by Aletheia Luna
"Money is 'evil'
and it should never come
into the domain
of spiritual practice!"
"You're not a REAL spiritual person
if you charge
"You should never want more money
if you're a
- show gratitude
for what you've got!"
"Everything that you do
should be given
to others for free
- THAT is the
only loving way of doing things."
"Stop being a peddler!"
Through the years, I've heard a lot of passionate - and frankly
dogmatic - opinions regarding spirituality and money.
These opinions range from extreme views such as money always taints
and corrupts spirituality and spiritual services should never have a
price tag, all the way to polar views that we should invest as much
money as we have in spiritual practice.
Let me be clear:
I'm not a person of
extremes. I seek and respect balance, so my perspective falls
somewhere in the middle.
I don't believe charging
for spiritual services is wrong nor do I believe that you should
invest all the money you have in spiritual materials, courses, and
I'll explain why below...
But before we proceed I want to be clear:
spirituality can be a heated topic.
I respect everyone's
right to have different opinions so long as they don't shove them
into the faces of others.
Ironically so much
unkindness and "unspiritual" behavior can occur when discussing
money and spirituality.
Is Money Evil?
Let's start off with a super basic question.
Is money evil?
After all, many of us
have been conditioned to believe the religious idea that "money is
the root of all evil."
My simple answer to this question is no, money is not
Money is paper - literally, it's paper that WE have given value and
meaning. By itself, it means nothing...
Saying money is evil is like saying the spoon you used to
gouge that guy's eyes out is evil. No, the spoon itself is not
evil - it was your behavior that was the issue.
Do you see what I mean?
Money is a symbolic item we use to give and exchange items. In and
of itself it is not evil - the problems stem from our minds and
hearts, not from the flimsy piece of paper that we hold in our
Why it Makes
Sense to Be Suspicious of Money and Spirituality
I understand the fear surrounding money because, sometimes, I
experience it as well.
It sounds something like
Is that person
Is that spiritual
message a slick marketing campaign or does it carry genuine
Can I rely on
that person if they are charging me money?
Does that person
care about me or my money?
Are they going to
try and scam me?
that person - greed or love?
And all these concerns
The reality is that yes,
there are sharks out there swimming in the water wanting to make a
There are deceitful and
sly people out there who market themselves as spiritual "gurus" and
teachers. There are people who dress up as beings of light
but are fuelled by dark motives.
There are people who will
use you for your money - and discard of you when you no longer pay
It's not only sensible to feel this way but it is also crucial.
Without a little bit of healthy skepticism, we approach the arena of
spirituality with wide-eyed naivety and gullibility. Being
suspicious and cautious allows us to practice discernment which cuts
through the bullshit and protects us from being used and abused.
But there is a big difference between carrying healthy caution and
completely rejecting all those who charge money for their services.
I'll explain whyů
Is it Okay to
Charge Money For Spiritual Services?
My answer is: it depends...
If you are motivated purely by greed (or the desire to
accumulate great wealth and "get rich"), then you need to rethink
your motivations. People are not stupid and they can sniff out BS
and insincerity ten miles away.
So not only is being motivated by money for money's sake
disrespectful towards those you serve, but it is also a bad idea for
your business and damaging to nearly all aspects of your life.
If - on the other hand - you're motivated by the desire to make a
living from doing what you love (which is helping others), then
charging for your spiritual services is appropriate and acceptable.
Shouldn't "a genuinely spiritual person offer all of their help free
of charge?", as I've heard numerous people proclaim.
My answer is that sure, if you feel called to offer your spiritual
services free of charge, that is wonderful. Sol and I do it here
every single week (as do many other people in the spiritual field).
But expecting that a person should offer all their time and energy
for free (in the name of "spirituality") is unrealistic. I
can tell you for a start that this entire website (LonerWolf)
would not exist without the financial support from our readers and
And I'll go on the explain more below.
But first, let's explore
some arguments for and against involving money in the
Here are a few common arguments against money and
spirituality, with my response below each:
spiritual you shouldn't want money - people who want money
are greedy and materialistic
My response: So long as you are motivated by the genuine
desire to help others, making money isn't a problem.
It is a gross
generalization and misconception to say that those who want
money are greedy and materialistic.
they want money to help support their families?
they want money to pay the bills?
they want money to support their sick loved ones?
they want money to pay for an education that will
help them spread knowledge throughout the world?
You shouldn't be
charging money for a gift you've gained freely from the
My response: You ARE the Universe. Free will and personal
sovereignty mean that you can share that gift with the world
in whatever way you like.
It's time to stop
thinking about your gifts like they're handouts and
start owning them as qualities of your own Soul.
about personal sacrifice, it's not about personal profit!
