What are some of the biggest obstacles to money and wealth?
Most of the responses included thoughts and feelings of:
- "I'm not worthy"
- "I'm not enough"
- "I can't have that if others can't"
- "I don't deserve it"
A few people mentioned things like not having a spending plan or not being clear where their money goes. But overall, the "mindset" issues and beliefs about not being deserving came up as the over-riding challenge.
These kinds of thoughts come up often when I work with clients who want to get clarity on what might be holding them back from their goals. (By the way, you can click here if you want to schedule a Free Clarity Session with Prayer.)
One of the ways to overcome these mindset obstacles is to instead come up with a set of beliefs that affirm the kind of life and world you desire.
For this week's message, I thought I'd share with you a powerful prayer from Louise Hay from her classic book, You Can Heal Your Life, where she offers the idea that you do indeed deserve a prosperous life.
A Prayer by Louise Hay, from "You Can Heal Your Life"
In the infinity of life where I am, all is whole, perfect and complete. I am one with the Power that created me.
I am totally open and receptive to the abundant flow of prosperity that the Universe offers. All my needs and desires are met before I even ask. I am Divinely guided and protected, and I make choices that are beneficial for me. I rejoice in others’ successes, knowing there is plenty for us all.
I am constantly increasing my conscious awareness of abundance, and this reflects in a constantly increasing income. My good comes from everywhere and everyone. All is well in my world.
What this prayer offers is an exercise in choosing prosperity as a way of living in the world. Is it possible that there's a greater good available for you in the world? I believe the answer is yes. Do I believe that you deserve to experience more good than you ever imagined possible? Yes, you do. And is it my intention that by increasing your good, you then can be in a position to share more of your good with the world? Absolutely.
For your coaching assignment this week, I encourage you to print out this prayer or look at it on your smartphone or table. Read this when you begin your day and when you end your day. Saying it out loud is even more powerful. See if you can commit to doing this practice everyday for the next 7 days. Be open to seeing what unexpected good and possibilities show up in your life. (This could include things like someone offering to buy you a cup of coffee, or someone paying you a compliment.)
I'd love to hear if any of this resonates with you. What other spiritual practices or mantras do you use to affirm a prosperous spiritual life? Post a comment below to share with others. Let us also know what ways your good shows up this week in your life.
Here's to your deserving the best that life has to offer...simply for being who you are, exactly as you are.
p.s. I'll be revealing a new program on spiritual prosperity for gay men in the next couple of weeks. Feel free to send me an email if you want to be kept in the loop about this.
p.p.s. If you'll be in the Los Angeles area this Sunday, January 25, 2015, I'll be speaking at the 11:30 am celebration service at Project Service Los Angeles in West Hollywood. Come on by for an inspiring message and a great spiritual community.