Abundance is defined as the state of having more than enough. Hmm. Does anyone here ever feel as if they have more than enough? More than enough bills maybe, and more than enough worries and more than enough to do…but, in most of our lives, many of us live as if Scarcity was the law of the Universe.
Just the opposite is true, We live in an Abundant Universe. But, somehow, we have inherited some myths about scarcity. Maybe when we were told to share as children, we interpreted it to mean that there is not enough to go around. When we see our world as deficient—everything reflects that. What we SEE in life, is what we get. We need to replace the scarcity mentality with sufficiency thinking. I like the word sufficiency. Just enough – not too much and not too little. Enough to enjoy life, enough to have all your needs and wants met. Do you know what would be sufficient for you? It’s a good exercise to figure it out.
We need to also be careful of the myth that prevails in our society that “More is better”. We live in a competitive culture of accumulation. We seem to constantly be striving and in a race that will never end. When we always focus on the next thing we miss the glory of this moment. When we buy into the promise that more is better, we can never arrive. How much of what we have in life is what we need or want – and how much of it is simply a result of impulse or a quick momentary fix for something else that seems to be lacking in our lives.
When Is Enough, Enough? Do I Have Enough? What would that look like for me?
There’s a great story that illustrates this- it’s set at Christmas time, but the message is timeless.
I was doing some last minute Christmas shopping in a toy store and decided to look at Barbie dolls for my niece. A nicely dressed little girl was excitedly looking through the
Barbie dolls as well, with a roll of money clamped tightly in her little hand. When she came upon a Barbie she liked, she would turn and ask her father if she had enough money to buy it. He usually said yes, but she would keep looking and keep going though their ritual of do I have enough. As she was looking, a little boy wandered in across the aisle and was sorting through the Pokemon toys. He was dressed neatly, but in clothes
that were obviously rather worn, wearing a jacket that was probably a couple of sizes too small. He had money in his hand, but it looked to be no more than five dollars or so at the most. He was with his father as well, and kept picking up the Pokemon video toys. Each time he picked one up and looked at his father, his father shook his head no.
The little girl had apparently chosen her Barbie, a beautifully dressed glamorous doll that would have been the envy of every little girl in the block. However, she had stopped and was watching the interchange between the little boy and his father. Rather dejectedly, the boy had given up on the video games and had chosen what looked like a book of stickers instead. He and his father then started walking through another aisle of the
store. The little girl put her Barbie back on the shelf, and ran over to the Pokemon games. She excitedly picked up one that was lying on top of the other toys, and raced toward the
check-out, after speaking with her father.
I picked up my purchases and got in line behind them. Then, much to the little girl’s obvious delight, the little boy and his father got in line behind me. After the toy was paid for and bagged, the little girl handed it back to the cashier, and whispered something in her ear. The cashier smiled and put the package under the counter. I paid for my purchases and was rearranging thing in my purse, when the little boy came up to the
cashier. The cashier rang up his purchases and then said, “Congratulations, you are my hundredth customer today, and win a prize”. With that, she handed the little boy the Pokemon game, and he could only stare in disbelief. It was, he said, exactly what he had wanted.
The little girl and her father had been standing at the doorway during all of this, and I saw the biggest, prettiest, toothless grin on that little girl that I have ever seen in my life. Then they walked out the door, and I followed, close behind them. As I walked back to my car, in amazement over what I had just witnessed, I heard the father ask his daughter why she had done that. I’ll never forget what she said to him. “Daddy, didn’t Nana and PawPaw want me to buy something that would make me happy”? He said “Of course they did, honey,” and with that the little girl giggled and started skipping toward their car.
She had decided she had the answer to her question “Do I have enough?”
Abundance is a Quality of God and a quality of the Universe
We certainly can see that in nature. Try counting the blades of grass, the stars in the sky, the grains of sand on a beach. Have you ever noticed that no matter what you think you’ll never have again in your life – MORE always shows up! I once read that there was enough building materials for every person on this planet to have an estate, and enough food to feed everyone three times over. There is not a lack in the Universe. Where then must the discrepancy be? By now, you know the answer I’ll be giving: it’s in our thinking.
So, let’s focus today on how to THINK Abundance.
