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Law of Divine Compensation and Abundance

Marianne Williamson, one of my favorite spiritual writers, has been expanding my consciousness lately with  her 2012 book, The Law of Divine Compensation.  Having been raised in a blue collar family, some of the negative beliefs I soaked up that were limiting my abundance included:

“You have to work hard for everything you get”

“Some people get paid way too much for what they do”

“There’s only so much wealth to go around”

“Taking a vow of poverty is honorable”

I’m sure there were others, but these are the ones that stand out for me right now.  And these are the ones that I’m being challenged to reassess.  The Law of Divine Compensation basically states “To whatever extent your mind is aligned with love, you will receive divine compensation for any lack in your material existence”.  Williamson further states, “The practical issue is whether we choose thoughts that activate or deactivate the Law of Divine Compensation.  We activate it with every loving thought.  We deactivate it when we give more credence to the reality and power of the material world than to the reality and power of love”.

In other words, when we think thoughts like “This is all so-and-so’s fault!”, “I’ll never get ahead”, or “This is such a mess, I’ll never work my way out of it!”, we are deactivating the Law of Divine Compensation.  We are blocking potential solutions and miracles from coming to our aid.  When, in fact, a perceived path out of financial difficulty is thwarted, the Law of Divine Compensation is truly reassuring us that the Universe will simply create a new route.  Our job here is to give up our attachment to HOW we think the solution ought to occur.  We try to dictate how the miracle should happen, when our only job is to let go of believing there’s only one way and open ourselves to the Universe giving us a way we may never have considered.  A quote from the book that captures this idea is “…the Universe intends that you self-actualize, and sometimes that means not getting what you want in order to realize that you’re fine without it–which counterintuitively then paves the way for you to attract that or something better!”

“We can have a grievance or we can have a miracle; we cannot have both”.  In other words, we have to let go of our victim stance about whatever has happened that displeases us and turn that over for Divine intervention.  It’s not our job to figure out HOW the problem is going to be fixed; it’s our job to focus heavily on WHY it’s beneficial to ourselves and others to have it fixed.  That is far more worthy of the investment of your energy than fretting about how you’ve been wronged.

When we think about the world as offering abundance beyond what all of us can utilize, it helps us let go of the limiting concept that when one receives, another must do without.  Any one of us being prosperous is actually a blessing not only for that person, but for everyone else!  When I provide an honorable service for fair pay, it increases the abundance for both of us.  For example, when I provide coaching for someone and they compensate me for that service, oftentimes they reap their own financial benefits through increased efficiency, releasing their own self-limiting beliefs, and opening themselves to the abundance that was just waiting to flow in for them.  Everyone benefits!  Again, my success does not take from yours; in fact, it adds to yours because the exchange of energy between us means we both profit.

Hopefully, this short primer on creating abundance in your life gets you excited about experimenting with this for yourself.  As always, I’d love to hear from you about how the changes you make to your thoughts about abundance yield tangible results in the material world.  Go forth and reap abundance!!

About the Author:

Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum
Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum is a holistic coach and clinical psychologist who believes people are capable of far more than they think they are.


  1. Josee October 1, 2015 at 1:57 am - Reply

    Great work Bonnie! Limiting beliefs are a challenge for all of us. Recognizing and changing them most definitely helps clear the road on our paths to abundance as well as recognizing the benefits we provide for others in exchange for services. We are all connected, what goes around comes around. Thanks.

  2. Lea Tran October 1, 2015 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Love this article on abundance, Bonnie. I agree that it’s not a good use of energy to blame the situation and to try and control how things should turn out. I love the irony: once you realize you’re fine without something, it actually paves the way to getting something even better, and with more ease. Life is so full of surprises. It’s fun just to let those surprises happen 🙂

  3. Tina Games October 1, 2015 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Excellent blog post, Bonnie! ~ I have Marianne’s book in my Amazon shopping cart right now – and will finalize the order tonight. Many thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

  4. Teena October 1, 2015 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Great post Bonnie! Playing the victim rarely brings us divine compensation and abundance. All it does is put us in the passenger seat of our life where someone else is driving us around and usually in circles. When we CHOOSE to BE the Chooser then we are in the driver’s seat of our life and steering our way right into our divine compensation that we desire!


  5. Patricia Young October 2, 2015 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Great post Bonnie! so true, sometimes we get attached to how we think things should be or happen. Loved the part that says: sometimes that means not getting what you want in order to realize that you’re fine without it–which counterintuitively then paves the way for you to attract that or something better. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Robin Ann Reid November 7, 2015 at 2:28 am - Reply

    Love this post, Bonnie.
    Maryann Williamson has been on of my favorite guides to life.
    It really is all about love, isn’t it?
    Thanks for your comments and insights.

  7. Martha McCamy December 2, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply

    This is perfectly timed for me! Thank you for the refresher and reminders to let the love flow!

  8. Susan Goddard October 17, 2019 at 8:54 am - Reply

    “Always have faith that everything’s going to be okay” 🙂

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