Money Matters - But at what Cost?


The Material Way - A Prodigal Story

I've had the privilege of experiencing living in material extremes of prosperity and scarcity. This humbling journey has inspired me to be curious, explore, and contemplate many questions without any certain answers.

Is it possible to experience material abundance and also feel at peace, satisfied, successful and even surprised with your life’s work?

Shortly after graduating from college, I was on a mission to tackle the material world and become self-sufficient and independent. I hired a life coach who helped me manifest my income goals and guide me on my new journey. Harnessing the spiritual laws of attraction, I tried everything to create the life I imagined I wanted and needed to be happy. I made lists, wrote fake checks out to my name, and created a vision board. I visualized my dreams of abundance, and only a few short years later I stopped and realized I had reached most of them.

I told myself that if I could earn a six-figure income that life would be easier, I could finally rest, and that I could give back to those I love. In many ways, I was able to do this. I could buy anything I wanted, I had freedom to splurge, indulge, and consume. The issue was that my motivations and ways of attaining this were coming mainly from my not-self mind and I ended up creating many material layers and walls around myself that simply weren’t me. I wasn’t able to see the me that was screaming under the control of my mind, because I wasn’t paying attention. I was busy manifesting.

I hit a crash course in awakening when I was initiated into Yoga, meditation and the healing arts. It opened up a world beyond the physical and I was given tools to return back to myself. Slowly I emerged from the madness I had created in over-consuming and indulging in a lifestyle that turned out to be quite toxic for my mind, body and spirit. There is absolutely nothing wrong with my career choice; I just wasn’t operating in a healthy way that was aligned with my unique design. I learned this the hard way.

Are you willing to courageously be yourself and risk material security or comfort to make choices that may be difficult but more aligned with you?

With courage and new direction, I took a leap of faith out of my corporate job, finally listening to my inner voice leading me back to myself and out into the world. As a prodigal, I took one backpack and set off on a journey to let go, heal, and allow myself to recover from the intensity of my New York City lifestyle.

I was deeply humbled by carrying my own material weight with me, symbolized by my backpack. I learned that it was easier to let go of everything that didn’t serve me in my backpack. Why carry the weight, if I wasn’t going to use it, if it didn’t have practical value or if it didn’t bring me joy? So I purged, a lot. Letting go of deep conditioning mindsets about money and what is possible, I witnessed the capacity of the human spirit to spontaneously transform.

I took a deep look into the mindset I created around the money I thought I needed to make to be happy. As a natural heretic, I directly challenged all that did not resonate with my higher self. From a distance, I took a look at my society’s conditioning, observing from overseas. I demystified myself by realizing I was actually happy with a less extravagant lifestyle by simply honoring myself more and letting go.

I reflected in surprise that I actually felt more aligned in my purpose volunteering in a Cambodian orphanage and showering with a bucket than I was in more sterile but luxurious vacations of my past. I kept going in the direction of what made me feel alive and learned that there were so many other ways to live materially. Other cultures taught me this and opened my eyes, expanding my contemplations of the human experience and capacity to live fully.

"If you live out your type, you're going to have the material abundance you need. Because remember..... the moment you stop being in control of your life, your life is perfectly financed."

~ Ra Uru Hu

Over my last three years of traveling I've met countless people with similar stories of taking leaps of faith materially. Listening to that burning call to seek something better, to be free from the walls of conditioning they built around themselves. They were frustrated, burnt out, or pushed to their limits—their souls crying out for help! And I've said it myself and heard it many times: if I hadn’t left I felt like I was going to die.

Money matters, but costs me life force. My health, my self-worthiness and my true power.

Are you ready to listen to what makes you feel alive?

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It's inspiring to see how many people are realizing their own capabilities and that it is possible to live a life according to your own authority, in abundance and freedom.

Human design is a tool that can transform your life, but it is not a quick fix. It takes time to integrate, digest, and most importantly, to live. It may take sacrifices, challenging conditioning, asking lots of questions and searching for a new way. It is scary having walls of secure conditioning break down, but it's the only way to see more clearly as you.

Both experiences have helped me realize that anything is possible really, and that the law of attraction works… but I’d better be more careful about what I am attracting. The more I’ve aligned back into myself, the more magic I’ve witnessed in my life. Human Design came as a radical shift in awareness, speaking to the very cells of my being. After a shattering period, I’ve been able to rebuild my material abundance around choices that are correct for me, in full trust that it will attract the exact experiences I need for my purpose, instead of forcing life or situations to happen because my mind thinks it’s what I want or need. Learning the dance in being a leader in the flow of life, instead of being a victim in the perceived madness.

To harness the wisdom of your openness in the material world takes great patience, awareness, and experimentation to radically shift in operating as yourself.

Are you ready to begin the experiment of trusting your body’s consciousness over your mind?

When I learned my type was a Projector and that I was “Not here to Work,” but “Here to Guide others,” I thought, THANK YOU, Ra Uru Hu. I've always known that! But then I also realized I was quickly running out of savings and creeping into scary territories of debt. I wondered, If I’m not here to work like I used to, how am I going to survive in the material world? Through patience and waiting for the right recognition and Invitations, I’ve learned that no type is handicapped and that we are all capable of extraordinary lives.

Most of us are conditioned to think that the only way we are going to make money and survive is if we operate like Manifestors. With only 9% of the world designed to initiate, that leaves around 91% of the world pushing or forcing a lifestyle based off of something they are not. And this produces frustration, bitterness and disappointment.

What if I told you that you can rest into your natural state and still feel good materially? Would that help you breathe a little deeper and relax a little more? We are all here in this matrix to show up completely as our beautiful selves and to interact with others and the material world in a very unique way.

Do you have the courage to explore what that looks like to live life as yourself?

Devon Martin

Devon Martin is a 2/5 Quad right Self- Projected Projector on the Cross of the Four ways. She worked at Jovian Archive as their Customer Relations & Sales Manager.


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