The Vibrations of Money, Wealth, and Success

The Vibrations of Money, Wealth, and Success

Not much has more “charge” than our response to…money.

Stuff and things. Wealth. Cash.

I was listening to my favorite marketing podcast, recently, and the young man being interviewed was talking about money. How we respond to it, viscerally and emotionally. How our attitudes toward it help us, or hurt us, in our desire to be successful. To provide for our family. To climb the proverbial ladder.

He said, “Money does not come from effort.”

While I’m going to disagree with this statement, almost categorically, which I think is both false and slightly offensive–I should say that, on many counts, I enjoyed the conversation.

person thinking about money, money concept
I believe many of us are our own worst enemies, when it comes to the “head game” around success, money, and wealth.

Because we do have a complicated, love-hate relationship with money, don’t we? And I believe many of us are our own worst enemies, when it comes to the “head game” around success, money, and wealth.

Money has energetic frequencies. If you’re willing to let this conversation get pretty honest, maybe a little bit raw, let’s talk about what your own personal energetics are, around this subject.

If you were raised Christian, you might have been taught Biblical concepts that “love of money is the root of all evil,” or that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven.”

Confusingly, though, you probably saw your parents spend many hours, almost every day, in efforts to obtain it, spend it, talk about it.

The Christian religion I was raised in–interestingly, and perhaps even ironically, given these ancient scriptural judgments about money–has given rise to far more than its fair share of millionaires, and educated, successful, even wealthy, people.

Both of my parents, and most of my 7 siblings, have advanced degrees.

And it’s no secret that the #1 reason people obtain post-graduate degrees is to increase earning power–all of my siblings are very successful financially.

But we should examine our conflicted approach to money, because we make frequent negative statements about it: the pursuit of money, and people who have lots of it—all while spending more time pursuing it than any other waking activity.

So it seems worthwhile to explore the “vibration” of money—because, like everything else, money is simply energies (or vibration). (Remember that Einstein said, “Everything in life is vibration.”)

And the point here is that the best energies are the ones that flow through, without resistance. The energetic space you hold for thinking about, talking about, and pursuing money, should ideally, then, be a flow state.

river of money concept
“There is plenty of money, it is abundant, there is enough for everyone, it flows like a river, it’s easy to earn, it’s easy to spend, it’s easy to give and share, and it’s easy to invest it well.”

Can we agree that when we consider wealth, assets, the green cash you earn and spend, ideally:

There is plenty of money, it is abundant, there is enough for everyone, it flows like a river, it’s easy to earn, it’s easy to spend, it’s easy to give and share, and it’s easy to invest it well.

Now, read that again. Ask yourself if any part of that caused your mind to trip. Did you have any resistance to any part of that sentence?

What did it feel like? Did it feel like shame? Anger? Self pity?

Where in your body did you feel resistance to any of those thoughts—that money is free-flowing, abundant? I hope you’ll spend a minute thinking about any part of that statement above, in italics, that you found yourself pushing against, instead of flowing with.

Because all of those things are true. Money is a man-made concept. Human beings create the physical tender itself.

(And as you know, most “money” is flowing via digital transfer these days anyway. Bitcoin has soared from $200 to $11,000 in the past 3 years, and cybercurrencies are literally creating money. To give you a sense of the fact that it may not be what you think it is: it’s nothing more or less than energy.)

And if this is true, then it’s worth exploring what your own energy blockages may be, that keep you from being able to obtain it, and use it to make more good energies flowing in your life and in your community.

(Let me remind you of another quote that may help pique your interest in how powerful an “energetic shift” can be, in changing your financial status. The quote is by the genius scientist Nikola Tesla, who said, “If you want the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”)

I think the speaker on that podcast, when he said, “Money does not come from effort,” meant to challenge our parents’ and grandparents’ advice:

“If you want to succeed, work hard.”

However, that’s precisely the message, of all the twisty and conflicted feelings we may attach to the ideas around money, that I think we should keep.

