Most people understand financial freedom as having the means to live freely without worrying about their finance. However, this won’t set us free because as long as we are emotionally attached to our finance, we will always worry about them. Perhaps some will worry less than others but still having an emotional attachment to money, will eventually make us worry about it once we get used to having it. The more we get used to something the more we depend on it, the more we are likely to be affected by it emotionally when something happens to it.
With that in mind, I thought of an exercise that can bring one to experience that freedom has nothing to do with how much money we have, but it has everything to do with how we feel when we have or don’t have money.
We will use dollars as a currency for the purpose of this exercise.
Pick a number between 0 – 100. Imagine having zero point the number that you’ve picked as your whole capital. For instance, if I picked 58 so I would have $0.58 at my disposal. Ponder about it for a second what it would mean living with that amount in your pocket. What emotions, actions, and consequences that circumstance triggers. Think about how you would feel.
Now let’s multiply the initial number that we’ve chosen by 1000. So using the same example where I picked 58 I now have $5,800. Examine how you feel comparing your previous experience owning only $0.58. You might feel a bit less worried or maybe not, all depending on the lifestyle you are accustomed to.
Let’s multiply by 10,000 – the number I picked 58 times ten thousand is $58,000. Once again examine how you feel, think about the worries that this takes away, comparing to the previous capital you had. What drifts away and what remains. Is your attitude towards money has changed? Do you worry less about not having money while you have the sum that you have?
Now multiply your number by 100,000. Ponder about it, feel it, compare and examine what has changed and what did not. Is losing money now a less intense feeling then it was before? Or perhaps it is more fearful than ever.
And finally, let’s do this one more time multiplying our initial number by a million or a billion or pick any amount that you believe will give you financial freedom for good. Get used to having this amount in your mind, imagine the life you would live as a result of that and see yourself getting used to that lifestyle. Now, Do you worry less about losing what you have?
Did any of these experiences of owning wealth take anything away from what you feel about money? – No. Having money doesn’t mean that we stop being afraid of losing it or worrying about it. The emotions that attached to our beliefs about money are not going anywhere no matter how much money we have.
For example, if a person has a belief that money is hard to come by, then by having a lot of money that person will only cling stronger to it and will be scared even more of losing it.
To get a more vivid experience about how money has nothing to do with freedom, sit or lay down comfortably and close your eyes. Now cycle back and forth through the beforehand given scenarios where you have pennies, then thousands, then hundreds of thousands, then millions and billions. Spend a few seconds letting thoughts and emotions flow in your body and mind before you continue to the next scenario. When you reach the top of your wealth go back until you reach the bottom and so on and so forth. Do this a few times to realize that the amount you have doesn’t change the way you feel about money. Having money only changes the temporary experience to which we quickly get used to, and when that happens, we go back to our previous unsettling thoughts about our finance.
The lack of freedom comes as a result of the emotions that we feel and nothing else. Every experience is translated using our beliefs into feelings and emotions whether we are aware of it or not. Instead of occupying yourself thinking when you’ll become financially free, choose to be free right now by doing what you like, having what you have. You will find more freedom in that, than in anything else in the world.
p.s. – If you feel incredibly courageous, you might want to face the fears you have about money and learn how to dissolve them.