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Adapting to Changing Times

Dear Gaye,

This post is rather longer than usual, not least because it has been a while since I have been able to write. I hope, however, that it will be useful for those who are concerned at what might happen in the coming months and years. Many people are predicting doom and gloom. I say that there are huge challenges staring us in the face, but that we all have the answers to them, sitting right inside us.

Our reader makes some interesting points. A lot has been said about the whole 2012 “phenomenon” and although the evidence from the few sources that remain (all too few thanks to the Spanish conquistadores who smashed or burned most of the Mayan records) is very slim, there are plenty of other cultures that have predicted a time of great change – not just for humanity, but for the Earth itself.

Yet change is ever in the air, each moment in time a plethora of decisions being made by every one of the billions of people now alive. Perhaps it will help things if we all remember that each one of our choices, small as they might appear to us, are crucial to the wellbeing of all.

You asked me to talk about the financial climate, so let’s begin with that. Will we see a time of wholescale change on the financial front? I think we will. And I think it will be a change that takes a lot of people by surprise.

Our reader talks of the seismic shift in the foundation of what we call currency. I agree with him. There has to be a re-evaluation, whether profound or pragmatic. Hopefully both.

Let’s look at the pragmatic side briefly. There is no doubt that with the multiple trillions of debt in the countries of the Western World, something will have to give at some point. Right now, in Europe and the USA, interest rates are being kept artificially low, which is good news in the short-term for those who are borrowing. But there is a sting in the tail.

Central banks have been printing money like there’s no tomorrow, gifting it in droves to the financial institutions in the countries they service. They don’t do this without calling in the debt at some point. So you can be sure that there will be a period of interest-rate increases ahead. My guess is that this will come in 2014. When it comes, it will most likely be a quick-fire increase, perhaps even a hyper-inflation that will have a dramatic effect. When interest rates are low, an increase of even half a percent can feel huge to the pockets of ordinary folks.

Beyond that is the wider question of whether currencies can survive at all? Will the US Dollar still exist in five year’s time? Will the Euro collapse, sinking other currencies in the process?

Right now we are in the lull before the storm. In Europe, Greece has managed to stall the disintegration of the Euro with its recent elections. I don’t expect this to last. Greece will not be able to fulfil its promises, nor will Spain or Italy – whose debt is the third largest of any country in the world.

I see a different form of the Euro emerging in the next two years. As some countries default, a smaller group will almost certainly protect what they have. Headed by Germany, these countries will elbow out those they see as a threat to their stability. But I expect the Euro to survive in some shape or form.

As will the dollar. But not as you might know it.

The biggest shock I foresee for Americans is that the already long arm of the Chinese Empire will reach right into the heart of the West, dictating the shots to an extent that will leave many shaking their heads. The toxic debt is simply too great to ever be clawed back by simply trading our way out of trouble. China, with greater assets and more liquidity than any country in the world is ideally placed to capitalize on a system that has brought itself to its own knees through excessive lending.

There are those who think that China has over-stretched and it certainly has been guilty in recent years of emulating the western banks’ excessive lending. But the way of the East has always been very different to that of the West. Where we seek instant solutions, the Eastern way is to play for the long term. Patience is the name of the game.

If you think China might collapse any time soon, take a look at Australia, Africa and South America: all of which are now unofficial colonies of the Land of the Dragon. It’s just that no one is talking about it in the mainstream media. Europe and America will soon follow suit.

The other element to look at is the sheer number of people that the Chinese have at their disposal. Manpower is the crucial resource when it comes to creating an empire and China has more manpower than any other country (India still being behind in other ways).

They are also willing to export this resource because they need more space at home. They work harder and longer than any other people I know. And they will undercut the prices of locals who try to compete with them without a second thought.

All this is a recipe for success; for the Chinese rather than the West, where we have come to expect plenty in return for nothing.

But, can the banking systems survive at all? Yes is the answer, but only if the fiat currencies that they currently use are replaced by something “real”: which means returning to the gold standard or devaluing them by subtler means.

As a matter of fact, the governments of USA and Europe are already doing all they can to devalue their currencies without anyone noticing. If they can drive their currency rates close to parity with the price of gold, they will be able to make the transition more easily. Watch this space, as they say.

