My Spiritual Make Money Scheme

February 10, 2009 by  

spiritual money

In What The Heaven Is Value?, I pointed out lack is an illusion.  If you want to make money, it’s critical you see this clearly.  So in this post, I am expanding on this concept, and I’ll use my own business as an example.  (It made $6K in January – not a super glamorous figure, but not too shabby for a nine month old one-person business, I guess) (Photo by shoebappa)

For those of you in a hurry (because people seem to be in a hurry when they talk about making money), here is the essence of the post:
The shortcut to abundance is to develop your spirituality so that you see abundance instead of lack.
If you get this, you are done.  If you didn’t quite get it, read on.

Lack is an illusion

In reality, things are just the way they are.  For example, it rains a lot in Oregon.  That is how Oregon weather is – it is not about lack of sunny days.  But in our thinking, we can make it about lack of sunny days if we so choose.  And make ourselves miserable doing so.  Or we can see abundance of rain water and make money. Like these people who make soaps with rain water, which is naturally soft water.

In that lengthy post about value and lightworkers / darkworkers, I described how the same world could be experienced either as the world of abundance and harmony or the world of lack and pain.  There was no real change between the two – in the latter, people just adopted the bad rumor of lack.

If things are just the way they are, you may argue, it is neither lack nor abundance, it’s neutral, isn’t it?  Good point.  However, things “are”, not “are not”.  Abundance exists, but lack does not – it’s the absence of abundance.  Just as darkness is the absence of light.  Thinking lack exists is an illusion.

“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.”  — Swami Vivekananda

Likewise, we are putting our hands before our eyes and cry we don’t see abundance.

Lack of income?

In the comment section of that post, I conversed with Hunter Nuttall, who I so respect and adore:

Akemi: Really? You still see lack? Give me an example and I’ll incorporate it in my future post. (Be it YOUR lack, not like starving children in Africa. Because that is a different issue. You don’t really know about those kids.)
Hunter: Well yeah, I see lack. For one thing, I have no income. Isn’t that a pretty big lack?

I guess this may be the case for some other readers, too.  And yet more readers are afraid of the lack of income.  So let me make a point here to help you.

First, let me ask you if all your material needs are met with or without income.

After I quit my corporate job in October 2007 and until I started to make money in June 2008, I had no income source.  But I always had roof over my head and foods on the table.  I had a chance to talk with Hunter about this, and the conversation went something like this (quoted with his permission):

Akemi: So are you experiencing any material lack?
Hunter: Well, no.  Not now. . . But I’m afraid I will.
Akemi: How long is your money going to last?
Hunter: Umm . . . I don’t know.
Akemi: You don’t know?
Hunter: . . . No.
Akemi: Okay, then you have enough money.  If you are really short of money, you know exactly how long it will last.

Note about homelessness

People say they are afraid of becoming homeless.  Fear of homelessness keeps people stuck in their jobs they so loathe.  It’s such an effective control system that I wouldn’t be surprised if some exploitative managements were paying those people in the back.

However, I’m pretty sure people who are in alignment with the energy flow of Divine Abundance would not go homeless.  Homeless people are either:

  1. Extremely out of alignment and stuck.  Like believing it is possible to become homeless and continuously acting with that fear.
  2. Working on some spiritual lessons that can be best learned in homelessness.  For example, the soul may be choosing to experience abundance in an extreme rugs to riches scenario.

And here are three examples of people who rose from homelessness to abundance.

  • Alex Smith, owner of Alara Wholefoods in UK, started his business with 2GBP, about $3, that he found in the gutter.
  • Chris Gardner, owner of stockbrokerage firm Gardner Rich and who wrote his story in The Pursuit of Happyness that was later turned to a movie, was homeless with a toddler while he was interning.
  • Neale Donald Walsch, well-known writer of Conversation with God series, was homeless for almost a year after his car accident.  Yeah, not just a homeless but a homeless with a neck collar.

I’m just listing these people to show the incredible possibilities.  But again, I don’t think we particularly need to become homeless to enjoy abundance.

Limiting thoughts about “income”

Next thing I want to ask to those of you who see lack of income is your idea of “income”.  Is that limited to certain ways, like paychecks or established business income?

Money is just energy and it can come in various ways – if you let it.  But paycheck mentality runs deep in many of us.  Even those who become self-employed carry over this mentality.

Are you comfortable receiving money in unexpected ways or do you want “income source” that seems solid, like employment?  Does it bother you if someone just sent you money, like as donation?  Does it bother if you just picked up a $100 bill?

I’m not saying you should rely on these haphazard incomes.  I’m saying you might want to open up to all kinds of possibilities of income, all kinds of income sources.  So you always have income possibilities – as long as you don’t refuse it by believing you have lack of income.

Seeing abundance everywhere you go

To make money, you first need to see abundance.  You can’t create abundance out of lack – I mean your stubborn belief of lack.  It looks like this:

Dark grim outlook of lack: “There are no good business ideas, people don’t have money and they are not buying anything, and I don’t have any money or connection or expertise to do anything, maybe I’m not interested anyway . . .”

