In the World We Cannot See

There has been a persistent message bubbling up lately for me and it’s come to the surface enough that I knew I had to pay attention to it. I try to journey with and through all kinds of concepts and little nuggets, mostly one at a time, and when I do, it’s so fascinating to me how the universe serves up all kinds of wonderful stuff that just so happens to revolve around that very thing that I have made my focus. Divine coincidences, I suppose you could say. I was reading a book by Geneen Roth and one statement/saying she wrote struck me: “In the world you cannot see…” It made me think about all the things that are important here in the world we can see vs. the world we can’t.

What do I obsess about here in the world we can see, or what do I get backwards here in the world we can see that either has no place in the world we cannot see, or means something different?

Abundance. I decided to take a deep dive into the concept of abundance because I knew there had to be more to it than what I have been willing to accept. I could feel that I was more closed than open because there was more fear when I considered this nugget, rather than joy and peace.

See, that’s how you know there is work to be done. Fear is a mighty indicator of delicious, wonderful, and hard work to be done.

In the past, abundance meant money to me. I mean, yeah, yeah, yeah…love, family, home…blah, blah, blah…I knew that too, but I was so focused on the prosperity part and I was so single-minded to that part of abundance I couldn’t seem to get away from it. Every time I asked for abundance, I always asked for love, family, home, joy, and peace first before zoning in on prosperity, but my heart knew where the focus was. Everything I did, every decision I made, every new idea that came into my head was always focused on money. If you’re an entrepreneur then you know what I’m talking about. It’s an occupational hazard for sure, but it was more than that for me. I was obsessed with it. It was never about a fancy car, fancy shoes, or fancy anything really. For me, it was about security for my family and myself.

And then I realized two very important things.

No matter how much I made or had in the bank, it was never enough. There was always one more thing. There will always be one more thing. While I was focusing all of my energy on that one more thing for the future, I was living in a scarcity mindset for the present.

I never worried about money till I had money. I didn’t come from a hard childhood, but I did come from one that didn’t have much money. I watched my mother struggle hard to feed us, clothe us, and just get through back to school shopping each year without all the cards falling down. But it never phased me. My brothers all had jobs by the time they were 15 (and younger) and I followed suit. I took care of myself, learned how to figure stuff out, and never wanted for anything. I had a car to get me places, some kind of a home here or there to rest my head, food in my belly, and a life that stretched out forever and day in front of me. It never once dawned on me to worry about money. Then I started to make money. And I started to accumulate stuff. And I started to become worried and stressed. And I became a workaholic. And I became miserable.

What I’ve learned about abundance is so simple and though it’s all stuff I knew, I didn’t know I knew it till I knew it, and once I knew it, I could smack myself for not accepting it sooner rather than later. Don’tcha hate when that happens??

Abundance is a state of mind, not an accumulation of things. I have had conversations with some of the poorest folks I’ve ever met that have had more abundance in their lives than some of the wealthiest folks I know.

Abundance is omnipresent and belongs to us all. It always strikes me as odd when someone says “I take care of my own first, then, if I have enough left over, I’ll consider giving”, as if what they have really and truly belongs to them anyway. Sure, your truck, pool, and fancy artwork may belong to you, but all that the world and universe provides, that is to say, all the real things that matter, was never yours. It’s ours.

Abundance is so plentiful it never runs out and is designed to flow in and out. Marianne Williamson said, “What you appreciate, appreciates.” So, what you are grateful for grows and one way to show your appreciation is to give. I’m not telling you to start writing checks, although the world needs that too. What I’m saying is that to give of yourself is to be in that flow, however you determine the world needs you.

The most important concept I have learned, which coincidentally also came from Marianne Williamson, is that the spiritual world and material world are complete opposites in terms of abundance. In the material world, more is better, even at the cost of the deprivation of others. In the material world, the more you have, the less I can have because in the material world, abundance is finite. In the material world, abundance means a big house, an expensive car, an expensive education, designer clothing, and stuff. Yet, in the world we cannot see, the more abundance I have, the more I have to give and the more there is to partake. In the world we cannot see, abundance is infinite and grows more with more giving. In the world we cannot see, abundance is about connection, community, love, time, laughs, memories, and how we make others feel. All of these things are 100% free, yet will make you feel like the richest person alive.

Does this mean I will stop trying to make money, take vacations, and occasionally buy a purse that I don’t need? Noperoo.

But it does mean I plan on spending more time in the world we cannot see than in the material world.

You should meet me there sometime. Imagine being able to become one with the universe all while sipping margaritas. Did you think I would have it any other way??

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