Stonehenge, Macchu Picchu, the Colossus—all the great feats of humankind have involved massive effort. Sometimes unthinkable, thousands-of-hours, if-they’d-known-how-much-work-it-was-I-wonder-if-they-would-they-have-done-it work. Hardcore labor.

I think the young speaker denigrating the idea that from hard work flows money and success, had a valid point, which may be that you can dial in systems, and optimize, to scale in your business, instead of being limited by “trading time for dollars.”

But let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water. Yes, if you’re a business owner, you must learn to delegate, leverage systems, and get the most from your team–in order to not kill yourself in building a business.

But I’ve never achieved anything without a massive amount of work. I love the idea that work creates wealth. We’ve all seen that in action. I also think that working hard for something that matters creates quality, principled humans.

I’m not sure I would even value the thing I’d achieved, if I hadn’t “left it all on the field,” in massive effort. Which I have, every time I’ve “birthed a baby,” whether it be a new book, a new business, or a new product line.

Business concept, Businessman is climbing the ladder for get a bag of money but another business man sawing a ladder.
If the “green-eyed monster” of jealousy invades our consciousness relative to material wealth, then we may need to accept that we value money more than most of us are willing to admit to.

We would all be well served to check ourselves, whether we’ve ever done any of these things:

  • We have felt critical towards or said harsh words towards someone who achieves great financial success. Perhaps we went to high school with them, or were at the same financial status once, and now they’ve outpaced us. (If the “green-eyed monster” of jealousy invades our consciousness relative to material wealth, then we may need to accept that we value money more than most of us are willing to admit to.)
  • We have avoided achieving big goals because we fear our family and friends will criticize us and we’ll lose our social standing, if we out-earn them.
  • We have said self-sabotaging things about material success, like, “Money doesn’t buy happiness anyway.” Or “I didn’t really want to succeed at X because it would be too stressful.”

Do you really believe that a rich man can’t get into heaven?

Or do you understand the intent of that scripture is that when we achieve wealth, we tend to think ourselves better than others, perhaps even better than God, and we need to check our tendency to become arrogant?

(After all, if money is just energies, and energies are constantly flowing, wealth can come and go, ebb and flow. Virtually every millionaire has acquired and lost multiple fortunes, in a lifetime.)

Do you believe that the wealthy are innately sinful, or less good and kind, than others?

Money is just energies, but what’s far more interesting to me, is that our own approach, opinion, and feelings about money are energies, too. And they can be changed to flow with more peace and abundance.

Do you believe that money can’t buy happiness?

Statistically, it has proven to be true that wealthy people are not happier people, though poor people (below a certain financial threshold) are, as a group, more unhappy.

This doesn’t necessarily imply that money “makes” you happier or less happy—it may be, in fact, that our programmed, generational beliefs about money and materialism are at the root of the strange facts around whether money affects our life satisfaction.

The psychologist Martin Seligman, pioneer of the “positive psychology” movement, explored this. He theorized that we are not biologically programmed for the amount of “choice” we have in the modern age.

He documented how despite a massive increase in household income, in the past few generations, we are actually reported as being less happy, or the same, as before this Age of Affluence—we are not, it’s clear, more happy.

He also gathered research showing that people who are the most materialistic are also the least happy people.

“Materialistic” refers to people who spend significant time and energy wanting material things. This makes sense, in a world where consumer goods are everywhere, and no one, no matter how wealthy, can have anything he might want.

It turns out that people who are “satisfizers” rather than “maximizers” are the happiest. These terms Seligman coined refer to people who are satisfied with their circumstances, material acquisitions, and level of affluence, whereas “maximizers” are preoccupied with having, doing, and being “more” or “better” or “the best” of the options.

(You can imagine how marital happiness is affected by one partner constantly looking over the back fence, at the other options!)