Opening things even wider, I believe we are undergoing a re-evaluation of what we, the common people, think currency is. It is more than just money, that’s for sure.

Health, Wealth, Spirit, Love and Self Expression are all forms of currency and it feels to me as though the tipping point is coming when enough people begin to remember this. When times are hard, we fall back on things that we truly value, such as love, friendship, connection. And times are going to get “harder.” So, a shaking of the current financial system, which is really nothing more than a high-level con, may be a good thing in long term, releasing us from the bondage of materialism and isolation and paving the way for a more integrated, sharing world.

On the more profound level I also feel our groaning planet saying “enough is enough!” It has had enough of the male-oriented ego-based policies that have dominated the last few centuries and we would all do well to remember the old prophecies (from all around the world, not just the Mayan Calendar) that speak of a time when the Earth itself decides to start a new era, bringing in climatic changes, collisions with asteroids and so on as a way of purging itself.

Already we have seen examples of this, with more droughts, floods, extreme weather fluctuations. It is my view that unless and until we shift the way we do things, this trend will continue. We get what we give – and we are giving our environment one heck of a kicking right now.

I’m not apocalyptic about this. We can change the course of events if we choose to. It’s entirely up to us. But we have to make decisions based on love, compassion and connection, rather than profit, ego and competition. We can do it. We just have to trust ourselves and each other, applying to our true natures; our Divine Selves.

When we relearn the art of respecting the planet on which we live, it will respect us in turn. If we return to the ways of listening to it, following the rhythm of its breath, rather than imposing our own, we will make it through.

It doesn’t have to take a long time either. Seismic shifts in consciousness can happen amazingly fast. One day people thought the Earth was flat, the next they knew it was round.

Whichever way you look at it, there is some kind of financial collapse imminent. An infection must be healed for the body to regain balance. The likelihood is that the whole house of cards will have to come down and be rebuilt. If this happens, you will see scenes like those in post-war Germany, when a barrow load of cash bought little more than a loaf of bread.

How to combat this? For now, it would be wise to consider divesting yourself of some of the “blue collar shares” you may have, replacing them with gold, silver or rare metals. Consider moving out of cities, if you can. You can be sure that we will see more riots and civil unrest in the coming years than we have seen for a generation. Martial Law is not a thing of the past.

It might also be a smart move to change from looking for instant profits to thinking in terms of asset protection. A lot of folks are about to have the roof blown away from over their heads as financial institutions are brought to their knees. In such times, preserving assets is just as good as gleaning profits. Now is a good moment to remind yourself that the return OF your money is more important than the return ON it.

Above all, we can ALL make a difference to the way things unfold in the next few years, simply by turning back to the oldest way of making choices available to us, the way that never fails to nurture both ourselves and the planet on which we live: our intuition.

When we follow our intuitions unerringly we always do what is best for us all, for our intuitions are the culmination of millennia of learning, whereas our ego-based thoughts only came to the fore in recent centuries.

The key is that odd-looking word “unerringly,” whose path one of inner faith.

Until next time,

Richard.

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Living without Shame

Dear Gaye,

I love the quotation from Milarepa. “Act so that you have no cause to be ashamed of yourself, and hold fast to this rule” is such a good foundation for life.

I believe that when we follow the promptings of our hearts, we never do anything to be ashamed of. And yet shame and guilt play such a big part in so many people’s lives, always with a negative impact. Why is this?

None of us feel ashamed of ourselves when we’re young. We’re born comfortable with who we are, happy to run around naked in the rain or on a beach with never a care in the world. We don’t judge ourselves with the language of shame. We do what comes naturally and say what’s on our mind without any of the constraints we obey later in life. We’re honest, bright creatures, born with integrity.

So where does shame come in? It must be that we are taught it. We learn the word “ugly” and along the way we start to feel less confident about our bodies. We start to judge ourselves by other people’s standards of achievement. We become self-critical, instead of loving us for who we are.

That’s why I think the phrase “original sin” is such a terrible one. It suggests that our origins themselves are to be ashamed of, which is the opposite of the truth.

