Decoding the messages

In the study of spiritual metaphysics, it is taught that there is One Mind – and that all is contained within that One Mind. This means that we are never far from the answer to a question, or the solution to a problem. A favorite affirmation that I learned early in my affiliation with New Thought aligns with that teaching and goes like this:

I always know what I need to know, the moment I need to know it!

In using this affirmation, we must remember that the moment we NEED to know something may not align with when we WANT to know it. Patience is a spiritual practice, too.

It has been my experience that we are ALWAYS receiving information from the Universe – it’s just that most of the time, we’re not paying attention. One of the significant benefits of walking a spiritual path is that we are much more likely to recognize these nuanced communications when they come our way because we are more tuned in to the spiritual side of things.

Most of my messages – or answers to my questions – have tested my patience and perseverance as they are usually time-delayed; sometimes for several years. I have learned to be patient and trust the process, but will admit that there are times when I feel quite frustrated in waiting for the answer or message!

One time however, my fervent plea was NOT delayed at all.

I was in Southern California for a retreat, and I was spending some time alone on the beach the day before group activities began. I lived in San Diego when I was a young Sailor and both of my children were born there. I have a deep connection to the area and the beaches and no matter what business takes me to her shores, I make sure I have time alone to reconnect.

I had come to the end of a portion of my spiritual journey and was feeling some trepidation and angst. I had a LOT of questions. Instead of answering the ones I had at the start of my journey, it seems I had uncovered even more along the way as well as a good dose of doubt.

I had invested a lot of time, money and energy in this particular journey and the events of the previous year or so had done little to make me feel comfortable about those investments. Instead of allaying my initial concerns, I observed increasingly ridiculous behavior by multiple “leaders” in the community as well as a breathtaking level of pettiness, power-hunger and competition. I kept thinking, “if this is what enlightened looks like, I need to reconsider remaining in the dark,…

I was beating myself up pretty good for the time, money, attention, energy, etc. that I had spent and beginning to wonder what the opportunity cost had been for this venture. I was smarter than this, and have a portfolio of “proof” (academic credentials and jobs), I told myself. How did I get sidelined into this insanity? What else could I have done in my life/career if I had channeled all those resources in another direction?

As I was thinking, ranting, questioning, and feeling like every negative thought or comment anyone had ever directed my way was probably spot-on accurate; in exasperation I said (out-loud): “I just need to know that I’m not a fool, or complete failure – I need to know that I’m OK…

I stopped walking abruptly and looked down. At the tip of my toe at that moment laid the rock pictured above. It was a 3-D heart-shaped rock.

I dropped to my knees and sobbed.

This beach was rocky and filled with a lot of sea debris. And yet, in the midst of my existential “crisis” when I needed help, answers, support, validation and mostly to know that I was not alone: the message came to me immediately.

It would make great copy if I could tell you that after that, I hit the lottery, met the man of my dreams, and started a job writing for a travel company that only sent me to exotic places with 5-star hotels. That didn’t happen (things didn’t get worse, either).

I have now had what Wayne Dyer called “conscious contact” with the truth that I am inextricably connected to Spirit, and that the things I want and need are indeed of concern beyond my own sphere of influence. I have learned that the answers I seek come on different time schedules, but that they always come and in varying formats.

Sometimes they are a downed tree and a part time job. Other times they are a happenstance conversation or piece of information. Still other times they are answers that seem to be the anti-answer and on a few rare occasions they show up as a random sea rock on a beach.

Mary Baker Eddy taught that what we seek is seeking us. My experience, since I have put my foot more formally on a spiritual path, has proven this time and again. And as I seek to make a connection with that which is simultaneously seeking me; I need only be open, ready and able to decode the messages that come my way.

And so it is.

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Metaphysical Business Rules

One of the biggest challenges to grasping metaphysical spirituality for those new to the practice is balancing what we hear from teachers (our thoughts create our world) with the reality that we’re not all-powerful, magic wand-wielding wizards.

In actuality, we live in a Universe that has what information systems professionals describe as “business rules“: guidelines for processes that operate on the “if THIS situation exists, then THAT option is available” basis.

(business rules to assign customer status based on annual spending)

In the example shown above it shows how a computer algorithm assigns customers to a rewards status based on their spending.

