Whatever is going on inside people is reflected in their outer world. Everything is energy. How people think determines how they act, which produces the results, including the financial results, in their outer world.
The problem is that most people work and think based only on what they can see. But what people need to change are the unseen inner roots producing the seen results. These roots are the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a person. The fourth aspect, what people see, the physical, is just a printout of the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects.
Financial Blueprint – Beliefs About Money
Everyone has a financial blueprint that consists of that person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions concerning money. A person’s blueprint developed from the information (programming) from the past, especially from what the person heard, saw, and experienced as a young child.
The problem is that, as children, so many people hear and experience disempowering messages about money. “We can’t afford it.” “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” “Rich people are greedy.” “Money is the root of all evil,” which is, in fact, a misquotation from the Bible verse that actually says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” It’s no wonder so many people are programmed to never have (or keep) all the money that could be theirs!
People who want more money in their lives must first discover what their financial blueprint is (its unconscious) and then take steps to ingrain new unconscious beliefs. How? The first step is awareness. People must be aware of what they think, what they say, and what they do. Then, by learning how rich people think and act, people can develop their own thoughts and actions to match the financial results desired.
Wealth Files – The Mindset of the Wealthy
In Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, Eker presents 17 wealth files, that is, 17 ways that rich people think and act differently from people without much money. The first belief that rich people have is, “I create my life” while other people think “Life happens to me.” People who want to be rich must take responsibility for their own lives. No blaming, no justifying, no complaining.
Here’s a sampling of the other wealth files. “Rich people think big. Poor people think small.” “Rich people focus on opportunities. Poor people focus on obstacles.” Also, rich people associate with people who are positive and successful. “Rich people think both. Poor people think either/or.”
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind is mostly a book about principles, rather than specifics about how to apply them in daily life. One recommendation that Eker does make is the daily use of declarations. He defines a declaration as a statement of intention (as opposed to an affirmation being a statement that something is already true.)
Changing the Inner Game of Wealth
Wherever people are now financially is a reflection of their money blueprint. So when people aren’t where they want to be, it’s a sign they need to change their blueprint, change their thoughts, and change their actions.
While Eker’s book may not give a person all the answers on how to make these changes, the principles in the book are a foundation on which to build. This thought also leads to another wealth file: “Rich people constantly learn and grow. Poor people think they already know.”
Money and the Law of Attraction
The quasi-spiritual film The Secret continues to make headlines in self-help workshops and personal development circles for its simple treatment of the Law of Attraction. Its challenge, however, has been finding balance between educating people who had never before picked up a book on spirituality, and satisfying those who are already pursuing spiritual purpose in their lives.
In this regard, the jury is still out on whether or not The Secret has been a success. Criticism has been leveled against the film for supporting “material” success over spiritual progress. Yet, in direct opposition with the principles of the Law of Attraction, most of this “spiritual” debate seems to derive from poverty consciousness or what T. Harv Eker, creator of the Millionaire Mind Intensive, would call “money monk” thinking.
Does The Secret misrepresent the Law of Attraction
Despite its popularity in the press with Oprah and other celebrities, many people on a spiritual path are of the opinion that the film misrepresents the Law of Attraction. By leaning so heavily on the material and financial impact of the properties of the Law of Attraction, they feel that The Secret has used these principles in an empty, materialistic way to build more interest and sell the film. They seem to be saying that there is a loss of integrity in using spiritual principles commercially (at which one might wonder, because even if it’s nothing more than an idea, isn’t every spiritual speaker or author selling something?).
T. Harv Eker and the Law of Attraction
Creator of the Millionaire Mind and a series of other personal development and business courses, T. Harv Eker has built his success on teaching other people an approach to thinking and feeling about money that is said to guarantee success. His approach is based on the same principles as The Secret, and he comes up against the same attacks for “perverting” and “misusing” spiritual principles for material gain.
The real challenge in addressing these criticisms is that in this kind of debate, everything depends on how you look at it.
Is Money Bad
Harv Eker directly addresses negative directives about money by looking at their derivation and how they have been altered over the years. “Money is the root of all evil,” for instance, comes from the Bible, which actually says: “The love of money is the root of all evil.”
Religious and spiritual teachings which say that we have to be poor to be holy are simply misreading things, Eker says. It is the love of money, or an undue obsession with wealth, that is a sin in his interpretation of the Bible.
He calls people who believe they are “too good for money,” or that they have to get rid of money and material possessions in order to be spiritual, “money monks.” It’s one approach to money (out of four described in the Millionaire Mind Intensive) that just don’t work. Eker is, above all, practical. If what they’re doing doesn’t work, he teaches people to find another way that does.
Is Money Good
The approach to money taken by both The Secret and the Millionaire Mind is that money is a form of abundance. We don’t question that there is infinite air, love, water, and other necessities in our lives, so why should money be any different?
We each deserve to have abundance in our lives and to be happy – and we deserve and should have money, too, in balance and with a conscious awareness of the world. The kind of poverty that exists in many parts of the world can’t be ignored. If we have money we should do what we can to live generously and share with those less fortunate or less capable than us – but we should not cripple ourselves emotionally, spiritually, or financially just because others are emotionally, spiritually, or financially poor.
It conflicts with many religious and spiritual views. It seems likely that a more balanced treatment of the Law of Attraction in The Secret, including more spiritual and metaphysical concepts, might not have been enough for the spiritual naysayers. So much of the argument against using the Law to “attract” money seems to be coming from what the Millionaire Mind might call “money monk thinking” that it’s hard to imagine how the two sides of this discussion can meet.
The irony, of course, is that in “attracting” the people who had never heard of the Law of Attraction before this film, the makers of The Secret have alienated those who could have been its staunchest fans.
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