Revisiting the Solar Plexus chakra recently and the whole issue of how we value ourselves (or not), the topic of money reared its head again and I started wondering about this whole question of what is it that we are actually meant to value about ourselves. Here’s what I came up with....
There always seems to be a lot of energy around the issue of money. Money is often the end result of a process of manifesting. We manifest a service or product and then we contribute it to all the other services and products that are being offered in our society. The money follows because we give value to that contribution.
This must be a key both individually, but also socially on a much grander collective scale. What so often happens is that we forget the value of contribution, whether that be a product or a service.
The money is always a symbol of value. Too many of us simply do not value ourselves enough. This isn’t about ego, or about puffing up a fragile self-esteem, or making ourselves into somebody who we are not. It is about valuing the essence of who we are as individuals, the gifts and skills that we have, and the qualities that we have that so often go unrecognized. It might be others that don’t recognize us but more often than not it is ourselves. This is because we take who we are and what we do for granted. We think “If I can do this, anyone can”, when in fact that’s simply not true. Even if someone else has a similar skill or quality they can never show it in the same way you or I do.
Because qualities, skills, gifts and our very essence make up who we are we simply do not see them. There is this enormous blind spot in so many people. Of course there are those who are misguided or narcissistic who think they have qualities when they don’t, but I would hazard a guess that these are in the minority (especially amongst women). Most of us simply do not see the value that we bring to others, and in so doing we run the risk of not placing a monetary value upon that when that is appropriate.
One suggestion is to sit down with a friend and ask them to tell you all the qualities and skills that they see you having. Make a list of them. It can be quite a surprise! And then try giving a monetary value to those skills that you would like to make your living from. Or if you already do make money from these skills really review the situation and see if you are giving them the monetary value they deserve. Good luck!