My response: Spirituality is not solely about personal
sacrifice - although that forms a part of it.
...all of which
are supported and furthered by money.
As soon as you
make a business out of spirituality you've stopped being
spiritual because you're motivated by money now
My response: Just because you have a spiritual business that
generates profit doesn't mean you are driven exclusively by
spiritual businesses use money as a way to further their
message to help others.
Here are some other
reasons why I believe money and spirituality can coexist
harmoniously (in the right hands):
Money helps to
spread and propagate a message throughout the world -
websites, books, videos, and workshops don't just
materialize out of thin air, they require money to make,
edit, product, and spread
Money allows you
to do what you love for a living and feel a sense of
Money allows you
to pay the bills while also helping others
Money is an equal
exchange of energy - it allows others to give something for
for your services is a sign of self-respect - it signifies
that you believe in and trust what you do enough to place
value on it
Money is an
investment of time and energy - basic psychology shows that
people value what they pay for way more than what they
receive for free
Do I think those that all
spiritual services should have a price tag? No, of course not...
Not everyone has the
privilege of being able to afford premium services. Not everyone has
money to spare or a wealthy cultural background, and that's okay.
This is where balance is
needed. I believe that heart-centered spiritual businesses need to
offer both free and paid content...
We don't have to be self-sacrificing martyrs who give away
all of our time and energy, nor do we need to be gluttons who focus
on making big bucks.
We can walk the middle
path, respect what we have to offer, use money to spread our message
and pay our bills, while also helping those who can't afford premium
services with free content or products.
As a heart-centered business owner, I can tell you that we would
have died long ago if it wasn't for the help of advertisements and
generating some kind of profit, I wouldn't be able to pay the bills
and do what I love for a living - instead, I'd be dutifully working
in some mediocre job not fulfilling my potential.
I have money to thank for the propagation of my website and its
ability to spread the messages here worldwide to millions of people.
Thanks to money I've been
able to make my dream a reality and create a ripple effect of
positive change in the world.
Money, Spirituality, and Manifesting?
Manifesting is a popular
topic that is spoken about a lot in the spiritual community.
Essentially, manifesting is the art of creating what you want. It
works on the principles of like attracts like.
For example, if you
think, feel, and believe that you will receive something, the law
of the Universe dictates that eventually, you will receive that
thing. However, there's a lot of woo-woo BS connected with
For the purposes of this
article we're talking specifically about manifesting and money.
So the question is:
Is it okay to try and
Let's face it, money is
what makes our capitalist societies turn around:
we need it to pay our
bills, get healthcare, move from A to B, eat, drink, and support
If you are lacking money,
there is nothing wrong with asking the Universe (or whatever higher
power you believe in) for help.
But there is a difference between asking for help and
giving the Universe a shopping list. Trying to "manifest more
money" simply for the purposes of being wealthier verges on
Spiritual materialism is
a term coined by Tibetan Buddhist teacher
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and
describes the practice of using spirituality as a justification to
pursue empty desires and attachments.
As described in an article about why the law of attraction (LOA)
creates so much suffering:
There is nothing
wrong with wanting to have more money, find your true love or
achieve your goals.
But when you believe
all of these things will bring you the happiness you want,
you're stuck on another hamster wheel of suffering. The LOA
starts to reinforce enslavement and obsession with desires
rather than being a valuable tool to use mindfully.
The more you try to
chase and "manifest" things, the further you get from the truth
that true happiness can be found right here, in the present
moment, regardless of what you do or don't have.
Even when you DO get
what you so desperately wanted, you start fearing that it will
be taken away from you! So you start clinging to, protecting,
and fighting to keep what you've been given.
Does this sound like
a recipe for peace or well being to you?
So no, it's not unhealthy
to ask the Universe to help you make more money. This is a perfectly
normal and healthy drive, especially because making money is a
fundamental survival need.
But when your spiritual practice is driven solely by the desire to
accumulate more wealth just for the sake of being rich, you have a
Spirituality - It's All About the Intention
As we've seen, money and spirituality can coexist harmoniously.
When you have money, you have the resources to reach thousands, even
millions of people with your message.
Money also helps us all to do what we love (while paying the bills),
serves as a respectful exchange of energy, and attracts those who
are willing to sincerely invest in our work.
Money itself is not evil, it is our intentions that can be tainted
with dark motives. In other words, it's all about the motives
we have and what we carry within our hearts.
In order to maintain a healthy relationship with money in your
spiritual practice it's vital to:
Be conscious of
Live in alignment
with your values
Be ethical and
Be grateful for
what you receive
I hope this article has
created a bit more clarity surrounding the complex topic of money