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In my last column ("Examining Our Beliefs About Money," January/ February 2016, page 30), I asked you to think about the history of money in your life and what you learned about money from your family as a child. Did you think about it? Did you do any journaling? Did you pick up on any beliefs you are carrying about money that may be holding you back? Before you read any further, I encourage you to take some time to do this inquiry. It may not be fun, or comfortable, but trust me, identifying limiting beliefs and learning how to flip them is one of the most crucial things you can do to increase your abundance. I have been doing this exercise for a few years now and continue to be astounded at the beliefs I unconsciously carry around and how deep they go. My limiting beliefs go something like this: Wanting money does not fit into the life of a healer. Money is dirty and taints things. Money is difficult to get. There is no path to financial success in my career. Being what I truly am, a massage therapist, means I am doomed to be poor my whole life. Valuing money more would make me unsympathetic or lose my touch. If I were to charge enough for my work to make the income I want to make, people would think I am greedy and elitist. Obviously, I have some work to do here. There is no way more money will be attracted into my life while I am holding these beliefs. There's a saying that no problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. The good part about identifying these painful beliefs I carry is that once I know they are there, I can work at raising my level of consciousness so the problem may be solved. LET'S SHINE THE LIGHT I was talking to one of my best friends, also a massage therapist. She told me she learned from her family that "success is unattainable" and "life is a struggle." She also identified the belief that "it's not OK to charge money for healing." A colleague in California identified his limiting beliefs that "our work is an indulgent luxury, or unimportant, and nobody will pay a therapeutic professional's rate for it." That "work we love is reward enough, and high pay is only for jobs that people hate." That "if we charge more than the middle of the pack, we can't compete and won't get any takers." And that "it's morally wrong if we don't make our work accessible to everybody." Ouch! Owie! Ow! These beliefs feel worse than someone sticking their thumb into my psoas too fast. Where 34 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k m a r c h / a p r i l 2 0 1 6 MINDFUL MONEY best practices Recognizing Our Limiting Beliefs By Jennie Hastings

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