The Abundance Book – Create Your Own Abundance Journal

Marilyn awoke worried about an argument with her husband the night before. She wanted the kids to stay home this summer for more family time. He wanted them to go off to camp to become more independent and mature.

Conflict

This really frightened Marilyn. She was a stay at home mom. How could she justify her “job” if her children were gone? As well, she would miss them terribly. She wanted a family vacation instead.

Her husband thought the family needed extra income. He wanted her to go back to work.

She, on the other hand, felt all children needed to have at least one parent home with them for proper nurturing, care and support. As well, her secret life long dream was to be a “stay at home mom.”

One of Marilyn’s favorite ways to solve problems was to go to the book store, meander around the isles until a “special” book fell off the shelf into her hands. The book that found her today was about creating her own abundance book in the form of a journal.

She began her abundance journal right away. The journal was to be based on her deepest feelings and desires. The abundance book said to exactly express what she really wanted as if it had already happened.

The journal was not to concern itself with the toil and trouble of “how” her desires would be delivered. It was to simply express her life exactly as she wanted it without bringing any harm or negative outcome to others in the process.

She began by describing her “stay at home mom” lifestyle. In her abundance book journal the family had an increase in income without her going back to work. She did not worry how their income issues were settled. She simply made it so. When she was through she felt light, happy and content.

In addition to this, the book said to create an affirmation for the day based on that day’s journal entry. Her affirmation for that day was, “My ideas are perfectly honored by everyone, every day in every way.”

She was to repeat that affirmation to herself during the day at every chance she got. She could repeat it silently in her mind or out loud, depending on her circumstances. Repeating it out loud was the most effective way to do this.

She saw results quickly.

Within a week her husband received an unexpected raise at work. It came from the way the company matched his 401K contribution, increasing their match into the plan by a wide amount. This increase would ensure a larger savings rate for their future.

That evening at dinner, he suggested of his own volition, the family go on a vacation to the Grand Canyon instead of sending the children to camp for the entire summer. He thought two weeks at camp would be more than enough time for the children to learn some independence.

Everyone was ecstatic with this plan.

Marilyn realized the power of creating her own abundance book in the form of a journal. She decided this would be a great project to teach the children during the summer.

Summer Abundance

I am inspired by summer abundance. If you have issues with abundance then this is the season to really look at your beliefs around abundance. This is the time the universe overflows with nature’s abundance. Right now on the kitchen counter I have 10 pounds of beautiful organic blueberries waiting for me to put by for a time when blueberries aren’t available.

Everywhere you go the roadside stands and farmers markets are spilling over with this season’s crop of cherries! They have been divine this year! There are fresh peas in a pod. This is the first time in years these have been available in my area. There is nothing like peas fresh out from a pod! Peaches are starting to show up…I am talking local produce here…not the hard as walnut ones that come from Chile and other places out of season. Corn! Fresh corn is arriving…green beans, basil in big hearty bunches, blackberries, new bell peppers, the first apple crop…which I used to make a wonderful pie: All the stuff that makes the Mediterranean diet of eating in season seem so logical.

All this should be making you feel like you are over flowing. The reason I mention this is: I heard on an audio tape I was listening to, someone say…you can’t really give back…or serve others until your own cup is overflowing; that the part you share with others is the overflow. If your cup isn’t full and overflowing you still have a scarcity mentality and you will find it difficult to give generously because you are depleting your own abundance, rather than sharing the overflow. It made huge sense to me. It’s on the same principle of loving yourself… you need to learn to love yourself first before you can truly love another. You need to overflow with abundance before you can help someone else increase their abundance.

Keep in mind you might be abundant in one area and not another… so flow out from the area you are all ready abundant in and this will help you fill up your cup in other areas.

I know I still have work to do on abundance. But I also know I can learn from abundance around me as well. It is easier to feel abundant and to change scarcity thinking when all around you the abundant harvest flows.

