Playing with Money Energy

May 1, 2012

Horses aren’t my “thing”.

Not close up, at least.  Yes, yes, they are pretty and majestic and all that jazz (pictures! send me pictures!!), but they are also big. In person, I find their energy somewhat disconcerting, alien, and well, BIG.

Last year, I got in the ring for an equus coaching experience.

I had been hearing SO much about getting in a round pen with a horse with the intent of joining up with the horse – the whole goal, as I heard it, is to get the horse to acknowledge you as the lead mare.  To lead, but without forcing an agenda on the horse. And if that doesn’t happen, you get coached around the experience.

“Everything shows up with the horses.” Our coach excitedly told us the night before.  We were told to relax, stay in our bodies, and just “play with the energy.”

This did not go well for me.

I was feeling a wee bit scared of the horse and really freaked out by performance anxiety (OMG!  Doing something that somehow reveals my deepest weaknesses, in front of other people???? Arghhhhh!!!)

To abbreviate the story, I dragged one horse around the ring, had a prolonged staring contest with another, and then threw a temper tantrum in front of my peers that left me emotionally flattened and humbled, certain that clearly I was in the wrong profession.

Though I credit that, err, how shall I say it? GROWTH opportunity and the many subsequent hours of coaching around it for helping me shift into a more authentic and powerful direction in my coaching practice, it didn’t do anything to grow my love of horses.

Imagine my surprise when horses showed up in my meditation.

As I’ve been preparing for Get Right with Money, I’ve been pulling together all of the tools and audio and video and worksheets that will support the women in my program to heal their money story and to make the practical changes they want to make with their finances.

But, I’ve also been meditating – a lot. I visualize sitting with the women in the group and feel into what is needed by the group.  I’ve been communing with Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of abundance (my goddess of the year), and, I’ve also been meditating on the very nature of money.

Yes, the very nature of money.

Has anyone said to you, “Money is just energy.”

And Yes, OH, YES, that is SO true. But we (and I include myself in this category) easily forget that.

We grasp, we become afraid, we close down, we walk away, and we hold on for dear life – sometimes in rapid succession. And like any energetic circuit, energy doesn’t flow when the conduit is blocked or being squeezed too tight.

As I sat in meditation, contemplating money, horses galloped towards me.  And as they drew close, they were FLIRTING with me, inviting me to play.  And I KNEW this was the energy of money – big and powerful, reflecting back to me exactly the energy I put out.

Just like those horses that were in the ring with me last year did.

I started laughing and then I was crying.

First laughing because I thought, “Of course it WOULD be horses!”

Second crying, because it was so damn beautiful. These magnificent creatures, showing me in meditation, that money wants to join up with us. Money wants to let us be the lead mare. But without being tethered or grasped tightly – like water, like electricity, money wants to flow freely. It wants us to trust.

Money is a powerful and playful muse. 

Just like the horses.

This week, imagine stepping into the proverbial round pen with money and be ready to see your reflection. Let your relationship to money show you what requires healing. And then be ready to play.

Namasté, business yogini.

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    Jennifer Voss May 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Ahhh… this is magnificent! I love this, Nona! And with that… I am off to pack for a trip to do some equus coaching in a round pen with real horses. I’ll think of you this weekend while I am there and how it spills over into other areas of my life. My relationship with money being one of them!
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    Florence May 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Just back from equus coaching. (Which I LOVED, by the way. Different strokes . . . .) Totally not a coincidence, methinks.

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    nona May 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    No, I don’t think so, Flo!! xoxo

    Jen Trulson May 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Having the incredible opportunity to work with horses, I’m off to imagine stepping into the proverbial round pen with money and see what needs healing.
    Thank you Nona!
    Jen Trulson´s last blog post ..Celebrating Kristine

    nona May 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Jen, let me know what arrives when you invite money to play!! xoxo

    Starla J. King May 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Oh Nona! I LONG to experience equus coaching …

    Your vision during meditation? AMAZING. Because of the vision and because of the fact that you prepare for your work in that way.

    wow. xoxoxoxo
    Starla J. King´s last blog post ..How the Space Shuttle can change your life

    nona May 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I *think* Jennifer Voss is going to be doing an equus thing in Virginia soon, Starla.

    And this is relatively new for me to bring in the meditation to help me prepare. I’m feeling like it’s a good thing.


