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One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.
~ Mary Oliver ~

The intimate connection between ourselves, others and each life form that inhabits this planet, and beyond, has gained more and more recognition.  Our collective memories, both individual and from the past, oftentimes keep us stuck in the shame that Richard spoke of in the last post.  These embodied emotional and physical traumas leak body memories to our consciousness that have us forgetting the very nature of who we are.

In yoga class this morning we were asked to listen to the poem above by Mary Oliver and move from a place of remembering – remembering who we are – without the voices from the past or the ones of the present directing the particular life moment.  Often our eyes were closed as we stepped into the flow of what was unwinding from our core – instead of someone else’s direction.

What is it like to follow that inner knowing, dropping silently inside capturing the whisperings of that inner insistence on the uniqueness of truth, movement, actions, and feelings in any one moment.  What are we afraid of?  Or is it that we can hardly hear the  voice of our own unique being for all the demands and stimulus around us.

Yes, the only life we can save – living as uniquely as possible – is our own.  There are more and more moments these days when I feel the solid strength of what this is like.   One of those places is hanging out on an ecstatic dance floor where the “rule” is to have no self imposed restrictions, but instead to explore, listen and move from that place of complete connection to the greater energy that moves us all.

Old patterns of being and moving melt away as the intention for everyone on the dance floor becomes a moving art piece of breath, movement, contact, exploration, play and absolute love and respect.  For someone that loves dance it is a “home coming” to the deepest parts of who we are.

The film Jane’s Journey, shows us someone who listened to her own unique voice in spite of what others might have wanted for her.  For someone like Jane Goodall it was a simple very deeply felt passion that moved her as a young woman to follow her childhood dreams.  Now at 78 she is still traveling the world speaking her truth and impacting millions of people to care for each other and our planet in the most compassionate, loving and peaceful of ways.

What price is taken when we step away from the journey that is uniquely our own?  We become lost in the thoughts and actions of others and forget that we have come here to create and love as only we can do and be.  Today a young man who had never received flowers from a woman was gifted with a single flower of beauty as he sat at his check out stand at the local organic food store.  This happened because I heard loud and clear the voice that directed me to take this loving action as I left the store the first time I was there. What impact did this have?  Let’s just say I am still smiling….and I am certain so is he.

Choose a journey that reflects the magnificence of who you are and do not listen to anyone or anything that takes you away from that knowing!

Listen….

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Where Our Attention Goes, Energy Flows

Dear Richard,

Sustainable sources of wealth for our families and communities.  That is what stuck with me after reading your last post Richard.   We have a broad perspective on wealth at ResonanceWithLife, however it feels important to me to take a look at how our culture defines wealth and our part in the creation of that.  Where do we individually, and as communities, put our attention?

Recently I was given a very strong lesson in this universal principle – where we put our attention the energy always flows – and oftentimes makes it even stronger than it would normally be than if we put our attention in other places . The universal tendency is to place attention on what is NOT working.  That could be pain, emotional upheavals, stress at work, interpersonal connections –  most anything.  I thought I was immune being a particularly positive person…but turns out that I certainly am not!

It is easy to see this very strong biological imprint in action that rests deeply within our cellular make up.  This survival instinct has us always on the look out for anything that seems to imbalance or threaten our life as we know it.  Thus, we tend to put attention on the negative things as they seem to be what is threatening us – even if they really aren’t!

For example in a recent yoga class we were asked to consciously shift our attention from our “screaming hamstring muscles” in a particular forward bend.  Instead we were asked to think of someone we love and put our attention there.  Immediately when our attention was taken off of the pain, the discomfort actually lessened, and in my case I realized that my range of motion also increased.

Yet another lesson in this universal principle occurred recently within a powerful change in my own daily life.  Focusing on all of the negative factors put me in a place of extreme STRESS.  I wasn’t happy and the stress was building.  Physical health and life energy were being compromised as my new set of circumstances brought daily challenges which I was perceiving as negative.  I felt trapped.  An entrapment of my own making as it turns out.

Then something happened to cause me to reflect on how I was thinking and where I was putting my attention.  The learning curve that I was in brought with it stress, that was certain.  But, where was I putting my attention?!  On how much the life that I had been leading was being affected – loss of freedom and creative time, tasks that were being given to me that I either didn’t know how to do or didn’t have time to do, interpersonal conflicts that were arising all around me…and it went on.

