How Money Changes Things

February 1, 2010 | 139 Comments »

Here’s an interesting reflection about how our “charge” on money affects the results …

There are some fabulous folks that give rave reviews to my work – whether it’s the ezine, the Catalyst articles, the blog posts, or the ebooks.  

Which I greatly appreciate!  (Not just because it helps spread the word, but because it’s nice to hear my material is worthy of raving about!)

When I see that happening, I often invite the raving fan to sign up for my affiliate program

Since they’re already sending me business, I figure they may as well get compensated for it!  Which sounds good to them, too, since they’re already doing the “work” of promoting Good Vibe stuff – it’s easy for them to keep doing what they were already doing.

So I send them the affiliate link (which I don’t advertise anywhere – it’s by invite only) and they sign up. 

And then something very interesting sometimes happens.

It seems like overnight their authentic, genuine rave reviews turn into something that sounds more like a traditional marketing pitch

It’s as if now they’re trying to convince someone, rather than just sharing the love.  Or they’re efforting towards results (trying to make something happen) instead of just enjoying the opportunity to share a resource they found valuable.

It’s like once they’re promoting me for compensation – things change!

(Not every time, but sometimes.)

Maybe it’s something else in play, but part of me wonders if this change came about because money entered the picture. 

  • Like, now that they’re getting paid for raving it takes the joy out of it. 
  • Or makes it feel tainted or less pure. 
  • Or they really really want to see some money come in as a result, so they try extra hard to be convincing – whereas before they didn’t care if you believed them. 
  • Or maybe they don’t want to let me down, or really want to contribute to my financial rewards for what they think of as great material.

Which makes me wonder what charge I might still have on money, because if I suspect I’m seeing it in someone else, it’s gotta be part of me, too.

So this is our opportunity to get curious about how or whether money affects us in our own lives.  Would you approach something differently if money weren’t involved?  Or if it were? 

I wonder if I got paid for fostering these animals .. (which some people do!  A friend of a friend makes half her mortgage payment by fostering a couple of dogs from California!) .. I wonder if I got paid for fostering if that would change the way I did it or how I felt about it.

Or blog posts – I’ve seen others writing affected when they started making money from their blog (for better and for worse). 

Or that job I used to hate – the only reason I went was because of the money.  (I think that’s a pretty good indicator of something worth changing in life.  There are simply too many ways to make money than to keep doing something we don’t love!)

Maybe the way you run your business would be different if you weren’t worried about how to make money.  If you were already rolling in it, what would you do or feel different about it?

That’s not only worth thinking about, that’s worth changing now – if you’re interested in aligning to more money, that is.  (Because if you’ve got a negative “charge” on it, you’re repelling it.)

But maybe you don’t care about making money.  And my suspicion (as well as personal experience) is that when that’s the case, you can’t help but make more of it.

Another example I’m entertaining: what if I paid for comments on this blog?  How would that change things?  I’m imagining a couple of things might happen:

  • Some people wouldn’t post because they wouldn’t want me or others to think they’re posting just to get paid.
  • Others might post who normally wouldn’t have, just to get extra money in their pocket.
  • Some might be more thoughtful in what they post, since they might feel like they needed to be worthy of the payment.
  • I wonder if the generous love and joy that you guys naturally bring would change?

What a curious thing money does sometimes, huh?

This is an opportunity to get more open (or at least more neutral) about money if we find it’s kinking the vibe at all. 

As usual, I’m curious about your thoughts

In fact, should we do an experiment?  It would be easy to Paypal $1 to every poster (if you include a real email address where you type in your name) and we’ll see if it does change anything.  It could also be a good opportunity for you to see if money affects how you do things!  (I know a dollar isn’t much, but pretend it is.)

Let the experiment begin!  lol  I’m officially paying for comments on this post!!  oh my gosh.  (And not spam comments.  Those guys still get filtered and deleted as usual.)

This isn’t to bribe you, though – just to see if anything changes once money is involved!  May be interesting, huh?!

