The Not-So-Secret Energy of Money

The Not-So-Secret Energy of Money

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The Energy of Money

You get up early and rub the sleep out of your eyes.  You get your motor going with a superb cup of coffee and head out to work.  Over the next bunch of hours, you’ll trade your knowledge, time and effort for money, based on a formal or informal contract with someone.

Or you’ll take that cup of coffee to your computer and check what sales came in overnight while you slept … as the result of work you put in building an online business, creating products and attracting willing customers.  Again, an exchange of knowledge, time and effort for money.

Or maybe you take a break from your latest adventure and check in with your trusted money manager to know how your investment portfolio’s doing.  Even that passive income – which maybe isn’t the result of knowledge, time and effort today – IS the result of those things done some time in the past.

However you generate an income, short of inheriting it, that money came as an exchange for energy you expended.  (And even as an inheritance, it’s the result of someone else’s effort, gifted to you.)  As such, money is a “carrier” of energy itself.

Okay, so now that energy goes into a bank as a deposit.  To make life simpler, there are numbers assigned to it, called dollars, so it’s easier to keep track of.  Those numbers also make it easier to move that energy forward, whether as a source of income to the retailer who sells you those organic veggies, or the chiropractor who takes the pain out of your lower back or the bank that exchanges it for a small piece of ownership of your house.

Nowhere along the line does the energy acquire any unusual controlling power or take on characteristics of evil.  It’s neither friend, nor foe.

That energy is simply something that flows from one place to another, transferred as the result of the knowledge, time and effort expended by one or another party to the exchange.

So can you see why the psychological burden we assign to money is so misplaced?  Do you understand why the power we give it is so baseless?  Can you feel how neutral money can actually be … as nothing other than the energy that flows forth to thank the next person along its path for the knowledge, time and effort that went into whatever you purchase with it?

Time to lighten up.  Time to stop blaming money for whatever isn’t perfect in your life.  Time to look at the highest and best use of your knowledge, time and effort.  Time to allow the energy to flow … without creating false obstacles.


BTW, I was invited by Jenni Parker Brown to write for her magazine that this month is focused entirely on wealth.  Click on through to explore … and flip to pages 24-25 to see what I wrote for you!


Bio: Sharon O’Day lost everything at age 53: her home, her business, everything. But how could that be? She’s an expert in global finance and marketing with an MBA from the Wharton School. She has worked with governments, corporations, and individuals … yes, she was the secret “weapon,” if you will, behind many individuals in high places. Yet she did! Since then, with her finances completely turned around, Sharon has gone on to interview countless women. She’s done extensive research to understand how that could have happened, especially with her strong knowledge of numbers and finance.

The surprising answers will be shared in her upcoming book “Money After Menopause.” Today her mission is to show as many women as possible how to become financially free for the long term, through her Over Fifty and Financially Free coaching programs. She has developed a step-by-step plan to get past all the obstacles that keep women broke and scared … and from reaching the financial peace of mind they so deserve … if they’re willing to do what it takes!

  • Shahina Lakhani

    Simply written yet brilliant! I love reading your posts. Thanks for helping to dispel the false beliefs about money. People think that money is the root of all evil when it is actually the love of money (greed) that is behind our bizarre behavior when it comes to money.

    • SharonODay

      Thanks, Shahina.  The real question is whether money deserves to have ANY beliefs about it, positive OR negative.  This is a new concept I’m exploring further.

  • You are simply brilliant.

    • SharonODay

      And so are my readers!

  • This is perfect and so true. Thanks!

    • SharonODay

      Glad you feel that way, McKenna.  In return, I love how you turn healthy foods into such “mouth treats!”

  • Another great article on a topic that takes a monumental place in so many lives and breaks it down to common sense thinking! Thanks Sharon!

    • SharonODay

      Isn’t it interesting, Denny, how we complicate things so?  Money is one thing that is getting more and more simple in my mind … once we clear away the debris and do some weeding!  😉

  • Wonderful, Sharon. I often refer to money as “manure” or “fertilizer” that can be used to make things grow. It demystifies it for people. 

    • SharonODay

       Catherine, since I often talk about having to do some weeding when it comes to your money … your “manure” and “fertilizer” references are perfect!

  • Wow Sharon, what a big concept you’ve addressed in a short blog post!  Honestly, even as a CPA I’ve never thought about money this way.  It’s really quite freeing to realize that the baggage we attach to it is really attached to us and the money is really just a neutral agent.  If a person really takes a moment to realize what you said here, it will give them a lot to think about for awhile.  Thanks!

    • SharonODay

      To have these kudos from a CPA, Robert, is great!  You all are the kings of boiling things down to their simplest form …

  • Hi Sharon…great article! Common sense isn’t so common, however, your article nails it! Thank you, Hughie 🙂

    • SharonODay

      I agree that simplifying things is counterproductive to the goals of many, Hughie.  I just feel this is a time to get back to what is “common” and simple.

  • Nancy Tierney

    Nice! So clearly explained. You took out the woo-woo and put in the practical. Great job.

  • Joseann

    Hi, I found this article in my quest to understand the “energy” that money is said to be. Not sure if I understand this. May be money itself doesn’t have “controlling power” itself, but as money comes through people, people have controlling power around money and may be evil intentions with it, or not? Money comes as an exchange for “energy you expended” you wrote. This is exactly what confuses me because there is  a lot of people who “expend a lot of energy” = work hard, but get very little money. So at least, money seems to “evaluate” activities into those worthy of a lot of money and those that aren’t. Earth doesn’t get any money for her services, mothers either. Who decided where money goes in what amount? Is the energy itself attracted to certain “efforts”, or is it people who value certain “efforts” more than others? “That energy is simply something that flows from one place to another,
    transferred as the result of the knowledge, time and effort expended by
    one or another party to the exchange.” I really don’t find it simple to understand how and why money flows to some places and not others. What is the determining factor for that?