After reflection I decided that I would try a little experiment to see if changing where I put my attention would make a difference.  An intention was set for the next day.  Attention went on everything that I was doing right on this learning curve, and taken off of any mistakes or inability to perform in the way that I thought that I should.  This attention also included words being used to describe experiences during the day.

You might be able to guess the result of this experiment.  The day went smoothly.  Interpersonal connections were easier.  Everyone seemed to be happier in my environment….and I was a lot less stressed!!

So….given that our economies are under tremendous pressure and changes right now, I ask the question where should we be putting out attention?  On fear of loss and drastic financial change?  Or ways that we truly can create sustainable sources of wealth for ourselves and our communities NOW, based on a deep planetary interconnection with all of life?

Where your attention goes, energy flows!

With Love,

Gaye

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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.

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

Surrendering to Emergence

Dear Richard,

Emerging is a theme that is happening constantly all around us.  Whether it is transforming within embodied form or  passing on to become part of the vibration and energy that is a part of all change.  Everything is interacting with everything else and co-creation emerges.

Your last post Richard points the way to this within and without of the emergence that is constantly present.  This unseen rhythm is felt, and somehow is becoming more real to many of us as we remember the deep interconnection that orients all of life.

It is just this that I want to give a personal example of from last night.    Let’s just say that events of the last few days have conspired to test my awareness and my willingness to be out of balance.  Black and white anxiety based thinking, and ego driven control resulted in what I call a “crash and burn” syndrome tipping me way off center.

It is not important what the “crash and burn” details are, but more relevant are the ways in which I was informed that being out of balance had some definite rewards and rich territory within to explore.  Releasing attachment to being “in” balance brought me back  “in balance” if you can believe that!  It also brought experiences  that will serve well the next time a tidal wave comes into my life!  And there will be those times for all of us.

What I couldn’t see, feel or even conceptualize was right there within the territory of imbalance.  After a few days of dwelling in this place of imbalance an event happened that took me so far into an emotional outpouring that my black and white thinking and presupposed conception of what next steps to take were shattered.  Other possibilities then emerged…and I surrendered.

Last night was the second night in my new home sanctuary here in Austin, Texas.  There is quite a bit of space as no furniture or other niceties of home have been placed or chosen yet.  Now I could be in a hurry to get this remedied (black and white thinking) or I could surrender to the feeling of spaciousness and light coming into and out of this dwelling surrounded by trees and green space.

I chose the latter – and nature contrived to send me numerous messages within my dream and awakened sleep time.  There was a visitation.  Right about now you may be thinking that I am certainly crazy, but I do believe that it isn’t until we remove ourselves from a rigid cultural and past experience controlled perception of how and when we should think and act that we can truly open into our lives.

I was visited by what I call the Spirit of the Breath….and the force and flow of the rain.  Deep in the wee hours of the night my entire being was aware of “being breathed”.  There was absolutely no effort involved and the freedom and sensual feeling was way beyond what I experience in my day-to-day life.  All breathing spaces within my body were expanding softly, fully, powerfully and with grace and absolute ease.

The pleasure and ease of being breathed is what I believe we innately are coming to as the global shift speeds up.  As we individually and mutually agree to move into and out of balance deep trust will emerge that we will find our way.

Our breath moves out of shallow, holding and contracted states in order for the Earth and all life to heal.  We are living in and connected to a breathing Earth and are a direct reflection of what is going on throughout the cosmos. We are the Earth.

Woken up from within this deep breathing state the rain came next pouring through my open sliding door reminding me to come back home to flow.  Informed by this water element, of which we are a major part, that there is a way around obstructions by surrendering to the pathway that is always to be found.  Going out of our way at times…… trusting that the larger Source always calls us home.

Natures messages and the rhythm of my own breath remain signposts along the way as a reminder to come home to the possibilities imbedded in each moment.  Are we waking up and collaboratively emerging? Or are we demanding control, in denial,  or running away?  I trust that I am part of the first group.  How about you??

With Love,

Gaye

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The Tipping Point – Falling Into Comfort

Dear Richard,

The line I love the most in your last post (and there were many of them) was “…the most important thing about playing the Great Game of Life is not to try to WIN it, it’s to help each other to regain the freedom to come out to play!

I have taken that to heart this past week given that I feel a force, much greater than I have ever felt before, present behind me.  This force has a gentle, but very firm hand on my back and (with a smile mind you) is applying an energetic pulse so strong that it is tipping me into a space of creation and trust that I have been way too afraid to inhabit.