Mostly this affects us how we look at ourselves physically. How many of us are truly happy with our bodies when we become adults? How many of us are truly comfortable with our sexuality? If we were truly happy with our bodies, would we ever consider botox, face-lifts or implants?

It seems to me the media teaches us to judge our bodies negatively, instead of enjoying their beauty. Worse still, we’ve been taught that sexual desires are something to feel bad about. Just look at the language. Having a “dirty weekend away” really means taking a break from our busy schedules to spend time loving our partners. How different it would be if we were to take a “healthy weekend away” instead!

It’s no coincidence that the notion of “dirtiness” is also linked to money: hence we talk of the “stinking rich” or “filthy rich” rather than the shiningly-clean rich! Men particularly are taught to feel guilty if they are not earning sufficient quantities to meet social perceptions of wealth. The shame surrounding this can be so acute that people will take their own lives rather than continue to live in “failure”.

So how do we rid ourselves of these learned attitudes of shame?

For Milarepa the solution was to live alone in a cave high in the mountains. Here he ate whatever grew nearby and practised metaphysics to such a high level that he is said to have put his hand into the rocky cave wall in order to prove his mastery of the world to a doubting disciple. I have not been there, but am told that you can visit this cave and place your hand into the indentation where Milarepa did this.

Yet, most of us can’t simply up-sticks and head off into the hills. We have obligations. And besides, the life of a hermit is not for everyone.

I do believe that we can all rid ourselves of shame, though. We just have to appeal to our inner beauty, to remember the Divine Self that resides within us all. That Divine Self, shining and confident and free, is who we truly are. We knew it when we were young. We just have to remind ourselves of its presence within us – and within everyone else.

The simplest way to do this is to look at ourselves in the mirror, holding our own gaze until the physical melts away and we connect with the spirit inside.

On top of that, if we start each day by saying: “I am a Divine Idea in body, mind and spirit” this helps to shift the balance. And when we add the simple phrase: “I love myself for who I am” we direct ourselves back onto our Divine Path.

On that path we meet neither guilt nor shame.

The trick is to do this every day, again and again, until the learned behaviours are truly washed away.

My best wishes, as ever, Richard.

 

“There is a way where there is no way!”

Leaves always find a way to the light...

The flower in your wall is a great lesson to us all.

My guess is that it didn’t struggle or doubt as its cells divided and it raised itself up from the crack in the well. Instead it followed the innate programming of its Divine Design and simply grew.

We all have many ideas that germinate within our minds, thoughts that are motivated by a desire to find light. Yet all too often we stunt those ideas before they have a chance to bear fruit.

In their early stages our thoughts are just like that little flower, strong and healthy – but prone to damage by frost. The frost in this case is our fear-based thoughts. Grounded on the foundation of constricting belief-systems, fears can creep in and nip our desires in the bud if we are not attentive.

In the Natural Wealth Course we show you how to dissolve the fears that come from belief-systems. We may not get rid of them altogether, but we can learn to quieten them, to tune out from their interference-patterns and tune in to the frequencies that truly nourish us.

As your beautiful flower proves, seeds can germinate and flourish no matter how barren or challenging the terrain may appear to be. What helps them do this is that they never doubt the power of the Divine Design. They never resist the great force that resides within them.

The biggest lesson I take from your little flower is that instead of trying to impose our ego-based ideas on life, we’re always better off when we hand over to the Divine Design and say “Your way, not my way!”

In essence, when we stop struggling against perceived obstacles and start trusting in the workings of the natural world, we begin to relax and that opens the way for us to grow towards the light.

One phrase that I’ve found helpful at times of doubt is this: “There is a way where there is no way!”

I think your little flower might agree…

With best wishes for a very Happy Easter!

Richard.

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Paying attention to our attention!

Dear Gaye,

“Where your attention goes, your energy flows” is a personal mantra of mine. It’s a foundation principle for us all, because we really do create success or failure depending on where we put our attention.

As you say, avoiding pain is built deep into our fight-or-flight response mechanisms, but if we become focused on what’s causing us pain, we simply create more of it. The trick is to shift our attention from what is causing disturbance in our lives to a desired outcome. Doing this directs our thoughts away from the negative and moves them into an arena where they are free to play and have fun instead.

