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Excerpted from The Tao of Abundance by Laurence Boldt. Copyright 1999 by Laurence Boldt. Excerpted by permission of Penguin Putnam, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.
 


"Real abundance is about so much more than money."

Laurence Boldt, 
The Tao of Abundance
, Part 1

The more you learn what to do with yourself, and the more you do for others, the more you will enjoy the abundant life.

-William J. H. Boetcker

Before I say anything about what this book is, I want to begin by saying something about what it is not. This is a not a "get rich quick" or "think your way to riches" book. You will not be admonished to "think like a millionaire," "dress for success," or "climb the corporate ladder." You will find no advice in this book on managing your investment portfolio or planning for your retirement. There are more than enough books of this kind already. In this book, the emphasis will be on a deeper experience of abundance than can be realized by the mere accumulation of goods or by amassing an impressive balance sheet.

To be sure, many readers will find that applying the eight principles contained in this book will, in time, bring greater material abundance into their lives. Certainly, applying these principles will assist you in opening to receive the creative ideas from which all wealth ultimately springs. Yet this increased material abundance will come not from struggling to attain it as a goal in itself, but rather as a natural by-product of experiencing a deeper state of psychological abundance. The new feeling of abundance that you enjoy within will come to be reflected in all aspects of your outer life, including your finances. Yet even if you make not one dime more, or even a few less, but come to earn your money in a way that truly reflects your nature and expresses who you are, your experience of abundance will be enhanced. Indeed, some may find that a truer experience of abundance requires that they relinquish their attachment to social status or excessive material consumption.

Real abundance is about so much more than money. A "healthy bottom line" does not equate with a healthy and abundant state of mind. Evidence of the psychological and spiritual poverty of the rich and famous fills our newspapers, magazines, tabloids, and television programs and hardly needs repeating here. Suffice to say that many who own great stockpiles of material possessions, and who are, to all outer appearances, extremely wealthy individuals, do not enjoy real abundance. They are never content with what they have, and live in fear of losing it. Clearly, real abundance must be something more than having a lot of money and things. But then how do we approach it?

The fundamental premise of this book is that the universe is you and is for you. If you put yourself in accord with the way of the universe, it will take care of you abundantly. To experience this abundance, there is nothing you need do first. It is not necessary for you to earn one more dollar, get a better job, buy a new home or car, or go back to school. All that is required is that you become aware of the inner process through which you create an experience of lack and struggle in your life, And refrain from doing it. Feelings of abundance and gratitude are natural to the human being; they do not need to be added or put on. We have only to become aware of how we are resisting and inhibiting this natural state.

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