I could say that this tipping point has occurred because the money that has gotten me thus far along the path seems to be draining away without any clear indication that there will be much more to fill the coffers.  But, I don’t believe it is about the money.  Money is simply a catalyst for taking a look at what is important in life .

When are we the most comfortable?  I say when we are playing – in free flow, having fun and loving each moment no matter what we may be involved in.  Yet the self imposed seriousness of life we take on as adults so casually, like a well worn piece of clothing, seems to dictate so many of our thoughts, feelings and actions.

I am not saying that there is nothing to be serious about, for we find ourselves in quite a personal and global predicament right now – a tipping point on a very grand scale.  But, what if that very struggle has been brought about because we have selected hard work that often co-opts our essential nature, monetary gain that doesn’t consider others, and imbalanced power that wrecks havoc on healthy relationship. with ourselves, each other, and the planet that we are so intimately a part of.  These ways may have been selected over living in  love, compassion, mindfulness, beauty, interconnected and integrated awareness, vital health and creative play in our lives.

There are many indigenous tribal cultures and so called impoverished groups of people that show us by their very being that a life well lived is far more about connection, community, creativity and story telling, gratitude for what is, and certainly play!  Even amidst the greatest poverty and seemingly difficult circumstances.

Being told that we need to move out of our “comfort zones” in order to grow many of us, including me, have gone the distance to do just this.  This often happens when we are prior to, and at, that “tipping point” that I am speaking to in this post.  For me it is a felt experience on all 5-stars of the Natural Wealth approach.

A startling realization has come recently that at the height of this tipping point I am putting life energy into focusing on the challenges:  minor health imbalance over the last month;  family communication concerns and business relationship growth; monetary funds dwindling with no clear sign or means of replenishment; a pattern of not trusting my fullest expression; and the presence of fear as I move into unknown territory within my purpose here in this life.

Another choice is possible.   I can solidly land myself in that comfort zone of play (i.e. creative life giving process) not always knowing what the heck I am doing or where it is going to lead.  Fear seems to dissipate within this process revealing what fun it is to be with the emerging life pieces to the puzzle.   The heart simply lends guidance and a gentle nudge from time to time.

I have found that play can take many forms and is absolutely up to each of us to uniquely create and co-create together.  I, for one, am putting attention on more play and less struggle in all areas of wealth.  Focusing on my bodies natural blueprint for vital health; heart based and honest communication and trust with family, friends, and business partners; and deep trust in the knowing that as I release each fear that arises about being in my fullest expression and essential nature,  the alignment will naturally bring in monetary support on all levels, as well as expand my life experience in a multitude of directions long dreamed of.

Parting words here: I am learning to live life in the creative comfort zone of play, especially when at that tipping point, letting go on the exhale with a big YESSSSSSSS! and dropping the “I can’t because…” from my vocabulary.

I imagine the many times I have ridden the crest of a wave on a boogie board, been in uninhibited joy and creative sensual play on the dance floor, felt my hands in the soil bringing new life to possibility, gazed into the eyes of a loved one and told them how I feel,  brought to the outside a written line that expresses the depth of my knowing and feeling inside,  laid my hands on another in pain with the intent to bring comfort, played outrageously with a child, or looked up at the sky and felt the significance of a life well lived.

I ask you and all of our readers.  Will you come out and play with me?!

Love and Gratitude for our dialog Richard!

Gaye

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To Struggle Or Not To Struggle – Is That Really The Question?

Dear Richard,

What a beautiful metaphor for the transition I am now making!  Thank you.  I feel in good company as many of us on the planet, and the earth itself,  are in great shifts right now – yes, a rebirth.

You speak of trusting this new support system coming in as I transition into the fullness of having streams of income be completely from my own creative efforts.  This transition I am finding is a powerful one, and also one in which there are choices to be made while navigating the new territory.

Last week I had a dream that I was out in the ocean by myself happily swimming around when I was caught in a rip current.  At first I was afraid of drowning and struggled a bit to free myself from its grip.  Then I remembered that you are supposed to simply let go and allow the current to take you where it is going.  Once I surrendered there was no more struggle and I was carried quite rapidly to the point where the rip current ended and was once again back into calm waters where I could then swim back to shore.