That sounds really simple and it is, but it’s not always easy!

Most of us have friends or relatives who direct our attention (and therefore energy) toward the negative. Most of us pay attention to the news bulletins on our radios, television sets or Ipads/phones; and the more attention we pay to those things, the worse we feel. We can even make ourselves “sick with worry” about “how bad everything is”.

So we have to get strict with ourselves and those around us. We have to step in and stop something when it becomes obvious that it’s putting our attention toward something that is dragging our energy down.

With friends it can be a simple process of redirecting the conversation towards something else. With the media, it’s a case of tuning out, switching off the endless stream of debilitating words, images and sounds that makes up 99% of all current-affairs/news items.

Just starting with those two simple shifts in behaviour will make a big difference.

On a wider level seeking out sustainable forms of wealth means broadening our approach. In our definition of wealth, we include money, health, love, perfect self expression and spiritual wellbeing. Those are the five elements of Natural Wealth that you and I talk about at www.resonancewithlife.com. It’s important to put our attention equally to all five, because that leads to being fed and nurtured in a truly balanced way.

To answer your specific question about how we deal with coming changes and possible collapses of whole banking systems: my personal view is that although things appear to be calmer right now, we’re on course for hitting a major ice-berg.

We’re already seeing a systematic devaluing of the dollar and euro and this process will continue. It could be that both currencies have to be completely scrapped and re-started (as the Deutschmark was in Germany last century) which would mean a huge re-adjustment for us all.

Something major will have to happen. Western banks can’t continue to add billions to the coffers, because those billions don’t really exist. It’s a confidence trick: nothing more, nothing less. At some point the “toxic” derivative issue will rear its head and then a real panic could set in.

How to deal with this? As ever, do what few people are doing. Buy what is being sold off and sell anything that ties you to any potential banking collapse. To me this means putting attention towards “real” wealth builders, such as gold and silver and rare metals. Real estate in some places will be a good bet too (again, thinking outside the box, and keeping an eye on where China and Russia are putting their money will help).

Aside of that, shifting the emphasis of wealth from being simply about material gain always helps. Keeping our bodies fit, allowing our creative sides to find expression, spending time with loved-ones: all these are just as important as the pursuit of money – and will set us in good stead should our currencies be devalued.

Think of it this way: money is just one form of currency. Health, love, friendship, creation and laughter are also forms of currency. They’re similar exchanges of energy. And they pay us back in ways that are equally nourishing (if not more).

How do we measure our lives? What are our yardsticks of success? Is what we are currently paying attention to adding to our vitality or depleting it?

Those are questions for each of us to answer. As we seek those answers we can remind ourselves that wherever our attention goes, our energy will flow. So, it pays dividends to pay attention to what we are paying attention to!

And I think it also pays to remember that: “Not all the gold of the richest kings is worth the memory of happy things.”

Until next time,

Best wishes,

Richard.

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Diving Deep, Rising High

Dear Gaye,

Congratulations on the release of your new book. It’s a wonderful piece of writing and I hope many millions of people will read and enjoy it!

Your post about coots, some of them taking the easy pickings from the surface (fed by human hands) and others diving to the depths to retrieve more natural mouthfuls, got me thinking. We’re all a little like those coots. We have a choice. Do we take the bread offered by others, or do we find sources of food that nourish us more richly?

On a spiritual level, it’s only when we choose to dive a little deeper beneath the surface of our lives that we discover the nutrient-rich strands of thought and feeling that help us to rise high and fly above the surface of the water. No one can do this for us. It’s a journey we choose to embark on or ignore.

But what about the material level? What of the choices we face each day in a world where global currencies are at best in the process of being devalued, at worst facing possible collapse? How do we go about securing ourselves a nourishing food source in these challenging times?

In the image above, it’s the bankers of the world who are handing out the bread, scattering tidbits of man-made sustenance onto the surface of the pond in the form of huge amounts of “quantitative easing”. This phrase really just means “we’re printing money because we’ve no idea what else to do.” But adding a few billion to the markets does not solve the problems of extreme debt that we can see in both the USA and Europe. At best it is a distraction. At worst it’s a scam. And like the bread thrown for the coots, it cannot provide sustainable nourishment.