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139 Responses to “ How Money Changes Things ”

  1. Jeannette, I have to confess that my first thoughts on reading this were, “Oh Shit, I hope she’s not talking about me!” I promote you constantly because FOR ME these are the best tools out there. And I want to HELP PEOPLE! When I find something that works, I’m always shouting it from the rooftops. Secondly, I love the equal energy exchange. It feels good to me after spending time and energy telling so many people about things to have someone RETURN that energy to me! It feels like a complete cycle. I feel honored and appreciated. I love to be thanked AND being paid is a NEW way for me to explore feeling appreciated.
    The money game is fun and I am playing it for the first time in my life, thanks to you! My entire experience of you is having my mind unveiled.
    I also notice I am reluctant to post if I don’t read all the posts above, which is impossible because you are so popular. I had hoped (sigh) that I was rare and unique in my ravings! Thank goodness your scope and range is large darling. Everyone deserves to hear you sister! Love and thank you for helping my play with money! It’s fun!
    Love, Auretha

  2. Janette says:

    I’m so GLAD that human brains are incredibly elastic!

    First, I realised an hour after commenting that I’d not followed the instructions (comment and leave an email to get $1) so I thought “ha, obviously I didn’t want the money”. Because, you know, Jeannette is such a stickler for The Rules, right folks? Right.

    And then I thought “well, that’s fine, I wasn’t commenting IN ORDER to get money anyway”. Which made me giggle at myself for having this elaborate conversation in the first place… I mean, lighten up girlfriend!

    And then I got an email saying I had a $1 paypal payment (woohoo!! Thank you Jeannette!!) and was so startled that I laughed out loud… in the outpatients’ waiting room at the hospital (fun way to get weird looks!!)

    Is there any better way to keep on lifting my vibe? I just LOVE this stuff. 😀

  3. Berta says:

    I watched an Abe clip last night and basically the ten minute clip boils down to the how to get into the vortex is being happy with what you have now and more will come your way.

    I happy with my dollar from Jeannette.

    Pernille’s guest post that included flipping it to the Universe has worked for me so well. I currently am a server in a hotel restaurant, and I write “.2T” (intending on getting 20% Tip) on the top of each food order I take. I have been getting 20% tips almost every time since I started and I got a 37% tip on Monday. My initial response was to take it back to them and tell them they left too much! But by the time I reached their table I decided I would just thank them for the very generous tip; and they thanked me for spending time sharing about our area. MY sharing was a gift, I could have filled their coffee cups and left. And the grater gift that I received was their appreciation for me being interested in them and giving them info that they wanted.

  4. Berta says:

    oops, grater = greater

  5. Jeannette you are a total genius! Not only have you sparked one of the most lively discussions ever, but you have “primed the pump” financially for dozens of people! (including ME, thank you very much!)
    As further proof that my financial energy has shifted, I got one of those Emails this morning telling me that I have won a million dollars (of course I KNOW it is a scam, and I will NOT be sending in money to claim my prize.) But I DO take it as a sign that the universe is acknowleging that my energy has shifted and the real money is on it’s way.

  6. livingtheloa says:

    What a great exercise for us all!! I have to admit I had all of the conflicting thoughts running through my head about posting that everyone else has mentioned, even though I am definitely flowing a better (less kinked) money vibe than I used to….thanks in large part to Jeannette and this blog.

    I used to struggle over accepting ‘freebies’ from anyone – even things as small as someone giving me clothing that didn’t fit, a friend trying to buy me lunch or someone doing work for free that I would typically have to pay a contractor to do – even when the person didn’t mind and it wouldn’t cost them a dime. I was too “independent”. Had too much pride to take a “hand out”. This was especially bad right after my divorce when I wanted and needed help in all sorts of ways, but when the universe delivered it, I would turn it away!! Whether the offer came from a relative, friend or a complete stranger, my first reaction was always, “no, thank you” or “I coudn’t possible let you do that”. If they insisted, the guilt and anxiety would set in over how to repay them in some way. Even if they didn’t expect it.

