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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,

Synchronicities, Science and Sacred Space

Dear Gaye,

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.

Love and best wishes,

Making The Almost-Certain Certain

“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?

“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?” G.A.

Dear Gaye,

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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Breathe and Trust – While Wings Are Drying

In my own worst seasons
I’ve come back from the colorless world of despair
by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing:

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….


Dragonfly Message

Dear Gaye,

Yes, as the leap gets closer and closer, those fingers are likely to reach ever-more-frequently for the dark chocolate. And that’s just fine. Enjoying the taste of life (in all its forms) is a blessing.  I guess the trick is to find what you are looking for in the chocolate (the comfort and reassurance) inside you as you go through this huge shift.

We can talk another time about synchronicities and coincidences (the latter, by the way, are literally just that: co-incidents). These happen more and more when you go with the flow, or “follow the weft” as I call it. For today, however, I’d like to bring an image that may help you to be non-resistant through the coming weeks. It’s not a new image (are there any?) but it seems appropriate for you just now.

Think of yourself as a dragonfly. Dragonflies spend two years in larval state, immersed in a lifestyle very different to the one for which they are destined. Beneath the surface of a pond they swim about, hunting for food, surrounded by sub-aquatic life forms. We cannot know how happy or otherwise they are in this state. All we know for sure is that they just “get on with it”.

Then a day dawns when something happens to thrust them into a totally new way of doing things. Instinct prompts them to crawl up the nearest stem. Without questioning why, they inch their way higher and higher up that stem, travelling much further than they ever have before. A few moments later, they emerge through the surface of the pond into a new environment. Suddenly they are surrounded by air instead of liquid. Unperturbed, they sit quietly, waiting: trusting in the outcome.

As the sun rises in the sky the dragonfly larva is warmed by its rays. And now it undergoes a remarkable transformation. The old husk or outer skin falls away and from it emerges the scintillating long-winged creature, sparkling with greens, blues, reds and golds that we are all familiar with. Is there pain involved in this process? Perhaps. Sloughing off its familiar skin must be at very least unusual. It’s the first time anything like this has happened.

For a few minutes the newly formed dragonfly continues to cling to the stem, the umbilical cord linking it to its old life beneath water. It is not yet ready to take flight. During these minutes its body quivers, its wings (the vehicles of transport that it will now use) vibrating with energy. When it is ready, it launches itself off the stem, flying up and out into a life lived in an entirely new environment.

Think of that tiny creature for a moment. Up until that time it has had no notion of the “world above”. It has been satisfied to dwell beneath the surface of the pond, bound by the parameters of sub-aquatic life. Does it have an inkling that a different life is in store for it? We can’t know that for sure. But what we do know is that it does not resist the transformation that lies in wait. It follows the calling of its instincts without hesitation. It trusts in the outcome, even though it cannot comprehend the full extent of the changes it is about to experience.

Much the same happens to us when we are born. Each and every human on the planet was once familiar with a life surrounded by liquid. Yet each of us emerges from life in the womb to suck in great gasps of air, eschewing the umbilical cord that has supported us for the past nine months as we transform ourselves into beings that walk, talk and eat in a whole new way.  Yes, birth is a challenge: but we do it anyway, because it is the only way we can live the life that is destined for us at our conception.

Right now, you are undergoing a birth of sorts. You are casting off the umbilical cord (the support system of a “regular job”) just as surely as you did when you emerged from your mother’s womb. You are being drawn irresistibly up the stem into a new world, like the dragonfly in our image.

I would say that right now you are at the stage where you are still heading up the stem, immersed in the liquid of the old way of life. Keep going. The journey to the surface is not so long and it is worth the effort. For the result will be that you are able to dovetail creating income with health, love and perfect self-expression: all of which are essential ingredients of Natural Wealth.

A final thought for you:

It is as the fully formed creature that flies in air that the dragonfly expresses itself most completely, its iridescent colours shining brightly in the morning sun, its flight sure and definite. It is in its new life above water that it meets other dragonflies, one of which it will mate with in order to create the next generation of dragonflies, all of whom will spend most of their time beneath water, but are all of whom are destined to rise into the air in much the same way as humans are.

Trust in the message of the dragonfly, Gaye. It is a message of non-resistance. Relax and enjoy the process (and eat as much chocolate as you like!). When you relax and smile you are showing yourself and others that you do not resist the changes you are going through. And that makes you a magnet for all that is good in life, because when you no longer resist life’s challenges you become truly irresistible!

To put it another way, bear in mind the old proverb: “A man who cannot smile should not open a shop!”

Until next time, much love,

Free Fall – Will The Parachute Open?

The next question could be  – Is there a parachute at all?!  I have never jumped from an airplane, but the present journey that I am on feels like I have, and I am not quite certain that I have put on a parachute – or even more, if I even need one!

