I wrote this email to a friend awhile ago. Hope the reflections help in some way!
"Hey man, I hope you've been well. Considering your situation, I feel called you help you in realizing your power as a creator, and your ability to live a prosperous dream life... it starts with reclaiming your mind and reprogramming to a more positive, intentional life perception. It took me years to unlearn suppressive thought patterns from childhood and develop an abundance mindset. It's not our fault that we've been programmed with a lack mentality and the idea that we have to play certain games within a system.
Inevitably we will still play within the larger "system", but by hacking our minds with positive, conscious, creative drive and escaping the typical patterns of wealth gain (thanks to the recent internet evolutions), we can share value with thousands of people, feel fulfilled by serving others, and win at life - starting from anywhere and any situation.
If you resonate with these ideas, I suggest that you start developing an abundance mindset. It might feel weird at first, but you can do it. Be aware of your thoughts (reading the Power of Now is great for this). Tell yourself "I am abundant, abundance flows to me effortlessly. Everything I need will be there in perfect timing." There will definitely be some weird feelings and discord as you challenge your deep programming. If you catch yourself thinking "Oh no I might not have enough money for that" change it to "I am abundant, everything meant for me flows to me. I have nothing to worry about." Even if situations arise where you feel lacking or broke (and they will) think of it as a test. It's ok that you don't have excessive amounts of cash sitting around - what is important is you'll always have everything you need to survive. That's abundant. Even having your living/food/family/clothing/water situation makes you super abundant as it is. And as we develop gratitude for what we have, we open up to receive more.
The shift to overflowing physical abundance won't happen immediately, and you will have to work hard, but... the shift in your mind will open doors that may currently be closed. Mental state and belief systems are everything in our strange universe. If you believe you are limited, you will be. If you believe you are worthy and deserve abundance, one way or another you will receive it. However, the polarity to your desires (ex. your subconscious fears and lack programming) can neutralize any positive charge you cultivate towards abundance. It really requires an inner transformation, and letting go of what holds you down, to see outer results.
If you choose to not limit yourself and believe radical things are possible... the reality you experience will reflect this. Energetically, it also helps to have good intentions and a loving heart. Getting to this inner state of being takes some surrender and trust in the universe, which I understand may be difficult if you haven't experienced reasons to do so directly. I only achieved major breakthroughs through direct sacred experience in shamanic plant medicine ceremonies... so I know words don't mean much, but if you can, trust me man. The universe loves you and has your back. Trust may seem like a huge risk, but the secret is... life is waiting for you to surrender so it can catch you and raise you up. I'll speak into this more later.
With this abundance mindset... imagine you have hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, sitting in the corner of your room at all times... you just can't touch it yet physically. But convince yourself the energy of it is there. If your logic filters block this experience, consider that time is an illusion and in our quantum universe, the information for everything that has/is/will happen exists right NOW. So really, if you were ever to make that much money, it's there. It's already yours. Can you believe in yourself so radically that this is possible? Can you FEEL what it would be like to live this experience? Tapping into genuine belief of self-worth, and feeling into what you desire (vibrating at the same frequency of your dreams) literally hacks the potential of your reality.
Let's get metaphysical here. We know that you are an electromagnetic being. That's a whole rabbit hole in itself that we're going to gloss over. Your thoughts & feelings are powerful - they act like magnets and co-create reality. As Nassim Haramein says, "You create your reality, and reality is creating you". To put it simply, life is like a feedback loop. How do we change our story? We change the narrative we tell ourselves about our lives, for a start. We visualize and focus on what we want, rather than what we don't want. We look for reasons to be grateful instead of reasons to complain. It's all about becoming more harmonious with universal laws. You'll know what I mean when you begin to experience it - words don't do justice. Now to put some power into your conscious creation, you want to really FEEL what it's like to have all that financial abundance there with you. Let that energy flow, charge up, and take notice of what it does to your physical vibration. Compared to other emotions, like scarcity, it should feel very different, and better.
I promise that if you practice this, you will begin to feel abundant, weird shit will start aligning for you, your frequency will shift, and the magic of the universe (I like to refer to it as divine mathematics) will begin to flow in your favour. This isn't to say money will just drop into your lap (I mean, it is possible, but let's not get lazy), it's likely that you will have to work hard for your abundance. However, this internal shift will catalyze an external shift. Where doors were once closed (because you didn't believe you were worthy), the universe will now open you up to new opportunities. You might discover your true passion by "chance". You might meet the right person to get into an industry or job you've wanted. I'm not aware of your specific desires, but all I can say is the universe will effortlessly pull some crazy shit in your life if you allow it to.
You will be tested, and it will take discipline to uphold this new frequency of mind, even when the sensory you receive around you may contradict it. But that's okay, push through it. Adopt the new mindset that is in greater alignment to your higher self, your full potential, the life and freedom you desire. You can look at your empty bank account and still feel abundant (as mentioned in other posts, it's not all about money). But if money is a hangup, Imagine all the money (energy) you'll come into contact with over your life. It will come and go. Focus on the sheer gravity of how abundant you are. Open up to your most prosperous sense of self. Believe it's possible (because it very much is), and with some time & energy, your mind will be blown with the opportunities and abundance that present themselves to you.
