25 Oct Is It Brand-Slavery or is It Abundance? How Do YOU Define It?
Abundance: Starting from Zero
Anywhere can be a place to start seeking abundance, if it includes loss, humility, and the clarity of self-awareness they give us.
Conscious loss clears out our inner space for more of what we truly want.
Another nudge in the right direction toward self-defining abundance: the answer is right in front of you–you just have to be willing to look right in front of you to see it. Our soul-colleague sound and Reiki healer Andrea Wenger described coming out to herself as abundant in her chapter in the book Inspired Voices:
My answer in recent months to the question of “what do I want?” was to be a clear channel of healing…and be supported! Often the last phrase was spoken with desperation and exasperation: “I’ve found the healing work I’m gifted in and love to do, and it’s transformative and a blessing to others. Why isn’t the Universe supporting me in it? I just want to pay my bills and take care of myself reasonably well. I don’t need an expensive car or vacation in Hawaii! What am I missing here? I just want to be supported!!”
In that moment, I saw the scarcity and lack in those statements,,,. I had a beautiful home, a reliable car, and plenty of food in my kitchen, and even a garden in my small inner-city back yard. Income and other resources were showing up consistently, month by month, even day by day, to support me in paying my bills and starting to pay off debts….I burst into tears—this time, tears of relief and understanding…even joy. I am being supported!
Abundance = noticing I already have what I am asking for. (Which may mean I need to change what I’m asking!)
Beth Crittenden, a gifted financial wellness coach, explored her internal dialogue around joining the San Francisco Tennis Club, (whose motto is “luxury without apology”)
I might get more rather than less bitter about “wealthy” people after I do it.
I might overdo it. (Lord knows that is very often the case. At least I shouldn’t be surprised if I overdo it.)
But as of now, I am planning on joining the San Francisco Tennis Club for at least 4 months…..
and deciding ultimately that:
Jeez, writing this list I see how it would potentially do more harm to NOT join this place, at least for those inferiority complex reasons, and at least have the experience of surviving there…
In my comment on her post, I shared my own definition of abundance:
I way love what happens to me when I claim what’s deeply luxurious for me!….I have a closet, serious deeply-devoted-to-luxury side who has taken me (quite alone, thank you, as well as with a select friend) to a five-star hotel for my birthday, and at times to what for me represents the most exquisite spa in my area. One of the beautiful things this does for me come when I am not comfortable financially taking myself to these places and I have abundant luxury experiences to draw on so that I may travel there in the dreamtime–with deep healing received…I create home high-teas for myself, my daughter, and anyone who will sit still long enough from within this loving Aphrodite-Hestia temple inside me.
and toasted Beth’s self-definition
with a dreamtime flute of exquisitely expensive champagne.
Is It Brand-Slavery or is It Abundance?
So now I ask you to self-define. Make sure that brand-slavery has not cornered your mental market.
It’s vital to self-define abundance.
Tell me: how do YOU define abundance? I’d love to know.