Affluence is a term that you might think translates to riches or money. Getting rich is something that many today pursue, sadly often at the expense of everything that matters.
The three primary definitions of affluence are:
- Abundance of money, property, and other material goods; riches; wealth
- An abundant supply, as of thoughts or words; profusion
- A flowing to or toward; afflux
The Universe is About Abundance
Quite simply, one of the synonyms of affluence is abundance. That’s what is meant when referring to the term affluence in this site.
Abundance of love, sustenance, connections and relationships, and yes…money.
The universe is often completely misrepresented today. Many live in a universe of scarcity. The simple fact is, the universe is a place of abundance. The universe abhors a vacuum and will fill any void encountered quickly and completely. You can see this in nature every day if you change your perspective (aspect) ever so slightly.
An Example of Balancing the Void
Take for example the microcosm of a neighborhood. In the Pacific Northwest, there was a huge demand for workers in a specific area, and not just farm hands, but skilled workers like scientists and engineers.
The local population could not fill that demand, so a void (a scarcity) was realized. It wasn’t too long and workers began to flock to the area because the promise of a job without traffic, without high living costs, and with a very high payout due to the demand was an allure too rich not to consider.
So a new void was created, that void took the form of housing issues…there were not enough places for these people flocking to the region to live. But there was a lot of farmland.
That farmland was purchased at a premium price to the farmer, who consequently retained his water rights (among others), because the city lacked the impetus to pursue and manage that responsibility at the time. That land was then re-zoned by the city as mostly residential, but wisely the city held some of it back for commercial.
The housing void, consequently, began to fill very quickly. Affordable as well as premium housing was developed, meanwhile more and more farmland was gobbled up.
Now there came the void of nearby (to the new community) commercial services. The commercial services began to develop at an amazing rate, to fill that void.
Next came the void of not enough infrastructure, which consequently resulted in roads being rebuilt, communication networks being put in place, plumbing infrastructure exploding.
This also resulted in the city going back to the farmer that the land was purchased from, and paying a premium to own the irrigation and other rights that the farmer had wisely held back and that the city was now prepared to handle.
Now a void of another type of laborer was realized in the service industry, which was filled. The food the farmer had been producing while relatively small was still a void that had been displaced by the new community and it’s supporting businesses and infrastructure, so other farmers picked up the baton as well as services bringing in imports from other regions.
I think you probably get the point by now. It is the nature of the universe to fill any void that manifests. You may not agree with, or like the way the universe handles the filling of those voids, but that is irrelevant.
What IS relevant and what you need to understand is that this “golden calf” called money that everyone is so onerously pursuing is an illusion often persisted by greedy charlatans on and off the Internet acting as the tool providers of the 21st century.
By tool providers I’m referring to the gold rush era of old. You see, many people prospected for gold. Some struck it rich, but ironically the people that did the best were those that provided the tools to the prospectors!
Is the American Dream Dead?
Many have told me that the “American dream” is dead. That rags to riches stories are so much fluff designed to provide false hope to those that desperately want their “freedom” and to achieve affluence.
But that’s not true, I’ve seen the opposite too many times. The problem is, that too many people don’t know what it is that they are pursuing. So they chase snipes, illusions, promises that ultimately get broken, spirits devastated, and a new level of communal as well as individual cynicism is reached.
Affluence might have something to do with money in your world. Or it might be that you want an abundance of other things…friends, travel, sunny days, whatever…
Step One: Define what Affluence Means to You
Likely it will mean that you need a certain amount of financial income to attain what freedom means to you. If that’s true, then know what it is! Know what you need! Figure it out, it’s important!
Maybe you have a void, maybe you don’t, but you’ll never know until you figure out what your deficit is, to know when you’ve reached an abundance of something.
That’s why it’s so important to not focus just on one thing, like money. It is imperative that you achieve a balance, because nature abhors a vacuum!
Let me spell it out; let’s say that you achieve some financial goal beyond your wildest dreams! But you have no one to share your success with, because your wife left you, your kids don’t have time for you, your friends got tired of waiting for you to deem them relevant again, and you can’t do all the fun things you used to do anymore like ski, or ride bikes (for example) because you’re overweight and out of shape.
Dreary isn’t it? You focused so long to achieve your goals, only to find that they don’t matter. Nobody cares…or worse, the wrong people care.
Affluence means a lot more than money, it is but one tool in the arsenal of A’s that you need to achieve freedom because…
…the journey is the point, the goal…it’s everything…until you breathe your last…freedom is a journey!