I achieved my financial wealth goals I had set at the age of 24—at the age of 48. Not the age of 42, which was my goal. And I can tell you that the idea of “financial freedom” I originally set out to achieve is elusive, if not entirely a myth.

Most people who achieve 7-figure net worth will tell you that in the acquisition of their wealth, they’ve become acutely aware of how quickly it can disappear. This can lead to the sense that the original goal, “financial freedom,” or “financial stability,” may be impossible.

The more they work and acquire, and the older they get, the more they become aware of thousands of years of human history where the rich became poor, assets crumble overnight, and entire national economies fluctuate–even created or destroyed in just days or months. (We all watched the stock market tumble in 2007.)

Many of the most wealthy among us report having more anxiety around money, when they’re worth $5 million, than they had when they were young, working near the poverty line.

This may be due to becoming clear about how illusory and transitory money is.

If wealth is just digital transmission of energies, and it’s just a concept that we’ve all agreed to, with hundreds of variables impacting our valuation of the “monetary unit of measure” in the first place—isn’t it interesting, then, that we appropriate so much energy to accumulating it, comparing our relative “worth,” and using it as a barometer around which we feel pride, shame, fear, guilt, and almost endless anxiety?

If money is in constant flow, and if we can either be in, or out, of that flowing river, depending on the energies we choose–aren’t we all better off, then, being more abundant, grateful, and detached, in the way we both receive, and give, financially?

Now, I’ve gotten entirely philosophical about the green stuff, while you may be thinking,

“No, money is a cold, hard fact of life, I need that stuff, to have food three times a day, and a place to live.”

Fair enough. But there are billions of dollars, mostly in the form of little digital data bits flowing across wires buried in the ground, that we can create more of. There is no actual scarcity.

Young businessman scaling a rock to reach a large payoff
Money flows to those who work, who do so diligently, who finish their projects rather than just dream about them, who put their time and effort into “highest and best” uses.

Money flows to those who work, who do so diligently, who finish their projects rather than just dream about them, and who put their time and effort into “highest and best” uses.

Money flows to those who challenge the energy they put on their failures. The self-made wealthy dust themselves off after a failure, assess what they’ve learned, and move onto the next project with positive energy.

(We’ve already established that virtually 100 percent of the self-made wealthy lost fortunes, along the way to earning them.)

Plenty of people work very hard, harder than wealthy people do, and never earn any significant amount of money. Many people expend a tremendous amount of effort on a variety of things, while avoiding putting their labor into activities that will actually lead to material success–due to their fear or aversion around money.

So, because there’s more to becoming wealthy, or financially successful, than what your parents may have told you (“Work hard!”), we must examine another aspect of whether you could be more successful than you are.

You can absolutely have more money and wealth than you have now.

Because money is energies, and earning and because spending it creates lots of ripples and flow in the larger energetic system known as “the economy,” you can create money and wealth, without taking it from someone else who needs it!

Effort does, actually, create more wealth.

And, I feel the idea that “effort does not create wealth” is disrespectful to over 90 percent of the human beings on the Earth for whom physical labor pays for their food and shelter and their children’s needs. We have most of what is available to us, in life, due to someone’s physical effort, so I don’t think it serves, to devalue that.

But in addition to acknowledging the value of effort, shifting your energies and thought patterns towards money has the power to completely change your financial status, when added to hard work and being a “finisher” of your projects. What if you challenged:

  • that money is something to fear
  • that people who work more than 40 hours a week, or entrepreneurs, are “workaholics” and therefore pathological and need to change
  • that you aren’t capable of obtaining enough money
  • that people who obtain money and spend it easily are somehow bad or obsessive or misguided
  • that you shouldn’t bother to try to earn more money, because you’ll just lose it somehow
  • that if you are financially successful, your friends and family will turn on you
  • that because money can’t buy happiness, then staying where you are is actually better
  • that you feel slightly uncomfortable when you hear words like rich, money, or wealth
  • that because people who are “satisfied” with their financial state are the happiest, you, therefore, should continue to financially struggle rather than succeed

Does putting bad juju on money serve you well?

