Abundant Good through Me

By Terry Shea

September 9, 2016

Centre for Spiritual Living White Rock

Posted In: Spiritual Wellness, White Rock

The four short chapters at the end of “The Sacred Continuum” are among the most clear and succinct expositions of our philosophy that I know. The challenge in reading them is that it’s either a 2X4 between the eyes, or that experience of glazing over because there is too much to take in.
How often have you heard me or other teachers speak of our Abundant Good and left asking yourself: If there is so much good, an inexhaustible source of it, why don’t I have more? Why do “bad” people seem to enjoy so much wealth and power when there are so many poor out there? Surely you’re not telling me the poor want to be poor.
This question of merit is just a subtle game of victim/abuser that we play with ourselves and one that allows us to operate as if life is happening to us instead of through us. Because the ego is so threatened when required to take ownership of the fact that the lack in our life is self-created, the poverty, illness, loneliness, and lack of purpose and fulfillment are all generated by our minds, it looks to others as examples of the mistreatment life dishes out to the unfortunate or how the unjust victimize the weak.
Let’s not muddy the waters by talking about good and bad as if only the good deserve to have good things. Jesus himself turned that idea on its head 2000 years ago when he said, “God makes the sun shine on the just and unjust as well.” The giving of good in whatever form that takes is not a question of merit. It’s a question of consciousness! In case we missed the point he went on to say. “He who has much will receive more and he who has little even that will be taken away.” He was talking about consciousness and the by-product of that consciousness is Good, Substance, Supply.
I grew up poor working class. I never worried about where good would come from. That was someone else’s job. What I heard over and over was that there was not enough and often the very clear affirmation that there never would be enough. As a child I was more aware of the idea of not enough, than the reality of it. As I grew I became aware that others had things I didn’t have, that other families enjoyed a lifestyle that my family didn’t, but I still didn’t quite get the idea that there wasn’t enough. We were fed, housed, clothed and supplied with what we needed. There was never much for the extras, the frills, but it wasn’t until much later that I realized as many poor children do that “we were poor.” The day I realized there were things I wanted that I didn’t have, I also noticed that if I went after those things, I could have them. Did I get my good by working for it, or by knowing that if I worked for it I could have it? Those two ideas are not the same. In the first instance I trade my time or talent to another for dollars, a reward dependent on a source outside of me. In the second, I use my consciousness of what I have to offer to attract to myself the good that is mine. I didn’t spend my life waiting for my good. I lived knowing that I was dwelling in my good. Like they say of love, “the course of prosperity never doth run smooth.” There were times when I was deeply in debt, discouraged, and desperate, but not because I couldn’t manifest, but because I spent too much too often on the wrong people and on the wrong things, a tendency I still indulge from time to time. That’s a topic for another blog and another lesson.
The conviction that heals our consciousness of Supply is that God is all and in all and that there is no material cause or effect.
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