How To Understand What Your Anxiety & Worry Are Telling You

How To Understand What Your Anxiety & Worry Are Telling You

Unpack your anxiety.

From a nagging feeling of discontent to a paralyzing panic attack — while unpleasant to experience — these sensations and symptoms of anxiety are messengers that arise in body and mind to impart valuable information.

Understanding worry and anxiety aren’t always straightforward. Fortunately, you can learn how to receive their communication.

First things first, you need to know that anxiety is not an emotion.
The word “anxiety” has become a sort of catch-all term used to describe a whole range of uncomfortable emotions.

But, in truth, anxiety in and of itself is not an emotion. Rather, it’s an indication that there are emotions within us that we haven’t allowed ourselves to feel or express.
Anxiety functions as a protective mechanism that temporarily shields us from becoming overwhelmed with deeper emotions, such as anger and sadness.

But to find relief, we must look below its protective layer to discover the source of what’s really going on.

There are 3 ways to understand what your anxiety and worry are telling you, so you can find greater clarity and ease.

1. Pay attention.

Anxious and worrisome thoughts are kind of like a fire alarm. They arise to signal that some important aspect of you or your life needs attention. Sometimes, the trigger is sudden or severe and demands immediate action.

Most often, anxiety reflects an internal imbalance that’s been building slowly over time. So slowly, in fact, that we may not recognize our discomfort until it’s become pretty intense.
When they are not felt, expressed, and released, free-floating emotions like fear, anger, and frustration can trigger acute anxiety. It’s simply not enough to deal with it on the surface — we have to unravel it to get to the source.

Paying attention to what’s going on internally and externally is the first critical step.

Give yourself permission to unplug from your daily responsibilities and take some quiet introspective time for yourself. You can do this by closing your eyes, taking some slow, deep breaths, and becoming attuned to what’s happening in your inner world.

Use any sensations moving through your body as clues. Explore areas of tension or constriction, and allow yourself to simply become curious about them.

  • What disappointments — even minor ones — have you dealt with lately?
  • What projects or communications didn’t go as well as you would have liked?
  • Is there a situation in your life that needs to be addressed or shifted?

Make a note of anything you become aware of, and try to identify the underlying emotion associated with each one. With this step alone, you’ll begin to feel some relief.

2. Move the energy.
Emotions are simply energy, and energy is always in motion. To be alive is to exist in a continual state of ebb and flow.

In order to take in the new, we have to release the old. When this process is interrupted by stifling our emotions rather than feel them, we lose our balance.

You can’t affirm your way out of an anxious state, because anything we resist and struggle against gathers more momentum. With emotions, the fastest way out is through.

Once you’ve uncovered the deeper emotions that are triggering anxiety, take a moment to be present with these feelings.

Grant them permission to exist. Accept however you are feeling in the moment, knowing that emotions are nothing more than waves of energy.

All energy is in a constant state of flux, and you can help this process to unfold naturally and easily.

Shift your attention from your mind to your heart — and feel your connection to your soul — to your life force energy. This life force energy creates and sustains all things, and connects you to the universe itself.

Allow your personal energy field to become entrained and aligned with the pure, divine source that sustains you. Feel it washing away any discord.

Use your breath to gently move and release any energy that’s been stuck and to open up to a greater state of receptivity.


3. Focus on what you want — not on what you don’t want.

The final message that anxiety brings us is one of self-empowerment. Through the power of our attention and focus, each of us has the ability to deliberately ask for what we want to receive.
We have the choice at every moment to complain about problems or to envision their solutions. We can focus on what’s missing from our lives, or on the areas where we have an abundance. Energy flows in the direction that our attention goes. Once you understand this, you can use it to your highest benefit.

Decide on the quality of vibration that you would like to bring into your physical and mental body. Then, deliberately open yourself to receive this.

Imagine the energies of joy, expansion, ease, connection, and well-being pouring from your divine source into you. Feel this frequency entering and uplifting every aspect of your being.
Do something nice for yourself that anchors this new frequency into your life in a concrete way — take a hot bath, go for a walk in nature, watch a funny movie, or beautify an area of your home.

