Back to Financial School

By Mary Bush

Can it be?! It's hard to believe, but millions of people are preparing to go back to school already. Speaking of which I've noticed how Financial Literacy programs are beginning to pop up in schools now. At last! Maybe Home Economics (am I dating myself?) will take on a whole different meaning?

Who taught you, consciously or unconsciously about money; parents or guardians, relatives, neighbors, friends and bosses?

How and what did they teach you?

All of us began learning about money somewhere around the age of 2-4 years old, by absorbing what those around us said and felt about it. How did your parents/guardians handle money? Was there tension in your household around it or were you surrounded by people who spoke openly and caringly about it? How did people speak about money (i.e. "Money doesn't grow on trees", "Marry someone with money", "Filthy Rich")? Did it flow from a place of generosity or scarcity?

Think about the 5 people you spend the most time with and look at their relationship to money. We can tend to surround ourselves with people who hold similar emotional patterns, so when you are transforming your relationship to money, seek out people who embody and have already created what you want in your life as you can learn a lot from them. If you recognize a characteristic in someone else that doesn't agree with you, consider the fact that it might resonate with you because you carry similar qualities. This is not necessarily easy to hear, but if you decide to learn from it, your awareness level will take a big leap forward.

I say, Your Money, Your Mirror, as healing your relationship with money ultimately starts with self-knowledge. When you become more self aware, you can then create conscious actions that serve your best interests at heart.

Think about some of the questions. Observe what memories and feelings come up and see what you learn from them.

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