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by Karen Winkelman Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Picture of a cat playing with gold coins and the words Allowing Abundance; August's 8 vibrationAbundance.  Yeah, the word is over-used today.

Sometimes it feels like a buzz word to me.

Yet the word is steeped in rich layers of meaning.

The dictionary defines is as a large or great quantity.

Other words that describe parts of its essence are: profusion, plenty, richness, plethora, excess, lavish, copious, prosperity, fortune, wealth.

Its opposite is lack and scarcity.

Can you live a simple and abundant life?


Can you be fabulously wealthy and live a life of scarcity

instead of abundance?


So clearly there is more to abundance than material acquisition.


When you hear (or read) the word Abundance, what immediately comes to mind for you?

Close your eyes for a moment and allow your imagination to conjure images of abundance for you.

What pops in?

Is it playing with a pile of gold, like the cat in the picture above,

or maybe you see it flowing like the waterfall into a deep blue pool.

Just be aware of what things your mind connects with the concept of abundance.


Now close your eyes again and take a nice deep relaxing breath. When you think about the word Abundance, how do you feel?

Do you feel expansive, relaxed, and light?

Or maybe you feel constricted or nervous or anxious in some way.

Just notice what comes up for you.

No judgement.


And speaking of judgment, when you hear, read, or even think about abundance, what judgments jump in for you, muddying the true essence of the word?

Sometimes when we think of abundance – or being abundant – we respond physically with involuntary constriction, rather than relaxed expansion..

This comes from that place of lack inside of you that may not trust, feel you deserve, or be willing to receive abundance for any number of reasons.

If you responded in this way, that’s great, because you have just identified a place where judgement is blocking your flow.

And that judgment has created a self-imposed limit on your ability to receive more abundance.  

Besides, now that you know it is there you can begin to do something about changing it!



What does this word mean for you?

For me it is a state of being as well as a mindset.

An energy thing.

A vibration thing.

A coming together of heaven and earth.

Spiritual plus Material.

The power and beauty of the words feels like a tapestry to me.

And that is the essence of the 8 vibration we are in for the month of August.


This month my guides tell me the 8 vibration is encouraging you to allow more abundance into your life.

The 8 vibration is about Abundance, Power, Appreciation, Wealth, Prosperity, Fame, Recognition, Leadership, Success, Problem-solving, Organizing, Potential, and Material Mastery.

When you look at the 8 on its side, you’ll notice it is an infinity symbol.

Anything and everything is possible.

The 8 brings together the resources of heaven (spirit plane) and earth (material plane)…

harnessing the powers of the 8 while allowing Spirit to drive creates a state of Material Mastery.

The 8 teaches that true success and an abundant life comes when you allow yourself to be guided by spirit.


Back to the whole “allowing” piece.

We live in an abundant Universe, on an abundant planet… yet we struggle to make ends meet.

We fear there are not enough resources to go around.

We might excel at making money, but suck at having money.

(Yeah, the “having” piece of it trips many people up…

it comes in and goes out, in and out, in and out, like the tide!

What if you could have a reservoir instead?)


What if the only thing standing between you and what you desire is your ability to believe it is possible and be willing to actually receive it?

I know. I know. I get tripped up by this as well.


The Law of Attraction says you must be a vibrational match for what you desire.

OK. So what does that actually mean?

No one gives you a catalog with all the items you wish to have with an actual vibrational frequency listed next to each item instead of a price.

Might be cool though…

I haven’t mastered this yet. (Which pisses me off to no end, btw.)

However, I do know that your frequency becomes more attractive to the things you desire when you are in any of these 3 vibrational states:





And the things you desire drift further away when you focus all your energy on vibrational zapping things like:

  • Wanting the thing
  • Thinking and talking about what you don’t have
  • Complaining, bitching, moaning, and woe-is-me-ing
  • Getting or trying to get (this includes the insidious “giving to get” behavior)

There are probably a few more in each category, yet I think this gets the point across.


A word about want and wanting…

Want and desire are two different things.

The older meaning and primary energetic essence of the word “want” means to lack.

If you "want for something" it means you are lacking that something.


If you want money and focus on wanting more money...

well the Universe interprets this as you are lacking money and you desire to lack even more money.


So unexpected bills show up, things break down, and debt piles up.

And this I know from my own experience. SIGH.


“You cannot get to a new-and-improved situation by giving your attention to the current situation.”

~ Abraham-Hicks (Excerpted from The Vortex)


Right now I am playing with “having money” instead of wanting money. 

Having money assumes you already have it, so it can grow.

Wanting money assumes you lack money and that lack grows.

This is one way vibrations of desire and receiving line up.


In order to allow more abundance in your life...

You might have to explore what beliefs are getting in the way of you having this.

It might be simply redirecting your focus away from the buzz-killing energy-deflating states I mentioned above.


“The Universe, and all physical and Non-Physical players in it, is responding to the Vibrations that you are offering; and there is no distinction made between the Vibrations that you offer as you observe, and the Vibrations that you offer as you imagine. . .”

~ Abraham-Hicks (Excerpted from The Vortex)


What might your life be like if you refrained from dwelling in those energy-zapping vibe-lowering mental and emotional states, and behaviors? (aka wanting, complaining, focusing on the crap, only seeing what is wrong, and so on)

What might your life become if you focused on how you’d like to feel and imagining what you’d like to experience?

Happier? Probably.

More abundant? Quite possibly.


“If you will simply imagine your life as you want it to be,

all cooperative components will be summoned.

And even more important, all components that are summoned will cooperate.

It is Law.”