If someone spends $5,000/year, Gold customer; else if someone spends $3,000/year, Silver customer; else if someone spends $2,000/year, Bronze customer; else Regular Customer.

In a business rule, an action triggers a response. This is very much how Spiritual Law works, but it requires a bit more patience and faith to work in our lives.

Thought as a causative agent

Our world view and perpetual, habitual thinking will absolutely impact our experience. If we are miserable people, our experiences will mirror our perspective and bring us more reasons to be miserable. Conversely, if we see the Good in life, our experiences will mirror our positive perspective and bring us more reasons to be upbeat.

This does NOT mean that we can, a la The Secret, put our attention on a gold necklace and have it appear without any effort. It also does NOT mean that we can magically change our circumstances (poof!) and transport ourselves out of the misery we feel today and into bliss tomorrow.

I explain this as the Metaphysical Business Rules of the Universe and they serve to prevent us from getting something for nothing. In the terms of the example/graphic above, we cannot enjoy the benefits of a GOLD Member status without spending $5,000 a year.

An early-20th century success coach once said that to get a million dollars, we need to give a million dollars worth of service. This means that to land a job that pays a very handsome salary, we must be willing, marketable, and able to perform the work associated with that generous-salary job.

While I have had many wonderful experiences in manifesting, I have also had MANY circumstances where I wanted BADLY to experience a magical and immediate change that did not happen. One interesting example of this was my career experience.

This and many other circumstances (my own and others) in combination with studies in other spiritual traditions have shown me that there is much more to applying spiritual metaphysics in our lives than simply putting our attention on something and having it show up.

We can absolutely use spiritual principles to help us identify opportunities to improve ourselves and our circumstances; but we must not mistake spiritual support of our forward progress with a free pass to easy street. They are not the same thing.

Spiritual support for forward progress means that as we work toward our goals (yes, I said “work), we find support along the way. We stumble upon information that we did not have access to previously; we are asked to join someone and this introduces us to someone else that is helpful in our journey; we encounter a fortuitous break (like a storm and a downed tree); we receive an email or a phone call with information or other news (an offer for a part-time job or business opportunity), etc.

Please note: I did NOT mention a winning lottery ticket, the Prize Patrol, a long-lost relative with a lot of money or buried treasure.

The “supports” we receive are spiritual help and encouragement. We recognize them as signs that we are supported – that we are never alone. We also need to remember that if we choose to sit on the couch and WAIT for help to knock on the door or fly in through the window, it is likely that we will be waiting for a very long time.

The first talk I gave on metaphysics taught that when we go into our closet to pray for food because we are hungry, the answer is not going to be a hot dog stuffed in through the keyhole.

We begin to grow spiritually when we learn that sitting and waiting isn’t going to bring us what we seek. As much as we have grown to depend on Amazon with 2-day, “free” shipping; that’s NOT how spiritual support works!

In another (earlier) blog post, I wrote about Newton’s Laws of Motion. We all recall at some level that for every action, there is an equal and opposite REACTION. On every level, the Universe reminds us that there is no scenario where we can get something for nothing. To reap the rewards in life, we must always put forth some effort.

Simply put, the metaphysical business rules for life are:

>>> if we’re willing to put forth an effort, keep moving forward, AND we’re mindful of spiritual Law; THEN we will be provided with help and support along the way.

With continued work and effort in combination with an understanding of spiritual law and faith in the outcome/trust in the process; these initial small “wins” expand into bigger and better demonstrations of our Good.

That’s how it works.

One last point. If we are doing our work, trusting the process, keeping the faith – and STILL find that things aren’t working out; it’s time to ask ourselves if we’re capable of seeing the spiritual help that is all around us but that seems to be missing.

It’s important that we are not so fixated on what we want and how we want it to happen that we are unable to see the perfect unfoldment right in front of us.

When this happens, we may dig in and stubbornly fight against the answers that show up because they have not arrived our way.

This stubbornness, intransigence and bull-headedness can cause us to waste a lot of time, energy and money; and to lose out on the things we have wanted for many years.

The Universe always answers and always supports our forward quests. When we finally achieve spiritual maturity we are able to recognize that the ultimate answer to our dreams and desires may look different than we imagined.

At this level we are able to trust that – regardless of the appearance – the answer to our hopes, dreams and prayers is in motion and everything is working out for our Highest Good – and the Highest Good for all.

