I’m not really sure what’s up, but I haven’t been reading as much lately as is my norm. So while the backlog of books piles up, I did take time recently to read the latest issue of Mabel magazine. It’s a relatively new publication; this is only issue #3 and it’s the first one I’ve read.
I’m giving it a definite thumbs up rating. I read it cover to cover in one go. This issue is devoted to Abundance, Money, and Prosperity, and this is a topic that I’ve really been thinking lots about lately and has been the focus of numerous conversations with friends.
I think it’s important to be willing to check our attitudes about things on an ongoing basis. It can be way too easy to become attached to an old story or a calcified belief, and just as I hope I’m always evolving and growing, I want my thoughts to be current with my latest iteration.
The tag line of Mabel is “making a living, creating a life” and it was interesting to see the divergent opinions and experiences shared by various contributors on this topic. Money is clearly a topic fraught with all kinds of emotions and since it’s such a fundamental part of our everyday life it’s always a curiosity to me to see how we each dance with it. And it seems to me those who self-identify with the terms creative and/or spiritual find the choreography of the dance especially complex.
Here are some of the articles I particularly enjoyed, in no particular order:
- Untangling the Money Knot by Christine Mason Miller. I’ve become such a fan of Christine’s work and I found her take on this subject thoughtful and delightfully refreshing. Hint: She believes we should be joyfully financially abundant and own the deliciousness of it without apology.
- Altars of Abundance by Jen Gray & Michelle Madden Smith. I love hearing about peoples altars; I love seeing pictures; I love encouraging people to create them. I have a prosperity altar and while I switch bits and pieces on it regularly (because I think it’s important to keep the energies flowing and not stagnant), I’ve been thinking lately it’s time for a major overhaul. I’m going to let this be a further nudge.
- In Search of Honest Abundance by Jennifer DeVille Catalano. I particularly enjoyed this because I, too, have a sweet connection to the plant Lunaria, also known as silver dollars or silver coins. Its other name is Honesty, and I love that on all sorts of levels. I love it so much it’s one of the flowers I showcase on my Feel Good Energy Shift website which is devoted to my flower essence and aromatherapy practice.
- The Creator’s Money Manifesto by Melissa Dinwiddle. While the language is more simple than strident, Melissa offers some great guidelines based on her own lessons learned establishing her business. And to be honest, I’m a pushover for manifestos. I love them. I fail to understand why given my interest I’ve yet to write one of my own.
- Through a Tarot Lens by Theresa Reed. Theresa offers a suggestion of 5 cards that one might wish to choose among to use as a focal point of how you want prosperity to show up in your business. I love this idea, and in fact have used one of the cards she suggested extensively in my visioning. But now I’m inspired to add it to my prosperity altar as well, and perhaps to my business altar too.
Since I haven’t reviewed any books lately I haven’t had a chance in a while to use my floriography method of rating, using the Victorian language of flowers to express my opinion. But I think I’ll break it out for rating Mabel. I’m giving it a bouquet of Lunaria for sincerity; Tiger Lily for wealth & prosperity; and Apple Blossom for good fortune.
And I’m wishing all those things for you, including lots of silver coins as well. Here’s to prosperity and abundance and feel good amounts of money for everyone.
So tell me, is abundance and prosperity and money on your mind? Do you ever take measurements of your long-held thoughts to make sure they still reflect your current self? Have a prosperity altar? Ever write a manifesto? Do tell – you know I love to hear.