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…
With love and best wishes,
Just following up on my last post with a quickie on synchronicity.
We’ve all had those moments of synchronicity in our lives; times when we think of someone and the phone rings and it’s the person we were just thinking of whose on the line; times when we get delayed by something only to find when we arrive at our destination that we “bump into” someone who we would have missed if we’d left earlier. These “little things” occur for all of us on a surprisingly regular basis. Invariably they lead to good things happening. So today I have a couple of questions: what is going on here and how can we encourage more of it?
The answer to the first question is an exciting one, because it just might point us at how the world works. My belief, as you know, is that nothing happens in isolation. Everything is interconnected. It’s an age-old belief that you’ll find in just about every mystical teaching in the world. And it’s now being backed up by modern day science.
Quantum physics tells us that any two photons or electrons, no matter how far apart they may be, are in constant communication, needing no human hand or mind to direct them as they take each other into consideration and move accordingly. Go back to Plato and he told us the same thing, but in relation to the movement of the stars and planets and the overall harmony that is constantly being created in the universe ,even though each particle of it is forever moving, changing, renewing itself.
It’s only been for a relatively short time that we’ve been told life is linear, that things happen separately to one another. And that time is over.
Now science is walking hand in hand with the mystics of old, telling us that everything is in a constant state of vibration and that whilst this appears to us to be happening chaotically, there is in fact an over-riding wholeness to their actions, a huge, impenetrable, interpenetrating order to it all. Einstein called it “A spirit far superior to man.” Today’s scientists call it “dark matter” (because we can’t see it). I call it the “Divine Design.”
What we call it doesn’t really matter: what matters is that from the earliest wisdom-teachings to the most cutting edge modern science the conclusions are the same: the world is made up of countless individual particles, each of which is vibrating within what appears to be something akin to a spirit of cooperation. In other words, the Divine Design has at its core an innate sense of relationship that thrives off empathy, give and take, love.
What does this mean for you and me? It means that we’re in constant touch with our environment – all of it, from the space we occupy inside our own bodies to the furthest-flung nebulae – and that that touch is one we feel immediately. It means that when we “go with the flow” we are moved to act in ways that fit in with that environment, creating sustainable wealth that’s based not on an “I’m alright Jack!” attitude, but on a sense of our commonality with every element of it. We are all participants in and guardians of the Weft of Wealth.
How do we know this? For me, I know it because I find within me the feeling of connectedness each and every day. I make time for it, specifically, with a practice that I follow each morning. For many of us, it happens in moments when we are brought up against what we’d call the miraculous or sacred; moments when the humdrum daily routine is suddenly interrupted by something that strikes a chord deep within.
I recall visiting Salisbury Cathedral, for instance, and standing in the middle of the aisle, surrounded by the tall arches that rose up and met above my head. In an instant I was uplifted, transported to a feeling of exquisite pleasure. My cells were suddenly dancing and singing in a way I had not felt since I was a small boy tramping round the countryside. The sensation grew and grew until it became so strong that I felt I might simply be “whisked away”, that I might evaporate into insubstantial air!
That’s the sort of feeling I am talking about when I talk about truly reaching connection with our world. It’s a sense of heightened pleasure, deep belonging, a place where the mind is switched off and the body is acutely aware of its relationship with the energies off all other bodies: whether of stone, plant, animal, solid, liquid or gas.
When we are in that place, there is no doubt about our own divinity. Our position within the Weft of Wealth surrounds and informs us. There’s no doubt, no anxiety, no regret, no fear. And that’s how to set the standard for yourself when you’re deciding what to do and what not to do (in business or in your personal life): find the place within in you where there is no doubt.
When you do this, you encourage synchronicities to happen. Why? Because you train yourself to start to listen, touch, taste the dance that is going on inside you. And you realize that it’s the very same dance that’s going on outside – the rhythm of constantly changing notes within the most intricately-structured symphony of all.
Aware of this, you start handing over your life on a regular basis to the movements of things far greater (and yet no more profound) than those that your logic can comprehend. You begin to smell and see the mysterious for what it is; simply the intersection between the miraculous and the everyday. And that means miracles start flowing your way.
I’ve found that the easiest way to get to that place is to be still, to clear the mind of clutter, to breathe deeply and let the Divine Self take over.
I’ve also found some simple phrases can help:
“I see God in every face,
I give thanks for my own grace.”
“Today is a day of miracles,
I see wonder in all that’s before me!”
Armed with this as a starting point for each day, what happens for me is an instant sense of gratitude that I am here at all. I give thanks for the miracle of being breathed. I know wonderful things are not just on the way: they are already here!
And suddenly synchronicities start happening all over the place. The more they happen, the greater my faith in the process. The greater my faith, the more they happen! And suddenly, each day, I understand that every outcome is the perfect one.
“What is it about the human mind that seeks ahead of the moment…and completely ignores what is present right now, while not trusting that all is unfolding itself just as it should?
Those words are from your latest post. I’m going to pick you up on a single phrase here, because it points to the difference between total faith and adopted belief. And the difference between the two makes all the difference!