Imagine if we were each to simply go online and add a few million dollars to our bank balances. Would it be real? Not at all. We’d be accused of fraud.

Now I realise this is a sensitive subject for people – and not one we normally cover in the Natural Wealth Journal – but I believe it’s very important for people to think about this right now. Like the coots, we have a choice: do we accept the fake food that is being tossed by human hand, or do we look elsewhere? Do we dive a little deeper?

My suggestion is that we dive deeper and by that I mean: diversify. Think gold. Think Silver. Think precious and rare metals. These can be bought in small or large quantities from many outlets, and whilst their value will fluctuate a little, the coming two years will see each of them continue to offer real sustenance in a way that more obvious investments (or simply holding cash in the bank) won’t.

If you like, we can explore some of the reasoning behind this more in future posts. I just wanted to put my two cents out there, because I see 2012 as a pivotal year in the shift of balance from West to East. Call it a heads-up.

To mix my metaphors: we can be ostriches, sticking our heads in the sands and saying: “It’s all going to be ok, the government will sort this out for us!” or we can take the coot-route, realising that our governments really don’t have the ability to keep our currencies afloat (at least not in the same shape and form that we are used to) and taking action right now to provide sustainable sources of wealth for our families.

As ever, the choice is ours!

With best wishes, Richard.

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Being Generous to Ourselves

Dear Gaye,

Your last post reminds me of the words of one of my teachers who once said to me: “It’s good to be generous to others, but you must remember to be generous to yourself!”

Perhaps this year’s New Year’s Resolution might be to follow that advice? Often we find it easy to be generous to others. We take pleasure in giving, but find it hard to be generous to ourselves. We tend to be our own worst critics, pronouncing judgements (usually negative ones) on all sorts of things, from our waist-size to the size of our bank balance.

Sometimes it’s just in our casual reactions, like saying “What an idiot I am!” under our breath when something goes wrong. Other times it can mean talking ourselves out of an opportunity. I figure we’ve all done this.

Being generous to ourselves means not talking like that any more: or, when we hear ourselves making a self-judgement, committing to taking it back each time. I find it easiest to talk to myself (sometimes even out loud!) in the third person when I hear myself say/think something negative like this. “Stop that!” I say to myself. I then overlay whatever it was that I just said with a statement of its opposite. The quicker I take action on it, the better.

Being generous to ourselves isn’t a selfish thing. It’s perhaps an essential ingredient in helping others be generous too. As above, so below. As within, so without.

Not a bad starting point for this year’s journey along the path of Natural Wealth…

Enjoy your day!

R.

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Imagining a Year Ahead

Dear Gaye,

A bright and beautiful New Year to you! May 2012 bring huge rewards for you, under grace and in perfect ways.

Now that the darkest period of the year is past (we’ve already gained more than 6 minutes of light since the 21st of December!) we tend to look ahead and wonder what the year will bring.

How will 2012 be different to 2011? What gifts will we choose to give and receive? With all the hype surrounding the Mayan Calendar, I thought I would put in my two cents worth and say that, in my opinion, everything will be just fine. It’s all about choices and we can choose whatever timeline we wish to progress along. Whatever anyone says, it’s never too late to change from the dark to the light.

So far as I know the Mayan Calendar did not predict this year would see the end of the world. It simply stated that the alignment on 12/12/2012 would mark an End Time, a transition. Transitions are often accompanied by challenge and we are already seeing the challenges of our transition each and every day in the world around us, but there is nothing to fear when we choose a clear path.

I’d like to open out the image you talked about last time, that we/Earth might simply be a cell in a huge universal brain. We might indeed. In fact, the whole of our universe might simply be a single cell in a vast, inconceivably huge brain. Our universe looks remarkably like a brain cell.

The other side of that coin is that there might indeed be whole universes of existence within each one of our trillions of cells. We’re all 95% hollow. So if we go “in” far enough, seeking out what lies in the spaces between, we may find universes, galaxies, solar systems contained within!

It’s really up to us, what we find there. What do we imagine we are?