Talking to some friends last week on one of those rare sunny days in Portland, Oregon we decided that there are many possibilities here.  Yes, there may be a parachute, or maybe one isn’t even needed, for perhaps there is nothing to fall or crash into. Maybe we sprout wings on the way down….or maybe we aren’t falling down, but moving sideways or up for that matter!

Life may just be a continuous free fall and we either enjoy the ride, or panic and attempt to stop our fall by forgetting to trust.  Just maybe the fall itself is the journey and all we have to do is become one with it.  Well, I am not certain yet what it is, but life is teaching me a thing or two these days.

Lofty words indeed for I have to admit that I have not perfected the free fall just yet – though I am staying as conscious as possible during the faster parts!  When I reach for that dark chocolate one too many times with 16 days left until I am “unemployed”, I know that there is a little bit of anxiety going on.  Now there is nothing wrong with dark chocolate – oh how I love it – but there is a place in me that yearns to be reassured that everything is going to be OK…..and for the few moments of delicious surrender I know that everything is as it should be.  What I want is to know that place inside of me all the time….with or without the chocolate!

Richard talked about two things in his last post that are recurrent themes for me on this path to natural wealth.  The first is resistance and the second synchronicity.  I have found that they both can be great teachers, just in different ways.   A couple of years ago now I wrote a chapter in a book called “Resistance Is Futile, and A Doorway To Freedom” (Conscious Entrepreneurs, Edited by Christine Kloser) .  During this time I kept being presented with opportunities to feed my resistance (fear/scarcity), or to step into it and see what was behind the good old resistance door # 1.

The funny thing is that I find stepping through the resistance doorway always leads to a fall into the realm of possibility, opportunity, and new awareness.  Now if you are visual here you can imagine what that might look like!  Alice falling down the rabbit hole??

This of course is part of Natural Wealth.  That good old saying, “what you resist, persists” means to me that someone is using a whole lot of energy holding back from an experience, person, or feeling when instead they can choose to either engage or to walk away.   That is – take action instead of staying stuck!

My example in the chapter was a many years resistance to a style of yoga that I thought was not yoga at all but a workout, and boring in its repetition at that.  Of course I was constantly being faced to engage with it when my yoga students would ask me whether I had any opinion about  this style of yoga.

What I found as I said yes to this practice (instead of judging what I had never personally experienced), and stepped into the 100 degree room that first time, is that when it comes right down to it the melting (literally!) of resistance was a step into freedom.

My energy was not tied up in resisting, I learned that there were parts of the practice that I benefited from immensely,  and I was learning that surrender in the moment was much more enlightening and leads to freedom of choice.  Once I was more open synchronicity started to play out in my life much more than usual.  In fact I was invited to teach a class on breathing at this very same yoga studio which expanded the practice for everyone.

Let’s just say that resistance cannot be a part of my present journey at all, and because of that synchronicity (not a result of cause and effect) is playing out in a big way!  Part of wealth is to pay attention to the constant flow in and out of our lives of signs, signals, symbols and synchronicity.   Letting go of the resistance not only seems to enhance the frequency of synchronicity, but it sharpens our senses of perception.

Some people dismiss synchronicity as coincidence, but I see and feel it as grace and a definite sign post on the path to Natural Wealth.  Not a day passes that I don’t see, feel and experience synchronicity. It is difficult to single out just one incident,  but here is an example.

Out of the blue a man that I had know briefly when I was in a yoga ashram 7 years ago, found me on Facebook and asked to “be my friend”.  I recognized who it was and of course said yes which gave him access to e-mail me.

This man has, for the past few years, been a global traveler and currently is living in Columbia, South America.   As we shared life journeys he found that I was to take a leap to a new home and was quitting my job. He thought that I might want to be in touch with a few other people that were at the ashram at the same time as I was, so he alerted a couple of them.

Very soon I heard from a woman whom I had also know at the ashram saying that she lived in Tecate, Mexico now and was teaching yoga at a resort.  If I was ever down that way she would love to see me.

As it turns out my trip towards my new home has a stop in San Diego (my home town) and the resort she works at is only a short distance from there across the border.  I have been invited to have a free overnight at the resort which is only a couple of days after my birthday.  Synchronicity or coincidence?

So here is an idea:  How about a Free Fall Into The Resistance??


Divine Wallops and Non-Resistance

Dear Gaye,

I was amused at your resistance to the word “demand” in my last post and the image of the willful child stamping its metaphorical feet! The beauty of this process is that whilst there are certain laws (and I know your resistance to this word too!) that are immutable, how each of us interprets and applies them is entirely up to us. What works for me may not work for you. So, substituting the word “declare” for “demand” is perfect!

One thing I would add on to this is that whether demanding or declaring our definite leads, the important part of the process is our willingness to accept whatever those leads are: and to follow them immediately, knowing that ALL outcomes are perfect.

