Joyous Abundance Journal: 366 Days of Inspiration

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One of the greatest things in life is to start the day with the sheer excitement for all the good that Life has in store for you!

The Joyous Abundance Journal helps get you on the right track for your next 366 days. Come to know a freedom beyond your wildest dream!

There are no greater reasons for claiming abundance than to experience a richer quality of life; to live fulfilled, passionate, and successful; and to give more than you ever thought possible!

Abundance is yours for the taking--not just for what you can get, but for what you can do, create, and give from it.

Abundance is your birthright! Claim It! Live It Share It!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780917849404
Publisher: Center for Spiritual Living
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 392
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Rev. Dr. Petra Weldes, Senior Minister of the Center for Spiritual Living since 1998, is a powerful, gifted speaker and teacher whose visionary role has created a dynamic spiritual community in Dallas, empowering and transforming lives. In her 25 years of ministry, Rev. Dr. Petra has served as a past co-chair of the Season for Nonviolence, chair of the World Peace Day, a member of the Interfaith Council of Thanksgiving Square, and an advisor to the Association for Global New Thought.

Christian Sørensen is a gifted, eloquent speaker and author with an expansive vision, passion, and heart-felt enthusiasm, whose life is his message.
Christian Sørensen is a gifted, eloquent speaker and author with an expansive vision, passion, and heart-felt enthusiasm, whose life is his message.

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Joyous Abundance Journal


By Petra Weldes, Christian Sørensen

Spiritual Living Press

Copyright © 2015 Petra Weldes and Christian Sørensen
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-917849-40-4


CHAPTER 1

January 1

Don't Just Think It — Ink It

For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.

— T. S. Eliot


January 1 is a symbolic threshold from the past to the future, from the old to the new. Wouldn't it be nice to have the ability to see what was and apply it to what is forthcoming? January 1 is the first day of the civil year in the Gregorian calendar used by most countries, but definitely not by all cultures. The month is named after the Roman god of doors and gates, beginnings and endings — Janus.

He is depicted with a double-faced head, each face looking in an opposite direction, and is remembered at the beginning of important events in a person's life such as marriage or birth.

Last night you closed a chapter of your life and today you symbolically start a new one, hopefully taking what you learned to support you on what will come across your path this year.

Now is the time to reflect upon your life lessons from last year and write down your intentions and visions for this year. Ink it — don't just think it. If you want to be a conduit for the abundant flow of life, you need to put your vision in writing. This will move you beyond the mental sphere of just hoping your good will come. You are here to live as an abundant expression of God, and everything you could ever imagine is yours for the creating. So plan boldly from what you've learned but leave room for the fun surprises of life to lead you even higher in this exciting New Year. Joyous Journey to you!


SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION: Write down your insights and life lessons from last year and your intentions and visions for this coming year. Make sure to put this where you'll occasionally see it from time to time during the next twelve months.


AFFIRMATION: This is an abundant New Year that is fabulous to me!


January 2

Infinite Abundance

The universe is abundant, unlimited in every respect; if it were not unlimited it would have depleted itself long, long ago.... Instead, what do we find? The fish in the ocean lay so many eggs that if they all hatched, the waters would overflow all the lowlands. The stars in the heavens are beyond counting. The grains of sand on the beaches are innumerable.

The leaves on the trees continue to multiply. Nature is lavish, abundant, extravagant.

— Ernest Holmes


Have you ever tried to count the number of leaves on a tree?

Now multiply that by all the trees in your neighborhood — in your state — in the entire U.S. — and all across the globe. Now look into the heavens at night and try to count the stars. Beyond those are billions more in the Milky Way, and beyond that, trillions of galaxies, each with billions of stars.

How many grains of sand are on a beach? How many on all the beaches in the world? How many drops of water in a pond? Now imagine all the drops in the ocean. Everywhere you look, you can SEE the abundance of our Universe. Trust that what you see is a reflection of a powerful Spiritual Truth.

The Universe is Infinite Abundance.


SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION: How do you best see abundance in the Universe? Are you looking for it?


AFFIRMATION: I live in an Infinitely Abundant Universe. I see the Abundance of Life and Spirit.


January 3

How Big Is Your God?

The Power that holds a grain of sand in place is the same Power that holds the planets in their places. There is nothing big or little or hard or easy as far as the Power is concerned. It is the same Power working in and upon everything. This is the Power we use.

