I am not sure I ever met anyone without issues around money. Most people worry about having enough and/or feel guilty about having too much. We spend incredible energy accumulating it, figuring out how to spend it, and then maintaining what we spent it on. More energy goes into storing enough for the future and protecting that storage from loss and theft. Then there is the politics – but I will save that for another time.
Most people spend their life energy on these issue and never even get to what they really would love to do. From childhood on, we are taught the importance of money. It is a measurement of responsibility, success, and prestige – and we are taught to prioritize it above most other values. In one way or the other, whether overtly or subtly, we learn to trade our life energy for money.
We now live in a culture where the majority are enslaved by debt, living passionless lives, and where too much is never enough. We also live in a culture where it has finally caught up with us. People are taking their heads out of the sand and looking at life with fresh eyes. It is time to question what we have learned, reprioritize our values, and discover the luxury of enough.
Your Money or Your Life, written by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, is one of the all time best guides for exploring your relationship with money. This book is not only a great resource for getting out of debt and saving money, but it was written to help people reorder priorities, resolve inner conflict, and attain a wholeness of livelihood and lifestyle.The book is a primer for straightening out those issues with money, and several programs have been written to facilitate the process.
The Financial Integrity Program is one of those – a nine step process to reclaim your life.
- Step 1. How much money has come into your life – what do you have to show for it?
- Step 2. Being in the present: Tracking your life energy
- Step 3. Where is it all going: Monthly tabulation
- Step 4. Three questions that will transform your life
- Step 5. Making life energy visible: Your wall chart
- Step 6. Respecting your life energy: Minimizing spending
- Step 7. Respecting your life energy: Maximizing income
- Step 8. Capital and the crossover point
- Step 9. Securing your financial independence