I believe my money personality was influence by factors from my childhood. I grew up in a home where I felt the stress of my parent’s financial problems. As an adult, I suffer from bag-lady syndrome at times and it’s often hard for me to spend money on big-ticket items. For me personally, money has always been about feeling secure and less about the material things it can buy.

That said, I never thought there was anything wrong with achieving or having wealth. But I know a few people who were conditioned to think that money isn’t good and this idea affects their ability to be successful.

Did your parents say things that made you think that having money was bad or that it was hard to come by? “Rich people are seldom happy,” or “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Perhaps these thoughts took hold through other forms of socialization like listening to church teachings or participating in a spiritual community that promoted poverty like this author writes:

Poverty is not pious. There’s nothing sacred, honorable or even particularly spiritual about being broke. In fact, as I’ll explain here in more detail, creating and redistributing mindful wealth is a far higher spiritual calling than being broke and lacking the financial resources necessary to accomplish important things (like planting a hundred tropical fruit trees).

In fact, earning and spending money mindfully is, at its very heart, a compassionate, loving act. It is a genuine expression of mindful, high-vibration living.

Lana wrote similar words in her Wealth Consciousness series:

Your style of thinking – victim or prosperity – has controlled your financial decision 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.

If you were taught that money is not good, how did you overcome this type of thinking? Or is it still holding you back as an adult and if so, how? Comments welcomed below.