Millions of years ago an amoeba decided to split into two, imagining itself into an entirely new existence. That process has been going on ever since. Each jump in evolution is accompanied by a BIG imaginative leap, whether it be a fish imagining a life out of water so that it becomes a frog, or a lizard imagining a life off the ground and then growing wings etc.

Imagination is perhaps the most powerful tool at our command – and we each of us have it by the bucket load. We’re jammed, crammed and full of imagination, each of us in every one of our cells.

So, as 2012 dawns, I am sitting down to write an “Imagine It” list. It includes all the elements I wish this year to bring. Writing them all down helps me, because I think about them in a different way and they become “real” in a different way too.

I won’t imagine HOW the things can happen (not yet). I’ll simply let the mind finger its way around possibilities. Any that put a smile on my face go on the list. That’s my litmus test.

I believe 2012 can be a year of huge progress for us all, both as individuals and as a race. It can be a year of light, love and compassion, if we choose for it to be so.

I imagine it already is.

With very best wishes for a wonder-full year ahead!

Richard

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Making Connections

“My hope and wish is that one day, formal education will pay attention to what I call “education of the heart.” Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of the curriculum, the indispensability of inner values: love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.”  The Dalai Lama

Dear Gaye,

I love the story in your last post. What a great reminder to us all that it’s when we engage with others that real magic happens!

Imagine how different our world would be if the daily news covered tales like this, focusing on the millions of instances of people connecting with each other that happen every day, rather than all the doom and gloom. I really don’t think it would take long for a big shift to happen: a shift from fear to faith.

I’ve just relocated back to England (for a while) and have noticed how wary people are of each other here in comparison to Southern Ireland. Like you, I tend to chat with people, giving them a smile and engaging in whatever topic pops into my head. It always leads somewhere interesting.

The other day I was in a long queue at the post office. In front of me was a young mother with her small boy, of maybe 6 or 7 years old. Hanging around in queues is deadly dull for small children (I remember it well!) and he was getting bored, singing “Let it snow!” louder and louder to get attention. I bent down and started chatting with him. Do you think it’ll snow this Christmas? Yes, I hope so: that sort of thing.

Then I realized that his Mom was looking at me with alarm. Her eyes said: “Who is this strange man? Why is he talking with my son? What does he want?” I looked her right in the eye and simply said “It’s ok, I have three kids of my own,” at which point she softened and we carried on chatting, all three of us, whilst the queue got shorter. We didn’t have the spectacular results that you and your artist friend did, but a moment of fear was transformed into a few minutes of connection.

And that, to me, is what this time in our evolution is all about: transforming fear of difference into moments of connection. Yes, we’re all unique, but we’re all pretty much the same underneath, with 99.99% of our genome being shared by each one of us across the globe.

By nature, we are all one. And we know it. Put a group of two year olds in a room and leave them to it and they get on just fine, no matter what color, creed or social background they’re from. We’re genetically predisposed to connect.

It’s only later, when we go to school and start to listen to what our friends and parents tell us, that we start to see others as different. They myth of separation begins to kick in and pretty soon we start making judgements that set “us” aside from “them”. And that’s where the problems come in. Squabbles over differences lead to arguments on a minor scale, wars on a major one.

We’re heading towards Christmas, a time when we direct our attention towards giving and sharing, when we’re encouraged to display our innate sense of empathy. I wonder, though, whether each of us can make a commitment to bringing that sense of empathy into every day of our lives, sharing a smile, offering help whenever we can, doing what we can to bridge the perceived divides?

I think we can. It doesn’t have to be in huge, grand gestures (although those are just fine too!). We can all do a little bit, each day. And each little bit mounts up. And the shift begins.

For me, there’s no such thing as separation. What I feel, you feel. What happens to animals, plants, to the earth itself, happens to me too. That’s the beauty of it. We’re all in this together.

Namaste,

Richard.

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The Key to Manifesting

Dear Gaye,

A lot of people ask me how we can create a life we desire as opposed to being pushed around by it. My answer is always the same: we’re all doing it each and every day. It’s just that for most of us we don’t realize how powerful the mind is, so we don’t know we are doing it! Here is an example.

