To heal from the past, we must correct the errors in perception that prevent us from forgiving those who have harmed us. In relinquishing anger, fear, and hatred and completely forgiving past errors, we free our lives and hearts from experiencing emotional devastation and we can live fully in the present open to unlimited love. This is a path towards a renewed and transformed sense of Self that takes us closer to God and our true, Higher Self. Correcting errors of perception such as anger, fear, jealousy, and the need for retribution heals the disenfranchised aspects of ourselves that have long searched and yearned for clarity and atonement. The mental process of dissociation slips us further away from the all encompassing nature of God’s love and we develop a false sense of security – further emboldening the nightmarish dream rather than awakening from its terror and stronghold on our emotional and mental well being. In the process of trying to escape or avoid emotional danger, we actually create more negative disowned energy by psychically dividing aspects of ourselves and furthering the split between our personality and Spirit. We should, instead, pray for healing and integration and infuse our shadow selves with rehabilitative energy and careful, spiritual nourishment. This consistent and repetitive nature of denying the present by emboldening egoistic divisions within our psyche takes us further away rather than closer to the spiritual realm. Our task is to remember Spirit’s unlimited ability to heal all atrocities rather than creating more perceptual errors which obscure our spiritual sight. Any act that is not of love is counter to the world of Spirit and is an illusion, further reminding us that our task on earth is to heal and awaken from this dimension’s obsessive identification with the physical and its associated anguish.
Today, I am writing about one of the most central themes in my life as well as in the lives of many other soul-searchers seeking fulfillment and self-actualization. How do I attract abundance in a world that seems to indicate scarcity and competition rather than infinite potential and abundance? We learn and experience at a very early age that resources are scarce; we must fight for every single morsel available to us. We learn that life is a struggle. Many times individuals work diligently, yet they find it difficult to get ahead and to achieve their dreams. It is very frustrating that this cycle of attracting abundance but then returning to a state of scarcity occurs repeatedly. I truly believe that when there are recurring patterns in our lives, within the fabric of these interwoven tapestries exists many pertinent clues to the work we are meant to undertake in order to self-actualize. In this process, we come to terms with the most pressing concerns leading to our soul’s development. After all, we are here to consciously co-create; in fact, every minute, every breath, we are becoming more and more conscious of the divinity and unlimited potential within us.
The Fear of Not Attracting Money in Our Lives
For many of us, our fears come into play when we think about attaining money, attracting abundance, and achieving a sense of fulfillment. After all, everyone wants to have the admiration and respect of their families, friends, peers and colleagues. Yet, many times, a recurring pattern of scarcity consciousness gets in the way. We cannot seem to earn exactly the amount of money we want, buy that perfect house, have enough money in the bank, have the “right” friends, experiences and so on. All of this is based on a mindset of fear and scarcity rather than on prosperity. So, it is entirely uplifting and somewhat of a revelation when we actually reverse thought patterns of insufficiency and attune our core beliefs into a pattern of plenitude. If we think and operate not from fear but from a positive mindset, we realize that there is actually enough for everyone if we co-create with one another harmoniously. Now, in everyday life, it is very easy for our ego to get in the way. Our society thrives on competition, and there is certainly nothing wrong with healthy, vibrant competition to drive us to succeed and to help us visualize our goals. The problem occurs when, in acting out of balance, we disregard basic values in the quest to out-perform others in order to achieve recognition. Now, there’s nothing wrong with recognition and achievement, but if we get to a place of achievement at the expense of others, then we are not acting in alignment with a soul-based awareness. Instead, we are acting out of our own selfish, ego-based desires. When we place too much importance on attaining monetary gain by acting recklessly towards others, we actually create scarcity within our souls and lives rather than abundance. In the process, sooner or later, we will reach a crucial moment in our evolutionary state of being where we look in the mirror to ask “What have I become? Who am I? Where am I headed? Am I on the right path? Have I acted with the most compassion, love, selflessness and forgiveness? And do I truly believe that I can attract what I want in my life?”