    Fortunately, I’ve gotten really good in the last few years at graciously saying thank you and letting those types of things flow to me, often with amazing results. I get free meals quite a bit, plus all kinds of free gift cards, coupons, discounts, etc. My current (amazingly wonderful) boyfriend is the most handy person I know (one of my best manifestations of all time!) and I’ve had him do all kinds of improvements around my house I would never have dreamed of asking someone to do in the past (even a boyfriend). I recently manifested an amazing executive desk for my home office from a dear friend whose daughter sells high-end furniture (normally I would have insisted on buying it from him). And a few months ago I even accepted a $100 bill from a complete stranger on a trip to a casino with friends (saw money flowing to me before I went and the universe delivered!). I’ve got a perfect money vibe right?

    Well, maybe not quite. Yet. It kinked right up at the thought of letting Jeannette give me $1. Just like it kinked up over the membership to GVU. I had to force myself not to decline both offers. So….now to tell a new story: Thank you, Jeannette, for being so wonderful and for the generous reward for my comment! And thank you for helping me see where my money vibe is still kinked so I can let go of that limiting belief.

  7. Adrienne says:

    WOW … a day late to the party and so many comments already …. 🙂

    I don’t **think** that I personally have a kink in my money vibe (I’ve never really been focused on money and have almost always – student days not always included 😉 – lived comfortably due to my own income). ANYWAY … maybe it’s my practical head (again, lol), but I was thinking about my emotions around the $1 for commenting, and I just shrugged and thought that it was an overvalued exchange for my comment, as I “feel” that any value I add by commenting is dwarfed by the value that I receive from each of Jeannette’s posts compounded then by all of your brilliant insights. So, sometimes I comment to also share my thoughts to the extent it adds (a tiny bit of) value back to all of you who have given/educated me so much. I see the $1 as extraneous (and therefore unnecessary) in this value exchange which benefits me exponentially….

    lol …(( scratching my head )) ….not sure what the LOA implications of this all is …

  8. Cheyenne'smom says:

    Hello,
    This is a major “kink” for me…along with intimacy, but I’ll save that one for another day, 🙂 . Central to my belief about money, is that it MUST be a part of a cycle of feast and famine. My belief system is premised on waves of abundance followed by periods of shortage. Quite honestly, I now realize that I am incredibly uncomfortable with abundance in the form of money. Now that I think about it, having money goes against the grain of who I think I am deep down inside, a struggler. If I had money in constant flow, I could not play the victim. I could not get attention from my numerous “plights”. I wouldn’t be in a constant state of crisis or anxiety, fearing that (fill in the blank) would be cut off. Debt keeps me struggling and since I believe I’m a struggler, the universe is manifesting the life I’m telling it to create. Wow! I’m sorry if this is incoherent, but I’m having a major moment… I say I want money, but my money vibration is far weaker than my struggling/suffering/victim vibe, so money can only makes its way into my life in spurts. It can only come when I turn down my struggle vibe… CRAZY. I have never thought of this before.

    I watched my mom raise 6 kids by herself. We struggled a lot. In fact I believe we learned to tolerate struggling to much. When my mom did have money, there was never joy associated with it, only anxiety and secrecy. There was always a feeling of impending loss, even when there was money. We did not celebrate money in our home. I had no idea of the cost of things, and I was not taught basic banking skills. I just knew that when she had money the air was lighter and when she did not, it was heavy and sad. I now live this life… it’s CRAZY! I know how to attract a never ending cycle of debt, I expect it and feel, dare I say, comfortable in it. I cannot believe this has never crossed my mind… Maybe I think money is bad, or I’m not worth it. Yeah, maybe this is a worth issue? Any thoughts?