One of the key financial messages is to put aside some of your abundance now…to see you through a time when for some reason abundance has deserted you…that save 10% of everything you earn! We do that naturally with the harvest, it is part of our genetics from a time when we were still hunter-gatherers and we needed to dry, and preserve in the seasons of abundance to get us through the long winters.

Here is an abundance exercise for you to try.

You need your trusty journal for this.

1. Write down all the things you have in your home in abundance. If your home is anything like mind it is overflowing with stuff you are abundant in. Walk around if you have to and take notes. Really really, look around you.

2. Review your list and write down things that you could afford to give away. For instance, every month I give away a bag of cloths I no longer wear. I have been doing this for quite some time, and I am amazed that I never seem to run out of stuff to put in that bag. I don’t buy that many cloths but it seems I always have more than I need and I am more than willing to share this with others. It’s a great exercise in abundance.

3. Once you have a list of things you can afford to give away…give them away. This does two things. If you are attached to items you really don’t need, then you learn to get past that attachment…your possessiveness, and learn to let go. Internally we have a lot of baggage to let go off…so doing it on a physical level will help you on a more spiritual level. Clearing out what you don’t need makes room for more things to flow into your life…that’s the second thing. Abundance s a flow moving in across and out. People sometimes try to dam up the flow afraid all the water will disappear. But damming up the flow stops it, just like a dam stops or reduces the flow down stream.

Have fun with this!

Harmonizing With Abundance and Other Points of Reference

When talking about the Law of Attraction, A Happy Pocketfull of Money warns us that: “When you most feel like holding on to something, it is usually the best time to let it go.”

There are no conditions to wealth or any other state that you might wish to manifest. Once you have the vibratory rate of that which you have chosen, it will manifest. This is the Law of Attraction. Once more, we will caution you, that if your vibratory rate is affected by the feelings of fear, or lack, that will affect what will manifest according to the Law of Attraction.

Many of you know that these feelings are a possibility for people with any income. There are millionaires who are afraid of losing what they have, just as there are people on public assistance who are afraid. There is no source of income or amount of income that will make you feel safe if you don’t. This is not what you are looking for.

As A Happy Pocketfull of Money warns you, don’t attach to anything, including money. Trust that the Universe will provide as long as you are at a healthy vibratory rate.

I experienced this growing up middle class in Larchmont, on Long Island Sound in Westchester, New York. There was what we called “old money”, and there was “new money”. All the adults had lived through the Great Depression, either as adults or children depending on their age. This had an effect on families in the ’50’s. They saved. Those with “extra” invested. But everyone had money put aside “for a rainy day.” To do this, they lived within their means.

Those with old money were more secure about their financial state than those with new money. This is the Law of Attraction. Those with old money were comfortable in almost any situation, and would talk with anyone. Those with new money were more careful to be seen associating only with those who also had money. At the time, I thought it was a snobbery, but now I see that it had to do with vibrations. They were still solidifying their new status. This is the Law of Attraction.

We had such a mix of incomes, and all went either to the public school, or the Catholic school. Some of my friends lived in mansions on the water, and others lived in simple apartments and one lived over the gas station. It was generally accepted that her family was “poor.” We connected wealth to the “things” that you had, or didn’t have. This was symptomatic of the ’50’s in Westchester. We were wrong about this. What we did have was an attunement to a vibrational rate that was harmonious with money.

Teachers of abundance and business explain that you will achieve the average income of the five people who are closest to you. It is important that you chose your friends carefully if you are seeking abundance, since you can’t chose your family. This is why those who grow up in a wealthy community, or who go to a major private college or University generally do well. This is the Law of Attraction and the Law of Vibration.

However, true abundance comes from within. The first time I ever thought about this was when talking with a Mohawk from St. Regis. We were colleagues and were chatting before the winter holidays about the amount of hype and the lack of spirit we were seeing in New York City that year. (This was a few years before 9/11/2001).