This dream was clearly a gift from the unconscious to support me during a time last week when I was attempting to do a task that would have taken a very steep learning curve to perform well.  In the time constraint that I was under my frustration level grew with the stress of knowing what I wanted, but realizing that there was no way I was going to pull it off if I didn’t ask for help.

I could choose to struggle or I could ask for help and not struggle.  But  was that really the issue here?  What was more at stake was an attachment to being the one that could pull this off and save some money.  The attachment was causing the struggle in the first place.  Was I going to sink, swim, or merely let go and see what would arise as a resolution to the challenge I was facing.  I do believe that the solution or resolution to any problem is there before the problem…and so it was in this case.

I was attempting to format a website (in fact the Natural Wealth website) and didn’t have the expertise to do so in a timely way.  But, I did have a resource that was right at my fingertips.  This person had already done some beautiful formatting work for us.  As I released the attachment to being the one to pull it off, it became very clear what course of action should be taken.

As the choice was made to have this task done by a professional I became free of the attachment and was in fact able to swim in waters where I could be effective without the struggle.  Breathing eased and opened.  My frustration level went to zero.

My efforts were then much more effective because I was enjoying a challenge that inspired me (swimming freely in the ocean) instead of frustrating me (the rip current).  Someone else was handling what felt to me like a rip current, but to her was an enjoyable challenge.

I can truthfully say that this new support system is powerfully nourishing……. if only I remember to let go of the attachment of how I “should be” within it.  No struggle necessary.  Be breathed and follow the heart indeed! On that note I end with this quote:

Carry a jar of bubbles in your car.
Add a little fantasy
to the next traffic jam.    – Jennifer Louden

With Love,
Gaye

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The Breath of Life

The true miracle of life lies in the breath and in the ability to experience the divine within.  Question everything until you are sure that what you feel is informed by the true language of the heart and not a concept created by the mind.”  
J M Hurley*

Dear Gaye,

This week an extract from our course Natural Wealth seems particularly appropriate:

“It all starts with a breath.  As you shoot out from your mother’s womb into the waiting arms of the delivery nurse, you move suddenly from a liquid world of warmth, darkness and vibration into one that is altogether different.  It’s quite a shock.  “What’s going on?” you say to yourself.  “What’s this strange stuff all around me?”

For a second your body resists.  It has got used to its life of liquid comfort and would rather “go back inside, thank you very much!”

Yet a part of you knows that this is where you are meant to be.  There is a moment’s pause as the umbilical cord is cut and the support-system that has nourished you for the past nine months is severed.

Then something occurs that has never happened to you before.

Something called air rushes down into your open mouth, hurtling down your oesophagus until it finds its way into your lungs.  Here it zooms about, inflating every bronchial tube until, like a pair of rubber gloves, your lungs swell up with this insubstantial, invisible stuff. As if by magic, air has become your new support system.

You have been, literally, in-spired.”

I’m sending you this quotation because it seems to me you are right at that stage when the new support system is about to rush through your body (and mind) as you make the transition from working in a regular job to earning your income independently. You are taking breath in a very new environment. It’s like being born all over again.

The transition from a life in liquid to one lived surrounded by air is one that we all make. And the message for you is to trust the process you are in the midst of, just as you trusted the process when you shot from your mother’s womb.

Be in no doubt that your new support system is just as nourishing and comfortable as the old one. Let the air fill your lungs. Be breathed. Then follow the promptings of the heart, for it is the heart not the mind that is the very first organ to grow…

With my love,
Richard.

* This quotation is from “Dance with Life” by JM Hurley, a beautiful book that I would recommend to any/everyone.

Removing The Walls of Doubt

Dear Gaye,

Yes, absolutely: putting your hands in the air and laughing will help you deconstruct those walls of doubt!

The secret is to know that the walls do not exist.

Those walls are the product of your mind as it looks around and says: “Hang on, Gaye, you’re doing things differently here and I’m uncomfortable with that. Where’s your secure job, your pay packet, your routine?” As the mind looks around at this unfamiliar territory, it begins to clamor more and more loudly for you to return to the “old ways” and does its best to convince you that safety lies in the methods of the past.

Those walls, as you say, are the product of your own fear and doubt. Keep in mind that you have put them up, because that means you can knock ‘em down in no time!

The best way I know of to knock down those walls is to take actions that affirm your faith. Don’t do things just with hope. Hope is not enough. Hope allows for delay. Take action based on faith in something that has not happened yet. That’s the way to bring it right into the present.

