I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the relationship between the LOA, and “practical” money management, as I discussed last week.
And I think that on some level, the way we think about money is inherently flawed.
You see, there are two related but totally separate ideas: the idea of income, vs. the idea of wealth.
When a lot of people think of manifesting a lot of money, they generally are thinking of receiving more income. They think their current income isn’t going far enough, to cover all the things they want to do, and so they want more money coming in on a regular basis so they can do more.
This is understandable, but it really has nothing to do with wealth or even “abundance”.
This is a complicated topic and I’m thinking of writing a full blog post on it if there is interest. But I’ll give a basic introduction in this post.
I want you to imagine for a moment you live in the time before running water. You take your bucket and go down to the stream to fill it up. The stream is plentiful and you can take as much water as the bucket will hold.
Now imagine that bucket has a leak, so that by the time you get back home the bucket is only half-full.
You had an abundance of water from which to fill your bucket. But despite that flow, you’re actually experiencing lack because you don’t have as much water as you expected.
Your financial situation is a bit like that bucket. You might have a large or a small stream flowing into the bucket, but how full does the bucket remain? is it gradually emptying, full of leaks? Or is it filling up over time so that your abundance is greater and greater?
What good will a large stream of income do, if your bucket just keeps emptying?
Of course here the stream is how much money you make from various sources. And your bucket is how much of that money you actually keep.
I know people who make a lot, and yet their bucket is near empty (they have little money left over after expenses). If one day that stream gets interrupted, they’re going to be in major trouble.
And there are people who maybe don’t have the largest stream, but their bucket reliably fills more and more over time (they keep more and more of the money that comes in).
Why should you care? After all, if a lot of money is coming in, then who cares how much of it you keep?
I am discovering that money responds to certain principles. In a very real way it is like gravity. The more of it you have, the more of it tends to come to you, just as a large object has a stronger gravitational pull than a small object. As they say, the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.
When money runs through your fingers like sand through a sieve, your power to attract more of it is minimal, because what you do have slips away so easily.
But when money starts to build up for you, it starts to work on your behalf and pull in more of it. That happens quite literally, through interest, dividends, and the like — but also on an attraction-basis, because as you look at your wealth, it attracts more wealth to you.
That’s why even when someone might manifest a lottery win, it so often slips away within a year or so. Who they are as a person isn’t a match to real wealth, and so their bucket empties out quickly.
You don’t want to just manifest a greater stream of income. You want to become the sort of person who can hold on to wealth and allow it to grow and become more.
I find a very simple question to ask myself is, “Is my net worth gradually increasing or decreasing?”
Regardless of income level, I find that is the best barometer of my money vibration.
I know this is very different from how most talk about the law of attraction. And in a very real way these are things I’m still figuring out myself.
But I think if you could make this simple shift in paradigm, money would become far less illusive, because you meet it on its terms, according to the nature of how money really works.
These are concepts I’ve not really discussed here before, and this 90 day money challenge is really evoking a new and deeper understanding from me. But I’d love to know whether this is helpful to you. Let’s start a discussion and see where it goes!
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