Money and Spirituality – A Common Dilemma

Written by: Nick Ortner

In January of 2010, I wrote a blog post about a necessary shift that is vitally important for many people in the world to make regarding the connection between making money and spirituality.  And with financial success being the focus of the recent webinar presentation I released I thought it would be important to cover this vitally important topic again.

All too often incredibility smart, caring people with amazing ideas and talents for transforming the planet hold themselves back from earning money because of a belief, conscious or unconscious, that it isn’t spiritual to earn money or that if they earned a lot of money that they somehow would be corrupted or bad in some way.

They oftentimes also believe that you can’t be wealthy and be a good person, that you somehow have to do something bad to become wealthy.  And unfortunately in this day and age, it’s all too easy to turn on the news and hear about corrupt businessmen and politicians who have done something unethical to earn money.  Sadly, there is not enough news on all of the amazing wealthy people that are changing the world in powerfully positive ways.

When I wrote in 2010 on this topic, I was speaking on the issue that so many Tapping practitioners were facing and still face around not feeling that they should be charging for what they do, even though they are helping so many. This limiting belief that earning money is not spiritual has not only held back healers like Tapping practitioners and coaches but so many others in a wide range of industries.

Let me start off with a simple statement of fact that is important to note…

There are examples of both people doing unethical things to earn money in the world as well as people doing amazing, completely ethical things that are serving the world to earn money.  Money itself is not the determining factor in whether a person is good or bad.

If you disagree with that statement in any way, I think it’s worth taking a look at where your beliefs on money have come from and how they’re affecting you.


Take a moment to think about your beliefs around money and spirituality.

MoneyDo you think you’d still be a good person if you had a lot of money?

Do you worry that you would somehow be corrupted?

What do you think others would think of you if you had a lot of money?

Do you think it’s right or fair to earn a lot of money for helping people?

Or should you not be paid if you’re working on helping people or other spiritual endeavors?

These are all important questions.

Let’s look at two scenarios that address this issue.  These are the two examples I used when I originally wrote on this topic:


Case Study #1: Excited Potential Tapping Practitioner

Mary works for a financial services company, as an administrative assistant. She makes $45,000 per year, has good health benefits, and feels generally secure in her job. But she doesn’t enjoy it one bit. Every other Friday she has her paycheck direct deposited into her bank account, and along with her husband’s salary, it makes ends meet.

She never has to ask for this money, every year or two she gets a small raise and she continues onwards. The subject of “money”, rarely comes up for her with regards to receiving it from her employer. She doesn’t question the work they do, the profits they are earning but is content to get her paycheck.

Mary discovers Meridian Tapping and is thrilled with the results she gets for herself and her family members. She does more training, gets her hands on all the free resources she can, and begins to become quite proficient at tapping. She dreams of helping other people, but she just keeps doing “free” sessions.

People offer to pay her, they are delighted with the results, but she just “doesn’t feel right taking the money”. She believes the work was so much fun, so rewarding, that money shouldn’t be involved. More and more people start coming to her, and she says quietly to herself, “How I would love to do this full time!”

But when she sits down with her husband to discuss the subject of her leaving her job, the math just doesn’t add up. Her husband says, “If you charged $75 per hour and had three clients per day, for 50 weeks out of the year, we would be around your current salary, including benefits, and other perks”

“$75 per hour???” Mary says, “There is no way I could charge that, that’s not right at all. I would feel completely uncomfortable”

Her husband replies, “Do you think what you’re providing is worth $75 per hour?”

Mary, “Well, people do get amazing results faster than anything else they do. I worked with someone the other day who had spent 5 years in therapy, and over $10,000, and we collapsed her issue in one session! But…. It still wouldn’t “feel” right, I just can’t charge for this…”

So there, sadly, the story ends. Mary’s limiting belief about receiving, about charging money for her healing work leaves her at her unfulfilling job.

The consequences of this belief are profound.

And not just for Mary, but for the hundreds of people she could have helped… If only she had been able to accept the fact that money, that the energy of money, is a reality of this earthly experience, and that learning to ask for it and accept it when providing healing services can change the world.

Are you a “Mary”? How many “Marys” could be out in the world right now, changing lives on a daily basis?


Case Study #2: A dream, a vision, and “money”

The first case study was hypothetical, though I’ve seen real-life examples over and over again. This story is as real as it gets because it’s my story! Just over four years ago now, I had the dream, the inspiration, to make a documentary film about Tapping. I had seen the results in my life and the lives of my friends and family over and over again, and felt that the world needed to know more about this!

