By Jeanie Marshall
"For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred."
-John W. Gardner
Definition number 1 of "poverty" in the American
Heritage Dictionary is: "The state of being poor; lack of the means of
providing material needs or comforts." It is further defined as "deficiency
in amount; scantiness; unproductiveness; infertility."
consciousness" I mean the set of attitudes and beliefs and feelings and
values associated with material lack or fear of material lack. Poverty
consciousness equals a belief in limitation, and almost always includes
Poverty consciousness is not directly related to the amount of
money one has. Rather, it is the relationship to that money or to material
possessions. If you worry about not having enough money, you are in poverty
consciousness. If you believe there is not enough for everyone in the
world, you operate from poverty consciousness.
One can live in
conditions of poverty without necessarily living in poverty consciousness,
which is a state of mind and heart. The amount of money or other material
possessions is a matter of fact. One's relationship to that amount is a
matter of thoughts and feelings.
DIFFERENT MEANS; SIMILAR
Years ago, I had two personal empowerment sessions
back-to-back with individuals of strikingly different financial means.
The first one asked me probing questions about decisions he wanted to make
with respect to stocks and his upcoming retirement from a major
corporation. The second, desperate to generate $35 to pay his part of the
electric bill, asked me probing questions about his uncertain situation.
I worked with both men in essentially the same way. I looked at the energy field in and around their thoughts and feelings. I
assessed how they were creating a reality of poverty consciousness energized
by their fears. The one of greater financial means became calmer as he
embraced a shift in consciousness. The one of lesser financial means became calmer as he embraced a shift in consciousness.
The dollar amounts
were different. The fear was the same. Probably each would have envied the
other! As each man understood more fully how he had thought and felt his
way in to his particular situation, he was better prepared to think and
feel his way out.
Let's return to the
American Heritage dictionary, where there is a fourth definition of poverty
that warrants discussion: "Renunciation made by a member of a religious
order of the right to own property."
Perhaps few readers of this
article are presently in religious orders that require vows of poverty.
However, the history of civilization is filled with such vows. For those of you who believe that it is possible to inherit traits from your
ancestors, consider the impact of past vows of poverty passed through the
genes. For those of you who believe that it is possible to be influenced by
beliefs of others, consider the impact of past vows of poverty modeled in behavior. For those of you who believe in past lives, consider the
impact of past vows of poverty on future lives. For those of you who
believe in the existence of an energy field, consider how it might be
polluted by such vows of limitation.
You can probably find some part
of your belief system that tells you that vows of poverty made in the past
can impact you and others now. As Individuals, in groups, and as the whole of humanity,
we are touched by others.
A MATTER OF
Ending poverty consciousness is a matter of faith. We all have
faith, even though there are many who claim they have none. The question is
not whether or not you have faith, but rather, in what you place your
faith. Do you place your faith in money? In yourself? In lack? In
history? In the future? In the visible? In the invisible?
visible elements of our experience are tumbling, we must redirect our faith,
our energy, and our intention. The physical world is a temporary reality.
It is time to open our awareness more to the worlds beyond this one. Higher
consciousness is becoming more available to the human plane. You will
want to stay alert so you do not to miss this adventure!
living in an exciting time. A time when we will prove that poverty and
poverty consciousness are obsolete. A time when we will know, without a
doubt, that we live in an abundant universe, a universe waiting to fulfill
our every need.
This article has focused on poverty and poverty consciousness as related to material things. Keep in mind, though, that the same principles apply to other aspects of our lives.
persons feel poverty or poverty consciousness about themselves. "Low self
esteem" is one of the popular terms. It is a belief in lack, lack of one's
talents or abilities, not having enough of what is wanted.
A FEW IDEAS TO END POVERTY CONSCIOUSNESS
* Watch your language! Make sure
that what follows "I" or I am" is what you want
manifest. If you
say "I am poor." the Universe will answer you with its only
* Say, think, and/or write empowering affirmations.
For example, "I rescind old
old vows of poverty and limitation."
Or, "I accept the gifts of the Universe."
* Bless all those who owe
you money. Pray for their prosperity. When they pay
you, thank them
and thank the Source, the Higher Power.
* Bless all those to
whom you owe money. Pray for their prosperity. When you
thank them and thank the Source, the Higher Power.
Recognize that money is a means of exchange. Stop giving your power away to
money. Claim your own power
from within, follow your passion, and the required
means will be at your disposal.
* Focus on
what you desire, not on what you do not desire. That to which you give
your attention expands. If you give your attention to scarcity,
scarcity expands; if
you give your attention to abundance,
NOW IS THE TIME
NOW is the only
time we really have. We may believe that "as soon as ...... happens" we
will be free of poverty consciousness. We may dream that "when I win the
lottery, I will do all those things I want to do." The truth is, we do
not need to wait for any conditions to change in order to be conscious of
abundance. Now is the time. Here is the place.
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Taken from the Marshall House Journal, No. 37, February, 1995, Copyright 1995,
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Jeanie Marshall is a Self-empowerment Consultant specializing in deep
transformation through energetic awareness and clearing. Jeanie@mhmail.com. (310) 458-1172.