We also know that the Highest Good for ALL often takes on a different form than what we have envisioned.

Letting go, and letting Good flow in – regardless of whether it’s exactly what we wanted and how we wanted it – is the real “Secret“. It is the cipher code/key to the Metaphysical Business Rules that govern the Universe and the treasure map to all we desire.

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NOTE: readers should be aware that none of these teachings imply or should be interpreted to mean that following these principles/teachings guarantees a life without difficulty. Life still happens – good, bad and otherwise. Spiritual metaphysics is about learning to respond.

For more on that topic, check out this blog post.

Sustainable Spirituality

I have gained a great many benefits from learning and digging deeper into the teachings of New Thought; benefits that have helped in ways too numerous to count. The great transformations I have seen in my own experience and in that of others inspire me to support the continued sharing of these principles and teachings. They also give me strong reasons to hold the movement accountable to first do no harm. We should take care not to set up guidelines and guardrails that serve ourselves but that lead others to cast the whole lot of teachings aside.

This casting aside is what I hear most often from people who affiliated with the teachings for a while, but never saw the great abundance they were promised (or believed that they were promised) – and left, disillusioned. Some went back to their Christian roots. Others are simply disillusioned with organized religion and spirituality as a whole, and that makes me sad because I know of the great Good that can come out of walking a spiritual path.

In a recent blog, I wrote that the teachings in New Thought are based on Christianity as well as other spiritual traditions. As such, I feel that is is helpful to teach the larger context instead of putting so much emphasis on things like “Prosperity” because the core essence of the teachings lies in the larger message.

Louise Hay shared in her movie, “You Can Heal Your Life” that when she placed her foot on the spiritual path, things began to open in front of her.

I recognize in using her example I am potentially creating another expectation that when we step on to the spiritual path, the fame and fortune of a Louise Hay is ours. That is NOT what I am saying: I am using her – a prominent and beloved teacher – to highlight the message that walking in the Light helps bring the “green lights and parking spaces” to us with less effort.

In the biblical canon, the concept of “green lights and parking spaces” is illustrated throughout, but here is one example that nicely highlights the concept that Truth teachings are a way of life – and not about manifesting millions:

Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See, the place where we dwell under your charge is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan and each of us get there a log, and let us make a place for us to dwell there.” And he answered, “Go.” Then one of them said, “Be pleased to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.” So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. But as one was felling a log, his axe head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Alas, my master! It was borrowed.” Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float. And he said, “Take it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it.

2 Kings 6

It’s easy to pass by this mini-miracle as the next passages move quickly into a story of chariots, horses, fires and the ability of the prophet (Elisha) to hear what is spoken in the King’s bedroom from afar. But I believe that the sum total of the benefits to walking the spiritual path is codified in this passage.

Elijah passing the mantle to Elisha

This was not a life or death issue. It was not a crisis. It was someone who had borrowed an axe to do work, and who lost the most valuable part of it when the head (heavy, metal portion) came off and fell into the deep river.

Elisha, being a holy man; a prophet, stopped what he was doing and cut off a stick that he threw into the water where the axe head had sunk, and the iron axe head rose to the top where the man could retrieve it.

This seemingly small act of Good no doubt kept this worker from having to take money he did not have to replace the axe head that he borrowed. We don’t get much more detail around this event but we can imagine ourselves, having to purchase something to replace what we had borrowed. We can assume he was poor, or on hard times, or he would have purchased his own axe. We can also assume from his statements that losing this one and needing to replace it would be a hardship.

Elisha is that person whose feet are firmly planted on the spiritual path. He was Elijah‘s heir apparent, and the mantle of responsibility as prophet to the people of Israel had been formally passed to him at Elijah’s transition.

The lesson of the axe head is in many ways more relevant in today’s modern world than the story of how Elijah called down fire and brimstone to defeat the false gods.

It is likely that we will become disillusioned if we position ourselves to wait on the heavens to open and smite our enemies, or deliver us the bejeweled answers to our financial problems. The reason is that in this expectant posture, we can (will!) miss the many, MANY miraculous things that come our way – the green lights that help us make it to work on time on a critical day; the parking spaces that make our day a little easier, the axe heads that we borrow and do not know how we could afford to replace.

