Wealth and Spirituality are NOT Mutually Exclusive

This may not be headline news to some of you, and, superficially at least, it was not news to me. But it wasn’t until recently that I really understood and believed it.

I don’t remember ever hearing it outright, but somehow I learned that truly spiritual people did not need or want money. There are lots of clichés about money:
Money is the root of all evil.
It is better to give than to receive.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
Money doesn’t grow on trees.
You can’t take it with you.
Money isn’t everything.
Money can’t buy happiness.
Some of these have truth in them, and some are, unfortunately, misquotes. For example, I have learned from a number of different sources that the first two quotes should really read, "The love of money is the root of all evil,” and, "It is better to be in a position to give than in a position where you need to receive.” Taken together, the message I got was that money, or wealth, is bad.

It probably didn’t help that my family didn’t have a lot of money. My dad was always talking about this plan or that opportunity, but he never "made it” with any of them. Even now as I have been learning about wealth and success, my father will tell me about how he could have made a lot of money with this or that, except for the thing that held him back. There is always an excuse.

All through 2008, I was attending courses and listening to audios and reading books about how to become successful or how to become wealthy. I learned a lot, but following in my father’s footsteps, I have a number of excuses and have not applied what I have learned in my life. As easy as it might be to blame my parents, I don’t.

The courses I went to were great at motivating me while I was there in the room and surrounded by others who were just as hyped up as I was. Unfortunately, they didn’t offer an action plan to get me going or keep me motivated once I got home. They also did a very good job at appealing to my logic, but failed to engage my spirit. Once again, it sounds like I am blaming the courses for my lack of action, but please believe that I do not. I take full responsibility for my procrastination!

One course I went to at the end of October was different from the others. Instead of teaching methods of becoming wealthy, the point was to work on discovering the negative beliefs and conditioning we all have around money, and replace them with positive and supportive beliefs. I was amazed at the energy level of the room, and astounded at the depth of the work accomplished in a huge room of 450 people. The presenters managed to created and hold safe space for us to work in. I uncovered many of my own limiting beliefs and patterns.

I finally understand and believe deep in my core that I am a child of the Divine. Since the Divine Spirit created everything in the Universe, and since I am a child of the Divine, everything in the Universe is my inheritance. It is my birthright, and yours! Each of us has come to this place and this time for a specific reason, and everything we need to accomplish our individual purposes has been provided for us. All we need to do is ask and be open to receiving.

Mary Malinski is Priestess of the Circle of the Sacred Muse, an affiliate of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada. For more information, please contact her at