Remember, you are the one who sets the energetic tone for your life, and you can choose whatever energy you desire.

If we don’t deliberately choose the energy we want to bring in, we’re at the mercy of whatever the frequencies being broadcast around us. Each of us is responsible for creating the vibrational tone of our own lives.

The Quantum Council: What To Do with Negative and Toxic People

The Quantum Council:  On What To Do with Negative and Toxic People
Channeled by Christy Whitman

Getting bummed out by negative or toxic people is a very common experience.  Here’s how it generally goes: 

You’re flying high, in a great mood, and great things are happening.  Solutions are presenting themselves, doors are opening, and your life feels like a magic carpet ride.

Then, you meet up with someone – a colleague, family member or significant other – and your good mood comes crashing down.  

When you go to explain this – to yourself or someone else – it seems clear enough what happened.  The other person’s toxic attitude or negative mood made your good mood impossible to sustain.

Maybe this person is a classic complainer or “poor me” type.  Maybe it’s someone you go out of your way to please because you’re so hungry for their acceptance.  It could be someone you live with and have patterns of relating that just don’t feel that good. 

Whatever the situation, you now feel less happy, less powerful, and less clear-minded than you did prior to the interaction.  Instead, you feel frustrated, disappointed, on edge, or confused. 

And what makes matters even worse is that you probably blame the other person for the way you feel.  After all, you were feeling pretty good before they came along! 

To give another person the power to control our mood is to set ourselves up for a lifetime of frustration.  Taking responsibility for our own energy field is the path to deliberate creation.  

This was the question recently posed to Christy and the Quantum Council: 

“How can I maintain a vibration of positivity around negative or toxic people?”The Council is a collection of non-physical ascended masters who desire to help humanity understand our innate creative power and worthiness.  Christy Whitman receives the Council’s energetic transmissions, and – as a skilled coach and transformational leader – finds the language to interpret their messages.  

What follows are 3 energy mastery principles to support you in maintaining our own vibration regardless of circumstance.      

Principle #1:  No matter how it seems, you are the only one who controls your vibration. 

There is only one reason why you might resist, avoid, judge or feel bad around negative people:  It’s because you believe they hold the power to down your mood.   And it’s perfectly understandable that you would come to this conclusion.  

Human beings are energy transmitters and receivers, which means we are naturally sensitive to energy.  Not only do we pick up on the moods of other people, but we often unconsciously harmonize with those moods.   

This is great news if those around us are inspired, exhilarated, forward-looking and clear.  But it can be very bad news when we run into someone who is negatively or lack-fully focused.   In order to maintain the vibration we desire, we must learn to generate our own energetic momentum on purpose.  

Principle #2:   Where attention goes, energy flows.

This statement is at the basis of the universal Law of Attraction.  The frequency of energy we broadcast into the universe gathers energies that are harmonic or resonant in frequency.  Think about this for a moment as it relates to negative or toxic people.   

Recall the last time you interacted with someone who was in a bad mood and feeling critical of themselves or others.  Now go beneath this person’s words and actions and try to hone in on the frequency of energy they were transmitting. 

It was a powerful, bad-feeling frequency, right?  

The more focus, or air time, you give to any mood or train of thought, the more momentum it gains.  When you focus on the negative vibes others are giving off, you unwittingly become a part of that energy stream.  And your mood quickly goes downhill in the process.  

So instead, decide in advance of each interaction what mood or atmosphere you want to carry with you into that next segment of your day.  Take some time to prepare yourself internally, and to generate the essence of that feeling within you.  

Remember that your vibration is the sum total of your moment-by-moment thoughts, emotions, moods, beliefs and expectations.  And you are the only one who can offer these.  No one has the power to assert their bad mood into your experience, because you are the one in control of your focus.  

Principle #3:  You have the ability to set your frequency on purpose.  

Most people try to change the way they feel by seeking to change the people they’re with. When we’re around someone negative, we feel the dip in energy and immediately go to work trying to uplift it.

We may think, “Perhaps if I lighten the mood they will feel better.”  Or, “Maybe if I share about a challenge I’ve overcome, they’ll see that transformation is possible for them, too.”

