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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, September 29, 2013 

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               "When you are tempted to become discouraged in your efforts toward greater prosperity, remind yourself that to think according to the general beliefs of the human race is easy- and useless.  But to think prosperously in spite of appearances to the contrary is worth every effort, because it produces rich results.  One editor has often said to me, 'Remember, Catherine, the majority is always wrong!" ... Another way to invoke the law of increase, and thus to avoid the pettiness and destructiveness of the law of decrease, is by training your mind never to be disappointed.  If certain things do not come at certain expected times in the way you wished, do not consider it a failure.  Since you have not received that thing, you can instead stand firm in the faith that something much better is on the way and will appear at the right time.  When you seem to fail, remind yourself that it is because you have not asked big enough.  Expand your viewpoint and expectation, and a larger answer than you originally anticipated will surely come.  Failure is nothing but success trying to be born in a bigger way.  Most seeming failures are just installments toward victory!" - Catherine Ponder, The dynamic laws of prosperity

       There is so much information available on the Internet referencing the Law of Attraction and there are life coaches, workshops, seminars, and gurus galore that are marketing to people without telling them the truth that the two things that are absolutely necessary for success and prosperity is "self reliance" and "non-conformity."  Everything comes back to what we believe to be true about ourselves and this must come from within our own mind, heart and soul or it is absolutely worthless.  Does this mean that we can't learn from others?  No, I am not implying that at all, but we must learn from those who are "giving" what they know to us without thought of personal gain.  And why is this so?  It is so, because anyone who "wants the money upfront" is in the business of making money, not in the business of doing spiritual work ... enlivening the spirit of others.  We wouldn't pay a plumber to fix our plumbing "upfront" ... we pay when the plumbing is fixed ... when we have received the results of his/her labor/skills/abilities.  

      We have all heard or read from many sources, "do what you love and love what you do and the money will show up."  But, too many of those who are teaching this, want the money upfront.  The ancient wisdom, "the laborer is worthy of his hire" is a spiritual principle.  And this principle understood and mentally held as truth, will bring permanent prosperity ... and continuous activity in whatever it is that we do that expresses the abilities, talents, skills, and intelligence resident within us that is natural to us.  And how do we know what is natural to us?  It is that thing that we do and will do, no matter how much or how little money we receive from doing it.  Whatever this is, if done persistently, will prosper us and bring us whatever success we desire in life.

     A few years ago an excellent teacher and spiritual counselor who had spent years teaching and counseling others, quit the work.  It wasn't that she didn't love what she did or that it did not give her a feeling of purpose, but she quit because her work did not produce any revenue.  Neither her students or her counseling clients reciprocated in the form of financial compensation.  This was so hard-pressed on her mind that she just couldn't continue with her work.  Yet, I believe that if she had impressed her students with the principle "freely give and freely receive" that she would have "freed" her own mind from the lack of compensation and the revenue would have come to her in some form just as it would her students and clients.  Nothing is free in life.  To believe that we receive something "free of reciprocity" is childish and reveals a "lack" consciousness.  It contradicts the law of reciprocity.  We should always feel that impulse to give when we believe that we have received something, anything.  And money is not the only means of reciprocity.  Mutual support and respect for that which has been received are forms of giving that can sometimes be of more value than money as it will draw to both the giver and the receiver more good.  It is the law of cause and effect in action.  This is why the Master Mind Jesus instructed his followers to not only accept this, but to actively do this;
"Love the Lord your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself."  This speaks to the activity of Spirit within us as givingness, forgivingness and livingness ... it is Intelligence realized.  And in this we are acknowledging our gratitude to G-d for everything that we have, including the gift of life itself, and we are reciprocating with love and recognition.  And secondly, we are acknowledging our willingness to "do unto others as we would have others do unto us."  In other words, we must give to G-d in whatever way it comes to us to give and give to those who give to us, freely and without restraint ... otherwise at the deepest level of mind (soul) we cannot truly believe that we can receive ... freely, without constraint.

