By Suzanne E. Harrill
There is a lot of information available today about
manifesting what you desire. Some authors with helpful books are Catherine
Ponder and Joe Vitale. A few years ago the movie, The Secret, sparked great interest in the law
of attraction and creating what you want. Many people are mystified that they
are not getting the results desired after practicing the advise from teachers
sharing how to create more in your life. Money is near the top of the list when
people think about increasing their prosperity. Let us look at prosperity, get
in touch with your guiding beliefs related to having more abundance in your
life, and learning the truth about how to really attract more of what you
desire (for some less is more). We will end with an action plan to help you
move forward in meeting one of your goals.
Think about the answers to the following questions. What
comes to mind when you think about the meaning of prosperity. Is it the same as
abundance? Is prosperity dependent on how much you have materially? When have
you felt prosperous in your life? Do you now? Has it changed over time? How?
For me, prosperity includes, but is more than financial well-being. It includes
experiencing a sense of purpose, living a creative life connected to Source,
having rich meaningful relationships, and enjoying good health, to name a few
things. Some of you might be thinking, “I have all those things and do not feel
prosperous,” or “I feel prosperous and one or two of the above are lacking in
my life,” or "I could teach this, but still do not have enough money and
do not feel prosperous." An important part of feeling prosperous is
exactly that - a feeling. Pay attention to creating the feeling of prosperity
as you learn to meet your goals for having what you desire for your well-being.
It is different for different people. A lot depends on your state of mind and
what you believe to be true regarding prosperity.
Let’s focus on one component of prosperity, your
relationship with money. Choose another aspect if money is not one of your
issues. Think about or write in your journal the answers to the following
questions to help you identify your relationship with money, your fears, your
feelings, and your beliefs. What did you learn while growing up from your
mother about money? from your father, siblings, from your culture and religious
teachings? What are some of your current reactions to your early conditioning
around money? Are you repeating the patterns you were exposed to as a child or
doing the opposite? What mistakes have you made in the past regarding money?
How are you changing these patterns now? Next, what is your greatest fear
regarding money? Is your fear affecting your beliefs about money and what you
currently have? How? Are they realistic fears? Do you or have you experienced
over-abundance? Explain how this affected or affects you. What does your inner
wisdom say as you reflect upon your answers?
Make a list of beliefs about money that limit you, that need
to be changed and updated. You may feel that people with money are people who
misuse power or are dishonest, for example. There, lurking in the back of your
mind is the thought, “I want to be good so I can’t have money.” Or maybe you
feel unworthy and undeserving of having extra money because you criticize
yourself for past mistakes and not being wise and perfect. Flip the limiting
beliefs to say things, such as, “I am kind and honest and deserve money. I
deserve to have abundance in my life, even though I have made mistakes. I
forgive myself for past mistakes.” Write the updated beliefs on 3x5 cards and
use them as affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements to say to
yourself to stop negative self-talk and limiting beliefs that draw the same old
limiting patterns into your life. The more you say the affirmations the faster
they override the limiting ones. Place your affirmations cards around the house
and each time you see one, say it to yourself, out loud if possible. Read a
list of new affirmations to yourself before going to sleep at night. This helps
reprogram the subconscious mind while you are sleeping. Eventually, the new
ones draw new experiences into your life and change your patterns to allow more
into your life.
To continue, besides changing your guiding beliefs, you have
to raise your consciousness to attract more prosperity into your life. When
emphasizing only one aspect of life such as the law of attraction, some think
that all you have to do is figure out what you want and then presto it changes
things. This is a great place to start, however, in truth we can only attract
to us in direct proportion to who we currently are. As we realize more and more
our wholeness and oneness with Source, we have the ability to attract more.
How do we raise our consciousness or our awareness and
therefore raise our prosperity consciousness? There are many things that contribute to our
expansion. Add some of your own to the following list and review this list
often. Choose one or two, rather than the whole list, to focus upon each day.
of your true Self and being part of the Universal All That Is, God
go to sleep writing or thinking about several things for which you are grateful, begin your day
to others, fill yourself first and practice self-care so you give from your
who you really are, a Spiritual
between your inner and outer self
and do the inner work to heal and know yourself
take positive risks, expand your horizons
and Talents, do what you came here to do
16. Allow Grace into your life
action on the creative ideas you receive
Now, choose one thing that you want to explore, experience,
or have in your life. If it is money, see in your mind’s eye yourself already
having this abundance. What does it feel and look like to already have it?
What are three things you know you must do to move yourself off center and create
this for yourself? If you do not have ideas now, ponder this and meditate upon
what you must do differently to create the money. Let your intuition guide you
as well as your concrete mind. When you receive insights write them down so you
will make them concrete. This is your action plan for expanding your
We have looked at ways to build abundance in your life.
Remember to continually update limiting beliefs as you become aware of them.
Use the updated ones as affirmations to change your inner programming. Focus on
one or two things each day that will expand your consciousness. When you are
aware of something you want to create, see it and feel it as if it is already
true, then take small steps to making it happen.Vow to commit to this plan to
bring more abundance into your life. And so it is!