A few years ago the Massachusetts Institute of Technology did a series of tests that prove beyond doubt we can all heal ourselves when we create the right mental environment. They also prove that we can create symptoms of illness even when there’s no need. Here’s what happened:

A group of young men and women were given a series of fortnightly injections. Into the right arm went a red fluid containing a small dose of the TB virus. Into the left arm went a saline solution that was dyed green.

Where the TB virus was injected a bloom (red patch) appeared on the right arm afterwards. This is normal. It shows the body is reacting to the virus. Where the green fluid was injected, no visible reaction occurred. Again, this is normal. Saline would not be expected to create any response.

This was repeated three times, each time with exactly the same results: red fluid, right arm, bloom: green fluid, left arm, nothing. Then came the twist in the tale.

On the fourth test, as before, the researches injected red fluid into the right arm and green into the left. This time, however, they switched the contents. The TB virus went into the green fluid and the red fluid was now “harmless” saline. The results were amazing.

More than 90% of those tested still produced a TB-bloom on their right arm and nothing on their left.

What does this mean for us? It means that not only can we create a symptom when there is no need for us to do so: we can also IGNORE, or override, a stimulus if our minds are trained to do so. This is great news for all those who are interested in manifesting.

Why? Because if we can train our minds to expect certain outcomes; those outcomes will come to pass. It is as simple as that.

There’s a catch to this, however, which is that if we don’t train our minds, we will manifest all sorts of random, unwanted things as our brains fire off in all directions.

One important factor here is the repetition of something three times. Do something three times and the conscious mind assumes that when we do it a fourth, fifth or 100th time, the result will be the same. So, it switches off and allows the subconscious mind to take over. Three times is all it takes. That’s why three is such a “magic” number.

This is a real key for us. It means our brains pick up habits really quickly. It also means that once a belief has settled into the subconscious, it doesn’t really matter what your conscious mind is doing: your subconscious will win the day. (See my last post for more on why imagination always beats willpower).

This is because our subconscious minds are way, way more powerful than our conscious minds. So powerful in fact that they can create damage, or block us from our dreams if they are not managed.

Look at the power of the subconscious mind like fire. Let loose, fire can cause devastating destruction, ripping its way through forests, killing animals, burning all vegetation. But take care of it, control it and it can become a crucial ingredient to our well being. Tend fire, watch over it (train it) – and we can then use it for cooking, for keeping our house warm, and for sitting around as we tell stories to one another (perhaps toasting marshmallows!) with the orange glow lighting up our faces.

The tick is to know that we’re all creating life each and every moment. We’re all masters at manifesting. We simply create whatever is going on inside our subconscious minds at any time. If we don’t train the subconscious, this can be damaging for us. For instance: if we believe we’ll get ill, or stay poor, or never find our perfect partner….that’s exactly what we’ll get.

So, how do we train the subconscious mind? We take care with our words. We use our imagination like a web-designer, choosing what goes into the website of our life. We put our attention to things that make us feel good. Do this over and over and our habits become those of manifesting what we desire.

I’ll come back to this another time, because it seems to me to be important right now, as we look around us and wonder which way the world is going to turn. We DO have the power to change things, each and every one of us. And we can do it right now. We just have to start paying attention to what we are paying attention to!

We have to get into the habit of imagining perfect outcomes. Imagine them, expect them – and they are already there.

Love and Best Wishes,

Richard

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Imagination Beats Willpower Every Time!

“There is no such thing as separation. We do not end where our bodies end. We do not stop when we die. We are timeless, multi-dimensional beings walking around in temporary physical form and we are capable of far, far more than we have been led to believe.” (from the Natural Wealth Course.)

Dear Gaye,

What we focus on expands. I’ve found this to be so true not just in my life, but working with clients too.

For instance: a little while ago I had a client who, although very successful was very unsettled. He didn’t have any big trauma going on in his life, nor did he have something “deeply buried” from his past that was causing him pain. But he was sleeping badly, not able to focus and generally anxious and on edge for much of the time. In other words he was stressed.

This is a common thing for many of us right now. The pace of life is hectic and the world moves with ever-increasing speed. Pebbles (our feelings, thoughts and actions) are dropped into the pond each nano-second (by us and by others) and their ripples meet each other so often that interference-patterns can be created.