For instance:

I had a client once whose Walls of Doubt had been stopping her from doing what she loved for thirty years or more. When I told her what was happening and asked her to focus her attention on those aspects of life that created joy and laughter inside her, she said: “But Richard, I am one of the most positive people I know. I say affirmations each morning and have a list of my dreams stuck to the fridge door. I look with hope at any situation and yet I’m no nearer to achieving my goals.”

“Well,” I replied, “there is your problem. You are looking with hope only. If you are always hopeful, you will never achieve the realizations you desire. Hope is too wishy washy. It allows for delay. There is nothing wishy washy about the Divine Design. Be faithful instead. Prove to yourself that you know that your dreams are not just on their way, but are ALREADY HERE!”

Her biggest dream was to go traveling around the world. I suggested that instead of simply writing this on a piece of paper and sticking it on the fridge door, she go out and do something about it. “Prove to yourself that you know it is already happening (bearing in mind that in Divine Mind there is no such thing as time). Go out and buy something that represents your journey. Treat your mind like a child. Show it that you have no doubt, no fear, no distrust.”

She went out and bought a rucksack and some walking boots. Each morning she would do her usual affirmations, get out of bed and then slip on her rucksack. Taking a few paces around her room she imagined the view of a mountain, the smell of the sea, swathes of colorful spices hanging in the Indian markets she wished to travel to. One morning she emailed me to say: “I could almost smell the rich smells of the spices this morning!” I told her to be ready for her journey. “It is happening very soon,” I said. “Your dreams are catching up with you!”

Not long after that she received an unexpected legacy and was able to take a year or more away from work and her dream travels took place.

The subconscious mind is so amazingly powerful that we are only just beginning to tap into its resources. But it is like fire, or electricity. If we allow it free rein it can be damaging (even to ourselves). So we must learn to control it, to tend to it, nurture it.

Look at it like putty. Whatever actions you take throughout the day make an impression on it. Thoughts make only light indentations. Actions make deep and lasting ones because they create feelings inside you. Taking action, therefore, is the best way to make an impression on your subconscious mind. By taking action you literally impress yourself!

It’s an ongoing process, because those Walls of Doubt are thrown up for most of us each and every day (especially at the moment with all the uncertainties that we see in the financial world). That’s why I always say: “Practice! Practice! And then Practice some more!” The more we practice anything, the better we get at it. The more often that we demonstrate to ourselves that those walls crumble and fade when we act in total faith, the easier it becomes to do that the next time one pops up!

So, Gaye, find something that you can do to show your subconscious mind that you trust in the Divine Design. Take action, now, today.  Do something to prove you have faith rather than hope.

Remember, we combine with the things we pay attention to, so it’s up to us to keep our attention on the things we love. That way the Walls of Doubt simply disappear. So, go have fun. Impress yourself!

The seemingly-impossible happens every day…

With much love,
Richard.

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The Wall That Is Not There

Dear Richard –

Sitting here with my cuppa Earl Grey tea I find myself reflecting on a very powerful dream that I had several years ago.  I call it powerful because it is still very clear to this day, and in fact is quite relevant right now as I find myself feeling that I am “up against a wall” and there is no room to see what is beyond it.

First my dream.  This dream came at a time when I was struggling to “find my way” to what in life would bring me joy and fulfillment.  I was traveling on a path to a place of “higher learning” and was one of many in a line walking along a dirt path through forest.

All of a sudden the path ended and a clearing was before us, but also a ledge with a steep cliff side below.  All of my attention was drawn to this quite treacherous abyss and as I looked over it I saw others attempting to climb or rappel down the cliff using all kinds of gear.  There was also a very narrow rock path that serpentined it’s way down, but as I watched these people they seemed to be struggling as well.

Now my decision had to be made as to how I was going to get down there in order to get to my destination.  I stood there and closed my eyes and asked for guidance.  As I did that a very low whisper coming from the vicinity of my heart said, “Look to your left”.

My eyes opened and I looked to my left (my feminine side).  There was a path that had appeared – or it was there all along, but I hadn’t been expanding  my vision into possibility.  As I traced the path with my eyes to my surprise I saw the “place of higher learning” was not far on this easy downward slopping road.  No struggle was necessary.  Simply a stroll to my “destination” – to awareness.

This dream sticks with me because it continues to provide the very clear guidance that I need when I seem to be stuck – up against a wall that feels immovable!

