In my quest to gain spiritual wisdom and live a more authentic life, I have explored several topics over the years. One of the topics I keep coming back to is abundance. I have read a ton of books, listened to experts, and done a lot of mindset work to try and create abundance in my life. And at a certain point, I realized that all the activities I tried weren’t working. And in fact, they often actually made things worse for me.
How many of us have sought something so fervently that we spend every waking hour trying to figure out how to have it in our lives? We are willing to do anything to create it and we don’t actually know how it feels — so we are wandering around lost (I can’t be the only one!). Then we seek out masters and wisdom while we hand our power over to someone we imagine must know something we don’t. And every step we take pulls us out of alignment with our deepest inner wisdom and knowing.
I see this phenomenon all too often in coaching. Broken promises based on someone else having something you don’t. It’s just another version of separation and fear.
Let me be clear though: I am not throwing out the idea of abundance. Instead, I am throwing out the idea of constantly seeking abundance through spiritual gymnastics. Seeking anything takes us out of alignment with our deepest selves, and that separation creates difficulties of every kind in our lives.
Lately, I have realized that the single answer to anything I am seeking is my relationship to my soul’s journey. And when I am living in alignment with myself and the journey my soul brought me to have on this planet, abundance is a natural state.
I want to interrupt and get to the definition of abundance before circling back to this discussion. I start with definitions because my Dad has always been an absolute stickler for knowing the definition of words. I always thought abundance was the search for more money and things. Here are a few definitions on Dictionary.com that intrigued me as I learned more about what abundance actually means. “An extremely plentiful over-sufficient quantity or supply, overflowing fullness, and affluence or wealth.”
When I look at all of the definitions together, I am struck by the phrases plentiful supply and overflowing fullness. Both of those definitions are about a feeling. And the feeling of plentiful supply and overflowing fullness can come without a physical dollar or thing.
I know I am not the only one who has become lost for hours doing something that brings me joy. And in those hours, all worry and overthinking is lost. A deeper wisdom and order emerges. I am in alignment.
Breathe and relax, and remember that we are already more than enough. Learn to notice and be grateful for all of the examples of abundance every single day: physical things, money, free time, people we love, work that is meaningful, nature’s many gifts, a smile from a stranger, our natural gifts and talents, a song we love on the radio, a quote or interview that touches our heart, the call of our soul — we can stop seeking. We are in alignment.
I am in alignment when I realize that all of my heart’s desires are an extension of me. I am in alignment when I realize that the unique energy I came here already programmed to broadcast is my superpower. I am in alignment when I remember that I am always more than enough, simply because I exist. I am in alignment when I seek council with my highest inner wisdom and insight, and only then seek masters who will help me build that inner wisdom and insight instead of replacing mine with theirs.
In the past few months, I have stopped seeking a lot of things, including abundance. My goal is to find personal alignment. It requires daily practice and diligence to stay grounded in my soul’s purpose. And I completely trust the process.