Rinse, repeat

Now that you’ve been formally introduced to John Randolph Price’s Abundance Journey, the rest is up to you. If you’ve begun journaling the statements, continue each day until you’ve written and pondered each statement 3 more times, for a total of 40 consecutive days.

One of the many blessings I have taken from this journey are short statements of encouragment or faith that I use regularly when life gets “interesting“.

I’ve shared variations of a couple in earlier posts, but I’ll list them all here for easy access.

  • God/Spirit is lavish, unfailing abundance.
  • God/Spirit is the Source and substance of all my Good.
  • Money is not my supply. No person, place, or condition is my supply.
  • My consciousness of Truth is unlimited, therefore my supply is unlimited.
  • It is impossible for me to have any needs or unfilled desires.
  • I let go and let God/Spirit appear as abundance in my life and affairs.
  • I trust in 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.
  • I have found the secret of life, and I relax in the knowledge that the activity of Divine Abundance is eternally operating in my life.
  • I acknowledge the Inner Presence as the only activity in my financial affairs, as the substance of all things visible.
  • My faith rests in the principle of abundance in action within me.

One important caveat to this journey is needed here. While many people reach for this book and process when money is the issue, it is critical to understand that Abundance is much more than dollars and cents.

I love to listen to people talk when the Power Ball gets into mega territory. I hear many different stories about what they would do with lottery winnings, and what I hear is not necessarily that people want the MONEY: they want what they believe the money can bring to them.

Some of these things are peace of mind, opportunities to travel, the ability to afford things they currently cannot, and freedom (from debt, having to work, and more).

This is such an important aspect to spiritual abundance studies. We must learn to not focus on a certain amount of money, but on the end result. Although I’ve racked up more than a few, my favorite example is the demonstration of a new roof. My focus was not on the $15,000 it would cost, but on the end result(s): peace of mind from having a sound home without any additional debt.

When we make the shift from focusing on money, to focusing on the experiences or end state we desire; the Universe begins to move people and circumstances around, and miracles happen. I’ve seen it over and over.

No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, consider adding the Abundance Journey to your tool box. I can attest to its great success in transforming spiritual abundance from an abstract concept learned in a class to real wealth. Without a doubt, it has been among the best $7 spend I have ever made.

Peace. Blessings. Abundance.

And so it is.

(C) 2020 Practitioner's Path

A Purpose in Struggle

One criticism I hear from skeptics is that if “this stuff works” so well, why isn’t everyone in that group living a lifestyle of the rich and famous?

Great question!

The doubting crowd is rarely impressed with the many real demonstrations that arrive disguised as information, opportunities and avenues to our Good. Their perspective is that if we can’t manifest swimmin’ pools, mansions and movie stars; it’s random luck and our spiritual practices are inconsequential.

The point missed in that perspective is that learning the spiritual method of manifesting abundance isn’t about getting more stuff: it’s about spiritual evolution.

There’s a school of thought that believes/teaches that everyone here has a spiritual mission – that we’re here to evolve our souls. Learning the principles of spiritual abundance is part of that journey, because real growth and expansion will never materialize if everything’s easy.

The metaphor of the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis is probably over-quoted, but it’s an apt example. Butterflies struggle mightily to emerge from the chrysalis. It’s not an easy process!

Although from the human viewpoint, it can appear that the little critters need some help; in reality the action they are taking as they maneuver out of the chrysalis helps them squeeze body fluid and hemolymph through their wings so that they can expand. A struggle-free emergence would actually cripple them and prevent them from being able to fly.

Leave it to Mother Nature to leave a deep, spiritual Truth out there in the open for all of us to see.

Malcom Gladwell, New York Times Best Selling author of several books, wrote about the benefits of struggle in David and Goliath. In his book Gladwell “… challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.”

In fact, he outright suggests that a life that is too cushy stunts our ability to do great things. He seems to suggest that, like the butterfly, if we don’t struggle, we’ll never fly.

If we were able to meditate for a couple days, chant and mumble a couple prayers and end up with a million dollars,… what would we learn?

