Abundance Versus Poverty
Abundance is not just about money. Abundance represents the success and happiness in all of the various areas of our lives. Financial prosperity is just one aspect of abundance. You can have unimaginable wealth, but if there is lack or suffering in other areas of your life, you may not equate having money with having peace of mind and satisfaction.
Perhaps the only area of your life where you are experiencing lack is in the money sector. You may feel that the American Dream is passing you by. The only abundance you seem to be manifesting is debt — college loans, credit cards, mortgage and car payments. There never seems to be an extra quarter, much less a dollar, left over at the end of the month. At times, you feel beaten. You wonder if you'll ever get ahead. What you might be doing is blocking the flow of money into your life by your worries about your indebtedness.
What is the effect of hanging on to memories of past actions such as a bankruptcy filing?
Focusing your attention on a negative event can pull it back into your life. Concentrate not on the errors of the past but rather on the good things that are now en route to you through the Law of Attraction.
Thinking about lack brings more of the same. So you have bills. Who doesn't? It's difficult to go from a poverty mentality to an abundance mindset, but that's what you have to do. Set aside a few minutes whenever possible to visualize yourself (literally) as a money magnet. Feel excited, jubilant, and elated — the way you would feel if you won the lottery. Visualize money flying to you from myriad sources, both known and unknown. Allow your thoughts to consider how you might create new income streams. Without giving in to the impulse to hoard your newfound money, focus on ways to begin building wealth. Learn about investing in assets and the importance of diversification. Learn how to make your money work for you so that while you are attracting more, the wealth you already have grows. You may think it's impossible to acquire and grow wealth, but it's not. Remember that you have an invisible creative power to call upon whenever you want it and as often as it suits you, and the Bank of the Universe never closes.
In The Power of Positive Thinking, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale admonished people, even those experiencing severe lack in their lives, to stop fuming and fretting over the obstacles they encountered. He encouraged his readers to take control of themselves emotionally, to be peaceful, and to expect the best … always! A good attitude and faith better aligns you with the Law of Attraction and allows you to lift yourself from lack or even poverty to the financial freedom you seek. That is not to say that you shouldn't do your part to create income streams and save, but you should not dwell on the negative.
When you incline to have new clothes, look first well over the old ones, and see if you cannot shift with them another year, either by scouring, mending, or even patching if necessary. Remember, a patch on your coat and money in your pocket is better and more creditable than a writ on your back and no money to take it off. — Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac, 1775
Start moving the energy of abundance by creating flow. You create flow by giving to others what you desire — for example, love, money, appreciation — and doing so without thought of lack or deprivation. Live from a sense of abundance rather than lack. Know that money is energy that must move or circulate. Be grateful for each nickel, dime, and dollar as it comes to you and remember to give something back to others. That old saying by Benjamin Franklin “A penny saved is a penny earned” and the wisdom of the saying “Give more, get more” don't cancel each other out; they are part of the cycle of the circulation of money.
If you go to the grocery store and see a bell ringer for charity standing outside when you leave, take the coins you got from checking out and drop them into the charity bucket. Mentally affirm that the money will return to you many times over to help you build financial prosperity for yourself and your family.
Giving what you desire to manifest more of it in your life is an important concept. If you want money, give money; if you want love or respect, then show love and respect to others. If you are stingy in your giving, then don't be surprised if only a little money trickles back. Your gift, however, is less important than your attitude about living an abundant life — giving and believing that you will always have more to give. Of itself, that is a powerful positive affirmation.
According to feng shui experts, placing a water fountain that can run twenty-four hours each day in the prosperity area of a room (located in the rear left corner as you stand in the doorway looking in) will stimulate the positive flow of money. Financial abundance will begin to circulate around you just as the water circulates around the fountain.
The Millionaire Mindset
Financial success comes even more quickly when you do the following three things: Imagine your monetary desire with strong intention to manifest it; frequently focus purposeful attention on your goals; and be involved actively in achieving your desired outcome. Be on the lookout and take advantage of new opportunities to create income streams and remain open to allowing the universe to bring you what you want.
Millionaires have something in common besides wealth. Here are some of the habits and beliefs that wealthy people share:
When something doesn't work, they don't view it as a failure so much as an opportunity to learn how not to behave, so that during their next effort they are successful.
They do not give up even before they've started.
They use their money wisely.
They take responsibility for what happens in their life and do not believe that things happen by chance.
They have respect for others and will enlist help from others to ensure the success of an endeavor.
Regardless of the potential for a negative (even disastrous) result in a situation, they will always look for the possible positive outcome.
They believe strongly in the necessity of commitment, not only to others but to the project.
They do not engage in self-limiting thoughts, and instead of saying “I can't afford it,” they will ask “How can I afford it?”
Think about the word money for a moment and see what kind of emotional responses the term evokes in you. Do you have negative feelings about never having enough of it? Do you view having money as not compatible with your spiritual life? Your thoughts about abundance or lack of money create a vibration that magnetizes your mindset. That magnetic vibration either impedes or enhances the flow of currency to you.