     I have found five (5) myths about manifesting abundance, or at least the wrong teaching about it, that I would like to bring forward in this message.  The first (1) myth is "tithing" ... tithing is giving 10% of what we receive to a church or other place where we receive spiritual guidance and understanding, or some will teach to charity.  But, the key error in this teaching is that tithing in and of itself will bring us prosperity.  It won't.  What brings us prosperity is our willingness to give freely and in the giving to maintain the state of mind that we do not have less because we have given ... whether 10% or ten cents.  The greatest value that we can get from tithing is to use it as a way to develop commitment ... commitment to those things that have value and purpose to us and to know as we share our good with them we are aligning ourselves with value and purpose.  This state of mind, or consciousness, can be achieved by giving any amount consistently ... and there are those who give more than 10% because they feel a greater sense of commitment to that which they give to.

     The second (2) myth is that "attracting abundance is easy for "some" people.  Nothing is easy for "some" people ... what one can do, all can do, and this is the truth that we must accept in our mind.  To say it is "easy for some people" is not unlike saying some people are lucky and others are not ... this is superstitious.  We are all equal in substance and spirit.  We all draw from the One Source/Intelligence, the ideas, the energy, the chemistry, whatever it is that is necessary for us to manifest prosperity and whatever good we desire.  As we know this, we become self-reliant.

     The third (3) myth is that we are to "love and appreciate money."  Take some money out of your wallet or purse and look at it and tell me if you love it.  How much would we love money if we could not "use" it?  In reality, isn't it what we can "use" the money for that we love?  If we focus on loving and appreciating money we stifle the flow of good that will manifest in our lives and saturate our consciousness with limitation.  Not every good thing that comes to us to "use" requires an exchange of money.  To focus on money limits the Infinite from prospering us with the good that is ours to receive.  The ancient wisdom that "G-d has ways that we know not of" must never be discounted.

    The fourth (4) myth is the "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" teaching.  Having a rich dad does not guarantee us wealth and financial abundance.  Neither does having a   poor dad limit us in our ability to realize prosperity and success.  This is putting "consciousness" outside of ourselves.  The person who makes the decision with a firm commitment and resolve to be prosperous and successful will find the way to do so.  It will be revealed in some way.  There is evidence of this that far outweighs the evidence against it.  The great Emerson stated,
"that which I am to do best, only my Maker can teach me" ... and this is the truth and is also why "non-conformity" is so very important in realizing success and prosperity.  We are not here to "imitate" anyone else, either the rich dad or the poor dad ... or to conform to the ideas of another.  We all shall find our own way in which to realize success and prosperity if we truly desire to do so.

The fifth (5) myth is "repetitive affirmations."  Especially to repeat the same affirmation for a specific number of days or number of times each day.  This is superstitious and limits the soul's development.  The great Emerson was right on when he said, "Speak what you think today in hard words (with conviction)  and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today."  This aligns our mind in tune with the Infinite impulse of whatever it is that we are to have, to do, or to be as our consciousness develops more and more each day towards our goal of permanent prosperity and success.  The mystical Ernest Holmes stated to say a "thousand times a day" ... more and more good is mine, an ever-increasing good is mine ... but what that "good is" can change daily for most of us and the "thousand times a day" was to encourage us to fill our mind with the idea of having the thing that we desired, not an activity of counting how many times we affirm it in a day's time.

These aren't the only myths being taught about manifesting prosperity.  There are a great number of them.  Does that mean they never work?  No, I believe even the myths work for some people, but they can't be depended on.  In the final analysis everything comes back to mind; our mind, our thoughts, and our ideas that we entertain in mind.  No one else can think for us and no one else knows what it is; what thought, what idea, what image ... will bring into our mind, heart and soul that transformation that realizes, renews and refreshes our mind, to the truth, that the power to manifest prosperity is within us, each and every one of us.


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. Henry Bates

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