I had a client today who came to work on her relationship with money. While working with her, I realized that I have a large set of exercises, some of which I collected from my teachers, and some I invented myself while working with my clients on the topic of money. I decided to share one of them with the community:
The exercises I did with today’s client were as follows:
Write down the names of up to eight of your older relatives who influenced you the most throughout your childhood.
Write down the messages they gave you in your childhood about money.
Identify the messages that influenced you the most and write them down.
Examine how all these different pieces of advice affected your relationship with money.
Imagine that those characters formed a "work team" and see if they can effectively collaborate.
Create a mandala that reflects a harmonious collaborative atmosphere between those inner roles.
As a result of this exercise, my client discovered two contradicting messages she received from her family. The first message was: "Don't worry about money; it's not important. Embrace life creatively, and money will come from the Universe." The second message was: "Money can only come from hard work."
We engaged in role-play with the characters who conveyed these messages, and they became oppositional, engaging in a conflict. During the session, we found a way to balance both roles and foster a positive relationship between them. To remember the insights from this work, my client drew a beautiful, well-balanced, and powerful mandala. Based on my past experiences with myself, my friends, and my clients, I believe it will help her integrate these new energies into her life and her relationship with money.
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