I have a few great loves. One, is education. I love learning and being a student.
I love discovering new things about myself and the world around me. When I was little I devoured encyclopaedias and Reader’s Digest books on “How Things Work”.
One of my favourite subjects in high school was Electronics with Mr Renzullo.
Every year I am learning. In this journey of life, NONE of us get out alive, so I want to savour the experience this reality offers with all the wonders and mysteries of the world.
For many of us, a huge elephant in the room exists which is an obstacle to learning and experiencing life in its full spectrum: MONEY.
Unless you were born to privilege surpassing the need for more, we have all had to rumble with this…thing about money at some stage.
We all have different ideas and values about it, some make more and some make less, some have more and some have less. A piece of paper (or plastic) that humans have assigned value to represent [the also assigned] value of a gold “precious” substance dug out of the ground governments say they have stashed away.
For me, growing up in a house of 6 kids meant money wasn’t in abundance. When I started work at 14 I thought I was the richest person in the world to get $20 -$30 a week. Compared to many in the world who live below the poverty line, I probably would be one the richest people in the world!
In Perth however, costs of living demand a higher income than $5 an hour.
If you read my previous post, you will know that I worked hard to rise above a low socioeconomic class.
BUT this comes with another set of problems:
Guilt when you earn more than your limiting belief
Responsibility to help others (because I know what it’s like to be starving and have nothing)
Zero knowledge on how to budget and what to do with money when you have it
Misplaced values around money
Avoidance and shame around previous habits
Debt from studying
When I was 17 my violent mother left my father, took the children and then via the court system took everything he owned away. He had worked like a Trojan his whole life, retired debt free and in an instant it was taken from under his feet, encumbered with a debt he didn’t deserve for all his hard work. I have not spoken to my mother since, going on 15 years.
What I didn’t realise at the time was how this impacted my view of what money is and does.
From that time on, I believed money corrupted people, that people will sell their soul for the dollar and commit acts in the name of money that went against ethical reason. The brand name clothing she bought when we had no money, the sports I wanted to play but couldn’t because “it was too expensive” left a sour taste in my mouth for years to come.
Even in my adulthood, I can feel the somatic response to my perception of people living in excess.
I demonised money and vowed I would never be like my mother. A story I would rewrite in my life.
It meant when I needed money I just worked harder for what I wanted such as travel, a car or bills.
But deep down I had a subconscious program that if I worked hard, studied, got a mortgage I would be happy, yet the fear remained it could all be taken away. When I got married and reluctantly acquiesced to getting a mortgage and living in the suburbs, all I knew was that I didn’t want that life. It did not bring me the peace and contentment and safety I was looking for. In fact, no external thing can do that for us.
It was during this time of getting married and building a house I discovered the Ido Portal method.
I was in a financially secure place running a little Chiropractic clinic and was doing my Masters.
What I didn’t realise was how much of a life changing experience learning from this person was.
Within a year of being married with a mortgage, I was out. I walked away financially worse off than if I had just stayed single. Divorce costs you emotionally physically mentally and financially.
My net income that year was -$6000.
That same year in 2015 Ido launched his Mentorship program for his close students.
It was a thistle to swallow that I couldn’t afford it that year, or the year after. I was in a state of absolute financial chaos.
I opened Modus with two partners and planned for this facility to be able to one day afford all of us in the program. This was the life path I had chosen. Movement.
So here was the Money Koan: how to raise my income ceiling or reduce living expenses to facilitate the Mentorship program as well as all the other stuff until such time as Modus could sustain it through the business.
Many people said the program was to expensive. Some leaving the group because of the cost. I looked at it like this; you just don’t want it bad enough. I am prepared to work 3 jobs and make the necessary sacrifices because this is what I value. This brought up a lot of fear. How can I help support my sister with my nephew and my dad and look after myself without just working like a demon all the time?
So January 2018 I started Bari Tessler’s The Art of Money year long program to get my shit sorted. To get on top of my tax lodgements and work out student loan debt AND live and pay for the Mentorship program.
You see, I don’t have parents to bail me out. No one is there to bail me out. I don’t have an uncle or grandparent to borrow from. There is zero safety net. I don’t live at home with my mother doing my laundry and allowing me to stay rent free. I punched my way through life to get where I am.
In order to do some deep work around money, I had to settle my nervous system, get out of the fear and anger. I had to clarify my relationship with money.
The year after I made -$6000 I bounced back and made $150,000 with my nose grinding the stone. This meant a huge tax bill of $40,000. Another learning curve and opportunity to refocus on what’s important.
2018 I joined the Mentorship program investing $20,000 AUD every year to my Movement Education. Worth every cent.
By contrast if your in Oz doing a Masters, have a look at what that will cost you.
What I loved about Bari’s course was that she as a psychotherapist knew how much the ‘money healing’ phase can set a person up to rewrite their narrative around money. Things like overcoming underearning, family background and the somatic effect even bringing this stuff up can have on the body is super important to work through.
The course is way too long and detailed to summarise effectively, but she has an amazing book by the same name which I found much more resonating than The Barefoot Investor for example.
This year I prepare for another growth year. I am going to take on my dad’s mortgage. He is 80 next year and i don’t believe he should have to see the rest of his days out in constant anxiety about money. I have 35 years left in the workforce and look to this new money koan with a hint of fear but mostly gratitude that I am equipped with the skills to be able to do this for him.
This is an ongoing work in progress and if you’ve made it this far you deserve some credit. Thank you for this time to read something I hope will show you we are ALL humans going through these issues every year, ebbing and flowing.
I personally don’t value a nice new car or a big flash house. It’s OK if that ‘s your priority in life. Just don’t use this excuse that you don’t have enough money to travel or for tuition at Modus or you can’t do what you want to do because of money. Be honest that you just have a different value system to me. Be ruthlessly honest with yourself and take ownership over the life decisions that have led to this point. I know I had to get real down and dirty with my choices in life and how it impacted my journey.
Here is the link to Bari’s website where you can check out her work and read lots of FREE articles