Did you know that there is enough money on this planet for everyone to be financially wealthy? So why is it that Bill Gates has BILLIONS, others have a million, and others have only a small amount? The answer is simple: consciousness. Each of us has played out the beliefs from childhood about deservability and money to create whatever we have in our lives right at this moment. If all the billions on the planet were redistributed tomorrow and no one changed their consciousness about money, it would all be back to the same people in the same amounts in about six months. Are you willing to change your consciousness RIGHT NOW about what you deserve to receive?

Take a few minutes to sit quietly. Close your eyes and allow your mind to gently drift back in time to some significant experience about money when you were growing up. What happened? What was the belief you developed from that experience? Typical limiting beliefs developed in childhood are: “There’s never enough to pay all the bills and have some left over for fun.” “You work hard at a job you don’t like just to scrape by.” “Rich people aren’t nice people.” If you grew up with the latter belief, of course your unconscious mind can’t allow you to be wealthy if you also want to be a nice person! The truth is there are rich people who are wonderful people and some who aren’t; there are poor people who are wealthy and some who aren’t. In order to open to receive the abundance that the Universe has for each one of us, the key is becoming aware of the limiting beliefs and changing them, not just on the mental level, but the emotional level as well.

An emotional healing technique is to talk to the child part of yourself that still holds the ideas about money that you want to change. Imagine yourself as that child and begin to tell her/him that it’s time to create a new set of ideas about money that are expansive and supportive. Tell the child what those new affirmations are. Ask him/her to join with you in creating a new reality about money and material things. Not all experiences related to prosperity from childhood are negative, so if you remember positive ones, reinforce those with your inner child.

Ask yourself: who would you betray if you were financially successful? The answer is often mom or dad (or both). Somehow, the child part feels guilty going beyond the parents’ limitations. You can close your eyes and talk to mom or dad, or anyone else who had a significant influence on your prosperity beliefs, and tell them that it’s OK for both of you to be prosperous and successful. Go to the mirror and do the same thing. Be willing to go past old limitations. When you accept your prosperity, you also encourage others to do the same. Your life can be an example of willingness to receive from our abundant universe. “Prosperity,” in my definition, is specifically about money and materials things, while “abundance” has to do with a full life in all areas.

As you go about your daily routine for the next few days, be aware of your thoughts about money and material things. Do you tell yourself you can’t have things? Pay attention to your thoughts when you go to spend money. Notice what you think about people that seem to have a lot of money and people that seem to have little money. When you become aware of thoughts that are limiting, create an affirmation for the new belief. If the constricting belief is “I never have enough money to pay my bills,” the new affirmation could be “I always have enough money to pay my bills ahead of time and still have plenty left over for fun.”

Think about the Universe as a Cosmic Kitchen with an Infinite Menu. This is a playful image that can assist you in creating a new consciousness about every area of your life, not just prosperity. When you create an affirmation, it is sent to the Cosmic Chef with enthusiasm, trust, and gratitude that it will be fulfilled at exactly the right time. While the order it being prepared, you go about you daily life with joy. there is no need to be concerned, because you trust that the Cosmic Kitchen is gathering the right ingredients and the dish will be delivered to you in perfect timing.

Here are some additional affirmations for you to use and enjoy:
Creating greater prosperity in my life is fun and easy.
I AM a money magnet.
With deep gratitude for all my prosperity, I enjoy sharing it with others.
I choose to embrace thoughts of abundance that nurture and support me.
I joyfully welcome an abundance of joy, love, and money into my life.

CAUTION: Affirmations are not intended to be an excuse so that you can spend money irresponsibly. Running up large credit card bills while affirming that the Universe will take care of them is not good money management. There are three parts to money matters: mental/emotional matters, practical matters, and spiritual matters. First, you need to identify the old beliefs and emotions about money that no longer serve you. Then you want to create affirmations for the new beliefs. Next, you need to be honest with yourself about the practical matters. Are you balancing your checkbook and paying off credit cards each month? Create a plan to handle the practical money matters. Third, you must recognize that the Universe is your Source, not a job and not a person.

It does take faith and trust to believe that you deserve prosperity when you’re looking at your checkbook and there is $100 in your account and the rent that's due is $500. In my experience, regular meditation is a key factor is connecting with Inner Wisdom to feel a sense of trust when faced with a challenging situation. In that place of quiet, you can listen for guidance and also send out your affirmations to the Cosmic Kitchen from a powerful place. However, don’t wait for the challenges to start meditating. Start cultivating that nurturing connection with Spirit today!

Feeling prosperous has little to do with the actual amount of money you have. A millionaire who is anxious and worried about finances isn’t prosperous, while someone living happily in a campground is prosperous. It’s up to you to decide what you want and how much, without being limited by past beliefs. Begin today by creating the feeling of being prosperous. Stand in front of a mirror and open your arms, look directly into your eyes, and enthusiastically tell yourself, “I am a joyful, prosperous person. I am willing to gratefully receive from the Universe.” Yes! And remember- rich AND nice is a wonderful combination!

Author's Bio: 

-Patricia J. Crane, Ph.D. is the author of Ordering from the Cosmic Kitchen: Your Essential Guide to Powerful, Nourishing Affirmations. She offers programs and workshop leader training on prosperity, stress management, and Heal Your Life principles. www.scienceofgettingrichnow.com or call (800) 969-4584.