I stepped into the lovely fall day and was surrounded by leaves. Leaves on the trees, leaves falling like rain, leaves covering every surface on the ground. It was a stunningly beautiful sight!
For the next few hours I blew leaves into piles, raked leaves into more piles, and carted leaves to the edge of our lawn to add to the millions of leaves already blanketing the “forest” part of our property.
As I moved hundreds and hundreds of leaves to their resting place and marveled at the abundance of leaves a “what if” question formed in my thought.
What if we believed that leaves were currency? What if we traded leaves for our food and leaves paid our rent and our mortgages?
On that same day I had another task to accomplish. It was the day to pay bills, and balance checkbooks, and it struck me how differently those two tasks felt.
Although it was many days of taking care of leaves, hours and hours of moving them as more fell every day, and sometimes feeling as if it would never end, there was a glorious awareness of the beauty and intelligence of the divine in action.
Paying bills can feel exactly the opposite because for every bill paid it often feels as if the pile of money diminishes rather than growing without effort like the leaves falling to the ground.
What if we had the same feeling about money as we did about leaves?
On a spring day many years ago I felt paralyzed by fear that I didn’t have enough money to take care of our families current needs. Looking at the human picture that lack appeared to be true.
Seeking solace, and an answer to my perceived problem, I walked outside and stood in a friend’s backyard. It had a ring of trees around it. I glanced up at them and admired their beauty and the contentment they stand within, and as I did so I noticed the abundance of leaves they were wearing.
“This is what is True,” I heard within. “This abundance, the display of so many leaves that they cannot be counted. Look around at the overflowing variety of abundance and know that this is a symbol of the overflowing abundance that is divine Love, always giving to everyone, including you.”
I returned to the day with that message ringing within me. I don’t remember what happened after that because it was a non-event. Our needs were met that day and the next because of that simple momentary awareness that abundance is the law, which meant that the appearance of lack was a lie.
On a recent walk along the route I often take I was astonished to notice a blue house I hadn’t seen before. It took a few minutes before I realized that I had taken a different turn and was now approaching the street from the opposite direction from my usual walk.
The house was always there, but I didn’t see it going the direction I walked before. By going the opposite direction it was clearly visible.
This is why shifting or repenting and taking an opposite or different perception than held before reveals what is always present.
Seeing the abundance of leaves on the trees in my friend’s yard shifted my perception to the law of abundance and in turn that shifted what was visible to me.
Returning to the recent beautiful fall day I was reminded tenfold of this law of abundance. No matter how many leaves we blew and raked they continued to fall. Each leaf beautiful by itself, but glorious as it joined the millions of other leaves to create patterns of color on the ground.
So what if we declared leaves as currency? It’s not as far-fetched as it may sound. Tulip bulbs, salt, and tobacco are just few of the items that were traded as money at one time or another. What made them currency was the lack of them. As soon as they became abundant we no longer saw them as valuable. In the human condition and the worldview, lack is the game we play.
Let’s not play anymore.
Let’s live in the Truth of abundance and stop agreeing with those who continue to produce fear, either through ignorance or intention.
Perhaps some people would have more trees then others, but knowing that trees continue to produce leaves and they are happy to share them with us at the right time, and knowing that trees only need to be planted and cared for with no special skills required, wouldn’t we be happy to give our leaves to those without trees, and assist them in planting their own?
Let’s see money in this new light. Let’s walk a different direction to view what we call supply.
Leaves give us the perfect symbol of beautiful abundance. Keeping the idea of the abundance of leaves as the symbol of supply, and trusting in the power of shifting perception to the Truth of what is, and giving up what isn’t (lack), we will see what has always been present available at all times to meet any human need.
Step outside and see for yourself.
Abundance is the law.
All that is required of us is the awareness and discipline to stop believing in and promoting the lie of lack.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
(Originally published October 29, 2009)