Gee, I just felt really awful.  Let’s get back to abundance consciousness, quick!

. . . okay, I think my vision is restored.  I see abundance now.  I see lots of people, with lots of dreams and desires, and therefore tons of opportunities to serve these people.  Energy is flowing, and all I need to do is to get in this flow.

Do you see it, too?  Look around and say out loud what you see abundantly, whether they are visible stuffs or invisible needs / wants / etc.

When you notice “lack”, take a moment and think if you can change your viewpoint to see abundance.  For instance, you see lots of people losing their jobs?  Means there are lots of people who will benefit with support services in their job search or businesses development.  Think you live in a small town where there isn’t enough market for your business?  Can you go online?  The population is exploding globally, you know.

Share abundance to get more abundance

One excellent way I know to tap into increasing abundance is to share the abundance.  Come up with a win-win game plan that make everyone better off – that will attract more people and money.

I just started promoting my new eBook by affiliate program.  Affiliate programs are easy way to share abundance.  My affiliates make money by promoting great products that improve customers’ lives, I make money, too, and customers are happy to easily find such great products.

Do you know other win-win game plans?  I’d be interested – let me know in the comment ; )

How I started my business

I had a pretty good job as executive admin before.  My motivation to go into business myself was more about the sense of service and increasing love and freedom for all, including myself.  In other words, releasing the light energy trapped in darkness.

I knew there were many many people who would benefit from my Akashic Record Reading service because I was one of them myself.  I had struggled many years trying to make sense of my life, always felt as if there were invisible walls around me.  So I saw abundance of potential customers – all I do is to reach out.  And by doing this, my lifelong experiences, many of which were troubling at the time, become my assets – another abundance.

I also write for this blog.  This is a free access blog and I hardly make money with it right now, but I enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts, so I do it.  I have abundant resources within me.  And I sense there may be yet another abundance that I may be able to tap in by doing this.  I’ll see.

Okay, enough about me.  Here is another person working to release light from darkness, or “eliminate the chain and changing the fucking world”, in her own way.  While making good money herself (reportedly $200K last year)  And yes . . . a lightworker can use bad words – be quite good at it, for that matter ^_^

Do you see abundance now?  And with that empowered vision, what are you going to do?  If you are not doing what you aspire to do, what is stopping you?

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22 Responses to “My Spiritual Make Money Scheme”

  1. Mokihana on February 10th, 2009 9:57 am

    I was looking forward to this post. Thank you, Akemi. My experience with the illusion of lack and the flow of abundance has been as you suggested part of my soul’s journey of rags to riches. Living homeless, sleeping in a car with my husband was a humbling journey … and yet I see that it has exploded the limits of my belief system. I learned what matters, and with my Akashic Record Reading my spiritual path is opening so many doors.

    I so agree that spiritual money making takes those exploded limiting and confining beliefs and recycles them for my highest good. I love how you manipulated (in a very positive sense of that word) the focus of INCOME to include the everything that serves me … and not just a dollars or check thing.

    I like how your questioning with Hunter flowed, and will take that example into my day today, thank you.

    About ideas for win-win situation: yes! I see designing savings and giving circles modeled similar to the savings circles in other countries and in communities like Habondia (in the Kootenays of Canada)…empowering women to pool their resources and be unafraid of ‘money and income in all forms’ to attract what they need. It’s a grand form of abundance making and I’m excited to move toward it.

    Have a great day, Akemi.

  2. Daphne on February 10th, 2009 4:33 pm

    Hi Akemi,

    I learnt lots from this article – for example I didn’t know Neale Donald Walsh had an accident and was homeless for a year. The interview with Hunter was also very interesting. It’s true that when you don’t have enough money you know exactly how much you have! I like your sharing of your personal experience in life and business. Your posts are just getting better all the time!

  3. Ari Koinuma on February 10th, 2009 7:18 pm

    I definitely see abundance, and I’ve been amazed by how clearly I see it. The problem is that I’m still in transition — so that old-school doubt also is raging a war inside going “how do you know? do you know how unlikely it is?”

    I think I’m going to break through, though as when I think of my long-term vision, I see myself absolutely skyrocketing. I am not worried about tomorrow — it’s taken care of. I’m not worried about a year from now — it’s far enough away that I can see it without letting worries interfere.

    If I stop worrying about a month from now, then there’ll be no problem. Right now I can’t say that I’m not worried, but so far I’m doing a good job acting like I’m not. ;-)


  4. akemi on February 11th, 2009 8:17 am

    Thank you for your kind words for this post and Akashic Record Reading. I’m so glad it helped you well. And thank you for your sharing.

    Your words are so kind, too, sweetheart!

    Good job. Our ego, or the old school as you call it, are stubborn and so fear based, but you will get through this.

  5. Hunter Nuttall on February 11th, 2009 9:46 am

    Abundance vs. lack is kind of like hot vs. cold. We perceive hot and cold, but technically there’s no such thing as coldness. There’s only heat and absence of heat.