Firstly, though, I congratulate you on admitting your fear. Most of us feel some kind of fear at some point during the day. Admitting it is the first step to addressing it. The next step is to overlay the fear with a behavior based on faith, because when you do this you make an imprint on your subconscious mind, rewiring those neural networks in the fastest way possible. Think of your subconscious as a pot of putty. When you act from faith, in the face of fear, you make an impression in that putty – you literally “impress yourself” by doing things in a new way.
So how do you do that?
Begin by choosing your words really carefully, especially when you put them in writing. Words are your outward demonstration of your inner frequency. They’ll determine which radio-station you tune in to each and every moment of the day. So, begin to choose them with that in mind. Which radio station do you wish to hear?
The bit of the sentence above that I’m most interested in is where you say that “natural wealth is almost certainly renewing itself in many and various forms.” Stop a moment and see how your body feels as you re-read those words. Are they words of love and faith or is there just a whiff of doubt lingering at their edges?
My guess is it’s the latter. And here’s why:
Whilst you are thinking that the process of creating wealth (in all its forms) is only almost-certain, that is all it will be for you: almost certain, but not quite. So, let’s choose another way of saying it.
To do this, let’s return to the turquoise bracelet at the art bazaar.
Here’s the thing: as I wrote my last post to you, you had already been to the shop, seen the bracelet, tried it on – and bought it! So what happened here? Spooky psychics? Random chance? Meaningless coincidence? Or part of the Weft of Wealth, the Divine Design that surrounds and informs every atom of our universe?
I say it’s part of the Divine Design that underpins life, the innate intelligence that exists within everything. I say that you were drawn to the perfect table displaying jewelry at the perfect time because you had just been synchronizing your breathing and body movements in a way that helped ground you (in the yoga class). I love the lesson of the turquoise because it’s a lesson in trust, a demonstration that all is well, backed up by my writing the post immediately afterwards.
It’s a coincidence in the true meaning of the word: something that co-incides: a synchronicity that proves we are all interconnected. Synchronicities are a great sign that things are happening perfectly. My experience is that when we really have faith, when we “go with the flow” and allow our intuition to lead us in the dance, synchronicities pop up all over the place.
What stops synchronicity in its tracks? Fear. Every time. It’s not that they aren’t there, it’s just that we get so preoccupied with whatever is frightening us we just don’t SEE what’s staring us in the face. So, when we’re stressed, anxious or having one of those “Dammit, why is life such a pain in the butt?” kind of days, synchronicities still happen – we just don’t notice them.
Fear is what has us ignore the incredible beauty all around us too and prompts us to seek ahead of the moment, fixating us on what we “don’t have” at the expense of revelling in what we do…
So let’s turn your phrase from one of almost-certainty to one that is wrapped in comfort instead. Instead of saying that natural wealth is “almost certainly” renewing itself in various forms in our every moment, let’s choose to say that natural wealth is most definitely renewing itself in many forms, in every nook and cranny of our lives and the lives of everyone on the planet!
How does that make you feel? Is there a whiff of doubt lingering over that phrase? I hope not.
And now let’s move it further, impressing your subconscious in two ways: with words and actions.
Let’s choose an image that fits this change of description. How about “Finding natural wealth is as easy as finding a $7 turquoise bracelet!” or “Natural Wealth is Turquoise Wealth! It finds me wherever I go!” Does that help to shift things?
The key here is to create the feeling inside you that you were experiencing when you walked up to that jewelers table and saw the bracelet. Seems to me you were relaxed, in a good place. So, each time you direct your mind to that feeling, your body will respond by feeling reassured. It’s a simple technique, but it works. Put your attention to what came easily in the past, to what felt good, and you create those things in the present.
Now add something physical to the process. This really helps impress the putty of the subconscious because you involve physical muscle-movement in the process. I advise you to always combine some physical movement with an affirmation. It makes all the difference. In this case, why not wear your bracelet as you say what feels good out loud? Or hold it in your hands. Touch it. Roll the pieces around in your fingers. Feel the smooth stones as you say out loud:
“My doors of opportunity are flung open and cannot be closed because they have been NAILED BACK! I now walk through them with a smile on my face!”
See how that goes!
A quick final note: I love the synchronicity of the turquoise bracelet on the table. I also love the other necklace that you found (the one you made in Santa Fe last year), because it has its own synchronicity too. It’s another demonstration for you that the beauty of natural wealth is most certainly renewing itself, moment by moment, in your life.
Following on from my comments on turquoise and onyx last week I also wrote:
“Thirdly, wear red or rich terracotta colors when possible. Red, being the color of the first chakra, will be a great aid for your core energy.”
I see from the picture you posted that this second necklace has stones in it that are just that color! (Do you know what they are by the way?). Bingo!
Synchronicities abound in our lives, in every nook and cranny, in each moment. All it takes is the ability to pause, to stop the distractions and to listen to the messages that are reaching us each and every moment of the day. When we do this, timings are perfect, funds flow and energy levels rise. And that’s what Natural Wealth is all about.
