I looked at the map and behold,
what did I see? Another crossroads just ahead. I looked at my
bank statements and I knew how much my bills amounted to. How many
times had I come up to this point in the past 5 years?
Was I going around in circles or
was I cycling to higher and higher levels of my unfoldment. I knew I
had 'grown' a lot in many areas over those years. And every time I
had come to a crossroads like this all I needed appeared - and it appeared
from places I had never considered. I had always been provided
for. My needs had been supplied again and again. And so many of
With all I had learned - which
was eons beyond where I was five years ago, for sure, I knew I would move
beyond the crossroads that was just ahead. Yet those old feelings had
come back. And for a moment, I wondered what I would do.
So I had to ask, "What's
different this time?"
Part of what I learned since the
last crossroads was this: I could embrace the conditions of physical
reality. I knew that in the embrace I would move to
higher vibrations as long as my embrace is warm and inclusive. Lately
I had worked on The
Elijah Journey where the notion of the embrace came forth like this -
union of the Divine ideas and ideals and the conditions of physical
A colleague made a statement about
the experience of extreme poverty that I found eye-opening. She said,
"I feel fear at the thought of ever being in such a position again
(dependent on someone or something other than me to fulfill my
She commented that she was
feeling blocking energy and I had to agree with her.
Well-intentioned blocking energy, but blocking energy nonetheless.
Anyone would agree - that she would want to "keep the experience
of extreme poverty away" - as far away as possible. That's
the intent of the blocking energy - to keep stuff you do not want far, far
away. That's why any of us would
entertain such a fear... as a way to chase it away. In this instance -
to chase poverty
away. As I heard a speaker exclaim repeatedly - "You need to get
rid of ...poverty!" and a number of other things we would rather not
The problem with blocking energy is
its neutrality. Something I'm sure the speaker did not realize - to
exclaim the need to 'get rid of' something is also blocking energy.
Just use your imaging ability to see the energy he unleashed - 'get rid of'
energy. See the energy pushing away everything in its path.
While blocking energy may be
unleashed to serve one purpose, it does not choose what it will block.
You are the chooser. I am the chooser. We set up the first task
for the energy. The energy is the servant - and loyal to the very
core. So unleashed, it takes up its charge to block. It blocks
everything in its path on its way to blocking what you sent it to
block. Then it blocks the flow of any energies coming toward you -
any energy that is not blocking energy.
Sure, blocking energy delights in
bringing in more blocking energy. Builds up its forces as a way to
please you. After all, you released it to block. You ordered it
to block. That's what it knows to do and it will do it well as long
as you unleash more blocking energy. So when experiences come before
you that you dislike, and you express your dislike, the blocking energy has
successfully completed another mission. You see, dislike is blocking
But see this. I prefer to have
free-flowing energy than blocking energy working on my behalf. How do
I make that shift when I had sent out blocking energy to get rid of
something for me - so I thought - and change my experience to joy and
delight and other free-flowing energy? How do I shift my conditions?
To embrace my conditions with the
attitude of warmth and inclusion is a way to unleash the higher energies
that flow freely. The attitude of warmth and inclusion is higher
energy. So how do I get there - to warmth and inclusion with 'extreme
poverty?' How do I embrace 'extreme poverty' and am I sure this is
something I choose to embrace?
When I think of embrace as a union
of Divine ideas and the conditions of physical reality - a union of Divine
ideas and extreme poverty, I move closer to freeing up the energies instead
of blocking them.
What Divine idea I would connect
with extreme poverty? The thought occurred to me that those who
pushed the idea that "poverty is a virtue" were perhaps
struggling with the notion of embracing poverty and linking it with Divine
ideas. Well, that is not where I am going today.
Here is where I take my departure
from that particular popular thought. Let's look just briefly into
poverty, even extreme poverty. Even in the most extreme poverty, one
has something. Something of value, even. It may be the smallest
coin of the realm - or a reasonable facsimile of that coin. That's
enough to make the connection.
