Money is something that just about everyone could use more of. If you don't want more money, you can stop reading here.
Pretty sure everyone's still here…. 😛
With that in mind, I've decided to focus on manifesting money all this week. With the recent release of the Effortless Money Manifestation course, plus the new LOA Money Coaching service I'll be announcing below, it seemed fitting.
Today, I'll be discussing one specific way you can significantly raise your money vibration. It's a tip that I rarely see offered in the law of attraction community, but it is, in my experience, extremely helpful to generate the emotions needed to manifest greater abundance.
Are You Budgeting?
Okay, okay, don't run away. I know budgeting can be frightening. Stick around and hear me out. 🙂
Here's the thing I've noticed with a lot of people: they feel like their money is out of their control.
They might have some financial goals, but they don't know the first thing about how to start moving towards those goals. Quite often, they might be living beyond their means, racking up more debt as time goes on.
It's easy to come to the law of attraction and simply try to find a spiritual solution to all this.
But, money problems are most often rooted in ineffective habits. As long as those habits remain, you're going to keep generating the same results month-after-month.
Am I saying the law of attraction can't turn your financial situation around? Of course not!
But, the way you deal with money can help or hinder your manifestation efforts, by generating particular emotions within you.
Let's say you don't have a good handle on when bills come out. You look at your bank account, and see you have $1,000. Great! It looks like you can treat yourself to a nice dinner.
But then, several of your bills come out at once, and you realize you didn't have as much as you thought you did. Now, you're scrambling to find enough money to get through the rest of the month.
What kind of emotion do you think this will create within you? Probably not puppies and rainbows, I'm guessing.
I think more likely, you'll feel stressed, under pressure, and overwhelmed.
And what kind of manifestations do you think these emotions will bring about? Probably ones that make you feel stressed, under pressure, and overwhelmed.
Now, let's take a parallel universe, where you look at your $1,000, but before spending it, you first take a look at your budget. You see that several bills are about to come out, and you don't have room for that expensive dinner. Instead, you choose maybe to do something a bit cheaper, or simply cook at home.
In this parallel universe, the bills come out per your expectation, and you have plenty of money to last the rest of your month. Plus you add some to some savings goals for the future, too.
Now what kind of emotions do you think this will generate?
Probably ones of security, control, and possibly even abundance, since you'll be seeing your bank account increase month-after-month as you save up.
And what kind of manifestations do you think these emotions will bring about? Probably ones that make you feel secure, in control, and abundant.
Huh, how about that?
You might object, “But I thought you shouldn't depend on outside circumstances for the way you feel?”
That's correct, in a perfect world.
But if you have control over certain aspects of your environment, then you can set things up to be more supportive to the emotions you want to experience.
This is basically like a ritual, as I've discussed before. Rituals are meant to make you feel a certain way, in order to bring about certain results.
And similarly, this is a money ritual, which is meant to make you feel a certain way, in order to bring about certain results.
“But My Situation Isn't Appropriate for Budgeting”
Some people might believe that budgeting just won't help them.
Maybe you're living paycheck-to-paycheck, and so it seems budgeting would just be a waste of time.
If so, I invite you to listen to the first class of the Effortless Money Manifestation course.
In that class, one of the students made this objection. She said that she barely makes any money beyond the cost of her monthly expenses, so there was no point in budgeting.
But, by the third class, she was a huge proponent of budgeting. It had helped her to gain more control over her financial situation, and actually start to stay on top of her expenses.
She was no longer wondering if she'd have enough for groceries. She knew exactly how much she had, knew what she needed to do to cover all of her expenses, and was even able to make a plan for the leftover money.
I've never seen a single situation that couldn't benefit from budgeting. If you think you're the exception, I challenge you to summarize your situation in the comments, and we'll discuss it. 🙂
“But Won't Budgeting Just Manifest More Lack?”
Another common argument is that budgeting will just manifest more lack. You're focused on how little money you have, and so you'll just keep manifesting more of not having much money, right?
Not quite, no.
Remember that the law of attraction is based on emotion. If you have little money, and you focus on that, there are a few different things that could manifest as a result:
- Lack, because you're stressed about how little you have
- Abundance, because you feel in control and thankful for what you do have
The same goes even if you had a million dollars. Money does not equal abundance, and the sooner you break that association, the better.
If you have very little money, it's all the more reason to budget. Making a financial mistake when you have little to work with will result in greater repercussions than if you had a lot, because there's less to make up for the error.
For instance, if you went out to that expensive dinner when you had, say, $5,000 in the bank, it'd probably be easier to cover that overspending than if you had $500.
But, if you make the most of what you have, then you'll be far less stressed, and therefore can make room for greater abundance in your life.
There might be an issue of attitude, of course. If you feel restricted and resentful for having to follow a budget, then certainly you'll manifest unwanted experiences.
But, the best thing to do is to find a balance between restriction and indulgence. I tell my LOA Money Coaching clients that they should indulge in at least one thing they enjoy every month, no matter how small that might be. It might be going out to dinner once a month, or going to see a movie, or anything else that just makes you feel good.
But, if you make that a priority in your budget, then there's no guilt about it. You can have that indulgence, and still have plenty left for all of your other needs.
