This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of speaking at a spiritual community called Project: Service Los Angeles where I shared a story. I love story-telling because stories give a peek into the world of the person who's telling the story, not just in the words but also in the emotion and the way the story itself is told.
Stories are very powerful because they frame how you look at an experience of life. It's said that at a scene of an accident, you can have 20 different witnesses, and at the same time, have 20 different stories of what happened.
I spoke with someone recently about his "money stories." He described how unhappy he was with his financial situation, and how he was tired of "just getting by." He talked about how he experienced this pattern with money for most of his life. When I asked him what his earliest memory was of this pattern showing up, he described his mom and dad fighting about money and how tired they were of "just getting by." At that moment, he exclaimed, "OH MY GOD! I've been living out this story from my childhood!" He realized he was playing out a money story that he learned from his parents.
The beauty of our conversation was that he became aware of his money story playing out in his life today. One of the first steps to moving forward in a new direction in life is to bring this state of awareness of the stories and beliefs that play out in your life.
Once you become aware of your money stories, you get to choose which ones you get to keep and which ones you get to change. Do you want to hear the same bedtime story every night, or do you want to change it up? It's your choice.
For your coaching assignment for this week, let's see what money stories might be operating in your life. Take out your journal and ponder these questions, or simply take a moment to answer them in your mind right now:
As you contemplate these questions, I want you to take note of your feelings and your bodily sensations. What feelings come up? Do you feel constricted and tight, or do you feel open and expanded? Where in your body are you feeling? Simply notice. This is the first step of awareness. (I'll cover some of the other steps in later blog posts.)
Some of you know that I've been making the shift to do more work explicitly with gay men. If you happen to be one, or know other gay men, I wanted to share with you that I'm putting together the final touches of a program called "Re-Write Your Money Story: Step One on the Spiritual Gay Guy's Path to Prosperity." I'm looking for a handful of gay men to test out this program, so feel free to send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
If you're not a gay man, no worries. I do one-on-one spiritual life coaching with anyone who needs support. To give you a taste of my work, you can click here if you want to schedule a Free Clarity Session with Prayer.
I'd love to hear what you think about "Money Stories." Like this and leave a comment below. I'd really appreciate it!
Here's to a greater awareness to the money stories in your life, and to your ability to choose the stories that serve the highest and best of you and the world.
Earlier today, I was with a group of people where someone asked the question:
What are some of the biggest obstacles to money and wealth?
Most of the responses included thoughts and feelings of:
A few people mentioned things like not having a spending plan or not being clear where their money goes. But overall, the "mindset" issues and beliefs about not being deserving came up as the over-riding challenge.
These kinds of thoughts come up often when I work with clients who want to get clarity on what might be holding them back from their goals. (By the way, you can click here if you want to schedule a complimentary life coaching consultation.)
One of the ways to overcome these mindset obstacles is to instead come up with a set of beliefs that affirm the kind of life and world you desire.
For this week's message, I thought I'd share with you a powerful prayer from Louise Hay from her classic book, You Can Heal Your Life, where she offers the idea that you do indeed deserve a prosperous life.
When you read this prayer, do you feel a greater sense of expansion and possibility? Or are there parts of this prayer where you feel tension? Feeling tension can be a good thing because it shows you where your beliefs might be in conflict.
What this prayer offers is an exercise in choosing prosperity as a way of living in the world. Is it possible that there's a greater good available for you in the world? I believe the answer is yes. Do I believe that you deserve to experience more good than you ever imagined possible? Yes, you do. And is it my intention that by increasing your good, you then can be in a position to share more of your good with the world? Absolutely.
For your coaching assignment this week, I encourage you to print out this prayer or look at it on your smartphone or table. Read this when you begin your day and when you end your day. Saying it out loud is even more powerful. See if you can commit to doing this practice everyday for the next 7 days. Be open to seeing what unexpected good and possibilities show up in your life. (This could include things like someone offering to buy you a cup of coffee, or someone paying you a compliment.)
I'd love to hear if any of this resonates with you. What other spiritual practices or mantras do you use to affirm a prosperous spiritual life? Post a comment below to share with others. Let us also know what ways your good shows up this week in your life.
Here's to your deserving the best that life has to offer...simply for being who you are, exactly as you are.
p.s. I'll be starting an 8-week online class this coming October 2017 that is a beta test of my program Re-Write Your Money Story. Feel free to send me an email if you want to be kept in the loop about this.
"In order for all these great things to show up, where in your life do you have to say 'no'?"
You see, saying "no" is just as important as saying "yes." When you say "no" to something, you create a physical and energetic void in your life, making room for the "yes" that you desire.
Figuring out where to say "no" in your life can be tough because saying no to doing things you've regularly done challenges you to step out of your comfort zone. Saying no forces you to look at what hasn't been serving you and making a decision to let it go. Saying no honors the place in you that says you are a magnificent being and that you are willing to make room for that magnificence.
You can take baby steps if this makes it easier. For example, my client decided that he would say no to bringing junk food into the house. He could eat it outside his home, but he wouldn't buy it or bring it into his home. Another client shared that, for a week, she would say no to negative talk. She wanted to be more positive in her life, and she became mindful of the ways she talked with others and even to herself.
So here's your coaching assignment for the week:
Let's make our saying "no" a supportive community effort. Post and leave a comment below with what you are saying "no" to and we'll all cheer each other on. It takes courage to say "no" to things in your life that you've become accustomed to.
Here's to your continuing unfoldment in your becoming more of the magnificent being that you are!
Joselito is a spiritual life coach helping people create a purposeful, spiritual path to career and financial freedom.
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