Would it feel good, or bad?–for you to:

  • Catch yourself every time you have a negative thought about people who appear to have more money or wealth than you do? And replace that thought with a neutral or positive statement? And/or:
  • Catch yourself every time you use words or thoughts (also energies) to place a value judgment on your own ability to dip in the river of money flowing through the economy? And replace that thought with a neutral or positive statement.

If you think it would feel good–rather than bad–try an experiment…..

Infographic: The Vibrations of Money, Wealth, and Success

Replace your pattern of negative thinking with statements like these:

1. I bet that guy has stepped on a lot of people to get where he is.

2. That car she’s driving is fancy, but I don’t need a flashy car to feel good about myself.

3. He’s got a really nice house, but I wouldn’t want a mortgage payment that big.

4. Money comes, and money goes (I bet he loses that business/house/car eventually).

5. Money can’t buy happiness.

6. People who work hard are addicts, and therefore pathological (“workaholics”).

To positive statements like these:

1. I’m learning to get in the stream of flowing money, to receive it, as well as give it, easily.

2. I view others with money positively because I want those positives to flow in my own life as well.

3. I don’t need to have a judgment about expensive things and the people who own them, because it doesn’t serve me and my goal to live in the higher vibrations.

4. My energies around money help more of it flow to me and to the people and causes I care about.

5. I want more wealth, and I’m not afraid to say that.

6. Money represents the ability to use my time the way I want to.

The words, thoughts, and emotions we have about the subjects of success, money, and wealth, directly, daily, affect whether we are in the stream of wealth and abundance–or whether we’re straining to get a drop from a turned-off faucet that drips now and then.

 

26 thoughts on “The Vibrations of Money, Wealth, and Success

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  1. Great article. Thank you for sharing with the world. Life is a lesson, we keep on learning. That’s why I can’t miss your passage, I have to learn new things. Robin be blessed dear.

    1. So kind of you to write Anita. To choose gratitude for learning is key! Be blessed in this season and in the coming new year!

  2. With all due respect, it does NOT take an “eagle eye” with regard to this TOO often biblical misquote. Any moderately informed Christian, or reader reasonably acquainted with scripture, knows this. I personally think it is simply an excuse of the uninformed to use it wrongly for their own agenda.

  3. Bravo! I want more wealth and I’m not afraid to say that. Wealth puts me in a better position to serve others… I’m all for it! Thank you for a great article.

  4. Love this article! One thought about the comment that “money doesn’t come from effort.” Since I didn’t hear the podcast, I obviously can’t know where the interviewee was coming from, but I think he may be more “on track”—than “off track”—with your viewpoint. On an energy level, effort can be a form of resistance. I imagine the following statement might be a more complete expression of his sentiment: Money doesn’t come from effort (resistance), it comes from action (flow).

    1. Sue, thank you for reading and writing your perspective! I really appreciate the flow of dialogue around these important topics! Be well!

  5. Ah, first I’ll admit I did not thoroughly read your entire article. It’s just a time issue. I do appreciate your recognition that making money, earning money does require effort. One cannot simply sit back and wait for checks to magically arrive in the mail.
    However, as a Christian – a Biblical Christian, I must disagree with your opinion on what the Bible (or TRUE Christianity) teaches about wealth. First, it is the LOVE of money that is the root of evil (as is understood when we read the Bible in context) which will explain why “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven”. We must read the Bible as a whole and not pick and choose verses or partial verses out of context. Actually, if you read just two verses down from that verse in Matt. 19:24-26 you’ll find another very quoted verse that is NEVER quoted in this context, interestingly enough. Many old testament saints were wealthy and there are many present day wealthy Christians (Dave Ramsey comes to mind here since my youngest teaches people – free of charge – how to get out of debt, save and GIVE according to Dave’s Biblical teachings on finances). The Scriptures teach that we are to love God first with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. This is why loving money – or anything – more than God is simple idolatry. Sin.
    God teaches that we are to work honestly, earn honestly, save that we might provide for ourselves and give to those in need. The Scriptures say so much about greed and the wrong use and attitude of money. When a person misinterprets the Bible to mean anything other than what it truly teaches – which is why we are to study the Scriptures – it doesn’t make the Bible wrong.
    That being said, I received your book in the mail recently and although I’ve not had the time to read much (I’ve been caring for my father who passed Nov. 26) I have enjoyed what I have read. I am trying to interest my husband in healthier eating, at least, and when you brought up Tesla I gave it over to him to peak his interest. 🙂
    Thank you for writing the book and reading my comment.
    May God bless your efforts to teach people how to better care for these awesome, God designed marvels we live in – our bodies.

