We hear a lot of talk about prosperity these days. Bookshop shelves are full of works that focus on this topic. Especially in the United States, prosperity is something that is part of the “American Dream.” It does feel good to prosper, and, rightly or wrongly, we believe that prosperity will make us happy. But as many world economies have been stagnating or even spiraling downward, many of us are feeling the pinch and the negative emotional effects in our lives. Those who have lost jobs and livelihoods are feeling this in an especially acute way.
While I do have a financial background, my aim here is not to suggest a fix for such a complex economic situation. Rather, I will offer some thoughts on how the current situation might be affecting us emotionally and how we might respond to it.
PROSPERITY’S MANY FACES
Usually, when we think of prosperity, we think of money. But money is only one part of prosperity. As Catherine Ponder points out in her book, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity, to be prosperous is to thrive in all areas of our lives. Prosperity includes being healthy, having friends who enhance who you are, feeling a part of the whole of life and being connected in a healthy way to yourself.
It also means being able to meet our financial obligations and having enough to reward ourselves. When we are experiencing lack in any of these areas, many of our deepest fears arise. This is especially true when it comes to money.
MONEY AND POWER
That’s because, energetically speaking, money truly relates to our power. It is interesting to note that money, sex and power are all connected to the same chakra (second) – the chakra that is located just above your pelvic bone. (And notice where we have historically worn our weapons and carried our money – on our hips, the area where our reproductive organs are located.) And as with anything, they can be used and related to in a healthy or an unhealthy way.
DON’T SELL YOURSELF SHORT
Metaphorically speaking, the second chakra also represents your relationship to yourself (which is why we call prostitution “selling yourself”). So when we fall on hard financial times, we feel our powerlessness, which is one of the most uncomfortable feelings we can experience. No one likes to feel powerless. It leads to our feeling like victims, creating a downward spiral that is hard to reverse.
Try thinking of money as an energetic representation of value. Your financial situation, then, in part could be viewed as the value you put on yourself. Begin to examine the relationship you have with yourself, and then look at your relationship with money. How do you feel about money? Do you feel you deserve it? Do you handle it with care or with disrespect? With fear or with confidence? When you pay your bills, do you do so willingly and with gratitude, or with resentment or fear? Are you prosperous in other areas of your life? You might be surprised at what this exercise uncovers.
In healing terms, closely examining your relationship to money and doing energetic work on the second chakra can help shift your relationship to yourself, to your power and to money. In this way, you can begin to feel more prosperity in your life, even when outer factors are bringing up your worst fears!
Krysti Brice, BHS® Practitioner, is a personal mentor, author and energy healer serving an international client base.