'Abundance' - artwork by Kim Dreyer.
Copyright © Kim Dreyer 2011. All rights reserved.
For a long time now I have wanted to write down my thoughts on Abundance. In fact, ever since I first saw the dvd 'The Secret' when it came out a few years ago. (Yes, sometimes I do procrastinate a bit much). Anyway, since then every time I hear or see the word Abundance, I cringe!!
The basic concept behind the dvd is the Law of Attraction. However, the further I got into watching it, the more I became concerned about the end message. The message, running through much of the dvd was Abundance. Fine. But the abundance focussed way too much on money and materialistic objects - a fat bank balance, a fancy mansion, large expensive cars, tvs, fancy furniture, etc, etc, etc. Stuff that requires, in it's manufacture, large amounts of seriously dwindling resources from Mother Nature! And then there is all the pollution that is produced in the manufacture of all these products. Is this what I want to manifest using the Law of Attraction - definitely not!!
What is abundantly clear, to me at least, is we cannot and must not continue on this mindless drive to own possessions to justify our worth, or feel we have accomplished something in life. Just imagine if everyone on this planet had access to the materialistic abundance talked about in the dvd. Take motor vehicles for instance - currently there are around 1 billion cars in use. If every adult on this planet had a car, this number would probably rise to around 5 billion cars. What would this do to the quality of our already polluted air, never mind the effect on the resources required to produce all these new cars. More and more factories would churn out more 'stuff' AND more pollution. Would there be clean air to breathe, pure water to drink?? Would there be anything left of the natural world? I think not!
We HAVE to get this mindset out of people when talking about abundance. Associating abundance with materialism is NOT cool!! Sure, I do understand that we all still live in a world where we cannot get by without money. There are certain basic material requirements that we all need to live. But once these needs are met, rather focus on financial Abudance in order to do something positive with it, like feeding the hungry; caring for abused animals; or cleaning up our planet, etc. We certainly don't need it for a new wardrobe of clothes every season; a new gadget, just because there is a new version out - the list is endless. We are slaves to our possessions and can't even see it. Or perhaps we see it, but don't have the will to do anything about it. We are too caught up in this vicious cycle of 'make money - buy stuff, make more money - buy more stuff'. But it's high time we did something about the way we live.
So how about next time we call upon the Law of Attraction and request Abundance we think a little more carefully on what that Abundance will entail. Money and possessions? But remember along with the materialistic possessions come, pollution and depletion of natural resources, so we'll be manifesting this too. Or? Health and happiness; clean rivers and oceans; pure, fresh air; forests and fields teaming with wildlife. Things that will help us live sustainable lives, in harmony with our home - Mother Earth. After all, if we trash her (as we are currently doing) - there is nowhere else to go. We don't have a brand new earth waiting 'next door' for us to move to!
Which world of Abundance would you like to live in and create for your children to live in?