Why some people have a lot of money, and others are always struggling to have enough
I once heard someone say something very interesting. He said:
If you redistributed all the money in the world so that everyone had exactly the same amount, it would not take very long before everyone would be back in the same position they were before they money was redistributed. The rich people would be rich again, and the poor people would be poor again.
If you ask me, the same goes for things like being overweight. If we could magically make everyone fit and healthy, but we did not change their belief systems first, the overweight people would soon be overweight again, and the fit and healthy people would stay fit and healthy.
Why? Because this is their comfort zone.
And what are comfort zones made up of? Our beliefs, which in turn are built on top of our life experiences, especially our early life experiences.
So if we want to get out of our comfort zone, then we are going to need to do something to change those beliefs and transform the patterns created by our early life experiences.
Burning Man and limiting beliefs about money
I received an anonymous comment the other day expressing displeasure about my intention this year at Burning Man to teach, among other things, how to use Emotional Freedom Technique to attract abundance and financial opportunities.
Anonymous said: “Speech on manifesting financial opportunities at burning man, which is all about everything but money???”
I feel amused by this comment for one thing because, if you know anything about Burning Man, you will know that it requires a MASSIVE amount of money to put it on every year.
For the uninitiated, Burning Man is a huge art festival held in Black Rock Desert, out in the middle of nowhere, in Nevada. Thousands of people spend weeks creating a temporary city in the desert, with hundreds of theme camps. Participating in Burning Man has been one of the more transformative life experiences I’ve ever had, and it’s not something easily described. There is a group-created spiritual energy at the event that is very powerful. Plus, it’s just a ton of fun. Imagine partying in the middle of the desert with 30,000 to 40,000 amazingly cool people who are scantily clad in outrageous costumes and dancing all night long on lighted-up art cars. Last year, I made an entirely new group of friends who have now become important people in my life.
Anyhoo, it’s true that — once arrived in the Nevada desert — Burning Man is a gift economy. The only things sold there are coffee and ice. Everything else is gifted. Which is awesome when you’re thirsty at 2 am and a little cart sidles up offering you free vodka cranberry drinks. :-)
But what about getting there in the first place? It’s true that Burning Man sells a limited number of discounted tickets if you buy them months in advance. But for most people, the ticket to get in is $300. Then you need a way to get there, because it’s out in the middle of nowhere. I take my car (gas, mileage, maintenance, car wash afterwards to cleanse it of playa dust), but lots of people rent RVs for thousands of dollars. Then you need provisions. Either you join a theme camp and a meal plan (add several hundred dollars) or you buy a bunch of necessary items (add several hundred dollars). And if you want to participate in the pageantry and the gifting, well, last year I spent several hundred dollars on black fur platform boots, colored fishnet tights, fanciful petticoats, and all sorts of other fun things. Total cost for me last year … probably at least $1000. For those who go all out at Burning Man, I can’t even imagine … probably thousands and tens of thousands of dollars.
My point is that if we want to experience all that life has to offer, and I put Burning Man very high on the list of experiences to have while you’re incarnated in this lifetime, then we need money — or at the very least some other form of exchange — to make that happen.
And yet, I have encountered so many people in the seduction community whose beliefs about money are STOPPING THEM from having the life experiences they would like to have.
Some common limiting beliefs about money
Here are some common beliefs about money that I hear in my EFT practice:
1. It’s not spiritual to make money
2. I have to work hard to make money, and I’m too lazy
3. If I make money, then I have “bought in” to a system that I don’t believe in
4. I feel guilty receiving money
5. My family has always been poor, so I think I will always be poor
6. The market I’m in is saturated, and there’s too much competition
And all of those beliefs are actually built on early life experiences. Inevitably when we dig down, we will learn that the person’s mother or father or grandmother said something or did something very early in that person’s life that made that person feel undeserving of money, or led that person to feel that if they had money, they would be a “bad person.” Etc.
I personally noticed that my comfort zone for most of my life has been receiving a salary. Everyone in my family was salaried also. I have been very comfortable receiving a salary, even a very high salary, but I was less comfortable receiving money from individual people — no matter how much I was contributing to their lives. Obviously that needed to be shifted for me to be effective at what I do.
Methods for getting out of our comfort zone and changing our financial situation
So again, there are various ways we can get out of our comfort zone, including:
1. Feel the fear and do it anyway
3. Reading books about making money
5. Increasing conscious awareness of our beliefs
I talked about all those methods First Report from 21 Convention, and the free video footage of that speech is scheduled to be released in mid-September. I won’t repeat it all here, except to say this …
During my speech, I asked the guys for a show of hands:
Who among you has found an effective way of changing limiting beliefs, a method that works consistently?
Not one single guy raised his hand. Not one.
And that was my experience, too, before I discovered Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). I read a bunch of books and tried affirmations, but because I was trying to write positive beliefs on top of a huge reserve of negative beliefs, all that resulted was further frustration and chaos.
Until I found EFT. And then everything started to change, very quickly.
How I can help you use EFT to change your financial situation
If you’re intrigued about how EFT can be used to change your financial situation quickly, and you want to try this out inexpensively, I encourage you to get the audio from our recent EFT teleclass about Attracting Abundance and Jumpstarting Your Business. It’s only $20, and during the call we cover a lot of ground, including:
1. Kate Winch and I share our own experiences with how EFT increased our financial abundance.
2. I share my six-step process for using EFT effectively to transform your belief system about money.
3. Kate Winch and I both work with individual callers, erasing beliefs such as “I can’t leave my current job because there’s a recession, I won’t have enough clients, I’m worried I’ll regret it, etc.”
4. I explain how early life experiences may be affecting your current life situation, and how we clear the emotional charge from those memories to free you up in the present moment.
Since the call, which was less than a week ago, participants on the call have reported the following successes:
1. A woman who had been struggling for months to find a job got a promising lead to come back to work for her prior employer.
2. A woman who wants to leave her current job and have her own business got a new client the morning after the call.
3. I received several incredible opportunities, including free publicity for my blog, a two-hour speaking spot at one of the most prominent camps at Burning Man, and a speaking opportunity at a prominent seduction community event.
And now here is the latest report, from a man who was on the call. This is our Facebook email conversation yesterday:
Him: Hmm…my credit card is dropping fast. I’m really wondering why I have another one coming to me in the mail. Trippy.
Me: tell me more. What do u mean it’s dropping …?
Him: Last week, before the call, I got a credit card I had shredded reissued. I thought that I would need it as my other card is maxed out. Now, the card I got reissued is in the mail and my other card is 25% paid off. Neat results!
Me: wow, did the money just ‘come out of nowhere’? Can I put it on my blog?
Him: You’re welcome to put it on your blog. The money came from tips at my job. I am more intuitively directed about what to do with the money. I definitely didn’t understand the simplicity of what is happening in my financial life. *hug*
So there you go. Yes, it really can be that simple. When we change our beliefs about money using the power of EFT, our financial situation changes.
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About the Author:
Erika Awakening is a Harvard Law School graduate and former practicing attorney. She left the rat race to become a location-independent entrepreneur, holistic life coach, blogger, speaker, healer, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT tapping) expert. Erika Awakening is one of the world's foremost experts on eradicating limiting beliefs and lifestyle design on your own terms. Learn more about Erika Awakening
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