It will inspire you to peel back a lifetime of conditioning and, instead of settling for what is, believe you can achieve your goals and dreams.
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Abundance, or the Lack Thereof
Joe Somebody was born into a nice middle-class family who loved him very much. Because they loved him so much, they wanted to keep him safe. And because they wanted to keep him safe, they did what all parents do who love their children — taught him about life by teaching him the rules their parents taught them:
Don't do that — you'll put your eye out.
Clean your plate — children are starving in China.
Put that back — we can't afford it.
Put that up — you can't shave the cat.
Don't buy that — money doesn't grow on trees.
Don't jump off the roof — you'll break your neck.
Pick something else — we're not made of money.
You can't have that — there's only so much to go around.
All sound advice and based on Joe's parent's knowledge of life. Joe went to school and learned even more:
He learned to regurgitate information.
He learned to quit daydreaming.
He learned to think the way the old textbooks told him to think.
He learned to pick a trade to fall back on because dreams don't pay the bills.
He learned you must work hard to make money.
Quite simply, he learned to settle.
Joe went to college to learn a trade because dreams don't pay bills. He got married, bought a small house, and had two wonderful children. He loved his children very much so he taught them about life.
He scrimped and saved because money doesn't grow on trees.
He wanted to buy his family nice things and travel with his kids, but he couldn't afford that.
Joe still dreamed his childhood dreams, but he never pursued them because they don't pay the bills and he wasn't made of money. Joe settled.
Joe spent much of his time worrying about money and the lack of it. His lack of money consumed much of his time as he tried to make his money match his month. He knew he had to work hard to make money, so he worked harder.
Joe loved his family very much and was thankful for what he had. He felt guilty for wanting more because there was only so much to go around. He never jumped off a roof or broke his neck. He didn't put an eye out and never shaved a cat. Joe couldn't afford the things he wanted because he knew money was tight and didn't grow on trees, and he put things back because he hadn't worked harder to get more money. Joe learned his lessons well.
Years marched by. Joe got old and sick. As he lay on his deathbed reflecting on his life of hard work, of scrimping and saving to get by, and of unfulfilled dreams, a stranger burst in.
The stranger held up an envelope and breathlessly panted, "Joe, I've been meaning to tell you about this. You have a savings account with millions of dollars in it. It's yours for the taking. You can do anything you want. It's always been available for you to access. Sorry you didn't know about it sooner. Here you go."
Joe sat up and in his dying breath said, "Well, that sucks. What I wouldn't have given to have known about it sooner."
I'm here to inform you that you do have an account containing untold riches that is accessible at any time. I will show you exactly how to get it, the name and location of the institution, and the account number, and then hand you the keys.
If this is true, would you buy and read this book and do exactly what it says? Well, fish out that credit card and head for the checkout because the information contained herein can do just that. (Realizing, of course, Joe's story is a metaphor and the institution that contains your abundance is not a brick-and-mortar building — but just as accessible.)
The information in this book comes from many sources:
1. Natural Laws of the Universe
2. Masters of all cultures and time periods
3. Contemporary teachers and books
4. Especially science (for those left-brained, logical cynics)!
It's a compilation of many ideas and truths that are proven, as reliable as gravity, and oh so much fun to learn. And when put into practice, the rewards are abundant.
The information shared herein is the path to the awareness of who you really are and what you really can do, be, and have.
The only thing that keeps you from your dreams (big, exciting, and scary) is not having the awareness of how to achieve them.
Awareness seems to be the operative word here. How do we get this awareness? Let's be adventurous and find the answer on the Awareness Trail.
So saddle up because we are on a journey of discovery — and you will never be the same again.
Abundance Is Not a Four-Letter Word
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." — John 10:10
We need to get the ground rules straight. We are leaving our preconceived notions of lack and unworthiness at the door. We all have them: I'm not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, rich enough to (fill in the blank). Kick them off like we do our shoes at a snotty friend's front door. Come on this trek with an open mind and an open heart.
First and foremost, abundance is not a four-letter word. It is not something to be hidden, apologized for, or whispered about. God does not want you to be poor, contrary to what many organized institutions may lead you to believe. We were born to have abundance.
"The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand." — Deuteronomy 28:12
We are so afraid to look abundance in the eye.
"Well, I'll take a little," you say. "Can't be selfish. Just enough to get by."
You weren't made in the image of God just to get by. Did God (Source, the Universe) make enough just to get by? Did He stop at creating just one star and say, "Okay, I guess I have enough light to read a book and stay warm"?
