Awakening to Prosperity by Jennifer Gates, Unity of SA CommUNITY Life Coordinator
What do you think of when you hear the word “Prosperity”? For many of us, our minds are immediately drawn to an abundance of money or material possessions when we hear this word. And that is certainly a part of prosperity in our American culture. But is that a complete understanding of the concept and does that fill your heart with joy? In our lives, as students of Unity Principles, this narrow focus often leaves a gaping hole directly in the center of our souls – there is a disconnect, a discord, a missing element. In fact, in the American dictionary, the first definition of “Prosperous” is: “a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects”. However, in the British dictionary, the first definition of this same word makes no reference to finances but instead reads simply: “flourishing, prospering”. The difference may be subtle, but it also sheds a great deal of light on our decidedly American view of what it means to be successful.
So, let’s take a moment to broaden our focus and understanding of what it means to live a life of prosperity. The word “Prosperity” has its roots in the Latin word prosperus which simply means “doing well”. Take that in for a moment – doing well. Think on this, sitting where you are right now, are you reasonably comfortable, reasonably well fed, sheltered, do you have at least one person who has shown you kindness – are you doing well? Take a few breaths around that, sit with it, let this feeling flow over you. How does this view of prosperity differ from a purely money-centered view, and how does that difference make you feel? More at ease? Peaceful? Connected? Centered?
Now, imagine taking those feelings of comfort, ease, connection, and centeredness and applying them to each decision you make about the use of your daily resources – your time, your abilities, and your money. Imagine being in control of the way in which your resources are flooded with your own soul, values and intentions. Imagine a world in which you are able to impact the flow of richness into and out of your life. And then realize that you do indeed have this power. Recognize that sufficiency is never the finite amount of what you have, but instead it is the appreciation that you bring to each item, experience, and interaction in your life. In the realm of sufficiency, resources flow to us and through us, and our soul is the filter that creates good in our lives and in our world.
In Lynne Twist’s Book, The Soul of Money, which is our fall book study selection, she lays out for us a clear path to move from our deeply held, lifelong beliefs about money and scarcity into a fuller understanding of abundance, sufficiency, enough. I invite you to join us on this enlightening journey over the next five weeks!