Thursday, March 12, 2009


How to Create a River of Abundance in Your Life Right Now
By Mike Adams

People always ask me about the secret to abundance. They say, "How can
you give away so much, Mike, and still attract so much abundance at the
same time?" Actually, that's the whole secret right there. Be a river,
not a dam, and abundance of all kinds (financial and otherwise) will
flow through you.
This article is a discussion about what I call "money harmony" or
"energy harmony". Being a river means being the kind of person who is a
conduit, who allows resources, including money, to flow through you
rather than being the kind of person who tries to dam up the flow of
energy and selfishly keep it all for yourself. This whole discussion
gets rather philosophical, but it's also quite practical as you'll soon see.
There is a system at work in the universe that distributes resources to
those who are the most responsible in putting them to good use. Of
course, there's a competing system at work, too. That is a system that
results in resources being collected in the hands of people who are
deceitful, who cheat others, who are dishonest, unethical and so on.
That system definitely works for some corporations and some individuals,
but the price they pay for that is much too high.

I advocate a system that allows you to be rewarded for being a conduit
of responsible use of money and resources. *In this system, the universe
acts almost as if it were a conscious dispatcher of resources. This
consciousness takes a look at who is allowing resources to flow through
them, distributing them and putting them to good use. It then rewards or
replenishes that person with more resources, usually much more than what
they allow to flow through them. *So if you're the kind of person that
donates money or time to a constructive purpose, and you approach it
with the attitude of being a river and not a dam, you will be blessed
with far more wealth than you give to others.


Let's return to the metaphor of being a river and not a dam. Healthy
rivers flow; water continues to move downstream and it gets replenished
from an upstream source. In that river you'll find all kinds of life:
fish, micro-algae and plants. But if you dam up that river, you cause
stagnation. You stop the flow.

This is what happens when people try to covet money. They try to collect
money and put it all in their pockets without sharing with anyone. They
become a collector or a dam rather than a conduit. What happens when
water starts collecting and it's not moving? It begins to stagnate; it
becomes brackish and the life in it dies. The energy becomes a negative
energy and it's not the kind of place that people want to be around.
This is also true with people. People who operate on greed and whose
main purpose is to try to collect and control resources, rather than
share them, are not well-liked by other people. They won't be successful
in any business endeavor, other than by using methods of deceit and
dishonesty. The dam model is the model of stagnation.

If you function as a dam in life you're typically espousing a philosophy
of scarcity. This is how a lot of people accidentally end up functioning
as dams. They approach life with a fear... a fear of not having enough.
They're afraid they won't have enough food or money. They contract and
stop the outflow of resources, thinking if they conserve more money, if
they try to keep everything for themselves, they will be better
protected. And in fact, that only creates a situation of stagnation.
On the other hand, a person who approaches life from a point of view of
abundance believes there is more than enough financial wealth for the
world and more than enough food. They say, "In my life, I am an abundant
person in everything I deal with," and they attract abundance and
wealth. That person is going to flow like a river and notice that, even
as they allow all of that water to flow downstream to other recipients
and provide life further down the line, they are always replenished with
new water coming from upstream. It is in fact the flow of that water
that keeps it healthy and full of life.

So remember, fear creates constriction or contraction, which leads to
stagnation, loss of life and negative energy. On the other hand, sharing
or opening up to others through generosity creates abundance; it brings
life and broadcasts a higher vibration that attracts people. People want
to be around you.

*I'm suggesting that you adopt the vibration of abundance, and you can
start by giving. It may sound counterintuitive if you're new to any of
this, but the best way to become wealthy, in terms of money,
friendships, wisdom and everything else that matters in life, is to
actually start giving away all of those things. *By that I mean, start
giving away some of your money. Find a good cause that you can donate
to. Start giving information to the people around you. Give the gift of
knowledge. Give the gift of time and effort or volunteer somewhere. Make
the effort to be part of something constructive.

As you start doing this, you may say, "Well, I was broke before I
started this. Now I'm giving away my money and my time, and I'm even
more broke." To that I would advise to look where you're coming from.
Once again, it's from a perspective of scarcity and fear of not having
enough. What if, instead, you started giving away time, financial
resources and gifts of knowledge and information, and told yourself that
this is an investment? Tell yourself, "I'm investing in others and in
the flow of the river, and I know that this investment will come back to
me. By taking these actions, I am in fact enhancing my wealth." What if
you said that? What would happen?

