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Fences and the law of attraction

8 Aug

I’ve been seeing a lot of fences lately. Wood fences, metal fences, wooden posts with wire fencing, electrified, temporary, broken and more.

If you’re wondering where I’m going, it’s here:

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Out here on my mom’s land, we’ve reclaimed some brush area to be pasture for the alpacas. One of the very important parts of creating a pasture is having the right kind of fence. And so, all of a sudden, I’m seeing a lot of fences. As we’re driving around I have become a sponge soaking up all the different types of fences, how they are constructed, and how many t-posts are between the wooden posts.

This got me thinking about the Law of Attraction. The basic teaching of which is like attracts like. That thoughts and actions create our reality. It’s true, to a point.

My sudden fascination with fences did not make the hundreds of miles of fences crossing Coos county Oregon appear. No, my fascination meant that I noticed them in a way that I hadn’t before. This is the part of the law of attraction that I have experienced as true. If I focus my attention on having loving supporting community,  when the opportunities for that appear, I am more likely to notice and engage. If I am determined that the world is filled with jerks, I won’t notice the same opportunity for loving community. It just won’t show up on my radar. Just as I never paid much attention to the fences.

The part of the law of attraction that I don’t agree with, is the sometimes magical thinking that if I just do this positive thinking really well, some being will grant my wishes and I’ll live happily ever after.

I’m all for being clear about what’s important to you. But that’s just the first step. Then you have to take action! Let’s say you don’t want to be surrounded by grumpy people at your job. First, visualize what a harmonious work environment would look and feel like. Then practice only acting and speaking in ways that are in alignment with that vision. Even if you can’t gracefully exit the conversation, you do not have to add your own woes. Consider little ways to make someone’s day, engage others in your shift the attitude venture. When you are focused on what you want, you are able to identify and nurture the sparks of it as they appear. They have been there all along.

This applies to everything. Want more money? Start with a grateful attitude for what you have. Recognize the cup of coffee your friend buys you as proof of your abundance and be grateful. That same cup of coffee could be seen as something your friend bought because they think you’re poor. The more you notice, the more there is, not because some magical being blessed you, but because you blessed you by being receptive to your good.

Now there is one more little thing we must discuss. People want to know why something bad happened and how they attracted it. I say things happen, the rains fall on the just and the unjust. There is not much one can do to positive think themselves out of a storm whipping through the whole county. It’s not anyone’s fault a car fell on their house. But now what? This is when you truly get to create your reality. How will I respond to this adversity. Will I do my best to keep calm and help where I can? Will this episode be the cornerstone of the tale of an unfair life, or of how neighborhood became a family?

When it comes down to it, we’re always looking for fences, (the outward signs of what we’re focused on) the question, and our responsibility, is to be aware of which fence posts we’re looking for.

Cheering you on,

Rachel

PS here’s another fence pic I took

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The prosperity of giving away

15 Jun

Last week I graduated from seminary and was ordained as a Unity minister. That in itself is enough fodder for several blogs, but today I’m thinking about prosperity.

During the interview process that is a part of achieving ordination,  I was asked what is prosperity.  I said that while it includes money, that’s not the whole picture. To me it’s about being in the flow of giving and receiving in many ways. I share and give as I feel led, and receive gratefully the blessings that come my way. I have always had what I needed even in precarious moments.

This week was move out week. I have been blessed to live in student housing at Unity Village for over 2 years, but since I graduated, it was time to move out. As we don’t know where our church destination is yet, most everything is going in
storage for the interim. What does this have to do with prosperity? We gave (most) everything away.

See, as many many people in their 20’s do, I had accumulated most of my furniture in a hand me down fashion. Which is very helpful when one is on a budget, and it’s neat to look a round a room and think, oh so and so gave me that. Actually, I’d accumulated some pretty good stuff, but not necessarily our style, or having any cohesive design connection.  It’s been 10 years since I got my undergraduate degree, and now as we’re heading to a whole new world as a minister and her family, it seemed to be a good time to release some things to the next person who needs them. I didn’t see the use in storing and moving anything I don’t totally love for an undetermined time period. I mean really, sure the pink easy chair was comfy, but it was pink, and I’d hauled it around since my first apartment in Chicago, almost 10 years ago,
and did I mention it was pink? So off it went to the next 20 something college grad looking to find her place in the world (and she likes pink).

But there is something more there, because I have to believe that the resources to replace what was given will emerge. That something better is awaiting around the bend. I will find a perfect comfy chair for me that is even better than the one I gave away, and I’ll be able to buy it in whatever color I want! I think it’s ok to have a sparse home for a while as we find what is right for us.

Now I’m not saying that one needs to throw everything out and buy new, not at all. But I also don’t believe I need to hold on to the things that served me once but don’t any longer. How cool to say, here take my sofa, and take this crate of food I can’t store too. It is exciting to see the joy of the people receiving and it feels freeing to let go of the
items. While I was sorting clothes I held an item and though, if I’m not sure I want this, would it give joy to someone else? That was enough to drop many items in the goodwill pile.

In short, I gave away anything that wasn’t me.

We’re starting our new chapter lighter, more authentic, assured that our needs are abundantly met. What a prosperous life!

PS, I wrote much of this on the plane to my mom’s in Oregon. I took a very serious pic for your viewing pleasure.

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