Many of us feel that spirituality is renouncing the joys, the abundance, the freedom of being alive in a complete sense but by embracing an abundant, balanced life, good health and longevity (not just in relation to the body) we can create a complete philosophy that encompasses body, mind and emotions.
Financial abundance like spirituality is primarily about sharing and trusting, going beyond our personal limitations and fears, embracing and dealing with who we are in a practical and real sense – energetically as well as financially. If we are connected to an energy field that encompasses financial anxiety and limited belief systems then we connect our anxieties and limitations to all that we do including negating our financial wellbeing.
This is a very common experience, more common than you think and is very unpleasant and totally unnecessary as a healthy means of expressing our wonderful being. These limiting beliefs can only be useful if dealt with in a way that helps us to grow beyond these limitations.
This experience is not only personal but also encompasses our human history as it stems back to our cultural and genetic experiences. By observing history over thousands of years we can see that humanity’s mass fear, focused around survival, has impacted negatively around money. By focusing on the thought of having no or not enough money brings up real consequences that our ancestors and many people today struggle with.
In the most severe cases we can become prone to great lacks, corruptions, shame, failure, worthlessness and a sense of meaninglessness and are unable to partake in the abundance of life. So often we fill our energies with the fear of such consequences by bringing our thoughts and level of awareness to basic survival mode. Instead of freely sharing a sense of joyous celebration and living with a sense of gratitude for the many possibilities we are blind to the possibilities by the sense of lack and its many expressions.
When we personally experience and live with such anxiety we connect ourselves to the law of natural resonance whereby whatever we put out energetically, mentally, physically and emotionally attracts to itself experiences that resonate with itself rather than experiences that move us beyond such suffering.
When our experiences resonate with such personal limitations then we also attract the historical and present human collective anxiety around this issue. Rich or poor this experience of there not being enough is very unpleasant. What is the solution?
An important part of the solution would be to realise that a lot of what we are investing in whether it be feelings, thoughts or even real experiences stem from destructive thinking and that it is this thinking that is attracting the feelings and realities of lack – lack of all that creates a feeling of aliveness and rather reinforces the reality of lack and not enough.
So the first step would be to change such thinking by perhaps visualising or internally experiencing that this lack is simply a thought, an energy form, and can with practice be replaced with thoughts that better serve you, your family and your community.
This is perhaps done by relaxing, breathing and contemplating what it is like to be abundant in the things that create deep happiness for yourself and your community.
You can enjoy the dream of prosperity in this state, not simply in the mind but also in the body sensations and warm feelings that go with it. This creates confidence and a feeling of safety that the new thought that you are embracing can become your reality. As Tony Samara says, “Your inner world reflects the outside, as the outside reflects the inside.”
It is not simply the outer object of money that creates this safety and happiness, as when you meet many rich people they will tell you they are suffering from the same sense of lack as people who have nothing. So by facing the spiritual sense of prosperity you can separate the material from the psychological and hence empower your thoughts to correspond with the material level, creating real abundant happiness and safety. You can also in the same way empower your thoughts to correspond to the emotional and mental levels of your being creating freedom from the sense of lack that blinds you from all the joy of being alive in a complete sense.
It is very important to be honest about these belief systems and thereby be realistic rather than using this exercise to compensate for a sense of lack. Use this exercise for spiritual prosperity and psychological contentment so that you are free flowing with the spirit of the universe rather than swimming against the stream of life.
As you are open to receiving that which naturally comes with this flow you learn to surrender and give yourself to true love and compassion. This is of course easily achieved when we feel of service to others and it creates a sense of wisdom and freedom that flows into abundance on the material level. Such abundance also requires managing the material level with dignity and generosity and understanding that love is eternal and has no limitations.
Thinking in this way is not just a simple meditation or a type of schoolwork but rather an art like the graceful art of drinking tea in Japan. It is not simply the outcome or result that is important but rather the consciousness and act itself. If you act in a truly generous way then this thinking becomes your personal law over a period of time and with every such empowering thought you give more energy to thoughts that are similar in nature and thus reach a higher level within yourself and touch a perspective of understanding that is much more closely aligned to the natural abundance of life. As this art of thinking is repeated then the body and emotions begin to change to encompass this as your personal law and way of life.
The negative, fixed and rigid thoughts somehow disappear. Our unconscious thinking, which may say that I am poor, I am no good at this, I am too fat or too stupid or I will never achieve my goals changes and hence empowers an abundant form of consciousness rather than poverty consciousness.
Tony Samara – a living, spiritual master, discusses financial abundance through positive affirmations and selfless service as a method of personal transformation and self-realisation.