Laurie: I once listened to one of my wealthy clients in wonder as he explained to me how his parents had routinely taught him about how to acquire and manage money in the world. He was a philanthropist and concerned with using his money to make the world a better place. For him, money was abundant, but love was scarce—which is why he was a client in the first place.
Fortunate people who believe in abundance and have enough money to be comfortable with it are rarely attracted to this kind of book. They either heard different, more useful, messages about money as children, or they have already examined and changed their old limiting beliefs.
What This Book is For
If you are reading this, you were probably exposed to limiting beliefs that taught you that there isn’t enough money. In many cases, there were not enough other things as well, and you learned that many resources were scarce. The information about what to do about those scarce resources is extremely varied.
We do live in a world of limited resources, and the amount of money you earn or receive in other ways may be beyond your control. However, the fact that you’re reading this book probably means more about how you think about having enough than how much you actually have in your bank account.
Reading this book will not immediately change the amount of money in your day to day life. It is designed to help you resolve your limiting beliefs about scarcity and discover how to experience abundance instead.
Money is the measure you probably use when you think about abundance or scarcity. It’s not the only measure. It’s often a stand-in for love, time, food, energy or other important commodities. Some people measure abundance by the number of toys they collect. Others do it by the number of people they can help.
You are unique, and your experience of the world is unique. That experience depends a lot on what you learned to pay attention to when you were a child. It also depends on how you were taught to manage the ongoing challenges of deciding how you use your resources.
In families that focus on scarcity, there is often a lack of information or a reluctance to use available information about how to manage those challenges. Because of that, they experience repeated cycles of scarcity that demand all the available energy to survive.
You will be offered activities to help you learn to experience abundance in each chapter of this book. We suggest that you record your notes about each activity in a notebook or folder devoted to this work.
To get started, complete these sentences by filling in the blanks.
I currently experience scarcity around _______________ (money, time, love…)
Three things I learned about this from important people in my life when I was a child are ____________________
By reading this book, I hope I will ___________________
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