Money Worries: Stop Stressing, Start Living

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(an excerpt from Loving What Is)

I’ve never seen a work or money problem that didn’t turn out to be a thinking problem. I used to believe that I needed money to be happy. Even when I had a lot, I was often sick with the fear that something terrible would happen and I would lose it. I realize now that no amount of money is worth that kind of stress.

If you live with the uninvestigated thought “I need my money to be safe and secure,” you’re living in a hopeless state of mind. Banks fail. Stock markets crash. Currencies deflate. People lie, bend contracts, and break their promises. In this confused state of mind, you can make millions of dollars and still be insecure and unhappy.

Some people believe that fear and stress are what motivate them to make money.
But can you really know that that’s true? Can you be absolutely certain that without fear or stress as a motivator, you wouldn’t have made the same money, or even more? “I need fear and stress to motivate me” — who would you be if you never believed that story again?

After I found The Work inside myself — after it found me — I began to notice that I always had the perfect amount of money for me right now, even when I had little or none. Happiness is a clear mind. A clear and sane mind knows how to live, how to work, what e-mails to send, what phone calls to make, and what to do to create what it wants without fear.

Who would you be without the thought “I need my money to be safe”?

You might be a lot easier to be with. You might even begin to notice the laws of generosity, the laws of letting money go out fearlessly and come back fearlessly. You don’t ever need more money than you have. When you understand this, you begin to realize that you already have all the security you wanted money to give you in the first place. It’s a lot easier to make money from this position.

More resources:

– Video: Inquiry – “You Need More Money—Is that True?”
– Video: “I need to give my son money” [Israel 2007]
– Book: Byron Katie on Work and Money

4 thoughts on “Money Worries: Stop Stressing, Start Living

  1. Thank you for the blog post! It really got me thinking….I used the work and found out it wasn’t that bad.

    I was so inspired to share this idea with the world, that I created a blog of my own.

    I thought about the idea of the collective consciousness and thought it would be a wonderful idea to send that question out to the universe to respond.

    I really appreciate finding the work. it’s a blessing that came to me right when I needed it! I love the way the world works!

  2. Hi Katie,

    I was really struggling with this one. As a singer, I was writing a song about how I just couldn’t stand being poor anymore!!!! No more starving Artist!!

    That was a really frustrating thought. I did the work…the beautiful work and the new title is “I wanna be poor”

    here is the song:

    P.S. I am the lady who made you the necklace that says “Is it true…turn it around”

  3. Hi Katie,
    I just wanted to share something that happened for me that brought me joy. A few months ago my car broke down and I couldn’t afford to fix it. I lost my job because I couldn’t get to work and after noticing all the stressful thoughts about how I was going to become a bag lady, I got back to doing what I’ve always wanted to do – writing. It’s actually been quite fantastic! But the toughest thing was getting used to not having a car.
    One day I went to the grocery store on the town trolley with my colorful recycling bags to help carry the items I bought. At this point I had the system down; take the trolley to town at a certain time, get my groceries, load them in my bags, and then wait at the bus stop for the next ride home. But this time, while I was sitting there waiting, enjoying the sunshine, and being grateful for having food to take home to my kids, I noticed something. Looking down at my groceries, I thought, “Wow. I really HAVE become a ‘bag lady’!” I started laughing and then stopped because I’m not quite ready for people to know that I’m crazy. But I felt joy because the universe was so kind and I was doing all right.
    Thank you for all your help and inspiration. Time and time again you have saved me from myself and my thoughts!
    Love, L.A.

  4. Katie, in one of the videos you tell the man you are speaking with that the opposite of terror might be gratitude. Please know that in my case, “the student was ready when the teacher
    appeared”! There must have been a small bud whithin me waiting for some pure positive light in order to bloom. The Law of Generosity has found me at home. Bless you, Katie!

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