She mentioned that when she was growing up, her family didn’t have any money to speak of. Her father, a construction worker, was often out of work. Yet, she never felt any lack. They celebrated every holiday, and she remembered them all with a great deal of delight and joy. It wasn’t done with money.

They were connected to the land, to their culture and to their family. The river always had fish. The land always grew corn and trees so there was always something to eat and building material. The family always found something to laugh about. It was an intact, traditional community. As long as someone had paint, and someone had shingles, every house was in good enough repair. Traditional medicine people didn’t charge a set amount but worked for whatever gifts a patient could offer.

So, in two different neighborhoods in the 1950’s and ’60s we have two kinds of abundance, one of money and property and the other of community and natural resources. In either community, you could harmonize vibrationally with the surrounding abundance and with the Law of Attraction.

In my family, we had the best of both worlds. In Larchmont, in the 50’s, the village was still small enough that our friends, school mates and neighbors did constitute a functioning community. When I was lost as a five year old, the community turned out into the churches to pray for me as others were out looking for me. When I was a teenager without my own sailboat, there was always someone who offered their boat to me for racing in other areas. As I think about it now, this represented quite a lot of trust. As a fifteen and sixteen and seventeen year old, I was offered boats and trailers worth thousands of (1960s) dollars, and a car (worth thousands of dollars) to take to another state for the weekend. This was harmonizing with wealth. My community was supporting me. Money was never exchanged, but I was enabled to live the life of a wealthy child. This was absolutely the Law of Attraction.

And, this was rare in Larchmont, but my father always had a vegetable garden. We were able to walk outside to pick beans, or tomatoes, lettuce and radishes or carrots or beets for dinner, or a snack. I can think of few pleasures in life better than sitting in the tomato patch in the late afternoon or early evening after swimming or sailing all day. I would go out with a cardboard Morton’s picnic salt shaker to pick fresh tomatoes from the vine. Some would be for dinner and some I would eat like an apple right there in the garden.

There have been changes since the 60’s. One was caused by a TV show, Dallas. Before Dallas if you had your own 3 or 4 bedroom house most people were happily in the middle class. The TV shows were then sitcoms in the same small houses or small apartments that matched the homes of most of their viewers. Then Dallas was on TV, with the opulence of mansions, furs, and exotic cars that approached the mansion on a large, wide, circular driveway. Parking in front of your home, or driving 20 feet into a two car garage no longer felt abundant. In a few years, people became dissatisfied with a little house and wanted large, 5 or 6 bedroom houses with swimming pools and screened in patios, with central air conditioning and automatic lawn sprinklers. I don’t think there were any vegetable gardens in Dallas. Pity.

People became more comfortable with a larger percentage of debt. Whether this will revert back a bit is yet to be seen.

What has made you feel abundant in the past? This is your point of reference for abundance. Is this where you are now? Would you like to be in a different place?

Your point of reference can only be changed with a change in your energy vibration. Your ego and your subconscious will always be more comfortable at the habitual point of reference, so it will take some concentrated work to raise it.

This is the reason why most of those who have won large lottery’s have lost their money in as little as a year. This is the reason that David Morelli lost his inheritance in a year. You will be able to hold on to only as much money as is a match to your vibrations. To raise your abundance, you have to raise your vibration. This is the Law of Attraction.

Now, remember, since your vibration will normally be the average of the 5 people closest to you if you live in a poor or middle class environment, this will require some outside assistance.

Practice: Raising Your Vibratory Rate to ________:

Brian Tracey recommends that you seek to double your income, no more. In the movie, The Secret, Bob Doyle recommends that you first attract a cup of coffee. Originally, I thought this had to do with your beliefs. I was wrong. It has to do with your vibratory rate. If you have been earning a middle manager’s salary for a number of years, and your friends, living in the same neighborhood are earning about the same, you vibratory rate is not going to jump to that of a millionaire without some time and some experience. And, it’s worse if you are living in poverty area!

