You were created to live a life of abundance, with the support of the universe in carrying out your material endeavors. Nature itself displays economy, but not austerity. Yet many of us were taught to distrust abundance, leading us to subconsciously avoid or, at the very least, fail to develop the mental and emotional habits of abundant life. We need to do more than eradicate our thoughts of poverty; we need to allow ourselves to proactively embrace, to the point of embodying, the energies of abundance. To the universe, it’s as easy to manifest six zeroes as it is to manifest two. As a child of God, all the abundance of the universe belongs to you because it is you.
The idea that you must struggle to experience abundance – whether in the form of love relationships, money, or anything else – interferes with the natural magnetism that otherwise brings abundance forth. There is a difference between having to work and having to struggle. Work is creative effort, a righteous extension of positive energy that attracts abundance; struggle is a perversion of creative energy based on a misunderstanding of one’s basic relationship to the universe. Anxiety and struggle do not attract your good.
If you think you have to struggle, you’re forgetting your relationship to the universe; and the universe will seem to forget its relationship to you! Your job is simply to be, joyfully expressing your own inner worth – and the universe will find a way to take care of you. But if you think, “I have to struggle, because otherwise I’m not taken care of,” then your core belief is that you won’t be taken care of – and you won’t be!
The universe is programmed to support your happiness, and one of the ways it does this is to arrange events so that you won’t have to worry about money. Why? Because you have more important things to do! That is the correct motivation for making money – so you simply don’t have to think about it except as a tool for the betterment of all things.
It’s difficult to open yourself to such thinking if you’re not open to the idea of your own internal magnificence. Recognition of your internal magnificence is not ego; it’s the acknowledgment of the spirit within you, which makes you no more or less valuable than anyone else. All of us are infinitely valuable to God.
Many of us were taught as children that we shouldn’t express ourselves too much. We should pipe down in some way. Such children often become adults who are in the habit of cowering as though we’re afraid of taking up too much space. Our mind then comes into conflict with our soul’s knowing. Because each of us is the center of the universe, we are here to express ourselves, and on some level we know this.
There is no need to feel you shouldn’t take up too much room in a universe that is in fact all yours. You are here to fly at full wingspan, for the glory of the One who sent you. You give your greatest gifts when you are flying fully and freely. You’re actually withholding from the universe when you don’t.
If Mommy or Daddy or a teacher or a mate or anyone else you might have met along the way taught you for whatever reason that your job is to keep your head down, then bless them but know that they were misinformed…You have as much potential as any great artist, scientist, or anyone else who ever lived. Unlimited potential lies within you, just waiting to be activated by your own affirmative response to the idea.
Once you know this, you become a magnet for worldly success. You work from joy and the universe responds. You open your heart to love, and the way is made clear for you.
Love, in whatever way would serve us, is always coming toward us. Our job is not to go out and find it, but to allow it to find us. Money isn’t just something we “go out and make”; it’s also something we have to be able to “sit still and receive.” The ego doesn’t want you to believe this, but all you have to do is open your heart, and all the abundance you need will find its way to your door.
Excerpts from The Law of Divine Compensation
~ by Marianne Williamson
NY TImes bestselling author and
Congressional Candidate for California District 33
Image: Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth and Abundance, by astrogems.com