Finding Money: Oh What Fun!

When you were a kid did you find lots of money on the ground? I did. I would find pennies and quarters and dollar bills and fivers. I loved finding money. It made my day. It didn’t matter how much I found: a penny was as exciting as a five-dollar bill. The point was that I had found a secret surprise, a gift just for me.

It never crossed my mind that, in order for me to find it, someone must have lost it. I was truly in a space of receptivity, welcoming the found money as a gift from the Universe. It had been left there for ME. I was supposed to find it. I never questioned the “rightness” of the situation.

But somewhere along the way to adulthood, something changed. The concept of cause and effect entered my awareness and, when I found money, I began to consider who might have lost it, how it might have affected them, and whether it was “right” for me to keep it.

The familiar child’s taunt of “finders keepers, losers weepers,” would enter my thoughts and I would wonder who was weeping over this money. How could I be happy about finding a dollar when it meant that somewhere, someone else, perhaps at that very moment, was opening their wallet and realizing they had lost it? It took much of the enjoyment out of the experience.

And as finding money became less fun, I just began finding less of it. Makes sense. If I didn’t find money, I wouldn’t have to confront the questions about finders and losers, right and wrong.

We humans are very good at creating filters to our perception. When finding money was no longer fun for me, I created a perceptual filter that screened out my awareness of money on the ground. If there was a quarter on the sidewalk, the visual information still entered my eyes, but because finding money now brought up uncomfortable questions, my brain created a “program” that filtered out information about “money on the ground” before it entered my conscious awareness.

Unfortunately, this programming had more widespread effects. You see, my brain, while it tries to be helpful, is not very intelligent. My brain, in its attempt to be helpful, made the somewhat logical deduction that if I didn’t want to find money on the ground I must not want to find money in other places either. So my brain expanded the filtering program to include other areas of income, not just spare change on the ground. .

As you can imagine, this is not good!

Recently, I’ve had a few lessons that have helped me shift my resistance to “finding” money, on the ground, and elsewhere. My most effective teacher has been my daughter. As she has begun walking around, she seems to have inherited my dormant ability to find money on the ground. Every time she finds a penny on the sidewalk she does her happy “jiggy jiggy” dance. She knows that it’s one more penny that she can toss into the fountain. Yeah! Her enthusiasm seems to be contagious and, whether I’m with Ella or not, I now find myself actively looking for money on the ground.

I came across the other lesson as I was reading books of two of my “virtual” mentors, Wayne Dyer’s, The Power of Intention, and T. Harv Eker’s Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. Both write about how they joyfully and gratefully bend down to pick up every penny they see. And keep in mind that these are not poor guys we’re talking about here!

For them there is no shame in it. Nor is there a sense of guilt at another’s misfortune. Rather, by acknowledging every financial blessing, regardless of how seemingly insignificant, they let the Universe know that they are open to getting more of those blessings.

When it comes to finding money on the ground, here’s what Wayne Dyer has to say, “Every time I see a coin on the street, I stop, pick it up, put it into my pocket, and say out loud, “Thank you, God, for this symbol of abundance that keeps flowing into my life.” Never once have I asked, “Why only a penny, God? You know I need a lot more than that.”

T. Harv Eker’s advice is a bit more lighthearted, but no less effective. When he finds money on the ground, he picks it up and says out loud, “Yes! I am a money magnet. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Either way, the effect is the same. By welcoming these financial gifts and showing your appreciation you make space for more and bigger gifts. If you turn your nose up at a penny, the Universe assumes that you’re not interested in money and figures when it’s time to dole out the next batch of monetary gifts it just passes you by, since you don’t seem to really want it anyway.

If, on the other hand, you pick up that penny and jump up and down and shout your gratitude for the gift, the Universe will definitely hear you and get the message. And you’ll be first in line for that next batch of financial blessings.

I’ve started to return to that childlike place around finding money. I catch myself looking for money as I walk down the street. Whenever I see some money on the ground, it doesn’t matter if it’s a nickel or a dime or a penny, I pick it up and give thanks for the gift the Universe has just provided me. I’m beginning to remember how fun it was, as a child, to spend time on treasure hunts – looking for money on the ground.

If you find yourself feeling embarrassed about picking up money on the ground try this. Take a little kid for a walk. Borrow one, if you don’t have your own. Two to six years old is about right. Tell the child that you’re going on a treasure hunt, looking for money. And whenever you find money see how excited both of you can get. Trust me, it’s contagious! And somehow, when you’re with a kid, it’s ok to pick up money and make a big deal about it.

Well, it’s really always ok to pick up money, but doing it with a kid makes it more fun, and “acceptable.”

So your mission, this month, is to by on a money hunt, to see how much money you can find on the ground, and in other unexpected and surprising places.

