Greedy 1%-ers, Spiritual Bypass & Kickboxing … My Provocative Enlightenment Interview With Eldon Taylor
“Is it even fair to think about money and spirituality in the same breath? After all, the good book informs us that the love of money is the root of all evil.” As usual, Eldon Taylor doesn’t waste any time getting directly to the point. I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed on his show Provocative Enlightenment.
The interview began with us discussing my early life and how I’ve always felt a disconnect with mainstream thought. We explored my transition from my background in women’s studies and martial arts to business coach.
Things really got heated up when we dove into deeper issues about money and restructuring our beliefs. Check out the entire interview, or read below for the juiciest highlights!
Money and business don’t have to be competitive – yay! The old hierarchical model of competition and scarcity is now obsolete. We live in an abundant universe and we are many messengers delivering the message. So while you will likely never be the only one offering your particular service or product, you will always be the only you.
Your job is not to reach everybody because not everyone will relate to you. You’re here to reach those people who resonate with your message and who value your contribution. You may be offering the same thing as somebody else, but you’ll naturally speak a different language than they will. By being really clear on your message you can reach the particular people you are here to help.
I do recommend knowing who the others in your field are, a.k.a. your “competition.” Who are the leaders in your industry? Now take a look at their language. How do they communicate the value they provide to their clients? You can learn a lot from them even though you are not competing with them directly.
The Middle Path
Eldon asked me “Is there a middle path between spiritual non-attachment and the law of attraction?” If you work in an “alternative” field or are involved in most any type of spiritual group then you have likely met at least one person who is not attached to money. This person says things like “money is not important to me” and “I’m not in it for the money.” While she probably has good intentions, she’s using spiritual bypass to dissociate from part of the responsibilities of living in this 3D world.
To completely detach ourselves from worldly requirements is one extreme of the pendulum. Living in Sedona, Arizona I see this a lot. This is a dense reality we are living in so there’s something to be said for having the things we need. We must address the reality of living in a physical body – to live a life where you’re not living hand to mouth and in a constant spiral of struggle.
People expressing the other extreme are actively calling more money into their lives using the law of attraction and practices like getting into the vortex. Sometimes these people believe that by simply stating that they deserve and desire money, everything will come to them. While this is certainly one step in the right direction, you also need to take actions that coincide with your intentions to bring in more money.
There is a middle path – a way to live a spiritual lifestyle and also meet your needs. To walk this middle path you must clear any negative associations with money. Once you heal that relationship, everything will change!
Money Grubbing One Percenters
The Occupy Wall Street movement has focused our attention on the distribution of wealth. 80 families control the vast majority of wealth on the planet. Eldon asked, “How many of us carry around some self-sabotaging belief that money is evil and we don’t want to be associated with that group of people?”
Everybody has beliefs about money that shape our financial lives. The Occupy Wall Street movement has shown us the ridiculous disparity of wealth distribution. The one percent is seen as dirty, crooked, etc. and of course people don’t want to be perceived in that way themselves.
However, there’s a lot of room for us to live in abundance without becoming greedy, hoarding one percenters – or whatever that stereotype is. Money enhances who we already are. So if you’re a creep before you have money, you’ll be a bigger creep once you acquire more money. If you’re generous before having money, you’ll be able to be exponentially more generous when you do have money.
How have your beliefs about money shaped your life? Do you believe we’re in competition with each other for scarce resources or that there is enough for all of us? Let me know in the comments below!