Accepting the Gift of Financial Abundance

pile-of-cash-money-billsI started my adult life in debt and have been scrambling to recover ever since. Looking back, I don’t think my consciousness was oriented toward scarcity or prosperity; money was simply a tool that allowed me to get by for another month.

In my mid-thirties, after reading Creating Money, which laid out the spiritual dynamics of financial abundance, I decided to reprogram the way I looked at money. I’m a big believer in the transformative power of affirmations so I regularly affirmed the following:

I am financially independent and free.
I always have much more money coming in than going out.
Thank you, God, for bringing so much money into my life.
I gladly accept all the abundance the universe has to offer.
All the money I spend brings me joy.

creating-money-book-coverDid it work? Yes and no. The affirmations reduced my stress level about finances and heightened my appreciation of what did come into my life, but the floodgates of material wealth remained bolted shut. I sensed that I was holding back, but didn’t know why.

Finally, at fifty-one, I figured it out. I sat down and asked myself why I was resisting wealth and abundance—and the answer I got surprised me. Ever since I was little, I had always wanted to be the “good boy” who was liked by everyone (yeah, like that’s even possible). And if I were wealthy, some people would resent me for having money and being “better” than they are.

What a ridiculous assumption! I have learned to live more authentically and am no longer so concerned by what others think of me. Therefore, such resistance is now inconsistent with who I am. The moment I shined the light of awareness on this immature, outdated notion, poof!, I let it go. I felt the difference immediately, as if I had just cleared out a logjam that had been restricting the flow of financial abundance.

Still, I dug deeper and found even more resistance. I saw that I was also having trouble reconciling the idea of living a spiritual life with the goal of accumulating great wealth. Some part of me believed that I had to choose one or the other. After thinking about it, I realized three things.

First, if I continued to struggle financially, I would lack the credibility I needed to inspire others. After all, why would anyone listen to me about how to create a life of abundance if I hadn’t been able to do it myself?

Second, by limiting myself financially, I would be limiting the amount of good I could do in the world. Having to continue doing unrelated work just to pay the bills would curtail the time I could devote to my spiritual mission. What’s more, if I were independently wealthy, I could travel more places, meet more people, and offer my books and seminars more inexpensively to those with lower incomes who typically can’t afford such extravagances.

Third, blocking myself from tapping into the financial abundance that is my birthright (and yours too!) was compromising the quality of every area of my life. After all, living with joy, love, beauty, and abundance is a package deal—if I suppress one I cannot fully embody the others. By definition, a holistic life cannot be compartmentalized.

Once I realized the error of this deep-seated belief, I banished it from my consciousness. Instantly, I felt a great joy well up within me and sensed that I was already magnetically attracting the people, events, and experiences that would lead me to a more joyously abundant future.

What does that future look like? It’s still too early to tell. But I will welcome it with gratitude, humility, and a deep appreciation for all the abundance the universe has to offer.


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4 Responses to “Accepting the Gift of Financial Abundance”

  1. Giovani Says:

    Hey, Phil!

    Thanks, for taking me along on your mental journey into the Prosperity. I, too, read CREATING MONEY. Good book. Good affirmations. However, it’s like a general reference book, in many ways. And, I felt I was sort of on my own to see what to make of all these wonderful tools. Which were priority for me?

    I’m still at it. Right now–if you can believe it–the novel POLLYANNA is giving me some well needed perspective!

    Life is beautiful. :O)

    Sunshine & Blessings,

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yep, I think sometimes we are so enamored with the tools that we forget that we actually have to apply them!

  3. Marlene M. Linke Says:

    I have read quite a few books on abundance and done the work suggested. I’ve listened to audio cds, subliminal messages and self-hypnosis. I have enormous abundance in every other aspect of my life and genuinely appreciate all of what I have. Therefore, what in the world is my hindrance to the “flow” of financial abundance? Coincident with the work of introspection, focus and intention, I have experienced periods of financial wealth. However, they are getting fewer and fewer. I cannot put a finger on what is causing the block. I feel defeated by the circumstances that continue to present themselves and stand in opposition of my true intentions. I wish that there were a key or a book of case studies (hint, hint to Phil) where the abundance principles have been put to task and shown to actually work for folks like me who continue to have impediments!

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I can relate, Marlene. I’m still working on removing blocks to abundance myself. Don’t give up! We’ll make it there!

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