    So yeah, you can see everything as abundance. If you figure death is the complete absence of abundance, then even basic things like being alive, being able to read, being able to move and talk, etc. are all abundance.

    Still, getting into the flow is tough. It’s like finding platform 9 3/4 in Harry Potter. Sure, we know it’s there, but it’s still hard to get to it.

    I like affiliate programs too. Like you said, they’re win-win. Or really, win-win-win (the product creator, the affiliates, and the customers).

  6. akemi on February 11th, 2009 11:44 am

    Yes, yes! You got it! Everything in life is abundance.
    Now manifesting what we conventionally call “abundance” may take just a bit of time in this physical world, but it will happen. Take it easy.

  7. Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D. on February 14th, 2009 12:26 pm

    Thank you so much for reminding us that life is abundance. Even when we know this we need reminders.

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  9. Amy Jewell on February 20th, 2009 8:00 pm

    Akemi – Thanks for these wise words. I needed to hear them. I am just starting my internet business so your words remind me to look ahead to what it is becoming.

  10. Kelly@SHE-POWER on February 20th, 2009 9:17 pm

    Akemi, this was such a powerful article, thank you so much for writing it.

    I usually do see abundance all around and have been very good at attracting gifts and unexpected income and offers of assistance that I may need. But the past few months I have been having some troubles in my personal life and now I have been feeling really hopeless and directionless and even stopped blogging. I do want to make some changes with my life, including earning an income from activities I enjoy, but I have found my thinking very stuck and reading this article that is very clear to me.

    I may not know exactly where I am going with my work life and personal abundance stream, but I choose to open up to it today and trust that I will be led to what will work best for me at this particular moment in time. I have always been someone who likes to have it all figured out, and is always looking for the perfect answer, but I don’t think life works that way. Everything I have done to date has led me here – there has to be a reason for that – and I just have to be grateful for all that I do have and ask “what next?”. Then stop and listen for the answer.


  11. akemi on February 21st, 2009 3:41 pm

    Good to see you here. You are so welcome.

    Good luck with your new business. It’s exciting, isn’t it?

    Hey, I was thinking of you and your blog. Sounds like you are one of those who may have been influenced by the recent planetary shift. Fear not — this is all good. I mean, if you like venturing into the uncharted sea. (Have you read my articles on light ascension?)
    If you’ve been good at manifesting unexpected incomes and supports, you are good at manifesting, and I’m sure you keep getting the support you need.

  12. Robyn on April 29th, 2009 6:23 am

    I agree with Kelly
    Very powerful and great examples to relate to.
    I love the lay out and I felt complelled to read it all,
    really enjoyed your blog

    thanks for sharing

  13. akemi on April 29th, 2009 5:44 pm

    Welcome to Yes to Me, and thank you for your comment.

  14. Sonia Gallagher on May 13th, 2009 12:01 pm

    What a great and honest post. I thank you very much for it. I just closed up my law firm after practicing over five years and am now dedicated to online publishing about meditation. The site is only about two months old but I already started getting concerned about money. In fact, I was talking about this same subject to my husband yesterday afternoon. This was a very inspiring post. Im going to print it out and read it each time I wonder if I did the wrong thing in following my dreams and sharing information about meditation with others who can benefit from it.. instead of getting paid to defend arguments I may or may not agree with back when I was practicing law…

  15. akemi on May 13th, 2009 12:52 pm

    Thank you for your kind words about my post and best wishes to your new adventure.

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  18. Vrahc' Kohnym on August 4th, 2009 2:21 pm

    I would like to give this post a little different twist.
    Instead of earning more money, how about spending less, but still living a comfortable live. This is called conserving.
    How about living in an only 1000 sq ft home instead of 2000 sq ft home. Less rent or smaller mortgage or no mortgage at all.
    How about instead of buying a new car, buying a used car and investing the money you saved in solar panels, which cuts your energy bill and makes you feel good because you are not depending on the power company that much anymore and you are not polluting the environment.
    People want to earn more money so they can have freedom, they don’t want to have freedom to earn money :-)
    The less expenses you have, the more free you are and then once you have achieved this independence you can look for a job you really love and you don’t have to worry about how much you earn in the beginning because your expenses are lower than before.
    Abundance is often found in simplicity. This might sound contradictory, but it is true.
    Here is a blog, that always inspires me on tiny homes:

    And for you home owners out there if you want some quality solar work done or just get some solar education, check out Justin McLean at the Solar Stone in Idaho:

    He did a great job for us. We had a grid tie system with battery back up installed, so that we would be off the grid if needed, but still be able to sell back the electricity to the power company, to generate some income on the side, to pay for property taxes and such.
    Especially with the new 30% uncut tax credit since Jan. 1st 2009 Solar has become even more interesting to invest in.

    Check it out,


  19. Lynette van Vuuren on October 7th, 2009 9:04 pm

    This is great, thank you.

  20. Ekwunife on March 29th, 2010 1:09 pm

    Hello,my name is Ekwunife Emeka,this was such a powerful article,thank your so much for writing it.I usually do see abundance all around and have been very good at attracting gifts and expected income and offers of the assistance that i may need.

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