— Ernest Holmes


All spiritual faiths and traditions agree that for our idea of God to come even close to the reality of the Infinite Presence, we must see It as omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. This means the form from which everything is created is infinite in power and intelligence. It is big enough to hold and manage the creation of a vast and seemingly infinite Universe.

It has the intelligence and wisdom to know how to design cells that divide and multiply to become a baby's fingernails and eyelashes. It is present in the smallest quark and photon while showing Its majesty in the beauty of the mountains.

Spirit, the infinite ONE, doesn't differentiate between big and little.

It shows up in the smallest to largest of all things. Nothing is too big for Spirit to create. This is the same creative power that moves through you. Nothing is too big for Life so you can focus on a molehill of Abundance, or on a mountain of Abundance. God doesn't know anything about big or little.

The Universe has the wisdom, power, and presence to become anything through you.


SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION: How big is your God? Is It big enough to handle everything in your life?


AFFIRMATION: Spirit doesn't know big or little, mountain or molehill. I trust in the bigness of my God!


January 4

We Are Bigger on the Inside

Inner space is so much more interesting, because outer space is so empty.

— Theodore Sturgeon


Science shows us that our bodies are actually more space than anything else. Dive deeply into the center of our own atoms and all we find is empty space, proportionately vaster than that between the planets of our solar system. What is at the Center of all that space?

The ancient mystics taught the practice of the Presence of the ONE in everything. The early Christian theologians knew that "God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere."

This becomes the intuitive realization of the Omnipresence of the Infinite Reality, right where we are. When you take that centering breath and go within to the sanctuary at the core of your being — there you find infinity — there you find the Presence of the Infinite ONE. We are bigger on the inside than we are on the outside.


SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION: Practice taking that centering breath that takes you deep into the heart of your core. Be still. From your center, stretch your inner awareness out as far as you can in every direction. Notice that there are no edges or barriers that cause you to stop. You can go now into Infinity. What do you discover there?


AFFIRMATION: I breathe into my Center, and there I find the vast Infinite Reality of the ONE.


January 5

The Timeline of the Universe

We are not limited by actual boundaries, but by false ideas about life and by a failure to recognize that we are dealing with the Infinite. — Ernest Holmes


When I took geology in high school, I was fascinated by the idea of geological time. In geological time it takes tens, even hundreds of thousands of years for anything to really change. Annual changes in the earth's crust, for instance, are measured in millimeters, but over the millennia these changes add up to continental drift and even massive slow-motion collisions. The same is true for time as measured by starlight. The distances are so vast that the light from the stars we see has been traveling for hundreds of thousands of light years across space to reach our eyes. This is a completely different time sense than the one that rushes you around from appointment to deadline to a fear that you will never get everything done. This same fear pushes us to try never to make mistakes and to get everything right. When we don't, we wonder if we will ever grow up, or become spiritually mature, or experience true abundance.

Relax. Your life has an even longer time scale than geological time or even time calculated in light years. You are an immortal, deathless being of light, whose timeline for growth and expansion is the eternal, infinite Reality of Life Itself. So remember, you have eternity to get it right, figure it out, and realize your full spiritual reality. Surely along the way you will discover that Abundance is already here.


SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION: In the ultimate scheme of the Universe, how critical is this need or problem? In three months, five years, the next lifetime, or over eternity, how important is it really? How does this perspective shift everything?


AFFIRMATION: Abundance, Joy, Health, and Love are my birthright. I have eternity to discover and experience all of Who I Am.


January 6

Who Says That's Abundance?

When I think about creating abundance, it's not about creating a life of luxury for everybody on this planet; it's about creating a life of possibility. It is about taking that which was scarce and making it abundant. — Peter Diamandis


Everywhere you turn, someone is trying to tell you what kind of life you should have to be cool, rich, or desirable. These pile on top of the messages you received as a child from your family, teachers, and friends about what makes you fit in, be successful, or achieve what you are to become in life. But what kind of life do you want to create and experience?

Abundance means so many different things. It means having enough money to have the life that YOU choose. It also means experiencing enough love, friendship, creative expression, spiritual growth, and belonging.

Everyone's definition of abundance is different. For one person, abundance may be a big home in the suburbs, while for another it's a cabin in the woods to retreat to on the weekends. For some people abundance may mean the freedom to travel and live in foreign countries, while for others it may mean working to build a fortune at home.


SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION: What is your definition of abundance? What does abundance look like to you in your life?


AFFIRMATION: I let go of any outside definition of Abundance. I create and live out my own idea of Abundance.