The Many Forms of Abundance and Prosperity
The truth of the matter is that there are many forms of abundance: abundance of the spirit, health, mind and in sharing our unique gifts to the world. If we consistently focus on monetary wealth at the expense of our physical and mental health, then we are acting out of balance and will return to a state of scarcity consciousness without even being aware of the process. We have the infinite power to create the lives that we want by consistently honoring the infinite potential within each and every one of us. Prosperity appears in our lives in so many different ways – many times, it is not exactly apparent, or perhaps we do not value the form in which it appears. For example, can I take the time to truly see what is happening around me? How do I react? Am I so consumed by the idea of “getting ahead” that I trample upon the lives and hearts of others? If I react with bitterness, hatred, a lack of compassion, then certainly the same negativity will be reflected back to me since we are all mirrors to one another, and I will feel and experience the same amount of hatred that I have sent out to my immediate environment and the universe. If, instead, I choose to act with compassion, love, forgiveness and understanding, then all of these attributes will reflect back to me. Herein lies the power of the Law of Attraction.
The Visionary Perspective of Abundance vs. Soul-Impoverished Imbalance
So, one might ask – how do I continually attract abundance in my life? After all, there’s only so much that can go around, right? And since there are scarce resources, shouldn’t I keep my knowledge of resources to myself, and align with only the few people I trust, and then to heck with the rest? And, in fact, the person right next to me, who I really don’t care for anyway, why don’t I just do whatever I can to make that person’s life miserable so that they give up, and then I can receive what could have been theirs. I will tell you, with many years of experience that I have had in the corporate arena, this is the most typical mindset. And it is a dangerous one. It does not promote cooperation or collaboration. It promotes unhealthy competition. And it produces fear and mistrust instead of harmony. It is toxic. Individuals do not trust one another so they seek to out-perform each other in order to earn recognition and respect. When individuals act out of balance in a corporation by thwarting the lives of others in order to achieve their own personal gain, they may achieve monetary wealth but their souls are impoverished. This kind of behavior creates an atmosphere of scarcity, mistrust and deception. It does not further anyone’s soul-based development nor does it help the overall organization to become visionary. When a business has employees that are healthy, well-balanced in all areas of their lives, then they produce much more efficiently. The business thrives and grows because their employees are able to utilize their soul-based gifts to their ultimate potential. When leaders develop their employees, then the entire organization benefits from increased productivity, since their employees can concentrate on creating the very best products and services, gaining new clients, increasing customer satisfaction, and realizing improved profits. A visionary business develops employees by allowing them to utilize their unique gifts in order to advance the company’s goals. In every move that we make within our work and personal environments we should ask ourselves the question, what is best for the good of all concerned? When we operate from this perspective, we no longer operate from the field of scarcity but from the visionary perspective of abundance.
An Unwavering Belief System in Authentic Power Provides the Ability to Persevere During the Harshest of Circumstances
I have noticed that when I meditate and focus on sincere gratitude, notwithstanding my own personal financial situation, then I feel a sense of abundance that is incredibly empowering. My task is to continually believe in the authentic power of abundance consciousness, not to be afraid of success, not to be afraid of attracting the very things that I want so deeply. For when we accept that we are authentically powerful spiritual beings experiencing this life of seemingly persistent limitations, then we can truly understand and grasp the lessons that we are meant to learn in attempting to overcome these obstacles. I might ask myself, why do I continually return to that scarcity thought process when I know that the universe is plentiful? I don’t have the firm answers yet. I am still seeking and searching, very much hopeful that I will find the answers. The answers are in my heart. I know, with the deepest of assurance, that I have the infinite ability to arrive at them as long as I act with soul-based awareness and harmony. I must listen to my intuition in order to come to terms with why that perception of scarcity is there. What lessons do I learn about myself when I experience that gut-wrenching feeling of emptiness? How do I respond to that deepest, darkest experience of spiritual hunger and thirst? It is during this painful experience that I must realize that scarcity is an illusion, even when the physical world of experience seems to undoubtedly mirror that same scarcity. During these moments of self-reflection, I become aware of who I am, where my life leads next on this vast journey, and I am once again aware of the circumstances from which I will undoubtedly persevere and conquer in order to reach self-fulfillment, actualization, and soul-purpose. I must consistently listen to my higher guidance and inner voice to fully understand that any currently perceived setbacks are only temporary, and I, indeed, will persevere even under the harshest of circumstances. I must realize that these hindrances are being manifested from an unconscious/subconscious state of being, and that becoming more aware of these emotional blocks are the key to overcoming the continual manifestation of events or circumstances that are not in alignment with my soul-purpose.
