Week 30 – Acres of Diamonds- The Abundance of BEING!
Here’s what I’ve learned along my journey…
True abundance has nothing to do with anything that I am having, and everything to do with what I am being. And that when I share my abundance of self, my abundance of being my true and authentic self, abundantly with all those who I encounter, everything I seek to have, comes to me automatically, without my even trying to have them. I have, in past endeavors, sought what I thought in my mind was abundance. Turns out it was just stuff. I also realized that which I already had a great abundance of, I was virtually ignoring. I find it very interesting and odd that we’re always looking away from ourselves and outside of ourselves for an abundant life. The irony of it, looking for something you already have. It’s always somewhere over there. We’re always looking at some-thing or someone we don’t have to fulfill an abundant life.
This reminds me of a story entitled Acres of Diamonds by Dr. Russell H. Conwell. In a nutshell, the story goes like this. There was an African farmer who heard tales about other farmers who had made millions by discovering diamond mines. These tales so excited the farmer that he could hardly wait to sell his farm and go prospecting for diamonds himself. So he sold his farm and spent the rest of his life wandering the African continent searching unsuccessfully for the gleaming gems that brought such high prices on the markets of the world. Finally, worn out and in a fit of despondency, he threw himself into a river and drowned.
Meanwhile, the man who had bought his farm happened to be crossing the small stream on the property one day, when suddenly there was a bright flash of blue and red light from the stream bottom. He bent down and picked up a stone. It was a good-sized stone, and admiring it, he brought it home and put it on his fireplace mantel as an interesting curiosity.
Several weeks later a visitor picked up the stone, looked closely at it, hefted it in his hand, and nearly fainted. He asked the farmer if he knew what he’d found. When the farmer said, no, that he thought it was a piece of crystal, the visitor told him he had found one of the largest diamonds ever discovered. The farmer had trouble believing that. He told the man that his creek was full of such stones, not all as large as the one on the mantel, but sprinkled generously throughout the creek bottom.
The farm the first farmer had sold, so that he might find a diamond mine, turned out to be one of the most productive diamond mines on the entire African continent. The first farmer had owned, free and clear … acres of diamonds. But he had sold them for practically nothing, in order to look for them elsewhere. The moral is clear: If the first farmer had only taken the time to look where he stood, and examine from within instead without, all of his wildest dreams would have come true.
The thing about this story that has so profoundly affected millions of people is the idea that each of us is, at this very moment, are standing in the middle of our own acres of diamonds. If we only had the wisdom and patience to intelligently and effectively explore ourselves and where we currently stand, we would most likely find the riches we seek, whether they be financial or intangible or both!
The important thing for us to remember when we are searching for a more abundant, and richer life is to stop looking for something to do, and start looking for something to be. And to get in touch with that part that resides deep inside of you that knows who you really are. And see what it would take to call that forth in a true and authentic way.
Look inside. What is it that I am being, when I feel totally fulfilled and totally self-expressed? What am I being when that happens? NOT, WHAT AM I DOING! Maybe I’m being a teacher. Maybe I’m being a healer. Or maybe I’m being creative, sensual, discerning, or caring. This is when your true self-actualization and self-realization comes out from within. This is when your doing flows from your being instead of us using the doing to define our being!
Abundance, true abundance is something that everyone has, regardless of age, race, education, social or economic status. Everyone has the capacity at least, to be loving, and compassionate, and kind, and generous, and friendly. Everyone has within them, no matter how deep it may buried, the capacity to love and love more abundantly.
If you think that money comes to you because of what you do then … you will have all those doing, action oriented alibis: “I didn’t get my college education” or “I was disadvantaged to begin with”, or “I haven’t had the opportunities you’ve had” – because you are going to imagine that abundance flows to you because of something you’re doing, rather than something you’re being.
Remember you can tell your mind what to think, and you can tell your body how to respond. YOU CAN CONTROL YOU! When you change your paradigm from one of “I need” to one of “I have” or better yet “I AM” you start acting as if, and your mind-body connection begins to understand, at cellular level, who you think you really are. And your body starts getting the message: “I have that which I would choose to receive. I already have it.” Once you vibrationally cross that huge barrier … everything changes! Get ready because tangible abundance is about to come and come hard and fast.
All the good that comes from life will come to us in life when we are willing to open our heart, recognize, and share, from a deep level of BEING, the acres of diamonds that reside within us.
The Universe never says no to the thought about yourself. It only grows it. See yourself as the source, rather than the recipient, of what it is that you would choose to experience in life.