I decided to tap in the phrase ‘law of abundance’ into google, coming up with 9,810,000 results.
Through the magic of google’s portal we’re offered the wonder, promise of miracles, ways of understanding, key influencers, visualizations, tools to attain and a plethora of 3, 5, or 7 steps to apply this Law.
The implicit promise in most of these references is that if we take the suggestions and practices on board it will culminate in us gaining the abundance that’s missing from – and that we crave in – our lives. Lives, which by implication are missing a depth of richness that can be acquired somewhere out there.
My next step was to access the online Collins English Dictionary to find out what abundance means. Abundance was described as “a copious supply or great amount.”
Abundance = money…. and lots of it!
For most of us in the western world the desire for abundance, at one time or another, has conjured up dreams of magically winning a copious supply of money via the lottery or being granted a windfall of one type or another.
If we’re honest when asked the question, ‘What comes to mind when you think about abundance,’ part of our answer would probably include money.
For some, abundance equates to money and money equates to a sense of freedom. However, the verdict is out as to whether or not new-found wealth, in the form of an abundance of money, does lead to a greater sense of freedom or drastically changes our relationship to ourselves, others and life itself or make us happier for that matter.
Who care you might be saying. Just give me the opportunity and I’ll change the odds. Having an abundance of money would change my life forever.
If you’ve honed a genuinely healthy attitude towards money then the odds are that an abundance of money coming into your life will in fact change it for the better, giving you a sense of freedom to pursue different avenues of exploration than some of the ones you’ve been traversing thus far.
However, for those of us who may not have honed such a healthy relationship with money we might want to take a few moments to consider or re-consider the purpose money has in our lives.
What does money mean to and about you?
Whether you lust after or shy away from excesses of money its allure has power over you.
For instance, there were times in my life when I believed living a consciously spiritual life meant giving without receiving a fair exchange of remuneration for my work. I now know that this was an attempt to avoid what I saw as the shadow side of money. What I’d really been avoiding was my own unhealthy relationship with money and wealth.
We colour money with light and dark shadows. Simply, we see both positive and negative aspects to having or not having a copious supply of money.
Your views surrounding money and wealth are probably pretty firmly embedded in your psyche. Until you reveal those beliefs through self-reflection you often will have no conscious awareness of them. Some, if not all, of those feelings and thoughts aren’t even of your own making. They were passed down by well-intentioned childhood caregivers.
Are you familiar with some of the following mantras:
- Money doesn’t grow on trees.
- I’m not made of money.
- What do you think I am, a money factory?
- It’s too expensive.
- A penny saved is a penny earned.
- Penny-wise, pound-foolish (in reference to the English pound sterling).
- Putting in my two cents worth.
How strongly do the ‘tapes’ echoing through the hallways of your unconscious affect your relationship to money and wealth?
Quite a while ago now, I went to an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner with the hope of enabling myself to manifest more money in my life. In those sessions I finally allowed myself the freedom to truly explore my relationship to money. One of the things I uncovered was that I had no idea how the mantras concerning money, delivered in my childhood, played so strongly within my unconscious. I became aware of how powerfully I was allowing them to affect my relationship to manifesting not only money but richness and wealth in my life.
I began to ask myself if those mantras and any resultant attitude towards money was working for me in my life currently. In the most part the answer was a resounding NO. Finally I choose to begin a deprogramming exercise in which I replaced these outmoded and unhelpful ways of relating with ones that served me much more purposefully.
Exploring your relationship to money
Our relationship to money and what it means to be wealthy slides along a continuum from healthy at one end to pathological and neurotic at the other. If our attitude towards money, as Thomas Moore says, “is a defence against poverty”, then we may never experience feelings of wealth even though we have pot loads of money in the bank.
“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” George Lorimer
Having money does guarantee that your basic physiological and safety needs such as shelter, water, food, safety, and stability are met. However, it doesn’t guarantee happiness and feelings of meaning and fulfillment. Once your basic needs are covered the challenge surrounding money isn’t about having too little or too much. To a greater or lesser degree any unresolved challenges you have with respect to money has to do with your perception of what it represents.
For me the following questions have helped me in becoming clearer about my relationship to money and what it means to be wealthy.
- Do I see money as an end in itself or do I view it as a medium for energetic expression, a means to accomplish the things I’ve set out to do in and for life?
- Do those accomplishments revolve solely around me or do they also encompass family, community, nation or even the world?
“If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.” Francis Bacon
Just some of the ways we’ll be exploring abundance in the next few blogs:
- Has the Law of Abundance become a Law of Entitlement?
- The reciprocal nature of The Law of Abundance
- Looking for abundance in all the wrong places
I would love to hear your comments and observations about what’s written here as well as your own experiences surrounding money and wealth.
Until next time take care and live the richness of your life!