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The Secret Diary of an Aspiring Meditation Master – September 2014, Week Four, “Raising Your Wealth Consciousness” Meditation

wealth meditationTo wrap up September’s theme of how to raise our wealth consciousness, Kevin Schoeninger’s guided meditation takes us back through the new ways of thinking about possibilities we’ve been discussing, and how it feels to try on these new ideas.

I say new ideas, but they may only seem new when we open ourselves up to consider them as something we can truly accept, rather than just pie in the sky imaginings. Last week we talked about the difference between ideas we consider true intellectually, and ideas we really believe. Even things we know as true may not always coincide with our emotional reaction to them.

Take a sunrise. We are ages beyond the idea of the earth as the center of the Universe, or that a sun god in a chariot lit our world by driving a fiery chariot across the sky. Our knowledge of the solar system is part of what makes us modern humans. We don’t need to have faith that the planets revolve around the sun, we accept it as a fact. It’s all pretty amazing when we stop and think about it, but until we stop and think about it, the physics of the universe is probably not at the forefront of our minds.

When we experience a sunrise we see colors begin to glow along the horizon, and shadows begin to disappear. Even storm clouds are backlit, and raindrops or snowflakes begin to sparkle in the light. Birds awaken and our spirits lift. The world opens up to the opportunities of another day. Do we think about our turning planet? Well, maybe astronomers do, but the rest of us may either rejoice at seeing another dawn, or simply hit the ground running toward the stress of another frantic day. It’s how we feel about each brand new day that determines how we experience it.

Meditation can be an excellent method to stop and take stock of how we feel about what we say we believe, or know. In part, that is what Kevin asks us to do this week, as we examine how we feel about the idea of wealth, and what it might mean for all of us.

Kevin asks us to consider two important questions: “what if our stress has a lot to do with the way we are looking at life?” and “What if we could take on a whole new view of what it means to be wealthy and of our ability to participate in that wealth?”

In reading these questions, I was really struck by the idea of “our ability to participate” in wealth. Not acquire, not grab and cling to, but participate, be a part of something bigger than ourselves, which involves us all.

Using the steps from JV Crum’s book, The Conscious Millionaire, Kevin asks us to consider once again the ideas that there is abundance for all, and that abundance really means all of us could live lives full of everything that matters to us.

It bears repeating that what matters to us may not be money. It may be a wealth of friends or family. It may be an abundance of experiences or love. Or joy, or laughter. If we also believe that financial abundance is available to everyone, we can believe that it will be there when we need it, and waste little time scrambling to get our share.

To start with, we need to experience how abundance would feel. Following JV Crum’s nine beliefs about wealth, we can allow ourselves to open up in meditation to consider how we might feel if we were experiencing wealth for ourselves, for others, and even for society as a whole. How would it feel to experience the power that comes from collaboration? How would it feel if everyone we knew had lives full of what matters to them? What would it feel like if all of society shared “the flow and synergy of all Life working together for good?”

This meditation can help us connect to these questions. It may also bring up our own negative feelings that get in the way. As I mentioned at the beginning, we may believe in the abundance of life, or that unlimited opportunities exist for all, but we still may have deep emotional reactions which cause our tummies to tighten up when these ideas are raised, or a subtle clenching of our jaws that we may have not noticed before.

Allowing ourselves to examine these emotions in the safety of meditation helps us become aware of what we are feeling, without judgment. This is part of what JV Crum calls “awareness consciousness.” As Kevin explains, becoming aware of what is happening “right now” with what we are feeling, as well as what is happening in our lives. What matters to us? What matters to those around us, or in the greater world? And what is getting in our way that impedes us from living the life we want?

When we have become more aware of what is happening around us, we can move on to “visionary consciousness,” or imagining what could be, and “social consciousness” about how that vision would impact the entire world.

This meditation to raise our consciousness about abundance is one I feel must take repeated practice. It takes time to understand what our “knee jerk” reactions are to the concept of wealth, and even more time to allow ourselves to accept a bigger view. I recommend listening to Kevin’s guided meditation multiple times, until we can relax and truly begin to open ourselves up to all the possibilities for ourselves and the world we love.

