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What Is Happiness?

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Several years ago now I attended a global healing conference in Bali, Indonesia.  One of the speakers was the Finance Minister from Bhutan.  He spoke about Bhutan’s GNH or Gross National Happiness Index versus the Gross National Product/Gross Domestic Product we have based on an entirely different paradigm/frame of reference.


In this mostly Buddhist country you will see a series of hand-painted signs doting the side of the winding mountain road that runs between the airport and the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu. Instead of commands to cut speed or check mirrors, they offer the traveler a series of life-affirming mantras. “Life is a journey! Complete it!” says one, while another urges drivers to, “Let nature be your guide”. Another, standing on the edge of a perilous curve, simply says: “Inconvenience regretted.”


The Finance Minister told us that since 1971, Bhutan has rejected GDP as the only way to measure progress. In its place, it has championed a new approach to development, which measures prosperity through formal principles of gross national happiness (GNH) and the spiritual, physical, social and environmental health of its citizens and natural environment.  


In other words there is a belief that well being should take preference over material growth.  As our world collapses under the breakdown of financial systems, social injustice and wide-scale environmental destruction and degradation we may need to take this way of perceiving life under serious consideration!  In fact, let it be the operating system from which we live our lives!!


What is happiness anyway?  I could go on for pages and philosophize about the answer to this question, but when it comes right down to it everyone finds the answer within themselves and in everyday lift moments.  


So, I won’t go on for pages, but instead am giving you a video to watch that I would like to encourage you to share with many others.  After watching it (and wiping the tears away – have kleenex ready) perhaps you will be inspired to do a similar practice.  We couldn’t see the people on the other end of the phone, but I bet they were just as similarly affected as those we could see.
Would love your comments on this one!  Especially if you try it out….

https://www.upworthy.com/scientists-discover-one-of-the-greatest-contributing-factors-to-happiness-youll-thank-me?c=upw9

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Currency and Connection

Two-hearts-of-money2Nogie King in The Currency of Connection states beautifully:

“I believe that we sit at the edge of an evolutionary impulse that can move human kind into a radical and collective realignment with wholeness, purpose and grace.  Life has always been an extraordinary  process for creative potential.  What is different now is our growing ability to perceive and then actualize engagement that is our natural birthright.”

With curiosity I invite you to enter the world of money as a vibrant, loving relationship just waiting to connect us to not only our own potential, but also to the creative genius of just about everything on this planet of ours.  If you are like me, you most probably have had, or are still having, a rocky relationship with money. Not your idea of the ideal loving, respectful, and trusting relationship that we all yearn for I bet!

What has helped me tremendously over the past few weeks after quitting a job that I allowed to rob me of creative juice and flow, is to remember that money in and of itself first came into being with the purpose of fostering and celebrating human relationships.  It has now become something else for many people – something that adds stress  to daily life – perhaps unnecessary stress at that.

Looking at money through the lens of relationship can be a fascinating journey and can provide insights that just may surprise you!  Relationship with yourself, with others, with our planet, and with money itself most probably deeply embedded in scarcity and lack in some form or another.

I am reminded of the days growing up that we used to play Monopoly.  Loved handling all that play money and buying the primemonopoly-money properties while hoping that one of the other players would land on my high density housing prime space and have to hand over more money for rent!

We needed to be in relationship in that game.  Face to face, throwing the dice to see what would happen next in our relationship with each other and our money.  Out of necessity it would often go on for hours as money  changed hands back and forth.

Life lessons were tucked in there as well like landing in jail and hoping for a “Get Out of Jail Free” card to release you back into the game and back into relationship with the other players.

Well have you ever thought that we put ourselves in jail and restrict the easy flow of money and vibrant alive relationship in our lives because of deeply engrained patterns that were put down early in our tender lives for what we thought was survival?

Here is a part of my story to make this more personal and to highlight the fact that how we use money is an opportunity for our own spiritual awakening and an expression of our fundamental interconnectedness.

counterfeit-money-funnyI was either in a state of worry and fear around where the next dollar was coming from, or when I did man-chasing-money2have money it rather slipped away from me. I was always trying to find ways to get more back into my bank account.  This went on for many years even through times when I had plenty of money to support myself and my growing children.

At the same time I was creating relationships with men in much the same way.  Two marriages, another long term partner, and quite a number of other relationships later I finally found myself taking a look at both my relationship with money and with men.  Bet you won’t be surprised that there were some underlying beliefs that were interwoven in both relationships.

When my mother died suddenly at the early age of 39 when I was only 14 years old I of course felt abandoned by someone that I really needed at that time in my life.  The connection had been broken and I took it on as something that I must have done.  My underlying belief at this time was that I must not be worthy which was unconsciously supported by my father who went into a deep depression leaving me to take on the responsibility of my younger brother and the household.  In a way he had abandoned me by not honoring that I had needs too.

What did I do?  I created a belief system and pattern that lasted until just recently.  Work hard (read struggle here) to take care of others to make certain you are appreciated and loved, i.e worthy; push down your own needs, desires and passion (stay hidden); create relationships with people and money where “rescue” is needed (so that I could prove I was loved); and not only attract unavailable men, but leave relationships first before they can leave you.

Can you draw a parallel between these patterns and my relationship with money?  Essentially not feeling worthy in my own essential self (money slipping through my hands and creating “rescue” scenarios), taking on others desires and passions as my own (struggling to bring money in through others businesses/visions that were not in alignment with my whole hearted creative expression ), and setting up the abandonment before I can be abandoned (I am not worthy).

