I bought this pendant in South Africa as a souvenir after we visited the famous Craggs caves. It bears the symbol for abundance, and was made locally.
Why was this pendant more important to me than the other souvenirs on offer?
Well anyone that knows me, knows I believe that the universe is abundant. What does that mean to me?
Have you heard the phrase “Be careful what you wish for“?
I believe that we get what we think about. If we think about our worries, and problems they overwhelm us. If we think that life is good, and that we deserve a good life, indeed truly believe that things will work out, they will.
Some might call me a “glass half full person“, or Polyanna. I believe that, no matter how many mistakes we make today, tomorrow is another day, we start again and we will do better. Indeed, I believe that our mistakes and how we deal with life’s hardship and adversity shape our character and our destiny and help us to appreciate happiness.
You may have heard this approach towards positivity called “The Law of Attraction“. There are very many books written about this. Essentially the law states that your energy “attracts” energy from the universe. Your thoughts are energy – if you envision the change you want in your life, and truly believe it, and it will happen. However, you must guard against limiting beliefs and fears that operate at a deeper level, that inner critic nagging away with negativity that you don’t deserve what you seek, those hidden rules set in your early years that frame your life.
Although expecting abundance might sound like encouraging greed, the idea of abundance isn’t about greed or selfishness, its about celebrating life right now, all the small details that you can appreciate this minute, and sharing this with others. Abundance is having enough for today, appreciating our blessings. Abundance is also about giving encouragement, seeing and encouraging the potential in others.
“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment, and the countless infinitessimas of pleasurable and genial feeling” Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“Give what you have. To someone it may be better than you dare to think.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“I dont know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve” Albert Schweitzer
“No-one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another” Charles Dickens
“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness” James Thurber
[Quotations from “The Heart of Abundance” by Candy Paull]
There are many spiritual explanations for the law of attraction.
Simply, there is the Law of Karma [you reap what you sow].
In her book “The Game of Life and How to Play It” Florence Scovel Shinn 1925 gives a number of quotations from the Bible to illustrate a religious underpinning for the Law of Prosperity:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” Proverbs 18:21.
“Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened to you” Matthew 7:7
“Keep they heart (imagination) with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life” Proverbs 4:23
Shinn was trying to bring metaphysical ideas down to earth for everyday people. Positive affirmations are at the heart of her method, and one favourite example for me of those cited is:
“I have wonderful work, in a wonderful way; I give wonderful service for wonderful pay”
I have always been a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. But I first came across this concept of abundance after studying Reiki. Reiki is an means of channeling energy from the universe.
The Reiki precepts I learned are based on “just for today“:
Do not be angry,
Do not worry,
Work with diligence,
Be kind to people
Wikipedia describes Reiki (霊気? as a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui, which since has been adapted by various teachers of varying traditions. It uses a technique commonly called palm healing or hands on healing as a form of complementary therapy and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional medical bodies. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring universal energy (i.e., reiki) in the form of ki through the palms, which allows for self-healing and a state of equilibrium.
I had a fabulous and inspirational teacher, Angela Robertshaw, and she has used Reiki to help so many others (including me) to deal with their physical and emotional problems. She also found Reiki has helped her to fulfil the outcomes she needed. Of course things didnt always work out exactly as she thought they might, but Reiki has helped the energy from the universe to provide the right outcome for her. As a simple example, she believes that Reiki helps her to find a parking space when she needs one, and lo and behold as she pulls up to her destinations more often than not a parking space becomes available. She never doubts that she will find a space. Angela has studied quantum theory, and the power of intention, and this has upheld her belief about how our thoughts affect our energy and our lives. Her ideas have inspired me onto a similar journey of enquiry. Have a look here at my views on energy here: https://judithsunleycoaching.wordpress.com/coaching/ and at my website on my views on leadership and the holistic approach I describe based on Steven Covey’s work here: http://www.judithsunleycoaching.com/Leadership
All of these ideas also resonate with the concept of mindfulness, but that is a story for another day…
If you have any comments about these ideas please contact me, I’d love to hear your views.