I have recently invested in a new camera in order to get special effects on the videos I am producing for DorenaRode.com and my YouTube channels. I have been using my partner’s tripod since my own broke and now I was in the market for a second one. I wanted to be able to film from two angles.
I went on Amazon and started shopping. My last tripod cost me $20 and, since it broke, I was looking for something more substantial. There were lots of options in the $50-$70 range. I decided, I might as well get the same type as my partner. It worked well enough. I put the brand name, Gitzo, into the Amazon search and was presented with a series of tripods ranging from $770 to $1000.
I was shocked! And that was just for the tripod. Add another $400 for the fancy ball head. I found it hard to believe. But what happened next was even more interesting.
I could feel myself pulled into the past. I had been treating this tripod as nothing special. To me it was just a $50-$100 tripod. I could feel a pull in my stomach as I realized that the tripod was actually worth more like $1200. I started worrying about how I had treated it in the past. Part of my mind was trying to figure out all the times I’d left it at risk during my book tour, alone in a Barnes and Noble store or next to the car while I loaded. I was worried that maybe I had tweeked the legs or ball head too roughly while setting up. I could have broken it without knowing!
I like to study my mind, and this type of reaction is fascinating to me. I was actually worried about the past based on getting one new piece of information. How bizarre! That is how the mind works. And, now that I knew the value of the tripod, I was actually worried about losing it. Indeed, I am going against my instincts and gut reaction to tell you I own a tripod that is worth $1200. I am scared of your judgments and I am scared that once the word gets out, someone will come to steal it.
All this comes from the subconscious. I was giving a dramatic illustration of my attachment to things. How does this block me from wealth? Well, in order to avoid the pain of having something stolen or coveted I might avoid owning anything of value. This would not be a conscious decision. I might subconsciously block anything that might create personal wealth to protect me from the loss of things I own.
This is how the subconscious limits us. We consciously desire more, but simultaneously we block wealth because we have subconscious beliefs such as these:
- People will take what I have earned or what I own
- I will be killed or hurt by people so they can get what I own
- It is wrong to have wealth when others have less
- I have to give away my wealth
- I have to watch my stuff or it will be taken from me
- It is not safe to be wealthy
- I am responsible for my possessions
- My possessions are a burden
- Wealthy people have false friends
- If I am wealthy my friends will leave me