What is Abundance ?

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 Villa Claire Delores ~ 2007
 

So few of us understand gift and gifting. We would all do well to consider a gift economy. It may be the economy of the future.

By Wendy Zake

So what is abundance, this thing we all want?

Is it having a lot of money? Lots of friends? A job or spouse that provides for you? Enough food on the table? Good health? A roof over your head?

Where is the dividing line between lack, having enough, and abundance?

What is abundance anyways?

Here’s the best definition of abundance I’ve ever heard:

Abundance: The ability to do what you need to do when you need to do it.

If you only see abundance only as money, very often you don’t see abundance in its other forms. You’re blind, so to speak, abundance blind, because “green” is the only color you allow abundance to come in. But abundance comes in a total spectrum. The idea is to understand you must relax your insistence that “It must come in this certain way or I won’t accept it. I won’t recognize it if I don’t see this and this on such and such a date, to the penny. Otherwise, I’m not abundant. What’s wrong with me? I can’t attract this amount of money by this date because I need it for this and I need it for that. What’s wrong with me?” Again, these are just definitions.

If you allow yourself to understand that abundance is simply whatever way, shape or form your automatic synchronicity can attract into your life what you need to allow you to do what you need to do, when you need to do it, then you will begin to realize that you are very abundant, and have been for quite some time. When money is the strongest way a particular kind of abundance can be fulfilled, the money will be there. You’ll attract the opportunity to give you the money. But when money is not the simplest way, when it is not the path of least resistance, which may be the last way it will manifest. You may be receiving many other ways that abundance is manifesting in your life or, I’ll say, attempting to manifest in your life. But you may not be allowing it to, again, because of your definitions.

-Bashar

When we limit the universe by saying that abundance MUST come in the form of money, we are limiting the universe’s ability to provide us with abundance in the way that IT sees as most effortless and natural. Even if we are totally abundant, we will still believe and thus feel that we aren’t abundant, therefore suffering needlessly.

Here is a perfect example of trusting the universe. This  is my story.

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90 Pesos ~ Villa Claire Delores ~ Mulege, Mexico

By Wendy Zake

In 2001, I moved to Mexico and I opened an Inn, I called it Villa Claire Delores named for my mother.  I had sold two houses and gave away most of my personal belongings that I had collected over the years.  I was starting  over.  This story is an excerpt from my Book ” Souvenirs”.  It has taken a few years to complete.

Part Two – Chapter Five

Today is June 23rd 2008, it is just over a year since I have returned home to the United States.  Since the time of my return many things have changed including my perspective on this entire event.  Its true when I first started writing, a few years before I actually left, it was about revenge.   Before I left last March, I had already begun to feel a major shift in how I perceived things.  While driving the 650 miles home in a car a friend gave me and reaching the border safely, I imagined an ending and that was where the book was to end.  Since I have been home there is an on going story emerging, so I am taking the opportunity now to describe where my life is today{2008}.

I am homeless, not something that is easy to admit.  Today are whole economy is taking a dump, a e-mail I received today confirms that our life in the United States will never be the same. 

Foreclosure on homes are running rampant, I have been applying for a better job for over a year and now this.  

Store Closings: Symptoms of A Depressed Economy
Date: Monday, June 23, 2008, 12:55 PM

Store Closings: Symptoms of A Depressed Economy
by Donald H.
June 07, 2008 07:04 AM EDT
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1. Ann Taylor closing 117 stores nationwide A company spokeswoman said the company hasn’t revealed which stores will be shuttered. It will let the stores that will close this fiscal year know over the next month.

2. Eddie Bauer to close more stores – Eddie Bauer has already closed 27 shops in the first quarter and plans to close up to two more outlet stores by the end of the year.

3. Cache closing stores – Women’s retailer Cache announced that it is closing 20 to 23 stores this year.

4. Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Catherines closing 150 stores nationwide The owner of retailers Lane Bryant , Fashion Bug , Catherines Plus Sizes will close about 150 underperforming stores this year. The company hasn’t provided a list of specific store closures and can’t say when it will offer that info, spokeswoman Brooke Perry said today.

5. Talbots, J. Jill closing stores – About a month ago, Talbots announced that it will be shuttering all 78 of its kids and men’s stores. Now the company says it will close another 22 underperforming stores.

