Money is a funny topic; many people I know are more comfortable talking about their wretched childhood or sexual concerns than they are talking about money and financial matters. Perhaps this reluctance is due to the religious teachings many of us were subjected to as kids:
- Money is the root of all evil ( a misquote…it’s the love of money)
- It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God
Or perhaps it is more a reflection of our “upwardly mobile” society where money is the final proof of success. But…it is forbidden or taboo to actually discuss finances or money in polite society.
Money certainly plays a role in an abundant life; we all have basic needs (Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – Link) and they must be met in order for us to live. At what point does need shift into want? And is it okay/supportive/spiritual to want?
How do we balance our divine urge to matter, to live our purpose with our too-human list of desires? The first step in addressing the money aspect of abundance may simply be to think about it, learn about financial matters, do some research, listen to a few experts, and talk about it.
Bottom line, in order to step into financial abundance we must be willing to shine a light on this matter, we must walk through the uncomfortable to get to the freedom beyond, we must talk about the money.