The study of money, what it is, how to make it, why does it work the way it works etc. has always been a fascinating subject for me. Is it because I’m a greedy, rich, evil person who only cares about money and nothing else? No. Far from it.
I’ve been fascinated with the concept of money, because I think I have always intuitively understood that money is a form of energy, and what fascinates me in life is just how misunderstood the energy of money is.
The Energy of Money
In it’s basic definition, money is just a medium of exchange that is accepted in payment for goods, services or in settlement for debts. Beneath the surface though, money is an energy that is a lot more complicated than that.
Take for example the terms “blood money”, or “drug money”, or “stolen money”, or “donated money”, or “tax refund money”, or “borrowed money”. Do you see the subtle, yet important difference in the energy of the money depending on it’s source? Would you rather have $100 of “blood money” or $100 of “tax refund money”?
What if nobody except you knew the source of that money? Would it still matter where it came from or how?
Let’s take another example which has nothing to do with the source of the money. Let’s say that you make a salary of $4,000/month at your job, and lets say you’ve got a $10,000 credit card debt that you’re working on paying off. Let’s assume you’re making a $500/month payment on that credit card to pay it off. Now let’s say that you decide to get yourself out of debt quicker, so instead of coming home after work and watching TV all night you decide to look into getting a part time job in the evenings which will pay you an extra $1,000/month.
However, because you are going to be giving up your precious “TV time” you decide to make a deal with yourself in that you agree to take the part time job and work the extra hours until the debt is completely paid off, but you decide to only allocate 75% of your extra earnings towards paying off the debt and to use the other 25% as spending money on whatever you want. Essentially, as a reward for getting off your butt you decide to allocate 25% of your extra earnings into your “guilt free” money fund. So at the end of the month you take $750 and put it onto your credit card to accelerate the speed at which you’re paying it off AND you take the other $250 and go shopping with it for whatever you want.
When you’re at the mall now and you just bought your new $250 toy, you notice something is different. Instead of feeling guilty like you used to feel when you were buying your toys on your credit card, you feel totally at peace with yourself making this $250 purchase. You realize that this $250 you just spent had “guilt free energy” around it.
So in this scenario, do you see how it wasn’t necessarily the source of the money that gave it a certain type of energy, it was really how it was allocated in your mind that changed the energy around it.
There are many other examples I could give here, but the basic point I’m just trying to explain here is that $100 isn’t always worth $100 to people. $100 of lottery money carries different energy than $100 of hard-earned money, which also carries with it a different energy than $100 of guilt-free money etc.
Beliefs about Money
What colors and creates the energy behind money? If I have $100 of “blood money” and I give it to you but you don’t know that it’s “blood money”, does it cease to be “blood money”? Or does the energy stay with the money?
My belief is that our beliefs color the energy around money in our lives. The first thing that we need to really get clear on when trying to make money as a Lightworker, is to really explore our beliefs about money. If your beliefs about money are conflicted and all over the place it is going to be really difficult for you to produce consistent results in attracting, creating and making money.
For example, take a look at this list of beliefs some people may hold about money:
- Money is the root of all evil
- Any money that I make ends up getting spent anyways
- It takes money to make money
- Money doesn’t buy happiness
- You have to work hard for money
- Money buys respect
- Money is all about who you know
- Once I have enough money I will help others
- People should be able to charge whatever they want
- Money brings security
- Money pays for the things we love in life
- Money will pay for my vacation
- Everything depends on money
- There is never enough money to go around
- Money comes and goes
- I’m not all about money
- There are way more important things in life than money
- I won’t sell out to money
- Money is a necessary evil
See how these types of beliefs will color the energy of the money you try to make in your life? In fact, every dollar you have every made you’ve colored with your beliefs without even knowing it. A person who always says “Money is a necessary evil” will color all the money in their world with that paintbrush. A different person with a belief that “Money makes the world go round.” will color it totally differently.
Covering the topic of beliefs about money is beyond the scope of this article and I’ll cover that topic in different articles, but the point I wanted to make is that the energy of money is colored by your beliefs.
Choosing Your Money Making Path
When I made the decision to COMMIT to monetizing this blog and to really start making money blogging earlier this month (I can’t believe it was only 12 days ago), I noticed something really interesting began to happen.
Of course being the personal development enthusiast that I am, I began to apply all the tools I have at my disposal to this path including law of attraction, intention manifestation, goal setting, visualization, affirmations, as well as my newest and most exciting tool – personal discipline.
Almost immediately I began to see a major shift in several success factors I was measuring for the progress of my blog. Traffic increased, RSS Feed subscriptions increased, comments increased, I began receiving emails from many people, and everything just began to flow in the right direction. I began to get excited, but then something interesting happened.
All of a sudden as I began to do some heavy research and thinking about how to grow this blog I started to realize that there is basically two different ways I could go about making money with this blog. I could take a “Lightworker” path, or I could take a “Darkworker” path. What does this mean?
