I have been listening to Eckhart Tolle’s New Earth on Audible for a few weeks now and thoroughly enjoying it. This particular chapter on abundance resonated with me so much that I heard it atleast three times in a row. As someone who has been subjected to life’s trials and tribulations over the years, I understand the importance of cultivating the mindset of seeing the good in every situation. I believe that an attitude of gratitude puts us all on the path to long lasting happiness and inner peace.
How often do we create dysfunction in our relationships because we feel that we are not being treated well by others? How different would our relationships be if we were able to turn inwards instead and acknowledge our own neediness? A lot of food for thought. While I mull this over in my head, here are the rest of Tolle’s teachings from New Earth on this subject…absolutely wonderful!
“Who you think you are is intimately connected with how you see yourself treated by others. Many people complain that others do not treat them well enough. When people are kind they suspect hidden motives. Who they think they are is a needy person whose needs are not being met. This basic misperception creates dysfunction in all their relationships. They believe they have nothing to give and that the world and other people are withholding from them what they need. If the thought of lack –whether it is money, recognition, love – has become part of who you think you are, you will always experience lack.
Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance. The fact is: Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world. You are withholding it because deep down you think you are small and that you have nothing to give.
Try this: Whatever you think people are withholding from you – give it to them. You don’t have it? Just act as if you have it and it will come. Soon after you start giving, you will start receiving. You cannot receive what you don’t give. Outflow determines inflow. Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you already have, but unless you allow it to flow out, you won’t even know you have it. This includes abundance.
The source of abundance is not outside you. It is part of who you are. Abundance comes only to those who already have it. It is a universal law. Both abundance and scarcity are inner states that manifest as your reality.”