I have spent my entire professional life chasing after the secret to manifesting abundance. I have followed both the Capitalistic model of achievement and the so-called spiritual laws of attraction. It wasn’t until I understood the real secret that my life became abundant.
The “hard work” model
I have worked my ass off, one year making as many as 10,000 cold calls chasing after the promise of abundance. I have worked up to 100 hours a week chasing after abundance. I have networked, sent out press releases, written hundreds of letters of introduction, mailed hundreds of fliers and brochures, plastered the internet with thousands of blog posts and professionally written articles. I have hosted workshops, classes, events, retreats. I have followed the advice of marketing experts. I have employed the help of a strategic planning team. I have pounded the pavement, looked under every bush and beneath every stone. I have climbed mountains. When all of this proved futile, I turned to the “spiritual” experts.
“The Secret”, “The Law of Attraction” and “Law of Manifestation”
I have thought the right thoughts. I have censored my negative thoughts. I have recited mantras, offered prayers. I lighted candles. I Feng-shuied my home and my office. I have written it down, visualized it, and believed it to be real. I have set an altar, cast spells, carried crystals, put it in a cauldron and burned it – setting my prayers out on the wind. I followed the “energy alignment” protocols said to “guarantee” abundance. I slowed down in my doing so that I could simply be and allow. I surrendered, submitted, let go. I “trusted” my ass off and when I was out of energy for trusting, I asked for help in trusting.
The Prosperity Gospel
Then I wondered, if something was wrong with me or if I had done something wrong. Did “God not love me enough (as the Prosperity Gospel preachers claim) that I should be so poor? Did I need to pray more? Give more money to my “church?” Confess my “sins?” Had I sinned in leaving my Church and was I now being punished? Of course I knew none of this to be true, but surely I must have done something wrong or there must be something wrong with me if all of these formulas worked for others but they haven’t worked for me.
In every way shape and form, I “asked” and it wasn’t given. Or wasn’t it?
The Secret to Manifesting Abundance
The secret to manifesting abundance is that THERE IS NO SECRET. The truth is that there is nothing we can manifest on our own. When manifestation happens, it is simply GRACE. Manifestation happens not because we thought the right thoughts, or worked hard enough, or planted enough seeds, or cast the right spell, or appeased God enough with our prayers. Manifesting abundance happens because it is our Soul’s purpose at that moment in time. That is an action of pure Grace. And everything is Grace – even that which we want to judge as adversity, challenge, failure and loss. Everything is Grace as Grace is simply the natural unfolding of our Soul, leading us along the path we need for the fulfillment of this life’s purpose – the joys and the sorrows, the births and the deaths, wellness and disease, financial prosperity and financial lack, the struggles and the victories – it is all Grace. When we realize this truth and accept everything as the natural and necessary unfolding of our soul, then, and only then, are we truly abundant.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1
Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS is an author, Spiritual Director, Transformational Educator and mentor. Lauri supports you in your spiritual awakening and journey toward self-actualization. Schedule a private session with Lauri today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.