Abundance, Creation, and Prayer
I have been challenged again by the new thought ideas around prosperity and abundance.
To my way of thinking the “Law of Abundance” is another way of expressing the law of karma: “You reap what you sow; What you think is what you get.
I don’t disagree with the law itself, but I think it is limited in its spiritual application.*
For one thing, the focus of abundance and manifestation is usually always on the outside reflecting the material world, money, possessions, “stuff,” and even physical health.
Another limiting factor is that karma does not seem to leave room for grace. Karma is very mechanical, like a computer program--garbage in/garbage out, but is that the way a loving God answers prayers?
Suppose for instance a regular person like you or me who is just trying to make it in the world , says or thinks, “I don’t need much to get by.” Well, the universe responds by saying, “OK you won’t have very much.”
Now the person hasn’t read all the books or attended all the workshops we have so he/she doesn’t have a clue about karma or the power of thought and so he prays, “God, I know I don't need much but I would really be grateful to have a little more so my family and I do not have to struggle so much.” Which takes precedence the thought “I can get by on very little” or the sincere prayer of the heart?
NTI 2 PETER 1:3-4
“Abundance is full awareness of your divine nature.”
The entire epistle 2 Peter in NTI is devoted to abundance. It is a powerful revelation.
*You will find it said in ACIM and NTI and other pieces of spiritual literature that “we create all that we experience.” This is a much deeper truth than a “garbage in/garbage out” scenario, and you need to have a deep non-judgmental awareness to even begin to accept teaching. I am nowhere close to being able to explain that one yet, so I will leave it up to you to explore on your own for now. (And perhaps like many truths it is too big to even wrap our heads around. Perhaps we need to accept that we know that we
know even if we cannot explain it.)