Maybe you’ve noticed:  These tactics fail nearly 100% of the time!  Not only do they not make the other person feel better, but they send your mood further plummeting as well.

When your energy body registers negativity in someone else, use this as a cue to return your attention to your center.  Remind yourself of the mood and tone you seek to generate and go about attending to this powerful inner work.  


7 Universal Principles for Creating Change

7 Universal Principles for Creating Change

You realize that the way things are, and the ways things have been – whether for the past two months or the past two hundred years – is not the way you deeply desire them to be.  And it really, really hurts.

Your pain may be personal only to you or it may be surging through all of humanity.  Whatever the emotional turmoil or circumstance you find yourself in, you’re clear about a couple of things:

You don’t like it.

You wish it were different.

And you feel powerless to affect any type of meaningful change.

So, what now?

Can faith be restored when things feel like they’re falling apart?

How can we rebound from devastation or heal from a broken heart?

When we realize we’ve been headed in the wrong direction, what is the most effective way to begin turning things around?

What follows are seven universal precepts; spiritual truths about our time-space dimension that have been written about by great luminaries throughout time.  Each of these has been proven absolutely true in my personal experience and has been confirmed in the direct experience of many living today.  Whatever pain you are now dealing with, these principles will set you on the path to healing, to reclaiming your innate creative power and charting a new course for yourself that inspires the world to do the same.

Principle #1: Everything is energy.

What appears to our senses as solid matter is simply energy, vibrating at different rates of speed.  Your eyes translate light waves into sight.  Your ears translate soundwaves into hearing.  Nothing material actually exists.  And this means that the “stuff” that makes up the entire universe is actually not stuff at all.  It’s energy.

Principle #2: All energy carries a vibration.

Through the orchestration of the universal Law of Attraction, whatever energy we broadcast out into the universe gathers to itself energies that are harmonic or resonant in frequency.  In other words, everything that manifests in the physical world does so by a process of resonant energies being drawn together.

In your every waking moment, you are sending out an energetic or vibrational signal that is transmitted to the farthest corners of the universe.  Your thoughts broadcast an energetic vibration.  So do your emotions, your current and chronic moods, your dominant beliefs, and your moment to moment expectations.  The energy you send out is matched by the universe and is returned back to you in the form of experiences, situations, relationships…. everything.

Principle #3:  To attract anything you desire, attune your energy field with the presence of it; not the absence of it.

If you are experiencing anger, fear, worry, resentment, disappointment, frustration, or any other bad-feeling emotion, this is an indication that you are out of alignment with the very outcomes and experiences that you desire to create.

In focusing on what we do not want, we are unwittingly aligning ourselves with unwanted outcomes and experiences.  We cannot complain about or condemn the reality that currently exists and expect a new reality to emerge.

Likewise, if we judge or condemn others for their differing thoughts, beliefs, and feelings, we bring disconnection and conflict upon ourselves.  By allowing others to have their own perspectives and experiences, we restore peace within ourselves.

Principle #4:  From contrast is born clarity.

Each unwanted experience brings us greater clarity about what is wanted.  If we remain focused on the contrast, we’ll continue to attract more contrasting experiences into our lives.  If we focus on the clarity the contrast has inspired within us, we begin moving in the direction of our desires.   To turn a painful or contrasting experience into clarity, ask yourself, What do I want?  Why do I want it?  and, How do I believe I will feel once I’ve attained it?    

Principle #5:  Life is a process of continual evolution. 

All of our history (both personal and collective) has led us to the evolution of who we are today.  Every human has experienced pain, suffering, and injustice.

And it is up to us, through the power of our own free will, to personally decide what we want to be NOW, what we want to experience NOW, and what we want our futures to evolve into. The current of life moves only in one direction, and that direction is forward.

Principle #6:  Learning to master our own energy field is essential.

Physician and spiritual teacher Dr. David Hawkins published research revealing that approximately 87 percent of humanity calibrates at a collective energy level that leaves them feeling powerless and therefore spiritually weak.

Hawkins also introduced the concept of counterbalancing.  As one person radiates love and higher vibrations, it counterbalances the energy fields of many who are stuck in the lower frequencies of fear and hatred.