    1. Hi Stephanie, thank you for reading and sharing your biblical world view. I corrected the verse to read “the love of money . . .” and truly, we are called to be good stewards with all that we have, from money to our bodies/health and everything that is in our care. I am so sorry you have recently experienced your father’s passing right at Thanksgiving. Hope VIBE resonates with you – all things created have a frequency and how it affects everything. Merry Christmas and blessed new year to you and your husband! Maybe we’ll see you on the detox side? 🙂

  6. This really what I love about you Robyn — happiness is when you, qua you, are wrestling with the hugest issue that’s anywhere around you. “Effort” (happiess really ; the power of your innocence and the strength of yourrighteousness) produces the spiral of joy and love. And, so, we are all inducted. We are a part of a huge, but also invisible, river of abundance. As a matter of creation, it has been flowing through everything since the beginning of time.

    On deeper levels, the problem starts when we are taught a corrupted concept of “profit.” This minus that, that’s the definition. And then, voila! we have “it.” The roots of our corrupted this-and-that concept of profit are fed by our corrupted concept of money. And the roots of our corrupted concept of money are related to its cousin-root, our corrupted concept of property.

    Leaping over all kinds of intellectual fences,this ultimately gets into the necessity of a plant based diet. As Katrina Blair points out, we find in plants, especially plants that grow free and in the wild, the DNA of Happiness. Yes, there is a DNA for Happiness, and, yes, there are “people,” who adhere to a false concept of profit, who it seems, apparently might not want us to know about that. How did the DNA of Happiness, inherent to all things, somehow go missing from the agricultural concepts by which we produce our foods and medicines?

    It’s called pleomorphism. It’s a big topic. Please permit me to say … It might be that there is more intelligence, and more sentience, and consciousness and awareness, and innocence and happiness, in a single blade of grass, basking in the flow of electricity from the Sun and the happiness of the monrning dew, and the joy of the microbiome that feeds its roots, than there is in most of humanity. The one desire of all the various herbs and wild foods, and a single blade of grass if you will, is to know the joy of the inherent and unlimited abundance … vast and invisible though it may be … we are a part of it. If only we will admit the DNA of our own happiness. Thus, we see a blade of grass and we eat it. There’s something in the grass that makes us feel stronger. Because it nourishes our health and happiness, we help the grass to reproduce itself.

    Might we not consider that this desire for abundance was actually the innocence of the grass to start with. By eating it, we might actually be helping “it,” the sentience of an innocence blade of grass, to reproduce, that there might be even more abundance tomorrow, than there was today. By our hunger, we make effort to fulfill, and we end up building, a spiral of innocence and love of which all things are a part, It might even be, that we a part of a spiral of joy and abundance that is ultimately immeasurable.

