Inquiry: Abundance is followed by decline

Abundance is followed by decline. (And that is not OK.)

  1. True?
    Yes. Feels true. My stories tells me it is true.
  2. Sure?
    No. Also don’t know what is best for me, others, the world.
  3. What happens when I believe that thought?
    • I fear abundance. When I envision abundance, I envision decline. I don’t allow myself to aim for abundance, because of the decline that will follow. I choose to avoid abundance so I don’t have to experience the decline.
    • Where does my mind go when I have that belief? I think of the time in my life with abundance and fullness in every area of my life, and how it was followed by a period where it all went away. (The dark night.) Now that I just helped my father with some genealogy, I also think of all the cases in my family where an abundant wealth was swept away within a generation.
    • When did I first have the thought? As a stressful thought, after the onset of the dark night.
    • What am I not able to appreciate when I have that belief? I am not able to appreciate the abundance there is in different areas of my life. I tell myself it is not abundance, or if it is, that I shouldn’t enjoy or appreciate it. (Because it will go away.)
  4. Who would I be without that belief?
    • OK with abundance or not. OK with inviting in abundance in different areas of life.
  5. Turnarounds.
    • Abundance is not followed by decline.
      • Hm… How is that true? Well, through decline comes an invitation to notice and investigate beliefs, which is certainly not a decline. There may be a decline in certain areas of my life in the world, but also an invitation for greater abundance in insight, clarity, an open heart, gratitude, empathy.
    • Decline is followed by abundance.
      • Yes, that is equally true. Decline is sometimes followed by an inner abundance through investigating beliefs. And decline is followed by abundance, as much as abundance is followed by decline. When there is decline in any area of life, it is just a lead-up to abundance. It is an emptying for something else to come in. One guest is leaving, creating space for another.

Additional statements: Abundance is followed by decline, and that is not OK. Decline is not OK. A fall is not OK.  Collapse is not OK. Life is dangerous. Life is scary. If I avoid abundance, I won’t have to experience decline.

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