Deep, spiritual evolution comes to us with every struggle, and each time we learn more and deepen our wisdom. This is the main reason I hold such disdain for prosperity teachings that feature a millionaire. The whole point in learning to manifest spiritual abundance is lost when the message becomes “you, too can be a millionaire,…” – which is exactly how it comes across, even if it’s unintentional.

The person who has learned that they are provided doesn’t worry about the balance in their checking account; how they’re going to afford a new vehicle, pay for a new roof or have enough money to retire. They take to heart the second statement in John Randolph Price’s 40-day Abundance Journey, that “…the Divine Presence I AM is the Source and Substance of all my good.”

Learning that we are provided and having a deep peace about whatever may cross our path starts with small demonstrations. Louise Hay called these the green lights and parking spaces.

Each time that we “demonstrate” a parking space in a crowded lot (especially if we’re running late!) our faith is strengthened and we evolve a little more. Every time we apply the spiritual principles and our wants and needs are met, we grow and expand in our wisdom.

In other words, the struggles we overcome help to strengthen our “wings” so we can fly.

It’s not surprising that butterflies are often referred to as “winged spirit“. The lessons they teach are critical for our spiritual growth and evolution.

Using these principles with great patience and faith takes practice. It’s also much easier to recognize the Good that is emerging when we are practiced at using them, because we understand how the spiritual aspects of life work. And while many people turn to religion and spirituality in the midst of a crisis; the principles are better learned in daily life, where the “crises” are smaller and manageable.

You can start or upgrade your learning and application of spiritual principles at any time from any place. Practice getting those green lights and parking spaces (and feeling gratitude for them – no matter how small); engage regularly in a calm knowing that all is well – regardless of how circumstances appear. Read, meditate (pray), do yoga, study/read some more.

Don’t seek out or wish for the easy way out of the chrysalis. The struggle is necessary if we want to fly.

And so it is.

(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path

Learning resources:

Bliss begins in gratitude

(C) 2019 Practitioner’s Path ~ abandoned train trestle, Pittsburgh, PA

Joseph Campbell was referred to as “my Yoda” by George Lucas – the creator of the Star Wars canon. A favorite among the intellectual literati in spiritual circles, Campbell’s best known one-liner is probably this one: “follow your bliss“.

This sounds great when we’re mired in a miserable place, but the reality of how it works is a bit more nuanced.

Let’s start with the full quote by Campbell:

“Follow your bliss, and the Universe will open doors where there were only walls”.

Joseph Campbell

There is perhaps no better context for this quote than when we seem to be stuck in a miserable career or job.

That’s it!” we tell ourselves. “I need to get out of this awful place and do something that brings me bliss!

I know more than a few people who have left an employment circumstance to “follow their bliss” and found themselves in a place of regret. I have come to learn that it’s a bit more complex than just doing what feels good, which is – unfortunately – how Campbell’s quote is often interpreted.

Like most spiritual wisdom, the statement is at the same time complicated and simple. To illustrate, I’ll share my experience.

A few years ago, I had left a position with a start-up to go into a much more traditional position in a government agency. I took a pay cut, went from working at home to driving into an office 5-days a week, and turned in the corporate Gold card and business class travel options. Some people thought I was crazy, but I had my reasons, and knew that it was the right thing to do.

About a year and a half into this position, I was miserable with a capital M. The culture was old school bureaucracy, and there were many entrenched individuals whose favorite game was creating conflict. Many days it felt like the Hatfield & McCoy feud, and it was the place where I learned what the term “gaslighting” meant, because I experienced it almost daily.

I was ready to admit that this career move had been a HUGE mistake, and began to make plans to find a new position – ANY position away from these mean and spiteful people…except it wasn’t that simple.

One of the reasons I had come to this organization was to capitalize on my military time, and I had planned to at least stay long enough to secure my pension. Things had gotten so bad that I wasn’t sure I could even do that; but before I walked away, I decided to apply some of the spiritual tools I was writing about and teaching to others. If those didn’t work, another job was always an option.

In the darkest days, I found very little to appreciate, but I kept looking, and doing my spiritual work. Finally, I settled on the fact that the store on the property where I worked had fresh, cut-up fruit for sale everyday. I was working on eating healthier and this little treat was a $2.17 way for me to stay on track – and it didn’t require me to do any food prep or remember to grab something from my fridge on the way out the door.

