There are so many hangups around money and creativity in our world…and I’ve experienced my fair share (as you’ll see below.) If you are a creative that wants to know about making money from your art – you may need to do some inner exploration around what’s holding you back. The writing exercises at the bottom of this page will help.
Sometimes, I think that talking about money in creativity and spirituality circles really is the last taboo.
Even more than sex.
You know, I’m going to be the first in line to tell you that there is no better feeling in the world than knowing you can make good money off your creative work.
I arrived in adulthood as an under-confident, insecure, poor student, who was an emotional wreck. No money conversations happened in my family and I simply had a sense that I was “bad” with money.
In terms of a lousy belief set around money, especially considering how I wanted to live my life, I had them all:
1) I will never make money off my creative work.
2) Artists don’t deserve to be paid.
3) Being spiritual means not caring about money.
4) Wanting money would make me less altruistic and loving.
5) Money corrupts.
6) I don’t deserve to be paid for my work.
7) Oh…and I also had this doozy from my family to get over: while woman “dabbled” in art, charity work or education, men made the money.
And then, in my mid-thirties, I became a single mom. One of the first things I began to look at was my fear-based beliefs in terms of scarcity thinking and money.
The truth was, I realized immediately was that I wanted to have a nice home for myself and my daughter.
I wanted money to provide high quality food, education and opportunities for her.
I did not want to live in fear about where the money would come from to pay the bills.
Also, I had to confront myself around the fact that I did not believe that I could “make it” without a man. This took many years to unravel and realize that even when I was in relationships, I was making money.
The unraveling of all my beliefs as well as taking many, uncomfortable risks shifted everything for me over time. Money went up and down, but I can see in retrospect, how I was always moving forward.
In terms of experiencing true abundance, I now truly know that it has been essential to me to feel that I am able to manifest a good amount of money through my creative/purposeful work.
About three years ago everything shifted in terms of money. It all came through doing my true work in the world. I was able to manifest a lovely home in the country. I was able to send my daughter abroad for a year. Most importantly, I was able to let go of some of the constant stress and creative blockage that comes from living in scarcity consciousness.
It is so important to unravel these beliefs. This is all about creating a sense of wholeness in ourselves and our lives. Having the courage to put forth our greatest and most vulnerable creative offerings in the world will bring the biggest emotional and financial rewards.
Lots of people have lots of ideas on creating prosperity. If I had to distill all my learned wisdom about it into one sentence, I’d have to say: “Offer people everything you’ve got.”
If it comes from love, authenticity and the desire to genuinely serve others, it will come back, tenfold, as the expression goes.
Assignments of Today:
Wisdom Writing: Ask you Inner Guidance how you can most easily manifest financial abundance through your authentic self in the world.
Or Free-write on the topics:
If money was no object…
What does money mean to me…
My family and money…(tell or write a story)