Healing our Mind, Body and Spirit from Self-Imposed Constraints
Obstacles are only temporary manifestations of blocks that can be removed by carefully tuning in to the infinite power within us that is our birthright – but only if we claim this boundless energy and utilize it for our higher good and the good of those concerned. When we realize that we possess this infinite potential, then we are free from self-imposed mental constraints and our desires seem to be fulfilled in a spontaneous manner. When our dreams begin to manifest, it is an enlightening, inspiring and wondrous experience. We all have the ability to lead inspiring lives that send out our innermost light which is actually the energy of the universe pouring through our physical selves and into our immediate environment and then throughout the world. It is so very apparent when we are in the presence of someone with authenticity. Perhaps it is a trusted spiritual adviser or a visionary business leader. We are inspired by their actions and words and we feel the power of their authentic energy. Their energy actually increases the positive mindset of individuals within their immediate environment because their inner authenticity is so powerful. We become inspired by their lessons, wisdom and the outpouring of positive energy they possess and it inspires us to mirror that same positive mindset. Therefore, by elevating the energetic field of pure potentiality within our immediate environment, we actually raise the vibrational frequency within our own lives, friendships, relationships and communities and this positive energy has the effect of permeating through the rest of the world to like-minded individuals. We change the world by changing ourselves.
Reclaiming our Faith Helps us to Reach our Fullest Potential
In order to effect change within our daily lives, we must begin with ourselves. Transitioning from a state of scarcity to prosperity begins with the empowerment of our own lives by integrating the disowned aspects of our selves and emerging from this integration as a complete human being, more fully enlightened and in touch with our Higher Selves, unwavering in our belief that we will overcome even the most daunting of circumstances. When we have integrated the disowned selves, healing all the negative energy that has caused blocks within our lives, then we heal the disenfranchised aspects of ourselves that we have buried within our subconscious in order to dissociate from the pain of traumatic experiences. Healing these disowned aspects of ourselves is the most difficult work to undertake, but it is an extremely enlightening process since we are able to come to terms with the core issues in our lives that are preventing us from a sense of completeness and peacefulness. Forgiveness is a major component of healing the energy blocks within our subconscious belief system. When we are no longer bogged down emotionally from fragments of the past, then we can achieve a current state of peacefulness and enlightenment. Then we are finally willing and able to accept the gifts of the universe because we become fully aware of the plenitude that exists within our lives. We are no longer soul-impoverished but filled with Light and positive energy because we have healed from the issues, circumstances and hindrances that have kept us from achieving our Higher Selves. In the process of striving to reach our fullest potential, we reclaim our faith in the Universe – firmly believing that with love, patience, compassion and understanding we are in alignment with our soul-based purpose in this lifetime. When we act in accordance with these universal principles, we become fully aware of the infinite joy and inspiration that are completely within reach during our life’s journey, where we not only strive to integrate aspects of our inner divisions but also our physical-spiritual selves. Our journey on this plane is to remember who we once were at the very beginning of our existence, before we were physical beings in this world of limitation. We were joyful, abundant, spiritual creations who were fully in touch with our unlimited potential. Our soul-based path leads us to remember who we once were so we can return to that divine place once again when we awaken from this illusory world. That dynamic shift in awareness, when it occurs, will transform our thinking so that we will remember light instead of darkness, love instead of fear, and joyful abundance instead of illusive limitation.
We are a Mirror to Each Other
I wholeheartedly believe that consistently practicing meditation on attracting and maintaining abundance as our natural state will help us manifest the life of our dreams. If you wish to experience something wonderful in your life, put the patterns and resources in place to allow others to receive that very same thing. You will find that it reflects back to you, and you will experience that same wealth consciousness and abundance many times over.
Everyone can Achieve their Innermost Desires and Dreams
May everyone achieve their dreams through consciously attuning to a natural state of wealth-consciousness and abundance!
