Be honest to yourself, when you answer this question – and take some time to explore it.
In a bigger context, money can be seen as a form of energy.
How much is “getting energy from others” steering what you do?
If you had enough energy available, would you arrange your life differently?
What would you do?
How would you feel?
It’s interesting to explore these questions and to become aware of how much money/the related mindset is steering your actions and decision-making. The “money-mindset” is often so deeply ingrained within us, that we hardly notice its influence. Some might think they are free of it, but their ongoing struggle with “money-issues” is just the other side of the coin ;)
The money-mindset is installed in our children (and has been installed in many of us) through modelling in their environment from a very young age: even if they grow up in a setting where people talk differently, they see how, deep inside, money is a big influential factor in people's lives and systems around them. We have allowed money to become much more than a bare means of exchanging goods and services. This is why it’s so important to explore the above question in depth and with an open heart and mind :)
Do you grow your own food and sell your surplus to others? Are you offering your knowledge, wisdom, art, healing, any other skills to others for money? How often do you think about how to sell this or that in order to… make a living?
We have built almost all systems in modern society around money-making – hence, it is not so easy to “step out of it” and all the related thinking patterns and belief systems. And maybe we do not need to. But I think it is high time to reflect on our acquired mindsets in relation to money, our relationship to money and to consciously re-assess the meaning and power we attribute to money-making and money in our everyday lives as a motivational factor.
A first step is to become aware when and how it affects us on a deeper level of our thinking.
Share-economy, gift-economy, universal income and similar concepts and ideas try to point in a different direction. However, only if we all explore the unconscious aspects and effects of money in our psyche, will we be able to sustainably transition into a new way of dealing with money and, more importantly, with all the related aspects of "energy flow" and open connection in life :)
P.S.: At first sight, you might wonder what this post has to do with "interconnectedness", feeling connected, and opening connection channels. If you explore the various aspects and effects of the "money-mindset", you'll see how it impacts on our ability to feel connected and often blocks our connection channels.