Happy Sunday, Soothers. I’d love to talk to you about money today. This is an inherently tricky topic because I don’t think there is any other subject more triggering to folks, or one that people hold more different beliefs around. We live in a society that spans the range from billionaires with multiple yachts, to people who can’t feed their children, and the gap is only growing. At the same time, we’ve been taught to engage with money in a very patriarchal, masculine, and Puritanical way, and I think this is limiting many of us from learning to create more abundance in our lives and so I’d love to talk about money from a different angle.
Below, I’m going to be sharing lessons and beliefs I’ve learned about and adapted around money in my adult years, especially as an entrepreneur (which is like going to Money Trigger Terror School, running your own business, pricing and selling offerings, paying taxes, managing business cash flow, etc, is like trial by fire ESPECIALLY IF YOU WERE AN ENGLISH MAJOR) and I’d like to talk about money from an energetic, subconscious and identity level.
Stay with me if that last sentence made you want to puke. A lot of the spiritual ways some folks talk about money can be very offensive and offputting, or totally bypass the economic realities of the world we find ourselves in. But there are elements of understanding money this way that can be extremely useful. In the below I talk about inner child healing, nervous system regulation, understanding our ancestors’ money stories and lots more as ways of understanding our own money stories; and where we may struggle with trauma, wounding or beliefs about money that don’t serve us.
It’s useful to know, if somebody is going to engage in teaching money, a bit of their own money story, which is simple but also complicated. On my dad’s side, his ancestors have lived in America for hundreds of years, having come from Western Europe originally, and mostly working white collar middle to upper middle class jobs (teacher, CPA, stay at home moms). On my mom’s side, her grandfather was a college professor from Belgium and her grandmother was a French tutor; on her other side was my great-grandfather Otis, an American-born Chinese man of Chinese immigrants, one of whom came to America as an indentured servant. Otis married the white daughter of a Wyoming farmer and…