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Back in the 90’s I studied for several years with Rev. Dr. James Lawson who was a mentor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the practice of non-violence. Rev. Lawson also taught many of the leadership of the civil rights movement in how to conduct the nonviolent lunch counter sit ins and demonstrations that made such a difference in our culture.
Rev. Lawson once said that if all of the people who wished to help feed and support the poor, instead of actually working to feed them, would work instead to support a living wage and for better programs to support economic equity in this world end of poverty would actually arrive. I believe he’s correct. And I believe what ACIM advises us is the most helpful: Seek not to change the world, but to change your mind about the world.
The place to begin is in our own awareness.
The time to begin is now.
It’s the beginning of the month and in times like these, it can be financially challenging for people who have rent due. Some of my greatest times of fear came when I didn’t have enough money to pay my bills.
In our natural spiritual state we’re already prosperous and abundant. If we’re not experiencing the flow of prosperity and abundance it’s because we’re blocking it in some way – and that way is always going to be in the mind – ALWAYS.
Now, for myself, I used to have a real issue with receiving and debting and so I felt like an utter failure when it came to being abundant and prosperous.
I used to fantasize about being wealthy and then feel such an intense lack in my life experience.
The fantasy was like a drug for escaping my life. As with any drug taken to self-medicate, the fantasy left a hangover of unhappiness and lack.
Day after day, hour by hour, so many of my thoughts were on the lack and limitation I was experiencing. I had lack thoughts about everything!
A Course in Miracles is very clear that if we’re focused on lack we’ll experience more of it. All problems are the result of thinking that we’re separate from Spirit and the flow of Love. It’s that original sense in separation that shows up as every experience of lack in our life.
The belief in separation HAS to show up in our experience. That’s how this life works. If we believe it, we will see it.
It took me more than 40 years of living on this planet to finally say “ENOUGH!” I made the decision to shift my thinking. I finally got to the point where I was willing to be ALL IN for living the teachings to the best of my ability in each moment.
I began to be given so many opportunities to take responsibility for my thinking and to relinquish my beliefs in lack and limitation and I decided to make the most of them rather than push them away.
When negativity appears in the mind, that’s the healing opportunity you’ve been waiting for. My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp class with A Course in Miracles principles arose from my own healing experiences. I share the same things that made such a difference for me. What I did alone you can do with me and the rest of the group.
When I finally decided to go ALL IN for my own happiness and I stopped looking outside myself for the answers and the causes, that’s when Spirit gave me everything I needed to change my mind and change my life. What a blessing!
We can all live a life of real Prosperity and Abundance.
This is our birth right, but we must claim it and activate it. We must give up the choice we’ve made to live in lack. It’s a decision we make and then adhere to. It’s not easy for most of us, but when we do it together it’s very doable.
As spiritual students, it’s so important that we demonstrate true Prosperity and Abundance.
We’re always teaching the efficacy of how we live and what we choose. When people see us struggling and unhappy they automatically assume that spiritual teachings and principles are the way of poverty, chastity, pain and suffering and that is NOT TRUE.
I feel so strongly that part of the healing for all of us is that the spiritual students must lead the way in undoing this poverty consciousness.
Let’s make the commitment to eliminate the poverty consciousness of lack and limitation. It’s a false construct and we can unite to eliminate it. Now, THAT would be truly helpful!
My Stop Playing Small Online Retreat starts Friday, May 13. If you’d like support for making a shift from playing small in your heart, living in lack and limitation, getting in your own way, to living from Love and feeling more free and focused, check out my Stop Playing Small retreat – it’s online – you’ve never had so much FUN clearing out the mental and emotional clutter! Fear won’t stop us! Click here for more details.