What is Abundance, really? Part I
By its own virtue abundance seems to suggest that there is enough. I always thought having abundance meant having enough money. But just how much money is enough? Think about it. How much money would you need in order to feel that you have enough? What’s the magic number? How much is enough?
I have met people who make six figure incomes and still don’t feel they have enough. What about corporate America and its millions in earnings and all their greed? Incidentally, greed comes from an attitude of scarcity. Why then all the greed in such a sea of abundance?
Some time ago I met a life coach who was also a big believer of “The Secret”, which is all about the “Law of Attraction”. She told me I needed to change my attitude and the way I spoke. How do you ever expect to have abundance when talking about not having enough? Your attitude projects scarcity. She had a point. In the process of building my business I tended to voice my frustrations. We manifest what we think about, she continued, and invited me to listen to some tapes intending to help me acquire an attitude of abundance. Ok, it made sense. Maybe I had something to learn here, I thought, and accepted her invitation.
As I listened to the first tape, a male voice started talking about an organization that, upon my joining, would teach me all the secrets of building wealth. I couldn’t wait! He stressed the importance of listening to those who have walked before me. At the same time he elaborated about the uniqueness of his organization as its main membership was composed of an elite of wealthy people. He went on to say that generally the rich do not share their wealth building secrets. Quite to the contrary. They keep their secrets to themselves, hidden and protected. No doubt he was impressing upon me the rarity of this opportunity.
How interesting, I thought. If the rich have such abundance of wealth, why then do they need to protect their wealth building secrets? Why not share them with the world? Could it be that they fear there not being enough for everyone to go around? That there is a limited sized pie and the more people partake in it the smaller the pieces for everyone? Isn’t that in fact an attitude of scarcity and lack? And if in deed it is important for me to listen to those who have walked before me how will these people teach me an attitude of abundance with their obvious attitude of lack?
In deed the information on the tapes proved invaluable to me, quite the lesson in abundance actually, no doubt inspired by my spirit, but probably not in the way that the life coach or the gentleman on the tape had intended. In short, upon my listening to those tapes, I drew two conclusions. Having a lot of money doesn’t require an attitude of abundance nor does it seem to produce one. Ultimately I resolved that abundance has absolutely nothing to do with money!
Because even when we have a lot of money we can still feel insecure and fear not having enough. Because no matter how much we have, there will always be the possibility of running out.
So, what then is abundance really all about?
*** To be Continued ***