No! He wanted to see amazing galaxies and pet amazing animals and converse with amazing angels. He didn't stop at mediocre. He demanded abundance in all things, and so should you.
And for you to be able to appreciate all of what this amazing universe offers, you must have a "currency" that allows you to afford these opportunities. You must trade some of your "energy" (that for which you have traded your time or your creations) to other people who in turn trade their energy to you: exciting travel, sumptuous food, and comfortable shelter.
It is not selfish or evil to want to experience this wonderful world, to play all the wonderful games, and to create a wonderful life. Until you realize that it is your birthright to love and participate in all aspects of this planet you call home, you will never claim all the abundance that will allow you a full life.
Claiming abundance does not mean taking away something from someone else. It doesn't mean competing for a limited supply, with some having more and leaving some with less.
When you understand abundance, you understand there is an unlimited supply of energy, and you discover how to create it.
Genuine abundance means defining what an abundant life means to you and spending your currency on the things you value, so you don't end up spending this energy on inconsequential dribble.
Wallis Wattles, author of The Science of Getting Rich, eloquently explained this dictate from the Universe:
"The right to be rich ... the fact remains that is not possible to live a complete and successful life unless one is rich. No one can rise to his greatest possible height of talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money. To develop the soul and the talent he must have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has the money to buy them with ... Therefore, the basis of all advancement must be the science of getting rich ... the object of all things is development, and everything that lives has an inalienable right to all the development it is capable of attaining. A person's right to life means he has the right to use all the things that may be necessary to his fullest unfolding. Success in life is becoming what you want to be, and you can only have the use of things when you can become rich enough to buy them ... If you neglect this study, you are derelict in your duty to yourself, to God, and to humanity, for you can render to God and to humanity no greater service than to make the most of yourself."
We have a duty to use our talents to create the most abundant life we can. Steve Bow once said, "God's gift to you is more talent and ability that you could possibly use in your lifetime. Your gift to God is to develop as much of that talent and ability as you can in this lifetime." Jesus told the parable of the talents. (Here talents means money, but how cool they called it talents, as we all have talents we can develop.) To paraphrase drastically, the servant who tripled his given talents was richly rewarded, and the servant who buried his talents, doing nothing with them, was stripped of even that.
"For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him." — Matthew 13:12
The Universe, God, Source, or Infinite intelligence wants us to grow our lives, our talents, and our bank accounts. Divinity wants us to have abundance. If we squander our opportunities and don't develop our God-given talents, our lives naturally contract instead of expand. Expansion is the natural direction of the Universe and it should be ours as well.
Abundance is real and achievable and, well, abundant. It does not just mean monetary wealth, but abundance will always include as much monetary wealth as needed to obtain all the things that make your life rich in body, mind, and soul. It is yours for the asking. There is no lack or scarcity.
Okay, stop your argument right here. I know you will tell me about the starving children in China. We all remember the reason we cleaned our plates when we were little. (I am still a little hazy on why eating everything on our plates somehow helped those children. I actually think we were rubbing it in, but I digress.)
Everything the masters teach works for all people equally. The natural laws we will discuss work as equally well for the Chinese children as it does for you, but I doubt they are reading this book at the moment. I do not mean to be uncaring, but pity and handouts have not eradicated the wretchedness of poverty in all of human history.
The best thing you can do for them is to learn this information, implement it, get abundantly wealthy, and go teach and help them.
Let me prove how abundance is rampant in your life.
There is an abundance of air, of water, of smiles, of love, and of gratitude.
There is an abundance of health. There is not a rationing of health, in which only so many people can be healthy at a time.
There is an abundance of knowledge and information. Did you know that 76 percent of people in the world have the Internet and access to 100 percent of all the information ever cataloged?
There is an abundance of ideas, dreams, and thoughts. And when you realize where abundance truly comes from, you will realize how unlimited it is.
"Hey, but I want, like, an abundance of money," you say.
"You can have as much money as you believe you can," I tell you.
"But there is only so much money to go around," you say.
"Those rich, greedy bastards have the largest part of the pie."
"Make another pie," I reply. "There is an abundance of ingredients for an infinite number of pies. You just have to know where to look." (Think this is a conundrum? Make a commitment to yourself to finish this book and find the answer.)
There is an abundance of imagination and willpower. You can choose a variety of perceptions and directions in your life. Your dream may not be to become filthy (what an adjective) rich, but I can almost bet you must have some cash to attain it. Making your life rich does not necessarily mean making your bank account explode, but it does mean knowing what stirs your soul and having the ability to obtain it.
