Stress Relief: The Presupposition Of Abundance (Part 2)

by Doc Orman, M.D.

In my two previous posts this week, we covered: 

Today, I want to continue looking at the presupposition of abundance and how it can help relieve stress in your life. 

Are Some Presuppositions Better Than Others? 

I believe that all presuppositions are not equal.  Some are more in tune with the realities of life, while others may be less so. 

The most important thing to recognize about presuppositions, however, is that you are not permanently stuck with the ones that may have been given to you.  You are always free to create new presuppositions—and live from them—whenever you want. 

Many years ago, we all shared the presupposition that it was physically impossible for any human being to run a sub-four-minute mile.  Then, Roger Bannister did it, and “poof” went that theory.  Our presupposition now is that with proper conditioning and training, many people can run a mile in under four minutes, and indeed thousands have already done so. 

We also had the presupposition that time and distance are fixed entities (i.e. they don’t vary from location to location).  However, Einstein showed that both are not fixed, and they can vary depending upon speed.  While this replacement of one older, outdated presupposition with a newer, more accurate one did not make much difference to most individuals in their everyday lives, it sure made a huge difference to rocket scientists, who confirmed it’s superiority regarding space travel. 

How Valid Is Our Presupposition Of Scarcity? 

When faced with the choice of adopting the presupposition of scarcity or the presupposition of abundance, which would you choose?  Are they equally legitimate, so the choice is really just a matter of taste or preference?  Or are these two ways of looking at the world fundamentally different in terms of their accuracy and utility? 

Well, the major problem with the presupposition of scarcity is that the world we live in is full of abundance.  While you could certainly argue that certain things are scarce, like gold or developable land, most of the things we human beings care about most are totally abundant.  For example, happiness is not scarce.  Joy is not scarce.  Love, friendships, and other enjoyable relationships are not scarce.  Money is not scarce.  Living a meaningful life is not scarce.  The ability to earn a nice living is not scarce.  Time, while it appears to be scarce, can actually be expanded dramatically, depending upon how you organize and conduct your life. 

You see, just about everything we truly care about is abundantly available all around us.  Yet we live our lives within the presupposition of scarcity, which makes it appear that we have limited access to these aspects of life. 

The mind can be a dangerous thing…at times.  Sometimes, it can be our own worst enemy, and this particularly comes into play with the quality of the presuppositions that get established within our bodies. 

This is one major way that our beliefs (all three levels of them) have a great deal to do with how much (or how little) stress we experience.  There are many, many others, and I hope to share more of these ways with you in future posts on this blog.



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