Look at it this way: when you take the decision to hand over your life to the 99% of you that is invisible (the Divine Self as I call it) you are putting in a telephone call to the Divine Designer (or whatever you like to call the “infinite spirit” behind and within all nature). You’re saying to your Divine Self: “I’m ready to do things a new way! Put me in touch with the Divine! I’m ready for Natural Wealth!”
That’s a fine first step in the process – so long as you are available to take the return call when it comes back!
Synchronicities are the evidence of those return calls from the Divine. So whenever you feel fear rising in the chest, direct yourself to the feeling of fearlessness, balance, calm that you had when you found that turquoise necklace, to the feeling that was (as you later discovered) a demonstration of wonderful synchronicity.
Then be ready to pick up the phone when it starts to ring!
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A flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window.
And then another: My daughter in a yellow dress.
And then another: A perfect outline of a dark sphere behind the crescent moon.
Until I learned to be in love with life again,
like a stroke victim retraining new parts of the brain to grasp lost skills,
I have taught myself joy,
over and over again…. – Barbara Kingsolver
I found my mind yesterday putting attention on what is not present in my life instead of what is already abundant. What happened is that I went down into the despair that Barbara Kingsolver talks about above. I lost myself in a world where I could not even conceive of the limitless possibilities and opportunities that are certainly ready to show themselves to me as my dragonfly wings dry in preparation for flight in my new home.
What is it about the human mind that seeks ahead of the moment, that fixates on the “I don’t have this relationship, money flowing in, health, etc.” and completely ignores what is present right now, while not trusting that all is unfolding itself just as it should?
What is it that has us ignoring the incredible beauty before us which points to our natural wealth that is almost certainly renewing itself in many and various forms in our every moment?
Well, my mind, I suspect, is just as dangerous a place at times as the next person for it really took me for a ride until I realized with a sudden lightening bolt of awareness that there is so much abundance in my life right now…..and MORE is coming! Before that however, I wrote to you Richard saying:
“My mind is attempting to figure out the whole of what is going on here with this continued illness and how best to support myself to come back into balance. The truth of the matter is that I am having a bit of a hard time.
Part of the emotional release yesterday, which came and went moving fluidly through my body, was admitting that I am scared Richard. Part of that feels like it arises from not feeling well for what feels like a long time, and the other part is all of the opportunities (that I can’t see very clearly yet, but trust that they are there) before me in this new territory.
I want to stay true to my heart and the direction of my soul. Old stuff seems to be intermingled with new stuff. Everything feels like it has been thrown up in the air and I have no idea where all the pieces will land or what relationship I will have with them. “
Interrupting the e-mail to you for a morning yoga class I repeated the mantra you gave me of “I am ready and everything is happening in perfect time” while I drove to the class. Then I heard that wise inner voice say “you are working at trying to heal yourself instead of surrendering to the wisdom (and cycle) of this illness and resting within the messages that it has for you”. (wise inner voice gets quote marks!)
In other words taking the time for my wings to dry before flying off into new territory. The synchronicity of the class was perfect of course and focused on breath opening and finding at least 3 things that we found joy and beauty in during the 90-minute class. The Barbara Kingslover poem above happened to be the hand out given to us at the beginning of class.
During the first part of class, when realizing that my breath capacity was immensely decreased and endurance was shaky at best, instead of worrying I watched the breath expand and my shakiness diminish as the class progressed. Giving myself permission to rest as needed and placing myself in the hands of the teachers guidance (receiving), all I could see and feel was grace and a resonance with my breath (diminished or not!).
As a guide to coming home to authentic and natural breathing, I have told so many students, just witness the breath and see what gifts and messages it has to bring within each inhale and exhale. See how your present pattern of breathing reflects your life experience. Are you acting from fear or love?
Then, if you are not having the life experience you desire, shift your breathing from contracted and restricted to open and receptive and see what happens. Like that newborn that is so ready to take that first big inhale and holler (and yes I did Richard!) we have an amazing tool at our disposal. It is no accident that this temporary illness has affected my breathing passages so acutely. There is a renewed trust in the wisdom that it has to bring.
As with following the heart and intuition, trusting in the unfolding of ones life also increases the amount of synchronicity that occurs. Within the last few days there has been an increase in this department.
In addition to the yoga class focus (just for me of course!) there was the turquoise craftsman that showed up as I walked past the Artisan’s Alley on a main street of Austin a few days ago. Mind you this is before I received your last post Richard.
I was drawn to the turquoise and when asking the craftsman about a particular piece, he was happy to share that this bracelet that I had in my hand was made in Mexico near Sleeping Beauty mine and was very high quality. Did I notice that it had a clasp in the shape of a heart on it? I thanked Frank who has been making jewelry for over 30 years, paid my $7, and put the bracelet on as I walked back to my car.
Then after reading your last post Richard I was struck by the synchronicity and realized that I had made a necklace a year ago while I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and it incorporated turquoise in the design with a heart locket right at center. No onyx in that necklace, but a visit to the local bead shop has fixed that.
I am learning that the path to Natural Wealth is paved with trust, faith, synchronicity, lots of color, textures, smells, and rich sounds……and much more. I look forward to learning about the “much more”. I am breathing here….and my wings are still drying….