Every day on my break, I looked forward to the strawberries, cantaloupe or grapes that I would find in the store and I focused my appreciation on this small piece of sanity in my work week.

Soon after shifting my focus to that appreciation, I realized that the culture – while still leaving a lot to be desired – at least encouraged people to walk at work. The campus is a lovely, suburban one where walking in decent weather is not only feasible, but pleasant.

I kept my focus on these 2 aspects, not letting myself descend into the misery and then I realized that the commute, while aggravating at times, allowed me to listen to audio books for about an hour a day. Another plus!

My mood began to soften, and I decided one day to make a list of the people at this job who were positive additions to the experience. I soon had a fairly long list.

Almost 4 years later I have achieved multiple awards, career recognition, and a stability in my position in this same organization that I could have never foreseen in the depths of that darkness. Indeed, the Universe opened doors where I once saw only walls.

The “bliss” I followed was not running off in a huff when things were going badly. I found it in small islands of Good that I discovered when I opened myself to the possibility that they existed – even there.

In a previous blog, I wrote about the “density” on this plane (earth), and how it impacts our ability to manifest the things we want. Understanding the passage of thought and intention through the denseness of this world is an important concept to grasp when we’re attempting to “follow our bliss“. The counsel is accurate, but we must remember where we live.

While it is lovely to be able to walk into most stores and see some of our favorite spiritual quotes emblazoned on t-shirts, coffee mugs, throw pillows and more; we must take care to remember that these teachings are MUCH deeper than a cute one-liner that’s easy to slap on mass-marketed goods.

I did follow my bliss, and the Universe absolutely opened doors where there were once only walls – but it didn’t happen with me throwing up my hands and quitting in a dramatic, made-for-TV resignation. It happened when I spent time in quiet meditation, which helped me to see the great value in staying there, and securing my pension. It happened when I practiced the pivot, moving my energy and attention to all the positive aspects of the position and letting go of the negative ones.

The concept of following our bliss has suffered some of the same misinterpretation as the concept of spiritual prosperity, which I’ve written about extensively (see list below). Following our bliss is wise counsel, if we remember not to throw our good sense out the window while pursuing it.

Following our bliss is not a magic spell that we can cast to transport ourselves from a tough situation to sipping cocktails on a white-sand beach. It is a process we can use to, one step at a time, transform the formidable walls in our path to doors that open to better experiences, happiness and peace.

And so it is.

(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path

Blogs on spiritual prosperity:

Density

I recently watched a documentary on Amazon Prime called “Life to Afterlife: I died, Now What?”

If you don’t believe in the basic premise of consciousness, and soul – this will seem like a bunch of hooey (that’s a technical term). If you do, I think you’ll find it enlightening.

One thing I took away from the film was the comment made by several of the mediums interviewed: after we return to Spirit – or go beyond the veil – we create the experiences and world that we want by simply thinking.

A reference was made by one medium that here (on the earth) we have that same ability, but it is much harder because of the density of this physical plane.

While I’ve had numerous spiritual experiences since childhood that convince me that there’s much more to life than this short walk of ~100 years on this planet; I have no unique insights into the afterlife. I have studied spirituality from multiple perspectives and sources and believe these teachers have credibility. The consistent threads that exist in reports such as these across time and cultures tell me that Truth exists in their stories.

The issue of “density

When we meditate, pray or do prayer therapy/spiritual mind treatment; things often work out a bit differently than expected. Things don’t manifest, as I have quoted in earlier blogs, like a Vending Machine (prayer in, push button, miracle pops out).

The timelines we experience between putting our attention on something that we desire, and having it show up in our lives are often protracted beyond what we would hope or want and sometimes look a little different than we had initially imagined. This behaves very much like something (thoughts, intentions, prayers and the miracles that follow) moving slowly through a dense energy field – and is the opposite of what has been described on the other side of the veil by these (and other) teachers.

The lesson for us is that we should be patient with this dense world. The things we choose to invest our attention, energy and time will indeed come to fruition. We must remain OPEN to receiving in any way they show up, and not lose faith that we have been heard. We have been heard and things are in motion.