  9. Cheyenne'smom says:

    Ok it’s me again, ( I don’t need the dollar, having this moment is such a gift). Might it be that my struggles are a form of distraction? Maybe I keep myself in this position because I’m really afraid of thinking about what I really desire? Maybe debt is my scapegoat; it gives me a reason to say no to the things I really want, because I am really afraid of what living freely and abundantly might feel like, or how it will effect my life. Is debt my crutch? I believe I am hiding out behind debt… I need HELP  . But seriously, I need help. I’m almost 34, and I cannot believe this has never dawned on me.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I have learned so many things from this, I don’t quite know where to begin!
    Firstly, I read this blog all the time but this is my first comment.
    I realised that I had something that I wanted to share on this topic but the idea of my first comment being one where I would get paid for it didn’t feel good to me. It was not because of the money but because I didn’t want it to be a hassle for you, Jeanette. I was thinking that it would take you so long to do all the payments and I wouldn’t want to waste your time – perhaps teaching me something about my values regarding time and money?
    And then there was a comment from you saying that it wasn’t a hassle but actually a pleasure to be sending out money all over the world so I thought – great, I can post my comment after all, and give you the joy of sending a dollar to Scotland.
    At this point, I had to get a bit of paper out in order to keep track of what all I wanted to say (in a lovely organised bullet-pointed list!)
    I then thought – “how wonderful, I will now find out if I have set up my paypal account correctly and can receive payments”. I was just thinking yesterday of how it would be good if I could test it out as I am going to be opening an online store at the end of the month. (And then I noticed that Cheri got that benfit from it too!)
    Anyway…. here is what I originally wanted to say on the topic of receiving money:
    I used to teach relaxation classes in schools and would have regular classes that I got paid for. In one school, I set up a morning meditation group 3 mornings a week and would do another couple of other classes also, on a voluntary basis. I loved doing all of my classes, but I always felt differently going to my voluntary classes. It was almost as though if I was getting paid to do a class, it was like going to “work” and if it was voluntary, it wasn’t – even although essentially, I was going to do the exact same thing. I often wondered how to take that “free” feeling into the paid work.
    I am totally going to try to take Mia’s work ethic into my new venture – thanks for that, Mia!

    (This is what Mia said: “In my work, I’ve gone through an evolution where I no longer cling at potential customers for the money they could possibly deliver to me (I now realize that that’s basically how I used to look at them, deep down: I deliver their texts, they deliver the money to me). Lately I’ve caught myself several times thinking: “I don’t care if you hire me. It’s up to you. If you do, I’ll make sure I’ll have a great time at what I do, and I’ll send my best & most positive energy into the working relationship with you to make sure we enjoy being connected in this project. But if you don’t hire me: no prob, there’ll be others.)”

    Thanks again, Jeanette for this post – and also to the others who I have learned a lot from – particularly Mia, Debra and SHG.

    I have had this page open for so long now as I have read through the comments and made mine – I am wondering how many posts there will have been in the mean time that have something else to teach me!

    Ailey

  11. Ailey says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I have learned so many things from this, I don’t quite know where to begin!
    Firstly, I read this blog all the time but this is my first comment.
    I realised that I had something that I wanted to share on this topic but the idea of my first comment being one where I would get paid for it didn’t feel good to me. It was not because of the money but because I didn’t want it to be a hassle for you, Jeanette. I was thinking that it would take you so long to do all the payments and I wouldn’t want to waste your time – perhaps teaching me something about my values regarding time and money?
    And then there was a comment from you saying that it wasn’t a hassle but actually a pleasure to be sending out money all over the world so I thought – great, I can post my comment after all, and give you the joy of sending a dollar to Scotland.
    At this point, I had to get a bit of paper out in order to keep track of what all I wanted to say (in a lovely organised bullet-pointed list!)
    I then thought – “how wonderful, I will now find out if I have set up my paypal account correctly and can receive payments”. I was just thinking yesterday of how it would be good if I could test it out as I am going to be opening an online store at the end of the month. (And then I noticed that Cheri got that benfit from it too!)
    Anyway…. here is what I originally wanted to say on the topic of receiving money:
    I used to teach relaxation classes in schools and would have regular classes that I got paid for. In one school, I set up a morning meditation group 3 mornings a week and would do another couple of other classes also, on a voluntary basis. I loved doing all of my classes, but I always felt differently going to my voluntary classes. It was almost as though if I was getting paid to do a class, it was like going to “work” and if it was voluntary, it wasn’t – even although essentially, I was going to do the exact same thing. I often wondered how to take that “free” feeling into the paid work.
    I am totally going to try to take Mia’s work ethic into my new venture – thanks for that, Mia!

