This the 1st in a series of posts about money… but from a higher and more expanded perspective.
One from which we can ask a few interesting questions about money, how it really works, what it’s really for, and how it helps to support our lives… when it is correctly flowing, that is.
Because… fundamentally… money is a human invention… just like the automobile or internet.
But somehow over the last 3,000 years since its discovery, the human race seems to have forgotten this fact… which has led to a whole series of problems and complications.
Many of these next Money posts will form the information spine of our soon to be released eCourse Money Worries 9-1-1, which is designed to provide practical help to people who need to dig themselves out of the hole of not having enough or any money… an eCourse in which we aim to help people deal effectively with their own emotional response to their financial situation… techniques and processes to help them step out of their money worries… which in many cases is the thing which prevents them turning their financial situation around.
But we have decided to also first post these on the Vibrational Doorways website, so everyone in our tribe gets to see this information… gets to instill this information into their own brain / mind.
And to start with… the first thing which we need to do is put money into some kind of perspective…
… Because one of the first problems which people have in relation to money, especially if it isn’t working for them, is that they have come to see it in the wrong way… and so their issue appears bigger and more monumental then it is.
Because it is fundamental law of the Universe… to make something out there appear to have power over us, first we must dis-empower ourselves… but if we can re-claim that power… well, it’s a whole different ball-game.
So we first need to shrink money down to size… we have to take back our power.
… and in doing so, this money issue becomes a little less scary, a little less intimidating.
And we can do that most effectively by jumping in a virtual time machine, and making a couple of journeys back into prehistory, to understand how people lived their lives back then… both with and without money… and in doing so, we’ll be able to delve deeper to find the underlying and true purpose of money.
So what are we waiting for… let’s set the controls of our virtual time machine for…
Historical Perspective 1:
OK, let’s travel back in time 40,000 years B.C… What was life like back then?
Well, back then, there was absolutely no money in sight… and if there had been, there wouldn’t have been any need for it… because the world operated on very different principles.
Humans lived in small tribes, and followed a hunter-gatherer existence… where they gathered the food they needed from the plants around them, picking berries and fruit, or from hunting fish and animals…
In fact, many of these tribes traveled across the open plains, following the migrating herds… which is why the human population was quite small and limited… because it’s size was limited by the amount of surplus food available.
And anything else they needed, they simply made with their own hands… using the skills which had been passed down from parent to child within the tribe for countless generations…
If you needed fire… you made it…
If you needed a new spear… you made it…
If you needed new clothes… you made them…
So the meeting of your needs and wants was fulfilled through what you could gather, catch, or make.
Or through the solid and deep social-interactions which took place with your tribal kin around the camp-fire.
Note: On the Documentary TV Channel, there are many different shows designed to show what happens when you take human individuals back to this historical period… both with and without clothes.
OK, 40,000 years ago, there were probably people within your tribe of 60 to 100 people who specialized… making a spear point out of flint (also known as flint napping) which is both a skill and an art… and although the skill was probably widely known within the tribe… there might be one person who was known to make the best spear points… just as someone else was known for being the best cook… or the best hunter… or the best at being shamanic… and so these people became known for their great skill in an area.
But here’s the first important point… each member of the tribe supported each other… and as long as someone was pulling their weight and contributing… there was no sense of one person owing their fellows a debt… because everyone was pulling together. It is something which you did for your tribe, knowing that they would support you in turn.
So there was a tremendous sense of community…
… and a sense that the tribe was pooling their resources and skills… to get both individual or collective needs met.
But back then, their needs were quite basic… and the ability for each individual to express their individuality was also quite limited. The roles available were limited… hunter, gatherer, cook / carer, shaman, story-teller, tool-maker… that was probably about it.
In this particular time-frame, the most important thing to getting you wants / needs met, and surviving was skills… the right skills… and the most important thing that you passed on to your children wasn’t to be found in a last will and testament… it was the skills which you taught them in life.
So next important point… during this period of history, the Law of Attraction could only manifest / work through the skills which the individual / tribe possessed. Obvious really, but needs to be said and realized.
