Is having enough money a struggle? Do you feel sometimes that you may be subconsciously – even spiritually – blocked from having enough money?
We’re not talking about rolling in obscene riches here. We’re talking about having enough money to relax, enjoy life, pursue your passion, and not ever be limited by the lack of money.
If you’re with me so far, I want to share something that gave me some relief and enlightenment on the topic of money…and helped me make more money. (I’ll show proof in a minute.)
I’m referring to a course called The Awakened Millionaire Academy by Dr. Joe Vitale.
You may know Joe Vitale from the movie The Secret. If you’ve never heard of Dr. Joe, he is a prolific personal growth and spirituality author who is frequently interviewed on media outlets like CNN, Newsweek, The New York Times, and the like.
“A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.”
So allow me to share some notes from this extraordinary teacher and how this course positively impacted my financial – and spiritual – well being.
A Magical Moment in My Life
In April 2015, against the all the best advice of well meaning people, I quit a ‘safe and secure’ job of 15 years as a manager in the corporate restaurant industry. This job paid the bills and made me ‘comfortable’, but I was completely uninspired, emotionally drained, and not feeling like I was fulfilling my life’s purpose.
So I just up and quit without having another ‘job’ lined up. Instead, I devoted full time to a couple of blogs I had going on the side that were bringing in a little bit of money.
I’d had just enough success with this hobby of mine to believe that if I devoted full time to it, I could replace my income from the corporate world.
A year went by and things were going so-so. I was starting to get worried about paying the bills. I needed a breakthrough moment.
So, On April 22, 2016, I purchased The Awakened Millionaire Academy course for $47.00 and gobbled up the content as fast as I could. I kept working on my fledgling blogs while allowing the information from the course to sink in.
55 days later, June 16, 2016, I inked a deal to sell one of my blogs for $39,000. My cut, after broker’s fees, was $33,000. This was half the salary I made from an entire year in my previous job and here I was receiving this huge lump sum in one fell swoop.
A $33,000 paycheck may not be significant to some folks, but it was a huge deal to me at the time and it was exactly what I needed to keep my dream alive. Needless to say, I was ecstatic.
Here’s the proof of this pivotal moment in my life:
Now, let me make something very clear, this course did not teach me how to make the website that I sold for $39,000. I learned how to create my blogs by tinkering around through trial and error…and I still have a lot to learn in this arena.
What The Awakened Millionaire did do for me, was this:
- It inspired me to believe in my worthiness for success and happiness.
- It opened up my mind to see opportunity where previously I did not see opportunity.
- It unblocked some limiting beliefs that were holding me back from believing that my work was worth anywhere close to this amount of money.
In other words, if it had not been for Dr. Joe’s course, I do not believe I would have had the confidence and self-belief to proceed with this deal and make it happen.
These things being said, I am grateful, so very grateful for this course, for Joe Vitale, and all the other mentors and content included in the course.
So that’s my experience with this thing called The Awakened Millionaire Academy. To see more reviews, follow this link and scroll to the middle of the page.
What is an ‘Awakened’ Millionaire?
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”
Henry David Thoreau
An ‘awakened’ millionaire is someone who has resolved her or his inner conflict over whether one can have an unlimited amount of money and still be a good person.
Where does this inner conflict come from? Let’s explain by finishing this sentence:
“Money is the root of all _______”
If you filled the blank with the word “EVIL” without hesitation, you quickly revealed a deep seated belief you probably hold about money.
Even if you consciously believe money is a good thing when handled properly, this old proverb is still lurking around in your subconscious mind.
Certainly there are many positive examples of wealthy people who are not thought of as evil – Oprah Winfrey comes to mind – but the notion of money as a root cause of nastiness persists in our culture, our associations, and our upbringing.
As you’re growing up, you begin forming thoughts, beliefs, and opinions about everything. These deeply embedded thought patterns remain with you for a lifetime… until you make a conscious decision to reprogram your subconscious.
So how did you get all that negative programming about money that perhaps you’re not even aware of? There are three common sources….
3 Money Blocks: Parents, Peers, and Culture
Think of all the conversations and vibrations you were exposed to as a child:
Let’s start by saying that I’m not trying to knock your parents or mine. I love my parents dearly and I believe they did the best job they could possibly do, but let’s be honest about what many of us experience growing up:
- When your parents argued, what did they often argue about? Money
- When you really wanted something but couldn’t have it, what was the most likely reason it was not possible? Money
- When the neighbors had more stuff and got to do more things than you, but you couldn’t quite understand why, what was the ultimate answer? Money
Money doesn’t grow on trees, now does it? The awful truth is many of us grew up in households where there was a lot of anxiety about money.
Chances are, our parents inherited their anxiety about money from their parents, peers, and circumstances and so it goes on and on for generations.
At a certain age, the topic of money comes up with your friends and at least some of them have been absorbing all the same anxiety in their homes about money that you have in yours. In very subtle ways, you feed off each other about this notion of lack.
Maybe you and your friends got to talking about how you’re going to make lots of money when you grow up – which is awesome! But your determination arises from a core belief already formed in your mind that money is scarce. A few people have it but most people don’t.
Or maybe you were in a peer group that had “lofty ideals” about not letting money ever become such an overriding issue in life. Just be a good person, do good deeds in the world, and everything will fall into place, right?
I went through a phase like this myself. Unfortunately, the only good deed my landlord cared about was getting the rent on time.
At any rate, unless you had a peer group that already had the right training about the proper use, creation, and management of money, you were still feeding each other the wrong notions, regardless of your good intentions.