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    12 Responses to “Finding Money: Oh What Fun!”

    1. Bryan C Fleming on August 16th, 2006 5:07 am

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    2. northernknight on September 10th, 2006 9:02 am

      I wanted to add to “finding money”. When I was a kid, I had a friend named Kari who had the amazing ability of finding money on the ground. I guess he was always searching. One day on our way to school, he found a $100.00 bill. This was a very large amount of money for a 10 year old. Especially back in 1970. I think his mom made him go to several of the houses near by, and ask if they lost any money. I can’t remember if he was able to keep it or not.

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    4. Dan and Jennifer on December 20th, 2006 5:57 pm

      Sooo funny. Jennifer and I got to attend the Millionaire Mind seminar here in Dallas a couple months ago and it was really great. Gotta confess, we didn’t stay the FULL day both days like you did. 🙂 But we did get a lot of cool stuff out of it.

      Check out the Millionaire Mind review we posted a few days later: Drastically Improve Your Life with a Little S&M. Yeah, the angle’s a bit unique.

      We’ve been doing the WCP (Wealth Conditioning Program) since then and that’s been a great addition to our daily morning routine. We basically get up at 5a every day, make coffee, do Qi Gong or something similar, and then the WCP. Then, our Simpleology daily targets for the day.

      It’s weird, you guys are doing way too many of the same things we are. When I came across your site from 9rules that’s what really got my attention. And you share some really great stuff.

      Have an awesome day!
      Dan and Jennifer

    5. Edward Mills on December 21st, 2006 10:21 am

      Hi Dan and Jennifer,
      Welcome to ET. It is pretty weird that we’ve got so much in common. We also have a pet named Sasha – ours is a cat!

      You’ve got a great site. It’s added to my feeder. Love your review of MMI. I was thinking about doing an entry on the S&M process, but wasn’t sure if we were supposed to share it. Now I can just link to yours!

      I’m looking forward to getting to know you better in 2007.

      Happy Holidays.

    6. Casey Combden on January 23rd, 2007 7:08 pm

      It’s an abundant world that we’re in. However, as people focus on scarcity, on him vs me, on us vs them, then the only thing we can create for ourselves is more scarcity.

      One of the best methods to ensuring abundance in your life is exercising gratitude. Being grateful tells yourself, and the world, that there is plenty.

      Thanks for your post.

    7. Barb on May 18th, 2007 2:16 pm

      Well, here’s a case of the LoA in action! I just completed a post about money and submitted it to the carnival. It has these things in common with your post: finding pennies, filters, T. Harv Eker and kids. 😀

    8. Edward Mills on May 26th, 2007 6:36 am

      Barb: There are no coincidences!!!

    9. John on August 26th, 2007 7:39 pm

      Interesting article, it reminded me of how much of a kick I got from finding money as a kid.

    10. Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker on September 2nd, 2007 2:06 pm

      Something that I do is to automatically say “Thank You to the Universe when I find something, when I get to the end of the street and don’t have to wait on traffic, when the red light changes before I have to stop. All are just little things. Little things add up to greater things. Have a glorious day.

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    12. Tim on November 23rd, 2009 10:27 pm

      Hi there, I just wanted to share my money finding experience. So, a while ago, I had the idea that went something like “What if I could make a living just by finding money on the ground?” This may or may not have coincided with my discovery of a bill on the ground, I don’t remember. Either way, I’ve lately been trying to expand the “I-find-lots-of-money-on-the-ground” plant or magnet in my head to the point where I can generate some real income, or be able to see it more regularly. I’d also like to develop a confidence and predictability about it so that I could show a friend and then help them get tuned in to finding cash too.

      Lately, I think that I have begun finding cash more frequently, and also seeing the connection between my thoughts and my findings. Example: One evening, a friend and I actively set out to find a five or ten on the ground. So we imagined what it looked like, thought about bending over to scoop it up, felt it in our hand, saw ourselves celebrating our find, and so on. Well not five minutes later, we did in fact find a one dollar bill on the ground. Not something to scoff at! With just a little concentration of thought, look what followed! A bill on the ground, as specific as imagined. Whether it was ten or one or twenty I think is kind of irrelevant. The thinking exercise was followed by something specific. Think of the force of repeated and prolonged focus, watering that money finding plant more regularly, building the power of the magnet!

      I think I shall start to see more and more in the near future. I’ve been beating the drum of a five dollar bill I found in the garden at work this week, also three singles at a bar. The images iare becoming clearer and more powerful. My hope is that it will attract more cash. I think my record for now is still a ten dollar bill. Ultimately I’d like to find a envelope stuff with cash. I can’t wait to see the next new high amount though.

      Anyway, these are some of my experiences. Happy discoveries to all!

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