Creating a vision board is a fun & productive way to identify what your dream life consists of (both broadly & in detail). It's powerful because every day you look at it in your room, your mind is more aligned and focused on what you want to attract into your experience. Worry mentality, which many people default to, is fear - fear of what could go wrong. Abundance & trust mentality, which we must actively reprogram to, is love - love for what could go right. The other side of the coin is gratitude. Always remember to feel gratitude for everything in your life, even right now before anything takes off to its new magical potential. Your life, as it is right now, is a beautiful miracle. If you appreciate it for what it is, you open up to even greater reasons to feel grateful. By surrounding yourself with this loving energy and mindset, your outlook on life improves, your power as a manifestor improves, and many more benefits.
For the vision board, if you have a PC the best program is Microsoft Publisher, if you have a Mac its Pages. Writing a document first and then finding images & words after is helpful. Really ask yourself what you want in life, for your own greatest benefit (self love), as well as how you wish to affect & help others. Pretend you live in a mega-supercomputer multidimensional simulation, and can create any reality you want ;) what reality would you create? Who would you be? What would you do? Personally, I find living to serve others brings the most fulfilment, but I also hold space for serving myself and things I'll enjoy experiencing. Also, think if you had all the money in the world, and you never had to work again... how would you live? What experiences do you want to have? How would you help others? Basically - pretend money isn't an object. Your soul may voice it's true callings when not held back by such limitation. And if you don't hear those callings or feels those passions - it's okay, even the intention to seek opens you up to discover them.
Jay Shetty (ex-monk, viral public figure on social media) says - fulfillment is about selfless sacrifice. Your passion is for you, your service is for others. These are good questions to ask:
- What am I good at?
- What do I love?
- What does the world need?
- How do I get paid for it?
And in the exercise I mentioned above, forget the last one for a sec. Once you've identified them without money, re-integrate the ideas with money. And like I said before... we can make money online either in passion niches, or random niches that are profitable, self-sustaining, and liberating. If money flows abundantly without direct trading of time we will be free to commit to our real passions (which may not involve money). Whatever road you take is your choice - I'm just letting you know that you have many choices!
So back to the visions... imagine if you could live your dream life, no restraints, no limitations. I know it might be weird and you may think that certain things are unattainable, but I implore you to push your boundaries of what you think is possible and envision the best possible life you could live. We are programmed to feel unworthy, but the truth is that you deserve the best. Don't feel shameful in claiming abundance because with a pure heart you can use abundance not only for yourself but to help those you love and the world at large. This could be anything from financial abundance, to spiritual awakening & enlightenment, to achieving your music dreams, to living in a different place with a nice house, to traveling year round... it's a blank canvas, and you're the painter. Try to be as specific as possible and ask yourself what you truly want - not only will it be a fun exercise but you will hone in on the reality you want to create. Tune in to the joy you feel when imagining these realities. Your thoughts and emotions are your power to manifest physical experiences! I also highly suggest reading The Untethered Soul to begin deeply freeing your mind and exploring yourself.
With this new inner direction you can begin putting energy into your future and taking action in alignment with your goals. This may also help you decide or discover what niches you want to serve - ultimately creating your own abundance and financial freedom. I'm sorry for writing you a book (lol), I just felt a very strong calling to help you in finding yourself & claiming all the love and freedom that you deserve. If you decide that you want it all - I ask that you go into it with an open heart & mind, and really try to work towards the goals you set for yourself. I promise that you will feel fulfillment, purpose, and freedom if you choose to act boldly. It's brave to trust yourself & trust the universe. Fulfilment doesn't come from material abundance, but by aligning to your callings - reasons why you incarnated here on earth this lifetime. By allowing yourself to open up to this new level of freedom you'll be able to become the best version of yourself, as well as affect others positively... which I have found brings the greatest fulfillment.
The universe is a mysterious matrix. It may seem like certain demise when you jump off the edge of the abyss and surrender to life, but in a beautiful paradox, you will find that there are very comfy pillows waiting to catch you (Terence McKenna said this much more elegantly lmao). I know that without proof, trusting the universe is hard, but doing so has been one of my greatest lessons for a prosperous life. It is imperative to believe the universe is on your side, regardless of the setbacks and "misfortunes" along the way. I have learned that darkness and suffering serve to catalyze our greatest lessons and transformations - they are what push us to grow & evolve. Through it all, life is a beautiful miracle... and we're better for it. There's no pleasure without pain, no bliss without suffering... but we can find balance & live the lives of our dreams, if we pursue it.
Anyways man, I hope this helps in some way. These are just my passionate reflections. I'm still learning & applying the lessons, and have much to learn myself. But these concepts have changed my life for the better in so many ways - I wanted to pass some off to you. All in all, don't give up, keep killing it my dude, believe in yourself, honour your truth, and utilize the opportunities that are presenting themselves to you. You can do it, you just gotta be smart and put in the work. Research the different ways to make money online, and we'll party in Thailand one day for a few weeks while we still bring in abundance and serving others ;)