Growing up I couldn't relate to the concept of abundance at all. We knew that we didn't have much. Then upon stumbling on this new way of looking at life (call it divine interference) I began to believe in greater potential instead of being obsessed with loss.
But when ever I wasn't actively focusing on abundant thoughts, the mind would default to a casual acceptance of "what if this is just theory & not real?" and various other shades of limiting thoughts. During this time I stumbled upon a wonderful, powerful statement that sized up this whole abundance thing in a nutshell.
I'll add that phrase here after a few responses. (I'm curious to see if anybody else stumbled on it. I found it in an early "awakening" magazine titled The Connecting Link)
Ok. Here is that phrase. (added 8hrs later)
" You are always, always , always in abundance.
Abundance to me is being in the Vortex. Let me explain:
The Vortex is where all that we desire is stored in the non-physical as the universe manifest them instantly. Only when we are in alignment with our desires does it manifest in our physical reality.
The reason why we cannot really have a definite description of abundance is because we all have different desires and it is very hard to quantify whether others are abundant when we don't know what their desires are. The other key thing to remember is that our desires constantly change so we might desire money now but when we are wealthy, we might desire more time to spend the money for example.
You might think that somebody with lots of money is financially abundant but to them, having lots of money might not be part of their current set of desires in which case I would not call them abundant.
To me, abundance implies being in alignment with my own desires which means being in the vortex. This will have an additional benefit of manifesting all those desires in physical reality. So, as my desires are constantly changing and I am launching new ones, abundance can only mean staying in constant alignment with my desires.
answered 03 Dec '09, 14:25
My definition is pretty close to LeeAnn's. Abundance to me is the feeling that everything I need or want is already available, by the grace of God, and all I have to do is choose it. There is no limitation on me.
Of course, being the doubtful creatures we are, keeping this in mind all the time is the real challenge.
answered 03 Dec '09, 00:50
If you want to feel abundant and you feel that you have a lot of resistance to the idea, it's helpful to choose a more general definition of abundance.
Many people define abundance as being only money. Nothing wrong with that, if you can generate good feelings of abundance by thinking about abundance being only money.
However, if you don't feel good, it means you have specific limiting beliefs. You could change those beliefs until you'd feel good about abundance being only money. Or you could change the bigger picture, your core definition of abundance (which is probably much more time-efficient).
So if you allow yourself to define abundance as being more than money, you could, for example, allow the Universe to bring to you gifts, offers or status without money being even involved. But that's not even the whole picture.
Gifts, offers and status are one of many ways (that I just came up with) how abundance could come to you if you allow it. A more accurate chart of how the Universe works would look more like this.
So there are really infinite ways how abundance can come into one's life (and the physical mind is not even capable of imagining it right now).
Well, then how can one change the core definition of abundance?
IMO, the best (general) definition of abundance comes from Bashar.
If you really think about that quote and imagine how it could change the way you see your everyday life in terms of abundance, it could immediately change the way you feel about it. And if you then let go and allow the Universe to do its job, you could have a lot of fun in the next few days and weeks watching it surprise you in positive ways again and again.
And, by the way, I've heard that even The Joker enjoys that definition sometimes :).
answered 07 Jul '14, 08:59
@releaser99 - Great post! "The ability to do what you need to do when you need to do it." If you look at it in those terms, then I think that many of us are a lot closer to abundance than we might realize. :)
(07 Jul '14, 10:56) lozenge123
@lozenge123 Yes, exactly. This becomes even more evident, when one knows that everything one observes in one's own reality is his/her own manifestation. There are many things in one's everyday life that are ingenious and beautiful but appear to be other people's work or inventions. However, if one can observe it, it must mean one has already many positive beliefs about abundance in place because it all manifested into his/her reality.
(08 Jul '14, 05:27) releaser99
(08 Jul '14, 17:59) ursixx
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My definition of abundance is having health, wealth and happiness.
Happiness is the most important as there are many healthy and wealthy people who are decidedly unhappy.
I include wealth because whether we like it or not or whether it's right wrong, wealth opens many doors that would otherwise remain closed. Also when we are wealthy we can redistribute our wealth to worthy causes through things like charities etc. Put simply, having wealth means we have the means to make the world a better place.
Health is important to my definition because ill health, physical and mental can understandably destroy any feelings of wellbeing such as financial security and happy relationships we may have. On the other hand there are many examples of people living with ill health that inspire, motivate and uplift us whenever we are around them.
Well that's my 2 cents worth. Looking forward to hearing what the powerful statement that sums up this whole abundance thing is!
I love Pat W's answer as I believe abundance is a choice we make.
answered 03 Dec '09, 00:59
WOW, abundance to me is simply having and knowing I have an enlist supply of good health, wealth, happiness, peace, love,joy,great success, and oneness with the Lord Jesus.
