by Travis Chapman
When I was asked if I would like to give the talk this week at Bosque Center for Spiritual Living, I knew immediately what I would talk about. Prosperity is one of my favorite topics because it has been the area where I have done a lot of my own spiritual work, and an area in which I’ve experienced many insights, breakthroughs, and transformations over the years.
‘Prosperity’ means the state of being prosperous, and ‘prosperous’ is defined as ‘successful in material terms; flourishing financially.’ This rings true for what we typically think of when we hear the words ‘prosperity’ and ‘prosperous.’ However, the English word prosperous comes from the Latin word prosperus, which simply means ‘doing well.’ We can do well, and experience well-being, in many ways. In fact, to have a whole and healthy life, we must ‘do well’ in many areas…love, relationships, work, home, health, and community, just to name a few. I assert that we also must ‘do well’ in terms of how we open our lives to the flow of abundance from the Universe, particularly the flow of money and financial good to us and through us.
Nearly all of us have concerns about money, no matter who we are and no matter how much money we have. In the annual Stress in America survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, 62% of adults said that money was their number one source of stress. Almost a third of adults reported that money is a major source of conflict in their relationship. A 2015 survey of investors by UBS found that even those with a net worth of more than $1 million felt an ever-present fear of losing it all. It is clear that simply getting more and having more doesn’t seem to be the whole answer.
The spiritual truth about money and prosperity is pretty clear. One of my favorite Bible verses quotes Jesus in the book of Luke: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” This is just one of many prosperity truths expressed in the Bible, as well as other spiritual texts and traditions. And yet knowing these truths on one level doesn’t always allow us to have the experience of prosperity and abundance in our lives. In the same way that we might look to spiritual principle and spiritual practice to open ourselves to love, or to improve our relationships, or to make a positive difference in our communities, I believe we can also use spiritual principle and practice to open to the flow of financial prosperity. We can have happier and healthier lives as a result, and we can bring ourselves more into alignment with what I think our true purpose is here on this planet.
Join me this Sunday as we explore the realm of prosperity and abundance and all the good that is there for us in this life. Let us dare to prosper together, and create the breakthroughs that will move our individual selves and the entire Bosque Center for Spiritual Living community into a greater and greater experience of prosperity!
© 2018 Travis Chapman