Picture a flourishing apple tree burgeoning with ripe, golden, delicious fruit. There’s something almost magical—even mystical—about it. Maybe that’s why the apple has been such a prominent symbol throughout the ages. But in all the stories where apples play a part, the tree only gets a little mention, if at all. It’s the fruit, forbidden or otherwise, that we’re most focused on. It’s like telling the story of eggs without giving much consideration to the chickens they came from. However, like the old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, we must ask the same query of the fruit: which came first, the tree or the fruit...or the seed?
(The answer might surprise you.)
None of them.
Sure, there couldn’t be fruit without the tree. And there couldn’t be a tree without a seed. But there couldn’t be any of it without an intelligent life that created the seed and placed the pattern of the tree inside it. That intelligent, invisible life is the real Source—the source of the fruit and the egg, the tree and the chicken. Without Source, this same nothingness out of which the Big Bang created the universe, there would be no creation.
You might argue that evolution is the process by which the seed was created—that it was all a random act of mutation and adaptation. And I would suggest that the likelihood of a universe filled with such complexity and diversity emerging out of random chaos is about as possible as an explosion in a junkyard eventually creating a Boeing 747; or an explosion in a printing press evolving into the collective works of Shakespeare. Some would argue that it’s irrational to believe in an invisible, conscious force behind creation; however, I would suggest that to believe all of the beauty, complexity, and order in the universe is the result of unintelligent particles slamming into each other is much more illogical. Nevertheless, this book isn’t about creationism versus evolution; and you don’t have to take a position on either to put this principle into practice.
The point is that the fruit isn’t the source of itself; therefore, it’s not the real wealth of the tree. The real wealth is the inherent, transformational process that turns the seed into a sapling, then a tree that blossoms, and finally, a tree that bears fruit. That’s why, after the fruit has been harvested, the farmer doesn’t look out at a field of barren trees and think, Well, those trees are all broken. Better cut them down and plant new ones. No, the farmer sees just as much abundance as before, and knows that if he keeps watering, weeding, and feeding them, in due season, they’ll produce another bountiful crop. The same goes for the egg. The farmer doesn’t gather up a basket of eggs then throw away the chicken; he knows that if he takes good care of the chicken, more eggs will be produced over and over again.
The classic fable of “The Goose and the Golden Egg” illustrates the folly of giving value in the wrong place. As long as the goose was taken care of, it produced golden eggs—a state of abundance consciousness. But when the goose (the Awakened Abundance Principle) was taken for granted and, through fear or greed, violated, the wealth-creation process stopped. Similarly, the farmer understands that you can’t just focus on the fruit but must tend to the root, or you’ll eventually destroy the very source of the fruit.
The fruit, the eggs, and all forms of abundance are the effects, or byproducts, of this intelligent principle of creation. They’re the outer symbols and results of abundance. But we’ve been conditioned to believe the opposite—that outside, material things are the source of other material things, that things are what have real value. This is why, at least in the western world, we put more stock in a “quantity life” rather than a quality one, and have bottom lines that are largely about profits instead of the deeper values that impact people and the planet.
This is the real meaning of the age-old saying, “The love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). First of all, that saying is often misquoted as “Money is the root of all evil,” which completely misses the point. This misunderstanding has contributed to many people’s fear, guilt, and shame around money or wealth. But even when you understand the full saying, it’s still easy to misinterpret if you don’t know what money is.
Money is just a medium of exchange. In certain cultures, instead of dollars, they trade chickens, cows, or furs. In fact, the word salary comes from the Latin word for salt, the currency Roman soldiers were paid in. So would you say, “The love of chickens, cows, furs, and salt is the root of all evil”? It doesn’t make sense until you see that, because money is just one outer symbol of abundance. What this is really saying: “The love of the symbols of abundance is the root of all evil.”
If you believe some outer symbol is the source of your abundance, you’ll believe the abundance is finite; and you’ll struggle, strive, fight, kill, and even die to get it—since it appears to be the very substance of survival. Again, the exact opposite of where abundance really comes from. So when you’re identifying, attaching, and grasping at the symbols, you’re living in opposition to the real principles of abundance. And when you live in opposition to the principles of life, problems ensue (interestingly, evil is live spelled backward). If you were to wire your electrical circuits backward, in opposition to the laws of electrical conductivity, they would not only fail to work properly, they could start a fire and burn your house down!
When you realize, however, that the source of abundance is spiritual or energetic—the substance of consciousness or spirit—and become unattached to any of its outward symbols, then you begin to generate prosperity that takes nothing from anyone and benefits everyone. You live in harmony and alignment while ending the war for wealth, once and for all.
This is not magical thinking; it’s scientific. We already know that energy is never created or destroyed. And new discoveries are proving we live in a field of infinite energy out of which we can draw without limits, putting us on the verge of a revolution where energy could become free. I’ve heard of studies where researchers placed a tree in a tub, measured the volume of the soil, and then grew the tree to the point where it produced fruit. At the end of the study, researchers measured the soil again, and it had the same volume as it did before it fruited. The tree didn’t deplete the soil; it used the conditions of the soil—and the natural byproducts of its growth and environment—to make its invisible potential tangible. If every tree that grew used up the soil, the Earth would have run out of dirt a long time ago! The only reason we erode our soil or run out of resources is because we’re not in harmony with the natural rhythms of renewal. The entire visible universe came out of the invisible, out of nothing. This is a clue about how creation is meant to occur. As we align with this principle and learn to lean more on the invisible Source versus visible resources, we will develop a capacity to create without limits and without taking anything from anyone—instead, we will continuously add to the abundance of the world.
When you understand that wealth is not dollars, apples, eggs, cabbages, or property but the intelligent process that turns the raw material of life itself into the forms of abundance that surround you— and when you design a life around that—you’ll activate the same potential to produce a bountiful harvest season after season. You’ll begin to realize you can create everything in your life out of seemingly nothing and have the confidence to know you can draw out of this infinite Source everything you’ll ever need.
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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