by Laura V. Grace –
In her book Dare to Prosper, Catherine Ponder shares, “A reader of mine once wrote: ‘I don’t believe in recessions. I watched my mother become rich during the depression of the 1930s when she dwelled upon ‘the rich substance of the universe’ instead of dwelling upon appearances of financial limitation.
Genuine abundance and prosperity emanates from the love inside of us, that infinite wellspring where our fulfillment and peace of mind exists; the source of love within us where our genuine inspiration lives; the channel that allows our creativity to burst forth and our love to pour outward.
2. Keep your intentions pure. Remember that you are always the giver and receiver. Most people unconsciously give to get something in return: appreciation, recognition, payment, etc. Be willing to give to others in a way that you would want to be given to. Before you give, ask yourself, “What am I doing this for?” If the answer is, “Because I want to give, just to give and I expect nothing in return,” and you mean it, then trust that your intention is pure of heart.
3. Practice receiving with graciousness. So many times, we discount compliments or refuse to receive what another wants to give. Low self-worth convinces us we don’t deserve the compliment or gift or distrust tells us that if we receive something, we’ll be obligated. It’s important to remember that you cannot truly give if you’re unwilling to receive, for they compliment each other like a hand and glove. All of us are connected with every living thing and our interdependence is the sacred web of life we exist within.
4. Give in those situations where you feel the most lack. In what area of your life do you feel the most scarcity? For some it’s money, recognition or approval, for others it’s time and still for others it is love, affection or companionship. Determine where you feel the greatest lack then allow it to come fully into your awareness. These areas are your greatest opportunities for practicing abundance because the place you most need to give is the area in which you are feeling the most lack. The initial reaction, of course, is to grab on even harder and faster, but that will only take you further into the quicksand of emptiness.
You were born to live a life that creates and represents your own unique masterpiece. Abundance and prosperity are your birthright. As you gently practice giving from your heart, day-by-day, hour-by-hour and moment-by-moment, you will one day look back with no regrets, but with a heart overflowing with love, appreciation and gratitude. May you experience the richness of your own spirit and extend it to everyone you encounter.