Abundance Alchemy: Journey of Gold ~Evelyn Lim
Every January my colleagues go on a retreat to refresh and renew their spirits and energies for the work ahead. They also get together to break bread and share with others working in the same field. This year was not so much about learning a new skill, but it was about how to support each other and listen to each other; so much of our time is spent listening and assisting the community we are employed by and we must make it our turn.
Not having an in- person community with regular financial support coming in and benefits, means that I must find this support and retreat myself. In 2010, I chose to support myself by taking 6 days of silence, journal writing, and listening in 2-day increments. I also added several phone calls to Davina at Shades of Crimson, to speak out about my explorations and to make connections – accountability.
I was quite saddened to not be able to attend the retreat this year. I am a person of action so I began designing my own retreat and renewal process. By being open to the subtle hints from the universe several wonderful opportunities presented themselves. One was a vision board on Abundance Tapestry, which I completed, another was realizing that I was stuck, and the third was remembering that I had purchased Evelyn Lim’s recently published book.
The content of the book was not startlingly new material. It was the old journey wrapped up in a new context. It was created around the Alchemist’s journey of turning base metal into gold and reaping the rewards. The book is written by someone who has obviously taken this journey through all the steps and depths necessary to find a level of success from which to encourage others. The book is graceful in its language and approach; one still has to do the work, but it just feels like a worthwhile task to embark upon.
Lim has taken the 5Cs of Singapore and translated them into the 5 Cs of self-discovery and success. Lim has reintroduced us to our center and our power source.
I chose not to read the book straight through in one sitting, because I have studied much of this material over the years and have kept many of the ideas as part of my regular practice. Instead I used the book as my daily provoke before my walk, meditation, and prayer workout. The format of the book lends itself very nicely to this style of reading and study. There is a great deal of encouragement to take action and plenty of examples shared in story and fable form. Quotes did not just start each section, but were appropriately placed in the guide to maximize and illustrate the specific point being made or being referenced.
The day my 20th rejection letter from my job-hunting pursuits arrived, I was very discouraged and angry. I was definitely guided into feeling the full pain of this situation, then returned to the present, and enabled to use it as a visioning opportunity. It opened my eyes and ears; I was listening to my true self and not wallowing in the mire of failed expectations. I will keep this book nearby, because I believe it will be an ongoing resource and reference.
A few of my favorite quotes :
“Desires seek expression.”
“The blueprints of what we wish to create first start with thought.”
“Abundance is pure love.”
“To think is to fall short in the experiencing. Your mind can only hold partial memory. Because thought is linear, it cannot comprehend the multi-dimensional nature of reality. A mind that is constantly occupied with thoughts is not free and open.”
“To be trapped in illusion is never to be free. Freedom is found in aligning with the truth.”
“Abundance is pure love energy in motion.”
And will keep it close at hand for further reference.
Have you ever been guided to pick up a book and it has been just the right read for that moment in time? Do you have a special book you keep close as a reference? One you like to read in the middle of the night if you can’t sleep?
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