Budgeting isn't about denying yourself. It's about being fully honest with yourself about what you can afford and what you can't, as well as what your financial priorities are.
A Different Idea of Budgeting
The other obstacle people run into is that they simply have the wrong idea of budgeting.
Budgeting isn't what you think, at least the way I recommend doing it.
Most people think a budget is something you set in the beginning of the month, and you have to live to that budget no matter what. It's static and inflexible.
But, a real budget has to grow with you. It has to be dynamic and flexible, adjusting to your ever-changing needs.
It's not really your fault. There are some awful budgeting tools out there.
The budgeting tool I recommend is You Need a Budget (YNAB).
Note: I am not affiliated with YNAB, nor do I make anything by referring people to them.
YNAB is easily the best budgeting tool I've ever found, and I've tried quite a few of them.
I love YNAB because it's not only a piece of software, but also a methodology, which helps you to take control of your money.
In Effortless Money Manifestation, I give a detailed overview of the YNAB methodology, as well as demonstrating the software so you can see exactly how it works.
There are two aspects which differentiate the YNAB method of budgeting from other budgets you may have tried:
First, it forces you to prioritize. The first rule of the YNAB methodology is “Give every dollar a job.” That means that every dollar has to have some purpose, whether that is groceries, rent, eating out, car repair fund, or anything else.
And that means that if you overspend in, say, eating out, that money has to come from somewhere. So, you have to decide which category is less important to you, that you can take that extra money from. Maybe you don't need as much in the entertainment category, so you move things around.
But you quickly get an idea of your priorities. You only have so many dollars to go around, so you have to decide how many of them are doing each job.
Second, it keeps you from wishful thinking.
Have you ever played that game with yourself where you say, “Well, I'm sure enough money will come in to cover that expense”? You let yourself slide a bit, spending a bit more than you know you should on this or that. Then, later on, you're stressed about whether that extra, imaginary money will actually come or not.
Well, YNAB nips that in the bud, thanks to the same rule mentioned above. You can only budget the cash you have on hand right now, whether in your bank account or as cash in your wallet.
So, if you see that item on Amazon you really want, you can't just pretend you'll have more than you actually know you'll have. You're faced with the reality of things as they are in the moment, so it helps you to make smarter decisions down the road resulting in less stress, and yep, more abundance.
I know I'm talking about YNAB in particular, but you can use these principles no matter how you do your budgeting (though I still highly recommend YNAB). You can even implement a lot of these principles using only Excel, if you really wanted to, or just pen and paper, if you're a bit insane. 😛
“So, How Will This Help Me Raise My Money Vibration?”
All right, you've stuck around, and I appreciate that. So, how's this all come together? What's any of this have to do with the law of attraction?
Well, I already mentioned a bit of it earlier. Less stress equals more room to manifest abundance. Greater security equals more experiences that feel secure to you. More of feeling in control means you'll get more of that as well.
The first time I came across the link between the law of attraction and budgeting was in the book, Becoming Rich: A Method for Manifesting Exceptional Wealth by Genevieve Davis. Her method was a little different from mine, but the idea was the same.
And something she said in the book really struck me. To paraphrase, she said that obviously, in practical terms, saving $5 here or there isn't going to accomplish very much. But the point isn't what is going on physically, in your bank account, but what is going on emotionally and spiritually. Seeing that bank balance increase month-after-month, noticing that you have enough money to do what you need and even want to do, and having less stress throughout, will generate much more positive emotions than the alternative.
Not only that, but she suggested seeing it as a magical ritual, as I mentioned above. Sure, maybe not much is going on practically, but magically, a whole lot is happening. You feel more in control, more secure, more confident, and so the Universe responds. That $5 saved here or there soon becomes $10, and then $50, and then $100, etc. It starts to grow exponentially, because just the feeling of saving will attract more like itself.
Since I started budgeting, I have had much greater and more frequent money manifestations. My bank balance is consistently greater than it was before, and I feel much less anxious. I've increased my monthly income by about 20-25% from what it was pre-budgeting, just from the manifestations that have resulted.
So, budgeting helped me to manifest more money that I wasn't otherwise expecting. There's nothing I enjoy more than receiving more money and giving it various jobs in my budget. Of course, focusing on that feeling just brings more of it so I can do it all over again. 😀
I already mentioned the Effortless Money Manifestation course.
The first class of this course is dedicated to teaching you the budgeting principles I referenced in this blog post, and several that weren't mentioned at all.
The other two classes delve into the spiritual principles of abundance, and give very specific techniques for manifesting money in your life.
For today only, I'm offering this course at 35% off. The regular price is $47, but until midnight tonight, US Eastern, it'll be only $30.55.
I'm also announcing my new LOA Money Coaching. This is the next step up from the course, where I'll work with you one-on-one to turn your financial situation around, and start making serious progress towards your financial goals using the law of attraction.
How About You?
Now it's your turn. I know this post was perhaps a bit unconventional, but I think it's important to realize what budgeting can do for your financial manifestations. But, I'd love to hear your thoughts about it. Have you tried budgeting, and what was the result? Let me know in the comments.
I also want to acknowledge my new virtual assistant, Tim, who makes all my blog images possible. My thanks goes out to him for stepping up to help out! 😀