by Bill Schwingel,  Interior Alignment® Master Teacher

What does abundance mean? It’s a word that has a certain expectation to it: money, money, money (cue Broadway’s Cabaret).

While it may feel like money makes the world go around, does money in fact tie directly to abundance? How many stories have we seen that show the lottery winner who is bankrupt in just a few years, or the wealthy who are living well beyond their means despite having more money than 99% of the population?

That said, of course it can. If you suddenly receive an influx of money, and you are wise and take a hard look at your spending and debt and all that stuff a financial planner tells you to do, then yes, getting more money can lead to greater abundance.

The bigger question is WHY do you want abundance in your life? Is there a big-ticket item (a car or a house) that’s been just out of your reach? What about that trip overseas you’ve always wanted to take? Maybe you’ve had your hopes set on starting your own coffee shop?

Still, these are just what you want to do with the money. So the next question is, what would you feel if you had any or all of those things? Secure? Free? Accomplished? This is key – that feeling you’d have once you achieved what you would do with more abundance.

Why is this important? Because when we think about abundance, we often tell ourselves the ONLY way to achieve our goals is through more money. In fact, there are many ways to achieve abundance. I’ll give you an example.

My parents are retired teachers. They loved those jobs and were very good at them. They worked at a prep school in New England for 35 years. In all that time, they were incredibly abundant – and not because of their salaries. They worked on campus and were dorm heads for much of my childhood. This meant that they were responsible for watching at least 40 to 50 students (boys) of varying grade levels every school year in their dorm. No small task. It also meant they lived in the dorm on the first floor in a spacious apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooked a beautiful New England campus.

Their school also offered programs abroad if teachers were willing to take students with them. They leapt at the opportunity and were surprised when the school often found it difficult to find teachers to participate. Because of this program, they were able to visit Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Australia, and New Zealand on multiple occasions – to this day, the friendships they formed in Australia have resulted in nearly annual trips there. Again, not because they were wealthy, but because they saw an opportunity and went for it.

Furthermore, when they decided to move on from being dorm heads, the school let them stay in a house just off campus that had a pool and a pool house, with some beautiful big trees in the backyard. There are stories upon stories about the time spent in that pool, including a wedding they hosted of my best friends (my dad married them).

They have always lived the most abundant life. Never because of their money but because of their openness to the opportunities around them – sure they required hard work along the way, but they never saw that as an obstacle, in part because they loved what they did.

So how do you approach the world – open to the abundance around you or unable to see abundance in front of you? Is it full of opportunity for adventure or do you only see the obstacles abounding? Do you know that when one door closes, another will open? Or, are you locking your door to keep what you do have safe and sound?

Abundance is a feeling – and when you feel abundant, even if for just a moment or two a day, it can make all the difference. In feng shui, it is this feeling – of already being abundant — that then becomes a beacon for more abundance to come your way. This is why it’s so important to surround yourself at home with what feels abundant to you.

In your kitchen, does your pantry have half-empty jars of rice or beans or nuts? Fill them up. Does your bedroom feel outdated or lackluster? Buy some new sheets or throw pillows that feel luxurious. What about your eating space – can you enhance how it feels with a table runner and a few candles?

Take a look around your home. What does it tell you about abundance? What it tells you is a good indication of how you feel about your current state of abundance. And if you want that to improve, feng shui can help.

Bill Schwingel, Interior Alignment® Master Teacher

Bill Schwingel is a Master Teacher of Interior Alignment(R) providing feng shui and space clearing consultations for the past two decades. Based outside of Chicago, he also offers certifications in Instinctive Feng Shui(TM) and Seven Star Blessing(TM) Space Clearing. Learn more by visiting him at www.fengshui-24.com.

 

READ MORE

Write Your Own Story

Write Your Own Story

by LuAnn Cibik,  Interior Alignment® Master Educator, Soul Coaching® Advanced TrainerDon’t you love a good story?A story that you can relate to because the person in the story is being mistreated like you, or hurt in a way you were… or grieving, angry,...

read more
Breaking Through the Unknown

Breaking Through the Unknown

by Kyla Tustin,  Soul Coaching® Advanced Trainer she broke through .. she let go .. she leapt .. into the unknown, into the void, into uncertainty .. unsure where she'd land, where the wind would take her, or what crevice the next step would bring .....

read more
Finding a Breakthrough in the Butterflies

Finding a Breakthrough in the Butterflies

by Felicia D'Haiti,  Interior Alignment® Master Teacher, Soul Coaching® Trainer, Clutter Clearing MentorRecently, I worked with a middle school student to develop a passion project. While much of her class was interested in creating a project to solve a...

read more
Embodying The Sacred White Buffalo

Embodying The Sacred White Buffalo

by Kyla Tustin,  Soul Coaching® Advanced Trainer As I sat to breathe and feel into the energy of the sacred WHITE BUFFALO this month, I was reminded of the steady, stable, and solid foundation I feel called to ignite from within at this moment in time....

read more
When Change Happens, Feng Shui can Help

When Change Happens, Feng Shui can Help

by Bill Schwingel,  Interior Alignment® Master TeacherThe past 18 months have forced us to take a long hard look at our priorities. This has meant defining or redefining what is truly important to us – family, friends, freedom, time, nature, connections,...

read more
Clutter Clearing for Abundance

Clutter Clearing for Abundance

by Terry Bowen,  Soul Coaching® Trainer, Interior Alignment® Advanced Practitioner, Clutter Clearing PractitionerI was doing really well in my job; but I wasn't being paid the same amount as others doing the same job. "It's because I started in the call...

read more
Have you ever felt NOT ENOUGH?

Have you ever felt NOT ENOUGH?

by Kyla Tustin,  Soul Coaching® Advanced TrainerHave you ever felt NOT ENOUGH, or like there was something missing or lacking inside of you, and/or your life?In my younger years, this deep sense of NOT ENOUGHNESS was something that plagued my life,...

read more
Abundance – My Needs are Met Above and Beyond

Abundance – My Needs are Met Above and Beyond

by LuAnn Cibik,  Interior Alignment® Master Educator, Soul Coaching® Advanced TrainerAs a feng shui consultant, one of the biggest requests from client is about how they can generate more abundance using the art of feng shui. The bagua is one of the tools...

read more
My Sheets Have Cactuses on Them!

My Sheets Have Cactuses on Them!

by Dorena Kohrs,  Interior Alignment® Practitioner, Soul Coaching Practitioner, Clutter Clearing PractitionerLast month, I spoke at a conference about creating momentum in our lives by making changes in our homes.Afterwards, a young woman came up to me and...

read more