Instead of giving attention to what
is NOT there or "lack" as the notion
of extreme poverty implies, give attention in what IS available. What
IS available represents the Divine idea of plenty. "One" is
enough to make the connection to the idea of plenty.
Yes, expressing appreciation for the
"one coin" is a thing to do. But so often, in the way my
tradition presented it the idea was to appreciate what I had and to be
satisfied and content with it. I don't know about you, but there's a
frustration with "appreciate" and "be satisfied with what
little I have." Still appreciation is a start.
Appreciation and gratitude for the "one"
item or "one" penny releases the energy of appreciation and
gratitude. As a freeing up energy appreciation helps me to see
the penny as a symbol of plenty. That part is easy for me because of
what I know about "-fold" (10-fold a penny is more than $300K) -
but that is not my point here. Yet, knowing about
"-fold" helps me see how a penny connects with the
Divine idea of plenty.
But I am closer to the shift.
Knowing that I have the penny, I can acknowledge - "I already see that
experience. A penny is one piece of money. I have at least
one piece of money. I can easily see the experience where I have
money." Again, a penny is money. And that's what we are
Moving on - I associate money and
amounts. The usual energy around a piece of money like a penny is
limitation, poverty or
lack. Poverty, limitation or lack - either is
a condition. The usual energy around hundreds of thousands or
millions of pieces of money is plenty. Plenty is a condition.
Holding a penny, the common
impression is the condition called lack or limited money. That's lack
energy around money. Limitation energy around money. Holding millions
of dollars, the common impression is the condition called plenty or
abundance. Here I have plenty energy around my money. Abundance
energy around my money and setting the tone or condition for my money.
So what do I choose to shift?
I have money - regardless of the amount. That I have any amount
of money is sufficient for making the connection. The money is the
thing to which I connect the energy. The energy for the connection is
in the condition. How I see the condition!
The experience I see as I look at
the penny is limited money.
That's one condition and one experience. As there is one condition or
experience, there are other conditions and experiences. So what do I
I shift the
"condition" or the energy around money. The task is
not to change the amount of money, but changing the energy around
money. Why not change the amount? Any amount is a limit.
When I reach the amount, no matter what it is or even how great it is, a
point comes when I will reach its limit. Then I will have to change
the amount again. Yet when I change the condition from limited
to plenty I have opened the portal for
free-flowing energy. I have set a free-flowing condition around
Perhaps you as I have noticed in our current
traditions, even in deliberate creation circles, the tendency toward
affirmations - to change what I think and speak about money. Even I
have promoted this. Our current traditions tell us to speak 'plenty'
instead of 'lack.'
To speak plenty as in affirmations
is fine - but you have seen what this sort of thing has produced. To
speak plenty of money in and of itself may be easy and free-flowing or it
could be tight with fear - where you are wondering if speaking these words will work.
What if you
speak plenty but do not feel plenty? If you
do not feel plenty when you speak it, something is blocking the
flow. Are you familiar with the struggle in sucking a milk shake
through a straw when the shake is too thick? That's the feeling I am
talking about. You say the words, but you don't feel them.
Instead, it's a feeling of stiffness and struggle. Tightness.
If the fear is there when I think or
speak the word plenty, I did not change the condition or the
energy around money. I actually added to the blocking energy around it.
This little fact contributes to the experience many have reported - that
"their finances got worse after they took part in prosperity
classes." It was hearing statements such as that and seeing the
pain persons expressed that led to my writing The Elijah Journey.
I wanted to find those pieces that seemed to be missing in the prosperity
I asked, "So what shall it be?
How do I form that connection?" Back to the one piece of money.
The response that came, "I appreciate the one piece of money and cherish it. I take account of
how precious it is to me. I acknowledge that I have this experience
of this precious coin."
Here I feel the warmth and inclusion of it -
I enjoy holding this coin. I enjoy this one coin and enjoy it and
enjoy it until I feel the release of free-flowing energy and I feel good
about having this coin. I enjoy having it!
