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What is prosperity?

Sometimes a complaint or two passes my lips, but fundamentally, I like getting older. And the reason is simple. The more time I am alive in this physical form my parents named Christopher, the more opportunity I have to grow, and change, and become more conscious of the wonder of creation and the freedom and joy of my true nature.

The more opportunity I have to realize, for example, as I move forward in my 80’s, how part of me is “temporary” but part of me is “permanent.” Part of me is human but part of me is spirit—a spiritual being dwelling outside time, forever undiminished and unchanged by the frustrations or joys of my human existence.

The more opportunity I have, also, to realize one of the most beautiful truths any of us could possibly experience: I am not “poor,” as I used to think. You are not “poor.” Prosperity is not “out there” somewhere. Wealth, in the truest, deepest sense, is not “out there.”

As I turn in love to the timeless reality of my being, and listen to the wisdom of eternal love in my heart, I realize more clearly every day that all the wealth and prosperity of the universe is already present in us. It is our true nature. It waits simply to be acknowledged and received. It waits simply to be given the freedom to roam in our thoughts and imagination, to be made real in our lives and in our affairs.

I am not poor. You are not poor. The seed of greatness is within us all, crying out to be expressed. It is God’s wish for each of us that we experience freedom and abundance at every level of our experience.

What were Ronald Reagan’s famous words at Berlin? “Bring down this wall.” Speaking for myself, it’s time to demolish my old, limited ideas and concepts surrounding prosperity and open my heart to the realization that I am already prosperous, just as you are already prosperous. All we need to do is to accept and express the prosperity that is our birthright.

My love to you and I’d love to hear any thoughts you may have about the above.

 

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Durwin Foster June 28, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Timely post, Dad! Engaging in the challenges and opportunities around money and “prosperity” in the last hour!

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Christopher Foster June 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Thanks Durwin. Wow, you were quick with your comment, 6 minutes after it went live. All the best on the prosperity front:-)

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Nancy June 28, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Loved this, as I do all your posts. Great blog – thank you!

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Christopher Foster June 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Nancy, thank you so much for your warm, encouraging words. You make it all worthwhile, you really do. Blessings.

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Jeri Chayet June 29, 2015 at 11:34 am

Hi again….Thanks for your offering. As I have stated I am 98 and very happy with my joyous life. I am looking for optimistic folks that I can connect with.
In joy and grace….Jeri

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Christopher Foster June 29, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Jeri, what a pleasure to hear from you. I am so touched by your comment. What a wonderful example of radiant living you are sharing with your world. Thank you for reaching out and I hope very much that you will find some optimistic folks you can connect with–or perhaps I should say, I hope that they will find you, because they will surely be very blessed if they do!

My Dad Reg in UK was sharp and funny and kept his indomitable spirit intact until he was 95, but my goodness, you’ve already soared past him, haven’t you. As for me, well I’m just a young whippersnapper, a mere 83. My wife JoAnn (84) and I live in Denver, could I ask you where you live? Also, if someone (like me) asked you what are the secrets of a long and happy life, what would you say to them?

Love and blessings to you Jeri and thank you for your comment. You’ve made my day!

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Carina Spring June 29, 2015 at 6:14 pm

I like the questions you asked your previous commenter, Jeri Chayet – what are the secrets of a long, happy life?

Your blog is lovely, and your posts always profound. I agree, prosperity can be found through being who we really are, by discovering our true nature. It takes time to do that, so I am glad to already be thinking about these ideas.

Thanks care!

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Christopher Foster July 4, 2015 at 9:05 am

It’s good to hear from you Carina. Thank you so much for your uplifting words and spirit, it’s good to share this adventure of living with you. Love the picture you have posted on your blog by the way. Blessings.

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Carolyn Hughes June 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

I love your definition of prosperity. What a great reminder that truth wealth comes from within.
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Christopher Foster July 4, 2015 at 9:10 am

Thanks for your comment Carolyn and I wish you all the very best.

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Michel July 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Dear Christopher,
You have struck it rich with touching the gold of your core being.I am in oneness with you experiencing the joy that such a wealth bring forth and allowing the universe to create with us a wonderful world. Allow love to fill your moment and abundance will follow in our heart and body.
One with You,
Michel

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Christopher Foster July 4, 2015 at 9:13 am

It’s always a joy to read your comments Michel, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful spirit in this way. Surely love and abundance is the true nature and destiny of all of us. Much love.

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Phil D. Malmstrom July 8, 2015 at 8:45 am

Such a wonderful reminder of where our true wealth lies Chris…

“I am not poor. You are not poor. The seed of greatness is within us all, crying out to be expressed. It is God’s wish for each of us that we experience freedom and abundance at every level of our experience.”

Your post immediately brought to mind something Jesus preached as well… He reminded us that placing our value on earthly treasures was a very temporary pursuit, while building our “Heavenly Bank Account” was far more important…

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” – Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT)

As you beautifully wrote, the true wealth of God exists in His presence inside each of us, and our lives here become so very abundant when we live through that presence.

Thank you for your wise words my friend. I hope this finds you well.

Have a Blessed Day.
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Christopher Foster July 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Phil, thank you for your comment, it’s such a pleasure to read your words again and share your wise, loving spirit. I’m sorry I didn’t get to your comment sooner, life can sure be hectic sometimes. How good it is indeed to acknowledge the many blessings that are so freely given to each of us, the blessing of peace, the blessing of joy, the blessing of wonder. All freely offered–all we have to do is to listen to their presence in our heart and deliberately choose to receive. Love and blessings to you dear friend.

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Carina Spring July 13, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Thanks for visiting my blog – I feel honoured. :-). Take care

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