Is It Okay to Want Money?

I had the honor last night to be a Guest Teacher on ACIM Gather Radio. My goal was to provide a practical discussion with tips about how to continually remember the incredible power that you have to create whatever reality you desire. I call this power your inner energy. The dialog was moving along just fine and then I hit upon the subject of money. Guess what happened? The online interactive board began to buzz with activity. Questions and comments came pouring in, each seeming to be looking for confirmation that you can be a good person and want money, too.

I know that there are a number of people who struggle with a belief that wanting money is like selling your soul. Many believe that goodness and money can’t co-exist. The truth is that they can. Money is simply energy. It is our choice in how we choose to invest this energy. It can be used to invest in things that create much goodness for the world just as much as it can be used for meaningless or harmful things. It’s our intentions for money that should be considered, not the energy itself.

Another common misconception is the idea that good and loving people are not supposed to want to be financially wealthy. Why not? To deny ourselves the opportunity to accept the abundance of God’s worldly treasures is no different than denying ourselves the opportunity to experience our spiritual nature as long as we place our first priority on serving God. Using your inner energy to be of service to God and our human siblings is what we have been taught throughout the ages to strive for. Using your energy in the sole pursuit of money is a very different way of investing your life. Doesn’t it make sense that those who are successful in being of service to God and others should be rewarded with the most wonderful of earthly gifts? If we all bought into the idea that this makes sense, I’m willing to bet that many more of us would be motivated to be of service in a better way.

8 thoughts on “Is It Okay to Want Money?

  1. What a lovely post. I have had alot of trouble with this same concept and I’m starting to think that you are right.

    I was given a vision a few years ago. That vision included a cabin on the ocean….and I knew that was my home and that it would at some point come to me. Now we all know what ocean front property costs. Its well beyond my current means…but the vision is awakening me to the idea that I must be moderately well off to afford such property…so if a vision was given to me of a situation in which I would have wealth, perhaps it is perfectly healthy and balanced to have this power in my life. It certainly would bring me incredible happiness to have a place to sleep by the ocean. Incredibly happiness is an understatement too. I would be blissful about it. More grateful and appreciative than I could possibly express.

    Thank you for this post. Its a blessing.

  2. Thank you for your kind words and your sharing. I honor you for paying attention to the vision that was given to you, acknowledging that it was not something your analytical mind has made up. Best wishes to you as you nurture that vision in your mind and heart and give yourself permission to accept it into you life.

    Warm blessings,
    Susan

  3. Thank you Susan, for this timely post. One of my struggles as a spiritual coach is money – having it, asking for it, earning it, the list goes on.

    Intellectually, I know that we need money to live in this world, but somehow the concept is messy. But I am learning, and now with a confirmation from you, that money is energy – to be used how we choose.

    God wants us to live abundant lives, and we simply cannot do that without money. It is slowly seeping in! This is part of my 2008 vision — to see money in a new light.

    Thanks again and have a passionate and prosperous day! ~ Carolyn

  4. Carolyn,

    Thank you so much for sharing and confirming that many of us have been challenged in allowing ourselves to accept money as one of our natural inheritances.

    I honor your vision for 2008. It sounds like you are well on your way to seeing money in a new light.

    Warmest blessings to you,
    Susan

  5. We’ve been brainwashed, many of us, that money is BAD. That idea probably holds us back even within the nitty gritty world of jobs and careers.

    Money, of course, is temporal and doesn’t follow us after transition, so there is some foundation for the warnings we heard about it in church and elsewhere.

    I like your idea of calling it energy. It’s energy we can use for multiple purposes and so attracting it using mind power and certainty need not be criticised as BAD.

    My initial criticism of “The Secret” came from the fact that so many coaches and others were highlighting only the rathe “excessive” wealth one might achieve rather that showing that, like money, the techniques had many other (and ultimately more important) applications.

    Malcolm Campbell

  6. Malcolm,

    Thanks for your great contribution. I agree about the brainwashing many us have experienced about money being bad. It seems we could learn a lot from those who have been around lots of money their entire lives, and consequently, don’t have this issue.

    We all hear stories about heirs to fortunes who don’t have legacies of their own, yet continue to attract financial abundance into their lives. I’m not trying to suggest that attracting money should be one’s goal, rather I’m pointing out some examples of how mind really does come into play.

    Susan

  7. I do not think tha the majority of people have no desire for money, the whole word is craving money.
    Look around in internet, how many people are offering free services ?
    Look in your city, or in your country.

    All these people want money or more money.

    Is it also true that especially in the Self Help comunity there are many people that ask lots of money for their work, Abraham Hicks, “the secret” Affiliates, just to name the most famous now.

    But…

    There are some people who do have this problem asking money for their work.
    And this small problem can be solved, in many way, for example, study what your customers want and offer them want they want and not what you like to do with them.

    So you give them what they want and you’ll have no problem in receiving what you want.

    Anyway I think that many people thinks they need money, while they need some emotions.

    And they should be more concentrated in “How can I be satisfied” rather than “How can I have more money”

    Good emotions are more linked with values than with external success, so if you purse your values it is a lot easier to feel good, with or without more money.

    Money is a mean to an emotion, can you have the same emotion without the “need for money”?

    Massimo

  8. Massimo,

    Thank you for your comments. Great point about money being an emotional fill. Money is one of those super emotionally charged issues that we don’t often talk openly about. When we don’t talk about things, it becomes more difficult to stay in touch with what our issues are with regards to it. So we end up having these messed up values without even really knowing that we do.

    Thanks for visiting!

    Susan

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