~ Abraham-Hicks (Excerpted from The Vortex)


I invite you to give it a try.

Every time you find yourself slipping into the complaining, wanting, don’t have-ness zone, immediately start naming things you are grateful for.

Start with 5 things.

Continue on if you dare.

Then think about what you appreciate.

Feel that appreciation.

Express that appreciation… out loud and often!


And maybe allow yourself some fun and play times to stimulate joy.

For me creating puts me in a state of joy.

For you it might be seeing kitten or puppy videos, cooking a delicious meal, or playing with a child.


Now begin imagining what you'd like your life to be like...


Start allowing more and more goodness into your life.

Allow yourself to see all the abundance already in your life and all that is out there in the world.

Appreciate it.


If you have read this far... awesome!

Perhaps you are also interested in some of the other positive and negative attributes of the 8 vibration…

The Light Side of the 8 radiates:

fame, power, fortune, personal power, wealth, prosperity, charitable, wise, abundant, success, leadership, executive ability, spiritual, kind, considerate, courageous, helpful, humanitarian, perceptive, charming, ambitious, reliable, expanding, inspiring, creating systems/order, prioritizing, organizing, problem-solving, potential and potency.

You can think of the 8 vibration as the vibration of Material Mastery and Pure Potential.

The Shadow Side of the 8 is steeped in:

impatience (for self & others) and is easily knocked off balance, which is especially true this year, since the shadow of 20118’s 2 vibration also includes impatience and imbalance!

The frustrated 8 shadow gets very indignant, bossy, stubborn, over-indulgent, and may succumb to manipulation, depression, vanity, jealousy, deception, and total chaos. Just trying to get its way.

The darkest shadow of the 8 is the control freak who gives the driver seat to ego and materialistic pursuits… at any cost.

And the most common shadow element of the 8 is financial instability. The money roller-coaster.


Public Service Announcement… Mercury is Retrograde

  • Mercury went Retrograde on July 26th
  • It will end on August 18th.
  • But… there is still the shadow effect in play until September 2nd.
  • Plus, we still have a whole bunch of planets in retrograde adding to the intensity (wake me whe it is over!)

So find time to just be… only start things that were hold-overs from the past. Nothing brand spanking new until September… ok?!


Bottom Line

Appreciate the abundance in and around you.

Allow more goodness to flow into your life. (yep, ya gots to open and recieve it though!)

Refrain from energy dampening behaviors… and “wanting.”

Play with energy enhancing activities… practice them until they become new habits.


With love and appreciation for you,


Thanks in advance for liking and sharing my posts if you feel guided to!

PS. If you'd like to know your personal numerology, or if you'd like some support with whatever stressors you are dealing with, I'd love to work with you if we're a fit. You can contact me here 

PPS. I'd love to hear your thoughts... you can share in the comments area below!


Note: Parts of this blog post appeared on my monthly numerology post on Sunny Dawn Johnston's website.


Posted by Karen Winkelman on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:06 PM
Categories: Numerology, Gratitude, Manifesting, Beliefs, Receiving, Energy, Self-Awareness, Empowerment, Transformation
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On Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 9:48 PM
Liz Johnson said...
"Great message Karen, I particularly love the definition of want or wanting and having. I agree want equals lack but have means it's already there. I find myself in the same tug o war with this concept. So I truly appreciate the clarity. This current energy has been challenging too. Anyway, before I ramble on further, thank you for sharing this information and insight. Love and blessings! Liz"
On Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:59 PM
Linda King said...
"Exactly what I needed tonight before bed...Thank you, Karen!Love to be in an abundan frame of mind, but lately it's been tough. Haven't worked for going on 5 months while I organize and get my small business in motion. The mind really can skrew me up...worry and depression, being at home and away from people who stimulate me can be detrimental to my motivation. I'm seeing the light at the end of my tunnel tho, but still have this month to get thru and get up and running! I am very grateful for what I have...the opportunity to be my own boss, to love what I do and soon to be around great people thru my farmers markets and teaching craft classes. It's what I have be working on.Would like to talk to you someday soon. Linda"
On Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 2:10 PM
Karen said...
"Liz, thanks for taking the time to comment and share your own experiences with wanting/having and the wonky energy we are immersed in right now! Glad I could help with some clarity and offer a different perspective. The issue around having meaning it is already there is an interesting one. Energetically, if you have a desire for something the way there already exists. It does require receiving it and being willing to take some action or make some change. Not always an easy thing for sure! :) The other piece is being in appreciation, for everything you already have. This helps you step into the energy of having. And if you wish to increase your money or abundance... if you have even a penny, you Have money. So tap into being grateful and appreciating that penny (or however much it is). See the abundance around you and be in appreciation for it. When you pay a bill or buy something, as the money is changing hands remind yourself that you love having money, instead of allowing yourself to go into lack. If you are physically feeling off, affirm I love having a healthy body. Instead of dwelling on the aches and pains you don't want. It requires paying attention and making conscious choices, moment by moment. Lots of love to you! Karen"
On Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 2:18 PM
Karen said...
"Thank you Linda! Love how the Universe provides what we need when we need it! :) Thanks for sharing your situation. Yes, it can be tough staying in a positive mindset with what you are going through, and even more challenging to stay in an abundance mindset when you have been out of work for awhile. I know this one myself. Not fun. One thing you might try is to see your work situation as a gift. And to also look at what else you might be feeling as a result of this. Honor it, Acknowledge it. And let it move out. Sometimes we try to start something new (like a business, or relationship) but we are still clinging to something from the past job, career, relationship. So our energy is divided. Wishing you joyful success and abundance in your new business. Lots of love, Karen"

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