When the word abundance comes up, it's often in reference to financial prosperity. Understandable, being that there's so much collective momentum around seeing the middle man, money, as the key to the abundance lock. But is it really?
What if money has just been a permission slip to experience our desires, and isn't actually the key to abundance? What if true abundance is not seeing an abundance of things, but rather seeing all things from an abundant mentality?
What is the difference between the mentality of the poor who strive to make money and the rich who fear losing it? The differences lie only in the outer manifestations, but in the mentality there is still the foundational basis of a belief in or a perception of lack. Lack is fundamentality limiting and anytime one focuses on limitation even if it's just subconsciously, one will experience that no matter what was created with the belief. All manifestations are neutral and experienced relatively.
Money and Abundance
Though money can be experienced abundantly, it is not equal to abundance.
If you want proof, think of all of the amazing things in your life that you have or have experienced that you didn't pay for? If you want to take this exercise even deeper, think about the fact that everything your money has paid for came from within someone's mind. Money wasn't the first step to creating it, human consciousness was.
Think of it this way, the universe is like a mirror. Everything we look out and see, is described internally by the paradigms, truths, and perspectives that we've assumed up until this moment. When we look at a tree, we see a tree. But a tree doesn't call itself that, we do. We see a tree and also every definition, implication, and thought we've ever attached to that tree even if our definition isn't the totality of the tree's existence.
Similarly, we see the universe as an abundant or lacking place depending on how we perceive life. The universe reflects back to us what we are being, and because there is no shortage of our ability to be what we are, there's no shortage of the reflection of it.
By having the ability to exist, we automatically have the ability to tap into our existence in an unlimited way. So, why doesn't everyone do this already? Simply put, because most don't know that they can or how to proceed. It's just not a part of our collective conditioning and fabric...yet.
How does one tap into unlimited existence? The simplest way I've found to do it, is to allow the inherent wellbeing of presence to flow through my awareness. In other words, the unconditional joy that comes from a present acceptance of the ever unfolding perfection of life. As one sits in present acceptance of existence, everything that existence includes is also accepted, namely all present known and unknown desires.
Sounds awesome in theory, but integrating this understanding requires practical application. Aside from the fact that I've experienced abundance in so many ways already, (parking spaces right up front everywhere I go, passive income, etc.) I recently decided to test this theory of mine in a really immersive way. I burned the boats, so to speak.
Burning the Boats
For three months last year, I gave up every bit of income I had. Yes, you read that correctly. I still had bills and responsibilities, which I didn't give up, just the income. I did this for two reasons, one was to focus on some things in my spiritual practice that were really exciting me and two, it just wasn't fun for me at that moment to continue the work I was doing for money. So I gave it up. I knew that if my beliefs were true and the universe were really able to reflect me infinitely, I would have no problem continuing to experience wellbeing and prosperity aside from the income I'd let go of. My reality was based on me, not the work I did to pay my bills. I knew that if I could believe my bills would be paid, they would be.
I understand how this could be considered a bold move, but for me, it was pretty obvious and effortless. I don't suggest trying this at home unless you genuinely feel that way.
The first month was a complete free fall. The only thing I did was wake up everyday and ask myself "What is exciting me today?" The idea behind this practice is that when tapping into excitement and joy, I am able to experience wellbeing as my inherent reality and not tied to anything but my ability to focus on it.
One thing I noticed was that everything I felt drawn to create or engage in, I always had the money or resources that I needed to do it. I never felt inspired to do something that didn't flow naturally and with excitement. Needless to say, after a certain point funds started to get low. But I'd already internalized what I now know as the general principles of the abundance mindstate, so I didn't feel like my experience of abundance was low.
The principles are:
- I am connected to everything.
- Everything is possible.
- Everything I desire is flowing to me all the time.
At the end of the first month on one morning, I woke up to an email from a bank I'd never heard of before, saying how valued I was as a customer of theirs, etc. I called them and asked why I'd received this email. They told me I had an portfolio with them with a balance totaling almost $8,000! I couldn't believe it, because I didn't even remember signing up for anything. Pretty stunned, I told them to send me a check for the full amount. I almost thought it was a joke, but they sent it! I deposited the check no less than three days after receiving their email. Even though I knew I'd be taken care of, it still amazed me how perfectly the universe came through.
The next unexpected check came at a moment that I couldn't have "needed" it more. I was moving out of the apartment I'd lived in for 4 years and had so many moving expenses and obligations. Again, I genuinely believed I'd be taken care of no matter what. I was right, and about a week after my move, I received an unexpected check from a company I'd overpaid many months prior to the tune of $3,200!
