quantum physics, a person’s consciousness—energy—creates his reality and reality is also energy. In other words, your inner thoughts are mirrored in the outer world. It’s important for you to really comprehend the physical effect that your psyche has on your financial position. Here it is in black and white:
YOUR STYLE OF THINKING—VICTIM OR PROSPERITY—HAS CONTROLLED YOUR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND MONEY OUTCOMES THUS FAR.
This insight alone ought to motivate you to anchor yourself in healthy thoughts that will create financial balance. Money is not good or evil. MONEY IS ENERGY. It’s a symbol—a metaphor—of how you, as a result of your thoughts, are allowing an aspect of the life force energy to harmoniously flow through your life.
Let’s discuss “thought-forms” in more detail now and their relationship to your flow of money. Your thought-forms are supplied by the subpersonalities within your psyche (or mind). Two of these personalities are the “inner adult” and the “inner child.” Briefly, the inner adult functions from positive, encouraging, and supporting thought-forms. The inner child functions from disempowering and judgmental thought-forms because it is a victim (for the time it has not been healed).
These un-nurturing thought-forms from the child within can negatively influence your relationship to money, among other things. The difference between how your inner adult thinks and how your inner child thinks with respect to your overall programming of wealth and poverty can very well be illustrated in Table 1, to the right (click on the image to expand). Read through this table to see if you can immediately pinpoint any debilitating thoughts still being spun by the “little you.”
(Note: While some of these thoughts in Table 1 are not directly related to money and abundance, they are indirectly related. Similar to how a damaged body organ hampers the overall functioning of your human body and must be healed so as to enhance the performance of the body, any self-sabotaging thought influences your overall state of wealth and prosperity and therefore MUST be cleared from your subconscious mind.)
From counselling my cliental, I regularly witness how self-sabotaging subconscious thoughts stored by the inner child spontaneously act up to restrict slash limit a person’s cash flow. When you are driven by such a deep seeded victim based mentality, your finances tend to suffer and fall short of an abundant lifestyle (in addition to other life areas suffering).
By contrast, when you are driven by self-empowering thoughts, when you feel good about yourself, when you feel abundant inside, you in turn magnetize more goodness and abundance to yourself from the outer environment. THE OUTER ENVIRONMENT MUST REFLECT TO YOU WHO YOU PRESENTLY ARE: RICH OR POOR. Are you rich, inside? Are you poor, inside? Are you somewhere in the middle of the internal wealth spectrum? Where are YOU?
Since some folks reading this article are interested in clearing up their victim based thoughts that are keeping them stuck in poverty consciousness, I will go into detail as to what some of these thoughts are, momentarily. In other words, I will take some of the poverty thoughts spun by the inner child as shown in Table 1 and I will expand upon them, showing you how the inner child’s corresponding victim mentality can play out so as to sabotage your accumulation of wealth.
Afterwards, I will direct your attention to focusing on and implementing wealthy thought-forms. In essence, you will be instructed to reprogram your psyche with thoughts geared toward an abundant lifestyle. When you think about the mind, think of it as a computer—as a hard drive. In order for a hard drive to function it needs software. Similarly, the human brain can be thought of as a hard drive that needs software to function. A brain with poverty software creates poor experiences whereas a brain with wealthy software creates rich experiences. On to the poverty software.
Self-Sabotaging Subconscious Thought-forms
Below are several victim based scenarios that hinder a person’s state of wealth. As you read them, determine how you (i.e., the child within you) can identify with any of them.
1. Poor Me: If, as a child or teen, your mother or father abandoned you in some way (mild, moderate, or severe), you likely feel incomplete and are a carrier of victim consciousness. Similarly, if as a child or teen, someone sexually molested you, raped you, and/or emotionally and mentally manipulated you, you are likely a carrier of victim consciousness. You need to be aware that the “poor me” thought-form does not attract to you a wealth of money. Moreover, blaming people for your tragic past does not magnetize wealth to you. Blaming keeps you in a pattern of abuse and poverty because inside you feel poor and unworthy.
2. Poverty and Family Conditioning: If, as a child or teen, you grew up in a low income family and neighborhood, your mentality will likely be poverty consciousness. Unfortunately, if you were to win a million dollars from the lottery, chances are, you’ll likely not know what to do with it because you are not used to thinking abundantly nor are you used to being responsible for large sums of money.
For example, once on the Oprah television show, she featured a story on a filmmaker, Wayne Powers, who did a social experiment for his movie called “Reversal of Fortune.” As part of the experiment, he gave a homeless man in Los Angeles $100,000 dollars. The forty-five-year-old homeless man, Ted Rodrigue, bought himself a truck, purchased gifts for his family, gave friends money to get out of debt, rented an apartment, and within a short time span spent all of the money. Broke, he returned to sleeping on the streets. When asked by Oprah what his thought process was, Ted replied, “You never think the money is going to run out.”
