One of the Abraham processes I’ve been playing with recently is the prosperity game. It’s very simple. Every day you give yourself a hypothetical £1000 to spend. Every day you add £1000, so on Day 2 you have £2000, Day 3 £3000. And on it goes. Surprisingly it has opened up a well of creativity that I didn’t expect. The idea is that you expand your idea of spending beyond what is currently comfortable for you. I had no idea that my ‘realistic’ approach to money was actually stifling my imagination. After playing the game for a week I’ve learned I’d love to fly a plane and I’d like to have makeup lessons. I want a Squint sofa and a Rockabilly haircut. I’d like an embroidered jacket and an African print skirt and I’d love to learn to dance on silks. These are all things I didn’t know! And most of them are affordable! And the ones that aren’t I can find ways round (cover my own sofa, buy individual flying lessons).
All of them feel like magic to me. The idea of ME flying a plane just seems so audacious. I remember reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s Wind, Sand and Stars and imagining what it would be like to navigate above the clouds! Strange as it sounds, I didn’t expect magic to lie in material things, because I’ve always valued people and relationships more highly. For me, money and imagination have never been linked in a positive way. In fact, they’ve almost been mutually exclusive. Unconsciously I’ve been believing that ‘rich people’ suffer from a lack of imagination, and because that is so important to me, I can see that I may have been avoiding money so I won’t lose my creativity. In actual fact, I can see how it would increase it! It’s ironic that I’ve been excluding myself from endlessly delightful experiences through my own lack of imagination about money!
Someone who never compromises for the sake of realism is my best friend Fleur. She creates magic in the spaces she inhabits and always dreams the dream how she wants it, without worrying about how she will afford it. That is why she is now living in a virtual palace on ‘Kings’ Road surrounded by paintings and beautiful fabrics and antiques sourced from a thousand different places. The spaces she creates are works of art, going into them lifts your heart. Her ability to combine fabrics, colours, textures with art, kitsch and whimsy will never cease to amaze me. eBay and auctions are her tools of magic making along with her endless imagination (gold lamé curtains anyone?) and sense of humour. But I guess the thing I found most surprising about the game is something Fleur has known for a long time. The value that you get from something that makes your heart soar far outweighs what you pay for it, and most things don’t cost as much as you’d think. Also note to self, money can actually enhance your imagination!
Try the game out yourself! It may unlock desires you never realised you had…