Simple Abundance: Day 3: The Inner Journey. “Today I want you to become aware that you already possess all the inner wisdom, strength, and creativity needed to make your dreams come true.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
I can’t count how many times I’ve read or heard some motivational speaker mentioning this concept, that all the abundance of the Universe lies within us. They tell metaphors of how inside every acorn is a forest since every one holds the potential to become mighty oak tree that can produce thousands more acorns in its lifetime, and of caterpillars with the potential to fly.
Those lessons, however, haven’t stopped me the countless times I’ve been stuck on something without a clue of where to go next, from wondering if I’ve hit the end. But inevitably a next step or answer always appears, usually when I am doing something unrelated to the challenge.
It happens frequently when I’m dealing with my kids, when a brilliant idea pops into my head and gives me the perfect words to say, the perfect solution to the problem or the perfect timing of when to shut-up and just listen. I’ve seen my kids and husband have brilliant moments too. FlyLady calls them, “God Breezes,” Oprah calls them “Aha Moments,” but regardless of the name, they feel like moments when brilliance is bestowed upon you, and you are suddenly able to draw upon resources from within that you didn’t realize you had.
Little Sister’s Brilliant Moment of Triumph
One of my favorite moments, which I’ve shared with some of you in the past, is when my middle daughter was frustrated because my oldest had taken her spot on the couch. Both girls were fighting over it, but my oldest was winning. I don’t usually step into these kind of arguments unless someone’s about to get hurt physically or emotionally, figuring it will do them good to work through it.
I was watching them from the kitchen, when I saw the lightbulb go off in my middle daughter’s head as she grinned and slithered into the other room, un-noticed by her big sister. A moment later I heard my oldest’s cell phone ringing upstairs and saw her pop off the sofa to go answer it, assuming it was a friend. As she went upstairs to answer it, my other daughter raced to the sofa, cackling into the phone, “I stole your spot! I stole your spot!” with an evil little laugh of victory.
Two minutes prior to this my middle daughter had practically given up, feeling like she was at the end of possibilities to gain the coveted spot on the sofa. The answer came to her, from within, just when she was ready for it.
Any dream, goal, or challenge I’ve given myself at times has felt daunting. It can be very scary not having a complete plan but moving forward anyway, trusting that the answers will be there in me when I need them.
The Simple Abundance Journey
Simple Abundance suggests that this brilliance can be reached through an inner awareness, uncovered by the spiritual, emotional and psychological transformation we receive through this journey. She also gives us our first glimpse as to what the upcoming year will bring. We’ll start with Gratitude. (I already have noticed that I’m more aware of the good things I’m experiencing than I was before I started this process.)
Once we’re aware of the abundance around us, we’ll move into simplicity and a desire to pare down to the essentials, clearing out the clutter, leaving behind the things that matter. She says that simplicity brings both internal and external order which results in harmony, an inner peace. Through that inner peace we’ll be able to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us and brings us ultimately to joy.
My mission this next week is to be open to the possibilities and aware of the moments when I didn’t know what to do next, but the answer was given to me. (I had one yesterday with the wheel of life!) For me the answers don’t always look like I expect them to look, or come from the places I expect.
What moments have you had where answers were given to you when an where you least expected them? Do you have a name for these intuitive moments too? I challenge you to be aware of them when they happen and open to the possibilities they bring, however it may look.