Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. – Wayne Dyer
This is one of those important lessons that slips away from me every once in a while. The longer it takes me to return to it, the more hysterical I become. And my hysteria, it turns out, is something of a solution repellent. It’s as if the pipeline that delivers all that I want and need into my life gets clogged by my fear, restricting the flow, allowing less and less to come to me. This perpetuates more fear which results in less flow and on goes the downward spiral…
It can get ugly fast, but as I may have mentioned once or twice before, it doesn’t have to be this way.
This week, things got pretty crazy in my world. Now that I’m writing that, I can see that it’s not entirely true. My world isn’t so crazy. There are no paparazzi camped out in my front yard. I didn’t wake up with the house full of snakes or armadillos. And I didn’t find a dragon, or even an alligator, sunbathing in the neighborhood swimming pool. Those things would have made my life pretty crazy.
The truth is, it got crazy in my head this week. I was nearly paralyzed with fear about money and what feels like a truly extraordinary volume of unknowns, even for me. (I’m usually a big fan, but this week pitched me over the wall around my comfort zone.) By mid-week, I was a mess, but then my wife sat and shared with me these “21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity.”
It was a turning point for a few reasons. Most importantly, it made me pause, just briefly, to be in a moment (instead of doing). When I’m worked up like that, I go and go, trying to figure out how to prevent what feels like the end of the world. I get disconnected from myself — my intuition and creativity, my heart and soul — which leaves me absolutely stuck and powerless to cultivate the change I desire. The few minutes that it took us to look at those pictures — to feel and cry and, indeed, have our faith in humanity restored — reconnected me to myself, to her, and to the world around us. In that sacred moment, I remembered what Wayne Dyer says about tuning in.
What follows are nine things I did over the last couple of days to flip my not-enough-money madness back into sanity. Over and over again, I’ve found that being in a positive, loving, connected frame of mind is the only thing that allows what I need to flow to me. It is my hope that, if and when you need them, what helped me tune in… will do the same for you.
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