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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Do You Really Want Money?
A Lesson in the Law of Attraction

For whatever reason, this past weekend I was freaking out about money. I think all the news about the economy was getting to me. Yet at the same time, I know how important it is to keep your mind focused on the things you wish to create, rather than those you don’t. Law of attraction dictates that whatever you focus on will attract more of that into your life, so make sure you’re focusing on what you want to see more of!

I was consciously trying to find thoughts that felt better with respect to money, when “out of nowhere” a new idea came to me that had never occurred to me before. I knew that selling stock I own probably wouldn’t be worthwhile given the current state of the market, but it occurred to me that maybe I had money sitting in my account that I could access without having to sell anything. I quickly called my financial advisor (remember, the Universe loves it when you act FAST) and low and behold I had $664.78 sitting in my account, which I could withdraw immediately without having to sell anything or pay any penalties. Woo hoo! My financial advisor told me he would mail out my check that day, and sure enough two days later I had the check in my hands… This is a great example of how quickly the law of attraction can work if you focus your thoughts on what you want and release your attachment to the outcome.

Here’s the funny part, though. After I got off the phone and realized I had this money coming to me, I didn’t feel any better. I was hoping to feel relieved and more secure, but I didn’t feel any differently. That’s when it occurred to me that it wasn’t really money I was after, but something else entirely… And this is what we all need to remember.

So many of us think that once we get a raise, or win the lottery, or pay off all our debt, or this or that, that we will finally feel better about money and about life in general. We will finally be happy! But a lot of the time, this just isn’t the case. It’s not really the money you want, instead it’s the quality that you think the money will bring to your life… In my case, the quality I’m after is freedom to be able to pursue my own interests and continue developing my website, rather than being forced to work a corporate job that I really have no interest in. Freedom to be able to travel when I want to, go out to nice restaurants often, and just be able to do the things I enjoy doing. A lot of people think money will finally bring them the security they’ve been looking for their whole life.

I’m here to tell you that you could have all the money in the world, but if you’re not expressing that quality in your life that you’re truly looking for, then the money won’t make you feel any better at all! Granted, you may get a temporary “high” from a raise, or a higher-paying job, or an unexpected check in the mail, but unless you learn how to cultivate that quality in your life on an ongoing basis that temporary high won’t last…

From now on I encourage you to figure out what it is that you’re truly after and place your attention on that, rather than trying to decide where the money’s going to come from. Figure out what you really want, deep down, if money wasn’t an issue for you. You’ll be amazed at how many different ways the Universe can deliver your desires to you! For example, say your main desire right now is to take a trip to the Caribbean. You’ve been working hard and you’re dying for a vacation. Normally you might start focusing on ways to find the money to be able to travel, but this time I urge you to focus on the vacation itself. Visualize what it would feel like to be laying on the beaches in the Caribbean, relaxing in the sun, without a care in the world… Pick up some travel brochures and buy a new swimsuit. How would you feel? Free, liberated, relaxed, calm? Focus on those feelings you would feel on your dream vacation rather than worrying about where the money will come from, and just watch! You may just win a free trip to the Caribbean in a contest you entered awhile back, or a friend may invite you along on all expenses-paid trip that her company is paying for… you never know!

So many of us get caught up in worrying how we’re going to make things happen in our lives, but if you steer your attention in the right direction you’ll be amazed at how the Universe can deliver things to you. I read a story once where a woman was dying to move to Spain and live in the countryside, but had no clue how she was going to afford it. However, she maintained her focus on living in the Spanish countryside, and not long after she was asked to permanently house-sit a home because the owners were never there. Not only was she able to live in the house rent-free, but they also helped pay her expenses. And guess where the house was? The Spanish countryside, of course! Not bad, right?

Here’s the even cooler part: When you start focusing on and expressing those qualities you really want in your life, there’s a very good chance you will start manifesting money anyway! In the Caribbean example above, say you do end up winning a free trip to one of the islands… There’s a high likelihood that you’ll also start manifesting more money to you in general, because you’ve shifted your vibration regarding money. You are no longer needing money to make you happy, because you realize that the Universe can bring your desires to you in several different ways, many of which don’t even require you earning more money. And as you release your neediness and attachment towards money, you’ll discover that money can flow more easily into your life! Try it, and you'll see:)

Have you noticed examples like this in your life, where money wasn't really what you wanted after all? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

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