I’m taking an ever-so-brief pause in the BIG BRAVE BLOG HULLABALOO to say something I need to say. Sometimes, you just know– that thought you’re thinking, even if it seems a little iffy, needs a voice. I guess that’s brave in and of itself.
You have to speak up, even if it rubs someone the wrong way. Even if no one at all gets you, or folks think you’re naïve or ignorant.
It’s a risk I’m willing to take as I move forward, leaning into a boldness that has sprouted in me the last couple of years from I don’t know what - perhaps extreme physical exertion due to triathlon training and deep writing and splashes of paint, and on many many levels, letting go of who I was. Regardless, it’s time to let her rip.
I’ve been a bit curious lately by a trend in the land of self-development and internet marketing. Okay, curious is putting it mildly. Shaken, bamboozled, irked is a bit more like it if I’m going to be truly honest.
It’s this ever so popular idea that if you’re not willing (or able) to pay for something, then you’re automatically lacking in desire, worthiness, commitment, readiness, self-honor.
I can just feel the tension rise as I write that sentence… both in my own body, and in the room around me… because so many people have subscribed to this way of thinking, and many are wildly successful… and yes, while their stories aren’t shared as often, there are also those who are suffering due to a profound loss of dignity and an enormous amount of debt.
But other people’s experiences are really none of my beeswax.
What IS my business is what gets stirred up in me, and how it affects the women who I am so grateful to serve.
Deep breath. Here goes.
You are VALUABLE. BEAUTIFUL. PRECIOUS. Right now. As is.
Your “energetic vibration” does not equal the balance in your checking account.
It does not mean that you don’t value yourself if you’re not willing to charge a whopping $20,000 dollars to your credit card to be in the platinum program.
You are platinum already in my book.
Yes, I long to witness your growth, your evolution, your standing in your own sovereignty…
And yes, I do believe it’s important to invest in yourself.
But if you are unable to invest financially, that is NOT not a reflection of your flaws and a screwed up mindset. Invest time. Invest love. Invest spirit and willingness and spunk and gratitude.
To me, that’s what “wealth consciousness” is… not this distorted notion of making seven digits in the next six months, or signing up for some special deal RIGHT NOW before poof, it’s gone. Not being made to feel less than because you can’t afford to join “the club.” Not being manipulated into making choices out of fear.
It’s about being conscious of the WEALTH within you– recognizing, admitting to, and honoring your own immeasurable worth in the world.
And yes, it means playing with old thought patterns that keep you in a rut. It means creating a living that comfortably supports you and your family and allows you to give from your heart without depleting yourself. It means sometimes putting money towards radical self-care rather than things you don’t necessarily need. It means saying no when you mean no and saying yes when you mean yes. It means living by your own rules, moving at your own pace, and fully inhabiting your life…
I believe in who I am and what I have, even though clearly I am a work in progress (we all are).
I believe in what I aim to give to my circles, to my readers, to my family and friends, to strangers I pass by on the street.
I believe I am growing and flourishing and expanding, despite admittedly still sorting out my own money issues.
I believe in serendipity and magic and blessings unexpectedly popping up like a field of dandelions.
I believe in possibility beyond measure.
I believe in YOU.