Abundant blessings come to us in strings of many mini-blessings. If we are aware of them, they form a tapestry of a most abundant, blessing-filled life. Our challenge is to take care not to calibrate our vision to be waiting on the BIG ONES, and unable to see the great flood of little ones that come into our experience, every day.

In life there are times when we feel overwhelmed. Nothing seems to be working, or going our way. This is often when people navigate to a spiritual teaching or organization – to seek an end to the pain, to the struggle. I understand that impulse, but I also know that it doesn’t work that way.

In pondering this blog post, my mind wandered off to a story told by a friend – a former US Army officer who had to learn survival skills as part of his training. That memory reminded me of scouting, and the field guides we used to use when we went camping or hiking in the woods.

Field guides don’t teach you how to ascend the ranks to be the grand poobah. They teach you how to identify poisonous plants from edible ones; how to treat minor cuts and scratches with plants; how to make a fire without matches; how to survive by building a shelter if you’re caught in a snowstorm; how to identify the direction (N/S/E/W) using natural landmarks and the stars.

Learning spiritual principles is a good first step to ending our pain or stopping our struggles, but this solution is only sustainable if we understand that the teachings are not a primer on how to manifest the next Power Ball winnings or Prize Patrol visit. They are a field guide on how to live a life using spiritual tools to navigate the challenges that come with being here, now (physical existence on this planet).

When I am engaged with someone who is in a “life pickle“, one of the first things I do is to encourage them to get a small notebook and begin to journal the many little blessings that I know are already coming into their lives. I have seen this simple exercise transform the individual experience on many levels time and again.

I will close this post with a reference to one of my favorite 20th century spiritual writers: Florence Scovel Shinn. She wrote in one of the 4 books she is best known for that we must take care not to “…neglect the day of small things, for little beginnings have big endings“.

And along the spiritual path, these “big endings” are very often a life of peace, harmony, wholeness and being provided with what we need in each moment.

This is what I call “sustainable spirituality” and while it might not be as “sexy” as the prospect of manifesting millions; sustainable spirituality is achievable by anyone, from any perspective, in any situation or circumstance – and it’s free to you, and to me.

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Remembering

As a global community we are experiencing a mix of fear, trepidation, uncertainty and anxiety around the novel Coronavirus and the disease that results: COVID-19.

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Stark reports are intermingled with new restrictions and recommendations, and it can be difficult for the strongest among us to stay positive.

I was listening to Michael Gott’s song, “When I Forget” on the way into work this morning (I work at a major medical center, so no home quarantine for me at least for now), and it reminded me of something that I wanted to share.

26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Matthew 6

This verse from the Christian canon reminds us that we are precious, valued and cherished. It is sometimes challenging to remember that we hold this honored status when we are facing scary times. The best way to strengthen our faith in the face of a great storm is to take inventory of all the many times that we have been provided, cared for and blessed in our lives.

We can use a journal, or make a “Vision Board” to review the blessings, answered prayers, miracles and manifestations that we have experienced over the years.

It is easier to battle larger giants when we remember that the Infinite Spirit had our back on many small and medium things. Making a list of all the times Spirit showed up to cover our expenses, provided something we needed (or wanted), and brought healing to us or someone we love helps to calm our fears, and return to a knowing that we are not alone.

To put it in terms as they are presented in the biblical story excerpted above:

Remember all the times God showed up in your life as money, food, healing and answers in things large and small? Be strong, and have faith! You weren’t alone then, and you’re not alone now!

The lyrics in Michael Gott’s song include the following line:

  • When I forget, will you remember for me?

We can work together to remember – for ourselves, and for each other. There is a Power for Good in the Universe – greater than we are – and we can use it! We’ve used It throughout our lives.

And we can use it now – no matter what we are facing.

When you forget, I am remembering: for you, for me, for us all.

And so it is.


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Divine protection

Many traditions teach the power of Divine protection. Ancient practices from many corners of the world included elaborate ceremonies with herbs, fire, smoke and dancing to “pray protection” on their people.

Better known to many today is one ancient act of protection that was noted in the story of the Hebrews in captivity in Egypt: the story of the Passover.

