Answering these and similar questions can shine light on your patterns around money.
I often see two extremes when the subject of money comes up. One camp is devoted to money management. They watch their numbers, track and report often. They are extremely careful and analytical around their money practices. This camp doesn’t hold space for trust or magic, believing instead that the flow of money is determined by a finite, Newtonian form of economics where value cannot be created but must be taken or borrowed.
The other extreme are those whose beliefs depend entirely on trust and magic. They ignore the numbers and believe it will all just work out; this is sometimes called “magic thinking” but it’s really neither. In magic thinking, one tends to avoid the hard work around money, whether out of fear or boredom or some another rationalization, with no idea there is a deeper challenge around the issue. In such a view, value seems to derive from the ethers, and all that is needed to capitalize on that value is some kind of “magic” connection to universal energy flow.
Again, it’s not about the money.
Money is neutral. It simply represents the assignment of value to items or services that are to be exchanged. That exchange represents the flow of energy, which the use of money facilitates. When we experience disconnection between money and value, we become disconnected from the flow of energy, which is a sacred process.
The notion of Sacred Commerce signifies that economic model whereby the exchange of value creates benefit for all: to use a familiar metaphor, it’s commerce that catalyzes a higher vibration.
How do we switch to a sacred model of commerce? By changing our underlying reason for the exchange of value. Instead of profit, security, competition, growth, and other conventional economic drivers, Sacred Commerce is driven by altruism, gratitude, a focus on personal values and purpose. Sacred Commerce lifts the entire community (human, animal, ecological, planetary). Crucially, Sacred Commerce is practice that only comes when we engage in value exchange from a place of self awareness and intention
At its heart, Sacred Commerce is about consciousness. It’s about facing your fears, being conscious of your money story and being willing to shift ingrained patterns around money and value.
It’s important to look at four things.
- Your story about money (and how to shift it)
- Your patterns around money (and where they came from)
- Your manifestation practices (are you aware of them)
- Your resonance (are you aligned with your values)
The journey to Sacred Commerce is an emotional one, filled with layer upon layer of potential for healing, epiphany, expansion and new opportunities. A conscious dialogue about the correlation between money and value brings the invitation to step more fully into the sacredness of our gifts.
Practicing Sacred commerce shifts our dialog around and relationship to money, to our economic systems, and to how we value each other. This shift leads us into honoring the value of exchange and its role in co-creation. In this new realm of co-creation, we no longer feel the scarcity of being an isolated individual in the cold dark zero sum world of conventional capitalistic thought, instead we join the sacred dance of manifestation with the larger universe.
Perceptions about money are relative. Changing deeply ingrained cultural and personal paradigms can take time, and that change is absolutely possible when we begin to develop a conscious relationship with the value inherent in all things.
Sacred commerce is an important part of sacred living. You begin to walk your true soul’s path, feeling supported and valued for your unique gifts. You invite right relationship with your resources and consumption. You give with an open heart and receive with a grateful soul. Your potential is limitless.