Notice how I built my momentum with
the money I had on hand. I concentrated on different ways to express warmth
with the money and ways to include it in my joy. Why express warmth
and inclusion to money? I express warmth and inclusion to money and surround
It is as though I am speaking to the money, telling
it how precious it is and how much I enjoy having it with me. The
more I speak to the money in this way, the easier it is to speak to the
money in this way and I reach the point where I am flowing with it.
The free-flowing energy around my money increases!
Fear that the penny is not enough and
sense of lack as I hold the money and look at it is like trying to suck the thick milk
shake through the straw. Yet when I speak preciousness to the penny, in spite of the initial fear is
like warming the milk shake enough for it to flow through the straw.
Warmth and precious joy melt the fear.
Joy is a Divine idea - a Divine idea
I used here to form a union with a condition of physical reality.
Enough to make the connection. It helps me strengthen the link.
My joy with this one coin helps form the potential that I can see plenty... of
money. It helps open the door. This is being faithful with
When I am comfortable with the one
coin and I am feeling good about it, I am ready to ask my Inner Being to
show me the experience where I have plenty of money. I can ask my
Inner Being to show me the experience where I have Abundance and Wealth.
Make sure you are clear on this. You'll have to prepare to see the
different experience. In other words, you'd have to be willing to see
plenty of money if you expect to see plenty of money.
Sure, you could ask for the
experience where you have plenty of money, but if you have any degree of
fear or doubt lurking around in there - because energy always surrounds
your money, you will not see plenty of money when it comes to you.
Comfortable and free-flowing energy around money, regardless of the amount
or how you use it allows the flow of plenty to you.
The energy around money as you pay
bills or speak with telemarketers or think about big business sets the
conditions around your money. Make sure your energy around these uses
and handlers of money is free-flowing and comfortable.
If you captured the meaning in my
article, Love Those Debts then it is
fairly easy for you to be comfortable with debts. Now, if you notice
any tightness when you think of those solicitors who telephone just as you
sit for dinner or who awaken you on Saturday mornings when you'd prefer to
sleep in - you're caught!
the condition of physical reality represented by telemarketers with Divine
ideas. And if you had run into what we call crooked business people,
put them on your agenda to embrace with Divine ideas. So I ask, what
Divine idea will you link with telemarketers - and what Divine idea will
you link with business people? The point is free-flowing energy
around your money.
Let's agree that I have made the
necessary connections and asked my Inner Being to show me the experience
where I have plenty of money. Among the first things I see
after asking my Inner Being to show me the experience where I have plenty
may be images of things and events I associate with wealth. So, that's what I see. When I see these things, what am I to
do? Agree that I see it. "Yeah! That's it!
Great! Wonderful!" That keeps the high energy flowing.
And more, this high energy I unleash
as I express my gratitude for the first image opens the door wider that I
may see more of what I associate with wealth. Each time I acknowledge
what I see, I affirm it. That's my affirmation. My affirmation
of what my Inner Being showed me.
Images my Inner Being shows me
give me something to think and speak about. I rejoice in what I
see and I exclaim it. With my joy, I release more free-flowing energy.
In the joy and
celebration of it, I may notice that persons appear before me who are
receptive to my joy. I keep in the energy stream and notice things
and events as they show up, all part of what my Inner Being show - because
I asked to see it.
Here is something you can play with
if you like.
The next time a thought arises of an experience with
extreme poverty, embrace it. Find something in your memory -
perhaps the day you held the smallest amount of money. Recall the
last moments as you held on to it. You may have held on to it
surrounding it with feelings you had about what it meant to let it go
and what you would do next.
Revisit that experience, but this
time, hold on to the money and permit yourself to feel how precious that money
is. Feel it with such gentleness and care as you would a small baby
resting in your arms.
The embrace - the warmth and
inclusion of the money you see in your hands - changes that experience from
a sense of extreme poverty to a cherished moment. It shifts the
energy around your money from that of fear to softness.
Every time the thought of that fear
condition comes to mind, do the embrace until when you think of that
experience, you feel free-flowing energy instead of blocking
When you feel the comfort I feel as
I share this, ask your Inner Being to show you the experience you prefer:
"Inner Being, show me the experience where I have plenty of
money." Then watch what shows up.