An excerpt from the book, Money and the Law of Attraction, by Esther & Jerry Hicks. Esther channels a group of beings collectively known as Abraham, although referred to in the plural.
Abraham: While money is not absolutely essential to your experience, to most people money and freedom are synonymous. And since an intense awareness of your right to be free is at the very core of that which you are, it follows, therefore, that your relationship with money is one of the most important subjects of your life experience. And so, it is no wonder you have such strong feelings about the subject of money.
Although some people have discovered the freedom of allowing large amounts of money to flow through their experiences, it is more often the case that because you are experiencing far less money than you need or desire, most of you are not feeling free. It is our intention, here, to clearly explain why this financial disparity exists so that you can begin to allow the abundance that you want and deserve into your experience. For, as you read these words and as you begin to resonate with these Law-based truths, you will align your desire with the abundance of your world, and the evidence of your newfound alignment will soon become apparent to you and to others who observe you.
Whether you are one who has been working to achieve financial abundance for many years or you are a youngster just starting down that path, the journey to financial well-being does not have to be a long one from where you are. And it does not require large amounts of time or physical effort, for we are going to explain to you in simple and easy-to-understand terms how to utilize the leverage of energy that is available to you. We want to show you the absolute correlation between the thoughts you have been thinking about money, the way you feel when you think those thoughts, and the money that flows into your experience. When you are able to consciously make that correlation, and you decide to deliberately direct your thoughts accordingly, you will access the power of the universe and you will then see how time and physical effort are rather irrelevant to your financial success.
So we begin with the simple premise of your universe and of your world: You get what you think about. Often people say to us, “That can’t be true, because I have wanted and thought about more money for as long as I can remember, but I continue to struggle with not enough money.” And what we then tell them is the most important thing for you to understand if you want to improve your financial situation:
The subject of money is really two subjects –
(1) money, plenty of money, the feeling of freedom and ease that plenty of money can provide; and
(2) absence of money, not nearly enough money, the feeling of fear and disappointment that the thought of absence of money induces.
Often people assume that because they are speaking the words, “I want more money”, they are speaking positively about money. But when you are speaking of money (or anything) and you are feeling fear or discomfort as you speak, you are not speaking of the subject of money, but instead you are speaking of the subject of not enough money. And the difference is very important, because the first statement brings money and the second holds it away.
It is of value for you to become aware of how you are really thinking and, more important, feeling about money. If you are thinking or saying things like: “Oh, that is a very beautiful thing – but I cannot afford it”, you are not in a vibrational position to allow in the abundance you desire. The feeling of disappointment that is present as you acknowledge that you cannot afford it is your indicator that the balance of your thought is pointed more toward the lack of your desire than toward the desire itself. The negative emotion that you feel as you acknowledge that you cannot afford something that you want is one way of understanding the balance of your thoughts, and the amount of abundance that you are actually experiencing is another way of knowing.
Many people continue to perpetuate the experience of ‘not enough’ in their lives simply because they do not think beyond the reality of what they are actually experiencing. In other words, if they are experiencing the shortage of money and are aware of it and speak of it often, they hold themselves in that chronic position. And so, many people protest when we explain to them the power of telling the story of their finances as they want it to be rather than as it is, because they believe that they should be factual about what is happening.
But we want you to understand that if you continue to look at what-is and speak of what-is, you will not find the improvement that you desire. You may see a parade of changing faces and places, but your life experience will essentially show no improvement. If you want to effect substantial change in your life experience, you have to offer substantially different vibrations, which means you must think thoughts that feel different as you think them.
Neither money nor poverty makes joy
Jerry: Abraham, there’s a saying that money doesn’t make for happiness. On the other hand, I’ve noticed that poverty doesn’t make for happiness either, but still it’s obvious that money isn’t the path to happiness.
So, if the idea of achieving something does bring us happiness, does that mean the achievement is an appropriate goal for us to set? And how does a person maintain his or her feeling of happiness when reaching the goal is taking a lot of time and energy? It often seems that there is a sort of uphill climb to reach the goal and then a short plateau of rest, but then an almost immediate tedious climb to achieve the next goal.
How does a person keep all of the climbing toward their goals joyous so there’s not that struggle, struggle, struggle, and then: “Wow, I’ve made it!” but then struggle, struggle, struggle – “Oh, here I’ve made it again”?
