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5. How come I always feel broke and what can I do to change
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Another area in our lives profoundly
affected by limited beliefs is our ability to create abundance.
To escape the bindings that tie you to your perception of
abundance, you must free yourself of the boundaries of “less-than”.
If you are “more-than” there can be no boundaries
around you or your creations. It is up to you to make any
necessary changes in your perception to have the abundant
life you want. Since you are the source of your creations,
understanding yourself is the bottom line.
There are unlimited possibilities
and wondrous probabilities when you understand the conditions
necessary to create abundance in your life. Steve Rother,
in his book, Welcome Home, describes five traditions of abundance.
I have changed the word “traditions” to “conditions,”
and have simplified his explanations. Abundance
is defined as having more than what is minimally required
- when all your needs are met with more to save and share.
Through the years many concepts and steps have been suggested
to take in order to create the abundance of love, joy, health,
and prosperity we desire in our lives.
The following are five simple, but not necessarily easy, conditions
needed to create prosperity in your life: All five conditions
are required for the abundance to manifest. Most of us find
one or two that still need to be met for our abundance to
The Five Conditions of Abundance
- Pay yourself first.
- Create a vacuum.
- Honor the universal flow of energy (blending vs. separation,
cause and effect).
- Adopt an attitude of abundance.
- Practice the art of graceful acceptance.
The first condition is
to get into the habit of paying yourself first.
People who say they do not have enough left over to pay themselves
(i.e. save for emergencies, vacations, future goals) will
never have enough. Paying yourself first is different than
being selfish. Being selfish is when you put yourself first
and do not assist others or when you get in the way of allowing
others to assist themselves. Paying yourself first may be
challenging for you if you have spent many years with a “how
may I serve you?” perspective. Your inability
to treat yourself well will limit the degree to which you
can implement the five conditions needed to create abundance.
The second condition
has to do with the laws of physics and the flow of universal
energy. It is to create a vacuum. Because
"nature abhors a vacuum", when a vacuum is formed,
it cannot exist for very long. A vacuum invariably attracts
surrounding energy/matter into itself. A vacuum is
created the moment you share. This is a universal
There are two types of vacuums: one is non-physical
and the other physical. An act of
unselfish sharing, a non-physical vacuum, invariably attracts
spiritual energy from the surrounding Universe.
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A nonphysical vacuum
is similar to the concept of tithing and receiving an exponential,
tenfold return. The act of unconditional giving, like any
act of charity, is an activation of this condition. It is
important that the giving is not done from a position of sacrifice,
scarcity, or lack. Thus thinking “If I don’t give
to them, they won’t love me”- that you are not
enough so you give to be loved - will affect the magnitude
of the exponential return.
The second type of vacuum is
created on a one-to-one physical
exchange. For example, if you want to buy a new car, you clean
out the garage to make room for its arrival, making space
for what you desire. You can donate clothing to make space
for the replacement by new clothes.
The third condition is
honoring the truth that there is a universal energy
that permeates all things. This is the energy of potential
that you may call “God,” “Love,”
or “All That Is.” Understand
that this energy responds to your intentions and actions.
This is what is called the Universal Law of Cause
and Effect. This is also referred to as the “Law
of Attraction”. Examine the intentions behind
your behavior. Intention is your primary motivation. Intent
is extremely significant because it is the fuel of co-creation.
Remember co-creation is your contribution to the
creation process. Ask yourself, “Do my
actions support a win-win or do they come from scarcity, make
wrong, or any other type of fear?” When your primary
motivation is survival, you continue to create an illusion
of separation and lack. We live in an abundant Universe and
the more you understand this, the more your personal life
will be abundant.
The fourth condition
is having an attitude of abundance. Adopt an attitude
of abundance in everything you do. The best way to
learn how to do this is by observing others who are healthy
role models in abundant living. It is imperative that you
learn to treat yourself well. How you define your reality
as abundant is by the way you treat yourself Now.
All of us deserve abundance and all of us are worthy. Make
a commitment to no longer being cheap with yourself. The two
ways to become abundant are by reaching for more and by becoming
grateful for what you already have. Abundance is an attitude,
and thankfully, the attitude can be achieved from wherever
you are at this very moment. A great way to condition yourself
is to start each day acknowledging at least five things for
which you are grateful.
The fifth condition is
the art of gracefully accepting what comes
to you. Many of you are wonderful at giving but have a very
difficult time with allowing yourself to receive. Abundance
only flows to the degree to which you allow it to flow; so
when anything comes your way, challenge yourself to find the
most graceful way to accept it. Since the true gift belongs
to the giver, do not want to rob the giver of the gift by
not accepting it gracefully. Start by learning to accept compliments
and small gifts gracefully.
Remember that all
5 conditions must be in place for you to manifest
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