This is why learning to master your own personal energy field is essential – not just to our level of personal happiness, but to the level of influence we have on everyone and everything around us.  The higher you raise your energy frequency level, the more beneficial you become to the world at large.

Principle #7:  It is our responsibility to calibrate our energy on purpose. 

The choice is simple:  We can allow the dominant frequency of the world around us to calibrate our energy field, or we can take responsibility for deliberately cultivating the energy we wish to live in.   One choice leaves us at the mercy of world events and other people’s actions and reactions.  The other choice returns us to our power to create the kind of world we desire to live in.

Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve the problem with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Michael Jackson sang about making the world a better place and declared, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror.”

Mahatma Gandhi encouraged us to “be the change we wish to see in the world.”

Neville Goddard, the spiritual luminary, and 20th-century author wrote, “If you long to transform your present life into a dream of what might well be, you need but imagine that you are already what you want to be and feel the way you would expect to feel under such circumstances.”

Decide on the quality of vibration that you would like to bring into your life, and then deliberately open yourself to receive this frequency.  Imagine the energies of joy, expansion, ease, connection and wellbeing pouring from your divine source into you. Feel this frequency entering and uplifting every aspect of your being.  Know that your energy field affects everyone and everything around you.  Cultivating an internal state of ease and balance is the greatest gift you can give to the world.

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The Quantum Council: On Feeling Financially Controlled Channeled by Christy Whitman

The Quantum Council: On Feeling Financially Controlled
Channeled by Christy Whitman

It’s a common (and utterly disempowering) dynamic that plays out in many different types of relationships: You’re working hard to raise your vibration – in relation to health, career, or finances, for example. And then someone in your life says or does something and suddenly your forward progress comes to a grinding halt.

But do other people actually have the ability to influence our feelings and control our outcomes? This question was recently brought to the Quantum Council, in relation to a spouse’s perspective about money. What follows is the participant’s specific question, along with the Council’s unique insights on the matter.

I feel controlled financially by my spouse and don’t feel I can attract my own money.
What can I do?

To answer this question, we have to begin with an exploration of the notion of control itself.

If someone forcibly restrains you – tying your hands behind your back, for example – they’ve assumed some physical control from you. From a physical standpoint, this person has exerted their power, and as a result, you now have less ability to move.
But can another individual exert power over your thoughts, your perceptions and moods, and, or your ability to create?

Thankfully, the answer to this question is, emphatically, no.

The Incredible Power of Mindset

The ability to direct one’s own mindset is a power that originates 100% from within. Of course, other people can invite us to share their worldview, but we alone choose our mindset. And from our mindset, everything flows.

Mindset determines whether we see the proverbial glass as half full or half empty. It informs whether we think we can or can’t do something. Our mindset can lead us to focus on everything that is going wrong, or to appreciate all that is going right. Mindset determines our perspective, our attitudes, our emotions, and – as a result – the outcomes we ultimately create.

The mindset we bring to each aspect of our lives is incredibly important, and we alone control it. And yet so often we hand this control over to someone else.

The truth is, each of us has the power to direct our attention (and therefore our creative energy) on purpose. But until we understand this, we view ourselves as being at the mercy of those around us. Consider these simple scenarios:

  • If someone compliments you, must you automatically feel flattered?
  • If someone insults you, do you have to become insulted? Or, do you in fact have the power to make a different choice?

Your attitude about money – and about the economy, and your own personal feeling of prosperity – is created by you alone. Your mindset about every subject is like a personal weather system that you carry with you everywhere you go. And if you commit to creating it on purpose, your vibration of prosperity will dominate, even when others are in lack.

The following daily practices will support you in creating and maintaining a personal environment of prosperity.

Practice #1: Decide in advance how you want to feel.
Before engaging in an important event or personal interaction, decide in advance how you’d like to show up. If you were at your very best in this encounter, how would you present yourself? What internal environment would you carry with you into this interaction?

