“Abundance is the process of letting go; that which is empty can receive.” -- Bryant H. McGill
“In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” – NIV, Luke, 14:33
“The root of suffering is attachment.” – Buddha
“Let go. Let Be. See through everything and be free, complete, luminous, at home — at ease.” — Lama Surya Das
Prosperity and spirituality; at one time we regarded them as enemies. Many of us now sense there is a possibility that these could enhance one another, should enhance one another, even if it involves some deep reprogramming of collective fallacies. How can we cultivate more abundance, wealth, and spiritual integrity at the same time? Many of us are contemplating this question around the holidays as the commercial industries, media, and various personal and collective expectations press our gift-buying buttons, while we are simultaneously aware of that voice in the back of our minds reminding us to surrender to a spiritual holiday experience of rebirth, fellowship, and generosity.
The spiritual ideal of valuing the nonphysical over the physical is found in countless religions worldwide. Some even espouse poverty as a route to holiness. Many people are moving away from values associated with organized religion and creating spiritual practices that are more uniquely suited to their present values and beliefs. One of these collective values shifts has to do with the realization that money is not evil, and poverty is not necessarily an effective route to self-actualization. Although this practice of denial and asceticism may be the right path for a few, most of us find it is more difficult to live our divine purpose without the usual resources needed to move through this material world and provide for the physical demands of being a human. As we change our relationship with money (and the material world, for that matter), we find we can experience both the spiritual freedom of surrender and the divine flow of prosperity.
To do this, we must think about the kind of prosperity that is in alignment with the values of non-attachment and trust in our Source. It is a practical principle. We’ve all heard the stories: The couple who tries to conceive for years and eventually gives up, deciding to adopt a child instead. As soon as they adopt the baby, the woman finds she is pregnant. The inventor who, despite thousands of experiments and calculations, cannot make his invention work properly. She finally receives the answer in a dream, and the invention turns into a success. The person searching tirelessly for love gives up in exasperation and embraces the single life, only to find their soul mate show up suddenly, in a most divine and unexpected way!
In all of the above examples, the individuals first set their intentions, tried to force the result (arguably), and finally experienced success as a result of letting go. These types of examples also hint at the problem with being overly attached as one aspires to prosperity or success. Holding on too tightly or over-controlling leads to a distortion of the life energy. (What is money but energy, anyway?) The more evolved – and effective – way to manifest what our soul really wants to experience is to set our intentions, keep our faith, and then make room for the miracles to flow in by - yes, you guessed it - letting go! Source cannot enter and co-create with us if the channel is too cluttered with our control, worries, resentments, or over-analyzing.
In my experience, my own “psychic clutter” happens when I focus on the things I want to have/be/experience that have not happened yet (emphasizing how they have YET to happen!), over-thinking about what I am “supposed” to be doing or over-analyze problems in my life. When I worry excessively, without taking action or surrendering to Spirit, I know I inadvertently clog up the psychic space. I aspire to the ideal of spiritual prosperity in which I can manifest the joy of my desire in the present moment (whether or not it is happening in my life at the moment), appreciate the miracles and blessings in my life that I do have, and be present. Easier said than done, I know, but I also love the idea that these things take a lifetime to master. (Or many lifetimes!). The truth is: things, relationships, and situations come and go, but the power of our consciousness and connection with Source are continuous and eternal. Hey, you can always rebuild, and it is easier to create new creations when you have shifted your powerful focus to the Eternal flowing through you/we/us.
So, my friend, what are you baking up this holiday? I find a magical recipe from a few cups of clarified intentions, whisked together with a few quarts of faith, sprinkled with generous amounts compassion, and all fed through a massive sifter of divine surrender! May you experience divine prosperity, love, and blessings this holiday. May your prosperity flow with the ease and grace of the spirit, and may these provide the divine sustenance you deserve.
Blog by Anne Vivian