January 7

Going to the Well

We can make bigger buckets.
We cannot make a bigger law.
The Law knows nothing about big and little. It knows to do. Since there is such a
Law and we are always using
It, we are all receiving from
Life an objective equivalent of our inward mental attitudes.
If we wish more we must increase our expectancy, we must identify ourselves with
more.

— Ernest Holmes


When you imagine going to a well, you think of taking a dipper or a bucket or even a trough to get water for yourself or your animals.

The size of the receptacle determines the amount of water, and how much thirst of either people or animals, that you can quench.

Life is no different. An infinite Well of Life, of Abundance, Joy, Love, and Peace is the source of all that nourishes and sustains us. The amount we receive from that infinite Well is based on the size of our minds and hearts and consciousness, for they are the receptacles we take to it.

The more open and receptive they are, the more good we can receive — a closed mind and a small heart can draw little. Living waters are available to quench every thirst you have, so bring the largest receptacle that you can imagine and let Life fill you up.


SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION: If you imagined the current receiving size of your consciousness, what shape and size would it be? In other words, how big is your bucket? Now, can you imagine it being bigger? How big can you really imagine it being?


AFFIRMATION: I go to the well with an open mind and a receiving heart. I draw forth the living waters that nourish and sustain me always.


January 8

What Are You Thinking?

If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you like to win, but you think you can't
It is almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you've lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!

— Walter D. Wintle


SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION: What is the predominant attitude of your thinking when you imagine the abundant life you want?


AFFIRMATION: I turn away from negative thinking. I know that with Spirit ALL things are possible.


January 9

Yes, You Can!

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.

— Jimmy Carter


"I can't" is one of the most limiting things we can say because a Universal Power mirrors back to us whatever we predominantly believe. In psychology it's called "the self-fulfilling prophecy." In sales and success training it's taught as the power of positive thinking.

In our spiritual practice we know that whatever we believe to be true, the universe says yes to and creates for us.

"Yes, I can," on the other hand, is one of the most powerful affirmations we can say because then the Universal Law mirrors back opportunity and possibility. Believe that you can, and you are much more likely to move forward in pursuit of your dreams and the abundant life you desire. You can imagine a greater good in your life. You can allow Spirit to support you.

You can set your feet in the direction of your goals. You can learn what you need to learn. Yes, you can do it, and Yes, you can have it.


SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION: Where is your belief in "I can't" limiting you or holding you back? How would things change if you believed "Yes, I can"?


AFFIRMATION: Yes I can, because a Power and Presence within me knows what to do and how to do it. Yes, I can!


January 10

Solid Decision

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.

— Anthony Robbins


Rags-to-riches stories are about individuals who have had enough of their circumstances, went beyond their confines, and made a decision about what to do differently in their life. They didn't just wish upon a star, sit at home, and scratch lottery tickets. They made a solid decision, which is not a wish; rather it's a definite statement as to what you want and then going for it in an acutely focused way. I wish

I would stop drinking ... I wish I was rich ... I wish I had a better job ... these are not going to cut it.

Abundance comes as a result of the decision to experience greater good in your life. Make a commitment to yourself that inspires you to step up your focus of creation. Never allow what has been dealt you to be your final hand. Situations may alter your course but they don't have to deny your abundance. There's always a way to thrive when you have committed to a solid decision.


SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION: What would you like to move from your wish list to your fully focused list? What are you willing to do to make this decision a reality?


AFFIRMATION: I am focused on creating my dreams as a reality!


January 11

Farmer in the Dell

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

— Albert Einstein


Remember the game where all the children skip around in a circle singing "Hi-Ho the Derry-O"? In the center is the kid called the "farmer," who then picks his mate, who picks a child, who picks a dog, who picks a cat, and so on. The group in the center grows until only one kid remains on the outside — and "the cheese stands alone."

I couldn't wait to outgrow that demoralizing game and the "pick me" mentality.

But then came picking teams in gym class, and even more intense, then came dating, which put it on a whole new level of "pick me, pick me."

It can take years before you realize that you don't have to wait to be picked — that you are actually already "it," and you get to do the choosing. You can now move beyond wanting to be acceptable to knowing you are acceptable just as you are. You aren't the cheese standing alone, and you no longer need to grumble about the other kids who are always "it" and get to select the best — because your abundant Good is always available to you too. Do you get it? All you need do is decide to tap into what's in your heart, and it will enter your world. Stop waiting to be picked and know you've already been chosen. The next move is yours. Hi-Ho the Derry-O ... you'll never stand alone.


(Continues...)

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