January 6    

Today's quotation:

People individually and collectively are entitled to life in all abundance.  El Dorado, a country rich beyond all precedent in gold and jewels, lies at every person's door.  Your bonanza lies under your feet.  Your luck is already at hand.  All is within; nothing is without.

Herbert Seibert

Today's Meditation:

What are riches?  In Voltaire's novel Candide, when the protagonists reach the land of El Dorado they find the citizens of that land playing with gemstones as if they were simply shiny rocks--which really is what they are.  Their value is simply assigned by people.  It truly didn't matter to the people of the land that other people thought of these stones as being valuable--anyone could take as many as they wanted.

There are many people in the world who feel that their families are a burden; there are just as many people who would love to be able to have a family.  There are many who don't appreciate their jobs, and many who would love to have the opportunity to work for decent pay and working conditions.  There are many who spend much time wishing for a larger or more lavish home, and others who wish they had a decent place to live.

Our lives are full of amazing blessings, treasures that truly are beyond measure.  When Herbert says that all is within, though, he means that our "treasures" depend upon us seeing them as treasures, if they're going to be treasures at all.  We have abundance in our lives, but do we see it, recognize it, and appreciate it, or do we take it for granted and even wish it were more?

Every person has the opportunity to recognize their own abundance for what it is--they only have to choose to open their eyes and acknowledge things for just what they are.  My abundance depends upon my awareness and my willingness to receive.  My lack of abundance is my choice, but not a choice that I want to make.

Questions to consider:

How can something like abundance in our lives be a matter of choice?

What are some of the things in your life that you can consider to be signs of abundance?

Are you receptive to all that the universe has to give to you, or do you put up walls to keep things out?  How might you improve your receptivity?
For further thought:

Supply is infinite, but there must be receptivity.  We can have all the supply we will give.  But that is where the barrier is--the unwillingness to give.  That is where the lack or limitation is.

Joel Goldsmith



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