Creating True Prosperity

April 23rd, 2014 by Sheryl Kosovski Filed Under: Articles

images copy 17What is Prosperity?

 

In her book “Creating True Prosperity” Shakti Gawain states that, “Prosperity is the experience of having plenty of what we truly need and want in life, material and otherwise “

“The key point to understand is that prosperity is an internal experience, not an external state, and it is an experience that is not tied to having a certain amount of money. While prosperity is in some ways related to money, it is not caused by money.

If we think that money has the power to bring us prosperity, we give away our personal power to money. When we give our power away to any one or anything, we ultimately feel controlled by that person or thing. So, in order not to feel controlled, and therefore limited, by how much money we have or don’t have, we must keep our sense of inner power.”

 After reading this book the first thing I realized is that we all need to understand and identify what we need and want. Next, we need to develop the skills to bring what we need and want into our lives. This may involve making more money but it may not. It does involve being a good steward for the money you have and making thoughtful choices about how you spend your money and making sure you’re spending is in line with your values. We need to look at what brings us joy and feeds our soul and clarify for ourselves the difference between a need and a want. For example it may be more love, freedom, or time that we truly crave and money most likely isn’t going to help us experience more of these qualities. Deep inside, we feel great yearning, but we don’t know exactly what it’s for. Ultimately, we don’t find lasting satisfaction until we consciously acknowledge our true needs and desires, and learn how to fulfill them.

Shakti recommends that we take time to acknowledge the abundance that we already have in our lives. I keep a gratitude journal, each day I write what I have that I am grateful for. After reading her book I now include those things that make me feel rich. This has been a huge help.  In the past I was so busy pursuing the things that I desire that I didn’t truly enjoy the riches that I already had.

True prosperity develops as we get better at following our heart’s true desires and taking very good care of ourselves. This includes things like taking time off and taking a nap when we’re tired, doing something silly just because we have the desire or making the time to cook a healthy delicious meal. I would define true prosperity as having a relationship with money that enhances your peace of mind and the degree of pleasure you experience daily. That has become my personal goal and what I hope all of my clients and students will experience through their work with me.

 

Take Action

  1. Start your process of creating greater prosperity by thinking deeply about what you truly want. What do you need in each of these areas of your life: spiritual, mental, emotional and physical.
  2. Next, ask yourself what are the things you have or do that make you feel prosperous, then figure out how to include more of those things in your life.

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