Sunday, March 2, 2014
PERCEPTIONS OF PROSPERITY
Prosperity is defined as "economic well-being" while abundance is defined as "more than enough." I wonder if we could coin a new word -- Pros-bundance, which would mean "more than enough well-being." Well, maybe not. I looked in the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary from the Unity Ministries and found that prosperity is defined as "The consciousness that Divine Mind is inexhaustible support and supply."
I also found the definition of prosperity in The Revealing Word, another Unity publication, which adds "Prosperity is based on the conscious possession of the idea of God's abundance back of all things." It also says we are to be confident of the immediate cooperation of God's Spirit with us in bringing to pass that for which we have given thanks -- as giving thanks for every little evidence of financial improvement brings more evidence.
Spiritual Prosperity then includes the idea that God is our Source and that supply never ends and we are to be conscious of this principle. We believe this is true by giving thanks for every little indication of our prosperity.
Prosperity means different things to different people. It also means different things to our heart and our mind. Our mind might understand that prosperity is all around us, but our heart wants to see, feel, taste, smell, and touch it. So we have the challenge of figuring out which prosperity symbol is meaningful for our own heart and mind. In our culture, prosperity is symbolized by the richness of money. In other cultures it is the richness of family and in still others, the richness of ideas. So we first have to decide what perception we want to follow for stimulating our own prosperity.
In our money society, we have a perception of lack, because if we don't have money, we lack the ability to buy what we need and buying and selling is the basis of our economy. In fact many items that we buy quickly become obsolete or break so we will be forced to buy more of them. The one with the most toys at the end wins this kind of prosperity game.
In the film, "Happy" the happiest people were those with a large and caring family. As long as family was around they knew they would have support and love through every challenge. There was a perspective of faith and good will towards each other and they shared. Mutual support, sharing, caring all were elements of prosperity and of happiness.
Buddha was raised a prince in a well-guarded palace. He had everything his heart desired and more. He never lacked for anything. All around him he only saw richness and luxury. But something was missing in his life and one day he went outside the palace walls to discover sickness, poverty and death. His perception of prosperity changed that day and he escaped the guards and went out into the world to find out about suffering. What he discovered is a legacy to the world of a richness of ideas. How does the mind form perceptions? How do our thoughts keep us from being prosperous? What is the most important thing to do with the abundance of our thoughts? How do possessions cause us to suffer?
The material perception of prosperity is tied up in possessing, holding on to something with all our might. If someone else breaks something that we own, we want them to replace it and fix it because it belongs to us. We use such phrases as my wife or husband, my children, my car, my idea, my illness. The minute we claim something as "mine" we change our perception of prosperity. The minute we call something "mine" we entangle it in our energy causing it to back up. So be careful what you claim and don't hold on to anything.
The opposite happens when we claim our good, we claim our prosperity. When we put the positive energy into our desire, and release it to Spirit, it manifests and it doesn't get stuck. It flows freely and generously.
Spiritual Perception is not only being aware of the higher truth but to be able to hold that right consciousness. Spiritual Perception is what will change your life. In modern times this new Spiritual Perception has come to us from other levels of existence. It was Seth, channeled through Jane Roberts, who brought us the ideas that "You Create Your Own Reality" and "Your Point of Power is in the Present." And from Esther Hicks channeling Abraham, came the teachings of the Law of Attraction and the Emotional Guidance System. And through Rhonda Byrnes, the teachings of Abraham and other spiritual leaders, became a movie, "The Secret" and through this medium of entertainment reached out to millions of people worldwide. All of these to help us change our perceptions about prosperity.
So this month I want to share with you some of the prosperity teachings of Abraham as transcribed through Esther and Jerry Hicks and published in their new book, "Money and the Law of Attraction." The first point they share is about our unique life story. The more you tell your story, the more experiences come to support it. Abraham says, "If you will let your dominant intention be to revise and improve the content of the story you tell every day…your life will become that ever-improving story." Why? Because the powerful Law of Attraction is at work in your life.
In our life story we sometimes reach incorrect conclusions and based on those incorrect conclusions, we attract more of what we don't want. We want to bring our perception back to the Spiritual Truth. If you are experiencing emotional discomfort about any aspect of your life, it is a powerful indicator that something needs correcting in your thinking. Abraham says that you were born to succeed, you were born to be well, you were born to expand and grow. If any of these are not happening to you, it's time to look within and remember the Truth that you were born with and change your spiritual perception.
The first way to change back to your original Spiritual Perception is to remember is that you are the creator of your own experience. You control the creative process through your thoughts and through your perceptions.
The second way to remember is that everything is energy or vibrations of energy. The Law of Attraction responds to those vibrations, organizes them, bringing things of like vibrations together while holding those not of like vibrations apart. What you feel is what you attract and repel. For example, if you feel poor, only things that feel like poverty can come to you. When you feel prosperous, only things that feel like prosperity can come to you. Emotions follow thought, therefore when you think you are poor, you begin to feel you are poor and the universe begins to attract to you only those poverty vibrations.
Esther and Jerry Hicks say, "Everything that exists, in your air, in your dirt, in your water, and in your bodies, is vibration in motion or energy in motion—and all of it is managed by the powerful Law of Attraction." Another way to look at this idea of vibrations is to think about what we have learned about the quantum level of the universe. On this quantum level everything that can or will be manifested is first simply a possibility existing as endless neutral vibrations. When we activate our emotions with a thought, we activate our desire, our feelings and that begins to make the quantum energy vibrate in our direction. If we add our intention, our will-power to this movement, the quantum energy increases its vibration into manifestation. Our faith holds the quantum energy together as manifesting vibrations. Anything that doesn't match our desire, our feelings which have been activated by our thoughts, is repelled from us. So it is our perceptions, our thoughts, of prosperity that attract it to us or repel it.
Now thinking is a process of the mind. Perhaps you didn't realize that speaking is also a process of the mind. So the words that we speak also affect the Law of Attraction. If we think we believe that we are deserving of prosperity and then tell everyone we meet that we don't deserve it, what do you think happens? The inner self will pick up on the negative words because it is always drawn first to the strongest energy and that will be the motivator for moving the quantum energy towards you.
So perception is not only the way we think about ourselves. It is also the way we speak and present ourselves to influence the perception of others who in turn mirror back what we are presenting. This week I invite you to think about your perception of yourself. Do you believe you are worthy of prosperity in money matters? Do you believe you are worthy of prosperity in relationships? Do you believe you are worthy of a new job, or car, or whatever else you desire? Be mindful of the words you speak and listen to see if they are supporting your positive beliefs or adding to your negative beliefs?
Change your thoughts, your perceptions to a spiritual basis and you will take the first step on the new path to prosperity. Next Sunday we will discuss the Persistence of Prosperity. May you remember who you really are in Truth and activate your prosperity.