 

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The Secret Diary of an Aspiring Meditation Master – September 2014, Week Three, “9 Beliefs to Raise Your Wealth Consciousness.”

subconscious mindThis month in Spiritual Growth Monthly, we have been following Kevin Schoeninger’s exploration of the relationship between higher consciousness and wealth. It is worth noting again that Kevin is defining wealth as “everything that is valuable” to us. If you tried his exercise about imagining a perfect day, then you might visualize real wealth as a lifetime of perfect days.

Still, a lifetime of perfect days almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? If life hasn’t always gone as we wanted it to, it can be hard to imagine that things will ever make any sort of significant change. And yet…what if they could?

I love “what if” questions. No matter how set we are in our thinking patterns, or how deflated we might feel, just considering “what if,” can open us up to possibilities we never considered, or refused to believe could exist for us.

What if I ate healthier? What if I smiled and spoke to that person I assume won’t like me? What if I could have any job I wanted in the world? What if I could do anything I wanted…what would that be?

The list is endless, of course. But if we do it often enough, it can move us toward trying some of these possibilities, and in turn move us to change what we believe. If we try something, and see our “what if” possibilities become real, we are able to have more faith that more things are possible than we allowed ourselves to believe before.

If we have always viewed life as full of limitations, then one of the most important “what if” questions might be, “what if we are wrong?” What if we need to look at our world in a different light? Could a different view, and a different way of thinking, change what we can achieve or how rich our lives can be?

Continuing to delve into the book Conscious Millionaire, by J.V. Crum, Kevin cites “9 Beliefs to Raise Wealth Consciousness” that the author says form the mindset needed for us to enrich, and be enriched by, the world.

 

Nine Beliefs to Raise Wealth Consciousness

1. Abundance: there is plenty for all
2. We are here to collaborate
3. Power arises through collaboration
4. The best opportunities are found in heart-based, authentic choices
5. The future is full of positive possibilities
6. There is a flow and synergy to all of Life
7. There are unlimited choices
8. We are part of a united team
9. You, others, and society win together
(CM, p. 66)

It is easy to look at this list and mentally check them off…yes, I agree…that sounds good. But agreeing intellectually is not the same as belief. What we deeply believe is the basis for our actions, and while we may believe and act on some of these ideas, older, diminishing beliefs may also get in the way of us taking positive steps toward what we value most.

We may live our lives based on our idea that we are all here to collaborate, or that we are part of a united team. But many of us may also have been raised to believe that abundance is limited, or that wealth is only attained by those willing to claw and fight their way to get it. If we believe that way, and choose collaboration, we may also be believing that we must sacrifice being successful to be a better person, or for the sake of a greater good.

What Crum asks us to consider is that the greater good and greater wealth go hand in hand. Kevin asks us to consider what our lives would be like, if we really accepted all these beliefs. If we truly believed that the future is full of positive possibilities…for all of us…would that make a difference in what we are willing to try? If we believe that there really are unlimited choices, would we step out in faith and choose a different path?

The win-win-win alternative.

We often hear in business about the best outcome in a negotiation as a “win-win.” Everyone leaves the sales transaction or the bargaining table with something of value to themselves. Everybody wins something, and everyone is better off.

Author J.V. Crum describes a new “wealth consciousness” as a Triple Win™ mindset, that allows us to make our wealth building decisions on the idea of benefitting ourselves, others around us, and society as a whole.

To make this shift in our mindset, Crum writes, we first need to change our thinking, our consciousness. In the second part of his article, Kevin explores the three shifts in our consciousness that we must make, which relate to how we view the world as it is right now, how we perceive the future, and what impact we believe our decisions will make on the world.

Kevin walks us through some steps to help us evaluate where we are, and how we impact others in each of these areas of consciousness. This process takes a little self-evaluation, so I recommend reading or listening to Kevin’s audio, to guide you along.

Through the process, Kevin asks us to continue considering “what if.” What if we could not only live a life of perfect days, but help other’s lives become more abundant at the same time? Yes, life is not always perfect. Thing do happen outside our control. But what if we “expected the right opportunities were always available?” Opportunities to make every day better than the last one. What would we do, starting right now?

 

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