If you’ve been stuck in a cycle of lack for any length of time, you may have forgotten how to receive. In order to get prosperity flowing effortlessly into your life again, you need to consciously open yourself to the abundance that is rightfully yours.
This can be more challenging than it seems at first glance because so many of us have been taught that it’s good to give but greedy or selfish to take. If you want to expand your ability to receive, you will need to first change this belief and replace it with a healthy dose of self-worth.
If you don’t believe you deserve abundance, it’s no wonder you don’t have it! Every time something good comes your way, you are in effect telling the universe, “No, I can’t accept this. Please give it to someone else.”
Accepting goodness and abundance for yourself does not mean you are taking from others. In fact, the more resources you have at your disposal the better able you are to help others. Once you wrap your mind around this and understand the importance of being able to receive, you will be well on your way to increasing the abundance in your own life and in the lives of others.
Below are three simple steps that can help you open to receive in your own life:
1) Find the blessing in every situation.
You may be so used to focusing on what you’re NOT receiving that you can’t clearly see what you are receiving in every situation. Focusing on the blessing does not mean you have to live in denial, but rather choose your perspective moment to moment. Just as you can easily focus on the negative, you can focus on the positive. What is the payoff for you with each choice?
2) Be thankful for everything you receive.
Of course you should be thankful for everything you have, all the blessings and goodness in your life. But what about the things you RECEIVE each day? Did a stranger smile and greet you this morning? Did you receive an unexpected coupon for your next shopping trip at the supermarket? Did you receive a nice card of thanks from a co-worker? Were you greeted by a spectacular sunrise this morning? When little things like these happen, express your gratitude to the universe. It may seem like a small thing, but your focus on these little “gifts” each day will begin to attract more of them.
3) Consciously “open” yourself to receive.
Whenever you can think of it, pause for a moment, close your eyes and imagine yourself opening to the limitless abundance of the universe. Affirm that you are open to receiving the gifts and blessings the universe has in store for you, and give thanks for them – even though they haven’t arrived yet. Simply express your certainty that they will, and your willingness to remain open to them.
The more you focus on exercises like these, the more you release your resistance to abundance and the more easily it can come flooding into your life from every direction.