I’ve been reading a great deal lately. Since I moved from my townhouse and into my apartment, I have become much more introspective. As I unpacked many of the books that I had in boxes, I realized how “out of touch” I was with many of the spiritual and personal development ideas and techniques I had learned in the past. So, I have been reading new books as well as reexamining works that have inspired me and from which I have learned authentically powerful and transformational concepts. I have been particularly influenced by several authors whose works include perceptual frameworks surrounding human potential, the Collective Unconscious, the power of the God and the Universe and the big questions about our existence on this plane and our soul-based evolutionary path. When I recently went to LA this August, I attended a live seminar on overcoming depression by Marianne Williamson. Widely regarded as one of the foremost influential writers of this generation, her books have sold millions and have introduced countless individuals to the principles within New Age Spirituality and A Course in Miracles. I thoroughly enjoyed her seminar and began reading her latest book Tears to Triumph on recovering from depression through spiritual rather than pharmaceutical methods. Her first book, A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles is a New Age classic. Her writing and ideas are highly inspirational, and her grasp on the principles within A Course in Miracles is very enlightening. I was first introduced to the Course back in the early nineties, but I found it very confusing and so I distanced myself from its teachings. However, when I underwent therapy in the early to mid-2000’s, my therapist and spiritual counselor was very influenced by the Course, so the inherent concepts within its teachings became a vital component of my therapy, along with the principles discussed by many New Age authors such as Shakti Gawain, Wayne Dyer, and Deepak Chopra. Although I resisted its teachings, I have found that I continually return to the Course’s principles and attempt to digest as much as possible without becoming fearsome of understanding every single aspect. Williamson’s grasp on the subject is enlightening and refreshing, and I find that I am understanding the course much better and it is influencing me greatly. Much of what Williamson interprets and expresses concerning the Course is very pertinent to me right now so I am gladly learning new principles that tackle the very big questions about God, the Universe, and our existence in this realm. Williamson’s work as well as her reflections on A Course in Miracles remind us that fear is the opposite of love and it is an illusion meant to distract us from his Love which is all-empowering and all-encompassing. Our task on earth is to remember who we once were before we made the decision, a huge error in perception, to separate from God and become part of the earthly, physical plane. At the very beginning of our existence, before we were physical beings in this world of limitation, we were joyful, abundant, spiritual creations who were fully in touch with our unlimited potential. Our soul-based path leads us to remember who we once were. By correcting errors in perception and awakening from the nightmarish dream of this world, we return to our origin, which is a place where only love exists. According to the Course, nothing else exists; everything counter to love is an illusion meant to distract us from His all-encompassing nature. What is all-encompassing can have no opposite and is, therefore, an illusion. When I was first introduced to the Course nearly thirty years ago, before Williamson’s profound work A Return to Love was published, I resisted this notion of an illusory world because I could not comprehend the magnitude of this conceptual framework to view our existence. Yet, as time has passed, I continually returned to the Course and its teachings as a source of meaning and fulfillment, and I can now honestly say that I understand the Course’s major component that we live in an illusive world, often in conditions and circumstances that are the opposite of love. God, with his all-encompassing nature, could not have created or envisioned a world full of bitterness, hatred, war, poverty or sickness. These facets of existence are errors in perception that man has created, not God. Once we fully accept this concept, well-knowing that while on earth it is our divine duty to learn and grow in Spirit, then we will eventually return to the Spiritual realm from which we have originated, where Love only exists. It has taken me a long time to understand this basic and most profound principle within A Course in Miracles, and thankfully we have a bright light in the Universe such as Williamson to help guide us along our pathway towards a more Enlightened and loving Universe.