You may (or may not!) recall the story of the Hebrew captivity. Outside of the biblical realm, history has documented centuries of the enslavement of some groups of people by others. It is therefore not in dispute that the Hebrew people were slaves in the land of Egypt. It is also historically accurate that in situations where there were “strangers in strange lands“, the religions and traditions of the enslaved often clashed with that of their captors.

While all this is wonderful biblical lore and cultural literacy for the Western tradition: what relevance does this have today?

I come from the perspective that all ancient wisdom texts – biblical included – are not so much historical records as they are wisdom lessons. While the external world has changed substantively over the millennia, the spiritual Truths – documented in all of these texts across cultures and geography – ring true today if we will take the time to read critically, and ponder their wisdom. Let’s look at one today – in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – that has a lot to teach us.

The Passover

It’s not lost on me that the celebration of the Passover is upon us (coming soon!) just as we all hunker down in our homes to avoid the Coronavirus. In the story of the Exodus from Egypt, you may remember that in their bid to be freed from slavery in Egypt, the Hebrew people turned to their God, who decided to send 10 plagues to be visited upon Egypt.

The LAST plague targeted the first born sons of the land. It had its intended impact – the next morning the Pharaoh told Moses and Aaron to take their people and get out!

Metaphysically, we look at these stories not as history (although there is some historical accuracy to many of the Hebrew scriptures), but as allegory – a teaching story. Let’s examine this one.

The plague on the first born son is a direct attack on succession of power. In traditional households, the oldest son is often looked to as the rightful heir of the family wealth and power. As gender roles evolved this has loosened somewhat in modern families but the position of the first born still has a default role in many families.

It was the POWER structure in Egypt that kept the Hebrew people enslaved. This final and most terrible plague was directed intentionally at this point to send a message, and create disruption.

In the scriptural canon, Yahweh sends the angel of darkness to sweep over the land and take the breath of life away from every first born in the land. For the Hebrews living in this same land, there had to be an option for them to be spared from this awful act; and of course, there was.

22 Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you. 

Exodus 12

The Hebrew households were specifically instructed to paint the blood of a sacrificed lamb on the doorposts and lintel (overhead door post) so that the angel of darkness and death would “pass over” the house – thereby sparing the first born.

If we look at this from the metaphysical perspective, the sacrifice and blood painted on the doors are intentional actions taken by those in covenant with the God of Israel. We don’t do a lot of that today, but we do make “covenants” with teachings and traditions in which we believe.

So what does this mean to us today?

Facing challenges is a part of life. Each of us deals with these challenges in our own way, and often in at least some of the ways that we were taught by our families. This wisdom lesson from the Hebrew scriptures teaches that when we “paint the doorway of our homes” with the Truth, we are protected from the “plagues” of life.

As I write this, the COVID-19 scourge is sweeping the nation and fear is rampant. How can we inscribe divine protection across our homes and lives to safeguard ourselves and those that we love?

We can strengthen our daily spiritual practice, whether that be meditation, music, creative activities (art), prayer – whatever you do; keep doing it!

We can follow the advice of public health professionals, and clean up our thoughts. The news media is CRAZY with negativity and scary statistics. It also passes on some good advice for staying healthy. We need to make sure we’re not overdosing on the negativity OR refusing to heed the good advice.

The vast majority of people exposed to the Coronavirus will recover. The fatality rate is lower than initially projected and while people have died, and will continue to die from this disease; it does not appear to be the Bubonic plague or even the Spanish flu.

As spiritual people, we can “paint the doorposts of our homes” by immersing ourselves in our spiritual traditions, and remember that we are never alone – no matter what passes through our experience.

We can support others who are frightened, or facing economic perils from this situation. We can know the Truth or pray for those who are in harm’s way, or who fall ill. We can take steps that are helpful to our physical health: get enough sleep, wash our hands, practice social distancing, and eat whole and healthy foods.

The other lesson from this biblical story is that of the cost of freedom. The Hebrew slaves wanted to be freed from Egyptian control. The plagues were sent to aid in their quest. What “freedom” are we seeking – collectively and as individuals – that this circumstance may clear the way for us to find?

The answer to this question is likely as many and varied as the traditions who ponder the story. Here are just a few to consider:

While many businesses are being disrupted, this “plague” is forcing options on employers that many had resisted for some time. It is inserting a forced flexibility into some areas that was not possible before. It is opening the doorway to major transformations of old business models and some may argue that it a BAD thing; but I would suggest that perhaps it’s time for a new age – a new way of doing MANY of the things that have not changed for decades or longer.

