How Past Lives Affect Your Prosperity + What To Do About It

You want more prosperity and yet you feel limited by something you can’t quite put your finger on.
You’ve done a lot of personal growth work and despite your best efforts you’re still hitting an upper limit.
There seems to be a financial “set point” that you can’t crack.
I’m about to reveal one of the most under examined hidden prosperity drainers that keep you stuck, so you can finally have the break through you’ve been looking for!
What is it?  Well…what I’m about to share with you may seem unbelievable.  But stay with me.   It can really make a difference for you if you open up to the idea.
It’s your past lives.
What?  Past lives and prosperity?  You got it!  But what have past lives got to do with prosperity?
Before I answer that, I’d like to share an ocean experience I had in Kauai as an example of how your past life can “show up” in your present life.
I had an opportunity to go snorkeling in the ocean as part of a business retreat.  1973579_10203118238770623_302637386445186597_o

I was excited for the chance to experience nature in a new way and to blast through any upper limits.
I want to take my business to the next level. (There’s nothing like going to the edge to help with rapid expansion.)
AND I just wanted to have some fun!
I envisioned myself frolicking with the fishes and sea turtles bringing out my playful inner mermaid.
This was NOT what happened.
The first time I put my mask and snorkel on it triggered a gag reflex and a sensation of being smothered.
I immediately pulled the gear off my head and gasped for air.  Try two: same result.  Try three:  you guessed it.  This cycle went on for about 10 minutes.
I began to cry.  I was frustrated that I couldn’t do something as simple as wear a mask and snorkel and breathe.  The biggest frustration was that I didn’t know why I couldn’t.  I felt out of control.
Stubbornly I sat on the edge of the water determined to get over my suffocation-gag reflex.  My snorkel instructor stayed with me and talked me through the process of how to breathe through a snorkel until I stopped gagging and felt ready to take it into the water.
I’ve heard the phrase up-level new devil.  That just begins to describe what happened next.
I got into the ocean and before I could say “snorkel” a big wave came in and whisked me off my feet.  A new panic!  I couldn’t feel the ground beneath me and I felt completely out of control.
Suddenly I was being tossed about like a rag doll.  I felt very small and powerless.  I was at the whim of the ocean and there was nothing I could do about it.  This time my feeling of being out of control took a giant leap.
My instructor continued to assure me that I was safe.  After much focused centering, forcing myself to relax into the waves, I was finally able to try swimming with my flippers.  Then came the moment of truth…snorkel time.
Confident I had mastered my gag and suffocation response to the mask and snorkel, I followed my guide’s instructions to put on my gear and my head under the water.
For a brief moment I saw the underwater world open up to me.  It was wonderful, then suddenly, salty sea water began to leak into my snorkel.  That feeling of suffocation quickly resurfaced!
I frantically pulled my head out of the water and threw off my mask gasping for air. With the calming assurance of my instructor, I regained my composure and attempted to put my head back under the water again….and again.  Salt water leaked into my snorkel each time and the sensation of suffocating increased exponentially with each try.
Very real and clear memories (not from this lifetime) began to flood over me.  Like post-traumatic stress I experienced flashbacks.  I saw and physically felt myself being strangled, drowned, and hung, all experiences of complete helplessness and utter loss of control.
It was as if I was there, reliving those moments, caught up in a whirlwind of past lives in which I was killed for living and speaking my truth.
When I brought my head above water and removed my mask for the final time, the sensation of being unable to breathe continued.  It didn’t make sense because there was nothing to obstruct my breathing.  I was having a panic attack.   Talk about feeling out of control!
My instructor and coach came to my aide.  They supported and held me in the water as they guided me back to breathing.  But for the remainder of the day and the day to follow, the memories stayed with me and it physically felt as if someone was actually strangling and suffocating me.  I felt like I was trying to breathe out of a straw.
I had to remind myself that despite the very strong feeling of being choked and smothered, I was not being attacked and that I could breathe.
It was a very surreal experience and it made me realize that I have a strong need to feel in control on a real survival level.
I also recognized that this fear had triggered a BIG survival mentality in my money and prosperity.  Increased prosperity meant increased responsibility, for my life, for my choices, and for speaking and living my purpose.
My fear of what others will think (and how they’ll respond) fed the illusion of control.  The need to control disguised itself, making it feel responsible and practical to put things off.  I wanted to feel “ready” before taking that next bold step (sound familiar?)
The truth is you never feel “ready”.  Ready comes with the act of doing.
It was only in witnessing my fear, seeing what it looked like, discovering where it came from and understanding its purpose that I am now able to release it and break free from the patterns it presented (the cycle of feeling stuck and putting things off).
Control can show up as:
  • needing to be perfect
  • procrastination
  • desire to know all the answers (all the possible outcomes) before starting
  • resistance
  • feeling stuck (and not knowing how to move past it)
  • playing small
What is a past life?  It’s a soul memory which has carried into your current lifetime.  It weaves itself into your present experience in ways that are both familiar and hidden.
Past lives can express themselves as:
  • a memory
  • a physical sensation
  • an intuitive feeling
  • an imprint
  • a pattern of behavior
  • a belief
  • a fear
Past lives don’t have to be something that you see (although you can experience them this way, as I did).  Most often they run under the surface as a feeling that you don’t understand but recognize the patterns that they produce all too well.
So how do your past lives affect your money and prosperity?
  1. If you’re stuck in past life energy it affects your current money expression.  This can present as a money pattern that you can’t seem to break (like being able to manifest money but not being able to hold onto it).
  2. Living in past life energy inhibits your ability to share your gifts and live your purpose.  If you’re living in the energy of a past life, you can’t fully live your purpose in this life.
  3. Past lives often include past vows and agreements which, if unresolved, can carry over into this lifetime directly affecting your prosperity.  The vow of poverty is a common one for soul-centered entrepreneurs.
This experience reinforced what I know to be true: Your fear holds the key to your freedom. 
So what can you do about it?
  1. Identify patterns that keep you stuck and help you feel “safe”.  Where do they come from?  What message are they trying to tell you?
  2. Recognize vows that you may have brought into this lifetime.  These can show up as beliefs about money and what it means to be prosperous.
  3.  Decide to release what no longer serves you (beliefs and vows that you have been carrying) and clear the energy they hold.
Writing them down and burying them in the ground giving them over to mother earth to transmute and recycle their energy is a good way to clear.  You can also flush them down the toilet!  (Be sure to use biodegradable paper)
You must face and allow yourself to sit with your fear to understand it.  Only in understanding it can you release the power it has over you.
Recognize your fear for what it is, where it comes from and what it is trying to show you.  Clear the energy: the old story that perpetuates the fear; and create a new story to live in.
This is the difference between victim conscious, which keeps you stuck and small, and living an empowered and prosperous life!
Transformationally yours,
Paula Houlihan
The Money Alchemist

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