The Whole Truth

Dec 07

2012

Does spending less mean more freedom?

by Alexis Neely - Posted in Pursuit of Truth, Waking Up |

As you know, I recently went down the path of facing one of my greatest fears, released my credit score, filed bankruptcy and I’m now working on a book “You Are Not Your Credit Score: Myths, Lies & Legends About Money, Debt and the Credit System Keeping You From Living Your Dream Life Right Now.”

Along the way, I am discovering so many ways we are conditioned to believe things that simply are not true.

I’ll continue to share some of those things with you here.

Post bankruptcy, we are required to take a course.  In the course, there is a test question as follows:

Q: Money represents freedom. The less you spend, the more freedom you have.

True or False.

Of course, the “right” answer here according to the test is “True.”

But, is it really?

My experience has been that the people who circulate money the most (keep it flowing by investing it in experiences, people and other resources) have the most freedom.

The people I’ve met who are constantly focused on spending less are not the free ones.

To me, they seem trapped in a limited paradigm of not enough resources.

I used to be like that.  I was the biggest penny pincher around.  Always looking to save a buck. Often stepping over a dollar to get to the dime.

Sure, I had 10,000 bucks in the bank, no debt and a great credit score, but was I free? Hell, no.  I was trapped in my quest for freedom.

Contrast: the person who freely circulates the resources she has access to, investing in creating more. Taking risks. Trying, failing, and trying again.  Unconcerned with enough. Knowing there will always be enough so long as she keeps saying yes to what’s real and true for her.  Trusting all needs are met, always and all ways.

Sure, she seems a bit crazy.  Outside the norm. Off the wall even.  Definitely living at the edge.  And creating more.  Hiring people to support her dreams.  Building businesses.  Increasing her overhead.  Not. Spending. Less. Instead, investing more.

Who is more free?

Have you bought into a paradigm that has you convinced that spending less equals more freedom? If so, how is that serving you to more freedom today?