Like the 10th plague and its impact on the power structure in ancient Egypt, the pandemic is opening a doorway for true leaders to emerge. There are “formal leaders” – those who are anointed by the government or other organizations, and who hold titles; and there are what is known in management theory as “informal leaders“. These informal leaders are people who step up and lead by their actions – regardless of title or pay. We are seeing this play out on the news daily, and it is happening in organizations large and small across the globe.

As a culture, we are being held accountable to the way we spend our time and money. How many of us shop for entertainment? Malls, shopping complexes and more have been built over the past century to provide “spendertainment” to the masses. Perhaps, just perhaps, this global reset will cause more of us to take a walk outdoors instead of going to the Mall.

I can report from my own small circle that the incessant running around by the average family has ground to a halt – and no one is complaining about that!

Yes, these are scary times; and there will be unfortunate and upsetting outcomes in some corners. This does NOT mean that we need to descend into fear and panic.

This is a call to remember who we are, and reconnect with how to Be in the world. It is a time to return to simple Truths, and our true essence (spiritual Beings having a physical experience). We are, indeed, beloved children of the Most High; under whose wings we find shelter and protection.

So let us paint the doorposts of our homes with the knowing that the Infinite is – and always has been – our shield and rampart. We, and all whom we love and cherish are lifted high on a rock in times of trouble.

I know and accept this for myself, and for each of you. And so it is.

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Simple Things, Big Gratitude

There’s nothing quite like an impromptu gathering of friends who share some common threads and whose differences not only help to smooth each others’ rough edges, but bind us together to create a strong and interesting tapestry.

Today I marveled at the great wealth I have in my group of friends – some long-time friends; others relatively new. I am grateful for the technology that keeps us connected when life gets in the way; for good food and the bonds of friendship that are stronger than external circumstances.

For centuries, close knit groups of women sustained communities and maintained the ebb and flow of businesses, tended to babies and the elderly, and kept things moving forward – all while supporting each other in the daily, sometimes hectic/sometimes mundane activities of life. In times past, this support may have included helping with housework or farm work after the birth of a baby, a death in the family or other times of need.

In today’s high tech world it may still look like that in some corners, but it may also be as simple as a text message invitation to gather for lunch (this week Thai ~ next week, Mexican?!) 😉

I surely don’t stop to ponder this enough, but today I was granted the gift of a divine reminder: I am provided – always, and in all ways. I was able to stop for a moment and pay attention, to recognize even, the great blessing that is this circle of friends.

I am deeply grateful for each of you – for how you show up in the world, for who you are, for simply being you. You know who you are (all of you!) – thank you!

Namaste.


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Abundant beginnings: statement 10

I keep my mind and my thoughts off “this world” and I place my entire focus on God within as the only cause of my prosperity. I acknowledge the Inner Presence as the only activity in my financial affairs, as the substance of all things visible. I place my faith in the Principle of Abundance in action within me.

John Randolph Price, The Abundance Book

As we come to the end of the 10 statements (keeping in mind that we will repeat all of them 3 more times along the 40-day abundance journey), we close with a strong statement of purpose: our focus.

We affirm that we now keep our minds and our thoughts off of this world. Translation: we will not focus our concern and attention on money, jobs, careers, investments, bank balances, home values,…etc.

Instead, we now keep our focus on the Inner Presence, as the ONLY activity in our financial affairs.

In the early stages of making this shift in knowing, this is a significant step. Most of us were raised to count dollars and cents; to tally savings and investments; to negotiate salaries and benefits. Yet, here we are learning that these things – notably of “this world” – are NOT where we need to place our focus.

The late Wayne Dyer taught these principles so clearly and plainly. In his life he wrote more than 30 best-selling books, and came to be known as an icon of spirituality.

He was invited to participate in the movie The Secret, but declined. He taught, especially toward the end of his life, a more nuanced version of the popular meme, “you become what you think about“. He taught that we attract what we are.

In my blog on the first step of the Abundance Journey I wrote about alignment; and this is the concept he is referencing. When we are in alignment with Spirit (or as Wayne Dyer often said, living an inspired life), we attract inspired circumstances, people and opportunities into our experience.

