So much of the talk today, in spiritual circles, says that to achieve wealth, we must think/feel wealthy. And yet, if we currently don’t have money how can we feel wealthy? It seems like a catch 22 situation. We are told to “act as if” you already have the thing/condition/experience that you are seeking, and it will become yours, and yet this can feel almost impossible to do in practical terms.
In, “The Hidden Power” by Thomas Troward (a series of articles written around 1900) he says;
“We must be opulent in our thought. Do not ‘think money’, as such, for it is only one means of opulence; but think opulence, that is, largely, generously, liberally, and you will find that the means of realising this thought will flow to you from all quarters whether as money or as a hundred other things not to be reckoned in cash.”
I just loved this, kept reading it over and over. Think big, generous, expansive thoughts, about life, about anything and anyone! I know the difference between big and little thoughts. A few days ago, I stopped by my favorite coffee place to get a tea to go. As I stood waiting, and waiting, the woman at the counter called several times to the man who usually fixes the teas. When he finally appeared he said in a slightly sarcastic way, “What? Are you in a big hurry today Mary?!” I felt instantly insulted and then thought that maybe I would not go back there came. I caught myself. “What is going on with me today that I am attracting this?”, was my second thought, because I had just had a similar experience someplace else, and this type of interaction is really unusual for me.
I know the difference between big (opulent) thought and small (contracting) thought. Small thinking keeps score; never forgets an insult, does not consider another’s point of view, does not say “hi” first; waits to be noticed, gets it’s feelings hurt if it isn’t. Small thinking is suspicious thinking, cynical thinking. Small thinking punishes by withdrawing love/attention. Small thinking says that to feel better about myself, I should compare myself to others; and someone comes up short. Small thinking is “better than” or “less than” thinking.
And because we are not separate components; body (material world), mind (thoughts) and spirit (All that IS), whatever we do, say, or think, affects ALL areas of our lives, including our finances. When I went to bed last night, I played a little game, in my mind, of trying to think a big thought that I had never thought before. One thing led to another and I eventually fell asleep feeling great. I woke up with a new resolve to clear out all of the small hurts and petty complaints that keep me limited. I am really looking forward to today!