Abraham: You are right! Money is not the path to happiness, and as you have observed, poverty certainly is not the path to happiness either.
It is so important to remember that when you offer any action for the purpose of achieving happiness, you are truly going about it in a backward way. Instead, use your ability to focus your thoughts and words toward things that cause you to feel better and better; and once you have deliberately achieved a state of happiness, not only will wonderful actions be inspired, but wonderful results must follow.
Most people give the majority of their attention to whatever is happening in their experience right now – which means if the results please them, they feel good, but if the results do not please them, they feel bad. But that is really going about life the hard way. If you only have the ability to see what-is, then things cannot improve. You must find a way to look optimistically forward in order to achieve any improvement in your experience.
When you learn how to deliberately focus your thoughts toward good-feeling things, it is not difficult to find happiness and maintain it even before your goal has been accomplished. The feeling of struggle you were describing happens because of the continual comparison of where you are right now in relationship to the goal you are reaching for. When you constantly take score, noticing the distance that still needs to be traveled, you amplify the distance, the task, and the effort; and that is why it feels like such an uphill struggle.
When you care about how you feel, and so choose thoughts on the basis of how they feel, you then develop patterns of thought that are more forward looking. And as the Law of Attraction then responds to those better-feeling thoughts, you get more pleasing results. Struggle, struggle, struggle never leads to a happy ending. It defies Law.
“When I get there, then I’ll be happy” is not a productive mind-set because unless you are happy, you cannot get there. When you decide to first be happy – then you will get there.
I am here as a joyful creator
Abraham: You are here not as accumulators or regurgitators. You are here as creators. When you are looking toward an ending place, you exaggerate the feeling of lack between where you are now and that ending place—and that habit of thought can not only slow the progress of your creation, but can hold it apart from you indefinitely. You are the attractor of your experience. As you look for positive aspects and make an effort to find good-feeling thoughts, you will hold yourself in a place of positive attraction and what you want will come faster.
The sculptor of a work of art does not derive his greatest satisfaction from the finished piece. It is the process of creation (the sculpting of the piece) that gives him pleasure. That is the way we would like you to view your physical experience of creating: continual, joyful becoming. As you focus your attention upon things that feel good and achieve a consistently joyful state of being, you will then be in the position of attracting more of whatever you want.
Sometimes people complain that it seems unfair that they have to become happy before things that bring more happiness can then come to them. They believe that when they are unhappy, they ‘need’ the happy events to come, but when they are already happy, then the happy events are unnecessary – but that would defy the Law of Attraction. You have to find a way of feeling the essence of what you desire before the details of that desire can come to you. In other words, you have to begin to feel more prosperous before more prosperity can come.
Often people tell us that they want more money, and when we ask them what their balance of thought is about money, they proclaim that they have a very positive attitude about money. But as we probe a bit deeper, asking them how they feel when they sit to pay their bills, they often then realize that while they may have been attempting to sound positive about the subject, they have actually been feeling a great deal of worry or even fear around the subject of money. In other words, often without realizing it, the majority of their thoughts about money have been on the not-enough side of the subject rather than on the abundant side of the subject.
The power of vibrationally spending vibrational money
Abraham: Here is a process that can quickly help you shift the balance of your thoughts regarding money to a place where you can begin to let more money flow easily into your experience: Put $100 in your pocket and keep it with you at all times. As you move through your day, deliberately notice how many things you could exchange this money for: “I could purchase that. I could do that.”
Someone replied to us that $100 really does not buy that much in today’s economy, but we explained that if you mentally spend that $100 one thousand times today, you have vibrationally spent $100,000. That sort of positive focus will dramatically change your vibrational balance about money. This vibrational spending process will cause you to feel differently about money; and when that happens, your point of attraction will shift – and more money must flow into your experience. It is Law.
Someone said to us, “Abraham, I didn’t have the $100, but I put an IOU in my pocket.” And we said, that is defeating the process, because you are walking around with a feeling of debt in your pocket, which is exactly the opposite of what you want to do. You want to feel your prosperity. And so, even if it is only $20 or $50, or if it is $1,000 or $10,000, that you have in your pocket, utilize it effectively to help you notice how good things are – now. Because in your acknowledgment of your prosperous now – your prosperity must become more.
Copyright © 2008 by Esther and Jerry Hicks
From the book ‘Money, and the Law of Attraction’. ‘
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