    (This is what Mia said: “In my work, I’ve gone through an evolution where I no longer cling at potential customers for the money they could possibly deliver to me (I now realize that that’s basically how I used to look at them, deep down: I deliver their texts, they deliver the money to me). Lately I’ve caught myself several times thinking: “I don’t care if you hire me. It’s up to you. If you do, I’ll make sure I’ll have a great time at what I do, and I’ll send my best & most positive energy into the working relationship with you to make sure we enjoy being connected in this project. But if you don’t hire me: no prob, there’ll be others.)”

    Thanks again, Jeanette for this post – and also to the others who I have learned a lot from – particularly Mia, Debra and SHG.

    I have had this page open for so long now as I have read through the comments and made mine – I am wondering how many posts there will have been in the mean time that have something else to teach me!

    Ailey

  12. Ailey says:

    Well, somehow I managed to post that twice – sorry about that!
    Actually, I forgot to mention that I also, through reading the other replies, found the wealthforeveryone.info/blog which looks great – I’m off the read more!

  13. Stacy @ Wealth for Everyone says:

    Ailey – oh my gosh – thank you! I started squealing “AWWWWW” when I read your comment. As you can see I just started it last week, but it’s a blog I’m really getting into as far as writing as it combines my two biggest passions – LOA and Internet Marketing. I really appreciate you saying it looks great and wanting to read more! I have posts brewing in my mind constantly so I’ll be posting more soon!

  14. Cheyenne'smom says:

    Hi Jeannette,
    I just read The Unkink your Money Vibe report! THANK YOU. I have some work to do, and this is a wonderful starting point.

  15. Arlo says:

    “…if you don’t treat yourself kindly, it’s very difficult to treat anyone else kindly.”

    I extracted the above statement from a recently received email, pasted it into “Google,” and “clicked” upon a response, that brought up www://thequotegarden.com/kindness.

    There were ten pages of quotations under the “kindness” sub-title. Their nature was such as to elicit more “ahas” from me, than any other ten pages of quotations ever had. For example, here is the second quote:

    “Those who do not have charity in their hearts, are suffering from the worst kind of heart trouble!” – Bob Hope.

    Why do I bring this up to begin my comment on the “awesome Ms. Mawsome’s” blog subject? Because, after reading the responses posted so far, I’m certain I could extract a similar statement from most of them, that would equal, or surpass, any quotation now in existence! And this from a group of unknown nobodies*!

    Offering to pay $1.00 to everyone that replied to her challenge, was a “nervy” thing for Jeannatte to do. Obviously, it could cost her a considerable sum, if hundreds of readers took her up on it. Then too, she could discover from their answers, that she had upset a considerable number of folks, by forcing them to decide if they are selfish, greedy, uncaring, or just ignorant about the truth of their relationship with money.

    Now, I am not a practicing Christian, but I do feel that the teacher talked about in the New Testament, had some ideas based upon his trust of the “Father,” that the current crop of his “followers,” have yet to put to the test.

    “Take no thought of the morrow, for your Father in heaven, knows of your needs even before you ask,” said the teacher.

    How many of you, that have businesses, which rely upon getting clients for profitability, and who say they trust the modern version of that statement, would be willing to offer your services, on a not “pay in advance with a money back guarantee,” but “order now, and send in what it was worth to you after completion,” basis?

