If Only God Would Give Me a Sign! Offer Good While Supplies Last

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by Linda M. Potter

I have a new mantra for 2011, “There’s good out there, and I ought to have it!” If I want to bask in the allness of the abundant Universe, though, my thinking may need a little spring cleaning.

For starters, my Source is also not a Visa card, a MasterCard, or the Nieman Marcus catalog. A birthday gift card or an Easter package delivered by the Postal Bunny may make me feel like a pre-tax lottery winner, but that feeling of good fortune is fleeting at best. Even being blessed by the god of cash, Donald Trump, doesn’t guarantee a bulging bank account. I know this for a fact. I once got close enough to The Donald to catch his attention and wave. He waved back with a smile that could have lit up downtown Manhattan, and I know I heard voices in the background singing Alleluia, but the last time I checked, my bank account wasn’t experiencing any recognizable cash overage, and no one was offering me stock options.

We live in an abundant, all-sufficient Universe (mega-money moguls notwithstanding). However, reality is a democratic process, and “truth” is all-too-often based on perception. Just because all of our friends agree with us that life is hard, good is in short supply, and the only thing we can count on is death and taxes… it doesn’t mean we’re right.

The good news is that prosperity is available to everyone. After settling accounts with Uncle Sam come April 15, it may appear that our abundance will suffer a major setback the day the IRS cashes our check, but it’s still true. Prosperity is the product of intention fortified with a healthy dose of faith. The bad news is that the same thing applies to lack and limitation. The Universe only says yes. We create our wish lists (for better or for worse) with our thoughts and feelings, and experience as much prosperity as we have the consciousness to accept. What appear to be shortages will show up from time-to-time, but it all balances out in the end.

I still have recurring nightmares about the Beanie Baby craze of the late 90s, of which (I shamefully admit) I was a part. Hundreds of thousands of collectors across the country regularly stood in lines 100 people deep in hopes of getting their hands on one of the “limit-one-per-person” beanbag pets. I recall a particularly disturbing retail incident involving two adult males, the last “Nuts” the squirrel on the shelf, and three mall security guards. It wasn’t pretty. Somebody ended up spilling the beans, and no one left happy. Ten years later, sealed boxes of abandoned Beanies occupy dark corners of family basements and thousands more with dog-eared tags spill out over stuffed store bins, soon to be shipped off to the plush pet pound.

If we believe abundance is rationed, that there is only so much available per person, and that we have to stand in some kind of line to get our share, we’re going to be standing in lines forever with nothing but rain checks to show for our efforts.

What we focus on expands. What we believe is reflected in what we receive. When we set an intention for joy to be present in all aspects of our lives, including our financial affairs, and then back it up with complete faith in the outcome, we get everything we desire—gift tags included.

Linda M. Potter is a popular speaker and the author of If Only God Would Give Me a Sign! (Fort Collins; Word Keepers, Inc.) due out in March of 2011. You can contact her at <lindampotter@comcast.net,> www.lindampotter.com, or www.wordkeepersinc.com.