Sep 25, 2009


Prosperity- a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, esp. in financial respects; good fortune.

Abundance- an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply.

At first glance, these two words seem remarkably similar but upon closer examination you can see that prosperity is to flourish and abundance is to have a lot of.....I never really put much thought into these words and their use but until I started trying to bring about a more prosperous environment around me, I began to realize there is a world of difference between these words and I started to delve into how to bring about the good things in my life.

There are many ways to be prosperous, financially, spiritually, materially and these are the ways in which most of us wish to manifest in our lives. I prefer to use the word prosperity rather than abundance because it brings to mind the impression of having too bills, rain or even worries and that is usually why we ask to be prosperous in the first place.

There are several theories as to "the secret" of prosperity and I have been one of those individuals myself on occasion. The law of return is a good one, it goes like this: what we give out will return to us, so if we become active in our communities and  show concern and kindness to our neighbors...the thought is that those good deeds shall return to us.  But what if that does not happen? Then we are sent right back to the drawing board to see just where we might have gone wrong.

I have made the observation that maybe deep down inside, we don't feel like we may be worthy of asking for prosperity. The Universe and the Gods will provide for us, but often times only if we ask. You just have to remind yourself that you are deserving of good times. We are part of divinity and as such are more than worthy to ask and recieve prosperity in our lives.

I also noticed that people tend to focus on the negative things that happen to them and also expect them as a regular thing. If they would just start expecting good things, than good things would have a chance to arrive. A great way to shift our focus from the negative to the positive it a gratitude list....Make it a point to write down five things that you are grateful for every day. Do this for a couple months and you will start to notice that rather seeing only negative,  we are more apt to start seeing all the things in our lives that are good. 

Every Sunday I have a post called "Serenity Sunday" this is my gratitude list. Each day I write down ten things I am thankful for and on Sunday I pick out a few from the week and post them on my blog. I can honestly say my focus has shifted and I no longer see the glass as half empty but half full instead.  I ask you today, why not start a gratitude journal and see if that doesn't help change your perspectives of prosperity and abundance...?


greekwitch said...

I love the idea. When i begun reading your post, i thought it sounded good but did not intend to do it. Right now i am a bit sick and grumpy. And then i thought that now is exactly the time i should do it.
I am thankful for all the people i love in my life, for my pets, for my job, for my home, for my soulmate,for the way we live and interpret spiritually the world and blogger and blog friends as you who inspire me everyday.
I feel better already!
Blessed be.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You're absolutely right about the power of gratitude! May Laxshmi smile on you!

Bridgett said...

I think I needed to read this this morning. I'm in great need of some prosperity right now and I'm feeling so down in the dumps.



Anonymous said...

Your post was what I needed to hear. The last two weeks all I thought about was the negative. But I am going to try to be better about it and be happy with what I have and look forward to the things that awaits me.

Witchy Mom's Homeschool said...

Thanks for this post. I think it can be easy to slip into the pattern of bemoaning what seems "wrong" in our lives. Personally, I like to thank EVERYTHING that comes into my life, even the challenges, because I believe they ultimately serve for my growth and learning. I also have discovered that prosperity sometimes comes cloaked in what appears to be a suit of "negativity" (ie. a challenge we don't like). Then, when we've run the gauntlet, being appreciative for the journey, the "negativity" takes off its cloak and reveals the prosperity hidden within.

Rue said...

You are so right about being gratefull! I have found that as I concentrate less on 'lack' and more on 'abundance' - I have more coming to me - even when I'm not actually earning more money! It's really amazing what a small change in your thoughts can accomplish!

Hibiscus Moon said...

I love your gratitude list. I meditate my gratitude each mornign and try to visualize myself giving gratitude for things yet to come. It works. :)

Jessica said...

Beautiful post and wonderful advice. I think I may just start a gratitude journal. Thank you!