    You could get:

    1.Nothing but “deadbeats;”
    2.Resenters (at having to set the price rather than you);
    3.Over-payers (those who would pay more that you would have charged);
    4.The incredulous (who would believe it to good to be true);
    5.The awed (who would be so disarmed, they would respond affirmatively);
    6.The trustworthy (who would reflect back to you the trust you placed in them);
    7.Everything in-between.

    You could modify the idea by limiting the “freebie” to the first 10 to 25 responders, or whatever numbers appeal to you.

    Would it work?

    There is only one way to find out…try it!

    Arlo R. Hansen (Ihavesayso@Hotmail.com)

  16. Arlo says:

    *Every one of those “nobodies,” is a “somebody!”

  17. Haha, the awesome Ms. Mawsome! Love it!! 🙂

  18. This is the second marker for payments …

    PS – I loved that too! Awesome Ms. Mawsome!! lol

  19. Flavia says:

    Wow! Thank you so much Jeannette! This is so much fun!

    I always rave about you ’cause I think you’re awesome and now I have a new story to share with people! I intend that a lot more people find out about you and you get lots more raving fans!

  20. Cheri says:

    Thank you for the money! I laughed with GLEE when I saw the email from paypal! I’ve been ‘wondering’ how my paypal is set up – and I found out it doesn’t matter – the money just flows to me! Fabulous! It’s not as hard as I’ve been making it.

    What a fabulous lesson I learned here – and you paid for it Jeannette. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Wow – I can’t wait to hear about the karma and the moola coming to you as you receive from what you have planted here. Blessings of abundance & love to you! Cheri

  21. Suzie Cheel says:

    Ms Mawsome-
    looks like you have a new tagline- Sending you love and abundance You are one amazing person, So happy you are in my circle of wonderful people.

    Love & Hugs
    Suzie

  22. Arlo says:

    When I saw the words, “YOU’VE GOT MONEY,” that headlined PayPal’s email, a tingle of excitment surged through me at my delight in asorbing those words, even as my “self” said, “Huh,?” as I had never been on the receiving end of anything from PayPal.

    Then, I remembered that this was the result of “Ms. Awesome’s” fullfilling her part of the agreement to pay $1.00 to everyone, who commented about her decision to do so.

    Never, in my almost eighty-two years on this sun orbiting globe, has the receipt of just one dollar, caused me to beam with such delight! It could have been for $100,000.00 and I would not have “beamed” any brighter! After all, how is it that we are able to increase the worth of $1.00, by adding zeros (nothing) to the right of the “1” and left of the decimal point?

    So, thank you, “Ms. Awesome,” for sending a slice of the bread you’re “casting on the waters,” my way! What joy you’ve given me at such a small cost!

    Arlo

  23. Arlo says:

    Oops! I omitted the letter “M” from “Ms. _awesome” (twice) in the above post. My appoligies.

    Arlo

  24. Arlo, THAT is the comment I pasted and emailed to my boyfriend this morning who last night told me I didn’t make any sense, that this “experiment” didn’t make any sense, which (to me) implied he thought it meant nothing.

    Thank you for making it so easy to show him why even if it doesn’t make sense, even if it’s just for fun (which it’s not – this is a HUGE learning opportunity for some of us – myself included), it’s still very worthwhile.
    🙂
    PS – I’ll happily take Ms. Awesome, too!! hee hee

  25. LJ says:

    Thanks Jeannette for the $1 and for this post.

  26. Cheyenne'smom says:

    I could not wait to read the comments this morning. You ALL are awsome! I feel like I’m getting a free tutorial on how to raise my vibration, be in the moment, expect pleasant surprises, and allow goodness including money to flow my way. Thanks!

  27. Cheyenne'smom says:

    I just received my dollar. THANK YOU!

  28. Agni says:

    This has been coming up here and there for me as I am a spiritual teacher and we’ve been looking into the courses that we teach and how much we charge.

    We’ve also been looking at how we have no problem with spending more then we make. Especially if its for something spiritual. 🙂 Anyone else do that?

    I do agree that in general money does change things. It doesn’t have to though. I think it really is the underlying intent.