I would venture to say that there is some area of all of our lives where we could use a boost, and some maybe even a major overhaul. So, stop for a moment and think of something that you may be wanting that you think is currently missing in your life. Got it? It may be health, money, a relationship, a new car, a new house, whatever. All the books on prosperity that I have ever read say the same thing – everything that manifests in the physical world first starts with a DESIRE. We’ve got to get CLEAR on what it is we want and when we ask, it is ALWAYS given. Not so, you say? Well, the kind of asking I’m talking about here is not just the asking we do with our words or even our well-intentioned prayer requests. I’m talking about the hidden or vibrational asking. Whatever I am receiving in my life at this moment, is EXACTLY what I am emotionally – although probably not consciously – asking for! The trick is, to get into energetic balance and be sure what we are manifesting is exactly what we would like to be taking place.
Whenever we have a desire in life, all the forces of the universe rush to answer our request. There is a non-physical substance from which everything that exists is formed and the formation is the result of our thoughts and desires. I create whatever I give my attention to. In biofeedback when a person brings attention to cold hands with the intention of warming them, blood and energy actually flow to the hands. If you study exercise physiology, they tell you that to exercise a particular muscle, you have to think about the muscle you are using.
Recognize the power of attention. Would you look at a baby who cannot walk or talk and think, he’s never going to walk or talk because he isn’t currently doing it? So too, you must not think of yourself as being without something simply because you are not currently demonstrating it. This is REALLY important.
Think about this – We know that Spirit is present in Its entirety at all times and in all places. There is no place where God is not. So, it follows, that all of Spirit is present wherever we center our attention. Where attention goes, energy flows and results happen.
Whether our attention is on what we want, or what we don’t want, the Universe always says YES. So, if you spend time thinking about what you don’t want to be happening in your life, guess what the Universe says – YES – you can have what you are focused on – what you don’t want. We spend a lot of time in our lives thinking about what looks like our goals. We focus on what we don’t have and we actually say – I’d rather have that than this. I’d rather be there than here. We may even get emphatic – “Let me explain, I don’t like being here. It’s really not my fault that I am. I don’t know why I am. It’s probably my parents, or maybe my karma.” Notice what we are doing. We are spending more time on what ISN’T so – and creating more of what isn’t. We even go on at times to justify saying, I want that because This hasn’t worked for me. I don’t like it. You see what is happening. All your attention is going on what you don’t want – and so the Universe thinks that’s what you desire. Does this make sense?
In his book, Communion with God Neal Donald Walsh tells us that the first Illusion in life is that NEED EXISTS – and he claims that all other illusions are because of this! Need does not exist in the mind of God.
“Abundance is not created as a result of certain conditions. Certain conditions are created as a result of abundance.”
He also says,
“Happiness is not created as a result of certain conditions. Certain conditions are created as a result of Happiness”
Love is not created as a result of certain conditions. Certain conditions are created as a result of Love”
There was a woman who longed to find out what heaven was like. Every day she would pray,
“God grant me a glimpse of paradise.” She prayed for years, until one night she had a dream. In her dream an angel came and lead her to heaven. They walked down a street until they came to an ordinary house. The angel pointed to the house and said go inside. The woman went into the house and found a person preparing supper, another reading the newspaper and children playing with their toys. She was very disappointed and returned to the angel on the street, “Is that all there is to heaven?” The angel replied,
“The people you saw in that house are not in paradise, paradise is in them.”
BEINGNESS precedes experience, AND produces it. In other words, your consciousness creates experience. In order to experience greater prosperity, forget you don’t have it, forget you don’t have everything that you need right now, because you do. In your being, your presence, you are enough, all is well.
This is powerful stuff.
That’s why so many teachers teach the power of visualization. Seeing what pleases you and would make you happy – rather than what IS. I heard a tape recently by Esther Hicks where she says that people often ask, “Shouldn’t we be facing reality” and she so clearly asserts – NEVER face reality – unless reality is what you are wanting!
And, Wayne Dyer lately has been speaking on the Power of Intention and saying, Nothing is more important that that you feel good! That goes against the teachings many of us grew up with – it sounds selfish. We need to be selfish enough to be at one with our Source and experience who we really are – as abundant! Everything we could ever want or need has already been given. We don’t have to beg a God out there or continually repeat affirmations over and over trying to convince ourselves or someone else. The practice is to continually reach for the thoughts that feel good. Look in life for what you WANT to see rather than what may be in front of you. Appreciate everything that is. We can’t appreciate and resist at the same time. Gratitude is the attitude that brings more good into our lives. Find ways to compliment rather than complain. Let in every possible reason to feel good!
The spirit of gratitude is a positive affirmation that it has already been given. You cannot be in the spirit of gratitude and fear at the same time.
What are we to be thankful for?
- For what we already have.
- For the opportunities that come to us.
- For the avenues of our good that open to us.
- Then, for what we don’t have yet, but are expecting to manifest.