Whether cliff or wall they both represent to me the illusion that something is preventing me from moving forward.  That “something” certainly requires a lot of struggle, effort, and risk taking as well.  Something I need to conquer or dismantle in order to get past it or to the other side.

This “wall” for me right now is the seeming lack of not having streams of income flowing in to support me while I am busy in the creations stages.   I have to admit that my mind took me on one of those very scary roller coaster rides over the last couple of days, and the emotions that go with that were certainly felt as I looked at my bank balance!  I even caught myself thinking about applying for jobs!  But the difference this time around was that I could witness what my mind was doing and begin to detach from the feeling of “no room to move”.

When I found myself working with the texture, thickness, and architecture of this wall that I seemed to be pushing against it hit me that I needed to stop pushing….because there was no wall at all.  No wall blocking me from the unlimited resources and creative ideas that are there for me as close as my next breath.  It was only a construct of fear and scarcity.  It was only an illusion.  It was only that I had fallen out of trust.

Now I have decided that if my mind tries this little trick again I will simply put my hands up in the air on that roller coaster ride and laugh all the way down.  Do you think that will deconstruct the illusions??

With Love,
Gaye

 

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Handing Over To The Divine Design

Good Morning Gaye!

Sorry not to get back to you more quickly. I am writing this from Southern Ireland, where I’m vacationing with my daughters. We’ve been having a fine time, exploring ancient sacred sites, locating long-lost standing stones, heading to the beach on the sunny days and (this being Ireland) holing up on the days when the rain has fallen like stair-rods! So, I’ve spent less time at the laptop than usual as a result.

I love the quotation from Einstein. He wrote so much that we are now discovering to be true (even though much of what he wrote was questioned at the time). For him, the world was full of wonder, each and every day and he was one of the few people who could wrap up a really complex idea into a simple image. One of these was that all we see of life (no matter how far out into space we look) is just the tip of the lion’s tail. The rest of the lion is beyond our perception!

Einstein was perhaps the first scientist to completely dovetail a sense of mysticism with his appreciation of science. His was a world where the imagination knows no boundaries, where ANYTHING is possible, where we are all equally capable of reaching spiritual as well as material comfort. He explained this by saying that the whole universe is underpinned by an Infinite Intelligence that lies behind, beneath and within all matter. This Infinite Intelligence is what creates the interconnectedness you talk of. In our course Natural Wealth, which will be released later this month, I call this Infinite Intelligence the Divine Design.

The Divine Design is all around us and, like the lion in Einstein’s image, we often see no more than the tip of its tail. But seeing that tail-tip is enough to know that it is there. The trick is to acknowledge it.

That’s not always easy. A lot of what we get taught steers us away from seeing the Divine Design at work in our own lives. We dismiss things as “coincidences” or luck. But the fun is that the more we look out for it, the more we notice it. The more we notice it, the more it becomes apparent that it is alive and well in everything we do, everyone we meet, each thought, all feelings.

In fact, when we truly open ourselves up to acknowledge and welcome the Divine Design into our lives, there’s no turning back. Like Neo in the film The Matrix, nothing is quite the same again.

A part of accessing the Divine Design, for me, is finding the “home sanctuary” you’re talking about in your latest post, so let’s focus on that this week. This sanctuary is a place where you know that you belong not just inside yourself, but within the outer world at large. As you say, there’s no division.

That’s a great place to find and to revisit each and every day! So how do you make sure you find that place every day, rather than just occasionally?

One way is to direct yourself to it. I’ve developed a particular technique (I call it The Spirit Level) that helps bring me to this point each day. It’s a very easy, simple process that takes only a few minutes and it is most effective when repeated each and every day.

You’d be surprised how many clients I’ve worked with who say “Yeah, that worked really well for a while, Richard, but then it kinda stopped working.” When I ask them if they have been practicing the technique each day, they then say, “Oh, er, no, I was looking for more of a quick-fix than that.” To which I always say that attending to our inner peace is something to do every day of our lives. Not just once in a while.

The image that works best for me to illustrate this is that our mental and spiritual muscles enjoy being exercised just as much as the ones in our bodies. We know we can’t stay physically fit by visiting the gym or exercising only once a week. Well, the same thing applies to our mental and spiritual selves too. If we don’t exercise those muscles, they’ll go as slack and flabby as our body does when we get lazy. Practice really does make perfect.