Popular culture is rife with programming about the dark side of money and how it brings out the worst in people. Here are but a few examples….
- Mr. Burns from The Simpsons: Rich, slimy, devious, and friendless
- Gordon Gekko from Wall Street: Billionaire who cares not about who he destroys for his own gain
- Jordan Belfort from The Wolf of Wall Street: portrayal of a real life pushy, scam artist, psychopath
- ‘Reality’ TV shows with superficial, self-absorbed, conspicuously rich people
This list could go on forever. The point is that the hypnotic effect of TV and the movies firmly embeds this negative perception of wealthy people into our brains.
Now, for every bad example of wealth, there are numerous good examples of wealth, but therein lies the rub: for many people, these two opposing viewpoints create a spiritual CONFLICT about money.
You want to be the best person you can be and in alignment with your highest self. You also need money to pay the bills, to not be stressed, and to enjoy life.
Meanwhile, the world you live in is sending you mixed messages about what kind of person has money in abundance.
This conflict coupled with an already embedded anxiety about the lack of money leads to a subconscious inner turmoil that blocks you from having enough to feel safe, secure, fulfilled, and free. But this turmoil can be resolved….
4 Stages to Awakening Financial Prosperity
According to Dr. Joe, there are four stages of spiritual awakening. These stages apply to all aspects of your life but in this instance, we will apply them to your relationship with money:
Stage 1: Victimhood
So far, we have talked about how past conditioning influences a negative relationship with money. So long as you blame this conditioning or any of life’s circumstances for your lack of money, you are in a state of victimhood.
Pointing this out is not to judge you. The vast majority of us are subject to the victim mentality from time to time, even though we’re not consciously aware of it. It’s just human nature.
I’ve played the victim many times in my life, playing old broken messages over and over in my head like…
- If only my parents taught me better.
- If only I came from a well connected family.
- If only I knew then what I know know.
- If only I had more help.
- If only I got the lucky breaks like that A-hole at work….
“If only, if only, if only” is nothing but a reinforcement of victimhood holding you in an endless pattern of scarcity.
The way out of victimhood is to become conscious of it and to acknowledge how much you’ve relied on it. From there, you can move on to…
Stage 2: Empowerment
Empowerment comes when you begin to override your ‘Reticular Activating System’.
The Reticular Activating System is that part of the brain that is always on the lookout for danger. It served us very well back in the caveman days when every day was a matter of life and death.
We don’t need to worry about the saber toothed tiger lurking around the corner any more but we’re still stuck in survival mode.
So instead of constantly worrying about the tiger, we’re constantly worried about the next bill we have to pay, and then the one after that and the one after that. This worry and anxiety keeps you fixated on the problem rather than the solution.
Empowerment is solution oriented. Survival is problem oriented.
This is not to say you should ignore your responsibilities. It simply means focusing on the solution way more than the problem.
Take a moment to recall all the thoughts you’ve had so far today. What percentage would you say were problem focused and what percentage were solution focused?
Here’s the best way to distinguish between the two: solution based thoughts feel good and problem based thoughts feel bad.
Let’s say 75% of of your thoughts felt bad and 25% percent good. This thought pattern reflects out into your entire life. So if 75% of your thoughts are problem based instead of solution based, you’re not feeling good 75% of the time.
This is no way to live! And you know it.
So no matter where you are now, if you want to shift into empowerment mode, you have to flip this pattern around by thinking empowering thoughts rather than survival thoughts. There are a number of ways to do this which Dr. Joe shares in the course.
Stage 3: Surrender
Surrender may sound like the opposite of empowerment but it is actually an essential component empowerment.
There are some things in life that you have absolutely no control over like natural disasters, the economy, the death of a loved one, your own mortality, and so on.
And then there are those gut-wrenching disappointments intertwined with your financial well-being like not getting that promotion or job you really, really wanted or that promising deal that fell through.
There’s no time machine currently available that will allow you to go back and reverse these outcomes.
What you can do though is accept (surrender) what has happened an then deliberately choose how you react. When you react with the belief that this so-called ‘disappointment’ is actually the Universe’s way of setting you up for something far better, you are empowered.
If this sounds far fetched, try it for awhile and see what happens.
Surrender is acceptance of whatever ‘bad’ event has taken place and then letting go and not obsessing over it. Surrender is allowing life to flow and then charting a new path when one path has ended.
Stage 4: Awakening Prosperity
Awakening is the stage where the ego dissolves.
The ego is that part of you that is always attached to outcomes. The ego is always whispering in your ear that in order to be happy, you have to have…
- X number of dollars in you bank account.
- That brand new car.
- This specific promotion.
- Recognition and reward.
Only when these particular things manifest into physical reality, will you be happy, says the ego.
The awakened person no longer needs these things that the ego needs and therein lies the paradox of Awakening Financial Prosperity.
Once you no longer need it in order to be happy, you can finally have it in ways you never anticipated, in amounts that exceeded your grandest expectations.
Sound simple, crazy, or woo-woo? I used to think so too.
But then I realized that living in doubt and fear, over analyzing everything from a scarcity-based, ego-driven, victim mentality was not bringing me any real happiness either.
I still have a lot to learn but now I make a conscious effort every day to appreciate, love, and trust the abundant Universe all around me. It has opened up a realm of possibility me that I barely knew existed a year ago and Joe Vitale’s Awakened Millionaire Academy has been an important building block in my journey.
Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing right now, I bid you a life of unlimited love, peace, and prosperity.