Abundance is such a great word! It’s funny how for most of us, at least some of the time, thinking of the word abundance doesn’t exactly “spark joy”! I’m shameless about using Marie Kondo’s “spark joy” expression whenever I can but that’s for another post.
The dictionary definition of abundance has no negative connotations whatsoever. In fact, it’s pretty simple and upbeat, if anything.
Abundance is often defined as “a very large quantity of something; or plentifulness of the good things of life; prosperity.”
The second version sparks more joy for me. How could we not love the idea of “plentifulness of the good things of life”?
But, I will admit, as I try to do often as we are all in this together, that there are times when thinking about abundance, especially financial abundance, can cause my vibration to dip. It can trigger a bunch of thoughts that I don’t even actually agree with that have the theme of “difficulty, impossibility, hard work, obstacles, how, how, how, and it’s not easy or simple.”
Knowing that something is not true or helpful is not always a guarantee of not having those ridiculously intrusive thoughts about anything, especially MONEY AND FINANCIAL ABUNDANCE.
How did it become so loaded for most of us, at least some of the time? And, more importantly, how can we change that and allow ourselves to enjoy true financial abundance?
I think this great A-Hicks quotation sums up perfectly the shift we need to make:
You cannot be in a steady feeling of poverty and allow abundance. Those two vibrations don’t go together. You’ve got to find the vibration of abundance. Humans often say, “How can I find the vibration of abundance when I’m standing in a vacuum where no abundance exists?” And we say: You’ve got to use the power of your mind. You’ve got to find a way to offer a vibration that matches abundance before abundance can flow into your experience. You have to feel the way you want to live.
I’m purposely focusing upon financial abundance rather than abundance in all things, which actually I would rank as more important, because the financial element seems to trip us up the most. Somehow we have come to look at money as something that has special powers and doesn’t operate like every other type of energy in the Universe.
But, um, it actually doesn’t have any special powers and it is only energy. Let’s repeat that one again, money is energy just like everything else. So how do we flip the switch, as in, begin to think of money as having the same energy as everything else and that manifesting money can be just as easy as manifesting anything else in our lives?
First, we need to look at our thoughts about money with no-holds-barred. We can accomplish this pretty easily by thinking about our bank balance or something we’d like to have or do that costs money. If it feels really good or easy or attainable bravo! If, on the other hand, our thoughts are more along the lines of “how will I ever get out of living paycheck to paycheck?” or “I have no way of making that kind of money,” or “I’ve never really had money flowing into my life easily and probably won’t,” then we have uncovered at least a few of the limiting beliefs we have about financial abundance.
Try not to blame yourself and I won’t either if you have those resistant thoughts. Most of us learned by many well-intentioned people that money is hard to come by, that we need to hold onto it, not waste it, and maybe even that good or spiritual people shouldn’t want to have lots of money.
There are plenty of destructive thoughts about financial abundance that could probably fill this entire page but it’s more worthwhile to try to unearth what our own limiting beliefs might be.
I’ve definitely arrived at the point that I do not think that having money is not spiritual or that I don’t deserve it or that it shouldn’t be spent on things that spark joy. I know for a fact that Source, the Universe, Infinite Intelligence, wants us to have joyful lives and that having money is a necessity in the world we live in if we want to experience some of the more wonderful things that are available to us.
The other very important aspect of having financial abundance that I now know is that it not only helps us to have easier, more comfortable, and more joyful lives but it also helps us to be generous with others. We can do more for the people we care about and even people we don’t even know but would like to help when we have financial abundance. Having money does not deprive others of money.
Despite knowing all of those truths about money and financial abundance, there is the occasional blip where it feels like money is just in some special category that requires something extraordinary to happen in order to have all that we need and desire. I mean, we’ve been taught that it doesn’t grow on trees, right?
The path to allowing in the financial abundance we deserve involves being able to feel the abundance that we already have in our lives. Even if we aren’t technically wealthy, by someone’s definition, we have lots of abundance in our lives if we have a place to live, good food to eat, and warm clothes to wear. We have financial abundance if we have a cell phone to communicate with the people we care about or can buy a book we love or watch a television show that entertains us. The money that creates those pretty basic things in our lives, for most of us, is the same energy that creates what many would think of as lots of money. IT’S THE SAME ENERGY. So, we can make a decision to stop limiting ourselves by imagining that allowing in more money is such a big deal, difficult, impossible, or requires winning the lottery.
When we can appreciate the abundance we already have and not feel that we are trapped at some set point that we’ve created, the arbitrary set point will rise. Money will come in through unexpected channels. It’s just the way energy works.
If we made a list of all of the things we have and can do in our lives that require some level of cash, money, financial abundance, and looked at it each day, we would soon be in the place where we were using the power of our minds to create the vibration of abundance. And, once we’ve cleaned up that vibration to the point that we are no longer harboring that feeling of lack or scarcity, we can do a much better job of using our imaginations to create a scenario where we have the money that would allow us to be living the lives we want. And, it doesn’t have to take a long time. It’s just changing our perspective and it’s just energy.
Remind yourself and write down, which always makes your intentions more solid, several times in your life when you felt abundance, ease, and that you could be generous. They don’t need to even have occurred recently. Those memories don’t need to be focused purely upon money, but anything that created or creates those feelings of abundance, ease or generosity. Those are the same feelings that most of us have when we feel abundant. And, you will want to really feel those feelings as you write down those examples. It’s an approach for avoiding those lackful thoughts that keep you where you are as this exercise doesn’t require you to think specifically about creating and allowing in dollars. You just jump right into creating the same feeling of having those dollars. It’s another way of allowing in that energy that is the perfect match to financial abundance.
I’d love to hear how that works for you! Whenever I’ve made those lists, for fun, money has shown up for me unexpectedly. And, it reminds me that things can be much easier than we often think. I have lots of tools for changing our abundance vibration and would be happy to help you to change your abundance set point. You can reach me at email@example.com