Another point made in the film was that our loved ones on the other side do assist us. They’re not sitting around waiting on us hand and foot – that would hamper our own spiritual evolution; but they do intercede when we are in need. The descriptions provided sounded very much like the work often ascribed to angels and I suspect that there is some crossover there that is beyond the scope of this blog (at least for now).

I’ve shared multiple demonstrations/miracles experienced in my life, and in the life of family and friends. At times, they came in pretty much as expected while at other times, the miracles showed up looking much different; but in every case we were grateful and blessed. These include an unexpected pension, a new roof and more.

The challenge for seekers in manifesting miracles, or the things we desire in life, is that it’s a full-time job – or better yet, a way of life. The “density” of this physical plane requires more energy and attention than a wiggle of our nose or a blink of our eyes/nod of our head.

St Paul wrote in the letter to the Thessalonians:

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

This counsel provides a key insight to the miracles we seek while walking in this physical world. Time spent in prayer, meditation, grateful contemplation and joyful service to others will bear fruit, if we are willing to do the work. So, as Nike would say, #JustDoIt!

(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path

Restoration

In teaching the principles of spiritual abundance in support of physical abundance, one of the things I hear most often is this:

“If I had only done (something) differently,…”

(or this version)

“If I had only NOT done (something),…”

Regret is an emotion that steals our peace, and can create a sense of helplessness. The GOOD news is that we don’t need to let it.

In studying the larger body of universal spirituality, I was introduced to John Randolph Price’s book, “The Abundance Book“. In this spiritual classic, he provided 10 statements of faith around abundance as part of his 40-day abundance journey.

The Abundance Journey, when undertaken as described in the ($7) book, is a powerful connector to the power of the Universal Spirit of Good, that works always to our benefit, if we will just recognize this Truth. I have shared numerous stories of its power, few more powerful than the story of a family who needed a new home and had no physical (real money) means to get one.

Today I want to focus on one particular statement of principle in Mr. Price’s journey, the statement of restoration (#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.

For some of us, catching up to the Good we feel has eluded us (or that we have thrown away) can seem like a fantasy, or even a fool’s errand. I have learned in the study of spiritual principles that restoration is possible.

I spent the first 6 years of my adult life on active duty (USN, enlisted). At that time, the Vietnam-era GI Bill had ended and the Montgomery GI Bill would not kick in until I was almost done with my obligated service. One of the main reasons I went into the Navy was for an education, but when I was discharged from active service at the end of my tour of duty, I had few marketable skills, no college education and the ability to make minimum wage. I also had 2 small children and a husband.

Years later I would find myself a single mother who was educated, but with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans (so that you understand the scope, it was more than $70,000). Just before reaching my 50th birthday, I was working in a lucrative position thanks to all that education. But when I considered my retirement portfolio and the amount of time I had left to work before wanting to dip into that retirement; I knew I had some challenges (including the debt).

By then I had been seriously studying the principles of universal spirituality in earnest for a number of years and knew that I had options that did not always appear on the obvious, physical plane. So I went to work.

In a previous blog post I wrote about the way in which I ended up in my current job – a place where not only are those years of active duty counted toward my retirement, but are added to the calculation of my pension – a pension that I will receive in addition to my 401k savings.

In another blog post, I wrote about the great gift of my student loans being paid as part of a retention package. These 2 actions alone are potent examples of the way my “…consciousness of the Spirit within me as my unlimited Source…” restored the years/opportunities that I feared had been missed. In addition to this great gift, when I initially signed on to this position, I received an incentive/sign-on bonus, which I also used to pay off a portion of those loans.

I do not write about these things to brag; but to show the great power that is available to us if we are willing to walk in faith and know that we are never alone, or helpless; to know that we are provided – always, and in all ways: in parking places (small things) and pensions (larger things).

Ernest Holmes, who studied with many metaphysical traditions in the early 20th century, and went on to found what is now Centers for Spiritual Living, penned this statement:

There is a power for good in the Universe, greater than we are, and we can use it.”

Ernest Holmes

I would be remiss if I didn’t address a very important point. We must not fall into the trap of too many prosperity teachings: this is NOT a process for channeling the winning lottery numbers, a long-lost rich relative’s inheritance or a gold mine with your name on it. In my opinion (and experience), pursuing those kinds of things with this teaching is a road to misery.

