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True Wealth: Work Your Passion, Not Your Wallet

Oct 30, 2015 05:35AM ● By RANDY HAMPTON

The classic Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his quest for greater wealth. While the story is fiction, its publication in 1843 shows that people’s quest for wealth above all else has been messing us up for centuries.

Wealth may even be more elusive in our modern world, a place where being a millionaire is not sufficient amongst the billionaires. These days, we can instantly follow the exploits of heiresses of the Kardashian and Hilton clans. We can view Hollywood blockbuster movies about the rise of Apple’s Steve Jobs or Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. In recent months, maybe readers even turned on local news to hear about the arrival at Aloha Tower of a “mega yacht” owned by Oracle founder Larry Ellison or Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko. Everywhere people turn in 2015, we are bombarded by images of wealth.

“The lightning speed of media and marketing shows regular images of abundance,” says Beverly Craddock, master hypnotist at Hawaii Hypnosis Center, in Honolulu. “However, our brains too often bring those images inside our mind with attached feelings of desire, insufficiency, jealousy, failure or unworthiness.”

Many people blame the media or social media for glamorizing wealth, but the desire for riches is as old as human history. Ancient Romans were in awe of the wealthy trappings of the Caesars. Wealth, it could be said, is as old as theft, and theft is as old as humans. From the biblical story of Cain and Able to the Hawaiian legends of mischievous Menehune, the taking of things from others stems from the desire to have shiny objects that others possess. And while the acquisition of wealth is not inherently theft, the desire for wealth is certainly as old as theft itself. The fact is humans generally want more.

While the “desire to acquire” is somehow engrained in humans, it can be problematic when it interferes with life, happiness, peace and balance.

“When we want ‘things’ more than we want relationships, depth and meaning, we are on an endless treadmill,” Beverly explains. “Many people seek hypnosis for wealth acquisition, but the successful work in abundance hypnosis is more about balancing both sides of the mind to allow a person to achieve a healthy relationship with money.”

From the hypnotist’s perspective, having a balanced view of how money exists in someone’s life will draw more money to that person than any other method.

“When you can consciously and subconsciously have a rhythm and flow to your relationship with money, there is a lot less pressure on acquiring wealth,” Beverly points out. “It isn’t the negative thoughts that disrupt the flow of wealth but rather the internal disagreement about wealth’s role and purpose in our life.”

Beverly explains that success and wealth come more easily when a person is working to achieve them for a higher purpose.

“Steve Jobs didn’t become wealthy or successful because he wanted to be wealthy or successful,” Beverly concludes. “He became those things in the course of achieving his purpose of building a more intelligent and intuitive computer. The same is true for Warren Buffet, who began investing as a child, not because he wanted to one day be the richest man in the world, but because he knew the value of saving and enjoyed the skill of investing.”

While the rest of us might have missed the computer revolution, the dot-com revolution, the real estate bubble, and the California Gold Rush of 1848, there are always new ways for someone to find not just wealth but a meaningful wealth.

To find true wealth, Beverly offers three tips:

  1. Work your passion, not your wallet. Build something, create something or make something better.
  2. Have a healthy relationship with wealth by understanding that the richest person in the world is the person that knows that he/she already has everything he/she needs. Instead of running on the treadmill of needing more, changing this perspective takes the energy from worry and puts the mind’s energy into one’s work.
  3. Do things because you CAN—not because you HAVE TO. Work, earn and live from your abilities and things will flow more easily. Feeling the pressure of money is the number one thing that will keep an individual from ever feeling the texture of money.

Randy Hampton is a writer, social scientist, hypnotist and blogger living in Honolulu.

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