This is why I continue to push back against the idea that people need to tithe to a church or center in order to manifest money. It’s not the tithing that’s magical; it’s the energy behind the giving – and it doesn’t matter where you give!

In a previous blog I wrote about the importance of the position of our hearts as being more important than the position of the decimal point in our gifts. This relates to Dr Dyer’s teaching – that we attract who/what we are.

If we tithe to a church or center, but we are stingy in other areas in our lives, we’re missing the boat and we’re not going to demonstrate the abundance we are seeking. We can give and give and give that 10%, but until we BECOME generosity in ALL of our being; we will not attract generosity into our lives.

And when we learn that this resource is not scarce, but ever flowing in our direction; it’s easier to relax into a posture of being generous. We need not hold tightly to our wealth, as it flows “continuously, easily, and effortlessly” into our lives from Source.

These are significant steps of faith, but once we get into alignment, the Divine flow begins and we’re the only one who can turn it off.

A few blogs ago I wrote about asking (more Wayne Dyer guidance). In that post I wrote about yet another instance where I “let go, and let God appear as the abundant all sufficiency in my life”. And did It ever show up!

I’ll be bringing home a new Jeep Grand Cherokee in a few weeks and signing my Wrangler over to my family member. A couple months ago I couldn’t make the numbers work for the new Grand Cherokee, but I used the tools I share regularly on this blog, and knew that “…it is impossible for me to have any needs or unfilled desires.”

Student loans. A new roof. A new car. A pension, and much, much more. I AM provided – always and in all ways; and not because I’m smarter, more spiritual or luckier than anyone else.

I Am provided because I have learned to keep my mind and thoughts off “this world” and place my entire focus on God within as the only cause of my prosperity.

I Am provided because every moment of every day I acknowledge the Inner Presence as the only activity in my financial affairs, as the substance of all things visible.

I Am provided because I place my faith in the Principle of Abundance in action within me.

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God/Spirit is the Source and Substance of ALL my Good.

And so it is.


(C) 2020 Practitioner's Path

Abundant beginnings: statement 8

My consciousness of the spirit within me, as my unlimited source, is the Divine power to restore the years the locusts have eaten, to make all things new, to lift me up to the high road of abundant prosperity. This awareness, understanding, and knowledge of Spirit, appears as every visible form and experience that I could possibly desire.

John Randolph Price, The Abundance Book

In preparing the post for this statement, I struggled. I felt (still feel) that nothing I could write in this series could compare to the inspired post I recently wrote about this same statement, titled “Restoration“.

The message of this 8th statement is restoration, and it’s a balm for the downtrodden and wounded spirit.

How many of us have regrets? I’ll venture a guess that every person reading this has at least a few. The promise of spiritual abundance is that no matter what we’ve missed, lost, or allowed to pass by; it’s never too late.

In many classes, we are asked: “What would you do if money was no object?

I change this slightly when considering the concept of Restoration: what can we forgive/release if we accept that all can be restored?

[The] awareness, understanding, and knowledge of Spirit appears as every visible form and experience that I could possibly desire.”

Are we in touch with what we desire? It’s not too late, now or ever.

(C) 2020 Practitioner's Path

Abundant beginnings: statement 7

The Divine consciousness that I am is forever expressing its true nature of abundance. This is its responsibility, not mine. My only responsibility is to be aware of this truth. Therefore, I am totally confident in letting go and letting God appear as the abundant all sufficiency in my life and affairs.

John Randolph Price, The Abundance Book

The impulse to pray and then micromanage the results can be hard to overcome; but it is essential if we want to experience the flow of Good into our lives.

In an earlier blog post I wrote about the biblical tale of Abraham and Sarah’s quest for a child. In this well-known story, they ask God for a child, but years pass and no baby comes. Sarah begins to doubt that it could happen, even though God had promised them that they would indeed have a child. In her limited vision, believing that it was up to her to fulfill God’s promise to her, she sends her maidservant to Abraham to lie with him and conceive a child.

It doesn’t take much of an imagination to see what a mess followed. Sarah prayed for her miracle, and then instead of remaining “aware of this Truth“, and being patient; she took matters into her own hands, and created chaos for her family, and some argue, for the world.

