AN ABUNDANT UNIVERSE FOR EVERYONE
We talk a lot about living in an Abundant universe but when I went down to the local supermarket last week I saw a young guy sitting on the pavement begging for food. I’m used to seeing homeless people in the city, but not in my own neighbourhood. Later in the week I was reading the newspaper and came across an article on global poverty. It’s estimated that in the past year 767 million people lived in extreme poverty. Does that sound like an Abundant universe to you?
Unity has strong principles about abundance. Charles Fillmore, the co-founder of Unity, was very clear about the principles and how they worked. He said that Abundance was the fulfillment of a divine idea. I love that it is about the fulfilment of a principle. He makes the distinction between material and spiritual Abundance. The material, based on the things of the world, and the spiritual, an understanding of God/Universe as the unlimited source of supply.
In one of the first Unity classes I attended we were studying Lessons in Truth. Emilie Cady writes about the fountain and how the water flows through it. The fountain never runs out of water, it is circulated and replenished. I remember beginning to get a real sense of what spiritual Abundance was. Isn’t it about being in the flow?
Lately I’ve been exploring the Dreamtime; the spiritual teachings of the Australian Aboriginals. It’s considered to be the oldest belief system in existence, and I was interested to discover some specific ideas relating to ownership. Traditionally, Indigenous Australians are semi – nomadic, travelling across the land following the food source. They have a deep feel for nature and the comings and goings of the seasons. I realise that I have a very Western concept of ownership. I have a house and a car, and I consider that all of the things I own are mine. My house was robbed a few years ago and I recall being quite upset at the time.
If you drive through central Australia there are vast tracks of desert, and you can drive for over three days and see virtually no life, no trees and no people………. but what you might see is abandoned cars on the side of the road. It’s an interesting phenomenon that begs the questions: Why would you leave a car out here in the middle of nowhere? Where did that person go? Did they survive out here in the desert? It speaks to the Indigenous idea of ownership. They might take a drive in the desert and leave the car on the side of the road for the next person to use, as they go on walkabout. In reality we own nothing, things come and go with the seasons. And we think that ride-sharing is a new concept………
I can imagine how odd it must have been for the Aboriginal people when the first settlers arrived in the 1780’s. The settlers came on boats and were given small plots of land. The new settlers built their little cottages and put picket fences around them. How strange that must have seemed to people who believed that the land belonged to everyone.
My exploration of the Dreamtime has made me question some of my ideas about ownership. I notice that I like to store things. Store for what? I’ve started giving away and throwing out what I no longer need. I’m finding it easier to manage and find things, and it’s been a freeing experience. And here’s what I’ve discovered – I have a whole lot more time and space in my life to do the things that I really want to do.
I still think about the young guy sitting on the pavement down at the supermarket, and I still think about the 767 million people living in extreme poverty. But here’s what I know………..in an Indigenous community no one goes hungry and no one is homeless.
I’m wondering, if we were able to embrace the Indigenous concept of ownership maybe…… just maybe
it COULD BE an Abundant Universe for EVERYONE!