The pay-off is huge, because reaching a point of inner sanctuary each day brings a sense of belonging that many of us in the west have lost. It’s a deep, deep appreciation of our place in the continuum of things: a sensation that cannot be bought by money, drugs or alcohol – or anything that might temporarily affect our senses. It’s just what you say it is: a home sanctuary within which miracles are a part of every day life.

I love that you have simultaneously been gifted a real home in which to live too: the sanctuary without to match that within!

The key, for me, is what you say about “handing things over” to the Divine Design, because that’s the way (ironically) to take control. It’s the way of synchronicities and miracles instead of struggles. One of the guidelines, or laws, in Natural Wealth is the Law of Non-resistance. This teaches us that only in resisting a situation can we be dissatisfied or stressed by an outcome. In other words, it’s only when we try to push a pre-conceived outcome into reality that we can come a-cropper. (having a fall or accident)

I’ll give you a great example from my life just recently. The day before I was due to drive from England to Ireland (a journey of several hundred miles, including a ferry journey in the middle) I did the usual clear-out of the car in readiness for traveling. For me this always involves simple maintenance issues like checking the water and oil and so on. As I was doing this, I noticed a dark stain on the garage floor. Oil. Now at that point I could have just said: “Oh well, just fill up the oil and get on with it.” But as I looked at the leak I had a hunch to take the car to the local garage and have them check it out.

I dropped off the car later that day and a few hours later I got a call from the garage. “Yeah,” they said, “You have an oil leak, but you also have a busted steering fluid pipe and your car is UNDRIVABLE AT THE MOMENT!” They then told me that getting the new part required to fix the car would take a couple days at least. “OK,” I replied, “Do what you have to do and call me when it’s fixed.”

What was interesting in the two days that followed was how many people said to me: “Oh, no, how frustrating!” or “My gosh, how annoying!” or something like that. But for me, it was not frustrating or disappointing at all. It was an example of the Divine Design at work. And I was very grateful for it.

If I had not had a visible sign pointing me to the oil leak, I would never have discovered the cracked steering fluid pipe. And if that pipe had snapped with us driving at, say 70mph on the highway, the results could have been truly disastrous – not just for us, but for other drivers too. If your steering cable goes at high speed, there’s no controlling the car.

As it was, sure I had to pay a change-fee of maybe $50 for the ferry. I also had to call the bed and breakfast where we were due to stay on the way and apologize, but the lady there was very understanding and she had a room for us later in the week, which I then booked. And yes, the girls were disappointed initially that we were delayed: but not for long, because they understand the workings of the Divine Design even better than I do!

So, when anyone said anything negative to me, I simply replied: “Not at all. I’m grateful for such a clear demonstration from the Divine Design. I’m grateful we’re all still here to talk about it!”

That sort of thing happens all the time when we open ourselves up to the workings of the Divine Design: an outward sign of something that leads to the discovery of something invisible. It’s a part of the magic of the world in which we live, so long as we are open to it. We can’t always be sure what’s happening under the bonnet, but when we get a clear sign that something should be addressed, we must give it immediate attention if we are to thrive and prosper.

Yes, there’ll be plenty of folks who say otherwise and who contradict the way you do things when you embark on a life of Natural Wealth, but I feel the groundswell of a shift taking place as more and more people start to discover that the mysteries of the world are revealed to those who welcome them. That groundswell is made up of people who are turning away from the old ego-driven way of doing things to one in which there is no meaningful separation between one person and another, one object and the next. Everything is interconnected just the way you say it is…

And to enjoy the interconnections, all we have to do is to hand over in trust.

When we hand over our lives in trust to the Divine Design, things happen “as if by magic”. And they keep on happening that way! Conversely, if we keep on pushing against the weft, we’ll continue to be “knocked back”. The Divine Design will just keep on saying to us: “My way, not your way!” until we get the message and do just what you’ve done: hand over, trust, be ready, willing and awake to receive the Natural Wealth that is available to us all.

It’s not the way the logical head likes to go. Nor is it the way that most western businesses are used to behaving. But it works, as you’ve just discovered with the wonderful new home that has “fallen into your lap” – and as you’ll keep on discovering in the coming months!

A simple thing to say each morning, as you re-ignite that sense of interconnection with the Divine Design is: “Your way, not my way!” This directs you to follow your intuitions, the workings of ego-free self. Follow that up with: “I am awake to every lead” and you’ll find that manifesting desires is far simpler than many would have you believe…

And now, it’s back out to the misty hills of Erin for me!

With love and best wishes,
Richard.