Prosperity Attitude: The Art of Acceptance

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Those of us who are accustomed to working with the principles of prosperity consciousness, know that we may have to work with our level of acceptance. There may be unconscious barriers to accepting a higher level of good, or greater prosperity in our lives. Sometimes these barriers exist from habit, from childhood conditioning or other psychological reasons.

What about a more generic concept of acceptance? Webster says that to accept is to "receive with consent". How much in our lives are we willing to do that with? How much simple acceptance are we willing to express?

For example:

When you look in the mirror, can you accept that this is your face? Or are you itemizing its flaws, looking for signs of aging and disparaging it for being lesser quality?

Open your checkbook and look at the balance. Can you accept what it says? Or are you frantically trying to conjure up more money in your mind? Disgustedly resigning yourself to an inadequacy? Angrily blaming another for your lack?

When we are accepting something, we are doing so with consent, with willingness. Although we might choose to improve our situation in some way, refusing to accept what already is, does not help. Instead, the lack of acceptance of what is already in our lives tends to cause us to lose what we have. Sometimes we are afraid to accept what we have for fear that we are giving the universe the message that we don't need or want anything more. This is a fallacy. It is fear talking.

Allow yourself to go through your day accepting what is already there without judgement, resistance or the need to edit it. Permit yourself to relax into your life, no matter what it's current state may be. Let go of the tension involved in continually trying to "remake" it. Notice how fear dissipates.

This is another way of letting go of the fear which inhibits true prosperity. Let yourself enjoy it.

Here is a famous quote from Leo Tolstoy that involves the act of acceptance:

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."