Written by Billie Atherstone (Kinesiologist, Bowen Therapist, Yoga Teacher)

I think we may of all, at some stage in our lives and perhaps right now, have felt the financial pinch.  There are so many obvious expenses in our lives as well as those sneaky expenses which we forget about or choose to not notice.

I know that now I have two small children, money seems to disappear before my eyes.  It makes me remember and become aware at how being in a ‘challenged’ financial situation initiates a response within my mind.  I begin to wrestle with the idea that ‘I am abundant/I have all I need’ against ‘I must not spend money/I can’t afford to’.

Ok, so it’s time to reassure my mind and reiterate some positive affirmations towards prosperity and my life…

Each one of us has been “programmed” in a certain way. This program runs our lives 24 hours a day, and will govern our entire life.   In a single sentence we could say that “we will earn how much we believe we can earn.” This clearly means that we have programmed ourself to earn the amount of money we are earning now.

The fact is that if we feel needy, deprived or unworthy, it will be difficult to also feel successful, fulfilled and prosperous.  If we learn to look at life from a positive point of view, we will learn the attitude of gratitude.  Instead of feeling that we aren’t getting enough, we will begin to appreciate what we have. 

“I am so blessed…I have beautiful healthy family & friends, I love my work & I live in a beautiful country!!”

Change the quality of your thoughts, become a witness to what you are feeling in a variety of situations and about your money, eat one healthy food, smile at someone unexpectedly, give something away.  Treat yourself with loving kindness and remember to say, “I love and accept you just the way you are” to yourself at least once a day.

Remember to connect to other people – Sharing your life with other people feels good and contributes to the feeling of abundance.  Give freely of your time or resources to show your appreciation.  If we want to earn more money, then we need to connect to more people because money is always attached to people.  If “lack” is what defines our life, then we may need to make an effort to connect on a deeper level with  people.  Try to surround yourself with people who make you feel loved, inspired and joyful.  If you need to look outside of your immediate family or friends, put yourself out there and join interest groups or clubs, go to spiritual gatherings, meet new people.  Or organise a gathering yourself and inspire your friends to connect on a new level.

Let go of the past – Forgiveness and letting go of the pain of your past takes time but opens the door for positive energy to come into your life.

Take responsibility for your life – As long as we blame others for what is happening to us, or if we keep ourself in a victim position, we will never be able to tap into our ability to create what we want.  People who are successful understand that it is their reaction to life that determines the course of their lives. They are willing to examine the part they play in creating whatever negative dramas may play out.  The idea is to let life happen through you, not to you.

One of my favourite teachers, Yogi Bhajan says,
“This subject is very serious and extremely simple: what you should do to bring prosperity to your life.  Prosperity doesn’t mean that you have wealth, health, and happiness.  The best way to explain prosperity is that when a rosebud flowers and opens up, it has its fragrance.  When a man or a woman is prosperous, there is that fragrance of security, grace, depth, character, and truthfulness, which that person can share.  Like a candle emits light, a prosperous human emits prosperity.”

Here is an easy meditation to practice to bring prosperity into your life and heal our attitude towards it.  Please remember, before you practice this meditation tune in with the Adi Mantra.  Chant “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” 3 times to connect you into the lineage and energy of Kundalini Yoga and to give you protection and healing.

Meditation to Bring Prosperity
“I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am blissful”

Sit in Easy Pose, with a straight spine. The hands are resting on the knees in gian mudra (first fingers and thumb tips are touching).
Look at the center of your chin, through closed eyes (or look at the tip of your nose through eyes opened 1/10).

Time:  Practice this 3 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times a day (or more if you want).
Inhale deeply and hold the breath as you mentally recite:
“I am Bountiful, I am Blissful, I am Beautiful.”
Exhale entirely and hold the breath out as you mentally recite:
“Excel, Excel, Fearless.”