By: John Mestyanek, Financial Educator
We live in a brilliantly abundant universe, yet through my years of being involved with the metaphysical, spiritual, and holistic communities I have noticed a common pattern. Within this community are people who care deeply for others and the well being of our future generations. They often overflow with positivity and love for others and would bend over backwards to help a friend in need. My life is blessed to be connected with so many individuals with such huge hearts. Yet my heart is often made heavy when I see how these same individuals often struggle to make ends meet or establish the dreams they have to impact the world because of a lack of financial resources. This has been a struggle in my own life as well that I have had to learn to overcome. Over the last 5 years or so I have delved into this issue and have made major transformations in my thinking, my beliefs, and my financial state. While I am and will continue to work diligently on myself, this is a journey I hope everyone begins. We all deserve an abundant spiritual and material existence and it begins by becoming conscious of our past programming around money and finance.
I was born and raised in extreme poverty. From living by candlelight because my single mother of 4 couldn’t afford to pay all the bills because of her addiction issues, to diving in dumpsters for food, or spending time in homeless shelters, I have experienced the struggles of lack. However, all during this period of my life my mother continually fell back on her religion and found strength in prayer. I witnessed despicable human behavior as well as extreme generosity. I began to associate piousness and spirituality as being disconnected from money and wealth. These were unconscious beliefs that I was taking on from my limited view of my life experience; nonetheless, they would plague me for most of my adult life. I bring this specific one up because it’s easy for me to see that many people in the spiritual community have a similar disconnect between the money and spirituality. I hope that through this article others are inspired to investigate their own beliefs and start making positive changes that will lead to greater abundance not only for themselves but to the projects and missions they desire to bring to the world.
The place I had to begin was self honesty. I had to acknowledge that while I may be at peace with life and love my fellow man that I was still suffering because I was not always able to make my ends meet. There was still a little more month left at the end of my paycheck. This did not go hand in hand with my concept of an abundant universe and all pervasive creator. I knew there had to be a lesson here for me and I subscribe to the concept that we are co-creators of our own realities, so I had to go deeper. As I did this, I began to come across books that didn’t just give me affirmations and prayers, but helped me see that the root of my struggle was the program received growing up and observing the life around me. It’s these beliefs that we came up with ourselves by our own observation that are the hardest to bring into the light of day because they have become a part of our hardwiring. It’s much easier to identify the one’s that we’ve been taught like, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.”, “I’m not made of money.”, or “Time is money.” We can all recall hearing these types of limiting beliefs about financial abundance, but we have to dig much deeper for when we came up with the belief that “You can’t be spiritual and live an abundantly wealthy life.”
Just as in the practice of yoga or meditation, changes aren’t usually seen until one has built the discipline through consistent application. We have to be patient with ourselves while we apply the principles and continue to breathe through any place we feel stuck or even a little bit of pain. The beauty of the situation is that if you already have a practice that you have been pursuing in your life then you already have developed the muscle of will power. This will be your greatest ally on this journey to greater abundance in your life. If you can acknowledge that we truly exist in an abundant universe and that it is only our limited beliefs and ways of thinking that restrict us from experiencing this abundance in the different aspects of our lives, then you are standing at the doorway of a new adventure. In order to step through this threshold, you must be willing to face your own belief structure and acknowledge that those thoughts and beliefs are not truth.
You want to begin the process of reprogramming yourself. It’s one thing to be say affirmations and have daily prayers, but if we never dig deep enough to get to those hardwired beliefs it’s like putting icing over a pile of crud. It might appear tasty and even start off sweet, but dig a little deeper and the root of issues have never changed. Don’t get me wrong, affirmation and prayer, can be powerful tools especially when they are built on a solid foundation core belief structures that are in alignment with the true nature of our universe.
I do want to make it clear that I am not abdicating for a lifestyle of excess and wastefulness. I believe that the people I am reaching truly have a desire to not just selfishly amass wealth, but to live in abundance purposefully for the improvement of their own lives and the lives of those around them. You deserve to have personal financial abundance in your life as you continue to experience an abundance of health, love, and peace. It is my true desire that those involved in this community achieve great wealth because I know that the wealth will be used to reach others and help them transform their lives for the better. I will leave you with a list of books that have aided me to transform my own life and some I still have yet to read but have been recommended to me by those I respect greatly. If you’d like to reach out to me personally my contact information will be listed below. Namaste.
The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Ecker
Money: Mastering the Game by Tony Robbins
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuck
Unshakeable by Tony Robbins
The One Thing by Gary Keller
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
About the Author:
John Mestyanek has studied, applied, and taught metaphysical principles for almost 2 decades, is CEO of Custom Life LLC, and is a member of Our Infinite Company helping spread financial awareness. It is John’s mission to help individuals self realize their own power and potential, so they can live rich and fulfilling lives because they deserve it.