Today’s blog explores the truth of an abundant Universe and the magic and miracles that happen when we believe this to be true.
The First Spiritual Fear
In my book, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy, I reveal the Seven Spiritual Fears that prevent us from living a life of contentment and joy. The first fear that I reveal is the fear that there is not enough. This fear arises out of our survival needs for food, clothing and shelter, but becomes distorted and irrational, causing us to constantly live in a state of anxiety over money, food, clothing, time, material possessions, money, money, money. The truth that is the remedy to this fear and also revealed in my book is that the Divine meets all of our needs in abundance. For most of us, it is a significant leap of faith to even consider the possibility that there is a Divine Source, let alone one who cares enough about us to make sure our needs are being met. Then when faced with the reality of unemployment, a declining economy, world hunger and poverty, we really doubt this truth. What we learn, however, is at the highest and deepest levels, this truth ultimately has nothing to do with our material world and has everything to do with our inner terrain. Our original nature is peaceful and content and that inner state of peacefulness is independent of our external life circumstances. In other words, even if we are dying of starvation and exposure in a Nazi prison camp, we can still know peace. A tough pill to swallow to be sure, but this is the peace that God invites us into, invites us to remember and cultivate. And, it is this deep well of inner peace that will give us comfort no matter what life throws at us.
Practicing What I Preach
Two years ago when it became obvious that divorce was inevitable, one of my teachers prophetically stated, “Well, now you will have an opportunity to practice what you preach. You will be living the words written in your book.” As the past 24 months unfolded, I can tell you there were many times I wish I had never written this dang book as I found myself choking on my own words. Every fear that I teach about in Authentic Freedom came to bite me in the butt and I had to return again and again and again to what I had written. The fear there is not enough was most certainly the most frequent visitor….and I still struggle with that fear from time to time and sometimes on a daily basis. I guess the adage is true that we teach what we need to learn!
Proof in the Pudding
I do have to say, however, that everything I wrote in my book proved to be true. In the face of all of my fears, through adherence to the principles of Authentic Freedom and engagement of the spiritual practices outlined in my book, I have found abundance, my own unique giftedness, empowerment, love, the freedom to generously share my gifts, insight and direction and most importantly the peace of remembering my Oneness with God and with all the Universe. Specific to the fear there is not enough, the past week has been a glorious reminder of how truly abundant our God is and how our needs are abundantly met when we have faith and believe. I want to share with you a few examples:
- When I began this journey 24 months ago, a vision of a house appeared in my prayers – the house that would meet all the needs of myself and my children and my fledgling business. I found what I thought was “the house” and lost it in a bidding war. Later, I had a dream of a friend “giving” me a house. This served as a reminder that the house that was in our highest good would come in some magical and miraculous way. A month or so later, this is exactly what happened. My children and I now live in a magical, amazing home that also houses my business and I am head over heels in love with this house!
- When struggling with the fear there is not enough last week, I brought it to prayer and in my prayer, I saw a vision of two fish and five loaves of bread. Duh…..loaves and fishes. God was giving me a message. I was smart enough to hear the message and believe it. I then paid my bills and found I had more than enough money to cover the bills and may have even discovered a $300 error, in my favor, in my bank account. (still waiting for verification of that error)
- I have a suggested fee that is in the reach of many of my clients, but out of the reach for some. My commitment to God has been to offer my gifts without regard to people’s ability (or lack thereof) to pay. As a result, I have worked out discounts, trades and barters with several clients. One of my standing “jokes” around my trade and bartering is “Now I just need to find a farmer who will give me food in exchange for Reiki.” Yesterday it showed up in an even bigger package than what I had asked for. One client brought produce from her own garden and venison that her husband had hunted. Another client brought a bag of organic groceries from my favorite Co-op in Madison. When it rains it pours!
- In an effort to meet my client goal for the week, I posted a message on Facebook, inviting past and current clients and friends to send people my way. That very day, I got three new clients….completely unrelated to the Facebook request.
So, I guess the moral of the story is that God really does meet our needs when we have faith and believe. And in those moments when I find I am unable to believe or trust in an abundant God, this is the prayer that gives me comfort:
Lord, Help me in my unbelief.
Because I have also found that all the praying in the world sometimes doesn’t calm our fears….and in those moments I know that only God can help me to believe.
Where do you struggle with the fear “there is not enough?”
What tools do you have for moving through that fear into belief in abundance?
Where do you turn to God for help when you are afraid?
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