OK, there was no internet, no mass media… but it was possible to live a life, have wants, needs, and desires… and have them fulfilled… all without the need for money (which hadn’t been invented yet).
And that’s how it was for countless millennia… until…
Historical Perspective 2:
Next, let’s travel back in time 4,000 years B.C. Say somewhere on the plains between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers… one of the the birthplaces of human civilization it is believed.
What was life like back then?
Well… in terms of historical events, we’re now on the other side of the Agrarian Revolution… where people have learnt to plant crops… so there is an abundance of food, and the human population has just exploded… and the hunter-gatherer tribes have mostly given way to a more settled existence… and the establishment of cities… and complex human cultures.
Things were speeding up and getting more interesting.
And now there is a surplus of food, some individuals have been able to specialize into jobs and crafts which have no direct relation to food production… kings, priests, craftsmen, warriors…
But even back then… still no sign of money… still hadn’t been invented yet…
Because within these societies, they were able to barter… what they had grown, or what they had made, for what they needed.
Or their social standing / prestige meant that the collective would continue to support them for the perceived skills they brought to the city-state… the king, the priest, the warrior…
But above all, back then it was a bartering economy… i.e. I will barter this bronze axe for your domesticated pig.
People were able to barter what they had for what they needed (or when building something like the Pyramids or Stonehenge, there was a big communal support system going on to feed and water the workers).
But… what if the pig-herder didn’t want your bronze axe?
What if he wanted 3 axes instead for the 1 pig (but was also prepared to throw in a chicken to sweeten the deal)?
What if your crop was out of season? What if in your moment of need, you had nothing to barter with, because it had gone moldy or stale?
Basically, in a barter economy you have no way to store up value for the future, or easily translate it into something which the other person definitely wants…
And even if you could get a deal going, it might turn out to be very complicated.
The pig-herder doesn’t want my bronze-axe, they want a new corn-grinding stone… but the man who makes corn-grinding stones wants a turquoise pendent for his wife… however, the trader who brings in the turquoise jewelry from a far off land will probably settle for a new bronze-axe… so it might be possible to get a multiple trade situation going… if I can do a deal with the trader, and then the corn-grinder maker, and then finally the pig-herder…
But to do so, is so time consuming, and requires that people know what other people have to exchange… and what they will want for it… which, in turn, requires a whole different level of social and communication skills… and there are only so many hours in the day.
However, that was probably how life was for several thousand years… (and still no money in sight)… Until…
Historical Perspective 3:
700 B.C. Lydia (the land of the Lydians)…
What was life like back then?
Well, it was totally revolutionary, one of those great leap forwards in human history.
The Lydians had invented metal money (although the Phoenicians were on the right track 1,000 years before, but their metal currency was quite big, bulky and heavy, and so wasn’t really currency by our standards. For my money, the lifting of money shouldn’t be the equivalent of going to the gym for a workout).
As soon as usable money was invented… a whole new world of possibilities exploded…
- Once harvested, you could convert your food crop into hard cash, and then be able to spend it throughout the year… not having to worry about the money going stale, or being eaten by mice.
- You don’t need to find a direct match (i.e. person with a pig who wants a bronze axe)… because the person with the pig will exchange for money… and then go and use that money to buy whatever they want. So all you need to do is agree on a price.
The invention of money fueled an expansion of our human civilization… because it made interactions of supply, need & want more efficient.
But just as the person waving a sword above their head gained power… those who were able to acquire control over this new money thing also gained control over their fellow citizens…
And so money started to get a bad reputation… which therefore takes us to…
Historical Perspective 4:
Europe in the Middle Ages… dominated by the Catholic Church.
What was life like back then?
Well… for starters, they had some quite different ideas towards money… usually based around Jesus’ saying:
“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, then for a rich man to get into heaven.”
In Europe, during the Middle Ages, Christianity had such a downer towards money.
Now, with a lot of Jesus’ sayings, they are open to varied interpretations… and personally I think this saying should be re-written to say:
“It is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle, then for a rich man’s ego to get into heaven.”