*Be an attractor of abundance*

You'll notice that I give away far more information than I charge for. I
give away 90 percent of what I write. That is intentional; that's my way
of sharing information and allowing the river to flow. A shrewd
businessperson who didn't understand this concept might say, "Mike, you
could make a lot more money if you stopped giving away all this stuff
and started charging people for it." I've heard that before, too. When
someone tells me that, however, it indicates they don't understand how
to be a river and not a dam.
They don't understand the power of being a river, because once you start
to flow, to allow resources to flow through you by helping others, the
universe will reward you. It's as if someone made a decision and noticed
that you are responsible and you are a good steward of financial
resources. You therefore are being granted a much larger collection of
those resources.

*You must unlearn false beliefs about money*

Most of us have been trained that we have to hold on to every single
dime and the only way to achieve long-term financial success is to cut
our costs and not give away anything that we don't have to give away.
Basically, we're taught to pinch pennies.

But I'm coming from a very different point of view, which holds that
pinching pennies is exactly the wrong attitude. You should not go around
wasting money on silly products you don't need; rather, put your money
to a good use. For example, I buy no jewelry. Buying jewelry does
nothing for me personally. I don't typically spend a lot of money on
clothing, either. I buy only enough clothing to look presentable at
board meetings. I dislike fancy cars, and I have no interest in a lot of
material stuff. I prefer comfortable clothes, such as hemp pants, silk
shirts and materials that feel good and are made from natural fibers. I
don't spend a lot of money on frivolous things.

However, I do spend money on good causes. I will send a few thousand
dollars worth of food supplies to a needy community, or I'll send
emergency preparedness supplies to the American Red Cross. I'll donate
money to earthquake victims, tsunami victims or people who are caught in
some kind of a natural disaster. I'll donate software to groups that are
doing good work and need some technology for their automation. Such acts
are more important to me than collecting a lot of consumer products or
things I don't really need.

*Heal yourself with flow*

In a nutshell, that is my own personal secret to abundance. From my
experience, this is what really works. You've got to give, have an open
heart and be willing to invest in others around you in order to attract
more abundance to yourself. Whether your goal is to have financial
success, meet new people or heal yourself, you'll find all of those
things happening when you're willing to give to others.
In fact, this is a very healing exercise to engage in. If you are
knowledgeable about chakras and the energy centers in the body, you are
most likely aware that simply giving actually opens up the flow of
energy through those chakras. Once again, that returns us to the
metaphor of the river: When you give, you flow. At an energetic level,
that is exactly what's happening. When you flow, you actually prevent
disease and you can start to reverse diseases.

Many diseases are energetically related to stagnation and lack of flow.
Heart disease is definitely one of them. It's no coincidence that
individuals who aren't willing to give to anyone are said to "have no
heart." That's technically quite true. They have no heart health, and
they tend to be struck down by heart attacks, strokes or other forms of
cardiovascular disease. That saying is part of our reality because it's
been based on observation over the years. People who don't give don't
flow, and people who don't flow tend to have heart attacks. So by
allowing yourself to flow by giving to others and being generous, you
will simultaneously attract health and heal yourself.
You will also attract financial abundance, and will meet new people who
can help you succeed in practically any endeavor. You will be able to
create every bit of the success you imagine (and most likely achieve
something far beyond that as well).

