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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Are You Open to Receiving?

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend! Here in the US it was Memorial Day on Monday, and most of us had the day off work and an extra long weekend. I hope you took advantage of it!

As for me, I was grateful for the beautiful weather we had here in Washington, DC and spent a lot of time in a park I recently discovered near my home. It’s a wide open park surrounded by gorgeous trees, as well as a lovely running creek which I was fortunate enough to stumble upon when I was too hot and needed to find a place to sit in the shade!

I took a seat on the edge of the creek and watched as the water flowed effortlessly downstream. Even if there were rocks and sticks in the creek, the water continued flowing downstream and didn’t let anything stand in its way. While I sat there and listened to the water all around me, I was reminded of the flow of abundance that always surrounds us in life. Just like with the creek, it is always there and always flowing towards us. However, it is up to us to actually step into the flow and allow all that abundance, love, and prosperity to come into our lives.

I just finished reading the ebook Get the Money! Get the Money! Get the Money! by Tom and Penelope Pauley, and they also talk extensively about the endless flow of abundance that is always present in our lives. They describe a visualization exercise where you actually visualize yourself in a river or similar body of water, and let the water surround your body and fill you up as if it were eternal abundance. I tried doing this visualization while I was sitting on the edge of the creek, and it was actually more difficult than it seems!

(Try this exercise for yourself right now: visualize the picture of the creek at the top of this page as never-ending abundance and love that is flowing into your life and into your chest or heart. It will never, ever stop and just keeps flowing into your life and surrounding you from head to toe. Can you keep yourself open to all this love and abundance, or does it feel uncomfortable like it did for me?)

The truth is, we all have the potential to create endless abundance and miracles in our lives on a daily basis. Yes, it’s true! Unfortunately, most of us have been trained since very early on in our lives that life is difficult, is meant to be a struggle, and that miracles don’t really happen very often, if at all. We are conditioned to believe that things don’t come easy, that we have to work really hard to (maybe) make things work in our life, and that abundance usually appears as a sporadic trickle rather than an endless stream.

Think about it. If someone came up to you out of the blue on the street and offered you your dream job, no strings attached, would you actually take it?? Some would, most people would not! They would think, there’s gotta be a catch because this is too good be true. What if someone offered you a $50.00 bill just for being you? Would you take it? Finally, what if someone walked up to you tomorrow at Starbucks and told you were the most beautiful man or woman they had ever seen in their entire life? Would you accept the compliment graciously, or think they were crazy and try to get away from them as quickly as possible?

If you're familiar with the law of attraction, Abraham-Hicks says that all the desires we want to manifest in our lives are downstream (as opposed to upstream). They tell us to metaphorically take our oars out of the water, drop all struggle, and go with the flow, thus allowing all of our wants and dreams to come to us naturally and effortlessly. Can you imagine how easy life would be (not to mention fun!) if all we had to do was stop struggling to achieve what we want, and just open ourselves up to receiving those things? That's how life can work, if we let it!

Life is meant to be easy. Even the Bible says, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be answered." (Matthew 7:7) Some people don’t seem to like easy, though. It makes them uncomfortable and they would prefer familiar struggle and challenges to unfamiliar ease and comfort. I actually know quite a few people who have had the same jobs since they graduated college and don’t particularly care for them. They stick with them, though, because it’s familiar and it’s what they know!

Always remember that abundance, love, prosperity, and anything else you may possibly want in your life are available to you now, right this very second. The only thing required is for you to let your guard down, open the gates, and let all that abundance and love in!

Are you open to receiving?

UPDATED: If you're looking to practice your receiving muscles and allow more wealth and abundance into your life, check out the upcoming Wealth Consciousness Boot Camp from Elizabeth Grant and Cindy Ashton. It starts June 1st, so you'll want to get in on the action quickly! I LOVE Elizabeth's daily Quantum Power Sessions and listen to them every morning. Be sure to check out this life-changing course if you want to change your relationship to money permanently!! It really works:)


  1. If we will embrace her, Mother Nature beholds all that we need, and all that we need to know. She even points us towards God! Thanks for the imagery. BTW, I would take the fifty bucks! :)

  2. Hi Tom!

    Here's a virtual $50.00 bucks for you because you totally deserve it for being you! ;)

    I completely agree with you. Mother Nature provides everything we could ever want or need, if we would just let it! That's where our work lies:)

    Thanks for your comment and for stopping by!

  3. I know this is an old post but when you wrote " let your guard down and open the gates " I realized thats what I've been needing to understand but never actually read before that I can remember so I must have been open to it as I was reading this post . Thank you , Cindy .