Money Isn’t the Problem, You Are by Gary M. Douglas and Dr. Dain Heer struck me as a book that would tackle unhealthy perspectives and habits about money. I thought this would be a book about money management. It's not. The only money-managing advice this book gives is to save 10% of all money you receive, and that advice is not new. The major focus of this book is to build up wealth and get more and more money. It even provides a lot of tricks and psycho-babble to attract more money into your life. While I was open to reading this book that had not turned out to be what I had hoped, it was a hard pill to swallow. The major emphasis is on getting – or, should I say, “receiving” – more and more money in your life. It was like reading a book written by Mr. Krabs.
While I understand that the authors are pushing for building up wealth so that you can do good things in the world – like give money to panhandlers, leave big tips for waitresses having a bad day, picking up the bill when going out to eat with friends, etc. – the emphasis on attracting financial wealth seems to overshadow attracting other more important things in life, such as strong family ties, a loving marriage and achieving personal harmony. (One of the authors shares a story of how he regrets not getting romantically involved with a woman only because after she died, he left her husband millions of dollars. Wow. I guess love isn’t all that important to him but money is.) My take on these authors is that they like to live large and have nice things so they keep pushing the "more money" mantra so that they can continue to enjoy the lifestyle they created for themselves ("The purpose of life is to have fun"? Really?). Money is their god and there are not a lot of people who feel that way, myself among them. And of course this book is not complete without a chapter that promotes materialistic living. No thanks!
Some of these tips for attracting wealth – not happiness or success – all look really nice on paper but I have already tried some of these "tools" and didn't get the end result that I wanted. I guess the strategies the authors share don't work for everyone. Also, why base a successful use of a tool on something somebody says? It's easy to say "I'll change" but it's another thing entirely to ACTUALLY, physically change. Base success on actions, not on words. For those whose stories are not included, I'm dubious if they actually followed through. And the whole "pull energy from people" spiel in the chapter on dealing with negative people is a little vague. That chapter was interesting, but the advice on how to get people to pay you the money they owe you falls flat. There is someone I once knew who owed me $800. She actually owed me $1200 but she only paid me $400. I never saw the other $800 because, despite my constant communications with her, she ended up blocking me and cutting off communication. I never saw her or heard from her again. As the book does accurately point out, there are people in the world who like being bad people. They like giving people the shaft. They don't have a conscience you can tap into and they are unable to feel any guilt or remorse for ripping people off. So, here again, take that particular advice with a grain of salt.
In fact, take the whole book with a grain of salt. It's got some interesting ideas on attracting wealth, but those ideas aren't exactly guaranteed to work for everyone.
THIS BOOK OFFERS YOU "OUT OF THE BOX" CONCEPTS WITH MONEY Money Isn't The Problem, You Are is written for people who live in a constant state of difficulty around money, whether it's spending too much, not having enough, or having too much. In Money Isn't The Problem, You Are, Gary Douglas and Dain Heer share processes, tools, and points of view that you can use to change the way money flows into your life. Gary and Dain have worked with lots of people regarding money issues. Through innovative tools, Douglas and Heer have helped those who had $10 in their pocket and people who had ten million. The interesting thing is they all have the same issue it has nothing to do with money. It has to do with what they are unwilling to receive. What you are unwilling to receive creates the limitation of what you can have. Change THAT and money isn't an issue any more!
LEARNING TO RECEIVE IS THE GREATEST THING YOU CAN DO Money Isn't The Problem, You Are is based on the very popular Access Money Seminar, which has been taught in cities throughout the U.S., Costa Rica, Australia and New Zealand.
"It's not about money. It never is. It's about what you're willing to receive. The Universe is endlessly abundant. Learn to make different choices with the empowering tools in this book. You CAN create a different reality." -Gary Douglas, found of Access Consciousness®