Identify some emotional words—such as confident, clear-minded, strong, or trusting—that describe your ideal internal state. Visualize yourself presenting yourself in this way. Remember times in the past when feeling this way came easily. Use your breath both before and during the interaction to infuse the energy of your choice into the situation. In this way, you set a powerful tone for your own personal vibration. Others will either harmonize with it, or leave your field of influence.

Practice #2: Focus on the energy you’re putting out; not on the energy you’re receiving.
It’s easy to fixate on the attitudes and actions of others, and to use them as an excuse for our own unhappiness. Remember that you are only in control of the energy you send out. Exercising this control is the key to personal freedom and empowerment. Decide for yourself that your experience of abundance, wellbeing and prosperity is an inside job, and commit to tending to it regularly.

Another way of saying this is to give up, once and for all, any attempts at trying to change or uplift those around you. Not only is this not your job, it’s not even possible.

Focus on the person you are being when you interact with others; not the person you wish your partner would be when they interact with you. This single step places you back in the driver’s seat of your own life.

Practice #3: Consciously work on improving your relationship with money.
The quality of your relationship with money is the result of a few important factors. It’s determined by the thoughts and beliefs you most frequently hold about it. It’s influenced by the words you speak when you talk about it. Your relationship with money is either enhanced or diminished by the choices you make in relation to it. And, most important, your relationship with money is reflected in the way that you feel about it in the privacy of your own heart and mind.

The great news is that in every moment you have the power to make your relationship with money more prosperous and fulfilling. And all that’s required is to place more of your attention on the presence of it than on the absence of it in your life. Like all things, money is simply a form of energy.

Love is energy. Happiness is energy. So is satisfaction, fulfillment, ease, clarity, creativity, freedom, and every other joyful positive emotion we have the capacity to experience. And fortunately, we live in a universe where there is an abundant, unlimited supply of all of these energies. But the direction of our focus is what determines how much we allow ourselves to receive. Appreciate the energy of abundance that exists within you in the form of love, vitality, creativity and curiosity.

Your relationship with money is yours to create and yours to improve. Align your energy with the feeling of prosperity you desire, and prosperity in all forms will be drawn to you. This is law.


Turning Fear Into Faith

The Quantum Council: On Turning Fear Into Faith
Channeled by Christy Whitman

We cannot not have faith. In every moment, we’re either placing our faith in what we want or in what we don’t want. Fear is an indicator letting us know that we’re directing our faith toward unwanted realities, circumstances, or experiences. Faith is an indication that we’re aligned with our desires.

“How Can I Turn Feelings of Fear into Faith, Hope, and Trust?”

This was the question that was posed recently to Christy and the Quantum Council. The Council is a collection of non-physical ascended masters who desire to help humanity understand our innate creative power and worthiness. Christy Whitman receives the Council’s energetic transmissions, and – as a skilled coach and transformational leader – finds language to interpret their messages. Click on the link below to hear the Council’s answer in its entirety, or read on for a summary of their wisdom. For your convenience, the Council’s message has been broken down into actionable steps you can begin taking right now.

Focus + Energy = Experience

The experiences that unfold within us and around us in each new moment reflect the direction of our dominant focus. When we’re focused on abundance, appreciation and positive anticipation, our experience is one of ease and joy. And when our focus constricts around negative or worrisome thoughts, resistance increases and our joy is diminished.

Everything within this universe is made up nothing more than particles of energy which move at a certain vibration or frequency. And frequencies that harmonize with one another are drawn to one another through the power of Law of Attraction. This means that resistant, pessimistic thoughts and beliefs naturally gather evidence to support and enhance more negativity. And it also means that positive, good-feeling thoughts will attract people, circumstances and experiences that vibrate at that same frequency.

Whenever you have a negative thought or feeling – such as fear – it only means only one simple thing: You have split energy in relation to something that really matters to you.

A part of you desires a positive outcome, while another part of you doubts your ability to create that outcome. The key to bridging this gap lies in deliberately directing your focus on subjects that evoke relief, acceptance, and relaxation. Here are 3 simple practices to support you in transforming fear into faith.

Practice #1: Deliberately establish your baseline frequency.
You now understand that everything is energy, and energy gathers together by virtue of its dominant vibration. With this understanding, you can make the powerful choice to calibrate your frequency on purpose. And this is easier than you might think.