    Back to money, and its relationship to proft and property … When our concept of profit is not based on building, and being a fully sentient part of a spiral of joy and abundance of which all things are playing their proper part … when our concept of profit becomes alienated from the DNA of the Happiness, which is in herbs and medicines that we “consume,” from the DNA of the innocence of our birth … when our concepts profit, and thus money and property, are based not on abundance, but on concepts of scarity and fear, we start off on a path (momentary and monetary) to “the other spiral.” All forms of scarcity are manufatured. (… scarcity being one of the horrors of oh-so-scary too!). Reality is a pleomorphic terrain. By its innocence, it is self-correcting, and self-organizing. There is a righteousness within reality which will always be restored. Thus, no matter how hard we might try to deny it, we are a part of a river of abundance. It runs through us, in deed through all things. Gee whiz! It’s so huge.

    Love!

    1. Bert, wow . . . thank you for sharing your deep thoughts about the topic! Sounds like you have thought about this long and hard and I appreciate you taking time out to share your perspective. Be well and blessed!

  7. Impressive article,well written and thought out in my opinion. My husband and I have been on both sides of the spectrum (hand to mouth vs wealth) and both sides has its lessons. It is important to learn those lessons and to share them with others. Thank you for doing your part in sharing your experiences.

    1. Agreed – Your key point is so valid regarding lessons learned and sharing with others. Thank you for reading my words today.

  8. This is a very timely and well-written article as I have been questioning my own and cultural beliefs about money and exploring many of the same ideas you have mentioned. So thank you for writing about this topic. The only thing I’m wondering about is the second positive statement at the end of the article: “I view others with money positively because I want those positives to flow in my own life, as well.” I can understand the value of this reframe, however, because I follow political matters closely, I find it difficult to do this authentically when I see how business/corporate and personal wealth can be used to “buy” legislation that serves a certain business or personal interest or to “buy” a politician’s vote. And yes, there are many wealthy business owners or individuals who use their wealth in very positive ways. So it’s easy to view them with positivity but as for those who are using their wealth in a way that is harmful to others and the planet, I’m not as clear about how to view them positively in an authentic way.

    1. Hi Darcy, Thank you for writing your perspective/beliefs. My thought to your concern over how to view others with money positively even when they use it for poliical/personal gain . . . You don’t have to view everyone positively, of course. And while corruption isn’t the focus of this article, you’re certainly right that there is too much of it in corporate America and in Government.

  9. Not to nitpick, but I felt compelled to correct one of your biblical quotes, specifically 1 Tim 6:10, “For the love of money is the root of all evil…” This verse is often shortened to leave out the first four words, which obviously changes the meaning significantly. Money itself is neither good nor evil; it is our attitude toward it and how we use it that is important, which is pretty much what your article says in a nutshell.

    Thanks for all you do Robyn. I recently discovered you and your website through an interview you did with Chris Wark. As I type this, I am sitting here sipping on a pink smoothie, which has now become my breakfast of choice. Great stuff!

    1. Jay, thanks for kindly pointing out the omission which has been corrected, and thanks for commenting. So glad to hear you’ve connected with Chris and his powerful work – enjoy that HPS! Be blessed and well!

    1. Hi Kris – thanks for reading – it was a longer one but so full of important facts I wanted to share well. It’s a passionate topic for sure. Be well!

  10. Interesting article.

    Please note that the Bible does NOT say “money is the root of all evil” – it says: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10

    This is the verse in context:
    “6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

  11. Great article! My husband and I have always worked extremely hard. The more money we got, the more it afforded us but it didn’t necessarily give us more happiness. It wasn’t until we started taking care of our energy, changing and reframing our views and relationship with money, and taking action where we felt best served our family, that our perspective and lives shifted in a massive way. It took a lot of inner work and A LOT of action…and it doesn’t end, it’s constant work. At the same time I can also say that money is flowing a lot easier to us now (almost too easy sometimes and it can be a struggle to receive as well), and while we still have struggles, we are able to shift and take the actions needed to get back into that state of being/receiving.

    1. So powerful. Thank you for sharing Nesa – you and your husband appear to have made some key realizations and good changes! I commend you on your new journey and all it takes to keep it a strong resolve! Much joy and good health in 2018!

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