In teaching the principles of spiritual abundance in support of physical abundance, one of the things I hear most often is this:
“If I had only done (something) differently,…”
(or this version)
“If I had only NOT done (something),…”
Regret is an emotion that steals our peace, and can create a sense of helplessness. The GOOD news is that we don’t need to let it.
In studying the larger body of universal spirituality, I was introduced to John Randolph Price’s book, “The Abundance Book“. In this spiritual classic, he provided 10 statements of faith around abundance as part of his 40-day abundance journey.
The Abundance Journey, when undertaken as described in the ($7) book, is a powerful connector to the power of the Universal Spirit of Good, that works always to our benefit, if we will just recognize this Truth. I have shared numerous stories of its power, few more powerful than the story of a family who needed a new home and had no physical (real money) means to get one.
Today I want to focus on one particular statement of principle in Mr. Price’s journey, the statement of restoration (#8):
- My consciousness of the Spirit within me as my unlimited Source is the Divine Power to restore the years the locusts have eaten, to make all things new, to lift me up to the High Road of abundant prosperity. This awareness, understanding and knowledge of Spirit appears as every visible form and experience that I could possibly desire.
For some of us, catching up to the Good we feel has eluded us (or that we have thrown away) can seem like a fantasy, or even a fool’s errand. I have learned in the study of spiritual principles that restoration is possible.
I spent the first 6 years of my adult life on active duty (USN, enlisted). At that time, the Vietnam-era GI Bill had ended and the Montgomery GI Bill would not kick in until I was almost done with my obligated service. One of the main reasons I went into the Navy was for an education, but when I was discharged from active service at the end of my tour of duty, I had few marketable skills, no college education and the ability to make minimum wage. I also had 2 small children and a husband.
Years later I would find myself a single mother who was educated, but with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans (so that you understand the scope, it was more than $70,000). Just before reaching my 50th birthday, I was working in a lucrative position thanks to all that education. But when I considered my retirement portfolio and the amount of time I had left to work before wanting to dip into that retirement; I knew I had some challenges (including the debt).
By then I had been seriously studying the principles of universal spirituality in earnest for a number of years and knew that I had options that did not always appear on the obvious, physical plane. So I went to work.
In a previous blog post I wrote about the way in which I ended up in my current job – a place where not only are those years of active duty counted toward my retirement, but are added to the calculation of my pension – a pension that I will receive in addition to my 401k savings.
In another blog post, I wrote about the great gift of my student loans being paid as part of a retention package. These 2 actions alone are potent examples of the way my “…consciousness of the Spirit within me as my unlimited Source…” restored the years/opportunities that I feared had been missed. In addition to this great gift, when I initially signed on to this position, I received an incentive/sign-on bonus, which I also used to pay off a portion of those loans.
I do not write about these things to brag; but to show the great power that is available to us if we are willing to walk in faith and know that we are never alone, or helpless; to know that we are provided – always, and in all ways: in parking places (small things) and pensions (larger things).
Ernest Holmes, who studied with many metaphysical traditions in the early 20th century, and went on to found what is now Centers for Spiritual Living, penned this statement:
“There is a power for good in the Universe, greater than we are, and we can use it.”Ernest Holmes
I would be remiss if I didn’t address a very important point. We must not fall into the trap of too many prosperity teachings: this is NOT a process for channeling the winning lottery numbers, a long-lost rich relative’s inheritance or a gold mine with your name on it. In my opinion (and experience), pursuing those kinds of things with this teaching is a road to misery.
These principles work best when we remember that they are not get-rich-quick schemes. As I wrote in another blog, they work within the confines of the world we live in. I am still getting up every day and going to work; and while I may sometimes grumble about traffic or the early alarm clock, I feel grateful, thankful and blessed to have this job in this organization. The RESTORATION I have experienced came to me through this very human endeavor (my job).
I know and have experienced the Truth that there is a power for Good in the Universe – greater than I am; and I have used It, and will continue to do so. And you can too.
And so it is.
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If you’re interested in restoration in some area of your life, here are some resources to get you started: