It has always bothered me that the main focus of prosperity has been on becoming a millionaire. This strengthens the notion that to be prosperous, one has to have lots of money. Prosperity is defined in the Webster dictionary as the condition of being successful or thriving; especially economic well-being. I wonder when we started to focus on "especially economic well-being". The question is does someone need lots of money to be prosperous? Prosperity comes from a Latin word prosper meaning "favorable, fortunate, lucky". So when did the English language focus on prosperous as having lots of money?
In my opinion, the goal should be on moving beyond prosperity and money to focus on affluence. Affluence comes from a Latin word affluere which means "come flocking in". This does not mean that we need to be lucky and thus others need to be unlucky. Luck infers that you do not deserve what you get. To be affluent means that we are in the flow of the universe where our prosperity comes "flocking in", not only in money but other areas of your life like love and happiness. Flow is our natural abundance where we are a conduit to the flow of life, both giving and receiving. When everyone gives and receives, there is no lack in the universe. Lack comes in when we hoard and try to hold on too tightly to what we have.
In looking at the levels of prosperity (or lack there of), we tend to live life from one of three perspectives:
By seeing the universe from a poverty consciousness, one see the world as limited. In a limited universe, there is only so much to go around and resources are scarce. For some to be rich, others need to be poor. Even though people in this universe may not be living in poverty (how we define it financially), they can be living their life by trying to avoid poverty and being poor. They work hard and find ways to make ends meet and never seem to get ahead. Their focus is on what they do not have.
People who live in this universe can have some common personality traits. They have resentments about how some people have what appears to be such a easy life and are jealous of others who win the lottery or make lots of money. They may feel that they are being punished for not being smart enough (e.g., due to not going to college) or for making a bad investment decisions. They feel apathetic and powerless to change their lot in life. No matter what they do, they never seem to get ahead. What may sound odd is that they have a tendency to be controlling, especially with their children. This is because it gives them a sense of power in an area that they can control when other parts of their lives seems out of control.
The opposite of a limited universe is a prosperous universe. The two universes (prosperous and limited) actually co-exist. To have one universe, the other opposite universe must also exits. For some people to be poor, some people must be rich.
Many of the characteristics between the two universes are complete opposites. For example, instead of focusing on what one does not have in a limited universe from a poor me attitude, one focuses on what they want to have from what do I deserve attitude in a prosperous universe. In a prosperous universe, one understands that it is their own thoughts that may limit them having what they want. Thus, instead of resenting those who have money (holding negative thoughts about money), one is forgiving (letting go of blame and resentments). They are actually applauding those who have more because they know that receiving that wealth is achievable for them as well.
Being in a state of prosperity consciousness is about creating the energy that they want in their life. It is about setting goals of what they want and working to create their dreams. This is an enlightened state to be in because they understand that they can create their reality. Yet, it is always an underlying belief that they need to fight for their share of the financial pie.
The level beyond a prosperous universe is an affluent/limitless universe, limitless opportunity, limitless in providing what one needs. In this universe, people know that when they need something the universe will provide what they need. Thus, there is no need to accumulate more and more (e.g., hoarding and protecting your wealth) because the universe is a constant stream of providing what they need and they pass on the excess to others to keep the flow moving. They are a conduit to the flow of the universe. For them to get their share, they do not need to deny someone else of their own share. They can help others by knowing that their needs are taken care of. This does not mean frivolous spending or giving more than what one has. If a light bulb gives more or uses more energy than it receives, it burns out. If someone gives more or spends more than what he has, he will go in debt.
Below is on overview of some of the differences between a limited, limitless and abundant universe:
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