Our responsibility in living the principles of spiritual abundance is to be aware that the principle works, and to let go, and let God. It is NOT our responsibility to micromanage the outcome.

This is tricky because there is a fine line between “treating and moving our feet” and micromanaging.

The key lies in remaining open and receptive, which is a different energy than pursuing our own idea of how things need to unfold. When we learn to feel the difference between these 2 energies, we are on our way to becoming aware of our responsibility in the process.

Micromanaging feels desperate, tense and uncertain. Being in the awareness that “[t]he Divine consciousness that I am is forever expressing its true nature of abundance” feels like peace, patience and a quiet knowing that all is well.

This perspective allows us to discern when an opportunity comes along that may be a door to our Good. In my experience, this has always come from a place external to me, and not after I went searching.

For example, someone initiates contact with me about teaching as an adjunct, or with an opportunity to develop curriculum for a grant as opposed to me applying for a position in an active, seeking posture.

Another example would be when information comes to me in a passing conversation, such as happened with my student loans. There’s definitely a nuanced difference between micromanaging (desperately seeking something) and allowing; and the more we practice, the easier it is to recognize these two disparate energies.

As we practice this Jedi-like awareness, we become more and more confident in “letting go and letting God appear as the abundant all sufficiency” in our lives and affairs. And when we get to this point, there are few things that can rattle us. Challenges that appear along the way in our jobs, careers, bills and expenses can be viewed through the lens of peace when we know – when we are aware – that regardless of external appearances, “…Divine consciousness …is forever expressing Its true nature of abundance” and that “[m]y only responsibility is to be aware of this truth.”

Learn. Practice. Be still and know. And so it is.

(C) 2020 Practitioner's Path

Abundant beginnings: statement 1

God is lavish, unfailing Abundance, the rich omnipresent substance of the universe. This all-providing source of infinite prosperity is individualized as me – the Reality of me.

John Randolph Price, the Abundance Journey

The first concept presented is one of ALIGNMENT. It lays out that the Source of our abundance – indeed, ALL abundance – is Spirit (God) – individualized as each of us.

(mic drop)

This is a definite line of demarcation from society’s belief in prosperity and abundance.

Our jobs, paychecks, the equity in our homes, our bank accounts, our stock portfolios,… none of these can be considered “unfailing“. History has shown that these are fleeting at best.

In metaphysical corners we often say: One Source, many channels.

Each job, paycheck, dividend, bonus, inheritance (etc.) is simply a CHANNEL of the abundance that we receive from Spirit. When one channel dries up or stops flowing, there are many others from which it can continue to flow in our direction. Our job is to stay in peace, and be ready to recognize the others channels. Often we are so freaked out by the financial (or other) “reality” we think we’re facing that we can’t see them open up – even if they’re right in front of our noses. The Abundance Journey process helps us move a step back from that panic and a step or 2 toward greater vision.

We live in a world/culture/society that reacts to the surface appearance of everything. Paying attention to the surface appearance is a surefire way to panic when the “channels” we count on begin to look a little shaky. We’re relying on them when in truth we should be relying on the Source – the unfailing and all-providing Source of infinite prosperity.

When we learn to get into alignment with our true self (our Divinity), we know that regardless of the economy, property values or employment status, we are always provided.

Alignment

One method for getting into alignment is taking the 40-day Abundance Journey. A good next step is to develop a daily practice of meditation, quiet reading, or prayer. Another step is to learn how to practice “the pause” when seemingly bad financial news comes your way.

While it’s hard not to be fearful when serious financial worries show up, it is possible to move from fear to faith – no matter what it looks like on the surface. The “pause” is stopping yourself in that space right after bad financial news shows up and taking a breath, then reminding yourself that God is the Source and Substance of all your Good. Adjusting your thinking about the circumstances when a layoff, large expense or other financial event tries to steal your peace is the first step in getting into alignment.

An affirmation I use when too rattled to remember the entire 1st statement is this: “God/Spirit is lavish, unfailing Abundance – my all-providing Source“.

The journey to peace and demonstrations that just keep coming (notice I said demonstrations, not lottery winnings) begins with alignment; which begins with simple things, like the 40-day journey. This year, give yourself the gift of PEACE in your life around your well-being (financial and otherwise); the peace of knowing that all is well – because that is the Truth; and so it is.

(C) 2020 Practitioner's Path

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