What do yoga and financial success have in common? Along the yogic path of self-inquiry, we may begin to see that what we believe inwardly is what we experience outwardly. The degree to which we find it difficult to unconditionally love outwardly reflects the degree to which we don’t experience this inwardly. To love and value ourselves and others is the key to financial success.
Why do so many of us live in a state of perceived not-enough-ness, not-okay-ness? Why do we feel like we don’t deserve to enjoy abundance? “Limiting beliefs,” answers Blayney White, who draws from sixteen years of financial experience, an MBA from U.C. Berkeley and eighteen years of spiritual practices. In the yoga community, sometimes the spiritual ideals are the limiting beliefs.
“There is a common shared belief that poverty equals spirituality,” observes White. Working within the capitalistic system to experience your self is important. Otherwise it’s like putting water in front of a dog, but the dog believing that it’s not allowed or shouldn’t drink from the bowl.
Other limiting beliefs around money involve spiritual bypassing. That is, we use spiritual ideals as an excuse to avoid uncomfortable aspects of ourselves. Instead of facing our fears and discovering our courage, we prematurely give it up to God. It is like driving your car and taking your hands off the wheel, believing that God is driving. Yes, on one level God is driving – but on another, we are co-participating and must make choices about our direction in life.
Female spiritual practitioners often have even more limiting beliefs to sort through. Not only do they often buy into misperceptions of spiritual ideals, but “society still conditions women to wait for Prince Charming,” White says. In a surprising recent Oppenheimer Funds survey of single GenX women, 70% of those polled actually believe that their financial futures begin when they marry. White believes it is a form of self-love to plan fiscally for your future. She adds, “the bottom line is: if you don’t plan for your future, no one else will.”