I wasn’t always this optimistic about abundance. I wasn’t raised in a home with an abundance mind-set. Even when my family seemed to have a modest amount of one thing, it would cause a shortage of something else. When we finally started having enough money, there wasn’t enough time to enjoy it as a family. When we had the time to be together, there wasn’t an abundance of love and connection, which often led to conflict. It always seemed like a zero-sum game—two steps forward, three steps back. And it only got worse with time.
Eventually, my parents divorced and I ended up living in a house with no electricity or water, taking sponge baths, ashamed to have friends over. Then we lost everything and ended up staying in a friend’s garage—my mom, sister, and I all living in a ten-by-ten space, sleeping on the same mattress. Everything was in short supply: time, space, money, patience, and the bathroom. It got so bad sometimes that I would sleep in our friend’s boat in the driveway, under a tarp, breathing in the stale, putrid odor of dead fish. And things didn’t get much better from there. At the age of sixteen, I ran away from home and lived under a friend’s staircase, my whole life’s belongings in a pineapple box beside me. Then in my early twenties, I survived off of nineteen-cent boxes of Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese in a one-room apartment.
The worst part about all of this wasn’t only the lack of abundance; it was the fear, powerlessness, shame, and confusion. I didn’t know how to make enough or keep enough of what I made; and even when I did make it, I often felt guilty for having it. Feeling like I had a lack of freedom and space led to a sense of isolation. My childhood experience of being controlled by my parents and their constant conflicts had me believing that I never had enough time to do what mattered to me, creating a hypervigilance to make the most of every minute I had. Because there never seemed to be enough of anything I could count on at home, I developed the perception that I constantly needed to protect what little I had.
This was my reality for several decades. I scrimped, scratched, and clawed my way through each day, trying to stay afloat and just survive. Then a near-death experience in my twenties cracked me open, shattering that old reality, leading me to explore and discover a radically different view on life that revealed the true substance and source of abundance and how it’s generated, without limits. I call it the Awakened Abundance Principle, because it’s not so much that you achieve, attract, or even create abundance; rather, it’s like opening your eyes and realizing you’re already surrounded by it.
Imagine thinking you’re running late, then discovering you have all the time in the world; or feeling like you’re all alone, then waking up to find the love of your life sleeping next to you; or believing you’re broke, then getting a call that there’s a trust account in your name that’s always been there, with more than enough to meet all your needs for the rest of your life. Imagine all of this abundance being available no matter where you’ve come from, what you’ve been through, or what circumstance you find yourself in. What would you do differently? Who would you become? What would you create or contribute?
The Awakened Abundance Principle can make it possible to:
Imagine having no more fear, judgment, or resistance around having all the abundance you want, and not just making a living doing what you love but living a life that reflects your deepest values and highest aspirations. This is not only possible, it’s already been given to you. And this book shows you how to finally experience it. There are no tricks here, only principles and practices that form the path of true abundance in this world.
Like electricity, the substance of real abundance is everywhere. But merely knowing that intellectually won’t turn your lights on; you must build the infrastructure (in this case, internally) and plug in. The ability to create computers, fly planes, and send a rocket into space existed when humans dwelled in caves; but without the right understanding of the principles and practices to channel these hidden forces, they were stuck with sticks and stones. This is the same with your abundance: it’s already right where you are. And when you understand and apply the Awakened Abundance Principle, you can access, activate, and express a virtually unlimited amount of it.
This doesn’t necessarily mean having as much money or material things as the super rich—most people don’t actually want that. It means that you have the same inner source and capacity to generate this infinite supply, in whatever form that abundance needs to take. How it manifests will depend on your soul’s unique pattern and purpose. But one thing is for sure: it will manifest as fulfillment.
Ultimately, the Awakened Abundance Principle is about becoming free. Free to be who you really are, to do your deepest work, to take care of your loved ones, and to have the lifestyle that supports it all. It’s about becoming so connected to the source of real substance and supply that you never have to worry about having enough. You become free from the fear and guilt that has held you back, and all the energy that used to be sapped by the need to survive becomes available to thrive.
The Abundance Project: 40 Days to More Wealth, Health, Love, and Happiness is about having more than enough in any area of your life—more than enough money, time, love, creativity, happiness—regardless of the circumstances you’ve been through or are currently facing. This book will give you the ability to generate an abundance of everything you need. This may sound like wishful thinking, but once you understand what you’re really made of, and what the source of real abundance is, you will unleash your divine inheritance.
Built on universal, proven principles, The Abundance Project will break you out of the unsustainable buying-consuming loop created by the mindset that fulfillment comes from outside yourself, causing you to shut down your abundance-creating source that lives within. Instead, Derek Rydall shows you how to tap into and harness your personal infinite-sum reserve, so you can have the freedom, passion, resources, and resourcefulness to take your life to the next level and live your full potential.
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