6 Ways to Shift Your Energy from Frugal to Abundant
by Laura Morris
Most of us want to manifest an abundant and prosperous life. At least that’s what we tell our friends. Maybe you wish, hope, and pray things would get better or that you could catch a break. Have you ever caught yourself thinking “If only I had luck on my side” or “I wish I had that person’s good fortune” Luck and fate are very hard to control – I would even say near impossible. What can you control to take charge of your destiny? You can control the kind of energy you put out there, how you show up in the world. You will manifest more abundance by shifting your energy from frugal and closed to prosperous and open.
Scarcity vs abundance mindset is not a new concept. It has been around in one form or another for centuries. It runs through positive spiritual tenets like Buddhism, ancient practices such as Feng Shui, and the principles of Positive Psychology. Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People gave it shape and form.
“We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.” -- Stephen Covey
A person with a scarcity mindset sees the world as a zero-sum game. There is only so much good stuff to go around: money, opportunity, success so I am going to grab it, keep it for myself and use it up as fast as I can.
Someone with an abundance mindset sees a world full of possibility. Look at all the blessings in my life. I am happy to help others gain success because it makes me happy and I am secure with my own accomplishments.
I’m not saying abundance is an easy mindset to adopt: it takes dedication, awareness and sacrifice. Cultivating abundance is like any other practice it takes commitment and focus. Here are some ways to create positive chi and develop a prosperous state of mind:
1. Listen to others:
Shift your perspective from participant to observer and see what happens. Actively listening to others helps you step back and truly see what is going on. You get less “personal” about things. Sometimes the best way to learn about yourself is to stop talking about you.
2. Stop complaining in the first sentence:
If one of the first few sentences out of your mouth when someone asks you how you are is “SOOO busy” or “ I hate my job” or “It’s so cold,” you need to become more aware of what kind of energy you are putting out there. Is it negative and sad or grateful and supportive? You can start by simply saying “I’m very good, thank you. How is____ (insert partner, child, job)” and be an active listener.
3. Share in others’ successes:
I recently heard the expression “Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.” Some of us struggle with this idea. But when you sit back and truly think about it, you realize that sharing in the success of others is a good thing. The positive recognition of others speaks to your strong energy and confidence. Think of it like sprinkling glitter: it goes all over the place gets on everything and everyone.
4. Embrace change:
Things change. You may not like it. And you can’t stop it. Embracing change may not be the easiest thing to do and it may take some time to adjust to new circumstances and situations, and that’s okay, but don’t let your energy get stuck in the past. You will eventually have to deal with this ‘change,’ so try looking at it from a new angle and find the opportunity that may be hidden within.
5. Organize your home and life:
Taking stock of your stuff, your space and yourself is a very powerful exercise. Feng Shui is an excellent tool to help you be more deliberate about how you live. Your space, be it an office, bedroom, or one room studio apartment needs to support you. Fundamentally, Feng Shui is about being mindful about what surrounds us and making sure that our possessions serve us and do not hold us back. Boosting the ch’i in your home will go a long way.
6. Create something meaningful:
Using your hands to create something will help you to shift your energy. It is a way to change your ch’i from tight, frugal and contracted to open, sharing and active. By putting yourself and your energy into something, you invest in it and make the change more effective. It can be as simple as arranging a vase of flowers to place on your nightstand or a handwritten letter to someone you love on beautiful note paper.
You have the power to shift your energy from frugal to abundant by using hard work, commitment and positive connections with others. One final tip: start writing things down and set an intention. Be deliberate about what you want to change in your life and know that you are in control and that luck, fate and destiny have nothing on you.
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Laura Morris is a certified Feng Shui consultant, artist, and designer. Through her articles, workshops, TV appearances and consultations, Laura has helped thousands of people to shift their ch’i and revitalize their living spaces, increasing both energy flow and harmony. Laura believes that by combining awareness, Feng Shui and creativity you can transform your space and personal energy. She emphasizes the importance of meditation, intention setting, and mindfulness. When she’s not painting, creating or writing Laura is working with her clients, helping them to revitalize spaces, recharge their spirits, and renew their energy. Find her on Facebook .
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