It can seem like a vicious circle, right? I need to do personal development because I’m too fucked up to make any money (replace “got too many self worth issues” for the more PC version). But if I’m going to do any personal development then I need to have money to pay for it.
Therapy is expensive, as are so many of the incredible personal and spiritual development workshops out there.
I remember calling a therapist and knowing in our first conversation that this was the woman who was my match to turn things around in my life. To get me out of this pit. I was elated as I’d spoken to other therapists and felt a mixture of irritation and doubt more than anything else.
The thing was, I was waitressing for minimum wage and had credit card debts up to my eyeballs. How was I ever going to make it work?
Well, desperation is a beautiful thing and I did pull it off. It’s a long story, I’ll tell you another time. The point here is that there were many other workshops and therapies that I know would have benefited me at that time and I simply didn’t have the money.
I felt so stuck in that battle until I found ways that I could make changes in my life for free. No training required. Here are my favourite ways to make the spiritual journey rock when you’re broke:
- Women’s circles and Red Tent
Create a women’s circle or go to a local one. I have lots to say about the life changing potency of sitting in a circle with other women. Do it.
- Go out on the land
Nature is our biggest teacher. Nature speaks in metaphor and with the deepest wisdom. Give the land time to speak to you. Slow down and land on the earth.
- Personal ritual
Ritual is a way of making symbolic changes, of shifting energy and creating change. You can create simple rituals for yourself any time. From lighting a candle to creating intentions at the new moon or full moon… there are so many possibilities and many online resources.
- Writing pages
Get up in the morning and get your notebook or journal out. Stream of consciousness – let the words flow without thinking about what you’re writing. Write your heart out. Don’t judge, just write. Repeat.
- Angry art
This is a favourite of mine. Big, cheap paper and paints or markers. Getting physical with marks, words, movements. Letting the darkest, realest, most full-on shit out onto the page. Let it go, don’t hold on to it and don’t hold back.
- Daily practice
Pick something and stick to it. By creating new habits and repeating things daily, we deepen into them. Whether it’s meditation, dance, a smoothie or a prayer… commit to doing it every day for 3 months – even if it just takes 2 minutes.
See your life as you want it to be – feel that in your bones. Go on a journey in your imagination and trust what you find there. If you feel a strong emotion, go into that place in your body. Ask yourself what it looks like, see it. See what it wants and who lives there – what are the words, the colours, the characters there. Give them what they need.
Detox, cleanse, love your body. This can be super cheap. A 10-day ayurvedic mung bean cleanse is amazingly nourishing and you’ll spend less money in those 10 days than you do on an average Friday evening.
- Assisting at workshops
A great way to meet new people and experience incredible new things. Offer to volunteer whether it’s at festivals, workshops or spiritual communities. It’s a whole different spin on the concept of work.
- Low-cost trainee therapies
Look out for competent therapists who are just finishing training. Perhaps find a healing modality or therapy that you’d love to try and approach the school or teachers. Find out if there are students who need case studies.