This blog post is part of the 4th Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Month blog tour. If you are feeling suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741.OME to 741741
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. I’ve been impacted by suicide personally twice, and I’ve found it’s a grief that takes years to process. Sometimes, the pain never goes away.
When my friend Oscar died last summer, I decided to get involved in suicide prevention. My colleague Melanie, over at Dear Debt, created the Suicide Prevention Blog Tour in 2016, after noticing the top search term on her blog was “I want to kill myself because of debt.” This post is my way of getting involved in this important, urgent cause.
Having been the loved one left behind two-times-too-many, I’ve found that suicide comes with a double whammy of grief. The pain of losing someone you care about is compounded when you find out they were suffering in silence too.
More People are Committing Suicide Today Than Ever Before
Whether it’s money-stress or another cause, the suicide rate since the year 2000 has increased 30%. Moreover, that rate has been growing by about 2% each year since 2016.*
Honest Conversation Is Where Healing Starts
I believe we can reduce this statistic by opening the door to honest conversation in daily life so others feel less alone, and many are suffering alone when it comes to finances. Money stress is unique because it impacts all aspects of life: home, work, relationships, recreation, and health. Compounding this stress is the fact that money is a taboo conversation topic in our culture, which leaves very few, if any, safe places to talk about what is most on your mind and in your heart, as money often is.
Money has a way of bringing up our biggest fears, insecurities, and personal limitations. Your relationship with money is a mirror image of what is happening inside of you. Your awareness of money, what it represents, how you use it in your life, and how much of it you have, are all the result of your life experiences and what you choose to believe about money.
The Consciousness of Money
Collectively, there exists a “consciousness of money,” or awareness of money. It’s a force, or current of energy, that flows in the world and in our lives. Currently, our collective consciousness of money is one of scarcity, and that is an illusion. The powers that be are very busy telling us what is important and valuable in life. In fact, the entire global economy rests on you believing that spending more money will make you happier.
In actuality, the consciousness of money is the one we give it. Money has no power on its own. If you believe you need to do more, be more, and have more to feel abundant, it’s because you’re in the current of the collective consciousness of scarcity.
As we enter the age of enlightenment, I believe we can get out of that current and change the collective consciousness of money to one that serves the greater good while facilitating individual wealth at the same time.
Scarcity versus Abundance
Scarcity is a construct of modern society that was created for power and control. Our economic system was designed to make you feel like you aren’t enough, don’t have enough, and aren’t doing enough to be worthy of a great life. This couldn’t be further from the truth. You are worthy because you are.
Our real state– the actual state– and the truth of our existence, is there is more than enough. This state is called “abundance,” and it’s everywhere. Look around! There is plenty of money, food, water, land, and resources. It just is hoarded and/or controlled by the powers of modern society.
As a financial coach, I see all kinds of personal financial situations, and what I find the most interesting about money is that it is totally relative. What one person sees as lack, another may see as “enough.” What one person sees as abundance, is someone else’s bottom.
In the end, understanding your feelings about money and aligning your behavior with your unique values is what builds wealth. One cannot exist without the other. The mindset must be present for the actions to follow. That’s why, when it comes to building wealth, mindset is where we begin.
The True Meaning of Wealth Includes More Than Money
If you recall from my Evoso Live talk, the complete meaning of wealth is not only a state of good fortune. It also means welfare and happiness. All three come together to create wealth. Here are seven steps to raise your consciousness of money and create more wealth in your life.
7 Steps to Raise Your Consciousness of Money and Create Wealth
1. Practice gratitude
Put yourself in the positive vibration of well-being. Like attracts like. This is the Law of Attraction. When you are in a state of gratitude, you are in a feeling state. When you are feeling the emotions that gratitude brings such as joy, freedom, power, confidence, security, abundance, and love, you will experience them even more. If you haven’t felt those positive emotions for a long time, I suggest you start a gratitude practice right away.
2. Get still
Stop your monkey mind. The world today doesn’t want you to turn off, put down your phone, and get away from a screen. That means less opportunities to sell you something! Listen to YOUR truth by dropping out of your head and into your heart. Meditate. Breathe. Spend time in nature. Exercise. Connect with the Infinite Source that is within you.
3. Don’t judge
Be with your emotions. Allow yourself to feel. All emotions are welcome and accepted!
4. Create intentions
Visualize what you want to create in your life. If you don’t know where you’re going you’ll never get there. Set intentions for outcomes you want to experience from conversations, meetings, and activities.
Align your behavior with your values. Every dollar exchanged in the world makes an impact. It can grow the business where it was spent or it can grow your own personal wealth. Every time you exchange money for something, you are telling the world what you value. Do you value that thing you just bought that you are going to throw away tomorrow more than financial independence? Do you value a latte more than your ability to take time of work to care for a loved one if needed? Is your expensive habit more important than buying a home? Every spending decision has an opportunity cost.
6. Take responsibility
You are in full control of your life, your money story, your words, and your spending.
Don’t let the noise of the world influence your agenda for yourself. Filter out messages that try to pull you out of your zone of genius, or your own agenda for your life.
As spiritual beings having a human experience, we must be careful what messages we choose to believe about money. We can believe the lie, that the purpose of life is to accumulate a lot of money, or we can believe the truth, that the purpose of life is to enjoy it and bring more of what we value into the world.
Living in Alignment with Your Values Brings Happiness and Builds Wealth
As you practice these steps, your mindset, or personal consciousness of money, will change. You will discover that living in alignment with your values is what makes you happy– and builds wealth as a natural by-product.
As we change our personal consciousness around money, we will change our collective consciousness of money. I see a future where all persons are valued for being, and where people and planet come before profits. Businesses that are good stewards of people and planet grow, and every person has equal access to the resources they need to create a life of their own design.
Change Happens When We Speak Up and Spend Smart
Use your voice to speak. Use your dollars to vote. Do your personal work to raise your consciousness of money. It’s the most important thing you can do to raise the collective consciousness and create a better future.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line — Text HOME to 741741
Open Path Collective — affordable therapy. You can also check your local college to see if their graduate program in counseling offers discounted sessions.
*Source: Hedegaard, H., et al. (2018). Suicide rates in the United States continue to increase. NCHS Data Brief No. 309. National Center for Health Statistics. Available at www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db309.htm