Mind you, I had NO experience in film-making, NO equipment, NO staff, just the dream… But I set off to make the film anyway. I was committed to the vision and the dream but I was ALSO practical about the financial side of it. You see, to make the movie, I had to invest $150,000 of money I didn’t have! I put it all on credit cards and credit lines, maxed to the hilt. Then, I went to friends and family to borrow money and recruited friends and family to work on the film. Jessica Ortner, my sister and one of the producers, and Nick Polizzi, my close friend, director, and editor worked for nothing for over two years.

They too were committed to the vision, the dream, the experience, but they also knew at some point that the film would have to be financially feasible, that they would be rewarded for their efforts, so they could pay back the credit card debt they had accrued and been able to continue in this work.

I WISH that when I came up with this idea, I could have called the mortgage company, the credit card companies, the local grocery store, the insurance company, the car company, the phone company, the electric company, the heating company…

And said to them, nicely, “Dear Sirs, I’ve just come up with a fantastic idea that I truly believe is going to change the lives of millions of people around the world. I want to share the knowledge about an incredible technique and do it in a documentary format, so people could see real results that they could use to change their lives. It will truly be for the betterment of humanity and I’ll even give you copies of the film when it’s done!”

Then they could have said to me, “Great idea Nick! We’ll stop charging you for everything you need to live, so you can put this plan into action!”


The game doesn’t really work that way!

So if I was to make it work, to pay back the $150,000+ (the final budget of the film), to be able to sustain myself and my family, I simply had to make it financially feasible. Which meant I had to do everything I could to not only create a superior product (and fortunately the reviews on our website and show that the end product is powerful and changing lives), but I also had to do everything I could to SELL it.

Oh! Another dirty word! SELL!

Ugh… Icky…..Dangerous…

No, it’s not. It’s a reality.

If I wanted to make this whole dream work, I had to be able to sell the film, and sell other things. Otherwise, I’d have to be like Mary, and go back to a “job”.

Because of all of the work I’ve done helping others I’ve been able to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations I really believe in. These include Project Light which is using EFT with genocide survivors in Rwanda, the Veterans Stress Project using EFT with war veterans, the Unstoppable Foundation, building schools in Africa and the You Can Thrive Foundation helping women in NYC who are dealing with cancer.

I wouldn’t have been able to do any of these things if I had thought that it wasn’t right for me to make money or that it wasn’t spiritual.  The truth is that I think I’m a more spiritually ground and an honest person now then I’ve ever been.  And I think that I’ve done more to help people around the world in the last couple of years then I did in the 10 years before that and all while making more money then I’ve ever made before.

Whether you have a business or a job, every day you have little choices to do the right thing to earn money.  For example, my business is mostly “online”. I have the choice to sell products and courses in a way where I’m educating people on what I’m offering and then giving them the choice as to whether it’s right for them or not, or I can choose to use techniques that are manipulating to convince them to buy.

I’m literally faced with that choice every day.  And if you’re in business or within your job, you have similar choices every day.  You can choose to help people and serve them while making money, or you can do things in a way where your sole focus is on making money.

But ultimately, how much money you charge or earn is not the issue.  If you’re doing things in a way that is serving the world and helping others then you deserve to have as much money as you want!

So you see, it all “works” when everyone gets in alignment with the energy of money. When we stop bickering about someone “selling” healing, or how it should all be free. 🙂

I’ve been saying recently that the BEST thing that can happen in any industry is for people to figure out how to make BILLIONS of dollars doing things that serve humanity.

If you have ideas and passion for something that helps others and yourself, don’t let anything stop you.  Don’t hold back your unique gifts from the world.  You deserve to have everything you’ve ever wanted.  🙂

So, your blog question for today is…

What limiting beliefs might you have about money or selling?

Are you ready to tap those away?

Is it OK for people to make a lot of money?

Are you finally ready to unplug from what the rest of society tells you and blaze your own trail?

Comment below!

Until next time…

Keep tapping!

Much love,


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15 Comments on this post

  1. EnqiorerOne says:

    I believe that we ALL need a BOOK which will FAITHFULLY direct us to ABUNDANCE and HEALTH.

    Once we all ACCEPT the written word, we will BENEFIT – enormously!

    No spiritual, moral or kindly advice – JUST THE TRUTH!

  2. Marianne says:

    Money is a strange issue for me. When I was young, I had saved a lot of money. My mother persuaded me to give it to my brother, so he could buy a little sailingboat. We spent an equal amount of money, so the boat would also be mine. Well, I sailed hardley in it, 2 or 3 times a year. He used every weekend. He sold it after some years and bought another boat, which was his boat. I never saw my money back. So if I have money, I am afraid to loose it or that other people will take it away from me. It is not safe to have a lot of money. So I spend it till it is finished.
    I think one can ask money for delivered services or products, but with my small animal practice one had often the attitude that the veterinarian should pay the bill, because this profession is a calling, not a service to earn money with, although there are rich veterinarians – how do they do that? Collegues disapproved me selling medicines and earning money with it, which gave me a bad name, although I had great healing results. They dared to ask a lot of money for their services. That is confusing. This money issue I have to tackle very quickly, indeed.

