Why “Spiritual People” Are Usually Broke

We hear a lot about the 1%, don’t we? Those rich powerful people that seem to get everything they want while the rest of us get leftovers.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why some people are extraordinarily successful and others are barely scraping by.

Then it came to me this morning. It’s all about the masculine/feminine paradigm. Each of us has a certain percentage of masculine energy and feminine energy. This is the preverbal yin and yang polarity that exists within each of us. Ideally, we want to have equal amounts of both or at least get close to that 50% mark.

But 99% of the population does not have a healthy masculine/feminine balance. This really comes from thousands of years of prioritizing one over the other…

…and us spiritual people have the greatest imbalance!

Obviously, we’re here to have both a spiritual and a physical experience. But far too often, many of us get into spirituality from a place of desiring an easier life. We want things to be more comfortable. We feel really icky living in this messy planet with all of the karma, the dharma, the “good vs. evil” and recognize that we come from a place where that polarity isn’t so dense.

And most spiritual teachings follow a very feminine approach to life. It’s more about receiving and “going with the flow” than it is about creating the experience we really want.

The problem? Money comes from the masculine side of things. It has nothing to do with being born a male or a female, by the way. We’re all made up of both energies. But without incorporating both sides, the yin and the yang, we’re only operating at 50% capacity.

Why do think spiritual people are always so exhausted? We’re generally not creating enough vital force energy to create what we want in life—and far too often we’re left feeling stuck and “blocked”.

Here’s a chart I created to show you how these energies work:


  • Passive
  • Waits for things to “happen”
  • Wonders if it’s meant to be
  • Asks for permission
  • Likes things easy
  • Waits on the Universe


  • Active
  • Making Shit Happen
  • Decides it’s meant to be
  • Asks for forgiveness
  • Thrives on a challenge
  • Takes persistent action steps

If we want to create the financial reality (or any reality) we want to see in our lives, we HAVE to operate at 100% capacity. If we’re living in feminine energy 70-80% of the time, it’s going to be really difficult to create change and transformation we long for.

So my challenge for you is to evaluate what ACTIONS you’re taking in your life and see if they’re incorporating both masculine and feminine perspectives. Leave a comment and let me know what your thoughts are!

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  1. Thoughtful article, AJ! Really made me evaluating the drivers of my current experience, both personally and professionally. Thanks!

    • Thanks Jeremy! It’s especially an important topic in the LGBT community. Balance is so important.

  2. Great post, A.J. I think we are all on the same page this week regarding $$$ and our Spiritual practices. I know I have always been more on the feminine side and over-giving was an issue. I am still working on it, but the pendulum is getting closer to the middle.

    • Cheryl, I personally think the trick is to have an equal (or close to equal) balance of both energies. You can check the percentages of both with your pendulum actually. It’s not just money either, it’s it impacts everything.

  3. Really interesting. I’m a woman, but I’m 100% masculine, it seems. I follow all the masculine ‘rules’ and not the feminine ones. I consider myself a spiritual person, but I’m also very ambitious and driven to succeed, so maybe that’s why.

    • Skye, there are great qualities in both masculine and feminine roles. Ideally, you want to have a balance of both. If you’re spiritual, but very masculine, you may have issues with nurturing people and building relationships with them.

  4. I also wanted to add, though, that though my ‘actions’ tend to be masculine, my inner self is definitely feminine. I’m very sensitive and empathic, intuitive, quite creative. Do you have any comments on this? How one person can be both extremes?

    • Got it! It does sound to me like you’re probably more in balance than you think. I bet you’re just a little more masculine than feminine. The idea is to not be extreme about it.

  5. AJ — I agree that many of us live out of our feminine energy. But I’d like to share why I have always struggled with finances. It’s because I was taught and believed that to be spiritual meant to deny one’s physicality. You can’t be rich and be spiritual! Or, at least that’s what I believed. I’m working hard to cast that belief aside because it has never served me well. And because if I am not taken care of financially I can’t help others, anyway. If my sole pursuit is trying to keep home and hearth together, I am not modeling a balanced life, and can’t help others find balance in their lives. I’m working hard to manifest wholeness — and that means taking care of my needs, first. Also, by living from a place of abundance rather than scarcity, I have discovered that my needs are few, anyway! It’s all in perspective!

    • Good for you Zanna! Those beliefs are absolutely blockages to creating abundance. You might want to consider doing some clearing work around that and maybe even past life regression to see what the root cause is.

  6. What a fantastic post! You’re darn right as woo woo folks lean to the female left. No wonder my bank account is always so slim. I also think there’s a certain poverty consciousness about doing spiritual work.I have to constantly remind myself that my hard won abilities, the serving that they provide and my time are all of high value.

    • Thanks for your comment Melanie. Just incorporate a little more masculine energy and see how that helps! :)

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