Spiritual Economics by Eric Buttersworth
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The spiritual side of making money revealed!
Last Thursday I reviewed the book Super Rich by Russell Simmons. It was the first in a chain of books I’ve been reading lately about the common ground between money and spirituality, and today with continue with Spiritual Economics by Eric Buttersworth.
Yes, I said money and spirituality.
Part of the reason I wanted to read these is because I want to end this myth people believe that somehow money and spirituality don’t mix. Or that money is somehow “less important” or even “wrong” to have.
You don’t even have to consider yourself a spiritual person either to hold this belief. The vast majority of people, including myself to a certain extent, have very damaging subconscious beliefs when it comes to money. Hence, the reason why most people never have any.
I’m also at a point where I really want to start diving into my own programming and figure out how my beliefs about money are running me. It no longer serves me to be strung on cash. Expect big changes to be happening in that area.
So the next couple reviews are all going to be money based. If you’re with me on this journey to get your cash right, keep reading.
Why it’s Awesome
Do you feel like you have enough money?
Do you feel like money comes to you easily and naturally?
Do you feel like being rich is something everyone should have?
Do you feel like you deserve to be rich?
Do you feel like people who are rich deserve it?
Do you feel anxious when you think about your bills or make a purchase?
Do you feel like you are losing when you give money to others?
Do you feel like the cause of your money problems are something external?
Go ahead and actually write down an answer to these questions.
All of these are some of the most important questions you can ask yourself in regards to your beliefs about money. And they are at the core of Spiritual Economics.
The main premise of this book is that struggling with money is not caused by what most people think. So let’s go through a list of common excuses people give for not having the financial life they desire and see if they hold up to honest investigation.
It’s the economy
Everyone has heard this one. And certainly in a down economy, many people end up struggling financially.
And yet, there are business or people who thrive during a poor economy. In fact, there are those who consistently use a down economy to their advantage. So “the economy” is not an inherent viable excuse.
It’s my job
Again, there’s some logic to this. Many people’s jobs do pay poorly in terms of what they would need to be financially free.
But jobs can be changed. Or you can get a promotion. Or you could start a business. Considering that many people who are financially successful now once started off in a crappy job, your job is not an excuse.
It’s the rich people. They’re screwing us over
There may be cases where rich people do things that violate your sense of ethics or morals. But there are also cases where those with money do the exact opposite. In fact, many of these people are extremely generous. So that is not an excuse.
Money doesn’t grow on trees
What does that even really mean? You could say it’s an analogy for the fact that money is difficult to come by and isn’t given for free. And there’s a piece of truth in that.
But notice that for some people, it really does seem to come easy. So why couldn’t that be you?
There’s really only one constant in all of these examples.
You are the constant.
You are the one struggled during the bad economy, you are the one who struggles to have enough, you are the one who is there for everything.
So what does that mean?
It means that your money problems do not lie outside yourself. That what is ultimately required in the long term is a change in your mental paradigm.
Spiritual Economics explains that there’s two basic paradigms: believing in abundance or believing in scarcity.
When you believe in abundance, you are not concerned with what your situation “appears” to look like. You know that a bank account with little money is merely temporary and that money is already on its way to you.
For many people, this where they get confused. “If my bank account is reading $0 and I’ve never made a large amount of money, how could I feel it’s temporary?”
And they would be right. This is not something you can just try and trick yourself into believing. You either can or you cannot.
Think of belief or confidence in abundance like lifting weights. You either are someone who can bench press 250 lbs or you are not. Just saying an affirmation won’t change that.
Once you do have this confidence with money, it colors everything that happens. Opportunities open up that never seemed possible. You can do things that you literally could not have done before.
So the question becomes, how do you get it? How do you go from lifting 120lbs to 250 lbs?
According to Spiritual Economics, it actually is similar to how you would get stronger at the gym: massive repetitions.
When you continually have monetary success after monetary success, that will undoubtedly build your confidence is your ability to make money, the same way you have confidence you can tie your shoes because you’ve done it so much.
You can also implement practices like tithing and gratitude. These are two of THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD practices in life, so let me explain from the Spiritual Economics point of view.
The biggest thing people don’t get about tithing and gratitude are for you. Even though the recipient on the surface level is someone else, the true recipient is you.
Why? Because by repeatedly practicing tithing and gratitude, you are shifting your mindset at the subconscious level from someone who sees lack in the world to someone who sees abundance.
Think about it. What is being implied when someone is willing to give away 10% of their income all the time?
Translation: I have enough. I believe money comes to me.
What about someone who gives gratitude?
Translation: My needs are met. I have enough.
The really terrible thing about complaining, besides that it annoys people, is that it is literally ruining your life. The more you complain and fail to give gratitude, the more you fail to see yourself as a capable person.
Same thing goes for hoarding and trying to take from others. The more you engage in these activities that stem from a scarcity mentality, the more you reinforce the subconscious belief that there is not enough.
So now you might ask: what does this have to do with spirituality?
Well, when you start to realize that you are always asking and God / Source / The Universe / *insert whatever title you want*/ is always giving, then you can truly never believe in scarcity again.
That’s the final lynchpin. Whether people know it or not, we are all in a co-creative process with something I have not the slightest chance of being able to explain.
How can you not have anything you want when you have a direct line to God?
Why Does It Suck
Notice I didn’t use the word “investment strategy” or “401k plan” in this review. That’s because Spiritual Economics doesn’t go into any technical strategies for wealth building. So if you’re looking for those, try another book.
As a side note, nothing I’ve said in this review has made learning the technicals of wealth building obsolete or unimportant. It’s ALL important. However, in this book and in this review we were just focused on one aspect.
The Wrap Up
Amazing book for seeing the beauty of money from a spiritual perspective. A must read for anyone who is looking to tackle their inner-game issues for money.