Prosperity and money can be sticky subjects for many people. Beliefs around money start forming in childhood, and these then become the roots of our money story. How your family treated money and taught you or otherwise will have an effect on your root chakra. Your family is where you first learn about money, so cast your mind back. When you were growing up, was there a lack of money, overspending, rules or sayings around money, was money controlled and used as a weapon or a reward in some way?
Was there plenty of money in the home? Was it shared freely, invested, saved, and spent wisely? What about now? How do you treat and view money and your financial health? Are you in charge of your financial health and power? Are you in debt, or have you invested wisely? These sayings all come from childhood:
- Money doesn’t grow on trees
- Money doesn’t buy you happiness/love
- Just be happy with what you have
- You have to work hard for your money
- Money isn’t everything
- The best things in life are free
- There’s no such thing as a free lunch
- Money is the root of all evil
Reflect on these sayings. I wonder which ones have left a lasting impression on you. What other ones come to mind?
The roots of your money story
Your money story is the way that you work with money. It also covers how you buy, sell and invest, which reveals a lot about your inner beliefs. Those beliefs come from those early childhood memories, which is why we talk about the roots of money and money with the root chakra.
Let’s explore further with a couple of questions:
- How wealthy you are?
- How wealthy do you feel?
- What does wealth mean to you?
When you think of wealth, are you talking about money in the bank? Or are you talking about some other kind of financial abundance? We need to remember is money is a tool, money is energy, and we’re moving energy around when buying, selling and investing things. Money doesn’t make decisions. We do. Just pause and have a think about how wealthy you are and what the energy of money means.
I like to look at money as financial abundance and how we have (or welcome) that abundance in our life. But often, the way that we treat money means that we are hiding some underlying issues. Those really strange money patterns that we have stop us from getting what we want and stop us from manifesting what we want in the world.
You might have patterns like, despite getting a regular income, when you get a bonus, you think, oh, I’ve got a bonus, and spend all of it when it might have been more helpful investing it in something else. Or you find that you thrive on challenges, so you are more motivated to earn money when you don’t have any. You usually don’t have any because when you have it, you probably squander it when you do have it.
Learning about money
Learning about money is one of the most fundamental skills for people to have. If children don’t learn it early on, how are they expected to take on a money mindset later in life? It’s this lack of learning that can affect the root chakra.
If you look at the profiles of financially secure people, you will find they have a different mindset than others. They know the value of money, and they know the fundamental factors of making their money grow. They track their money and know where it is invested. You could do this with a simple spreadsheet where you write your incomings and outgoings daily. You may also look at celebrities and other famous people’s lavish lifestyles and wish you could have the same lifestyle yourself. But is your drive for money blinding you to what is truly important in your life?
It is often said that if you do something you love, the money will follow. There seems to be something to this because you will approach whatever you love with passion. On the other hand, if making money is your driving force, how will you accomplish that? You may chase money and find yourself getting seduced by false offers of riches. Over time, you will look back and see that not much has been accomplished.
Think about the importance of money in the context of your life. For instance, what good is having a high-paying job when you have to work 80-90 hours a week? What kind of life is that? Many people who do this look back at their lives and wonder why they did it. While they may have a lot of money when they get older, they likely don’t have anyone to share it with. Another possibility is the heavy workload to obtain that wealth gets them to an early grave. The money they earn is useless to them if that happens.
We need money. Of course, we do, but money becomes a secondary priority if you are happy with what you are doing. People need money to live, and you shouldn’t settle or work for less than you are worth. But, balancing a decent amount of money with doing something that you enjoy will bring a new level of peace satisfaction into your life.
Having a healthy money mindset that is rooted in this first chakra means that you will be better able to stay on track with your finances. A great way to do this is to have a budget. Which lets you see what money is coming in and what is going out. Think flowing root chakra energy. Obviously, you want the inflows to be more significant than the outflows and the bigger the spread, the better.
Once you start to see your finances grow and your money mindset strengthens, you will appreciate how it will motivate you to stay on track and support all other areas of your life.
Journaling prompts and money
- What was the money pattern in your family?
- What have you learned from your parents about money?
- What do you think about the term financial freedom? Is it possible for you? If not, why not?
- Describe your relationship with money in five words or less
- Describe your energetic relationship with money. What would make it more joyful?
- Spell out MONEY and make each letter form a random word. Write a letter to money and abundance. Then let money and abundance write back to you
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