    Diane May 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Oh, I just love you so madly! Beautifully written. It was such a privilege to share the equus work with you and I love the connection to money! Brilliant that the horses showed up in your meditation. xoxo
    Diane´s last blog post ..The Four Technologies of Magic and a Horse Named Max

    Julia Barnickle May 2, 2012 at 6:46 am

    I love the image of money wanting to join up with us, Nona – very poetic! And you’re absolutely right – it had to be horses, after your difficult experience with them!! Ha ha! :-)
    Julia Barnickle´s last blog post ..Make It Count – the 10 day challenge

    Dawn Kotzer May 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Nona,
    Horses are fight or flight just like we humans. You did Them a great honour by showing up as yourself in the training…they now SEE you and in all their now-comfortable curiosity, they want to know you more. Of-course they would come…money goes where the going is easy…horses do the same.
    I am exceptionally tinkled for you as I imagine the joy you felt in your mediation. Yay!

    nona May 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I love that Dawn – “money goes where the going is easy… horses do the same.” xoxo

    Michelle May 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Okay, so, first off, despite some experience with horses (for a few years when we were growing up we had two ponies and a horse), I think I would be equally uncomfortable with equus coaching. Horses are just so damn BIG. (I sometimes wonder if bigger people find them less disconcerting, but at 5’2″, yeah.)

    ANYWAYS. On to the real point…I love the image of your meditation. It reminds me of when you’re having fun with your SO, laughing and playing and dancing together instead of getting into unhealthy control dynamics. Know what I mean? Thank you for sharing it…as I work on my relationship with money I’ll continue to aim for flirtiness instead of control ;) xoxo
    Michelle´s last blog post ..On Baba Yaga, nice girl syndrome, & not self-editing

    nona May 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Michelle, I love that – I’m so glad that the horse metaphor and flirting really draws you in. Let me know how the flirting goes!! xoxo

    Jessica May 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Nona, this is so powerful! I feel exactly the same way you do about horses….and now I’m going to have to think about my money feelings! Thanks for a beautiful, insightful, inspiring post.
    Jessica´s last blog post ..5 Yoga Myths, Shattered

    Teresa May 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    What a gorgeous image! Even though I, too, have an unexplained “fear” of horses, I loved the idea of them barreling towards me and flirting…and I love the idea of money doing exactly that, too!

    I love that you’ll integrate this with your coaching around money. So perfect!!
    Teresa´s last blog post ..Random Gratitude Tarot card: The Sun

    Gail Kenny May 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Nona – This is another awesome blog post which shines your authenticity brightly and speaks right to me. Thanks for another great example of being you, being clear in your message and demonstrating powerful writing.

    Bri Saussy May 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Nona-I love this for so many reasons! I have been dealing with exactly this idea this week-money requires space to flow, intuitively I can often pick that up with animals and people but sometimes with cold, hard, cash its a different story-thank you for this beautiful reminder and one day remind me to share my horse story with you :-)
    Bri Saussy´s last blog post ..Make Prayer a Priority

    Lisa Claudia Briggs May 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Nona.. I had an almost visceral reaction to this.. felt myself almost in tears as I could psychically see the horses in your meditation and feel them running.. the beauty of it.. God how i loved this post.. so much.. Am writing to you privately today or tomorrow..
    Much love,
    Simple Sacred Solutions For Living In Your Body

    Julie Geigle May 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    “And like any energetic circuit, energy doesn’t flow when the conduit is being blocked or squeezed too tight.” I love, love, love that and can totally relate! This week my affirmation has been: Money doesn’t come from people it comes through people. Thanks so much for reinforcing what I am working on this week. I really enjoyed this post and the horse thing was so cool!
    Julie Geigle´s last blog post ..Third Times the Charm May 2012

    amy zellmer May 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    soooo very interesting!! I think horses are beautiful, yet am a little shy of them up close. I have met so many people who “work” with horses, I am finding this coincidence interesting ;)

    Leah Shapiro May 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Wow!! Nona this is wonderful!
    I love the imagery that you create with the horses in your meditation. I could really feel the playfulness of the energy.
    It’s so wonderful that you are sharing this work.
    Leah Shapiro´s last blog post ..The Truth About Naysayers

    Inga Deksne May 4, 2012 at 7:00 am

    that’s so wonderful! I would have never thought that money energy and horses can have something in common, but when you describe it, it makes so much sense. thanks
    Inga Deksne´s last blog post ..I want something new in my life but I don’t like changes

    Sammi Johnson May 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Thanks for sharing with us your experience with horses and about the beauty they possess. It’s a wonderful story, especially hearing how much you’ve got from it and how you’ve connected the horses with money. Love it! xoxo
    Sammi Johnson´s last blog post ..Life Lessons Good For Business: Or Vice Versa

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