One of the dilemmas of holisitc practitioners and spiritual business owners that keeps them from having monetarily successful businesses is the seeming contradiction between helping people/being spiritual and making money.
I've heard if from my peers, my clients, and even my own inner voice (usually in the tone of my maternal Grandfather). Just as I've had to work on it with myself (greatly improved but it still reappears from time to time, especially when I try to move up another level in income), this belief in its many forms shows up in all of my business clients to some degree and in various stages.
Thanks to some wonderul coaches and mentors, I have learned that God wants me to be abundant more than I want it, and accept this idea more and more in my life. I in turn help my clients understand and accept it, too, in a way that opens them up to allow more abundance in.
Several key points really seemed to strike a cord with me to allow this idea to feel true.
"Healers" seem to have a feeling of guilt around charging a lot (or even charging anything) for healing people of their pain (in whatever form that comes). It seems "wrong" to "take advantage" of people who are desperate and suffering.
I used to feel this way too. But then came this insight from David Neagle:
Why would God force you to make a living doing something you didn't like instead of with the gifts he gave you that you love sharing with others? Of COURSE you're meant to be able to make a living using your unique gift(s).
My second hangup and "aha" came when I thought of people like Mother Theresa who sacrificed the luxuries of life to help the poor. I didn't realize that Mother Theresa had a lot of money given to her to help people. And she was flown all over the world, and fed good food and housed in nice hotels or homes to raise awareness and support for her cause. She could not have done all the good she did if she didn't have money to back it!
If you're in survival mode, you can't really help anyone but yourself. But you can certainly help A LOT more people when you have A LOT more money! Look at all the good that caring people with money do in the world, especially those with LOTS of it, like Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, etc.
How many times have you felt like you had to turn down a request for a charity contribution because it's not in your budget (even small ones like $25)? Wouldn't it feel better to be able to say yes to every request that came your way?
I know I definitely feel great when I'm able to give to a worthy cause that I know makes a big impact for people! Like the recent donations I've made during business seminars to help fund micro loans to women in third world countries who are trying to start a business (Kiva.com) or to help build schools and fresh water facilities in African villages (The Unstoppable Foundation).
Here's another example (Soul Kitchen) that becoming wealthy doesn't mean you'll be corrupted or that it's not spiritual.
Wealth doesn't corrupt people–it's a magnifier of one's character. You can do more for others when you're wealthy than when you're poor and struggling.
So don't be ashamed of wanting more. It's not greedy or wasteful. And God wants you to have more. Remember, she wants it more for you than you do. ; )
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