I think you get the picture here.  We are in a very powerful time on our planet right now where each one of us has the opportunity to repattern into “wholeness, purpose and grace” in a way that honors our own highest potential as well as that of every other life form on this planet.  If we don’t do this our species has the potential to disappear!

connection20This time is about creatively connecting and collaborating within the deep interconnection that sustains all of us – every single life form on this planet.  It is called Unity – the yoga of life.  In order to open to this way of being each one of us must take the inner journey of clearing anything in the way of truly being ourselves in the world.

Since money is a large part of our life, and always will be present in some way, why not create a trusting, flowing, sufficient, honest and loving relationship with it.  It really does want to love you back and is the currency of connection!!

SOME SUGGESTED BOOKS:

The Currency of Connection: How to Create An Exquisitely Kick Ass Relationship With Money by Nogie Kingsoul-of-money-paperback

The Trance of Scarcity: Hey! Stop Holding Your Breath and Start Living Your Life! by Victoria Castle

The Soul of Money: Reclaiming The Wealth of Our Inner Resources by Lynn Twist

The Prosperous Heart, by Julia Cameron

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Adapting to Changing Times

Dear Gaye,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

Richard.

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The Dance of Light and Dark – Navigating Change

 

 

Today Richard and I received an e-mail from one of our community members which very eloquently requested guidance on being present to the vast changes and shifts happening all around and within us.  Our reader writes:

“The reality is, as you are undoubtedly aware, very turbulent and the earth and we are going through a lot of changes. So a grounded consciousness is required to navigate through it. There is a transfer of wealth taking place before our eyes so we may as well be on the receiving end of that too. So what I would like to have is more guidance from your experience. … The integration of spirit and the nuts and bolts are essential to expand the creative mind.”

There is widespread global agreement that we can no longer rely on systems and beliefs that have contributed to the devastation of planet, economics, social justice, and overall well being.  As this community member states “the integration of spirit and the nuts and bolts” is essential to re-balancing what has gone completely out of balance.  This also is about what Richard and I feel are the feminine and masculine energies coming back into alignment with each other on all levels.

I will leave the financial and economic wealth advising to Richard, but here is my contribution to the whole from a feminine perspective.  A day ago I read a story that struck me powerfully as a wake up call to pay attention to life moments and all that happens around us.  This story revolved around relationship, death and choices.  Very simplified this is what is always in front of us.

On a deeply spiritual level this is where our wealth and power to ride the waves of change rests…in the moments and the opportunities to integrate the heart with creative mind, engaging in the building of whole systems and relationships that contribute to the well being of all life. Accepting that death is a part of the living experience so that new life can evolve and awareness can be born.

Is it the smallest of events in our lives and the moment to moment choices we make that have contributed to the larger shifts that are upon us?  The beauty and the darkness dance together asking us to choose in every single moment.  In that very choosing and active engaging we ground ourselves over and over again.

Leon VanderPol writes: “It is all there in black and white, the dance of the light and the dark. While the puppet masters scheme for a world in which power is centralized in the hands of a few, a force of great magnitude shines brightly as it calls out to each and everyone of us to make a choice—to become truly engaged.”

What if the navigation system for this time that we are in is one in which we are absolutely present to the daily events and choices of our individual lives.  From that place we assist each other within relationship to work towards the good of the whole organism which we call Earth…one minute dot in the entire vastness of expanded life outside of our planet.  The wealth we seek is NOW in the choices that we make.

It is important to understand and have a feel for the shifts and transitions that we are in the midst of.  Yet,  if we take our attention off of the opportunities, choices, and decisions that present from moment to moment and become consumed and overwhelmed by the challenges that face each of us and our very existence….. we are lost.

So much is going on in any one moment.  What will we choose to engage with?

“I come to a tree so rich with autumn’s golds and reds it makes for a mild ache.  I lie down under it, close my eyes and let my mind wander.  I think of all that is happening elsewhere, as I lie here.  Nearby I can hear the sounds of a road crew.  Somewhere else monkeys chatter in trees.  A male seahorse becomes pregnant.  A diamond forms, a bee dances out directions, a windshield shatters.  Somewhere a mother spreads p-nut butter for her son’s lunch, a lover sighs, a knitter binds off the edge of a sleeve.  Clouds gather to make rain, corn ripens on the stalk, a cancer cell divides, a little league team scores.  Somewhere blossoms open, a man pushes a knife in deeper, a painter darkens her blue.  A cashier pours new dimes into an outstretched hand, rainbows form and fade, plates in the earth shift and settle.  A woman opens a velvet box, male spiders pluck gently on the females’ webs, falcons fall from the sky.  Abstracts are real and time is a lie, it cannot be measured when one moment can expand to hold everything.  You can want to live and end up choosing death; and you can want to die and end up living.  What keeps us here, really?  A thread that breaks in a breeze.  And yet a thread that cannot be broken. ”

Eizabeth Berg from Never Change, pg 214

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Paying attention to our attention!

Dear Gaye,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

Best wishes,

Richard.

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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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Diving Deep, Rising High

Dear Gaye,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As ever, the choice is ours!

With best wishes, Richard.

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath

ANNOUNCEMENT!!  We invite you to go to the Natural Wealth website to see a Sneak Preview of Gaye’s upcoming book: Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath expected out in e-book and soft cover by 12/1/11!!  Go to the page Be Breathed – Our Daily Breath.

Would love your feedback as the book is not quite finished yet…and your comments would be most welcome!  Also check out the video that took Gaye so many takes….and laugh along.  It is such fun to be human!

REMEMBER –  Laughter is a series of exhales expressed with uninhibited joy!

Thank you for taking the time to take a peak at the Sneak!

Gaye Abbott           Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath

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.

www.richardcawte.com

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.