Andrea Hess, in Unlock Your Intuition recommends against depending on an intuition you have never used to make a decision about a job or buying your first home. She says that this is like deciding to take up jogging a week before your first marathon. The same is true for changing your wealth. The Universe can quickly change your status, but it can only change it to the vibratory rate that is your match.

In the book, Time and Again, Jack Finney describes traveling in time by fooling the unconscious. We can do this to change our vibratory rate. I believe this is a large part of the value of vision boards and visualizing. Your unconscious will change your heart rate if you are being chased by a lion in a dream. It will also change your vibratory rate if you are consistently “seeing” the trappings of wealth, and better yet if you are seeing and “hearing” and “feeling” the trappings of wealth, and the joy, security and gratitude that come with such wealth. Do you see how this works with the Law of Attraction?

Jack Canfield has wealth parties or “come as you will be” parties where his course participants dress up as the person they hope to become. Now, why would this work except that by taking on the costume and personality of their hoped to be status, they change their vibratory rate to a match of that status? This is the Law of Attraction.

How else can we do this if we don’t have access to a Jack Canfield training? Reading magazines or watching movies that portray the status you choose can be helpful as long as you put yourself in that picture, and don’t look at them “longingly” or feel the lack of not having it yet. Put yourself in the picture joyfully. Match the smiles of those in the picture(s).

Splurge on a great set of sheets. I never wear uncomfortable shoes. My mother used to say that expensive accessories are more important than an expensive outfit. Whatever makes you feel “rich” will be where you want to invest. This is the Law of Attraction.

Listen to great music. This doesn’t cost anything. Change the radio station!

If you live in an inner city, spend time at the Botanical Gardens as if they were part of your estate. This works two ways. First, the visualization is more real if you are there hearing the sounds you would hear and feeling the breezes you would feel if the garden was yours. Second, flowers have a very high vibratory rate that you will rise to if you spend enough time with them.

If you go to a beach, sit in front of your favorite home, whether it’s “cool”, “elegant” or “grand”, and make it yours in your fantasy. As with flowers, large bodies of water have very stable vibratory rates that you will entrain to. There is a reason that the wealthy go for vacations at the ocean or lake. It is energizing and renewing.

In My Fair Lady, Professor Higgens put wonderful clothes on Eliza Doolittle, and taught her to speak without accent or dialect. When he tired of the experiment, and was going to send her back to her lower middle class origins, she couldn’t imagine returning. Her vibrations had changed and she had a new picture of her self and her life.

In Pretty Woman,

Edward Ward (Richard Gere) puts expensive clothes on a prostitute, Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts), and she is totally accepted as his partner. (In late 20th Century America, regional twangs or dialects do not prevent a person from entering the ranks of the wealthy the way they did in old London.)

Aren’t these just stories? No. Any psychology professor will tell you that artists see the truth before psychologists. Now, these two women didn’t just change their way of speaking or dressing, they also were associating for a period of time, with those who had the vibrations of wealth. This is of key importance.

If you walk or jog, do so in an expensive neighborhood. If you go to a movie, do it in an expensive neighborhood. There is no reason to fill your senses with the sights, sounds and smells of your own neighborhood if you are looking for something better. Fill your senses with your intention, rather than with what you intend to leave. Sometimes this is called, “practice.”

There is a caution here. If doing this inspires you with jealousy and a sense of “wanting”, don’t do it until you get these feelings under control. As with Jack Finney’s character, and Jack Canfield’s participants, you will have to enter this fantasy as if you belong (good). Enter this fantasy environment as if it is “yours already” (better). Enter this fantasy environment with gratitude (best).

Clearing Tools:

One more caution. None of this will work if you have unconscious or energetic blocks. The best way we know to change these is with Ho’oponopono. See Authors resource box for link to Ho’oponopono.