With this particular client I simply suggested that he stop watching television for a week. “Put your focus onto pretty much anything else. Give your mind and body time to relax.” I then explained how television ratchets up tension in the body rather than relaxing us as so many people think it does.

About a month later I heard from my him. “Thanks so much, Richard,” he said. “I stopped watching TV like you suggested and the transformation is just amazing. I’ve started walking in nature again, I spend time in my garden, I read books…and my wife and I are talking like we haven’t talked in years. It’s like I suddenly have my life back!” Bingo!

Over the past five years or so I’ve seen a huge rise in the number of people who are coming to me suffering from intense stress. It’s a big problem and is now the commonest cause of heart disease (the biggest killer) in the West. Here’s one theory on why this might be.

We live in an age of over-stimulation. Teen-age years have become screen-age years, with our kids spending several hours per day on gaming consoles or squinting at their portable devices. Screens seem to greet us everywhere we go with messages of terrible things happening all across the globe. The virtual world is fast encroaching on the real one. You only have to get off a plane to see what 90% of people do as soon as possible: turn on the cell phone!

Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and emails bombard us each and every second of the day. If we’re not careful we can get subtly drawn into returning to the screen more and more often. We just can’t seem to help ourselves. We feel we just have to send out another tweet, rush to reply to our Facebook comments or check the stats on our blogs etc.

It’s addictive. And the more we pay attention to it, the more stressed we become. And the more stressed we become, the more agitated are the ripples we that send out on the pond, which means we spread stress to others.

One of the prime side-effects of this addiction is loneliness. People spend increasing amounts of time on their own. And even if they are taking part in an online community activity, this is no substitute for real relationships in the three-dimensional world. Loneliness and isolation are racing up the charts when it comes to causes of stress-related illness. The results are plain for all to see. A few years back I predicted that one of the fastest-growing businesses in the coming decade will be “Screen-Disorder Rehab Units”. It’s happening as we speak.

So how do we deal with the bombardment? One way is to take time each day to ourselves. Give ourselves a platform firmly based in something that rests heart, body and mind. If we can find time in nature so much the better. It’s a known fact that simply thinking about a plant lowers the heart rate and reduces stress.

But getting into nature is not possible for many of us. So what else can we do? Well, we can learn to put our attention to things that feed and nurture us. I don’t just mean going out and playing sport or visiting the gym here. I mean shifting focus so that new areas of life expand. How do we do this? By using our imagination.

Imagination is a real power within us. And its effects are very real. That’s because our subconscious minds cannot tell the difference between real and imagined input. And our subconscious minds are far, far more powerful than our conscious minds.

For example: I have a fear of heights. It’s totally irrational, but try as I might I haven’t been able to fix it. Put me in a car driving along a narrow country lane (something that happens often!) and I’m just fine. Put me in the same car on a lane equally narrow on the side of a mountain with a sheer fall to one side and I’m a gibbering wreck. What makes the difference between the two situations? My imagination. Pure and simple.

I imagine the car falling away down the side of the mountain, I start sweating, my muscles tense up and I feel sick. Logic might shout at me that there’s no reason for this, but that doesn’t matter. My imagination wins the day, every time.

The great thing about this is that we all have imagination. And it’s free! So, we can use it to take us to places where we can relax. We can put our attention onto simple things that help us relax, refresh and heal. If we do this each day it builds up (like going to the gym to workout) and pretty soon we find ourselves able to cope with the daily stressors much better. We’re literally creating our own reality, rather than being pushed around by life.

We are what we put our attention to. Or, as you say: “What we focus on

expands…” And the fun part of that is that, so long as we are not totally addicted to the adrenalin-pumping world of the screen, we can choose where we put that focus.

Imagination is the key. It beats willpower every time.

Where is your attention going? What life are you imagining for yourself, right now?

Love and best wishes,

Richard.

Richard’s Sanctuary Creation MP3 is available as a totally free download at www.ignitewealthnow.com Taking you on an inner journey to create and maintain a place of true tranquility within, this 28 minute audio-recording is a must for anyone suffering from anxiety, stress or confusion.

Also available at www.ignitewealthnow.com is Richard’s full 17-part course Natural Wealth, the Instruction Manual to the Great Game of Life.