It is said, by economists and guru’s alike, that there is enough in the world for everyone. In a material and spiritual sense. The world has enough resources for everyone not to be hungry and everyone to be safe. Thereby the overwhelming sense of scarcity that is prevalent in our world today is basically created by us humans.
It might be overly simple to say that “because we can’t believe that there is enough to go around for everyone, we have found ourselves in a paradigm, in which there apparently is not enough for everyone.
To challenge that paradigm might feel like David facing Goliath, with the prospects of coming out victorious close to zero, but what we can do, and I believe it is a worthwhile start, is to question the belief system in ourselves and take actions to adjust it, one step at a time.
Of course each one of us has a personal set of beliefs and conditionings around the subject of abundance, mostly passed on from our families, our environment and the culture we grew up in. The reality of some might be that of poverty and scarcity, whilst others grew up with no worries and plenty of resources available to them.
One would think that one or the other would be a guarantee for a replicated reality in adulthood and many times it pans out this way, but not always.
Often enough it is not the material resources we have that make us feel that we have plenty or are lacking, but a deeply engrained sense of trust or mistrust in our survival.
This primal notion commonly has little to do with the actual reality of our bank account or assets and more to do with an overall sense of faith (or lack thereof) that our basic needs will be met and a basic trust in the fundamental benevolence of existence.
This might sound a bit naive, or even esoteric, but it has been my personal experience and overall observation.
There is something to be said about seeing the glass half full rather then half empty. It is always a matter of perception and personal reality.
I find that a fundamental key to shifting ones old entrenched patterns of deficiency towards a more integrated and sustainable sense of abundance is by practicing gratitude.
Being grateful for what is, initially, is a simple recognition and appreciation of what you do have, and ultimately is like inviting in more of the same.
A famous business coach once told me, “imagine we would learn to treat our wealth in a way in which we would like to be treated in a relationship. “
Just imagine you would keep telling your partner: “you are never enough”, “i don’t trust that you will stay”, be obsessed about them or control them. Would you want to stick around? Probably not.
Well the same goes for money, and other things….or in turn, imagine if you have a more rejecting attitude toward prosperity, “I don’t really care about you”, “I only need you to survive, but I don´t really respect you”…….the same is true. It is simply not a nourishing environment for anybody, or anything.
So if you take a moment to have a closer look at your sense of abundance and what your core beliefs around it are and what sentences you unconsciously perpetuate, that create the reality you find yourself in.
This is where you can make an internal shift in paradigm, and consciously change this internal dialogue to a more affirming and more inviting habitat for abundance.
Then those sentences toward that which you do have in your life might change to “you make me very happy”, “I am deeply grateful for you in my life”, “i respect you”, “I feel very supported by you”….
It doesn’t matter toward what in your life you say this, but if you want it to stay in your life, if you want it to flourish and grow, you should treat it with the same reverence and appreciation that you would wish for and indeed would need to thrive.
That makes sense, doesn´t it?
Personally I find that seeing and acknowledging the good things in my life, may they be little or big things, if I really come with an attitude of gratitude and feel the regard for it in my being, that I automatically feel a growing sense of abundance in my heart. Which btw is where abundance lives, not in the bank account, not in the garage or in the wardrobe, but in the heart and in the mind.
And it is my sincere belief and personal experience that the more space and solidity this sense of abundance gets within your heart and mind, the more it will start reflecting back to you on the outside.
Holistic Counselor & Co-Founder of DIMA – a Center for Conscious Living