*With financial wealth comes responsibility*

Do you now have a sense for how incredibly powerful this can be in your
life? How healing is part of every step here? How healing others is also
healing you? All of this is absolutely true. When you heal others, you
become healed in the process. When you allow resources and money to flow
through you, you will be recognized and rewarded with more resources and
more abundance. You'll have so much financial abundance that you won't
know what to do with it.
At some point ¨C and it doesn't take very long to get there ¨C you'll
have more than you need to feed and clothe yourself and live
comfortably. Everything else, then, is excess money. Here's perhaps the
most important point of all: when you reach the point where you have
more money than you know what to do with, be a responsible host of that
Let's say that you receive a nice fat raise to $250,000 / year in salary.
"Gee, I've made it. I'm going to have a quarter of a million dollars a year.
I've got a lot of money coming in. I'm going to blow it on a world
cruise, a brand new Jaguar and this $10,000 necklace I've been wanting."
You start loading up on all these luxury items that serve no one but you.
I guarantee the first thing that will happen is that the universe will
say, "This person doesn't need any more money, because they sure don't
know how to use it." You'll then find that that flow is going to stop.
That is the natural order of the universe; it's the way things work.
On the other hand, if you say, "I've got a couple hundred thousand
dollars here. I'm going to take 10 percent and donate that to some
important causes.

I'm going to take another 10 percent and buy some health products for
people who need them. I will also go to the nursing home here and work
with some patients as a volunteer."

When the universe sees that happening with you, it says, "This person is
a wonderful steward of financial abundance. This person knows how to
take care of money and put it to a good use. We're going to reward this
person with some more money." You'll then find even more abundance
headed your way. That's the magic of abundance.

*Remember to reward yourself, too*

One final thought on this. While this is going on, recognize that as
you're receiving financial abundance, you do have the right to spend
some of that money on yourself. As long as you are simultaneously
sharing and rewarding others around you, you deserve to reward yourself
as well.

I find too often that in the natural health industry, people feel guilty
spending even one dollar on themselves. That is ridiculous. There is a
time and a place to say, "I deserve to have some nice natural-fiber
clothes, or to upgrade my automobile to something that's more
comfortable and safer. We deserve a nice meal at a fine restaurant, or
we deserve to buy organic foods, and move to a better part of town, or
to a better part of the country." You deserve to be abundant. But it's
important to do these other things at the same time that you're
rewarding yourself. Don't feel guilty about spending money on yourself.
Just make sure that you are allowing the flow to others at the same time
that you are rewarding yourself.

Now, of course, the purists out there would say we don't need anything
material at all. The fewer attachments we have to material wealth, the
freer we are. I agree with that completely, but I also recognize that
for the vast majority of people in the western world, there's a certain
level of "stuff" that's necessary simply to operate in this society.
That's true for myself as well. I couldn't do this work without having
lots of computer equipment and a comfortable place to write. I couldn't
talk about nutrition and physical exercise if I didn't invest in
nutritional supplements and exercise equipment. So there's a certain
level of physical infrastructure that's necessary to even have a
conversation with those in the western world. But the key is to gather
what you need to do your job (and pursue your mission) without going
crazy on the accumulation of stuff.

There's a saying in the west: "He who dies with the most toys wins." And
actually, it's completely backwards. In reality, he who accumulates the
most toys dies while still alive, because he turns into a dam and
stagnates. The measure of a person is not how much she accumulates in
life, but how much she helps others.
Understanding this flow of energy is truly one of the secrets to
abundance. You can call it energetic, you can call it karma or you can
call it a spiritual approach. It doesn't matter what you call it; it's
the way the universe works. If you flow, you will be blessed with more
resources than you know what to do with.

It may be time to look at your life and be honest with yourself about
what you do with your money. Be honest about what you do with your time,
and what your reasons are for getting involved with any endeavor. If you
don't have the most altruistic reasons yet, or perhaps you don't have
any altruism at all, it may be time to redefine yourself.

*You can alter your flow in an instant*

We can choose to change at any time we want.
Even if we've never given a penny to anyone in our entire
lives, we can make a change right now, and make a donation today. We can
restructure the river inside of us right now. It only takes one decision
and one action. You can restructure your life from this moment forward;
you can create the flow even if you've never had it.
If you have a river that's dammed up and the water is stagnant, brackish
and lifeless, you can tear down that dam. The water will break through
and begin to flow downstream, and all that brackish water will empty out
and be replenished by new, fresh water. With that new, fresh water will
come new life, oxygen, plants, fish, living creatures and energies of
incredible joy and health. You can do that right now by making the
decision and breaking down any dams inside your own belief systems that
may have been stopping the flow of resources. You can create a river of
abundance in your own life right now.

-- Let us work together for unity and love --Johnny Lone-

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