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Prosperity Consciousness - Do you have it?
Prosperity begins with feeling good about you. It is the freedom to do what you want to do, when you want to do it.
The usual perception of prosperity is financial prosperity or wealth. But it is never an amount of money. It is a state of mind, an internal state of abundance. Prosperity or lack of it is only an outer expression of beliefs that you hold in your mind.
The Law of Attraction states, “You attract what you are”. You don’t attract what you want but you attract who you are. What are the beliefs you have about yourself? Do you deeply believe that you deserve good things in life? That is called prosperity consciousness!
Prosperity consciousness is when you feel that you are deserving of all the very best that life has to offer and it includes financial abundance, success, love, joy, and bliss.
Our subconscious mind is a very powerful tool gifted by God. Whether it is a negative or a positive belief that we hold, it manifests in physical reality exactly what we believe in. Its duty is to obediently serve to validate our beliefs by bringing to us the experiences that reflect our beliefs, whatever they may be, like a faithful servant. It can never ‘betray’ us. So just by taking a look where we stand at present in our life, in terms of prosperity, can give us a good indication of the deep beliefs we are holding in our subconscious mind.
Most of us have old limited way of thinking regarding money. Some of the familiar ones are –
Money is root of all evil; Rich people are superficial and shallow in their hearts; Rich people are crooks; I am poor but good; Only people who cheat have money; Money is difficult to come by; I am not good enough to make money; It is very competitive out there and I am not going to make it; I will never get a good job; Everyone else comes first; I don’t deserve; I don’t need money else I’ll get stuck up; Spirituality and money doesn’t go hand in hand; ....and so on.
Do any of these beliefs resonate with you?
Louise Hay, a wonderful inspirational teacher, says that if you want money only to help others, then you are saying you are worthless.
Physical reality is only an effect and not the cause
As a child we have learned how to feel about ourselves and about life and money from our family and these have become part of our consciousness. When we grow up, we are only re-creating the experiences that validate our beliefs acquired in our early life. The subconscious mind works very subtly and we express our negative beliefs unconsciously, creating a self-sabotaged life. If the root belief is of being unworthy, the probability is that this belief must be reflecting in almost all areas of your life. Your subconscious mind will make sure that you continually fail in all your efforts to attain healthy relationships, love, money or success in work. Even if you get these, you will soon loose them in some or the other manner because your belief of being undeserving is too strong to let abundance stay with you. Isn't it ironical that we are sabotaging our lives ourselves without our conscious awareness? So now on, start observing your internal dialogues, emotions and patterns carefully.
This is not to condemn or criticize you but to bring to your awareness that if you truly want to prosper, these beliefs need to come to your conscious awareness and then be released from your consciousness. Just having a wishful thinking of wanting more money doesn’t work! You must be willing to shed the old patterns and beliefs of scarcity to make room for abundance. The outer reality cannot be changed while you still carry these limiting beliefs in your consciousness. If there is disharmony between your desire for abundance and your beliefs about your ability or unworthiness or other negative ego-oriented beliefs, subconscious mind will resist any change you desperately try to make towards your desire outwardly and so create resistance in manifestation of prosperity. Therefore, working on changing the effect rather than the cause will be a wasteful and a very frustrating exercise.
Words and thoughts are incredibly powerful
Anything physical that is present in the third dimension essentially originated in the fourth dimension as a thought!
The beauty of making this new prosperity work is that where ever you are at present is because of your past thoughts and thoughts can be changed. All you have to do is to be willing to allow yourself to think new thoughts and embrace the change. When a ‘shift’ takes place from the consciousness of undeserved ness to prosperity consciousness, whole Universe is available to you. There is absolutely no limit! Universe totally supports us in every thought we choose to think and believe.
Dr. Wayne Dyer says, "Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into."
In true essence, we are inherently Divine and have unlimited Divine capacity within us to manifest anything that we really desire or need. Dr. Dyer has further put it beautifully, “You're here as a spiritual being having a temporary human experience”. We truly deserve the abundance of the Universe. Having money doesn’t make us dirty or evil or selfish. Just like all matter, money is simply energy.
I would like to share a recent personal experience of mine here.
Two months back, I decided to attend 3 workshops on alternative medicine to learn healing techniques. As I calculated, the total fee for these workshops amounted to Rs 29,300. Though the amount was big one but I told to myself that this is not wastage of money as money spent in good work is well utilized. So I blessed the recipient of the amount mentally and thanked her for giving me the opportunity to circulate the money to her through me. I went on to happily pay the fee for the first workshop. The very next day my colleague called me to give the information that our increment was approved and we have received an arrears of Rs 30,000. I was stunned at how fast the Universe responded to my consciousness. I pondered over the whole situation and realized that If I had resented paying that amount, I would have acted from the consciousness of lack and shortage and that’s what Universe would give me back- more experiences to feel shortage in life.
I am not advocating materialism here. Certainly not! The point I am making is to sincerely check with your attitude and deep beliefs about prosperity. Are these beliefs serving you your best life possible? Are your beliefs coming from God-consciousness or ego-consciousness? Again I emphasize its not about amount of money. For Universe, no amount is big or small. It is our ego that assigns value to the money.
Denying good from flowing into your life including financial abundance is a resistance from ego.
Some of us may say, 'I have myself chosen this way of life and I don't want wealth, success, fame, power or more people in my life. I just want a simple life'. is it really so or is it the ego's defense mechanism in action? I feel the benchmark to find answer to this is whether or not you are at peace from within.
Let go of all resistance in form of negative thoughts and doubts and simply be in a state of ‘allowing’ knowing that we and the Source are one. If we can tap into the state where we are in complete alignment with the Source in our thoughts most of the time, we are tapping into the dimension of infinite possibilities.
Nothing belongs to us
At the same time it is utmost important to remember that though abundance is our birthright, yet we really don’t own anything. Nothing belongs to us. It all belongs to the Source. We only use possessions for a certain period until they pass on to someone else. All matter is in natural rhythm of constantly flowing. This is the Law of Universe. Money also needs to be constantly circulated, the flow must go on. Only when it is held back, it rusts. Holding back and not giving away has built within it the idea of shortage, lack, and I don’t have enough. Similar is the case with the need to have more. Instead, focus on what you already have and how thankful you are for everything that has shown up in your life. What you give out happily, comes back to you in plenty because you are unattached to needing it. It is ego that always dreads shortage and needs more. When you are aligned with the Cosmic power that creates all things, you will feel internally prosperous and abundant and be in absolute peace knowing that all your needs will always be fulfilled.
Resenting others success and getting jealous of others prosperity also comes from belief of lack and shortage in one’s own life. Rejoice in others good fortune and say to yourself that Universe has unlimited supply and there is plenty for all of us. Raise your consciousness to allow everything to become part of your abundance and accept it graciously when it shows up in your life.
Money just like everything else is a Spiritual journey believe it or not. Both the states- 'needing more' and 'denying at all' - are ego states. Be in state of 'allowance' which is your real 'Self' and allow the abundance of Universe to flow in.