So, that I can provide for my family, myself, and be able to really help others along the way.
You need to have the money to buy the many things you want and need, you need good health to enjoy what you were able to buy, you need love to make you feel good or as some said one time to make you feel warm and fuzzy on inside that makes your heart fulter with delite.
You want to be successful in your many businesses which will allow where the wealth comes from and you want that oneness with the Lord Jesus so you can feel that love and peace which you can only get from Jesus/God because they complete a emptyness within which only they can fulfill.
This is all coming from many years of an lot of lacks within my life and I am just learning to think and speak postive words and thoughts for myself and be the co-creator that God gave me the ability to be as a human being.
answered 03 Dec '09, 01:25
Abundance for me would have to mean feeling plentiful in all areas of my life - financially, spiritually and physically. I, too , have probably been on the frequency of lack for most of my life so I've also had to constantly switch my focus and as most of us know it can be a challenge and requires constant practice. I'm also curious about that powerful statement:)
answered 03 Dec '09, 01:52
To me, abundance is having - more - than what I desire available to me.
For example, more money than I can figure out how to spend. Or more friends than I can possibly keep in touch with etc.
It is lavish and overflowing. It is on the excessive side - there is A LOT of 'waste'. :)
answered 03 Dec '09, 04:26
Appreciation for all that is. Abundance naturally IS, as your quote very eloquently expressed.
My ability to appreciate all that is = my abundance within all that is. All that is = whatever exists within my holographic window of "reality".
Abundance is the acceptance of, surrender to and appreciation of THE.
answered 02 Dec '10, 06:48
Abundance to me is my breath of life, the air that I breathe in and out so generously with freedom. No one to stop me, or to tell me that I cannot have my share of this free luxury of air, and life!
Among other things, having all my needs met, and no limitations!
answered 04 Dec '10, 02:16
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abondance is when you know you have enuff!A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaksPsalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
Matthew 6:31-33 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Luke 3:14 Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, “And what about us, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.”
Philippians 4:11-13 For I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances may be. I know now how to live when things are difficult and I know how to live when things are prosperous. In general and in particular I have learned the secret of eating well or going hungry of facing either plenty of poverty. I am ready for anything through the strength of the One who lives within me.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you…
1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.
1 Timothy 6:7-10 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
answered 04 Jun '11, 21:50
I believe abundance is being able to reach the top of the pyramid of Maslow.
Many people are stuck in the bottom of the above pyramid, trying to decide between food or gas everyday.
So abundance is getting past just surviving everyday to being able to enjoy life.
Abundance is having all debts paid and being able to pay all bills with plenty of money to enjoy spending on things that you wouldn't feel worry over having for food and gas.
With abundance a person is able to go to the supermarket without looking at how much money that person has to spend. One would then be able to shop without having to keep track of the price of everything and what the total will be. Plus when that person checks out that person knows that s/he will not be putting back things because s/he messed up the math.
Example of the bottom of Maslow's pyrmaid, Jai and me have no hot water, no oven or stove since our gas was turned off due to lack of money. We haven't seen our car since it had to be towed to the dealer when it broke because we haven't had the money to pay the $200 bill. Then there is the car loan payment we owe, the insurance plus all the bills and debts that keep collecting interest day after day.
That is the bottom of that pyramid, abundance is climbing to the top so that none of that bottom stuff even comes up. It is covered, Hakuma Matata!
answered 07 Jul '14, 15:57
Today I found a new meaning of Abundance! Abundance is the way of the Universe. Bashar was speaking to his audience and provided me with a whole new insight. Because most of us connects abundance to wealth (monetary of not), this to me was profound. Even when you experience the lack of anything, you experience the abundance of lack. Is you are sick, you experience the abundance of lack of health. So in reality, you always experience abundance, you decide the abundance of WHAT you experience. I thought it was beautiful. To me it was mindblowing, the more because I recently discovered me being focussed on lack more than on having. Buth the truth is, I was focussed on abundance all the time, just the abundance of something I don't want ;-)
answered 09 Jul '14, 06:31
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Nice question. I can't wait to read your phase glad you stumbled onto it and are willing to share it with us. Have an nice day The Traveller.
Powerful statement. Thanks for sharing. So the abundance is always there, only our perception makes us think it isn't:)
I have finally decided to start choosing a "right" answer among the answers I have received for the questions I have posted. I still believe that there is no "right" answer, but I am starting to realize that I may be doing a disservice to those who are making an effort to provide answers. So my choice is based on which answer is most reflective of the idea that was seeking to be expressed through the original question as it occurred within my consciousness.