The 22 stores will be a mix of Talbots women’s and J. Jill, another chain it owns. The closures will occur this fiscal year, according to a company press release.

6. Gap Inc. closing 85 stores – In addition to its namesake chain, Gap also owns Old Navy and Banana Republic. The company said the closures – all planned for fiscal 2008 – will be weighted toward the Gap brand.

7. Foot Locker to close 140 stores – In the company press release and during its conference call with analysts today, it did not specify where the future store closures – all planned in fiscal 2008 – will be. The company could not be immediately reached for comment

8. Wickes is going out o f business – Wickes Furniture is going out of business and closing all of its stores, Wickes, a 37-year-old retailer that targets middle-income customers, filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

9. Goodbye Levitz – The furniture retailer, which is going out of business. Levitz first announced it was going out of business and closing all 76 of its stores in December. The retailer dates back to 1910 when Richard Levitz opened his first furniture store in Lebanon , PA. In the 1960s, the warehouse/showroom concept brought Levitz to the forefront of the furniture industry. The local Levitz closures will follow the shutdown of Bombay.

10. Zales, Piercing Pagoda closing stores – The owner of Zales and Piercing Pagoda previously said it plans to close 82 stores by July 31. Today, it announced that it is closing another 23 underperforming stores. The company said it’s not providing a list of specific store closures. Of the 105 locations planned for closure, 50 are kiosks and 55 are stores.

11. Disney Store owner has the right to close 98 stores The Walt Disney Company announced it acquired about 220 Disney Stores from subsidiaries of The Children’s Place Retail Stores. The exact number of stores acquired will depend on negotiations with landlords.

Those subsidiaries of Children’s Place filed for bankruptcy protection ng1033 in late March. Walt Disney in the news release said it has also obtained the right to close about 98 Disney Stores in the U.S. The press release didn’t list those stores.

12. Home Depot store closings – ATLANTA – Nearly 7+ months after its chief executive said there were no plans to cut the number of its core retail stores, The Home Depot Inc. announced Thursday that it is shuttering 15 of them amid a slumping U.S. economy and housing market. The move will affect 1,300 employees.

It is the first time the world’s largest home improvement store chain has ever closed a flagship store for performance reasons. Its shares rose almost 5 percent. The Atlanta-based company said the underperforming U.S. stores being closed represent less than 1 percent of its existing stores. They will be shuttered within the next two months.

13. CompUSA clarifies details on store closings Any extended warranties purchased for products through CompUSA will be honored by a third-party provider, Assurant Solutions. Gift cards, rain checks, and rebates purchased prior to December 12 can be redeemed at any time during the final sale. For those w h o h ave a gadget currently in for service with CompUSA, the repair will be completed and the gadget will be returned to owners.

14. Macy’s – 9 stores –

15. Movie Gallery – 160 stores as part of reorganization plan to exit bankruptcy The video rental company plans to close 400 of 3,500 Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video stores in addition to the 520 locations the video rental chain closed last fall.

16. Pep Boys – 33 stores

17. Sprint Nextel – 125 retail locations New Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse appears to have inherited a company bleeding subscribers by the thousands, and will now officially be dropping the ax on 4,000 employees and 125 retail locations. Amid the loss of 639,000 postpaid customers in the fourth quarter, Sprint will be cutting a total of 6.7% of its work force (following the 5,000 layoffs last year) and 8% of company-owned brick-and-mortar stores, while remaining mute on other rumors that it will consolidate its headquarters in Kansas. Sprint Nextel shares are down $2.89, or nearly 25%, at the time of this writing.

18. J. C. Penney, Lowe’s and Office Depot are scaling back

19. Ethan Allen Interiors: The company announced plans to close 12 of 300+ stores in an effort to cut costs.

20. Wilsons the Leather Experts – 158 stores

21. Pacific Sunwear will close its 154 Demo stores after a review of strategic alternatives for the urban-apparel brand.

 Seventy-four underperforming Demo stores closed last May.

22. Sharper Image: The company recently filed for bankruptcy protection
and announced that 90 of its 184 stores are closing. The retailer will
still operate 94 stores to pay off debts, but 90 of these stores have
performed poorly and also may close.

23. Bombay Company: The company unveiled plans to close all 384
U.S.-based Bombay Company stores. The company’s online storefront has
discontinued operations.