From a psychological perspective, Ted clearly needed to develop self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-love before he could wisely handle that large sum of money (as he gave away money in order to belong and be loved), in addition to learning HOW TO BUDGET properly. On that specific show, Oprah cites research that says, “70 percent of people who become instantly wealthy squander their money away within a few years.”
3. Low Self-Love: If, as a child or teen, your family condemned you for being overweight (e.g., they called you rude names such as “fat”) or for not being good enough, or for whatever reason they found “wrong” with you, you likely have the deep seeded belief that sounds like this: “I don’t love myself.” When a person doesn’t love him/herself, he will never be satisfied in life, in relationships, and with money. There will be emptiness within him and he may either go from job to job, or he may stay at one job for a long time, trying to fill the void in his heart with work and with a paycheck. This type of pain is interesting because it can serve to adequately grow his bank account. However, with each bank deposit, he is making up for the pain in his heart—the lack of self-love. He works to feed the lack. Like pain that always craves more attention, so will his bank account. This addictive financial behavior is called “over-compensation.” It’s unhealthy, as the victim within is controlling the never ending financial appetite.
4. Greed: When you were a child or teen and if your family hoarded possessions and/or manipulated people for money, you may act out in one of three manners:
a) You may hoard your money, in which case you’ll have a stuffy and uptight personality (e.g., you will likely think: “I had better save my money or else.” The “else” refers to some fear factor.).
b) You may act ruthlessly and without integrity when it comes to people and money such as the behavior seen in a low-ball salesman (e.g., you will likely think: “I can screw him out of some bucks.”).
c) You may reject money with every cell in your being because you hate what you think it does to people (e.g., you will likely think: “Money makes people evil.”).
Although in all three cases you will be a carrier of victim consciousness, in the first and second instances you may make a lot of money and in the third instance you may repel full wealth from you. Either way, you are not in harmony with yourself nor with the true concept of what it means to be wealthy—you will not feel abundant within.
5. Loss: Let us suppose that part of your “childhood story” involved the sudden death of your beloved father who, in his will, left you with a trust fund of $20,000 dollars. At that young age, you will typically have mentally associated money with loss, and you will have felt that loss as pain and anger, therefore blocking the full flow of money to you above and beyond $20,000 dollars. Your thought-form may be: “Money is too painful for me to deal with.”
6. It’s Not Fair: Maybe when you think of money, you think that money is stupid. You say to yourself, “Why do we live in a world that is regulated by green paper bills and coins that serve to only separate class structures? It’s not fair that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” While these thoughts of yours are justifiable, they do not serve to inflate your bank account. A strong feeling associated with these negative thoughts is anger. Anger blocks the abundant flow of money to you.
7. Low Self-Esteem: Maybe you think that you are poor internally because your wallet is thin compared to the wallet of wealthy folks. When you associate money with self-worth—for example, “I am a loser because I don’t yet own my own home”—you really twist the flow of money trying to come to you. You are sending negative messages out to the Universe.
8. It’s B.S.!: Still, maybe deep within your subconsciousness, you think money is a man-made fraudulent business used as tool to control and suppress people. (This is a loaded thought!) You can’t help but to mentally focus on the tyrant application of money—green paper bills no longer backed by gold but air—that extends decades into time and elicits in your being feelings of hostility, which, pushes money away from you.
9. Not Enough: And still, maybe in your mind you associate money with scarcity and debt. You realize that there is not enough money in existence to pay the interests accruing on your debts. Feeling that there is not enough money nor will there ever be enough money motivates you to act in one of two ways: either you give up on playing by society’s rules on money and be lazy about acquiring money, or you strive in over-drive to get money—chasing the dragon, so to speak—tiring yourself out.
. . . Some people govern their flow of money based on these unhealthy, deep-seeded thought-forms (and others like them). These thoughts keep people out of harmony with their inner power as they walk around as carriers of victim consciousness and create unhealthy situations with money.
I want you to be prosperous financially and I want you to achieve an abundant status backed with a solid foundation of healthy thought-forms so that your wealth will not collapse in on itself. When you are abundantly wealthy and prosperous inside, then those qualities are reflected in the outer environment. My strategy to wealth focuses on getting your inner life wealthy first so that can it be mirrored externally via the Law of Attraction.
By contrast, you see many folks who strive for financial success first, all the while neglecting to navigate their inner ocean of abundance. When these same people “suddenly” get hit with a traumatic situation and find themselves experiencing hard financial times, such as a bankruptcy, they tend to fall flat on their faces and enter into a deep depression. This sickness occurs because these folks were not strong internally—they did not radiate abundance and prosperity from within.
Many ancient spiritual traditions—Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism— advise people to build up their inner character so that the Law of Attraction will meet their strong and vibrant energy with a life beautifully lived on the outside. EVERYTHING BEGINS WITHIN. FROM WITHIN, WORK YOUR WAY OUT. This style of living is in contrast to modern Western civilization that emphasizes accumulating things in the outer environment first while neglecting the development of the inner self.
In the next article I will show you HOW TO overcome your self-limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging subconscious barriers to building a wealthy life. . . .
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