    Peace!

  29. Denise Canellos says:

    Thank you for the dollar – I had no idea you were actually going to take the time to do it for all of us. You are special, and sure got my money vibe going. Got me back to my pray rain journal, too!

  30. thank you so very much Jeannette! You are a blessing to us all!

  31. Thanks for the dollar! I guess my money vibe is not too resistant as I still received it after saying, don’t send it. LOL I have a trick I can share too with this crowd…I went to the learning store for my little girls, but ended up buying something for my husband and I…a huge stack of “learning money” looks REALLY REAL! Nice to see this huge stack of money on our desks while we work. I, too, appreciate your blog and newsletters and teachings…you are changing the world!!! Thank u!!

  32. janita says:

    What a joyride to start this day beautiful day with, reading this post and all replyes 🙂
    Brought me Alot of thoughts and alot of smiles..interessting..i am never to old to learn
    Receiving is a enjoying experience 😀 thank you

  33. Marci says:

    I read here often, but rarely post. I read this entry a couple days ago, along with the comments, but felt no particular need to post. But, something drew me back today. As I read the comments, I began to question why I felt no compunction to comment. Was it because I felt $1 was of little value, and therefore not worth the time and effort to write my thoughts? Perhaps… and I’d like to interpret that as meaning I believe my own thoughts to be much more valuable than that!
    Thanks for everyone’s wisdom. Oh, and Jeannette, YOU ROCK!

  34. Arlo says:

    During your life’s trip this time around, Ms. Mawsome, you may wear out many a “boyfriend,” who is unable to keep up with your pace!

    If so, so what? You always receive what you are ready for, so as B.K. advises, “Love what is!”

    Arlo

  35. Annika Bomark says:

    So, better late than never, right? Send me the money! LOL! (Yes, it took me this long to talk myself into it..)

    As I was reading the post, I wanted to comment: “So, how much are you going to pay me for this comment? :-)” jokingly.

    Then I read the ending, and rather disappointedly thought, “Oh, now I can’t post that”.

    He he, I guess your just too far ahead of me:-)

    I am thinking about joining Good Vibe U for the dollar, though I haven’t decided yet. I guess I am on to your scheme, Jeannette, of pretending you didn’t want to promote it too much, and then tricked us all into joining by sending out free money 😉 (Just kidding, of course LOL!)

  36. Annika Bomark says:

    OMG, Arlo, I love you!!

    What you wrote was just incredible! About not charging money in advance, but letting people pay what they wanted to later.

    I have some long-term plans of starting a business. Ever since I found out I was a channel, I knew that I would make a living on my amazing gift.

    But it didn’t feel right to me that only people who could afford it would recieve the benefit of Chris message, even though a lot of it would still be free at my blog. I also didn’t want to make a living by posting ads on the blog either.

    When I read your message I had an epiphany, and I saw that there are other options. It’s just an idea at this point, but what a dream it would be to give it all away for free and people would pay what they wanted to after they have received the material.

    Wow! This possibility is so much fun to think about! Thank you so much for this!

    Annika

  37. I’ve never done this in the history of this blog, but for this post I’m officially turning comments off now.

    Not because I don’t want to pay out more dollars – but because I think everyone’s had a chance to share their thoughts and I want to make sure I am a bit nervous about not paying out on a future comment I might miss!

    Thanks, everyone, for this enlightening experiment about how money changes things!

    I learned a lot myself here – particularly that I wouldn’t have dared post this if I didn’t already have a proven track record for getting comments on posts. (I realized I didn’t want to come across as desperately “paying for comments” just to get traffic or conversation.)

    That in itself was enlightening to me about how I still care what other people think, especially in terms of money.

    With awareness – the power to change. Yay!!

    PS – if you posted but didn’t see your dollar arrive, drop me an email. (For some of you international readers, you may have to login to paypal to accept your payment. Some of those payments are still showing as “pending” in my account, so claim your buck, please! lol)

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