Money is one of the most controlling things in life. We give it the power to dictate our goals and happiness. We blame it for our inability to get things done – “if I just had more money.” What is money anyway? Well, it is paper that we have given a value. It in itself has no real value – it is only our agreement that it is worth something.
Awhile back, I heard that we have to give what we want to get. I have always had a giving spirit but never felt I had much money to give. So I gave time, energy and things thinking that would translate into money. But time, energy and things were exactly what I got back. People gave me things they didn’t want that were exactly what I needed. I have time for myself and all I want to do and I can easily work with energy. But money didn’t seem to be as readily available. Since then, I have been working with the thought that we have to give that which we want to get.
Before I could begin giving, I found I had some beliefs to change in order to do this experiment. The biggest one was that I didn’t have extra money I could give. After all, I wasn’t rich and barely made it each month. But, since the concept worked in the other areas of my life, I was determined to put this idea to the test.
I started by deciding how much money I could realistically give. It wasn’t much, but I decided that it may be exactly what the person I gave it to needed in that moment. Then I looked at what I wanted to support. This turned out to be a few things that were supporting me. I made an actual agreement with myself that I would give a set amount each month to the things I chose. I stuck to it, and as time passed, I saw some amazing things happen.
Each time I gave money I blessed it. Even when I paid bills, I expressed gratitude for the service or product I received and that I had the money to pay the bill instead of resenting the fact that my money was dwindling. I didn’t get all wrapped up in seeing my money flowing out – I just felt grateful. This was not just an affirmation, I really felt it.
Someone once said, “You don’t make money unless you are a counterfeiter or work at the mint.” Our jobs and other people are not the source of our income. They are only the delivery system. The real source of all we have comes from the endless flow of energy and realizing that it is all part of an infinite supply. With this in mind, I felt gratitude for the delivery person bringing me the money. I told the money I loved it and I thanked it for coming to me.
Well time passed and the experiment proved successful. I continue to implement this concept, and my finances are improving. In retrospect, I realize during my experiment I did not worry about money. There was a knowingness that I was supported and the money was just there. I not only found myself giving to others, but I was also more willing to spend money on myself – something I have always found very difficult. Another cool thing is that new opportunities magically opened up. So I am excited to expand the experiment. I want to see how much better it can get!
I saw the results and I asked myself why this worked. I didn’t really look at my experiment as tithing, but in a sense it was. The churches have always encouraged their members to tithe, but I always thought that was just so people would support them, which probably is more truth than fiction.
But aside from that, I realized that it is the feeling of abundance that we get from graciously giving that opens the door for more money to come to us. When we bless money and give it in the spirit of wanting to give back to those things that support us, we have a mindset that there is plenty. Feelings of poverty and lack go out the window! We give freely. It is inflow and outflow. As we do this, we set up a circular motion (we circulate it) and it can’t help but come back.
Another experiment I will share here is a few years ago, I got rid of my credit cards. I do have a debit card and use checks or money orders for monthly bills. But mostly, I pay cash. I found actually touching the money gives me a more realistic view of the what I spend. It also eliminates credit card fees and the temptation to overspend. It also ended the frustration of paying for things after the fact. One instance of this was I bought a computer, and by the time I got it paid for, it was outdated. What can I say? Computers were really expensive back then and technology changes quickly.
There is so much more to the discussion on money, but this is today’s message. The following revision on the 23rd Psalm is just a reminder to put our trust in that which is beyond the mundane world we live in. I include it to lighten up this subject that can be so heavy for many people.
The Lord is my banker; my credit is good. He maketh me to lie down in the consciousness of omnipresent abundance; He giveth me the key to His strongbox. He restoreth my faith in His riches; He guideth me in the paths of prosperity for His Name’s sake. Yea, though I walk in the very shadow of debt, I shall fear no evil, for Thou art with me; Thy silver and Thy gold, they secure me. Thou preparest a way for me in the presence of the collector; Thou fillest my wallet with plenty; my measure runneth over. Surely goodness and plenty will follow me all the days of my life, And I shall do business in the name of the Lord forever. Charles Fillmore, 1915