In our “Money Mic” series, we hand over the podium to someone with a strong opinion on a financial topic. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.
Today, best-selling author and speaker Gabrielle Bernstein, author of the new book, “Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose,” argues why clearing out your wallet can be a way to usher in a new relationship with your money.
Money is emotional and sensitive, so please respect that this is just one woman’s story.
A dear friend of mine is an entrepreneur who often complained about feeling financially blocked. One day while she was complaining about her bills, she pulled out her wallet to pay for something.
I gasped when I glanced at it. She was carrying around a tattered wristlet filled to the brim with credit cards, coins, crumpled receipts, lip gloss and God knows what else. My immediate response was, “If you want to clean up your finances, you must clean up your wallet!”
One day later she texted me a picture of her shiny new red wallet. Each section was perfectly organized, and she could easily find her money. Within two weeks her business was back in action, and deals that had been held up for months were now closing. Personally, I believe it was the wallet.
Once my friend had her money in order, she cleared her subconscious blocks and was able to move freely in any situation related to her business or finances.
Why I Believe in Getting Unblocked
Do you feel blocked financially? Is it far too often that the deal doesn’t go through, the job doesn’t work out, or you don’t have enough money? Many times, a financial block stems from an energetic block. Remember, energy is in everything, even your wallet. For the sake of your finances and our economy, let’s clean up your wallet to clear your energetic connection to receiving.
If your wallet is beat-up or overstuffed, buy a new one—within your budget—that’s clean, classy and can hold all you need to carry. After all, your wallet reflects your relationship to money. So is yours ripped, filled with old receipts? Is it old and dirty? A wallet isn’t just an accessory. It’s where you store your money: Make sure you love it! Don’t be afraid to invest in one that makes you feel good.
When picking out a new wallet, be mindful of its color. In the feng shui tradition, certain colors, such as gold, red and green, welcome abundance. Bust out the sparkly gold or the radiant red. Go big or go home with this one.
Feng shui expert Kate MacKinnon says, “Like everything in feng shui, the most important way to make space is to clear clutter. So make sure your wallet is clear of clutter (paper, receipts, etc.) and organized.”
Not only will your new, clean wallet energetically support you, it will also make a statement to the universe that you are ready to receive. Respect your money and your money will respect you.
Gabrielle Bernstein is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker and founder of Herfuture.com.