Let’s say you are aware that you have a belief about money, “I need to work hard for money“. In fact, there is nothing wrong with this belief if it is not stressful for you. It’s working when we know we want money and we work hard to get it. We only investigate and inquire this thought/belief if it is stressful.
So, let’s inquire into this thought using The Work:
“I need to work hard for money“
Is it true?
Yes, it feels true.
Can you absolutely know that this is true?
How do you react when you think the thought?
When I am not working hard, I blame myself. I feel pressured. I feel lousy, I think about people who has money and I get upset with them for not sharing their money with me.
Who would you be without the thought?
I would go with what feels right for me. I won’t push myself so hard. I would be more open to be around my friends who have money.
Turn the thought around. I need to work hard for money.
I don’t need to work hard for money.
Is this thought true or truer? Three genuine examples in your life?
My parents paid for my accommodation and food when I was young.
What I am doing is not very hard to do. I actually am having fun.
I had good returns from investment.
So now, the mind comes to realize for itself that there have times in my life when I didn’t work hard for money and still had money. It also comes to witness the suffering that it brings upon itself when it believes the thought. Either way, the amount of money I have hasn’t changed.
We can go on telling ourselves that I don’t need to work hard for money over and over again. But, without realizing this truth inside ourselves, we will still go on living life with the stress and fear of not working hard enough for money.
We have to live out what we believe, not much choice in that. This is the power of thoughts!