24. KB Toys posted a list of 356 stores that it is closing around the
United States as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. To see the list
of store closings, go to the KB Toys Information web site, and click on
Press Information

25. Dillard’s to Close More Stores Dillard’s Inc. said it will continue
to focus on closing underperforming stores, reducing expenses and
improving its merchandise in 2008. At the company’s annual shareholder
meeting, CEO William Dillard II said the company will close another six
underperforming stores this year.

 

SAY YES TO PEACE …. SAY YES TO PEACE ….

 

Thousands of people will be without jobs, thousands of people without homes.  My story is about losing everything I owned, by theft, this is exactly what is happening.  This is affecting everyone I know, not just me.  The example I am writing about is how we deal with the problem.

Many people will blame someone else for all that is lost.  It is a time to find a peace within and change the way we live. 

In November of 2007, I began writing a journal of what was happening to me.  I created a website and I have continued to write everyday.  Its called My Life According To My Horoscope.  There is an online a version and a private version.  When I say I am homeless, I mean just that.  I was laid off my job in March of 2008, I had to give up my home that I had been living in for 8 months. 

Right now everything I own is in a 5 by 9 foot trailer in a garage, I have with me, my clothes, my computer and my dogs.  Do you think the universe was preparing me for something? 

Do you think I should keep writing? I think I should, we all have something to learn from these experiences.  We will have our own stories to tell, which one will you want to hear, the one where nothing works out, or the one where we traveled the path, learning along the way and how to live without all the illusions we have created for ourselves. 

This is affecting everyone, even the rich, how will they fair, when everything is gone, will they know how to cook or grow their own food.  Will you be riding a bicycle, today I bought three gallons of gas for $15.00, I really can’t get to far on three gallons of gas, Can You?

I can keep writing the original story, but by the time I finish we will all have had or know someone who has had a similar experience.  Its not just about Mexico, but what is happening in the world.  In the beginning I thought it would be nice to make some money so I could start over.  Right now  making money is the furthest thing from my mind, we won’t need it in a few years, no one will have any.  That’s the point. 

I do have a story about 90 pesos, maybe you would like to hear that.  I put my faith in a higher power, the second summer I was in Mulege.  I had 90 pesos the equivalent of nine dollars, in July of 2006.  The season had ended, no more tourist would be coming down during the hot summer.  I did not know how I would survive for four long hot months. 

I placed the 90 pesos in change on my dining room table and gave everything over to God.  I had 3 dogs, 3 cats to feed, electricity to pay for, a phone and internet to keep running and I needed food for myself.  As the summer months stretched on, I ate, my dogs ate, my power got paid, my water was delivered, my phone was live, I had my computer.  It was through the grace of God I survived. 

I do not worry about such things anymore, what I need comes to me. 

Even right now, I met a person who has taken me in, my dogs have a place, I have internet access, I have food.  I have a room with a bed on the floor, I am safe and I am grateful.  It may not be the Ritz, I do not have what I had, but I have what I need. 

Amazing, I have been struggling with writing this story of my demise, and now I finally realize AS THE TORTILLA BURNS is the story, AS THE WORLD BURNS, taken  as a joke from an old Soap Opera.  Everything you need will be provided, you need to have faith that what is happening is supposed to happen. 

It will continue to happen until we take charge of our own lives, reach out to our neighbor and help each other.  Stop wasting time and energy on what is wrong in your life, start looking at what you can do to make it better.  Turn off your TV, stop buying things, make them, start growing your own food.  Do You Remember what a co-op is?

So yes, I will continue with the story, so you will know what happened and how this changed my life.  I hope it will help to change yours.

 

The trick is to TRULY let go and trust God.

When we let go and trust, the universe really WILL help us out in the most amazing ways. Abundance can come in many forms and it WILL the moment we trust the universe to synchronistically work with us.

About Wendy Zake

I am the Publisher and Editor of Global Light Minds.  I am an adventurer, I have traveled around the world as a photojournalist/Publisher for a Dive Travel Magazine.  My life now revolves around writing, blogs, poems, stories and books. This has been my lifetime ambition.  A practicing Buddhist, my approach to life is through my spirituality.  I see life as mystical journey filled with challenges, gifts and blessings.  My friends and family are the most important people in my life.  My mission in life is to teach others to become aware of their inner soul and see life as a child with innocence.

 

 

 

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