The Spirit of Opulence & Beauty | Inspirational Podcast

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Many of our problems in life are due to a misapprehension of the nature of our own power. If we clearly realize that the creative power in ourselves is unlimited, then there is no reason to limit the extent of what we can enjoy by means of this power. When we are drawing from the infinite, we need never be afraid of taking more than our share. That is not where the danger lies. The danger is in NOT sufficiently realizing our own richness, and in viewing the externalized products of our creative power as being the true riches, instead of the creative power of spirit itself.

If we avoid this error, there is no need to limit ourselves in taking what we will from the infinite storehouse. And the way to avoid this error is by realizing that true wealth is in identifying ourselves with the spirit of opulence. We must be opulent in our thought. Do not “think money,” as such, for that is only one means of opulence. But think largely, generously, liberally, and you will find that the means of realizing this thought will flow to you from all quarters, whether as money or as a hundred other things not to be reckoned in cash.

We must not make ourselves dependent on any particular form of wealth, or insist on it coming to us through some particular channel—for that is to impose a limitation, and to shut out other forms of wealth, and to close other channels. Instead, we must enter into the spirit of wealth.

The spirit is Life, and throughout the universe Life ultimately consists in circulation, whether within the physical body of the individual or on the scale of the entire solar system. Circulation means a continual flowing around, and the spirit of opulence is no exception to this universal law of all life.

When this principle becomes clear to us, we shall see that our attention should be directed to the giving, rather than the receiving. We must look upon ourselves, not as a miser’s safe to be kept locked for our own benefit, but as centers of distribution; and the better we fulfil our function as such centers, the greater will be the corresponding inflow. If we choke the outlet, the current must slacken. A full and free flow can be obtained only by keeping it open.

The spirit of opulence—the opulent mode of thought—consists in cultivating the feeling that we possess all sorts of riches which we can share with others, and which we can share liberally because by this very action we open the way for still greater supplies to flow in.

Now, you may be saying to yourself, “But I am short of money, I hardly know how to pay for the necessities. What have I to give?”

The answer is that we must always start from the point where we are; and if your wealth at the present moment is not abundant on the material plane, you need not trouble to start on that plane. There are other sorts of wealth, still more valuable, on the spiritual and intellectual planes, which you can give. Therefore, you can start from this point and practice the spirit of opulence, even though your balance at the bank may be nil. Then the universal law of attraction will begin to assert itself. You will not only begin to experience an inflow on the spiritual and intellectual planes, but it will extend itself to the material plane also.

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