Simply ask yourself – “Of the trillions of thoughts I could conjure in this moment, which bring me joy to contemplate?”

Don’t settle for the streams of consciousness being broadcast on the evening news or shared by a complaining friend. Instead, become as picky about the ideas you allow to germinate in your mind as you are about the air you breathe or the food you eat. Limit your consumption of scary or combative sounds and images.

Sort through the constant bits of information being offered and grab hold of those that lighten your heart. No matter where you are, you have the ability to shift your gaze toward that which is beautiful, interesting, or moving. Envision the life that you desire and surround yourself with thoughts, ideas and perspectives that harmonize with that. The more attention you give to deliberately creating your baseline frequency, the more immune you’ll be to fearful thoughts.

Practice #2: Diffuse reactions before automatically responding to them.
The simple fact is, life will continue to come “at” you. Things that are both wanted and unwanted will continue to unfold in your experience. And, you have the ability to redirect negative energy before it gains too much traction.

Realize that you always have a choice. In those moments when you’re aware of something unwanted, stop and remember that you have options in how you respond. A great way to do this is by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Where am I placing my faith right now? Am I aligning with my fears or with my desires?
  • In this moment, am I more aware of what I do want or what I don’t want?
  • What could I do to recalibrate my focus?

There is really only one way to bridge the gap between what you want and what you currently have. You must decide to lean in the direction of where you’re going; not to dwell in where you’ve been. Choose to reside on the good-feeling side of faith and assurance. Choose to believe that the best is yet to come. Choose to remind yourself that you are the point of attraction to which the entire universe is responding. And as such, you always, in each new moment, have the power to start fresh.

Practice #3: Build your muscle of faith.
Faith is like a muscle. The more attention you give it, the stronger it gets.

Mentally run through a list of all the things you know for sure. Replay the scenarios that unfolded just the way you wanted them to because you created them that way. Soothe yourself with affirming statements such as, “All is well. Everything is working out for me. I am a beloved child of the universe. The Divine is looking out for me and protecting me. I have the ability to handle anything that life brings my way. I have what it takes to survive and thrive now and later.”

Everything that manifests in our outer experience was created first in the internal realm of our thoughts and emotions. Faith is believing in that which can’t yet be seen. Choose to see the best in others and in yourself. Choose to use the incredible power of your imagination to paint the picture of things turning out well. Imagine things going well and bask in the joyful feeling state of having already created all that you want.
Optimism is like sunshine for the mind. It promotes life, beauty and growth, and draws to it more of the same.

Remember that you are the director of your own experience, and focus is the key to deliberately creating your life. When you focus, you direct the energy that creates worlds towards whatever reality you wish to create.


Christy Whitman is an energy healer, celebrity coach, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Having It All: A Woman’s Guide to Unlimited Abundance. She communicates with, and for, The Quantum Council, a collection of non-physical ascended masters who desire to help humanity understand that we are divinely designed for well-being, abundance, success and loving relationships. You can learn more about Christy’s work, including her Quantum Energy Mastery Course, at

Stepping Out Of Lack And Into Abundance

The Quantum Council: On Clearing Lack and Stepping Into Abundance
Channeled by Christy Whitman

There are two basic stances we can take in times of upheaval and uncertainty: We can focus on all we perceive to be lost – productivity, routine, personal freedom, to name a few. Or we can turn our attention toward all that we do have and enjoy those things to the fullest. The first choice generates frustration, helplessness and despair. The second choice evokes appreciation, contentment and optimism – and returns us to our own personal power.

“How can I release feelings of lack and step into greater abundance?”

This was the question recently posed to Christy and the Quantum Council. The Council is a collection of non-physical ascended masters who desire to help humanity understand our innate creative power and worthiness. Christy Whitman receives the Council’s energetic transmissions, and – as a skilled coach and transformational leader – finds language to interpret their messages. Click on the link below to hear the Council’s answer in its entirety, or read on for a summary of their wisdom. For your convenience, the Council’s message has been broken down into actionable steps you can begin taking right now.

You were created from an abundant universe.