These principles work best when we remember that they are not get-rich-quick schemes. As I wrote in another blog, they work within the confines of the world we live in. I am still getting up every day and going to work; and while I may sometimes grumble about traffic or the early alarm clock, I feel grateful, thankful and blessed to have this job in this organization. The RESTORATION I have experienced came to me through this very human endeavor (my job).

I know and have experienced the Truth that there is a power for Good in the Universe – greater than I am; and I have used It, and will continue to do so. And you can too.

And so it is.

(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path

If you’re interested in restoration in some area of your life, here are some resources to get you started:

Manna’s modern lesson

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions…” 

Exodus 16:4-5

Newcomers to metaphysical spirituality are often drawn to the teachings for the purpose of healing. In many cases the focus on the healing is their relationship to money, and the study of metaphysics has helped countless seekers learn how to change their perspectives around money and live in a much more harmonious relationship with it.

Unfortunately, some seekers come with misguided, preconceived notions about metaphysical teachings and attracting wealth (thanks in part to the movie The Secret and some of its Law of Attraction teachers) that can create misunderstandings and disappointment.

In my previous post I wrote that too often we pray, chant, affirm, meditate and wait on a million dollars – feeling increasing misery and disappointment as time passes and we’re still not seeing it materialize. From this perspective we are unable to recognize the crinkled, unassuming dollars that show up – millions of times across our lives. 

In this regard, while I do not draw a line in the sand and say that it’s impossible to manifest winning lottery tickets or some other giant, financial windfall; it has been my experience that the Good we seek comes to us most often as daily bread.

I feel justified in this perspective since it has some strong Biblical backing. The first and most significant reference is documented in Exodus about the Hebrew people’s journey from captivity in Egypt.

They had followed Moses across the parted Red Sea, and into the desert, where they faced much uncertainty – at least it seemed so to the average person.

Keep in mind that the concept of One God had been competing with the many gods of Egyptian culture that they had lived in for generations. And while they had been slaves in Egypt, they had more to eat than they saw available in the desert. Human nature being what it is, the many gods of Egypt were associated with enough food and this One God concept was starting to look like an iffy proposition.

Fifteen days into the second month of wandering in the desert, the unrest was growing. God then spoke to Moses and promised to provide food to the people – and the food came, but not in the form of a warehouse of food designed to last a few months, or even a week.

Quail fell from the heavens into the camp each evening, and in the morning after the dew on the ground had gone away, “thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor“. The people were told to take what they needed for their family for the day and not to hoard or store any extra. They were specifically instructed to eat that day’s manna; not to keep it overnight.

True to human nature though, some people saved a little extra, keeping it overnight. But in the morning, the manna smelled terrible and was found to be full of maggots.

I think we can all relate to the motivation. Only one day before they had been close to starvation. When the manna came they found just enough sustenance to feed them. Could they count on this God to provide tomorrow’s supply?

When we are in distress, and especially financial distress, it can be tempting to focus our meditation, prayer and affirmations on a large financial solution to our problems.

If I could just pay off <insert list of debts>, things would be OK.”

Lottery winnings, an unexpected inheritance from a wealthy relative or finding a valuable and rare coin in our change purse all seem to be pretty desirable answers to our prayers when we’re knee deep in money trouble. Like the Hebrews wandering in the desert – we want to know that we’re going to have enough, and we think we know how much “enough” it needs to be.

It didn’t work that way for the Hebrew people. The manna went BAD if they hoarded more than they could eat throughout the day. It doesn’t work for us, either.

The God portrayed in the Hebrew scriptures was teaching the people a lesson: that they needed to draw closer – to rely on God, and not once in a while when they needed something (like a quick escape out of captivity); but all the time. They were learning that God is the Source & Substance of all their Good. In this story the manna fell for 40 years, sustaining them until they entered the land of Canaan.

The lesson for the 21st century modern world is this: real abundance comes when we move beyond the excitement of manifesting amounts of money and things, and move into the knowing that no matter what we need, no matter how dire our circumstances appear to be, we are provided: always, and in all ways. There’s not a lottery jackpot anywhere that can compare.

And so it is.

(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path