- Then, for what we do have, that we don’t think we want. (Because by being thankful for it, you open yourself to be able to see the blessing that it is bringing you.)
So what is it we are to be thankful for? Basically, for everything!
This week I got a speeding ticket. That’s not in my list of things I’d like to have more of in my life. My initial reaction was to well up in tears and feel bad and angry at myself for not paying more attention to what I was doing. I know how to get the sympathy of the police officer (I’ve been here before!) – But, instead… I stopped myself and realized that getting a fine just meant MORE MONEY was coming into my life. So, I could feel grateful! It’s a great practice when something happens that is unexpected. Stop and wonder – the awe kind of wonder – not the worry kind! – and begin to observe how the Universe will send you what you need. Expect it. That’s the only way it will come.
I had a friend once who had to pay $100,000 in taxes one year. He was complaining when his accountant said – “instead of complaining – you could realize how much this meant you made and be grateful!” – a sobering idea – and the only way to increase abundance in our lives. Be grateful for whatever comes into your life – It’s always pushing you towards more GOOD.
Abundance is like oxygen – there’s always more out there. We don’t get the more by trying to hoard or worrying that we don’t have enough. We simply let it flow.
Once we have put forth a desire to the Universe, we need to RELEASE it and not keep looking to see if its here yet and worry about when it’s going to come. Work to shift your belief that it is already yours. There is no past or future. There is only NOW and everything we ever desire or need is in that place. It’s a matter of allowing.
We experience abundance when we take our focus off of
lack and limitation. The anticipation of lack, of not having enough for anything you need or earnestly desire, tends to create the circumstances of lack and not enough. Watch what you say as well. Your words are an outpicturing of your thoughts. When you affirm lack or limitation, I can’t afford it or I can’t do or have or be something – the impersonal law will produce on demand yield more lack or limitation. We get in life what we believe!
Let me illustrate this with another story. A minister was spending a few days with a family who were members of her church. During dinner the subject of conversation was faith. “Do you believe with the Bible that faith can move mountains?” asked the husband. “Yes, I do,” the minister said calmly.
“All right, tonight I’m going to bed with the belief that the mountain facing our home will be gone in the morning,” proclaimed the head of the household.
The next morning he eagerly looked out of the window and seeing the mountain still there, bragged, “I knew it wouldn’t go away!”
In addition to gratitude and belief, it would be remiss of me not to mention the importance of forgiveness when looking at the quality of abundance. God never forgives us. God doesn’t ever see us as anything but a reflection of itself and knows that we are simply reflecting what we believe at all times – so, there is no need to forgive. But, we often block the flow of abundance by counting our losses. We dwell on things that SHOULDN’T have been in our estimation. We fret over things that we call mistakes – ours and others. We would do well to consider that nothing is ever lost. Everything in life can be a springboard to greatness. Abundance is seeing things from God’s point of view and God never sees anything lacking or missing. As Ernest Holmes once aptly put it, “We are not punished for our sins but BY them.” God doesn’t punish us. God doesn’t dwell on past mistakes. We shouldn’t either.
The final thing I want to say today about Abundance is to have it, we must know the Source of all things as God and then imitate the Source. We know from physics that energy is never destroyed. One thing we know about God is that God is constantly creating, constantly becoming more of itself by giving of itself. You shall never know the true secrets of prosperity until you learn to give. There is a Divine Law of Circulation. We live in a world of magnificent abundance There is enough for everyone, and we receive most when we give most.
Story was told of a person who received one million dollars from an anonymous giver and someone replied,”Wow, I would like to be the person that received that million dollars, as another, wiser person said, I’d like to be the person that can GIVE a million dollars!
Which would you rather be?
Which are you?
There are two types of people who walk into a room – one who says, Hi –Here I am and the other who says..oh – There you are!
In Buddhism it is said there are three kinds of giving.
Beggarly givers…They give only after much hesitation, and then just the leftovers, the worst of what they have. (The underlying belief is that there is not enough.)
Friendly givers.. They give what they themselves would use. They share what they have and with less deliberation, with more openhandedness. The underlying belief is that there will be more, a friendly universe…
Kingly givers…The highest kind of givers, they offer the very best of what they have. They share spontaneously and in the moment without needing to deliberate. Giving has become natural to their conduct. Their underlying belief is that life is abundant, the universe provides in rich abundance.
We are at our best when we feel the freedom of giving from a deep sense of abundance. The spirit from which we give will reflect the spirit in which we will receive.
We are made to give. Abundance is not just money. It is freedom from fear, a life of grace.