  3. kawtarr says:

    nick fantastic i appreciate your efforts to make people feel free of stress and tension. Wonderful this work i follow all instructions you had listed on the tail of tapping statement but they didn’t work for me to get rid of stress depression and tension . I know the difference .My language is arabic and there’s different structure in English so it is hard for me to understand the meaning what you tapping even though your statements very easy. if i translated them to arabic language won’t loose their powerful goals
    Nick I want to reveal a secret to you when i practice the silva’s method for relaxing works for me even in English .worm love kawtarr

  4. KARLA ALDABA says:


  5. Christa Suggs says:

    I’ve thought about using this with others, but really didn’t think about charging for this mostly because the people I know who really need it can’t afford to pay. So after reading the other comments, the thought occured to me to have paying clients in order to afford to help others for free. I think Nick has the right idea that in order to be able to do a lot of good and help a lot of people, it requires means.

  6. Joann James says:

    Thank you for your presentation! I am a lot like Mary only I am trying to build a business around a product that has made a huge difference in my life. I was a school teacher for 25 years and left because of illness! Now I feel well and want to contribute but in my own way. I have recently become familiar with tapping. I use it to help me feel better about myself so I can share my business opportunity and my products without fear of rejection, and now I realize, fear of becoming successful and wealthy may play into the mix! I look for more instruction about tapping for a more whole relationship with money. I bought the books and the movie. I am raising a granddaughter (my foster daughter’s little girl) and busy with 10 other grandchildren! My life is too good not to use every tool possible at nearly 67 years to be active and involved with those you love! I want to get my husband on board, but he is still not a believer! I am also a big fan of Carol Tuttle! Thank you and Jessica:-) for simplifying the proses!

  7. elin says:

    But do we want healing to become a luxury product only available for a few?

  8. Rege says:

    Money is neither good nor evil. The New Testament teaches, however, that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” There is no question that pursuing or attaining large amounts of money (more than is necessary for meeting human needs) has aroused in many people an excessive love of money that has resulted in evil behavior and personal unhappiness. For some, as Nick intimates, it has been an occasion of doing good. It’s just important to realize that you’re playing with fire when you’re consumed with making money.

    For that matter, “spirituality” itself is neither inherently good or evil. Spirituality is simply a facet of human nature. Feeding the spirit with goodness results in happiness. However, Satan himself is spiritual, and wants to corrupt our spirit. One of his tools is to induce people to place highest value on lower things — things that are not bad in themselves, if they’re kept in proper relation to the higher things. That can be money, pleasure, popularity, or any number of good things that can pervert us by our excessive lust for them. The best spirituality leads the soul to God, who is the highest good. If your spirituality lacks God as the source and summit, then you may be headed toward an ultimately unhappy destination.

  9. Irene Zalewska says:

    Dear Nick
    As a woman of 62, I have been in the healing arts professionally for 27 years and on the path before that.
    What I have just read I wished I had read before I began.
    I have been so poor during my life bringing up my daughter and helping people, its unbelelivable.
    I had always this problem of receiving and asking for money for my acupuncture.
    It has been chronic.
    I am sad that I did not understand this and always had the issue about spirituality and money and being a good person.
    At this point of my life I have almost given up!
    I still believe in what I can do although not so sure about the money side.
    Best wishes

  10. Renia says:

    Thanks, it’s a timely message. Leveraging financial means to facilitate social and economic possibilities for the maximum number of people does not have to be turned into a moral question.

  11. Corinne says:

    This is eye opening .
    Open your door to what you want to do and feel good about it.

  12. Jacqueline Gedeik says:

    I’m a licensed clinical professional counselor of 20 years. I KNOW tapping works and yearn to incorporate it into my private psychotherapy practice. Yet Ethics workshops led by attorneys specialized in my field insist I must be certified.
    An unexpected home property landslide, (fixed now but insurance won’t cover it) prevents me from paying out $$monies for certification at this time…..aagh! Must I submit to that advice or go ahead as I want to do?

  13. Betty Elliott says:

    Thank you Nick for challenging me a as an individual who works with people. Yes, I believe individuals, including myself should be paid well for investing in the greatest resources we have ourselves, health and the betterment of others. There is enough for all and I am grateful for the challenge and the willingness of others out in our world who is offering these services and improving lives one person at a time.

    Betty Elliott

  14. Randy says:

    thankyou, I find your writing and presentations onspiring

  15. Bobbie Horowitz says:

    I so appreciate the work you do. I have your book, “The Tapping Solution” and I sense the difference your work makes in my life.

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