|The other day, as I found myself reading, for the millionth time, about our failing economy, I thought about all those who are struggling financially right now, and the enormous burden of fear and insecurity that seems to be running rampant among so many of us right now. I was in the process of preparing a press release, and decided to address this very issue. Of course, a press release must be brief, and when I finished my words for this project, I felt compelled to continue, as if what I said was perhaps inspirational, but only a beginning to really achieving the abundance that each of us wants to experience. Nevertheless, I felt that the ideas that came forth as I thought about this subject, were important. And so I share them here with some further meanderings about what it takes to fully realize prosperity in each of our lives. My “press release” thoughts were the following: “Recently, it seems that the economy is not bouncing back the way we all wanted and expected. We can’t help hearing from the media that national debt is rising, the housing market is still suffering, and that unemployment for many may be running out soon. Often, many of us feel that just mere survival in this economic climate is next to impossible. There seems to be a feeling of helplessness that is contagious. But, I disagree. There is much each of us can do to assure ourselves that not only can we survive, but we can thrive, even in such an atmosphere. Our thoughts and beliefs are powerful – so powerful, that we can create a better reality with them. No matter what we hear or see happening around us, we can focus on abundance and prosperity for ourselves and even for others about whom we care.
There are people out there with wealth even now, at a time when the world around them may be collapsing financially. So why do they have money? Because within their minds, they actually believe that they can! Somewhere along the road, they decided to succeed and to flourish, and that they weren’t going to take no for an answer. And even if their bank accounts told them differently, they refused to buy into the rampant beliefs ‘out there’ about the economic struggle we must all be in. They just imagined something better and got to work making it happen!
Too many of us give up when we are frustrated and give in when we can’t pay our bills. I believe that prosperity is possible for anyone who imagines it, dreams it, focuses on it, and refuses to think about lack. For those who concentrate on what they ‘have,’ and not what they ‘don’t have,’ who appreciate all material gains, no matter how small, who see their cup half full instead of half empty, there are riches galore. No matter what ‘bad news’ is broadcast to us, we each have the power to change our own circumstances right here and right now!”
Carrying these thoughts further, I’m aware that the most difficult thing about establishing a new belief system is that it’s hard to put out of our minds “what is.” For example, some people might be in debt, might even owe thousands of dollars to credit card companies. Others may struggle to pay all their bills or know that they need repairs on their houses or cars that they can’t now afford. Some individuals have lost their jobs, and can’t presently support their families, and others merely strain to make ends meet each month. When these circumstances are so apparent, how does one come to believe that just the opposite can be possible?
The answer, to me, lies in cultivating patience, developing faith in the promise of abundance from the Divine Spirit of which we are all a part, and nurturing thoughts that make us feel good. It doesn’t happen overnight, but little by little, with continued effort and perseverance, the human mind can change absolutely any situation. Paying attention to the following points will ultimately ensure a more prosperous, flourishing, comfortable existence for anyone, at any time, anywhere.
*Watch your thoughts every day. When you are feeling troubled or unhappy, ask yourself where your mind is focused. Often it will be centered on what you see happening with your finances, your job, your bills or the like. See if you can come up with a better-geeling thought. Any better-feeling thought will do. For example, you may be looking at your unpaid bills, and thinking, “I don’t know how I’m going to pay these bills,” or “I’ll never find a job,” or “the economy’s so bad, I’m just going to drown in this debt,” etc. As quickly as you can, negate this thought by saying to yourself, “erase,” or “not going there,” or “cancel, cancel.” Then pretend to be confident in your money-earning ability and substitute a thought like, “This is just temporary. I am finding a way to bring in the money I need!” Repeat this thought several times until you feel bette and then focus on another activity.
Abundance, as I see it, is a given. It is as natural to our being as color is to a flower. It is up to each of us to discover this truth in our own way in our own time. It is right now, a hidden truth to many, and yet it exists. It is a basic law of this universe in which we live. We just have to develop our belief in it, or in other words, become aware of it. And the simple steps above can help us in that process. Scarcity does not exist except within our minds. Today, take that next step, no matter what you hear about the economy, and open yourselves to the gift of plenty. It is waiting to be discovered.
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