But during the Middle Ages, they took this saying literally, and so money = evil = toxic… … although the Catholic Church itself didn’t have a problem with gathering up lots of money… if only to look after it, you understand…because the less money in general circulation, the less likely the populace was to be led into temptation.
So arising from this downer on money, there was…
- People (mostly monks and nuns) taking vows of poverty
- People giving fortunes to the Catholic Church, and not passing it on to their children, in an attempt to save their immortal Souls from Purgatory
- It being a sin to earn interest on money you lent another
Which seems alien to us now, but back then, it was part of that cultures approach towards money… which was perceived as a necessary evil… I mean, Jesus didn’t need a bank loan to feed the 5,000.
So what we see here is that in different ages and centuries over the last 2,500 years, people and cultures have had different attitudes towards money… sometimes it was a good thing… and at other times, the work of the Devil… and these cultural attitudes (some of which still influence us today) had a conscious and unconscious influence on an individual’s ability to use money effectively.
THE BIG INSIGHT
OK, putting to the side any Karl Marx type arguments about supply and demand, and the fact the system is rigged in favor of the haves against the have nots… etc… etc…
If we review our quick time-travel through human history… we can see a number of things…
Back in pre-history, people were able to live successful and relatively happy lives without money…
However… just as the Agrarian Revolution allowed humanity to expand, and human civilization to get started… so the discovery of money also laid the foundation of human civilization to expand… and we wouldn’t be living in our modern, high-tech world if the Lydian’s hadn’t started minting coins 2,700 years ago.
So let us, for argument’s sake, say that you want to manifest a grand piano in your life… because you love playing the piano, and would love to own a grand piano…
You could, if you had the right skills, and a whole lot of time, build one for yourself… although to create a piano worth playing would probably take 10 attempts say… your first 5 probably wouldn’t be much good… and the next 4, you would be refining your skills and process.
That’s what our ancestors back in 40,000 BC and 4,000 BC would have to have done.
But if you are not talented and skillful, with plenty of time on your hands… then a much better approach:
Buy a piano that suits your budget and needs.
… But this is where we hit a big problem.
You may not be able to attract sufficient amounts of money into your life to purchase that which you want.
This is something which our 40,000 BC tribesmen… or 4,000 BC city dwellers… never had to face.
They only had to worry about manifesting what they wanted / needed… within the context of a simple and straightforward lifestyle.
But for the majority of Westerners (for most of the time), we first need to manifest the money to purchase what we want… because for us, money is the intermediary medium… and so our beliefs / attitudes to money also come into play.
I am spiritual, money is not spiritual, I don’t want anything to do with money… OR… Money is evil… OR … People like me can never earn enough money to become a success in life… OR… <insert your favorite limiting belief about money here>
So… putting economic and social factors (and conspiracy theories) to one side… and looking at it from the perspective of Conscious Manifestation… what might be stopping you?
From owning that grand piano… or anything for that matter?
Well, if you build upon our historical time-jumps above, the block (or blocks) between you and the manifestation of what you desire, will be found to be (or a composite) of the following:
- Negative / limiting cultural beliefs around money
- Negative / limiting individual beliefs around money
- Negative / limiting beliefs around having the thing you want or need
- Negative / limiting sense of self
From my own experience, working on myself and with other people, the blocks to attracting what we want in life, is composed of some mix of the above 4… and as you can see, money is only part of the story… in fact 3) + 4) on the list make up the lion share (maybe 80%) of the blocks in the majority of people.
Now, to paint a complete picture, it’s not always about things… sometimes, to have what we want, requires us to get the right skills or qualifications to be successful in that area… but even then, the above list still applies. Qualifications, relationships, pianos…
And these limitations can be working on the conscious level… or the unconscious level… or both.
But the general principle applies… to manifest something usually requires that you get clear in all of those 4 areas… which are normally submerged within your unconscious mind.
And we will focus on these 4 areas, going into them in more detail, in the next 4 posts.
(c) Brian Parsons, November 2016