A couple of catch phrases in the New Age movement are manifesting and abundance, usually accompanied by the sentiment ‘because you’re worth it.’
One of my spiritual friends on Facebook put the question out there: ‘Are you having problems with manifesting and abundance?’
I thought that was a good question so I replied, ‘It’s a non-issue to me.’
Because it is.
The more I tried to focus on abundance in the past, the more I realised that I already had enough and that it was better (more relaxed) for me to keep on trusting that I would always have enough.
Now, I’m not a fundamentalist Christian but one of the things that stuck with me from my Bible studying days was the following passage and I’m sharing it not as gospel truth but as something that still resonates:
Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
Do Not Worry – Manifesting according to Jesus (who really is a pretty cool dude)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Lagom – Manifesting like a true Viking
And as for manifesting… What more could I desire to manifest than to be in flow with my Higher Self and the Holy Spirit? I continue to receive information when I’m meant to and rest when I’m meant to. I get the impetus to act when it is time to act and when it’s not, I can do as I please.
Why would I ever want more than this? I can’t wrap my head around constant striving… and I certainly do not care at all about the things that I can’t take with me when it’s time to cut the mortal coil.
Perhaps my lack of striving for ‘more’ harks back to my Swedish origins. In Sweden, we love the word ‘lagom’ which roughly translates into ‘just enough.’ The etymology of the word comes from ‘lag’ (team) and ‘om’ (round) and was used to make sure that everyone had just enough of a sip from the drinking horn to last once around the table. If there is enough to benefit everyone on my team, I’m more than happy.
“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
Of course, there are times (because I’m human) when I fail at trust and complete surrender. This is especially true when I start doubting my very right to exist. But to be perfectly honest, I’d rather keep those doubts than start acting all entitled and as if the Cosmos is my slot machine.
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