Well, probably the best way I can describe the difference is that taking the Lightworker path means that your primary intention and focus is on GIVING to the world and creating value and then allowing money to flow into your life as a natural flow that balances the equation. Taking the Darkworker path means that your primary intention and focus is on GETTING money from the world by identifying and capitalizing on the simplest and most efficient money making system at your disposal which costs you the absolute least in terms of having to provide value.
This doesn’t mean that the “Darkworker” path is an evil path and that people who choose the “Darkworker” path of making money are bad people. It it just a different way of relating yourself to the world. For example, a day trader who trades stock on a daily basis typically just works on identifying market inefficiencies and by analyzing different patterns, he tries to determine the optimal time to buy and sell certain stocks. His primary intention is to make a profit, that’s it. Is there anything wrong with that? Absolutely not. It’s just a different way of doing things.
So what happened to me is that all of a sudden a whole bunch of different opportunities presented themselves to me and some of them would allow me to provide a lot of value to the world and would just require me to trust the flow of the world to flow money back to me, while other opportunities showed up that would totally allow me to focus strictly on making money by exploiting different types of market inefficiencies.
I began to realize that it was time to polarize in one direction and stick to a single path so as not to cancel out my energy by trying to go in two different directions at the same time. I had to really sit down and think about this because the opportunities that presented themselves to me were fairly lucrative and I realized that things were going to get even more lucrative as time goes on. I realized I needed to commit to a single path. I chose the path of the Lightworker.
Why Lightworker? Well, to be honest with you I’ve made money in my life utilizing both sides of the coin. I’m not talking about doing anything illegal here, but I’ve made some big money at times without really providing any huge value for it. It was simply a matter of putting myself in the right place at the right time and taking advantage of market inefficiencies. Other times I’ve made money by providing tremendous value. I thought about it and I realized that anytime I’ve ever made $100 with Lightworker energy it always felt more natural for me than when I made $100 with Darkworker energy. It is then that I realized that Lightworker energy resonates a lot more with me naturally so I’m better off sticking to that path.
Here’s the beauty of picking a side. Once I picked a side, it became really easy for me to say NO to opportunities that don’t align with my path. Even though I was saying NO to money short term, I was saying YES to something much more important to me. Once again I want to emphasize that there is nothing wrong with the Darkworker path for anyone who chooses to go down that route, I’m just saying I’ve chosen against it.
Quick Example of What I Mean
Here’s a quick example that may illustrate what I mean about sticking with one side of the coin. I’m currently working my butt off to try to learn everything I possibly can about making money online with blogs, Adsense, affiliate programs etc. I’m visualizing, doing my affirmations and applying personal-discipline to my goals of trying to make as much money as I possibly can in this first month of monetizing the Blog. Every penny counts, literally.
Last month I made less than $10 from this Blog, so I originally set a goal as an experiment to see if I could double that amount this month and to try to hit $20. My idea was to try to double my income every month. At the end of this month I’m going to post exactly how much I’ve made this month, so stay tuned, but let me get back to my example.
If you’ve been reading my Blog, on April 20th I made a Lightworker decision to stop selling my eBook on ClickBank for $9.95 and instead to Give it Away For Free to anyone who subscribes to my RSS feed. As a Lightworker I’m not worried about having to make money up front. I know that if my eBook brings value to people, money will flow back to me automatically anyways so I’m not worried.
Now here’s a funny thing that happened. I got an email this week from ClickBank saying someone bought my eBook. I haven’t pulled down my page on there yet so somebody who doesn’t read my Blog purchased it not knowing that they can now get it for Free on my site. So now I had to make a decision. Do I email this person and offer to give them a refund on the money since they could get the eBook for free on this Blog, or do I just say “Screw it, they don’t read my Blog so it’s their loss.” Remember that the goal of my experiment was to go from less than $10 in income to $20 in income this month, so a $9.95 sale of my eBook makes a big difference in this monetization experiment.
Well, as a polarized Lightworker the decision becomes a no-brainer. I sent an email to the person offering a full refund and gave them a link to the article where they can get the eBook for free. I may lose $9.95 during a period of time when every penny counts in this experiment, but it doesn’t matter because the intention here is not to just make money, the intention here is to make money as an Inspired Money Maker (Lightworker).
So How DO You Make Money as a Lightworker?
Well, the answer to that question will slowly be revealed over time as this Blog grows and my income as a Lightworker grows. It’s not that I’m trying to keep it a secret or anything, it’s just that I prefer to teach through the clarity of my example. I’m not going to sit here and preach to you about how to make huge money as a Lightworker because I haven’t done it in a big way yet. I’ve made quite a bit of money in my life already, but I’ve never fully polarized myself in one direction.
So all I can really say at this point as far as making money as a Lightworker is simply “Watch me.” I don’t mean that in an Egotistical way, I’m simply saying that if you want to learn than tune into this Blog and pay attention to what happens. I’m going to share my successes and my stumbling blocks as I try to figure this thing out.
I’m sure I’ll run into some snags along the way but I really feel excited about this path and I know that it will be a huge growth experience for me. In the end, I am so inspired to think about the fact that when I do succeed at this, regardless how long it takes, it’s going to feel so awesome knowing that I followed my heart and became a Money Making Lightworker which is another name for an Inspired Money Maker .