“The real ‘haves’ are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence, and even riches without depriving others of them. They acquire all of these by developing and applying their potentialities. On the other hand, the real ‘have nots’ are they who cannot have aught except by depriving others of it. They can feel free only by diminishing the freedom of others, self-confident by spreading fear and dependence among others, and rich by making others poor.” – Eric Hoffer How does it strike you when I say, ‘I love money’? I love wealth and affluence and abundance. What do you think when you read that? Some people say, ‘Well, duh. Everyone loves money.’ There are others who will feel uncomfortable with an unfettered love of affluence. There’s a Bible passage that says, ‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24) And perhaps you grew up with the idea that loving money and wealth is greedy. Not feeling worthy, issues of deserveability plague many people and our relationships to money can be very complicated, as can our desire to accumulate wealth. For the most part, our culture, especially compared to some horribly impoverished nations, is a very rich one. And our position of relative affluence can inspire feelings of crippling guilt in contrast. It’s complex. By immersing ourselves in the flow of an affluent mindset, we create and attract more to us. To create more, to expand our universes, we create a vacuum in our lives in relation to affluence so that the universe will respond by giving us more of what we are asking. Here’s the deal with money: Money is its own energy and it’s a very specific, precise energy and you have to learn to get into the flow of money or else it will control you. I work all the time to stay in alignment with that and to make it even more prevalent in my life. You need to be realistic. Your goals can’t be outlandish. An example of outlandish: ‘I’m going to make a million dollars this year’ when you’ve never even made $100,000 before. If your goal is ‘undoable’ in your subconscious mind, you’ll sabotage yourself from the get go. But you can increase your expectations as time goes on. This will get you into the flow of affluence. Money is like an ocean. . . there is so much more of it that you can or should ever take for just yourself. There is plenty to go around. Like the water in the ocean, the only shortage is in your ability to carry it home. And even that’s not a shortage, you just need to learn how to do it. All you have to do is create a specific strategy to extract what you want. And you can grow or diminish it at will. But if you don’t do it at will, it’s going to do it to you. It’s going to tell you how much you can have and how much you need and what you can do. It’s going to be in control of you all of the time. We simply need to understand that we’re in control, that we can manifest whatever it is we want at will. It’s that simple, while at the same time, profound. Change your attitude about money, and it’s flow, and watch as you accumulate more of what you want.