It's time you outgrew the guilt that comes from misunderstanding selfishness. There's nothing wrong with aspiring to the freedom money can give you, nor, for that matter, aspiring to possess money itself.
Selfishness is nothing more than an expression of the Divine through you, and a celebration of life's possibilities. So go ahead, want it all. That's what it's there for!
But are there more spiritual dreams than the dream of having more money? Am I being too materialistic?
Everything is spirit, material things all the more so because they've been thought about and believed in so much that they've shown up! The notion that people with money aren't spiritual is simply not a "rule." Just look at what you could do with lots of money.
Not that you even have to give anything away; there's nothing wrong with making tons of money just because doing so makes you happy.
These are freedoms that only money offers. Not that wonderful things can't also be done without money, and, of course, you can definitely be happy without it. It's your life, your prerogative to pursue abundance or not. Either way, it's time to clear up the notion that material wealth is somehow not spiritual.
Below are 9 steps to manifesting money from my book, Life on Earth:
Step 1: Dream! Define your desired end result, your desired abundant lifestyle!
This is what you already tell your children: "Dream, because dreams do come true!" And it's because you instinctively know it's true. Thoughts become things. So it's incumbent upon you to start dreaming again, and because it matters to you, specifically about abundance.
Imagine the nuances of a life lived in luxury. Make a list of details about the house and where it's going to be and the roof it's going to have and whether or not you've got a view of the woods or a lake or the mountains—get into the specifics. List, list, list, list! Define abundance in your terms. Not how you're going to create it, but what your life will be like after you have it. Where are you going to go? Who are you going to go there with? What's going to be your first new hobby? What will be your next dream?
Step 2: Visualize daily.
It's the least you can do to get the most. If you understand that thoughts become things, this exercise simply gives you the opportunity to deliberately choose and think the kind of thoughts you'd like to physically meet in the world. Give yourself a few minutes every day to think thoughts of living the life of your wildest dreams, as if you were already living it.
Step 3: Create vision boards, scrapbooks, post quotes up around your home.
Another way to steer your wandering imagination to the kind of "things" or circumstances you'd like to physically experience in your life: put pictures on your refrigerator, your bathroom mirror, in your purse, in your wallet, in your car. This is just feeding the fire of thoughts becoming things. These props will remind you constantly of "who you really are," as represented by your collection of photos and quotes.
Do this; it's not rocket science. You don't need willpower. You just want to become accustomed to redirecting your thoughts, as you reprogram systems you've been oblivious to your whole life, in order to become the black-belt, conscious manifestor you are capable of being.
Step 4: Until you know what to do, master what's before you.
What's the alternative? Quit your job and wait? Until you know what you're going to do and you can do it, keep your day job. Not forever! Not to settle for less! But because quitting, to do nothing, would be most unproductive. And since you don't know what to do, quitting to do something else you're uncertain about would be similarly pointless. Under your circumstances, to be clear, not only should you stay put, but you should master what's before you. In other words, keep doing what you're doing, but do it better. This is how to free yourself from it.
Too often those in jobs they hate think no one knows! Whereas, in truth, even the delivery driver who stops by the workplace once every two weeks knows who that person is who hates her job. And no one wants to go near her, much less promote her or give her new assignments. Similarly, everyone knows who's there doing his best, making the most of the situation, and everyone wants a little bit of that person. So, not only does this step keep you reachable by the magic for your presence in the world, but you're making connections, being seen, available, improving who you are, and getting new ideas.
Step 5: Do the obvious, constantly trying new things.
If you're at a loss for what exactly to do next, maybe because you're out of work or just starting up something brand new, consider doing what your peers, others in your shoes, do. Even though they probably know not of life's magic. It matters far less what you do than that you do it, just so you're doing something that makes some logical and intuitive sense to you regarding moving toward abundance. Knowing what you now know of life's mechanics, of your worth and power, and having grand end results, even though you may be doing virtually the same things as your peers, for all of these reasons you will get different results. For example, ask for a raise, network, make "cold calls," update your CV or résumé, mingle with appropriate industry groups, further your education, dabble with investing, learn about the arts of buying and selling, create an Internet presence, and so on.
Did you notice the emphasis on constantly a moment ago? No matter where you find yourself, you're a creature of change, living in a changing world. You are perpetually having new and evolving desires. It's part of the plan; this is good and healthy. You will continue growing, moving on to "more" and "better" and "new," and after you've mastered the abundance thing, there's going to be "more" and "better" and "new," and, of course, this applies to whatever else you want, in every area of your life. The greatest way to spark new opportunities and possibilities in your life, including those for abundance, is to be constantly trying new and different things. The more you do, the more the Universe can do for you.
Step 6: Align your beliefs with abundance.
1. Name as many beliefs as you can that would support you and your dreams, and then...
2. behave, in some small way, daily if possible, as if those beliefs were actually yours.
So for abundance, the kind of beliefs that would support you might be: there's enough for everyone, money is pure spirit and can be a noble value for one's time and energy, your thoughts become things, you having "yours" will help others get "theirs," having money will help you support your favorite charities, everything you touch turns to gold, you are always surrounded by wealth and abundance, you are a money magnet, and the like. Make your list, add to it often, weigh each item in your thoughts again and again until you see their validity and truth. Speak them, claim them, and act as if they are yours.
Step 7: See everything you do as a stepping-stone to greatness.
Perspectives rule, and you always get to choose what yours will be. It's not settling for less when you go to a job that's not your dream job if you choose to see it as a stepping-stone to "better," to see it as temporary, to see it as enabling the Universe to reach you in ways it couldn't otherwise. This perspective alone will change how you feel each day, improving the opportunities that will, indeed, be drawn to you.
Step 8: For direction, consider all you like and love.
Too many people want to be the next version of their favorite rock star, business icon, or sports hero—instead of just being the best version of themselves. You have what no one else has, you feel what no one else feels, and you can dream of things that no one else can dream of—seize this! It's why "God" chose to be you. You are sacred! Necessary! Loved! Be you! And since abundance can come from literally any vocation, as you can readily see the world over, choose among the vocations that resonate with you and make you excited to be alive.
Step 9: Go! Start! Now! Today!
Something to understand from the mechanics we've already reviewed for bringing about life changes, is that: If you want change, you have to physically go first.
You have to change, and that change must start somewhere. So, if you want to live in greater abundance:
How will you change? And when will you start?
These are two questions that deserve your immediate attention. Remember, knowing the truth is never enough to change your life; you must act on it.
To read the remaining 12 steps of my cheat sheet on creating an abundant life, see my book, Life on Earth.
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