July: Getting in Synch with the Season of Abundance

July: Getting in Synch with the Season of Abundance

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The Seasons of Self by Lynn Woodland

We so often see our human condition as set apart from the natural world.
Not only has this collective mind set contributed to the serious
environmental problems of our day, it also denies us access to a certain
down-to-earth wisdom about life. I’ve noticed that the more I pay
attention to the cycles of the world around me, the more my own life
naturally flows in harmony with the seasons. Just as if some big,
unexplainable wave has picked me up and is carrying me, life takes on the
ease of floating downstream instead of fighting the current: fall brings
endings and opportunities to let go of what I no longer need; winter
brings introspection, and spring new beginnings.

This time of year, when the natural world is growing, flowering and
producing lavishly, there’s an easy abundance to life. Things seem to pop
into manifestation with little effort. In my classes, this is the time of
year I like to give attention to prosperity and abundant living.

This connection between seasonal cycles and personal life may seem like a
stretch to many, especially if our human experience bears no resemblance
to the outer world. When we’re out of synch, we’re likely to fall sick in
the fall/winter months from our inability to let go and flow with change.
We become depressed in the dark seasons from our failure to access the
inner light of inspiration. Then we don’t have the energy to begin new
ventures in spring, and summer finds us in scarcity rather than abundance.
A way back to an easier harmony with life is to study the season that best
matches our current out-of-synch experience and learn from it.

So, should summer find you in a place of scarcity rather than abundance,
much can be learned through studying the sparseness of winter. This empty,
barren phase of nature is a concentrating time when energy pulls in and
pulls back, in order to gain momentum for the next burst of growth.

In times of financial or other scarcity, we often start worrying,
panicking and withholding, which only sows seeds of more scarcity. Because
many of us have learned to connect financial prosperity with such large
issues as well-being, self-worth, and even survival, when our money supply
is threatened we tend to feel threatened in all these other areas as well.
We may become so wrapped up in our feelings of fear and powerlessness that
we don’t even see how many practical options we have for making less money
more manageable. So, an important first step in times of scarcity is to
address our state of mind, because action taken from a place of anxiety
and weakness is bound to create more of the same.

In the natural world, scarcity doesn’t last indefinitely. A season serves
its purpose and evolves into something else. As soon as we begin to think
of our experience of scarcity as a “season” we’ve defined it as temporary,
and thereby given it permission to evolve into something else. Times of
scarcity often precede big jumps forward. Consider how a bow and arrow
works: the pulling back creates the force that propels it forward.
Similarly, taking a few steps back builds momentum for a big, running
jump. How we work with the leaner times in life has a lot to do with what
we allow to happen next. They can be very potent launching pads for
prosperity and abundant growth if we recognize them as such. The following
are some suggestions for making the most of your seasons of financial
scarcity.

Dream. As in winter, times of financial scarcity are good times for
envisioning what you want to do with more money and with your life in
general. Imagine this to be like pouring through gardening catalogues in
winter. Just as you have faith that seasons change, feel the same
certainty that this financial season will change. Let your dreaming fill
you with pleasant anticipation for what the next growing season will bring
and use this time to turn within (think of hibernating in winter) instead
of externalizing your energy through spending.

Clean house, materially and emotionally. Lighten up. Let go of the past
and what you no longer need. Make room, literally and symbolically, for
the coming growth and prosperity.

Practice Mindful Spending. Become conscious of how you flow money. Let the
lack of excess help you get clear about what’s really important and spend
only on that. Try this: all this month, every time you spend even a cent,
ask yourself: “Is this expenditure taking my life in the direction I want
it to go? Is it enhancing the quality of my life, prospering someone I
would like to see prosper or supporting something I believe in?” If not,
rethink spending your money in that way.

Become, out of necessity, a good steward of your money, using it in the
highest way. This will make you magnetic to more and will also teach you
how to wisely use more. This lesson in wise spending may be just the
preparation you need to attract a significantly larger flow of money into
your life.

Find ways to enjoy life that don’t require money. Become aware of any ways
you’ve become dependent upon money for recreation, self-nurturing,
self-esteem or socialization. What you create, experience, and how you
stretch when the easy crutch of money is taken away may be a big part of
why you unconsciously called this season of scarcity into your life.

As you honor this “winter” phase in your life, don’t forget to appreciate
the abundance of the natural world. The beauty of summer can be enjoyed
for free. Give thanks for the blessings in your life and then, in the
coming months of fall, allow something old and unnecessary to die away so
that winter can fill you with new inspiration. As you let the wheel of the
seasons carry you forward in this way you may be amazed at the abundant
life you’ve created by the time next summer rolls around.

Lynn Woodland is author of Making Miracles—Create New Realities for Your
Life and Our World, from Namaste Publishing and creator of The Miracles
Course, an online coaching program for living a miraculous life. Lynn
welcomes your comments: lynn@lynnwoodland.com. More on her work at
www.LynnWoodland.com.

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