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Weekly Message for June 23, 2019
    

 

             I spent quite a bit of time this week researching spiritual web sites to see what people were teaching about abundance.  I was surprised to find several blogs with excerpts from Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth, but none of them referenced his words referring to Jesus’ teachings regarding the spiritual laws of abundance.  Like Eckhart Tolle I believe the Master Mind Jesus gave us the most profound teaching regarding manifesting that which we desire to receive.  To not credit him for his contribution to almost all of spiritual metaphysics’ foundation teaching on abundance and manifesting is most likely due to his being identified as Christian.  He was not Christian.  From what we know of him, he was culturally Jewish, but his teachings were spiritual, not religious.  The ability to manifest abundance has nothing to do with our religion or lack of religion but everything to do with consciousness.  We have inherent within us a prosperity consciousness.  We just must awaken it.  Nothing you will read in the following excerpted chapter from Eckhart Tolle’s book is new and as a matter of fact if you go back to my Archive messages you will find the same teaching; only most likely in different words.  I am presenting this from Eckhart Tolle because sometimes we just need to read or hear the same message but with different wording.

            ABUNDANCE [included in Chapter 7] Who you think you are is also intimately connected with how you see yourself treated by others.  Many people complain that others do not treat them well enough.  “I don’t get any respect, attention, recognition, acknowledgement,” they say.  “I’m being taken for granted.”  When people are kind, they suspect hidden motives.  “Others want to manipulate me, take advantage of me.  Nobody loves me.”
           Who they think they are is this: “I am a needy ‘little me’ whose needs are not being met.”  This basic misperception of who they are creates dysfunction in all their relationships.  They believe they have nothing to give and that the world or other people are withholding from them what they need.  Their entire reality is based on an illusory sense of who they are.  It sabotages situations, mars all relationships.  If the thought of lack – whether it be money, recognition, or love – has become part of who you think you are, you will always experience lack.  Rather than acknowledge the good that is already in your life, all you see is lack.  Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation of all abundance.  The fact is:  Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.  You are withholding it because deep down you think you are small and that you have nothing to give.
          Try this for a couple of weeks and see how it changes your reality:  Whatever you think people are withholding from you – praise, appreciation, assistance, loving care, and so on – give it to them.  You don’t have it?  Just act as if you had it, and it will come.  Then, soon after you start giving you will start receiving.  You cannot receive what you don’t give.  Outflow determines inflow.  Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you already have, but unless you allow it to flow out, you won’t even know that you have it.  This includes abundance.  The law that outflow determines inflow is expressed by Jesus in this powerful image: “Give and it will be given to you.  Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.” 
          The source of all abundance is not outside you. It is part of who you are. However, start by acknowledging and recognizing abundance without. See the fullness of life all around you. The warmth of the sun on your skin, the display of magnificent flowers outside a florist’s shop, biting into a succulent fruit, or getting soaked in an abundance of water falling from the sky. The fullness of life is there at every step. The acknowledgement of that abundance that is all around you awakens the dormant abundance within. Then let it flow out.  When you smile at a stranger, there is already a minute outflow of energy.  You become a giver.  Ask yourself often: “What can I give here; how can I be of service to this person, this situation?”  You don’t need to own anything to feel abundant, although if you feel abundant consistently things will almost certainly come to you.  Abundance comes only to those who already have it.  It sounds almost unfair, but of course it isn’t.  It is a universal law.  Both abundance and scarcity are inner states that manifest as your reality.  Jesus puts it like this: “For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” 
– Eckhart Tolle, A NEW EARTH, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose [ link to Eckhart Tolle Amazon ]

           I invite you to copy and paste this message to a printable form and read it daily for the next few weeks.  Share it with your friends and associates where appropriate – that will be part of your giving – and in giving, we receive.

Keep the Faith!
Henry Lee Bates
(Reverend Dr.)


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