When I lived in London, one of my favourite days of the year was around Christmas time when one of my friends from school days would organise a charity carol singing event in aid of Save The Children.
We'd gather at whatever tube station we were allocated that year, dressed in our Christmassy attire (my favourite was the year I went as an elf), and sing away for a few hours, entertaining all who passed. Seeing people stop and listen, joy on their faces, was such a gift. There's always been something so magical to me about group singing - the coming together of voices in song feels like a remembrance of how things could be in the world.
And you know what else? This annual event always reminded me that money is flowing. Watching people drop their coins (and oftentimes notes) in our buckets was a reminder that money is at its best when it’s circulating freely.
We created joy for ourselves and others through singing and connection. People responded through giving their cash. We then forwarded the money to a cause that needed it. I’d see parents giving their children a coin and then urging them forward to our buckets, encouraging them not to be shy. The pleasure on their faces at dropping their coins into the buckets was palpable. Others would stand and listen for ten minutes or more - sometimes singing along and sometimes just watching in obvious delight.
This is money in beautiful flow. Moving freely from one place to another, both given and received with joy and gratitude, infused with powerful intention to do good. No forcing. No manipulation. Just the exchange of one thing for another. This is how money can be.
Unfortunately, it not often is.
Over the last few weeks, I've been having a lot of conversations about money. Not only that, I've found myself particularly tuned in to hearing what's being said about money around me, even if I've not been directly engaged in the conversation.
And what I've most been hearing are conversations rooted in fear and scarcity.
Feelings of not having enough. Pressure to buy gifts when you feel you can't afford to. Resentment at those who have plenty of money to splash around and enjoy all that the holiday season has to offer. Worrying that you won't make the bills next month. Things you want are too expensive.
I get it. I know what it’s like to feel stressed about money. I know what it’s like to experience struggle, to feel as though you're missing the secret to creating financial wealth and to go to bed and wake up with anxiety around finances. I know what it’s like to feel creativity closed off, to think everyone else is doing better than you and to question your path when it feels like you can’t create money doing what you love. I’ve been there and done all of that in my journey as an entrepreneur.
But the truth is, there's a space inside you that knows nothing but unending creativity, limitless possibility and soulful abundance. When you connect to that space, money opens up into something fun to play with, rather than something heavy to fear.
All that stands between you and creating financial abundance is a story (or maybe several hundred of them):
Not ready. Not good enough. Not worth it. No one will pay me. Don’t know how. Imposter. Fraud. It’s already been done. It’s not the right thing. It’s not the right time. People can’t afford it. People won’t want it. Money is bad. Wanting money is bad. Wanting lots of money is really, really bad. It’s difficult to earn money doing what you love. Earning money is hard work. If it’s not a struggle then what I’m creating isn’t valuable. Not enough resources. Not enough time. Don't know the right people. No good at selling. Website not good enough. Don’t have a website.
When you see that these are nothing more than thoughts and not actual reality that you need to pay any attention to, you can let them move on through like clouds across the sky, knowing that who you actually are is an infinite space of creativity.
Love and courage,