Einstein was clear that the more we study the world around us, the more we come to the inescapable conclusion that there is what he called an “Infinite Intelligence” running through it all. When we declare or demand our desire for definite leads, rewards reach us when we listen to the nudges from that Infinite Intelligence.

You have just finished moving house which is a notoriously “stressful” experience for us all, so I thought to remind you of one definition of stress, which is simply: “the difference between how life actually is and how you think it should be.”

One key to feeling less stressed is to be non-resistant about everything that happens.  Everything. That’s not always easy. We have preconceived ideas about how “things should work out.”  We’re taught to be very specific about desired outcomes.  When things don’t follow the course that we think they should, we can get disappointed, frustrated, angry.  That’s when sleepless nights, health challenges and other symptoms of “poverty” can occur.

The simplest way to avoid all this is to “go with the flow” of events.  The reason being that by going with the flow we’re handing over the reins to the part of us that is in direct contact with Einstein’s Infinite Intelligence: our intuition and instinct.  We’re showing total trust in the process, rather than trying to push our ego against the weft.

Something that helped me get my head around this was being told that whatever is going on at any moment is not happening “to” us, but it actually a direct result of our underlying thoughts and feelings. You talk of the interconnectedness of all things and I’m right with you here. Events and actions are not separate to us.  We create them.  Outcomes are all lessons, showing us whether we’re following our Divine Path and indicating clearly whether or not we’re listening to those Nudges we were talking about in recent posts.

To go with the flow, we must learn to follow those Divine Nudges, no matter how irrational they appear to be. This takes away the strain of saying “this should be the outcome” and removes the disappointment when something evolves differently to our preconceived ideas.  The message is clear: we ignore our Divine Nudges at our peril.  Continue to ignore them, and we’ll get something far more dramatic: what I call a Divine Wallop.  This is when life really seems to whack you round the head with a hard object.  What’s going on here in reality is that you’re being given a wake-up call, a boot up the backside that hoofs you back onto your Divine Path, whether you like it or not!

I promised you that I’d share with you what happened to me when I got my Divine Wallop.  So, here’s the story:

Some years ago I went into hospital for a routine operation.  It turned out to be anything but routine.  Instead of “coming round” afterwards, I had what I subsequently discovered to be a classic “near death experience.” Medically dead for a few minutes (at least in terms of modern medicine) a part of me left my body and looked around at what was going on. I could see doctors and nurses rushing to and fro. I could see my own body lying on the bed beneath me. Then I discovered I could see through walls at what was happening on the other side.

I remember looking out of the hospital, way out into the distance where there were green hills and trees. And this is where things got interesting. Wherever I looked, I could see things close-up, almost as though through a microscope. I could see tree bark as if it were under my nose, blades of grass as though I were the same size as they were. This happened the instant I turned my attention to a particular place. And yet I was also conscious that a part of me was “back here” too, hovering somewhere over the body that I had just left behind. I was everywhere at once, not separated from any part of the whole. Yet there was still a sense of identity.

I was just getting really fascinated by this when I was given a real choice. “Forward or back.” Initially I didn’t answer. I was too interested in what was going on. But the question came again. This time I had an immediate “flash” of my family, my children and the answer “Back” came to my mind. The next instant I was indeed “back” – back inside the body that moments before I had been “above”, with air rushing into my lungs as though someone were pumping them up with a huge pair of bellows.

The rest, as they say, is history.

This is a quick version of the story and I’m including it here because it was my personal “Divine Wallop”, my kick up the backside to get on with things, to understand that there is no separation between our “ego” and the world around us, that everything is interconnected in what I call the “Weft of Natural Wealth” – and most importantly, to trust in the process, to see that life is only a struggle if we insist that it is, whereas the reality is that when we no longer resist the nudges that we all receive each and every day, it becomes a game that we can enjoy.

A game with rules, for sure: but one which even the most willful of children can play so long as the will is for doing what is best for the common good rather than just for ourselves.  That’s one of the tenets of following the Divine Path to Natural Wealth: the simple rule that in doing what is best for all others, we are helping to take care of ourselves, which is where the compassion for all life that you speak of comes in.

The easiest way to do this is to become as non-resistant as a non-stick pan! A lot of people resist the idea of this, because they are frightened of somehow “losing themselves” in the mix.  They fear that handing over in total trust will somehow make them more vulnerable, when the opposite is actually the case.  Living in trust means not resisting how things are. It means paying attention to each and every one of the Nudges so that they do not become Wallops.  When we do this, the worry falls away and things start happening differently.  Synchronicities begin to pop up like magic all over the place and life is the better for them!  Instead of “losing ourselves” we find that when we really pay attention to our nudges (which we feel as intuitions), we are already far more than we had previously imagined.