Abundance is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot with the assumption that everyone knows what it means and that the meaning is crystal clear. Much like the word “Surrender”, most assume that because they recognize the word, they also know the full reach of its application. A simple definition of Abundance would be “more than enough”, but this begs the question; “Enough of what?” Most people associate Abundance with Wealth, although the concept of Abundance encompasses much more territory. Everyone knows that Abundance and Wealth pertain to more than material possessions ever since the Beatles’ sang “Money Can’t Buy Me Love”. After all, what good is sitting in a mansion surrounded by opulence if you have no one with which to share it? As a Positive Principle, Abundance works in Harmony with other Positive Principles. In order to experience true Abundance (as opposed to a cheap substitute) one must be in balance with other Positive Principles. Here are some basic areas where most fall short.
Identity In order to experience true Abundance, first of all you must believe (i.e. know) that you are a Divine being connected to Divine Source with access to all Positive Energy. If all of this sounds like New Age drivel to you, or a little far-fetched, then you have some firmly entrenched beliefs that are preventing you from having Abundance. I would encourage you to read We Made a Decision and What Does It Mean to “Love Yourself” in order to gain a greater understanding of your spiritual nature. It would also be beneficial to read articles pertaining to the Ego in order to distinguish between natural and spiritual thought processes. Knowing and accepting who you are will be critical in your personal balance, which is the key to living a life of Abundance.
Internal vs. External Once you have determined your identity, you will be able to operate in Positive Energy and derive your Joy, Peace and emotional well-being from your Spirit rather than external circumstances or possessions. True Joy and Serenity do not come from material surroundings or anything external. Of course, disturbances are caused by circumstances and material possessions provide comfort but Positive Principles such as Joy and Serenity are spiritual in nature and over-ride temporal, physical conditions. If you are looking for a fat bank account to give you Joy, then you are saying that Joy is relative to money, which it is not. Conversely, if you become anxious when your bank account is low, then you demonstrate that your security lies in your possession of money. Hardly becoming of a Divine Being. Of course this goes back to Identity. What you believe about You is critical because it determines your personal balance.
Co-Creation Ok, so once you figure out who you truly are and understand that you are not dependent on your environment for Peace, Joy and real happiness, you will have to begin to exercise your free will and sovereignty. Another misguided belief that you may need to address it that you and the Universe are in a co-dependent relationship. In other words, God is the Boss and you have to ask His permission for everything as well as ask for stuff that you have a hard time getting on your own. Why do you think He gave you that “Free Will” to begin with? Sure there are some things that only the Universe can do and it never hurts to ask for help. But, if you are a Divine being you are going to have to act like one. You are going to have to decide what you want and what it will take to get it. This will require thought and intention on your part. The difference now is that you have access to Wisdom and Success. Your Ego was limited in its scope of thoughts and ideas. However, the Universe has thoughts and ideas like the stars in the sky. Not only that, but it has your back when you go to implement them! Limitless! That would be “more than enough”.
Flow/Resistance Ever notice that when someone points out a flaw or something you aren’t doing well, you feel this urge inside to just keep on doing it anyway? That is resistance and it is a fundamental activity of Negative Energy. The Ego resists change because it wants to be in control and because it doesn’t like discomfort. Positive Energy accepts the current condition as well as the necessary changes that need to be made in order to effect change. It’s like the Serenity Prayer… Accept -> Change -> Serenity. Resistance is not the same as setting appropriate boundaries. In order to remain within Serenity, we will need to prevent others from “dumping” negative emotions, or pulling us into burdensome activities. Boundaries are appropriate in maintaining our Identity and our connection with Source. Whenever you catch yourself resisting positive change, however, that is a red flag to check your position in Positive/Negative Energy. Remember, Abundance always works in Harmony with other Positive Principles. The Ego will pretend to be the voice of your Spirit at times in order to get what it wants. Whenever you try to fulfill a spiritual need with material possession, or substitute a Principle with an activity, the Universe may pull a “balance check” in order to put things back into perspective. This does not mean that the desires of our Ego are bad or wrong. It is when Negative Energy exploits those desires and pulls us away from our true Identity that we have a problem. Otherwise, we have Abundance!
Surrender Don’t forget to Surrender. Remember, Surrender isn’t about choice. Choice is a lower function. Surrender is about knowing that you are Divine and all about Positive Energy, and that all of your choices must be made through Wisdom, Truth and Love. Once you have Surrendered to your own Divine Nature, your subsequent choices will not be based in Fear, self-compromise or avoidance. Neither will you struggle with guilt, self doubt or shame afterward. You will maintain proper boundaries and a healthy degree of self-love. We must guard our own Self-Will from setting its intention against our divine nature and putting us on a path of self destruction once again. We are not trying to be goodie-two-shoes. We are simply trying to be true to Ourselves!