Part 10 of our annual series “The Courage to Imagine”
When I think of prosperity, my mind automatically goes to thanksgiving for the people and things already in my life, and how blessed I am.
I haven’t always felt prosperous. In fact, for many years I felt poor, so I was poor. Then I learned one of the spiritual principles taught in Unity: We create our experiences through our way of thinking.
Breaking the ‘Limitation’ Habit
Discovering this simple step didn’t automatically cause me to start thinking positively. It was many years before I broke the habit of seeing lack and limitation in my life.
I needed courage to imagine I could do more and have more in my life. More friendships, more love, more peace and joy. I had to start being thankful for the good that was already in my life. I had to learn how to know and claim the prosperity that flows in and through me in order to generate more prosperity.
This is how I do it:
Start by taking a deep breath. As you feel the air fill your lungs, give thanks that you are able to breathe easily and effortlessly.
Next, take a look around you and give thanks for the things in your life. Do you have a roof over your head? Give thanks for it. Do you have food to eat? Give thanks for it. Do you have an automobile to drive? Give thanks for it every time you get in it. Give thanks for your friends and family, perhaps have a celebration of your relationships. Give thanks for the chair you sit in. For every little thing you have, notice it with a grateful heart and mind. Notice the beauty of nature around you. Gratitude is key!
The Magic of Manifestation
When we give our attention to the things we are grateful for, we begin to notice more things to be grateful for. We create our life experience through our way of thinking. The magic is that whatever we give our attention to, we manifest more of.
While you are doing this gratitude inventory, notice if there are things in your life that no longer serve you. Clean these things out of your life. This creates a vacuum that allows other things to come to you—it is the cycle of giving and receiving. Are there things you have that might serve someone else better? Give it to them. Tithe on your income to the places where you receive your spiritual nourishment. A healthy giving consciousness naturally draws more good into your life.
What would you like to have more of? Close your eyes and imagine what it smells like, what it tastes like, what it looks like, and what it feels like. Imagine it as if it were already yours.
Where to Start Being More Prosperous
If you are new to this type of thinking, you might want to start small. Would you like to have more happiness and joy in your life? Imagine what it would feel like to be happy and joyful. This small step works like magic because when you imagine that it is already yours, there it is! Would you like to be more gentle and kind? Imagine what it would feel like to be gentle and kind. As you do these exercises, the power of the universe is put into motion, bringing whatever you can imagine into your life.
It is important to be very clear when you imagine what you want to manifest in your life. For example, if you imagine a new pair of shoes, be sure to imagine they fit well and are comfortable. Maybe you want a better job. What are you doing in the new job? Do you want better pay? What would you do with the extra money? Have the courage to imagine your highest and best in the world. Have the courage to imagine a deeper connection to Spirit. Anything you can imagine, you can manifest.
One final note: When you begin to draw greater prosperity to yourself, don’t forget to be grateful.