"What is outrageous
is not what you ask for.
What is outrageous
is what you settle for."
You can always tell
what you believe you deserve
by what you are getting."
-- Alan Cohen
[Classic post from 6-19-17]
These two quotes can seem to be a bit harsh, but they are so accurate in our lives whether we accept them or not.
I was thinking about abundance and had this question: What are the limits to abundance? Is there only so much and then it is gone? Is it only for some like the lucky, those with the right upbringing and education? It seems that a few people have what we might call abundance and the rest have such limited abundance. How much abundance is there?
As I pondered those questions, it hit me that abundance cannot have any limits or it would not be abundance. It is not abundance that is limited, it is our thinking. It is our point of view of the world around us and within us. Abundance can be ours. It is limitless. And that's the key for us--we have to jettison our self-imposed limits.
I shared this quote from Thomas Troward last week and it is certainly worthy of repeating every hour of our lives. Beginning with the idea that we limit ourselves, he said, "All of this exists in, and is produced by, our belief; and when we come to examine the grounds of this belief we shall find that it rests upon an entire misapprehension of the nature of our own power."
And he adds the best part of his entire treatise on the subject of abundance that he calls, The Spirit of Opulence: "If we clearly realize that the creative power in ourselves is unlimited, then there is no reason for limiting the extent to which we may enjoy what we can create by means of it."
"Where we are drawing from the infinite we need never be afraid of taking more than our share." After all, it wouldn't be infinite if there were finite shares, would it? Using the word share regardless of the size of that share is a limit, isn't it? Bill Gates has a big share, and yet there are no limits to the size of his share because there are no limits in abundance and he hasn't really but taken a few grains of sand from all the sand in all the Universe.
"That is not where the danger lies. The danger is in not sufficiently realizing our own richness, and in looking upon the externalized products of our creative power as being the true riches instead of the creative power of spirit itself."
We look around. We see others driving big fancy expensive cars and trucks. We see multi-million dollar homes and all manner of luxurious amenities abound on TV and the media. And, we often may see that and compare ourselves at whatever levels we may compare, and yet none of this is abundance. And abundance is not money. Though money is abundant, it is spirit is the real abundance. We each have that same spirit within us regardless of the external indications that we pay so much more attention to.
In our human suit and using our human brain and human skills, we all set limits on abundance. We all accept a certain amount as good enough. This is fine. We all define abundance and on what level we will play. Yet our spirit has none of those limitations.
My only suggestions from my thoughts and those of Thomas Troward this morning is that we realize that there are no limits to abundance and that there is no such thing as a fair share or any kind of share when we refer to abundance. Abundance is limit-less. And, the other thing is that it might be fun to occasionally examine what we are getting and realize that there is more should the desire be there to expand our conceptions and presumptions.
Limited Abundance? Only In Our Minds!
Spread Some Joy Today--because there are no limits to the amount of joy you can have and share with others. Joy is and love is abundance.