"That's really what wealth does for you. It gives you freedom to make choices." — Oprah Winfrey
"There's a wealth that has nothing to do with dollars, that comes from the perspective and wisdom of paying attention to your life." — Oprah Winfrey
"I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I've become. If I had, I'd have done it a lot earlier." — Oprah Winfrey
"The journey to financial freedom starts the minute you decide you were destined for prosperity, not scarcity — for abundance, not lack. Isn't there a part of you that has always known that? Can you see yourself living a bounteous life — a life of more than enough? It only takes one minute to decide. Decide now." — Mark Victor Hansen
"The cause of poverty is not scarcity. It is fear and small thinking." — Alan Cohen
"There is no lack in the world. The lack is in you, and if you will stop seeking lack and stop thinking lack ... you will make marvelous demonstrations." — Al Koran
Abundance means you have all that is needed to live the life of your dreams. Think of that for a moment. Feel the feelings you would have if this might be true: the satisfaction, the relief, the contentment, the opportunities, the freedom to do what you love, the wisdom to recognize your truly amazing gifts, the authenticity to appreciate them.
You have a responsibility, a divine commandment, to accomplish what your heart desires. To do less is to squander your birthright, to insult the Universe.
1. What would abundance look like in your life? Be as specific as possible in as many areas of your life as you can. List where you wish to live, what your dream home looks like, who you share it with, where you travel, what your vehicle looks like, what charities you give to, what your leisure time looks like, and how you grow your life.
2. What would it feel like if you had this abundance? Literally feel the emotions you would experience if you possessed this abundance. Take each category and list as many emotions for that specific goal as you can imagine: love, contentment, pride, respect, fulfillment, excitement, anticipation, eagerness, gratitude, satisfaction, accomplishment, happiness. Keep going; these are just to get you started!
Everyone's abundance destination may be different, but the journey is always the same. Every stage of the journey is important, especially the very first step. As Confucius said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Before you take that first step, however, it is essential that you each set the final destination, the desired result you wish to achieve. Just as you wouldn't leave for a long-anticipated vacation without any idea of where you are going, you shouldn't live your life without a plan for achieving what you desire.
You need to be very clear on that desired goal but very flexible on the route used to get there. The goal is the final destination, the ultimate vision of where you wish to see yourselves. The journey is the process, the ability to put into practice the concepts we will master in this book. The route is the direction; it is the way the Universe guides your steps to this ultimate outcome. Let the Universe decide on the route, stay flexible, take the first step, and set your goal.
It's time to set a desired outcome.
Most people when pressed to do so, will say (1) "I don't know what I want," or (2) "I am happy where I am." The first part of that sentence is an excuse and, in fact, a cop-out; the second part is a lack of awareness.
Let's deal with the first part of this sentence, "I don't know what I want." The excuse is based on the fact that we have forgotten how to dream of that amazing life we have always wanted. We don't know what steps we need to take to achieve it. We think it's not possible, so we abandon it. Whether by lack of early positive encouragement or just getting tired of being disappointed, we settle and rationalize that is how the world works.
Pretend with me for a moment that this is not how the world works. Pretend the world works in two different ways, depending on how we choose to look at it.
Assume there are two different envelopes offered to us in this lifetime, and we can choose which envelope we want.
"Everyone comes to this earth blessed with the privilege of controlling his mind power and directing it in any way he may choose," said Andrew Carnegie, the early twentieth-century magnate. "But everyone brings over with him at birth the equivalent of two sealed envelopes."
Let's look at our two choices.
Carnegie continues, "One is clearly labeled the riches you may enjoy if you take possession of your own mind and direct it toward the ends of your own choice. The other is labeled the penalties you must pay if you neglect to take possession of your own mind and direct it."
Excerpted from "The Lawyer and The Law of Attraction"
Copyright © 2018 Paula Kidd Casey J.D..
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Abundance, or the Lack Thereof, 1,
Chapter 2 Dream Weaver, 10,
Chapter 3 Do You Believe in Magic?, 21,
Chapter 4 The Secret of The Secret, 30,
Chapter 5 Thoughts Become Things, 47,
Chapter 6 Living in the Now, 54,
Chapter 7 Quieting the Mind, 62,
Chapter 8 Gratitude Is the Attitude, 73,
Chapter 9 A Spirit Being Human, 81,
Chapter 10 Write Your New Story, 96,
Chapter 11 What Does Science Have to Do with It?, 110,
About the Author, 125,