At this point, I knew that I'd truly internalized the abundance mindstate. Not only because I'd continually manifested the money I needed to live and thrive for three months, but because I rarely questioned how things would work out, I just understood that they would. I ended up re-creating steady income, effortlessly of course, and compiled the key observations I made during this 90 day period.
Observations From The Abundance Mindstate
- I am connected to everything. Nothing exists apart from me.
- Whatever I want now, is always flowing to me now. If the manifestation is not here, it's because I don't need it yet or I am learning something to help me to accept it. A good question to ask is "What is this situation trying to teach me?"
- The second a contrast is identified so is the desire. If the desire isn't resisted, it's manifested.
- Manifestation is the result of energetic momentum, energy follows thought, and I can choose one thought over another. Therefore, I can create because I have the ability to choose which thoughts I give my focus.
- My existence contains everything I want to see created. If I accept my existence by being present and tuned into my most expansive perspectives (joy, bliss, gratitude, peace), I am actively creating everything I desire.
- Abundance is a flow, not a stash. Abundance flows through me, in and out. I don't need to hold onto anything, because everything is available to me that I need as I need it. As I feel inspired to give, it doesn't mean that my abundance is decreasing, because abundance isn't tied to what I have, it's tied to what I am.
- Give from overflow. I don't have to give in a particular way if I don't want to or feel inspired to. If I give, knowing that I will feel lack afterwards, I've created the same situation that existed before I gave- someone in need.
- I am only ever inspired in the direction of things I can create with what I have access to, both known and unknown. If I genuinely want to experience something, I have everything I need where I am to make it happen.
- Life is about appreciating the process of becoming. The best feeling in the world is knowing what I want and knowing that it's flowing to me simultaneously.
- My dreams and desires are here because I co-created them with the world. They are simultaneously my highest excitement and what the world is calling forth from me to continue its momentum into and more loving and connected reality. The world needs and desires my dreams to crystallize so that we can all see more of what's possible.
Abundance is a Perspective, Not A Number
Of the revelations that occurred to me, the most interesting was that I wasn't actually trying to manifest money at all during this period of time. I didn't care about having a number in my account or paper in my wallet. I was excited to feel the immense comfort and joy that came with being free and abundantly creative. Instead of asking how much abundance I could get, I was in the mindstate of asking how much abundance I could give. The more value I offered, (excitement, joy, abundance, gratitude) the more value that came back.
If you're experiencing pain points around money, it can actually sometimes be counterintuitive to keep revisiting the thought of money all the time. If you fill yourself up with joy, you have the chance to see how abundantly that joy can be reflected back to you.
Once I understood that joy wasn't attached to money, only my willingness to focus on joyful perspectives, money began flowing effortlessly. Why? Because nothing inhibits creative flow like attachment to outcomes (neediness).
Money is neutral and can be created from any state of being, but if you decide to create it from outside of the abundance mindstate you may find yourself never having enough of it, hoarding it in a scarcity mentality, or just simply not ever feeling fulfilled. For example, take every lottery winner who quantum leaped into wealth and prosperity without shifting their perspectives of lack, and ended up worse off than before they won the lottery. Or the people who have hoards of money and have experienced so much that nothing excites them anymore and they are left unfulfilled.
See this Telegraph article about the shockingly common phenomena of wealthy people who become depressed after attaining success, here. The article quotes Jane Powell, the chief executive of Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) "External success is not linked with internal contentment at all. We repeatedly see huge highs followed, inevitably, by dramatic lows. Once you gain that achievement you so ardently wished for, the question is: what next? What was it all for? Was it worth it? Did it mean anything? What can I do now, is that me done?"
Remember this, YOU ARE THE ONLY THING YOU NEED. That's it. Repeat this to yourself over and over if you have to. Even when you've created everything you want in the physical, you are still expanding into a new physical arrangement to better serve your mind and soul expansion. It's never finished.
Your experience of yourself can never lack anything, it's as infinite as your ability to perceive. After a certain point in the journey of creating yourself, your personal desires start to run out and you are left with only the desire to give everything you are. This moment is the moment you sit with your existence and know that you are already fulfilled, it's all already done. At that moment all that's left to do is to assist your other selves in experiencing this awareness as well. You have always been the abundance you've been seeking. After all, you've only ever been after a feeling, and that feeling is already inside of you.