Manifesting Abundance

They say that money makes the world go round, but those people who don't have enough money still manage to get by… Yes, get by… Those words strike a cold shock straight through your heart?

There's nothing worse in our society, which has become so materialistic, than struggling to get by on money which doesn't seem to be enough to meet all the needs you have – and it's no use making the observation that if we all consumed less, we'd all need less money: that's a truism, but it doesn't help if you believe that your life could be improved significantly by having greater amounts of cash in it.

There is however one fundamental truth which lies within that statement – and that is that money may not actually be the passport to happiness that you think it is.

You see, a lot of people believe that they could do many things in life when they've achieved wealth; but in fact most authors on manifestation suggest that the dynamic is actually the opposite way round – that it becomes possible to generate money by doing something that is in line with your hearts value, and gives you satisfaction at the deepest level of your soul.

Now which of these views of how the Law of Attraction operates is correct?

I think the answer is that they are both correct, and whether or not one or the other is true for you depends on your belief system, and on the way that you see the world.

For me, I'm in no doubt that the law of attraction and manifestation can manifest money successfully regardless of my objective – all that I need is to have sufficient belief, enough determination, and the willpower to continue to visualize my desired outcome on a continuing basis until it manifests in my world.

Those people who say that you actually need to have our soul purpose before manifesting money are probably thinking of motivation.

What I mean by this is that motivation can be very powerful source of energy – it can in fact be the energy that keeps your motivation high and prevents you from losing interest, or forgetting to visualize and focus on your desired objectives.

But unfortunately the desire to make money is often presented in a moral framework: the framework being something like this – that those who have a soul purpose, and seek to express it on the planet, can somehow mysteriously obtain greater fulfillment as well as greater abundance by pursuing this chosen path.

Indeed, that viewpoint has been expressed many times in books such as "Follow Your Heart and the Money Will Follow".

But it's a misnomer to imagine that you actually have to have some kind of burning desire to fulfill a good intention for the world before money will manifest.

It could be of course that making money is actually easier when you're doing it by pursuing something that you love, that's in line with your deepest values, but I also don't think there's anything wrong with pursuing money for its own sake, to give yourself a better life, as long as what you're doing to make it remains in line with your deepest values,  and so long as you're not contravening your own moral standards.

So what does this mean in practice?

The first thing it means is that you definitely have to work on the beliefs you hold which will prevent you from making money – anything you believe at a subconscious level which interferes with your belief in your ability to make money is definitely going to be unhelpful to you.

So for example consider whether or not you've actually ever heard - and believe - any of these statements:

  • It takes lots of effort to make money

  • people will respect me more if I have money

  • I earned it the hard way

  • it's better to give than receive

  • making money is all about who you know, not what you know

  • you can't trust people who ask for money

  • most people who get money easily will miss use it

  • be able to help others when I have enough money

  • no one should have that much money

  • I need a lot of money to be secure

  • there is never enough money to go round

  • everything depends on money

  • my happiness depends on money

Well,  I think you get the idea – that all of us are governed by a set of basic beliefs which may or may not be correct, but are firmly held in our unconscious as absolute truths.

One of the authors who I admire in this field is LJ Carroll. She makes the interesting point that you can gain some insight into your own psychology motivation by going over the list of assertions about money provided here (a much more extensive list can be found in her book The Architecture of All Abundance).

Yes, the point she makes is that if you go through the list and substitute the words power or love or time or success for money, you may find some deeper truths around what you need to prioritize in life.

But of course one of the interesting things about this is that nothing occurs in this world in isolation. And that includes manifesting money using the Law of Attraction. Indeed, you can place yourself in your own economy: what, for example, is your time worth?

You see, this is a representation, not of your value to others, but your worth to yourself – and since we mostly learn to associate our self-esteem or self-worth with the financial worth that we hold, then clearly this is an association that can provide great insight into the way you value yourself, both financially and in human terms.

One of the key things that determines whether or not people are wealthy, is the statement "I can't afford it". Of course in objective terms that can be true, but the point is that it's a much more interesting question to consider at a soul level – in other words, can you afford to do a certain action or pursue a certain pathway, without compromising your soul?

Apparently Buckminster Fuller, who was a scientist and writer, as well as a philosopher, suggested everyone should give up their jobs and go home, and then stay there until they fully understood what it was necessary to do and not to do, what they were best suited for, what they were most passionate about, and what would give the most fulfillment.

Then, he said, at that point we could return to work, bringing those capacities and energies to our work, and even then, only doing what is truly necessary. His principle was that if we all did this, our society would be vastly improved.

Well it's an interesting point of view, particularly in a world which is going towards the lowest paid jobs for the maximum amount of effort – talk about screwing the workers!

 L J Carroll speaks of how she set a minimum wage of $25 an hour for herself rafter she left her first dead-end job (consisting of endless, mind-numbing work, minimum wage, one-week vacation, and some travel benefits after the first year).

So people, interestingly enough, argued with her about this decision of hers to set herself a minimum wage and refused to take any job which didn't pay it – they called her irresponsible, and they objected to her thinking, as though somehow the cultural expectation was that she was being arrogant or irrational by setting herself a target for her earnings.

Apparently one person even sent an application form for a job at McDonald's in on her behalf. Extraordinary: such people must be reflecting the value at which they hold themselves, for them to behave in such an extraordinary way on behalf of other people!

Perhaps they refuse to believe that such a modest sum as $25 an hour reflects anybody's worth – although, of course, one has to assume they were thinking that it didn't reflect their own worth!

LJ Carroll never compromised on this, and indeed as you might expect raised her minimum wage for herself to $50 an hour. While she might not have worked a full working week, for the hours that she did work, she worked for $50 an hour - because that was her judgment about her worth.

She taught art and music classes, led self-help and spiritual development groups, developed a radio show, had a newspaper column, produced record albums, and that developed her own business.

She says, quite simply, that her choice was to have "personal freedom, flexibility, and creative opportunity," which she valued much more than money.

And of course doing this enabled her to grow on many different levels both personally and professionally – and interestingly enough, after she'd adopted this approach to her worth she was often given the chance to take extraordinary jobs, some of which she could even create for herself.

In other words, what she's saying is that courage and passion are far better investments in one's own future than monetary value.

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