Recently, I read “Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsch, and I can tell you that it is really a fascinating book. I also watched the movie. Neale wrote “Conversations with God” in the early 90’s and he claims that God began speaking directly to him at one of the most adverse times in his life. He was disabled from a horrible car accident, had lost his job, and became homeless, and tried desperately to return to work but with no luck. It seems he just kept being beaten down. Then, out of nowhere, he began hearing God’s voice and so, “Conversations with God” began. Surprisingly, this book makes a great deal of sense and it really resonates with me. When it was first published, I scoffed at the idea that God could have an on-going conversation with someone. I figured it was some writer’s “gimmick” to sell books. Well, I am happy to report (after all these years) that my perception of this author has completely changed. The book is highly inspirational and makes a great deal of sense. And its influence is huge within the New Age/Spirituality movement. So, I am enjoying and enthralled by this book and the lessons that I am learning and re-learning. The most exciting idea that I am learning right now is that life is all about creating. We were brought here to create and to reach self-actualization. As we learn and co-create with God, we become closer to Him. We “remember” who we are and become more “God-like” as we co-create. Conversations with God emphasizes that we remember our divine nature by recognizing that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. God has created us out of absolute, pure love, but with a sincere desire to experience this absolute divinity in physical, “experiential” form. By experiencing this realm in the physical sense, we are different from God, but not separate. The Holy Spirit connects our physical and spiritual selves with God. While these are not new ideas, they are very powerful – and these concepts help us to realize our main purpose on earth: to love, create, forgive and to express compassion. The most important thing that Conversations with God expresses is the idea that we are self-actualizing each and every day we are on this planet and he provided us with free will. Now, whether God spoke to Walsch is uncertain. It is possible that Walsch was hearing his own inner guidance and intuition during a time of seemingly unbearable circumstances. During this trying time of his life he was able to connect, at a very deep and sincere level, with his own divine nature and, as a result, we all benefit from this highly inspiring and thoughtful work on communicating with God and our Higher Self.
All of this is very inspiring, and it adds to the knowledge and beliefs that I had learned during several years of research into spiritual principles taught and espoused by Shakti Gawain, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and several others. I was specifically influenced by Shakti’s Creative Visualization and Living in the Light along with Deepak Chopra’s Creating Affluence. Wayne Dyer’s Power of Intention and Manifest Your Destiny were very instrumental in reshaping my ideas, recognizing destructive thought patterns, and understanding patterns that did not aid in my growth or self-actualization. These principles helped me to realize that I am in control of my destiny and that I do not have to be bound by useless dogmas which no longer serve my soul’s path. We are, in fact, very much in control of our destiny if we listen to our higher selves and stay attuned to our divine nature.
Ideally, I would like to utilize this blog to discuss current topics and events and how spiritual principles can help guide individuals to make the right choices. For the longest time, I have wanted to put my thoughts together and to write a book that will help those who have experienced similar circumstances and challenges. I hope this blog will be the beginning of that endeavor in that I finally have a platform to express my ideas.
There are numerous societal ills that we are facing within America: poverty, illness, homelessness, inadequate educational systems, income inequality, sexual exploitation and harassment, politics that do not serve constituents, misguided immigration reform, interference from foreign governments in our political process, a broken electoral college process, violence in schools, lack of mental health awareness and social policy, and long-held racial tensions. These man-made ills are part of the collective nightmare and hell in which we all reside because we have chosen fear and hatred instead of love, compassion and understanding. Yet, through the application of spiritual principles, and a sincere focus on humanely solving these societal evils, we can move beyond them to resolution and freedom. I am particularly concerned about the racial tensions that have occurred in many parts of the U.S. between civilians and law enforcement. Horrific shooting incidents between law enforcement and civilians, especially within the Deep South, have illuminated a blight upon our society that continues to exist. I believe these perpetual tragic events indicate the nation has not healed on a collective level and individuals may be acting out their fears based on ancestral imprints from the Collective Unconscious that have not been appropriately addressed and spiritually cleared. The Collective Unconscious involves archetypes and prototypes that we innately know by being born into a species. We may not be aware that we are acting out our fears based on these primordial ideas, archetypes, and prototypes. Most spiritual cleansing involves examining not only our own personal conscious and unconscious beliefs but also universal, national, and ancestral imprints (archetypes and prototypes that have been handed down from generation to generation.) My greatest hope is that we all recognize these destructive, primordial patterns will not work for us in the modern world, especially for those of us who want to create a livable and peaceful present and future. So many people say, “How can God create so much destruction?” The answer is that it is not God who is creating this mess, people are! If we do not collectively pray and envision personal and planetary transformation, our future is very much at risk. It should be our calling to reexamine and re-think what we are currently doing in our everyday lives to manifest peaceful transformation by removing blocks to compassion, love, forgiveness, and unity.
The affirmation that I would like to share is that we should all envision a loving, peaceful place wherever we are in our lives. It is the most important thing, yet it is the easiest to forget when we are caught in a nightmarish world full of illusion and fear. My hope is that everyone can live to the fullest by developing their divine potential and dreams, without limitations and with boundless energy and enthusiasm!
With my sincerest love to all,
Michael J. Lovell