We start with a basic premise, and that premise is one of all-sufficiency. The universe you were born into is not lacking in any resource. It is truly infinite, with no beginning or end. It is intelligent, intuitive, and all-powerful. Think for a moment about how each planet revolves harmoniously around the sun. This is but a tiny glimpse into the resourcefulness of the universe.

The energy field that creates and sustains all things also created you. Whether you refer to this energy as Life Force, Infinite Intelligence, Source, Spirit, Soul or God makes no difference whatsoever. This broader energy is the essence of who you are; it is the very source of you. It’s the force that breathes you; that gives you life and sustains you through this lifetime and beyond. It’s the boundless supply of everything you could possibly need or desire.

You are an integral part of a universe that is infinitely abundant, and as such, you have access to all its resources. And yet, you were also born with the power of free will. This means you can choose to recognize and celebrate your abundance, or to view life through a perspective of lack.

You have the power to focus on abundance or on lack.

When we focus through the perspective of lack, we are primarily aware of what is missing or misbehaving. We may be speaking of something wanted – more money, perhaps, or more adventure – but we’re primarily aware of missing those things. We’re coming from need and insufficiency, and not from the expansive energy of pure desire.

The act of wanting accentuates and produces more wanting. Noticing the absence of something only makes you more keenly aware of what’s lacking. And your lack-full perspective will block you from receiving what you desire.

You cannot be focused on fearful thoughts and allow a state of faith. You cannot focus on the loss of a love and attract more love into your life. And you can’t focus on a lack of anything without increasing your experience of lack.

So, how can you release feelings of lack and step into greater abundance? Here are three powerful practices that will guide you through this transformation:

Practice #1: Expand your consciousness to include your Divine Source.
Turn your attention to the energy stream that is the well source of everything, and realize that you are an effortless recipient of it. You are wholly and totally provided for. There is nothing you need to effort toward, and there is nothing you need to prove.

Just think about it: Plants don’t effort toward the sun; they expand, naturally and effortlessly, toward the source of light. You don’t struggle to keep your heart beating and your blood flowing. You accept these things as a part of your birthright. So accept also that you are an integral part of All-That-Is, and as such, you have equal access to all of its abundance.

Remember this the next time you watch a sunrise or sunset, or look out over a vast expanse. The intelligence that created all of that is flowing to you and through you. Do not deny yourself access to this! Claim it by acknowledging and celebrating this fact.

Practice #2: Focus on the abundance that exists on the other side of lack. Anytime you become aware of a problem or a shortage of any kind, mentally place yourself on the other side of it.

Without a problem, there can be no solutions. Without hunger, there can be no satiation. Lack and abundance are two sides of the same coin. You have the power to choose on which end of this spectrum you apply your attention and focus.

Practice looking for and imagining solutions. Look for evidence of what is already working and thriving. Look for what is already abundant in your life. Know that the resources to bring about any desired outcome already exist. Invite them into your experience. In your heart, mind and energy field, clear a space for them. And become open to receive.

Practice #3: Put yourself in the vibrational stance of already having the abundance you desire.
How do you believe the fulfillment of this desire will cause you to feel? What version of yourself do you believe its fulfillment will inspire you to be? Once you identify that state of being, step into it with your mind and heart. Embody it.

By looking beyond what you want to the deeper desire of why you want it, you reconnect with the bottom-line feeling that you’re really searching for.

You desire greater abundance not because you enjoy the feeling of money between your fingers. You want it because you believe having it will make you feel a certain way. And you have the ability to connect with that feeling state right now. You don’t need to postpone feeling good until you arrive at some future destination!

Remember, anytime you are focused on something that does not feel good to you, it means only one thing. In that particular moment, and in relation to that particular desire, you are focused more upon lack than you are on abundance. You’re more aware of its absence than you are on its becoming. You’re focused upon the situation as it is, and not on how you’d prefer it to be. In this instance, you are using the powerful lens of your attention to resist the very outcome you desire. And in so doing, you are working against yourself.

To make the shift from lack to abundance, take every opportunity and make every excuse to contemplate things that make you happy. Dwell on things that lift your heart to the frequency of gratitude.