Abundance Consciousness Police
Ask me what is essential for an abundant life and these four are my response.
- Awareness born of fearless, honest self-reflection.
- The will to change.
- And faith in the power to do so.
Some ideas promoted as abundance consciousness run contrary to these essentials. Granted they are well intended. But perhaps the road to well is not paved with good intentions.
Like many good ideas, abundance consciousness has fallen victim to the sound bites of popular advice. Similar to what has happened to religions throughout time, popular culture has extracted surface meanings, removed thought-provoking depths, and served up pointless palaver.
The first law (according to the consciousness “experts”) is to avoid “I” statements that express negativity. Here is a direct quote from the number one ranked site for the keyword ‘abundance consciousness,’
“Watch your language! Make sure that what follows “I” or “I am” is what you want to manifest. If you say “I am poor,” the Universe will answer you with its only response: yes!”
Oh honestly! Well, for one thing, that advice would omit every statement of non-coherence in every Repatterning!! There is a quality of unquestioned authority around these teachings, a culture of blame growing like mold in a Petri dish. The message is, “It is not ok (to not be ok) and it was YOU not being ok that created the problem.”
I have a client who couldn’t finish her sentences. The consciousness police taught her to fear manifesting an even worse reality through authentic expression. It was often 45 minutes into the session before she’d admit her real issues with the caveat, “I shouldn’t feel this way, wahhhhhh!” I’ve had clients balk at saying the words “I need (fill in the blank)” for fear of manifesting more need.
While intended as a method for increasing awareness around the power of one’s thoughts, the unfortunate outcome is often an edited, judged, shamed, blamed, and frightened awareness.
They say that what you focus your thoughts on is what you manifest. Maybe. Yes. And, well… no! Maybe I can sum up by saying that gratitude and appreciation seem to work wonders. But equally important is the simple truth that when I’m not there, I’m not. I’m just NOT.
The solution is not to deny my authentic feelings, not to pretend I am enlightened when indeed I am not. Abundance consciousness can lead to denial. Denial is formidable.
The hidden treasure in my negative situation is my process, my evolution towards more coherence. It is an opportunity to discover unmet needs and negative beliefs, hurt feelings and unresolved relationships. It is nothing less than the opportunity to see where my soul is ready to grow and in order to do so I must feel free to speak my experience, fearlessly trusting in the power of bringing truth to light.
When all IS well in my world, it is not because my mind has created wellness by pretending all is well! When I am in a bright, clear space within, I don’t get there by “shoulding” my feelings. When I am in peace and acceptance, when I am “attracting or manifesting” the positive, my focus is on taking action around my “problems”– what I have that I don’t want/ what I want that I don’t have.
In an Energy Constriction Release, I support their “I need” statement by noting what a wonderful world it would be if everyone had that particular need met. I say it is a healthy need, worthy of taking a stand for. This response to their need is often in stark contrast to their feeling guilty and broken for having the need.
Abundance consciousness type solutions are what people resort to when they don’t have Resonance Repatterning. (The poor impoverished dears!)
Suppressing fear creates a mind at war with itself. A mind that is in fear of its own fear. A mind that insists that its own lack of power is stronger than the power of bringing truth to light.
“I’m trying to change reality with my thoughts,” said another client, owner of a once thriving real estate firm. “My company is losing money and I can’t pay the bills. But I still go on trips and take cabs because I’m afraid of poverty consciousness.”
She was trapped in mental turmoil, looking for the blame inside herself. “How did I create this?” she pondered sleeplessly, believing that if she performed the correct mental gymnastics she would undo the voodoo hoodoo of loss. She was not fully present to name problems and take positive actions.
How can unmet needs be resolved with love and communication when there is fear, blame and belief that speaking the truth will manifest more of the same?
Unquestioned belief in “thought manifestation” can result in fear of being. It is a terrifying idea that you cause your troubles if you are anything other than a bliss ninny.
Naming a lack does not create the lack! If it did, how could we create anything? If I say I am thirsty, am I manifesting more thirst? Am I not more likely to build a bridge if I notice that I need one? Does putting locks on your doors manifest burglars? Does using birth control manifest unwanted pregnancies? Does responsible stewardship of resources equal poverty consciousness?
How does abundance consciousness explain the occupation of Tibet or AIDS or genocide or abortion?
The planets are in constant motion, ever changing relationships to one another. Does the moon not wax and wane and the sun rise and fall? One must see oneself –not as cause–but as transcending the fickle winds of fate.
Fearing the shame of one’s own negative thoughts is like fearing the gas gauge on the car that indicates it is low. Obviously, the potential power of the car is not determined by the amount of gas — but it does require gas. Similarly, our thoughts are merely indicators of an underlying condition that requires healing. What needs Repatterning is not the thoughts so much as the fear of the thoughts, the lack of positive power attributed to the experience of thoughts. I genuinely ask how this level of consciousness is different than a small child thinking they caused their parents divorce?
Thanks to Resonance Repatterning, which includes the non-coherent within the healing process, both of these clients have turned things around.
- Expressing ALL their feelings, recognizing their needs and facing reality responsibly (awareness born of fearless, honest self-reflection.)
- Letting go of blame and forgiving life (self-acceptance.)
- Facing and acting on the ‘harsh realities’ of life (the will to change.)
- And in the process they are gaining faith in their power to do so.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Let’s invent ways to perceive needs as the seeds of abundance. Let’s spread the idea that recognizing needs or lack is what activates our power to create and manifest. Let’s take a stand for UN conditional awareness.
When we resonate with the power of bring the truth to light, we will finally stop fearing (and denying) fear itself.
What about you? Have you grappled with these questions in your life? How about your clients? We’d love to have a discussion about this, feel free to comment. The more voices heard from the better.
4 thoughts on “Abundance Consciousness Police”
Thank you, Laura, for this article. This topic is such a source of confusion for people. I appreciate your thoughts on it.
I have certainly met the “abundance consciousness police” in it’s many guises in my life and work.
Language is powerful. How we talk to ourselves does impact our reality. The value of these abundance consciousness teachings is that they help us become aware of the words we are using. The problem comes when we take this guidance to an extreme and use it with fear or judgment. This distortion can be downright oppressive and certainly does not support healing or growth.
I once was a part of a group practice where the unspoken rule became “Don’t say anything negative, you might manifest it.” Of course, open communication became impossible and we were unable to grow as a group.
The power and gift of Resonance Repatterning is that we can use negative language and feelings with purpose. We can welcome them as indicators of an unmet need or unresolved experience that is calling for healing.
After repatterning, though, when the new possibility may still be taking root, we may need to gently remind ourselves, or our clients, to stop telling the old story.
Naomi, I had some misgivings about publishing this article and that it might offend someone. So I doubly appreciate your supportive and understanding comment.
I’d like to say in general that as a “frequent flyer” for Journal articles, that comments or any kind of response or acknowledgement is so IMMEASURABLY important and appreciated to the writer and to the Resonance Repatterning Journal Committee.
Here’s a link to an excellent article about how to responsibly apply the “laws of attraction”.
Great article, Naomi. Thank you. I’m so grateful for Resoance Repatterning and the true abundance of inner power.